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There are times that you have to throw your hands up and admit that you don't know what the hell's going to happen next, and that's the truth regarding my take on the Wings' draft weekend machinations, in terms of both player selection and player movement.
The news that Jakub Kindl signed a 4-year contract extension that I would deem to be, "On the high end of 'fair'" on Friday evening gave a little more credence to Ken Holland's suggestion that the Wings will be moving bodies given the cap hit ($2.4 million) and the fact that the Wings still have to re-sign Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson (who are not coming off "second contracts" like Kindl), hope to retain Damien Brunner, and, as we have been told, are looking to add a second-line center.
How that's going to go down?
Updated 3x at 8:53 PM: Per TSN's Darren Dreger, the Red Wings have signed Jakub Kindl to a 4-year contract extension:
That translates to $2.4 million per season.
And this one, we already knew about (as of June 14th):
This post took a very big Red Wings-related turn in the middle of writing it, so while the vast majority of its thrust is more "KK Hockey" than Red Wings-related, I'm co-opting it for my blog and my Wings audence. So you'll have to deal with the non-Wings content, TMR readers:
TSN's Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger got together with James Duthie to hold an "Insider Trading" segment from the draft floor in Newark, and, among their topics of discussion:
1. LeBrun suggests that Kris Letang's agent, Kent Hughes, and Penguins GM Ray Shero will chat after the Penguins turned down a nearly $8-million-a-year counter-offer, and Shero may be "laying the groundwork" for a trade;
2. Regarding Roberto Luongo, Bob McKenzie believes that the Vancouver Canucks want to have Luongo off their roster after this weekend, even though the Canucks insist that they have trade options (Philly? Long Island? Edmonton?) and won't have to buy him out, though they may waive him (and that's how Edmonton would work its way in);
The Detroit Free Press's "best nickname in Michigan sports" bracket is down to Mr. Hockey vs. The Captain...
Which follows fans having named Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels the best Michigan sports broadcaster, Claude Lemieux the most hated opposing team's athlete and the 1997 Wings' Cup win as the best Michigan sports championship. Not bad, the so-called town of hockey.
Updated 4x at 3:57 PM: Today's Red Wings-related news stories involve more tangentially-related Wings news than anything else, but we'll start with good news regarding a Wings prospect, via RedWingsFeed and the Saginaw Spirit:
Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson will have the opportunity to further impress both the Detroit Red Wings and the Canadian National Junior program over the next few weeks. The first stop for the Mississauga, ON native will be the Red Wings annual prospects development camp which will go from July 10th to 15th at the Center Ice Arena in Traverse City. As it stands, the NHL club has identified 21 players in its system who will participate in the event, with more expected to be added following this Sunday’s National Hockey League Draft in New Jersey. Paterson was taken by the Red Wings as the team’s third round pick in the 2012 selection process, and he is slated to begin his fourth OHL season with the Spirit in 2013-2014.
From the Red Wings' PR department:
GUSTAV NYQUIST NAMED RED WINGS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BY THE DETROIT SPORTS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION
… Skilled Swedish Forward Appeared in 22 Games for Detroit During 2012-13 Season …
Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been named the 2012-13 Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA). Nyquist, 23, skated in 22 games for Detroit during the shortened 2012-13 season, collecting six points (3G-3A-6P), six PIM and an ‘even’ rating. He also appeared in all 14 postseason games for the Red Wings, notching five points (2G-3A-5P), a +3 rating and tallied his first career playoff goal in overtime of Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Anaheim Ducks.
Thursday was most certainly a strange day in terms of the players that the Red Wings may end up targeting during free agency, and those targets will continue to change as teams buy out players between now and July 4th, as the Wings make whatever moves they end up making at the draft on Sunday (it will air on TSN and NBCSN from 3-8 PM), and based upon who ends up not re-signing with their current rights-holders...
But this "target-rich environment" has to involve a wee bit of restraint as we ride the roller-coaster that is getting to know seven new Wings on Sunday, bidding farewell to some NHL'ers and welcoming others over the next three weeks, and learning about the team's prospects when a slightly slimmed-down summer development camp takes place in early July.
The Red Wings apparently held a Q and A with Wings GM Ken Holland and Ilitch Holdings executive Tom Wilson for season ticket-holders, suite-holders and business partners yesterday, and they posted the hour-long video on the team's YouTube channel for general public consumption. The Q and A was "moderated" by Mickey Redmond:
Updated 6x at 4:08 PM: The news that the Tampa Bay Lightning are buying out Vincent Lecavalier sent shockwaves through the hockey world earlier this morning, and as Paul noted, MLive's Ansar Khan believes that the Wings should pursue him. The Free Press's Helene St. James agrees with Khan's assessment:
Lecavalier has a lot of assets. He's 6-feet-4 and 215 pounds. That alone would make him the biggest forward on the team. He's a center — and the Wings will need a second-line center, because Valtteri Filppula is not coming back. I expect Wings general manager Ken Holland to trade Filppula's rights any day now.
The right player won, from TSN:
Detroit Red Wings super star, Pavel Datsyuk owned the 2013 TSN NHL Play of the Year Showdown Championship match, literally. It was an all-Datsyukian final, with two fantastic plays going head-to-head for the title.
In the end, it was Datsyuk's end-to-end dangle through almost every Nashville player on the ice that captured the title.
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