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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Detroit comes out of this pretty much unscathed. Gustav Nyquist made the most of his sophomore campaign, picking up a ton of offensive slack when Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg went down with injuries and now all three will be raring to go in the fall. Tomas Tatar showed that he too could be a full-time contributor, while Danny DeKeyser was great on the blueline until his own shoulder malady cut into his rookie campaign. And Brendan Smith finally got to play a full season with the Red Wings, proving he belonged during an effective year.
The Wings still have some big-name free agents to deal with, notably Daniel Alfredsson, who led them in scoring during that bizarre 2013-14 campaign. And Jordin Tootoo has already been put on waivers. But for a team that has always been super-patient with its youth, Detroit now has several kids who really took advantage of their opportunities when the Wings needed them.
Now Detroit no longer needs Bertuzzi, Samuelsson or Tootoo – and the Wings can probably jettison a veteran or two more. If anything, they’ll be even more dangerous in 2014-15 now.
Out of Wednesday's Red Wings news stories, especially regarding to the team's buyout of Jordin Tootoo (he'll clear waivers at noon today, and be bought out at that time) and the team's decision to cut ties with Todd Bertuzzi (who joins Mikael Samuelsson and probably David Legwand and Kyle Quincey in the, "See ya later, good luck in your future endeavors" category), it was at least a little refreshing to hear that the Red Wings' front office plans on taking advantage of the new "wining and dining" period between June 25th and June 30th instead of tossing sticking with the, "If you don't re-sign by July 1st, we're moving on without you" philosophy.*
Ken Holland told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that he plans on putting talks with the team's potential unrestricted free agents off until they can gauge the free agent marketplace and come back to the Wings to negotiate comparative salaries (though the team's highly likely to re-sign Jonas Gustavsson as its back-up, and Daniel Alfredsson's said that he only wants to play for Detroit if he continues his playing career)...
“The other guys I’m not sure,” Holland said. “I basically told the other agents we’re not doing anything right now. Under the CBA on June , which is next Wednesday, we can start talking to potential unrestricted free agents.
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson won’t be returning next season.
As far as the rest of the unrestricted players go, the team will take a wait-and-see approach.
“The other guys I’m not sure,” Holland said. “I basically told the other agents we’re not doing anything right now. Under the CBA on June 27, which is next Wednesday, we can start talking to potential unrestricted free agents....
“There’s a lot of chatter about trades, but I don’t know if things will come to fruition or not,” Holland said. “If we go out and sign one or two people we’re basically done. These guys might be the best options we’ve got, but right now we want to keep our options open so we can explore.”
a bit more...
Okay, this afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related and marginally Red WIngs-related news represents a disparate crop, so prepare for significant amounts of Tweets and some slightly random "stuff":
First, regarding the NHL's 2014-2015 schedule, which comes out on Sunday, June 22nd, it appears that pre-season schedules will leak out first, via a retweet from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
Second, regarding the NHL's Awards Show (presenters included; Danny DeKeyser will be one of them!), which takes place on Tuesday, June 24th, the Red Wings reminded us that an actual member of the organization is up for an award, though the "safe betting" is that he won't walk away with the Jack Adams Award because
the press is really fickle, I mean Mike Babcock didn't enter the best-coach-of-the-season discussion until late in the season:
Update #2: The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms...
General manager Ken Holland said the move was done partly because "Jordin wants to be back in the NHL. This gives him an opportunity."
"Toots doesn’t want to be in the American League. We don’t want him to be in the American Hockey League,” Holland said. “Toots has done everything we could have asked of him in the AHL. He hasn’t complained. He’s been a good foot solider. … I don’t think it’s fair to Toots and from the business standpoint, we don’t want Toots in the American Hockey League, so I got to figure out a way to get Jordin Tootoo back to the National Hockey League.”
Red Wings overnight report: coaching stuff, potential UFA’s, draft talk, cap talk and slight geekage
Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related news stories:
- First, if you're interested, ESPN's taking surveys regarding its 2014 NHL Franchise Rankings, and you can let the sports world know where the Wings rank in all sorts of meaningful categories. Teams pay attention to these rankings;
- The Daniel Cleary saga isn't the only song that never seems to end. In coaching news, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari report that Wings assistant coach Bill Peters is one of seven (or eight) candidates being interviewed for the Pittsburgh Penguins' coaching vacancy, and the team may or may not interview Tom Renney, too;
When the news broke that the Red Wings are still considering giving Daniel Cleary a contract, albeit a 2-way contract, for this upcoming season, I really didn't know how to react. So I stayed quiet.
I certainly know that you reacted. The two entries discussing Cleary's status produced over 110 comments (if an entry gets over 25 comments, even if it contains super-positive news, it's a safe bet that there's an argument brewing), and I'm guessing that not all of them are positive. I tried to stay out of the comments sections to let you have your say, and then think about what I wanted to say.
From the Red Wings' PR department:
Red Wings set to stage 2014 Training Camp in Traverse City
NHL Prospects Tournament, Charity Golf Classic, Alumni and Celebrity Game and main Training Camp returns to Centre ICE Arena this fall
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the Red Wings will once again host their annual NHL Prospects Tournament and Training Camp at the Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., along with a Training Camp Alumni and Celebrity Game and the 15th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic.
The NHL Prospects Tournament will return to Traverse City for the 16th season, running from Friday, Sept. 12 through Tuesday, Sept. 16. The eight-team tournament will include the Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Over the tournament’s history, 440 players have gone on to skate in at least one NHL game, including six who skated with the Red Wings during the 2013-14 season: Tomas Jurco, Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan and Ryan Sproul.g.
I don't understand the logic in this, but MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland about the team's status as "contemplating re-signing forward Daniel Cleary":
"When he signed here last year for a one-year deal we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers of three years from a couple of teams," general manager Ken Holland said.
Holland has met with Cleary and plans to continue talks. The Red Wings might sign him to a two-way contract and assign him to the Grand Rapids Griffins if he doesn't make the NHL roster.
"He's coming off a real tough season," Holland said. "I know he's working really hard to try to get some leg strength to give himself the best opportunity he can for a bounce back year."
Khan continues, reporting that the Wings will try to trade Jordin Tootoo before buying him out.
On Monday evening, the Free Press's Helene St. James revealed that the Red Wings have decided to retain Jonas Gustavsson as the team's back-up goaltender, and she Tweeted that the Wings will buy out Jordin Tootoo if the team can't trade him.
This morning, St. James lets us know what's going on in terms of Daniel Alfredsson and Daniel Cleary's respective statuses:
[T]he Wings are waiting to hear whether the 41-year-old right wing wants to play another season. If he does, the Wings are interested in working out another contract. Alfredsson, who joined Detroit last summer after 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, contributed 18 goals among 49 points over 68 games and provided leadership.
Alfredsson and backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson are among the few potential unrestricted free agents the Wings have interest in retaining. The team also has been in talks with forward Cleary; despite a subpar and injury-plagued season, the Wings will be good to the word they gave to Cleary last fall when he left behind money and terms with Philadelphia to sign for one year and $1.75 million with Detroit. At the time, there was a verbal agreement the Wings would take care of Cleary past 2013-14. The most likely scenario has Cleary agreeing to a two-way contract that would enable the Wings to put him in the minors if he does not succeed in challenging for a job at training camp.
*cringes* Go find another Philadelphia, Daniel Cleary. You don't want to be riding the buses after Mitch Callahan or Landon Ferraro steal your job.
Regarding Tom Renney and Bill Peters' futures, I'd thought that the Miami Herald's George Richards' blog entry tied up the loose ends regarding their candidacy for the Panthers' coaching job, but Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski found that Richards revealed Renney and Peters are no longer in the mix via Twitter:
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