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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Detroit Red Wings are sticking with Jonas Gustavsson as their backup man.
Indications are the Wings will soon re-sign Gustavsson, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency come July 1.
"I've been talking to Gustavswson's agent,' general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today. "He played good for us. We'd like to keep him."
Gustavsson is coming off a two-year, $3 million deal. He'd like another two-year deal, while the Wings are pushing for a one-year contract.
Also from St. James:
Quickie update: Via Chris Nichols, the Miami Herald's George Richards also updated the state of the Florida Panthers' coaching search, and it doesn't sound like we'll know whether Tom Renney or Bill Peters are headed to Florida until much closer to the draft:
From the Griffins' PR department:
GRIFFINS ANNOUNCE EIGHT GUARANTEED HOME DATES
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins will open the home portion of their 2014-15 season on Friday, Oct. 10 at Van Andel Arena, one of eight 2014-15 home dates that have been confirmed by the American Hockey League.
In addition to their home opener, the Griffins will host their 18th annual New Year’s Eve game on Wednesday, Dec. 31, as well as a game on Saturday, Jan. 24 that will lead into the 2015 Great Skate Winterfest, one of the team’s annual fundraisers for the Griffins Youth Foundation. Additional home dates include a Friday game on Feb. 20 and four other Saturday games – Jan. 10, Feb. 7, Feb. 21 and March 14.
Opponents and start times will be revealed later this summer, when the complete schedule for the AHL’s 79th season is released. It will mark the Griffins’ 14th year of AHL membership and 19th season overall.
Group tickets for the eight dates at Van Andel Arena are now on sale along with 2014-15 season ticket packages. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the public in September. Fans can secure their full-season, select-season or group ticket packages by calling (616) 774-4585 ext. 2 or visit griffinshockey.com for more information.
I'm a bit surprised by the flood of free agent and trade rumors popping up already, but it's that time of year, so let's get to the Red Wings-related news items of the day:
1. TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that the Red Wings have more than Daniel Alfredsson's $2 million bonus to pay, so the team's status as "at the cap" due to Long-Term Injured Reserve exemptions will bit the team's cap figure (Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports that we're looking at a $70 million-range upper limit):
Capgeek has the Wings with $20 million in cap space against a $71-million cap (or $50.98 million in contracts on the books for the 2014-2015 season), but the team has to re-sign restricted free agents Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar, the Wings would probably bring Daniel Alfredsson back if he'd like to return, the team seems intent upon bringing Jonas Gustavsson back, and we of course know that the Wings want to add a top-pair defenseman. Add that up and that $16-million-ish amount of cap space disappears in a hurry.
Thou mayeth cringeth here:
Today marks the start of an incredibly busy two-and-change weeks for the Red Wings organization.
This morning, the team will find out whether Tom Renney or Bill Peters will leave the organization to coach the Florida Panthers; between today and June 30th, the Wings have to decide whether to buy out Jordin Tootoo;
The team has until June 25th to attempt to re-sign any unrestricted free agents-to-be (see: Daniel Alfredsson and Jonas Gustavsson; don't expect Todd Bertuzzi, Daniel Cleary, David Legwand, kyle Quincey or Mikael Samuelsson to return) before the free agent wining-and-dining period kicks in (the Wings might want to lock up restricted free agents-to-be Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar before then as Capgeek reports;
The NHL should reveal a possibly $70-million-plus "upper limit" after the Board of Governors' meetings in Philadelphia on the 25th and 26th (cap space is handy given that the Wings owe Daniel Alfredsson $2 million in performance bonuses that will count against the 2014-15 cap); and on the 27th and 28th, the team will draft six players at the NHL draft.
July 1st marks the start of free agency, and on July 4th, the Wings' summer development camp begins in Traverse City.
Red Wings overnight report: on Tomas Nosek, a unique potential draft target and not ‘being terrible’
Before getting into this morning's Red Wings-related news stories, I'm posting "the calendar" that the Red Wings sent out to their email subscribers waaaaayyyy back on locker room clean-out day again...
And, via Paul, it's worth noting that in addition to the salary cap-compliance buy-out market hitting on Monday (per Sportsnet's John Shannon) and the Florida Panthers announcing their head coaching decision on Monday (per the Miami Herald's George Richards; Wings associate-and-or-assistant coaches Tom Renney and Bill Peters are still in the running), the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo pointed out that the days leading up to the draft in Philadelphia should yield another set of, "Which free agent-to-be's being recruited by whom?" rumors:
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed left wing Tomas Nosek to a two-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Nosek, 21, recently completed his third season for HC Pardubice in the Czech ExtraLiga, pacing the team with 44 points (19-25-44) in 52 games. In addition to leading the team in goals and assists, Nosek had a club-best plus-17 rating and contributed six points (3-3-6) in 10 postseason appearances. In 2012-13, the 6-foot-2, 201-pound forward tallied 14 points (5-9-14) in 50 games with the team, adding five points (4-1-5) in five contests with HC Hradec Kralove in second-tier Czech Republic and 14 points (5-9-14) in just six games with HC Pardubice’s under-20 team.
For Red Wings fans, these dates will define our "summer"...
Monday marks the beginning of a buyout period that we hope will bolster the relatively thin crop of unrestricted free agent-to-be defensemen...
Maybe I need to get Jiri Fischer's number. Earlier today, I'd spotted a pair of reports from iSport and Hockej.cz stating that the Red Wings were going to sign HC Pardubice's Tomas Nosek, a 6'2," 201-pound winger who caught the eye of Wings Eastern European scout Vladimir Havluj (as he told Hockej.cz's Ales Krecl) after slipping through the draft twice.
Tonight, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness are confirming that Nosek's going to sign a 2-year, 2-way deal before teams have to pay a substantial fine for inking European prospects on-or-after June 15th.
Eliteprospects.com lists Nosek as having a breakout season in the Czech Extraliga this past season, registering 44 points (19 goals and 25 assists) in 56 games, and Khan reports that the 21-year-ol did indeed come highly-recommended by the Wings' scouts:
I don't know that much about him, but according to Hockej.cz's Ales Krecl and iSport, the Red Wings are close to signing a European free agent in Tomas Nosek, a 21-year-old forward who's played for HC Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga for the past three seasons.
Nosek, a left-winger who's listed at 6'2" and 201 pounds (per EliteProspects), posted some very solid numbers for Pardubice--19 goals, 25 assists and 44 points in 52 games during the 2013-2014 season--and while Nosek's agent, Ales Volek, is issuing a "no comment," Wings scout Vladimir Havluj spoke with Hockej.cz's Krecl about the probability of the team signing Nosek before June 15th, the last day that NHL teams can sign European-born players to overseas contracts without paying an extra "penalty."
What follows is incredibly roughly translated:
Today's crop of Red Wings news isn't particularly deep, but just as was the case in the overnight report, there's no point in sitting on stuff, so:
I don't have any particular superstitions about the number 13, but Friday the 13th is a spoooooky day to some, and the Hockey News's Jason Kay took advantage of the date to list the top ten players who've worn the "unluckiest" digit. I have no qualms with any of his comments regarding the best #13 ever...
Pavel Datsyuk. With two Stanley Cups, three Selkes and four Lady Byngs, Datsyuk is the most decorated of the 13s. At 35 and still performing at an elite level, this sure-fire Hall-of-Famer has time to further pad his resume.
And this guy wasn't bad, either:
Slava Kozlov. Like Datsyuk and Sundin, Kozlov stayed true to 13 until the end, registering 853 points for three teams.
Regarding the Wings' Russians, Sports.ru's Epicenter blog posited a remembrance of the Russian 5, and the videos they posted are plain old fun to watch--and are good reminders regarding the genesis of the Wings' puck possession game:
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