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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Jonas Gustavsson will be back with the Detroit Red Wings for a third season.
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that "it appears we've agreed to a one-year deal."
Gustavsson, 29, was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but both sides were interested in extending a relationship that began in the summer of 2012. Gustavsson is coming off a two-year, $3-million deal. His extension is expected to be in the same $1.5-million ballpark.
Holland said Gustavsson has returned to Sweden, but paperwork should be sorted out within days.
Detroit, MI – The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2014-15 preseason schedule. The Red Wings will skate in a total of eight preseason games, including four games at Joe Louis Arena, highlighted by three matchups with Original Six rivals in the Chicago Blackhawks (Thu., Sept. 25), Boston Bruins (Sat., Sept. 27) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Mon., Sept. 29). A home showdown against the Pittsburgh Penguins is also slated for Wed., Oct. 1. Tickets for all Red Wings home preseason games will go on sale Fri., Aug. 15 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office (313-471-7575), all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) or online at DetroitRedWings.com. The complete 2014-15 preseason schedule can be found below.
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.
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