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As it turns out, the supposedly quietest weekend of the off-season's yielded a conveniently-planted rumor about the Red Wings sending Jordin Tootoo back to Nashville, a solid number of overnight report stories and a state-of-the-Wings assessment from Ken Holland, and MLive's Ansar Khan continues his survey of the Red Wings' Eastern Conference foes with a survey of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Khan's also penned articles about the Canadiens, Senators, Bruins, Sabres, Panthers and Lightning):
Red Wings GM Ken Holland finds himself amidst a pair of his grown-up children's weddings and charitable engagements this and next month, but he found the time to speak with the Vernon Morning Star's Kevin Mitchell regarding the state of the Wings with training camp slated to start all of 47 days from now.
Holland began by discussing the team's recruitment of Daniel Alfredsson...
I've tried to leave discussions of the "back end" of the Red Wings' forward roster alone as, put bluntly, with Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist left to re-sign, the Wings needing to clear cap and roster space and, in my opinion, anyway, there's no way in hell that the Wings will do anything less than give the AHL's Jack Butterfield Trophy-winner as the playoff MVP regular ice time--because Tomas Tatar has earned it.
We don't know if Darren Helm's back will heal, nor do we know whether Todd Bertuzzi's healthy enough to contribute, and the same may or may not be true for Mikael Samuelsson. If all three are healthy, yes, Jordin Tootoo is an endangered species, if you will, and the same can be said for Cory Emmerton and Patrick Eaves.
You'll have to excuse my "blogger Spidey sense" for twtiching on this one. On a Saturday night in July, an "NHL source" happened to talk to three Red Wings beat writers about the possibility of the Wings sending Jordin Tootoo and his $1.9 million cap hit back to Nashville (which has a full compliment of forwards and about $4.6 million of Capgeek-estimated cap space left), and that same "source" told three beat writers that the Wings may or may not be interested in Maple Leafs defenseman and restricted free agent Cody Fransson (earned $1.2 million last season) as well.
This all seems a little too convenient, but here's what the "source" told MLive's Ansar Khan...
Last night's crop of marginalia didn't involve enough to posit an overnight report, but today's crop of news...Well, provides some anchor content.
Customers attending Hockey Fest at Kroger’s Canton store on Saturday, August 3 can meet hockey legend Ted Lindsay and other Detroit Red Wing alumni, and support autism research and local treatment programs. Hockey Fest will feature the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends of Hockey exhibit as well as interactive games, including a mini hockey rink, foam puck shooting range and a fast shot radar cage.
Admission is free to Hockey Fest attendees and the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Canton Kroger store parking lot. Ted Lindsay will be present between noon and 2 p.m. to meet fans and sign autographs. The Canton Kroger is located at 1905 Canton Center Road.
It's a strange Friday in late July, no doubt about it. First I've quoted a CNN article about the Red Wings' follow-on rink because it is--get this--actually thorough and well-thought-out, and now I'm quoting one Yahoo Sports' Ryan Lambert because he found a helluva quip from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
Daly was in Vancouver to talk about the Heritage Classic between the...Uh, Senators and Canucks...To be held in...Vancouver...And he found himself smack-dab in the middle of a "summertime summit" for Canucks season ticket-holders, and an intrepid fan had the gall to ask Daly about the NHL's "cap recapture" formula regarding what it likes to call "back-diving contracts."
This happens to be important for the Red Wings and their fans given that Henrik Zetterberg's contract expires after the 2020-21 season and that Johan Franzen's contract expires one year earlier, and it's particularly intriguing to find out who pushed for the "cap recapture" rule:
This was inevitable: I know that TMR readers are having a spirited discussion regarding the merits of the Downtown Development Authority, State of Michigan and Michigan Strategic Fund's approval of $450 million in bond sales to help fund the Red Wings' proposed rink and surrounding retail development...
And CNN's Chris Isadore finally caught on:
Detroit's financial crisis hasn't derailed the city's plans to spend more than $400 million in Michigan taxpayer funds on a new hockey arena for the Red Wings.
Advocates of the arena say it's the kind of economic development needed to attract both people and private investment dollars into downtown Detroit. It's an argument that has convinced Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager he appointed to oversee the city's finances, to stick with the plan. Orr said Detroit's bankruptcy filing won't halt the arena plans.
"I know there's a lot of emotional concern about should we be spending the money," said Orr. "But frankly that's part of the economic development. We need jobs. If it is as productive as it's supposed to be, that's going to be a boon to the city."
Continued, and, surprisingly enough, the article's worth your time...
Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories: MLive's Ansar Khan's penned a second "Ask Ansar" column, and after addressing questions regarding the futures of Damien Brunner and Daniel Cleary, Khan discusses the Wings' roster glut up front:
Datsyuk at his youth hockey school in Russia.
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