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Toledo Walleye receive ECHL’s ‘2015-16 Overall Award of Excellence’

From the ECHL:

The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the Toledo Walleye have been selected as the 2015-16 recipient of the ECHL Team Award of Excellence. It marks the second consecutive season and the fourth time in the last seven seasons that the Walleye have received the award.

The award recognizes the ECHL organization that executes a well-rounded business plan including, but not limited to, sales, marketing, media relations and merchandising while also distinguishing themselves in their community, on and off the ice

The other finalists were the Colorado Eagles, Missouri Mavericks and Tulsa Oilers.

Toledo set an all-time team record in attendance during the 2015-16 season with 251,369 fans during the regular season. The team also experienced a peak year for group tickets sold, group ticket revenue, School Day tickets sold, sellouts and average attendance. The team also secured the most sponsorship revenue in team history. The Walleye once again led the ECHL in merchandise sales and set a new all-time sales record. During the 2015-16 season, the Walleye provided nearly $400,000 in charitable contributions to over 25 area organizations.

On the ice, the Walleye captured the North Division regular-season title for the second consecutive season, marking the first time a Toledo team has won back-to-back division titles since the Toledo Storm won three consecutive division titles from 1991-92 through 1993-94.

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‘Three Things’: On salary arbitration cases, a pair of surgeries and the summer development camp

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. As reported earlier this afternoon, Danny DeKeyser and Jared Coreau filed for salary arbitration, and Petr Mrazek did not file for arbitration. MLive's Ansar Khan took note of the news while attempting to gauge DeKeyser and Mrazek's market values...

DeKeyser, 26, likely will get a deal in the range of $5 million a year. Coach Jeff Blashill referred to the metro Detroit native as an elite, underrated defenseman in the league.

DeKeyser had eight goals and 12 assists in 78 games last season, with limited time on the power play. He averaged 21:48 in ice time, second on the team to Niklas Kronwall (22:00). He is coming off a two-year contract that had a $2.187 million cap hit.

Mrazek is expected to sign a two- or four-year contract, likely for between $4 million and $5 million a season.

He made $737,500 last season, when he was stellar in January (7-1-1, 1.32 goals-against average, .952 save percentage) but struggled the last two months, getting pulled five times in a span of 14 starts and losing his starting job to Jimmy Howard.  Mrazek regained the starting job in Game 3 of the playoffs against Tampa Bay.

And the Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Ken Holland regarding the arbitration case(s)...

Holland said he is “confident a deal will get done” at some point, both with DeKeyser and fellow restricted free agent Petr Mrazek. Mrazek is asking for a salary in the range of $5 million annually.

2. As well as the news that Teemu Pulkkinen (shoulder) and Alexey Marchenko (wrist) have undergone surgeries to address nagging injuries:

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Danny DeKeyser And Jared Coreau Select Salary Arbitration

via a release from the NHLPA,

Selected salary arbitration,

Detroit Red Wings

Jared Coreau

Danny DeKeyser

The deadline for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration notification is July 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Salary Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2016.

added 6:30pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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St. James: DeKeyser to file for salary arbitration

The Free Press's Helene St. James reports that Danny DeKeyser is likely to file for salary arbitration by today's deadline, most likely kick-starting the process of contract negotiations for a longer-term deal:

What St. James means is that, should DeKeyser and the Wings reach an arbitration hearing, the arbitrator would award a one-year contract as DeKeyser can become an unrestricted free agent a year from now.

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Datsyuk’s next chapter is on hold for now

From the Free Press's Helene St. James, as reported several days ago, the Phoenix Coyotes have yet to terminate Pavel Datsyuk's contract, and until they do that, the IIHF can't sign off on Datsyuk's transfer from the NHL to the KHL:

Pavel Datsyuk is awaiting paperwork before he officially segues into the next chapter of his hockey career.

“We are waiting on a transfer card from Arizona and we expect it to arrive shortly,” Dan Milstein, Datsyuk's agent, told the Free Press today. “As soon as we get that, Pavel will sign with one of the KHL clubs.”

SKA St. Petersburg is believed to be front-runner. Datsyuk is expected to sign a two-year deal worth 250 million rubles annually -- equivalent to $3.8 million.


The plan is for Datsyuk, who turns 38 on July 20, to play at least until 2018 -- for a golden reason.

“Pavel wants to play well and he wants  to help the team,” Milstein said. “Very likely, he will play for two years, to be part of the next Olympics, because he has unfinished business. He wants to help Russia win a gold medal.”


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What Happens If Petr Mrazek Selects Salary Arbitration?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Now that the frenzy of unrestricted free agency has played out, NHL teams will spend the next two days focusing on their restricted free agents and the looming deadlines for salary arbitration.

The process, which is available to certain RFAs based on service time, allows for an independent third party to establish a one- or two-year salary based on comparable deals.  Players have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to elect arbitration. After the deadline passes, a 24-hour window opens for the teams to choose the process....

No longer the “goalie of the future” in Detroit, Petr Mrazek is ready to earn a starter's salary. Best-case scenario for the Red Wings is to get Mrazek signed to a bridge deal that pays him in the neighborhood of $3.5-$4 million with an eye on a bigger contract down the road. But if the netminder decides to test arbitration, it could cost the team dearly. He's posted numbers (27-16-6, 2.33 GAA, .921 save pct.) comparable to Toronto's Frederik Andersen (22-9-7, 2.30, .918), who recently was signed to a deal that pays him an AAV of $5 million, and that's a figure that Wings GM Ken Holland can't afford.

more on other players around the league...

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Khan: Teemu Pulkkinen has shoulder surgery, out 4-6 months; Marchenko had wrist surgery

Not good news at all from MLive's Ansar Khan:


Here's Khan in text form:

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A bit about Jordan Sambrook

The Markham Economist & Sun's Michael Hayakawa spoke with Red Wings draft pick Jordan Sambrook regarding his selection by the Red Wings at the NHL draft:

Compiling nine goals and 18 assists in 67 regular season contests in his first Ontario Hockey League campaign as a member of the Erie Otters this past season, Sambrook was honoured to be taken by a team with a storied tradition in Detroit.

“It was very surreal,” he said in hearing his name called out at the draft. “My family was excited and I was just as excited as them. It was absolutely awesome. Detroit is a historic franchise and I love being here,” he said in an interview conducted on the Erie Otters’ website.

As one of four blueliners Detroit selected among their first five picks in the draft, Sambrook was quick to concede he has plenty of work to do. Not just on the ice. But with the offseason now in full swing, it’s time to divert his full attention on dry-land training where he wants to improve on his quickness and his frame.

“It’s back to work in the gym, I’ve got to develop my quick feet and fill out my size,” he said.

At the same time, he said it will be a work in progress.

“I know I need more time to develop,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”


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Too Many Forwards

It is question and answer time for Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Q: Overall, I like what Ken Holland did on the opening day of free agency. Nielsen should be a solid second-line center, Vanek is a veteran scorer with motivation to find his game again and Ott should bring some toughness. The Darren Helm signing confuses me though. It seems like too many years and too much money for an oft-injured third-liner that never seems to score as much expected. The biggest issue is that the team is now overstocked with forwards, likely pushing (Andreas) Athanasiou and (Anthony) Mantha back to the AHL. How do you see the team's lineup looking with these new pieces? Is there a chance we could see the logjam of forwards fixed with a trade for a defenseman like Fowler?

A: They are positioned to make a trade for a defenseman. We'll see if it happens in the off-season or during the season.

Ideally, they would have liked to ink Helm for four years at around $3.3 million per season, but you overpay more often than not for a UFA. More than anything else, they value Helm's speed and felt it was important to retain him. Time will tell.

I think Mantha will start the season in Grand Rapids, unless he has a tremendous preseason and they either have a couple of injuries up front or trade a couple of forwards.

If they don't make a trade and are healthy going into the season, Athanasiou also is a candidate to start in GR because he's except from waivers. And I'm sure much the fan base would revolt if that happens.

Athanasiou and Mantha aren't going to be around as spare forwards, they need to be in the lineup every game if they're here.

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Steve Ott’s proud to be a Red Wing

Steve Ott's signing struck more than a few Wings fans as surprising and a little confusing, but the 35-year-old's enthusiasm for wearing the winged wheel is impressive, as noted by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

“I’ve always wanted to be a Detroit Red Wing,” Ott said. “I grew up admiring the teams and runs that they had with Steve Yzerman and the rest leading the way. It has always been a dream to wear the winged wheel and now that this has all come together this is the most exciting contract I have ever signed.”

Ott was one of three forwards the Wings signed on the first day of free agency.

“When you have that presence, it is a true dream as a hockey player, in your local market, to be able to have this opportunity,” Ott added. “I don’t know the other guys (Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek) well yet, but I’m sure they feel the same way every time they get the opportunity to put their local jersey on they grew up admiring and seeing those heroes and legends just makes it that much more important to never let that jersey down.”


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