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Updated 4x at 5:12 PM:
Per the Red Wings' conference call introducing Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson, Wings GM Ken Holland told the media that he is still talking with Daniel Cleary and will touch base over the next couple of hours...
But he stated that he expects Damien Brunner to "move on to a different situation."
Regarding the roster crunch up front and the salary cap--the Wings have a capgeek-estimated $2.3 million of cap space with RFA's to re-sign in Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson, but they can exceed the cap by another $6.4 million (so that's $8.7 million in total availble space)--he stated that the Wings obviously have to move some bodies and that he would explore options over the next month or two as the roster is a work in progress.
Updated 3x at 6:24 PM: Well, former Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula got his money, and he gets the chance to replace Vincent Lecavalier...
Nicholas Cotsonika put it best:
Updated 8x at 4:54 PM: Farewell, Valtteri Filppula: the Red Wings have decided to replace Filppula with Stephen Weiss:
This went down weirdly...
Updated 10x at 1:44 PM:
Update #1: Filppula and Cleary are gone, too:
Updated 23x at 3:59 PM: After fifteen updates to the Daniel Alfredsson rumor thread, here's the gnus regarding Alfredsson joining the Red Wings:
Updated 15x at 11:37 AM:
Update from George: Gnus to follow jump cut:
Given the last couple of months' worth of comments from the Red Wings over the past couple of months, never mind the last couple of weeks or days, or taking the team's cap situation and roster crunches into account, it's very evident that Detroit won't be particularly active today, save attempting to re-sign Damien Brunner and Daniel Cleary and attempting to bring in a second line center.
Given the hundreds and hundreds of comments made over the past couple of days, there is an assumption that everything would be different if Jim Nill were in charge instead of Ken Holland.
Such suggestions do not take into account a simple fact: the Detroit Red Wings are not a team whose decisions are solely made by Ken Holland. The Red Wings are run by a management team which consults its pro scouts, its ownership, and yes, its coaches before making major moves, and while Holland has the final say, he is not some lone cowboy going on his gut feeling.
Okay, so I was battling a nasty case of boogers over the past couple of days. Here's a simple summation of the gnus of note, on a source-by-source basis:
Red Wings wining-and-dining update: looking at Grabovski, Alfredsson; Cleary, Brunner to test market
Things have gotten crazy while I was battling boogers. Among the Red Wings-related items of note, MLive's Ansar Khan reports that the Wings are looking at Mikhail Grabovski since the Leafs bought him out...
Grabovski, a creative playmaker and good skater who can play center and the wing, is a close friend of Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, whom he idolizes. They played on the same line for CSKA Moscow during the NHL lockout this season.
The Red Wings will be seeking a second-line center when free agency begins Friday at noon, if, as expected, they're not able to re-sign Valtteri Filppula.
Reports are Daniel Alfredsson is looking for a one-year contract.
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