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Red Wings mid-day news: contract talk and more draft profiles

Updated 4x with more Lecavalier talk at 3:14 PM: We can't have one without the other, as noted in the overnight report, so, while Red Wings GM Ken Holland told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that he was going to do what most GM's are doing this Canada day--going home and catching up on some sleep after four marathon days (starting with Thursday's Board of Governors meetings; KH and crew can place any of their cap compliance buy-out candidates on waivers as late as 5 PM on Thursday)--he has a to-do list, as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan notes:

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland met with the agents for potential unrestricted free-agent forwards Damien Brunner, Valtteri Filppula and Daniel Cleary over the weekend, but progress on new deals was slow.

All three can become unrestricted free agents on July 5.

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Red Wings overnight report: Lecavalier and UFA talk take spotlight away from Wings’ draft haul

Update: Wish TMR reader Kevin good luck on his proposal to his girlfriend today, and...

Beware, Wings fans, auto-play clips lurk within:

After more "rumblings" and "insider" talk than anything else at the draft (the Wings' 18-for-20-and-58 swap was more indicative of the day's events than any other trade), I'm not thrilled starting this overnight report discussing the Red Wings' courtship of one marquee cap compliance buy-out player and their own unrestricted free agents-to-be instead of talking about the Wings' own 8-player draft haul, but you're probably more interested in Vincent Lecavalier than you are in Hampus Lindholm, so let's get the Le-cav-al-scoop from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun...

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Red Wings conclude 2013 draft by picking Hampus Melen 199th overall

The Red Wings have drafted Anthony Mantha, Zach Nastasiuk, Tyler Bertuzzi, Mattias Janmark-Nylen, David Pope, Mitchell Wheaton, and Marc McNulty, and as TSN's Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun suggested that Vincent Lecavalier will narrow down his list of teams to 4-5, will visit some of them, and is asking for $5 million a year for 5 years...

The Wings wrapped up the part of team building that they have a say in by picking Hampus Melen...

He's a 6'2," 148-pound forward who played for Tingsryds AIF J20 this past season.

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Red Wings pick Marc McNulty, another huge defenseman, 169th overall

Updated 2x at 9:30 PM: First, congrats to Alan Quine at getting a second chance...

And then, welcome to the Red Wings..

6'6," 185-pound defenseman from the Prince George Cougars, 52 games played, 15 points, 70 PIM.

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Red Wings pick Mitchell Wheaton 139th overall

Big big big big big:

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Red Wings pick The Pope…I mean David Pope, 109th overall (and a Lecavalier update)

Updated 3x at 8:27 PM: Oh, by the way...

Anywho,

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Red Wings pick Mattias Janmark-Nylen 79th overall

Updated 4x at 8:07 PM: Here's the Swede:

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Red Wings pick Tyler Bertuzzi 58th overall

Updated 6x at 8:50 PM: The Detroit Red Wings have picked Todd Bertuzzi's nephew, Tyler Bertuzzi, with the 58th overall pick. And Bob McKenzie stated, "He makes David Bolland look like a Lady Byng Trophy winner."

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Red Wings select Zach Nastasiuk with 48th overall pick; pick 58 to come

Updated 5x at 8:42 PM: The Red Wings' first second-round pick is an intriguing one:

Via Paul, here are some highlights of Nastasiuk:

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‘Mr. Hockey’ earns Free Press title as Michigan’s best sports nickname

Mr. Hockey is attending the draft in New Jersey this Sunday, and the Free Press states that Michiganders have decided that "Mr. Hockey" is the best sports nickname out there:

Detroit sports fans have been having this debate for years now: Howe or Yzerman.We helped settle at least one aspect of the discussion.

The finals of our latest online voting tournament for the best nickname in Detroit sports history featured No. 9 vs. No. 19. While some may think the Internet is for the "young kid," everyone still respects the 85-year-old legend.

Mr. Hockey won with 68% of nearly 2,800 votes.

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