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And now things get particularly complicated. Over the next five days, free agents-to-be can be wined and dined (read the blog entry, quite a bit of info as to how the process works); according to Sportsnet's Mark Spector, between midnight and noon on July 1st, the same's true for restricted free agents-to-be; on Friday, the first round of the draft will take place in Philadelphia (at 7 PM EDT on NBCSN and TSN); on Saturday, the 2nd through 7th rounds take place (starting at 10 AM on the NHL Network); free agency will begin with a flurry of signings on Tuesday, July 1st, and I will be on the road to Traverse City for the Wings' summer development camp a week from tomorrow (a.k.a. July 3rd).
This is an exciting time of year, but it's also exhausting (for me at least), and there's a part of me that is already looking forward to it being July 10th.
Despite the tizzy of comments regarding what Mike Babcock and Ken Holland said on Tuesday, and despite the fact that I'll be working double-time to help Paul out on UFA day, I find that the sturm, drang, the sound and fury, all of it--for Red Wings fans, anyway--is most likely to result in the drafting of seven new players and one, maybe two free agent signings.
At least that's what my gut's telling me regarding this summer's events, and I know that for many of you, that will mean yet another summer's worth of disappointment and anger at what the Wings didn't, could've and/or should've done.
This morning, the Detroit News's John Niyo suggests that the Wings should make a trade instead of going after free agents:
Update: Severstal is confirming, says it's a 2 year contract, but KHL contracts can generally be opted-out-of after 1 year by the club or player.
Here I was, writing the overnight report (I tend to check the Russian stuff toward the end these days), and RedWingsFeed revealed that restricted free agent defenseman Adam Almquist is in very, very likely to be spending this upcoming season in the KHL--which is a good thing for him and a good thing for the Red Wings:
A few weeks ago, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose let us all know that Ted Lindsay was going to attend the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, presenting the NHLPA's player-voted-upon MVP award (a.k.a. the Ted Lindsay Award) only two-and-a-half months after having his frickin' aortic valve replaced, and it appears that all's gone very well for Terrible Ted:
(warning: Graphic Ryan Getzlaf Scalp content after the jump)
Mike Babcock didn't take home the Jack Adams Award in Las Vegas...
Nor did Danny DeKeyser take home the Calder Trophy...
Updated 3x at 7:36 PM:
Update: Here's a video of Babcock speaking to the NHL Network, via RedWingsFeed:
InGoal Magazine's Kevin Woodley spoke with Dominik Hasek's long-time goalie coach, Mitch Korn, about reining in Hasek's wild ways to translate to NHL play and "The Dominator's" strengths in the net, and the most fascinating part of the article for me confirms a "myth."
So very regularly during his tenure(s) with Detroit, my friends and I would talk about Hasek, and they'd insist that he was completely unpredictable, while I'd insist that Hasek did in fact have a style of play and a set of tools in his toolbox--just different ones than any other goaltender. Korn tells Woodley that this is in fact true:
“Everything he did had a purpose. It didn’t look like it had a purpose, but it had a purpose,” he said. “We were coming out of the skate save era but he was very good at the same thing we are doing today – sealing the ice, taking away vertical space. He was very flexible and he had a pretty wide butterfly but the way he took away vertical space on diagonals with stacks – nobody but Brodeur has ever done it like him.”
Yzerman, Babcock reflect upon Hockey Canada’s progress, Hasek’s HOF-er status and Olympic experience
I hadn't seen a North American write-up of yesterday's Hockey Canada fundraiser and awards gala in Vancouver, but IIHF.com's Lukas Aykroyd penned an article about Team Canada's reflections upon its Gold Medal-winning performances in Men's and Women's ice hockey, including comments from Steve Yzerman (who's stepping down as Team Canada's Olympic GM) about the year in review...
“I started playing hockey at the age of five in Cranbrook, British Columbia,” Yzerman told a media gathering at a downtown Vancouver hotel. “I’ve remained in the game, involved in hockey, 44 years later. I’ve followed Canadian hockey at every level, watching Canada’s men and women play. Compared to our first Olympics in 1998, the level for both the men’s and women’s game has grown. For a lifetime in hockey, it’s been a thrill to be a part of it.”
And Yzerman also spoke about Dominik Hasek's selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2014 induction class:
Updated 6x at 2:54 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related stories...
"talked to him; we're gonna talk again before Monday," general manager Ken Holland said. "Basically his message to me was he feels good. He's not 100 percent. He'd like to feel a little bit better but he feels good. He's not ready to make a decision right now that he's gonna retire. He wanted (to) just kind of pass that news on to me and get my thoughts."
Updated 5x at 1:27 AM: I'm not sure where the journey's going to take me, but I've got an overnight report's worth of "stuff'--some of it related to the mid-day report, most of it related to the announcement that Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano will be part of the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2014 induction class, and a little bit about the Alfredsson entry, too--so let's see where the "stuff" leads us.
At present, as ESPN's Pierre LeBrun noted, Steve Yzerman has received the Order of Hockey in Canada, and he and Mike Babcock are taking part in Hockey Canada's awards gala dinner in Vancouver (celebrating the Olympic championships, etc.):
Updated 5x at 9:18 PM:
Update: Here's St. James' article:
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that a phone conversation Monday with Alfredsson revealed "he wants to play again."
The Wings were tremendously pleased with what Alfredsson delivered last season, when he came to Detroit after 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators. Alfredsson produced 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 games, and provided leadership made all the more invaluable during a year that saw each of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk miss half a season. Alfredsson was a hit in the locker room, where his sense of humor and easy-going style, along with consummate professionalism, earned him many admirers among Wings old and young.
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