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Updated 12x at 2:12 PM: Capgeek reports that the Wings have signed Marek Tvrdon: Good morning. Before the craziness starts—as of yet, there’s no news regarding Ryan Suter or Zach Parise—here’s a brief look at today’s Red Wings stories:
• Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner penned a slate of profiles of the Wings’ free agent signings, but he ends his entry with a little captain obviousness that may frame today’s events perfectly:
IIf the Red Wings are able to land Parise and/or Suter on Monday, when it’s expected they’ll announce where they’ve decided to sign, the Wings will obviously be overjoyed with their free-agent signings. It’s hard to imagine Suter not being a Predator or Red Wing based on Sunday’s scuttlebutt. Parise’s situation appears to be more muddled.
Whatever happens will dictate if Detroit has to employ an alternative plan, going after a Matt Carle and/or Alexander Semin.
Anyway you look at it, the circus hasn’t left town.
By early Sunday afternoon, the Red Wings’ front office knew that they’d be waiting until today to find out whether their pitches to Zach Parise or Ryan Suter, and the Wings had already addressed one glaring need in signing Jonas Gustavsson to a 2-year deal and announcing the signing of Damien Brunner to a one-year contract.
Then things got weird.
Updated 5x at 9:31 PM: My best guess at this point is pretty simple: the Red Wings have an overabundance of forwards now, should Zach Parise go elsewhere, and perhaps they are crossing their fingers that either Nick Kypreos wasn’t blowing smoke or that, should Ryan Suter choose to go elsewhere, they’ve got back-up plans in place. One way or another, I do believe that Ken Holland knows something we don’t, has a trade in the works (no, not for Nash, dear God, Scott Howson wants both arms, both legs, the liver, spleen and heart from teams that are in different conferences, never mind the same division) or is simply overbuilding like nobody’s frickin’ business, knowing that he can exceed the salary cap by 10% during the summer…
After adding Jonas Gustavsson, as expected, Damien Brunner, and throwing two bizarre curveballs our way in Mikael Samuelsson (hey, with Hudler gone and Tomas Holmstrom likely to retire, the Wings had a 35-goal hole, and Samuelsson knocks into that significantly at what is an affordable price by a $70 million cap’s standards) and Jordin Tootoo (for the love of Gordie, may we banish those whistles from the Joe forever).
Now? Given that we’ve been told that neither Parise nor Suter will make their decisions until Monday, despite the Wings’ best efforts to make their decisions “no-brainers” (thanks, Jonas Gustavsson), I’ll turn it over to the Free Press’s Helene St. James...
Updated 11x at 9:25 PM: From TSN’s Darren Dreger:
TooToo agrees to Detroit. 3 years $1.9 per
MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:
Wings sign disturber Jordin Tootoo, formerly of Nashville, for three years at $1.9 million per.
Update: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms—and remember that all these extra bodies mean that the Wings may end up trading some players, and that they can exceed the cap by 10% should the Suter/Parise sweepstakes pan out:
Updated 6x at 7:03 PM: Well go figure, per TSN’s Gord Miller. The Red Wings have decided that Mikael Samuelsson can go home again:
Det signs Mikael Samuelsson to a two year deal.
In theory, it’s Hudler’s production for the money the Wings wanted to pay Hudler, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
Mikael Samuelsson is getting $3M per year on his 2 year deal. Full no trade.
Update: The Free Press’s Helene St. James confirms...
Well here’s the news you were probably not waiting for, Wings fans. In addition to Ryan Suter not deciding until tomorrow, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Red Wings’ other main target will take his time, too:
Zach Parise’s decision will not come until tomorrow. Has narrowed the field to a select group and will decide Monday.
Update: Take this for what you will, from the Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo...
Updated 5x at 6:07 PM—dammit, blowing smoke?: Hmm, per Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos:
#NHL. Starting to hear Suter has picked #Redwings as his destination. More to come…..
Still looking for confirmation that Suter has pick #Redwings but the sense is the decision is coming soon.
Update: Cue Ted Kulfan...
Gettinhg sense suter choosing red wings
And then an ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun-style reality check:
Agent Neil Sheehy says Ryan Suter has not made a decision yet.
And along comes Ansar Khan:
Holland text on Suter: “Everything is media rumors at this time.’’ Of course, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen soon.
Update #2: From Helene St. James...
From DET GM Ken Holland: “Everything is media rumors at this time.” #RyanSuter
Update #3: Typical Kypreos!!!!!
Nothing confirmed as it appears Suter will won’t make anything official till 2morrow but some on inside say he’s leaned toward #Redwings
Updated 6x with Nash scuttlebutt at 4:17 PM: From MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings are pitching their deals to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter:
The Detroit Red Wings have submitted an offer to the agent for forward Zach Parise and hope to hear back tonight or Monday on whether they are in the mix. The Red Wings, with a contingent that included owner Mike Ilitch, general manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock, originally planned on flying to Toronto this afternoon to meet with Parise and his agents at the offices of Newport Management in Mississauga, Ontario, at 3:30.
But Parise’s agent, Don Meehan, called them and said he has canceled all meetings because more than 20 clubs have asked to see him and he can’t possibly accommodate everybody. Meehan told teams to submit their best offer by phone, and the Red Wings have submitted a big one. Parise will consider all the offers.
Updated 5x at 5:41 PM: Finally, per the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:
#redwings also confirm they have signed F Damien Brunner to one-year, 2-way, entry level deal.
Update: the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms:
Updated 17x at 5:35 Pm: Per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector:
Our @maydayhockey says G Jonas Gustavsson has signed with Detroit.
Sportsnet is reporting 2 years, $1.5 million per season.
Update: the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff confirms.
Former Leafs G Jonas Gustavsson signs 2 year deal with #redwings.
Gustavsson deal is worth $3 million. $1.5 million per season. #redwings
Update #2: The Free Press’s Helene St. James also confirms...
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