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Via Allhockey.ru, the Komsomolskaya Pravda Kazan's Kristina Gizatulina engaged in an interview with Pavel Datsyuk during his hockey camp in Kazan this past week, and here's a rough translation fo the interview:
We're going to talk about Tomas Jurco's contract a bit and then get into snippet-tidbit territory.
So Jurco did end up re-signing with the Wings for two years, at a cap hit of $900,000 per season, and while we don't have Capgeek any more, General Fanager, Hockey's Cap, CapFriendly and War-on-Ice estimate that the Wings are somewhere between $675,000 and $1.4 million above the salary cap, and MLive's Brendan Savage suggests that the Wings are somewhere below Hockey's Cap's estimate but still above both the cap and the 23-man roster limit (and he provides a list of salaries as well):
The Red Wings have 24 players signed at a cap figure of $71.6 million (that includes players projected to make the roster plus $1.066 million from Stephen Weiss' buyout). That is slightly more than the $71.4 million salary cap and is one player over the 23-man roster limit.
However, Pavel Datsyuk is expected to start the season on injured reserve following ankle surgery on June 25. And if Johan Franzen (concussion) isn't cleared by doctors he'll go on long-term injured reserve, giving the Red Wings up to $3.95 million in cap relief.
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff has the Wings $1.5 million over the cap...
added 7:23pm, Detroit release is below...
Among today's Red Wings-related news stories:
SVT's Marie Lehmann offered a cavalcade of last-day-of-Pavel Datsyuk's-hockey-school Tweets...
The gents over at Octopus Thrower asked me to weigh in as to whether Dylan Larin or Anthony Mantha will reach the NHL first as part of their Friday roundtable, and as you might imagine, I had quite a bit to say...
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I fully believe that the Red Wings will promote Dylan Larkin before Anthony Mantha because the team’s center depth is theoretically shallow enough that Larkin will get his cup of coffee by the end of the calendar year. I don’t think that he’ll stick unless somebody gets hurt, but he’ll get in a game or three. I’m not sure which player’s going to “stick” first–that’s much more difficult to predict–and I hesitate to suggest that one player is better or worse than the other because Larkin and Mantha are just so very different.
In Dylan Larkin, you’re looking at a possible #1 center who has a fantastic foundation as a pro prospect because he comes out of Metro Detroit’s incredibly competitive midget AAA hockey programs, the U.S. National Team Development Program, which prepares players for the pro game in a hurry, and of course Red Berenson’s Wolverines.
Larkin is much more a “finished player” than Mantha, who played on a much shallower team in a much less competitive Quebec League, and as such, Mantha’s still learning the on-and-off-ice work habits and consistency necessary to become an NHL player, and it may take him another year to year-and-a-half to bring his game together, whereas Larkin is far “readier” to play as a two-way center with some goal-scoring and playmaking aplomb (and a surprising level of “bite).
And I continue, as do
Among this morning's Red Wings-related news stories (it's really one story and a bunch of tidbits, but don't tell):
The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa engaged in a lengthy Q and A with new Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, and it's a superb insight into the Wings' coach several months into his tenure:
Q. Can Jeff Blashill motivate those three big stars [Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Kronwall], if they need motivation? Do you feel confident you can have that relationship with them?
A. Certainly. This is the thing I’ve said all of the time: I have an inherent belief that players want to be great. I certainly have an inherent belief that those three want to be great.
I also understand that everybody reaches their maximum potential when they’re held accountable on a daily basis. But that can be done lots of different ways.
That can be done with a conversation, off to the side, saying we’ve got to be better than we were today. That can be done by pointing out things in video. That can be done by a kick in the butt.
Whatever it takes to make sure that I’m holding every player on our team accountable, that’s my job to do. It’s just the fashion in which you do it can change, and it can change by the player ...
Update: Oh fun:
Update #2: From MLive's Brendan Savage:
Forward Tomas Jurco, the Detroit Red Wings' final unsigned restricted free agent, told a website in Slovakia that he's closing in on a two-year contract agreement with the club.
But a source says Jurco and the Red Wings aren't close to striking a deal.
Slovak is a difficult language to translate, so this is very, very rough, but Tomas Jurco spoke with Hokejportal.net's Pavol Rajtar regarding his status as a restricted free agent and his new contract with the Wings, which will apparently be a 2-year deal pretty close to his previous salary.
Here's a very, very rough translation of Rajtar's article:
As I watch the Lou Lamoriello Twitter reaction cascade for Paul...
1. Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal wrote a MASTERFUL rebuttal to those of you who believe that Anthony Mantha's washed up...
2. And MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Jerome Verrier regarding his desire to earn an AHL or ECHL contract with the Wings despite his status as a summer development camp and prospect tournament try-out.
This is going to sound really bad, but I guess it's late July, and this missive from the Oakland Press's Pat Caputo could be a missive critiquing the Red Wings' decision to reload/rebuild-on-the-fly amidst the Detroit sports landscape, not a critique of the Detroit Tigers' would-be rebuild:
Baseball is quirky, and the Tigers will still feature a nucleus of highly-regarded players next season, but it’s not nearly as deep a core. Subsequently, it’s not nearly as certain the Tigers will be among the top contenders to win the World Series, as it has been the better part of a decade. The Red Wings have some promise. Petr Mrazek could be a huge difference-maker in goal. He certainly has flashed that type of ability. The free agent signing of defenseman Mike Green was significant, and I think Waterford Township’s Dylan Larkin is going to have a major impact on the Red Wings sooner than most fans realize. However, the Red Wings will probably remain in the second tier of NHL contenders in the foreseeable future because Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are fighting Father Time. The Pistons are just trying to get into the playoffs. I think they will this coming season, but mostly because they are in the Eastern Conference. In the much stronger Western Conference, it would be unlikely.
From the Detroit News's John Niyo:
He wears the scars with pride, the same way he wore that Red Wings sweater for most of his Hall of Fame career.
Ted Lindsay played hockey with a reckless abandon, and when he wasn’t scoring goals skating alongside Gordie Howe and Sid Abel on the famed Production Line in Detroit, “Terrible Ted” was often settling scores. In all, he figures he took close to 700 stitches in his 17 years in the NHL.
“A lot of them were from sticks, some of them were from pucks, and some were from fists,” he says, chuckling at all the golden memories etched in his mind and his face. “I ran into a lot of good men.”
But this is the scar he wants to show you now, pulling down the collar of his shirt to reveal a 3-inch reminder on his chest. That’s where Dr. Marc Sakwa, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Beaumont Hospital, made the incision to replace Lindsay’s aortic valve 15 months ago. Yep, elective heart surgery at the age of 88.
“Can you imagine?” Lindsay said, marveling at modern medicine, even as modern medicine men — not to mention family and friends — marvel at a fellow who plans to celebrate his 90th birthday next week by going to the gym to work out.
Niyo continues, and so does Ted, of course...
Update: There's a video, too, via RedWingsFeed:
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