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Red Wings make a ‘Frk’ decision, sign Martin Frk to a 3-year entry-level contract

Well that was fast, per the Red Wings’ Twitter account:

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Red Wings evening news: on stupid Yandle rumors, an annoying wait and Kocur’s charity softball game

I absolutely despise doing this, but as a follow-up to the overnight report’s take on “Hockeyinsiderr’s” belief that the Wings are seriously bidding for Yandle, here’s your okay, folks, it’s official, this guy’s nuts—and the Wings would be nuts, too, to offer this kind of package for one player:

BREAKING NEWS: The #RedWings have offer on the table for #Coyotes Yandle: Filppula+Nyquist+2013 1st. #WOW Ball in PHX court.

That’s just ridiculous. Go vote for your favorite alumni bobblehead on the Wings’ official website instead, because those personnel “moves” are more likely to happen.

As Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner notes, however, despite fans’ displeasure with the Wings’ inability to land a top-name free agent or allow themselves to sell the barn to buy a horse…

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Vote For Your Favorite Bobblehead

Paul for George who is sunning in the great UP.

Detroit, MI… For the second consecutive year the Detroit Red Wings will be asking fans to help determine which players will be featured in their season-long bobblehead giveaway promotion in 2012-13. Following the success of last summer’s Operation: Bobblehead voting campaign, which saw nearly two millions ballots cast in selecting the current members of the roster to be immortalized in the form of a collectible bobblehead, this year the team will be asking citizens of Hockeytown to vote on which former Red Wings greats they’d most like to see the likeness of emblazoned upon a 6 ½ inch polyresin figurine.

A total of six players will be featured in the 2012-13 Operation Bobblehead - Alumni Edition. The exact games at which 7,500 bobbleheads will be distributed this season will be announced at a later date.

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Red Wings overnight report: grumpily debunking the Filppula-Yandle rumor

In theory, anyway, I’m supposed to be on vacation, but after a day spent mostly doing what one does after a long trip preceded by a longer couple of weeks—sleeping—I woke up and found that Alex Kovalevich wanted me to check out some rumors he’d found and posted on Red Wings Grinder, his blog.

So I looked immediately to something I have limited access to this week in Twitter, checking out the ever-helpful RedWingsFeed and what people had been asking me (go figure, over 3,500 people put up with my Tweets) to see what was up.

And here come a pair of disclaimers and an axiom:

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Ken Holland talks about his in-progress rebuilding of the Red Wings

Paul already posted Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s take on collective bargaining agreement negotiations in a conversation Holland had with the Vernon Morning Star’s Kevin Mitchell , and here’s his take on helping the Wings navigate a difficult transition period (sorry for the sloppy cutting and pasting of text—I’m writing this from my phone):

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Red Wings overnight report: a prospect, a question and a list

Looking at the Red Wings’ summer development camp in the rearview mirror, I find it somewhat ironic that news regarding the surprisingly large Jake De Haas’s trade to the BCHL’s Penticton Vees popped up on Friday, and that the Free Press’s George Sipple profiled Andreas Athanasiou today, because the pair of prospects almost prompted a delayed reaction in terms of the impressions the pair left upon me.

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Red Wings morning report: leaving on a predictably strange note

I’m heading on vacation for a week today, and as such, my availability will be limited for the vast majority of the next week. I’m heading to the U.P. and a location where internet access extends to a “clubhouse” but not the cabin I’ll be staying in—I will kinda sorta be on vacation—so if anything big breaks, Paul will cover it here, but I’ll only checking in a couple of times a day. I’ll return on Saturday, August 4th and will take things a bit slow due to the time of year (here’s hoping that it’s not too quiet). Before I embark on a 400-mile drive with the mom:

As you might expect in late July, the news cycle is a feast-or-famine one, and we begin with St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock’s assessment of the state of the Red Wings in a discussion of the Blues’ Central Division rivals, held with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford:

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Frei: Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore lawsuit pushed back till January 2013

Via RedWingsFeed, I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but involves a member of the Red Wings and what is sure to be an incredibly difficult time for him. From the Denver Post’s Terry Frei:

Finally scheduled to begin on Sept. 24 in Ontario, the trial in the lawsuit of former Avalanche forward Steve Moore against Todd Bertuzzi, the Vancouver Canucks and Marc Crawford now has been “adjourned” to Jan. 28, 2013.

The defense requested and was granted the latest delay. It’s unclear how Bertuzzi’s still-playing status with the Detroit Red Wings would be handled, but I’m assuming it wouldn’t be shocking if it were pushed back again, to after the season.

The trial could last as long as three months.

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Red Wings vacation packing quickies: At what price are the Wings really interested in Shane Doan?

After both MLive’s Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirmed Aaron Ward’s Tweet that the Red Wings had bowed out of the Shane Doan sweepstakes, and after the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts reported that Doan’s camp wants a 4-year, $30 million contract for a 35-year-old with hard miles on his odometer—a contract which would remain on a team’s payroll even if Doan retired early…

I’d resigned myself to the fact that Doan wasn’t coming to Detroit.

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Red Wings mid-day news: updates on Doan and Eaves, on Smith’s ‘breakout’ and charitable news

Given my personal schedule for the day (running errands and packing for tomorrow’s trip “up north” for a week), and perhaps for all of our nerves’ sake after the no Semin/no Doan bummerfest that was Thursday, today’s crop of Red Wings news is relatively sparse and spartan—at least by this incredibly busy July news cycle’s standards (knock on wood).

• Well, okay, we’re not out of the Semin/Doan woods yet, via RedWingsFeed:

That’s crazy, frankly. That’s about

$7.3 million a year

[edit/update: Dear Gord, $7.5 million a season /end edit], for four years, for a 35-year-old forward whose cap hit, under this CBA, counts against the cap regardless of whether he plays until he’s 39.

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