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Red Wings overnight report: faith is nothing if it cannot withstand doubt

The next couple of weeks aren’t going to be comfortable, fellow Red Wings fans, but I didn’t realize how incredibly difficult Wednesday’s news that the Red Wings lost out to the Minnesota Wild in terms of landing a player they desperately hoped to sign (Ryan Suter) and one they were at least particularly interested in (Zach Parise)...

Until I left my computer screen, after what I would guess is somewhere between fifty and sixty hours of work put in between Sunday and this morning, and left to talk to my mother, who spent the Fourth of July at a nursing home. I needed a reality check after a day spent trying to convince fellow Red Wings fans that the team didn’t disqualify themselves for the 2013 playoffs entirely thanks to two players’ less than altruistic decisions in July, having discussed alternate plans and a plain old strange set of evening stories from the MSM online and on Twitter, and I couldn’t believe what I heard in my voice.

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Red Wings evening news: And then things got weird

Updated 3x at 12:10 AM: With the Red Wings reeling and re-setting after losing out on Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, and

losing out on Matt Carle as well, what does the mainstream media in Detroit do? Dish doom and gloom, starting in “Tweet” form, from MLive’s Ansar Khan:

No power for 27 hours and counting. This is a good time to make some predictions because I can always blame it on the heat later (cont.)
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I don’t think the Wings will sign Semin because they don’t want to make a long term commitment to someone whose commitment is questionable
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I don’t think the Wings will sign Carle because he’s viewed as soft, not worth the $5 million or so a year for 5 yrs it’ll take to get him.

 

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So the Red Wings have lost out on Suter and Parise. What will they do now?

Updated 4x at 4:28 PM: If you’ve been following the updates to the Ryan Suter and Zach Parise to the Wild post, you know by now that the Red Wings were at least in Ryan Suter’s final three teams, and that their contract offer to Suter was very competitive, but in terms of both money and interest, Parise wasn’t interested in coming to Detroit, and you know from the Free Press’s Helene St. James that the Wings sure as hell aren’t going to trade Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen, Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist AND multiple first-round picks to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash.

So where do the Red Wings go from here? They’ve lost out on Suter and Parise, the team rather desperately needs to add a top-pair defenseman, and while Ken Holland told the Free Press’s St. James that he understood why the players made their decisions…

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Shiznit. Wild sign Suter, close with Parise, sorry, Red Wings fans

Updated 13x at 2:42 PM: Suter says it was the Wings, Wild or Preds for him: Per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo:

The Wild has landed its blue-chip defenseman and is working toward landing the big fish, blue-chip forward as well.

After an impressive maneuver Tuesday to get itself in front of free-agent Ryan Suter, the Wild has agreed to terms on a 13-year contract with defenseman Ryan Suter, sources say.

But the Wild’s not done in its attempt to shake a hockey-mad market into a frenzy.According to sources, the Wild was working on agreeing to terms with Minneapolis-born Zach Parise on a 13-year deal.

If successful, and it appears as if it will be, Parise and Suter are forming a star-studded tandem that can come to Minnesota and perhaps help alter the fortunes of a franchise that has missed the playoffs four consecutive seasons.

And from Craig Custance:

Red Wings have been notified they’re out of Parise hunt.

Helene St. James...

Red Wings have been notified by Zach Parise camp that they are out.

And Ted Kulfan:

Wings out on parise

Update: Per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

Zach Parise has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Wild

Update #2: Duh, from Chuck Pleiness:

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It’s decision day, and the Red Wings aren’t the favorites for Suter or Parise

Updated at 11:25 AM: If these players do not choose Detroit, it does not speak poorly of the Wings. It speaks poorly of their decision-making processes: Per the Free Press’s Helene St. James:

The Red Wings will find out today whether they’ve landed their no. 1 target on the free agent market: Defenseman Ryan Suter. A representative for Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, posted a tweet this morning saying, “Client Ryan Suter plans on making a decision today.”

As of 10:30 Wednesday morning, the Red Wings hadn’t heard back from either of the two biggest catches on the free agent market.

They’ve made a 13 year, $90 million offer to Suter, who is their number one priority as they need to boost the back end after losing top-four defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart. The Wings have also tendered an offer to forward Zach Parise. Suter and Parise, both 27, are being chased by several teams, including Philadelphia, Chicago and Minnesota.

And MLive’s Brendan Savage:

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Red Wings overnight report: surveying Tuesday’s Suter-Parise craziness

This has read like a spy novel for some time now, so let’s get down to brass tacks and do a little comparative literary shopping, shall we?

On Tuesday morning , a gentleman named Brian Idalski let Yahoo Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika know that Mike Babcock was spotted at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, and after some late-morning chatter about Ryan Suter and Zach Parise taking their time to make their decisions.

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Chasing Zach Parise via the radio and Twitter as Red Wings fans wait for his, Suter’s decisions

Updated 4x at 12:36 PM: So we’ve gone from airplane watching to Tweets of radio interviews, NHL Home Ice’s Josh Rimer interviewed Zach Parise on Nextsportstar.com, right after NHL.com’s Dan Rosen posted the following…

Text from Parise: “Nothing will happen tonight.”

And here’s the play-by-play of the interview from the Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno...

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In less crazy news…Red Wings sign Nicastro, Tvrdon, welcome Gustavsson to Detroit

Updated w/ another Nicastro/Tvrdon story at 4:56 PM: While we’re pondering what exactly Mike Ilitch’s plane might be doing in Wisconsin, and maybe getting carried away and suggesting that, just as the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo was able to find Zach Parise at the airport, maybe MIke Babcock was waiting for him (doubt it, but for f’s sake, we’re at the point where speculation is just stupid crazy)...

The Red Wings officially signed Max Nicastro and Marek Tvrdon to entry-level deals, and MLive’s Ansar Khan took note of both contracts and the playing destinations of the gents involved:

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Red Wings Wings did visit Suter, but a decision won’t come until Thursday

Updated 22x at 7:28 PM: This is nuts in the Red Wings news department, from Clipper 377 on Twitter:

Flight data says a gulfstream registered to the Red Wings left Madison WI 40 mins ago. Bringing Suter? http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N559LC
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A Gulfstream 4 Owned by the Detroit Red Wings parent company left Madison WI 45 mins ago. Carrying Ryan Suter? #NHL
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@AnsarKhanMLive Illitch and Chelios were scheduled to meet with Ryan Suter today. They’re set to land at DTW at 5pm.
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@AnsarKhanMLive Illitch and Chelios were scheduled to meet with Ryan Suter today. They’re set to land at DTW at 5pm.

And RedWingsFeed has picked it up:

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Airport shenanigans as the Red Wings and everyone else continue to wait for Suter and Parise

Updated 8x at 1:45 PM: the Wings have officially signed Max Nicastro and Marek Tvrdon: What a mess. Yahoo Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika has the news scoop of the day thus far: a gentleman named Brian Idalski spotted Red Wings coach Mike Babcock at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport,* most likely catching a connecting flight from Detroit to Saskatoo (I’ve flown to Winnipeg many times through the U.S., and flights to Winnipeg, Calgary, Saskatoon, Edmonton, etc. originate from MSP), but that’s got the hockey world buzzing given that free agency has ground to a halt—and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun will explain why that is:

The wait continued Tuesday morning as Zach Parise and Ryan Suter contemplated the biggest decisions of their hockey lives.

Parise was slated to fly back to his native Minnesota on Tuesday and it wasn’t clear when he’d have a decision made, although a source close to him thought sometime Tuesday was a probability. Likewise, Suter remained undecided.

“When a young man is asked to commit for 13 years, why is it considered extraordinary to take a few days to make a decision? A deal will happen when it happens,” Suter’s agent Neil Sheehy told ESPN.com via email Tuesday morning.

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