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Red Wings overnight report: the aggressive pursuit of all available options for improvement

The difference between a general manager and Red Wings fans like you and me is that Ken Holland can’t afford to be frustrated by, or, given by this blog’s comments section of late, join Wings fans in either attempting to break his ankles jumping off the bandwagon or impale himself upon the nearest sharp object simply because the Red Wings have yet to land their big fish.

Zach Parise was probably headed to Minnesota from the outset, but the Wings made their pitch. Ryan Suter at least listened to an in-person offer from Mike Ilitch, Chris Chelios, Ken Holland, and, according to Mike Babcock, Mike Babcock, but Suter was swayed by Parise. The Red Wings did their best to go after Rick Nash, unlikely as their status as Columbus’s self-styled “arch-rival” made any potential deal with Columbus to be, but the Blue Jackets didn’t want to move him to Detroit.

And now we’ve found out that while the Wings didn’t engage in trade talks with the Nashville Predators, they sure as hell were keeping very close tabs as to whether Weber would be interested in inking the kind of front-loaded offer sheet the Flyers threw at him. Weber preferred going to Philly, so the Wings stood back and watched the Flyers stomp on Nashville’s toes instead.

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Red Wings evening news: Wings were in the Weber sweepstakes, but weren’t talking with Nashville

Updated with some rather depressing takes on the Weber sweepstakes from Khan and Pleiness at 7:11 PM: While I’m more than willing to give Ken Holland and the Red Wings’ management A’s for effort in terms of knocking on every trade and free agent possibility’s door, aggressively, over the last month, and as mentions of that fateful Carolina Hurricanes offer sheet to Sergei Fedorov back in 1998 and as Flyers owner Ed Snider’s rightfully getting mocked by the Hockey News’s Adam Proteau for having his Board of Governor hawkishness and eating his exploit-the-CBA cake and eat it, too, standards of sporting morals…

The Free Press’s Helene St James suggests that the Red Wings did not inquire as to one Shea Weber’s availability from Nashville for the same reasons that they were rebuffed by the Columbus Blue Jackets when the team inquired about Rick Nash’s availability—but she reports that the Wings were indeed speaking to Weber’s agent throughout this pre-offer sheet process:

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Red Wings mid-day news: Not for a lack of trying

I know that failure is not an option around here, and that trying doesn’t count as far as Red Wings fans are concerned, but this Red Wings fan can’t help but give the team an “A for Effort”: over the last three weeks, the Wings have made an in-person pitch to Ryan Suter, MLive’s Ansar Khan told us that the Wings did their best to land Rick Nash, instead of throwing an offer sheet at Shea Weber, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the Wings were trying to trade for Weber’s rights instead, and we already know that the Wings are assumed to be serious bidders for Shane Doan’s services as they wait to find out whether Doan will leave Phoenix at all.

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Flyers’ offer sheet for Shea Weber is lockout-proofed, pays $56 million over first four years

Update: Whoops, wrong blog. sorry: According to TSN, the Philadelphia Flyers’ offer sheet to Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber defines the term “front-loaded”:

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenceman Shea Weber to a 14-year offer sheet worth a total of of $110 million. The deal includes $68 million in bonus money in the first six years.

In total, Weber will make $14 million in each of the first four years; $12 million in years five and six; $6 million in each of the next four seasons; $3 million in year 11; and $1 million in each of the remaining years.

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos is confirming:

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Red Wings overnight report: on Tootoo, Quincey, Lashoff, free agents and CBA talk

Well, aside from finding out in the middle of the night that the Red Wings may have been in the pre-nuclear trade discussions for one Shea Weber (a day after we found out that the Wings did their best to bid for Rick Nash—hey, Holland, Nill, Martin and Babcock weren’t working their phones half the time at last week’s developmental camp to check their tee times), Wednesday was a pretty regular day in Hockeytown.

The Wings avoided salary arbitration with Kyle Quincey, signing him to a 2-year, $7.55 million deal that will probably look downright sane a year or two from now, but might have been a wee bit more than the Wings were hoping, and, with the exception of Justin Abdelkader, more or less wrapping up the Wings’ summer housekeeping (okay, they have to sign some NHL-ready call-ups from Grand Rapids, but other than that)...

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Red Wings evening ramble: on roster moves to come, Brian Lashoff and inevitable Bertuzzi banter

My theory about the Red Wings’ roster machinations to come is a simple one: given that the Wings have re-signed Kyle Quincey to a 2-year deal which will probably look downright reasonable a year from now, and that the team’s going to re-sign Justin Abdelkader shortly and then more or less wait for Shane Doan to make up his mind while Ken Holland comes back to Detroit to have that sit-down talk with Tomas Holmstrom:

I’d gather that the Wings will wait out the free agent market to determine whether Doan or Alex Semin are interested in coming to Detroit and/or can be had for reasonable wages, they’ll move on to looking at the “c” market regarding adding a goal-scoring forward, they’ll decide which band-aid defenseman or two may be the best “fit”...

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He’s ‘our’ Jordin Tootoo now: #22 visits Detroit, dons a Red Wings jersey

Updated 3x at 7:45 PM: If you’d told me a month ago that on July 18th, I would have spoken to Mike Babcock for ten minutes during the Wings’ summer development camp, and that Jordin Tootoo would have Tweeted the following, I would have laughed at you:

Jordin Tootoo is indeed a member of the Red Wings, and perhaps the most detested member of an opposing team to join Detroit’s ranks since Chris Chelios did indeed don a Wings jersey today, as noted by the Wings’ official Twitter account…

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Quincey Signs For $7.55M For Two-Years

Updated 2x at 4:02 PM: Paul for George who is running a marathon today, ha….

Ansar Khan tells us Quincey and the Wings have found common ground,

The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Kyle Quincey to a two-year, $7.55 million contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for next week.
Quincey, who earned $3.125 million in 2011-12, will make $3.55 million in 2012-13 and $4 million in 2013-14, for a salary-cap hit of $3.775 million.

Detroit, MI...The Detroit Red Wings today announced that free agent defenseman Kyly Quincey has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the team. In accordance with club policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

“We’re very pleased to agree to terms with Kyle and avoid arbitration,” says Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland.  “We drafted Kyle in 2003, watched him develop into a solid NHL defenseman and look forward to having him in a Detroit uniform for the next two seasons.”

Update from George: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms…

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Red Wings morning report: more about Quincey, Nash, Doan and CBA stuff

With MLive’s Ansar Khan’s Rick Nash bombshell dropped before someone’s internet service went out last night, we’re shifting back to more pedestrian Red Wings news this morning with more discussion about Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader’s contracts.

The Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Wings will have to submit legal briefs of their stance against Quincey earning a big raise two days before the team’s scheduled to meet with an salary arbitrator a week from today, but Ken Holland told St. James that he believes the team’s not likely to engage in their third arbitration hearing since 1995:

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Khan: Rick Nash won’t come to the Red Wings because Columbus can’t stomach the thought

Via RedWingsFeed, I believe this counts as a mid-July blockbuster:

According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings did their very best to attempt to acquire: the superstar forward, but the Columbus Blue Jackets simply wouldn’t do business with their self-proclaimed arch-rival:

The Red Wings made “a hell of an offer’’ to Columbus for Nash, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. But the offer generated no conversation. No counteroffer, no back and forth negotiation, nothing.

It is clear Columbus has no intention of trading the face of its franchise to the team it considers to be its top rival, a Detroit club that has dominated the Blue Jackets since they entered the NHL in 2000-01. The last thing Columbus general manager Scott Howson wants to see is Nash being paired with Pavel Datsyuk and his Blue Jackets having to deal with that scenario six times a season.

Khan attempts to offer an educated guess as to what the Wings may have dangled in front of Columbus given Scott Howson’s desire for NHL-ready forwards…

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