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This is worthy of stand-alone entry status: Red Wings executive Kris Draper spoke with The Fan 590's Sportsnet Tonight's Jeff Samut and Ben Ennis fourteen minutes, discussing the Red Wings' deadline moves, and around the 2-minute mark, he very delicately dances around any possible discussions regarding one Dion Phaneuf, suggesting that the Wings had to move a roster player and a top prospect to acquire...a certain left-shooting defenseman:
This is really fantastic stuff. Draper talks about the financial aspects of the Cole and Zidlicky trades, Marchenko's play and the Wings' blueline depth, the Wings' West Coast road trip as it determined the course of the Wings' trade decisions (as a statement to the locker room that the Wings' players merited reinforcements) and the thought processes involved in making trades. There's a cursory amount of praise for the passion of the Toronto market and fans as well.
Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos said that the Maple Leafs asked for Anthony Mantha and a 1st round pick, and that's why the Wings didn't make a trade for Dion Phaneuf. Earlier this evening, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch said that the Leafs not only weren't willing to take on Stephen Weiss's salary, but that they also wanted a "core player off Detroit's roster" that wasn't Jakub Kindl (apparently part of the Wings' offer) to consummate the transaction. Most recently, the Toronto Star's Rosie Dimanno suggested that the Wings were offering Brendan Smith as the key part of the trade, and that the Leafs weren't interested in Smith and whatever else Detroit was offering in exchange for eating part of Phaneuf's salary.
Whatever happened or did not happen, we know that the Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs were talking about bringing Mr. and Mrs. Cuthbert to the Motor City, and we know that, as the National Post's Michael Traikos suggested, the Wings and Leafs will revisit their conversation at the NHL Entry Draft or at some point after both teams' seasons have ended (Toronto's hopefully much earlier than Detroit's), when the stakes for both teams aren't nearly as high as they are presently, and the Leafs don't have to save as much face while extricating themselves from 6 more years of a $7 million Phaneuf cap hit that the Wings seem willing to absorb if the price is right.
Instead, the Wings snagged Erik Cole from Dallas and picked up the slow-footed but slick Marek Zidlicky from New Jersey, both to robust approval.
Make no mistake the Detroit Red Wings had serious talks with the Leafs about Phaneuf but they couldn't make the deal work. The word is Jakub Kindl would have been in the trade and it's believed that the Wings would have insisted the Leafs take back Stephen Weiss as part of any trade.
The Leafs wanted a core player off Detroit's roster to make the deal happen.
Naturally, it didn't happen. Why? The cap hit of $7 million through 2020-21 is a big issue for every team and the Leafs were trying to make a hockey deal even if they're going to rebuild. The Ducks and Kings also investigated the possibility of bringing in Phaneuf but couldn't do it either.
That could have been the deal that saved the day. It, and a lot of others, didn't happen. Instead, fans had to be happy there was some small stuff to chew on.
And he continues, discussing non-Wings-related "Almosts" galore...
This might be one of Jon Stewart's more difficult interviews, per the Detroit News's David Guralnick:
Viacheslav Fetisov is a retired Russian professional ice hockey player who appears in the documentary "Red Army" (2014). During his hockey career, he played defense for HC CSKA Moscow, the New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Wings. He won two back-to-back Stanley Cups and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
Oh boy, Wednesday night’s a ‘Rivalry Night’ Wings-Rangers game, and Sunday’s B’s game’s on NBC, too!
In case you thought that the trade deadline yielded time to un-clench your rear end, NBC Sports wants to remind you that not one but
RANGERS-RED WINGS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY, RED WINGS-BRUINS ON NBC’S GAME OF THE WEEK HIGHLIGHT NBC SPORTS GROUP’S NHL COVERAGE THIS WEEK
Rick Nash and Rangers Visit Pavel Datsyuk and Red Wings on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET
Milan Lucic and Bruins Host Red Wings on NBC’s NHL Game of the Week Sunday at Noon ET
Jonathan Toews and Blackhawks Host Rangers Sunday Night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Coverage Begins Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Steven Stamkos and Lightning Host Sabres
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 2, 2015 – This week’s NHL coverage on NBC and NBCSN features three Original Six matchups with teams jockeying for playoff positioning, beginning with a Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN between Rick Nash and the New York Rangers, and Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings will be featured on the NHL Game of the Week on NBC at Noon ET on Sunday, when they travel to Boston to face Milan Lucic and the Bruins. Sunday’s coverage also features an interconference Original Six contest at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Rangers visit Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will call NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between the Rangers and Red Wings. Emrick and McGuire will be on the call for Red Wings-Bruins on the NHL Game of the Week on Sunday.
Very interesting stuff...Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos says that the Red Wings didn't trade for Dion Phaneuf because the Maple Leafs wanted Anthony Mantha:
Update: And at the other end of the spectrum, from the Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere:
Updated 19x at 8:35 PM: For what it's worth, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reported that the Wings weren't able to consummate a deal for Dion Phaneuf because the Maple Leafs wanted Anthony Mantha in whatever package was being contemplated.
As such, the Free Press's Evil Drew Sharp has a point in suggesting that not "going big," and instead adding Marek Zidlicky and Erik Cole for modest prices, behooved Ken Holland and company:
The moves didn't dazzle. It didn't flutter hearts. But they were wise additions, done within a NHL economic framework that places the highest priority on first round draft picks and top drawer minor league prospects. It was a good day that the Wings got Cole and Zidlicky, but it was an even better day because Ken Holland came away from his shopping excursion with prime prospects Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha and this year's first round draft pick still in his cart.
That's the way it is in hockey. Overly cherishing high level prospects becomes a source of discontent in baseball where there are no limits to what teams can spend. But they're premium currency in hockey. Holland understands that and it's to his credit that he's resisted the temptation the last couple seasons to satisfy the still strong craving for big names regardless of the accompanying big financial risks.
Cole and Zidlicky are two month rentals. So what?
Phaneuf has six years at $7 million annually remaining on his contract. If the Wings could've gotten Toronto to accept the salary cap albatross that's become Stephen Weiss, it would've been nice. But the Maple Leafs are in full rebuilding mode and certainly would've demanded either Larkin, Mantha or future Wings' starting goalie Petr Mrazek and at least one first round draft pick.
The Wings did well with what they got.
Toronto apparently did demand Mantha, and I'd heard rumors of a 1st round pick or Brendan Smith as well, just as you did, while Kypreos suggested that a Kindl-Weiss combo should have gotten the deal done. I would imagine that the Wings and Leafs will talk again at the draft, but the Wings sure as hell aren't giving Mantha or Larkin to Toronto to ensure that Phaneuf doesn't become the next Larry Murphy-style acquisitrion.
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Updated at 2:36 PM: Trade deadline or no trade deadline, the Red Wings are holding a 2 PM EST practice today, as the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa notes:
@DetroitRedWings on ice at University Liggett School in one of the Grosse Pointes. Much news, but neither Cole nor Zidlicki will be here.
Stephen Weiss on ice for Wings practice. Zetterberg (head injury) is suiting up and will skate.
Well, at least I got it out of my system. CORRECTION: "Zidlicky."
2d graders from Liggett school, who just got off ice for gym class, here watching practice, with Ms. McCoy and Ms. Coyro.
Babcock not presiding at practice, 48 minutes before trade deadline.
Helm not skating, obviously. Datsyuk in repose, apparently. Zetterberg pushing it, here, in drills.
Marchenko not at practice. Roster space, for Zidlicky? Probably. Kindl skating here.
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness is also reporting for duty...
From the American Hockey League:
The American Hockey League announced today that Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Petr Mrazek has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 1, 2015.
Mrazek made three road starts last week and turned aside 83 of 85 shots, going 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, a .976 save percentage and two shutouts as the Griffins held on to their lead atop the Midwest Division.
On Tuesday, Mrazek finished with 31 saves as Grand Rapids defeated Iowa, 6-2, in Des Moines. Then on Friday evening, Mrazek made 25 stops as the Griffins shut out Milwaukee, 4-0. Finally, Mrazek stopped 27 shots on Saturday night to earn his third shutout in his last four outings, a 5-0 victory at Chicago that allowed Grand Rapids to tie a franchise record with its seventh consecutive road win. Mrazek enters the new week with a shutout streak of 144:28.
A fifth-round selection by Detroit in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Mrazek has split the 2014-15 season between Grand Rapids and the parent Red Wings. In 11 AHL appearances with the Griffins, Mrazek has a record of 8-2-0 with a 2.07 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and three shutouts; he has also gone 13-5-1 (2.55, .909, 1 SO) in 20 NHL contests with Detroit. The 23-year-old native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, backstopped the Griffins to a Calder Cup championship as a rookie in 2013, playing every minute of their 24-game postseason run, and was voted a Second Team AHL All-Star in 2013-14.
In recognition of his achievement, Mrazek will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Griffins home game.
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