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Mrazek’s salary will obviously have cap ramifications for the Wings

The Red Wings are getting to the point where they're nuzzling up against the salary cap with Petr Mrazek's arbitration hearing looming tomorrow, and the Hockey News's Jared Clinton duly notes that Mrazek's salary may end up yielding an overage even if the Wings place Johan Franzen's $3.954 million and Joe Vitale's $1.16 million salaries on the LTIR:

On the Red Wings’ suggested deal, Mrazek’s cap hit would be a palatable $2.925 million. Combine that with the overage, and the Red Wings are $3.164 million over the cap with enough relief on its way via Franzen’s $3.955 million cap hit coming off the books via LTIR. In fact, Detroit’s ask would even give the Red Wings some room to operate, as hard as that may be to believe.

That’s the absolute best-case scenario for the Red Wings, especially with Holland suggesting he might still be looking to add a defenseman. If he can then use the bit of additional salary available plus a package of players to add a rearguard, he can improve his blueline.

However, if Mrazek’s cap hit comes in at his asking price, $5 million per season, Detroit’s in some trouble. Being a combined $5.239 million over the cap wouldn’t allow the Red Wings to simply place Franzen on LTIR and move on, but rather put Detroit in a position where an additional $1.28 million in salary needs to be moved out before the campaign begins.

The bottom-six players falling in that salary range include Joe Vitale, Drew Miller, Dylan Larkin, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen and Steve Ott. Holland’s not dealing Larkin, Vitale’s health may make him difficult to trade and Miller and Ott’s age means they aren’t likely to have many suitors. That leaves Jurco and Pulkkinen as the top trade candidates, but packaging and/or moving both would be the only way to become cap compliant.

Vitale will be placed on the LTIR, but the Wings still will have 16-18 forwards battling for 13-14 spots during training camp and the exhibition season, so a trade of a larger scale appears to be in the offing...

The other option is a higher-priced player, and that might have to be the direction Detroit goes. Neither Gustav Nyquist, 26, or Tomas Tatar, 25, carry any clauses that would hinder the Red Wings from making a deal, and both would draw interest were Holland to call around about moving them. Nyquist’s $4.75-million cap hit would give Detroit space to add the defenseman Holland is reportedly after, while Tatar’s $2.75-million cap hit also gives the Red Wings a bit of additional breathing room. That said, trading either might be the worst-case scenario option should the arbitrator rule heavily in Mrazek’s favor.

Clinton continues, and as the Red Wings don't have to be cap-compliant until September 29th, we should have our answer as to what the Wings will do to alleviate both their roster and cap crunches in mid-to-late September.

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Tweets and articles from Danny DeKeyser’s post-contract-signing conference call

Updated 8x at 1:45 PM: The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose "live Tweeted" Danny DeKeyser's press conference subsequent to DeKeyser's signing of a 6-year, $30 million contract:

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Toledo Walleye to hold youth hockey camp from August 8-12

From the Toledo Walleye:

Up your game at our Youth Hockey Summer Camp

Skate on the Huntington Center ice, learn from the pros and have fun while improving your skills. The Walleye will host a Youth Hockey Summer Camp in August for aspiring T-Town Hockey players! This camp is presented by both ProMedica and Wendy's.

The 2016 Youth Hockey Summer Camp runs from Monday, August 8 until Friday, August 12. This is a fantastic opportunity for hockey players ages 7 to 13 to learn from the Walleye coaching staff while skating on the same ice as the Walleye players! Both a Main Camp and a Goalie Camp are offered.

For additional info regarding the 2016 Youth Hockey Summer Camp, click here.

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Savage discusses the arbitration process

MLive's Brendan Savage broke down the arbitration process ahead of a possible hearing between Petr Mrazek and the Wings:

Teams can take a player to arbitration just once in his career but there are no restrictions on the number of a times a player can file or the size of his award.

The player can't receive less than 85 percent of his salary from the previous year and factors the arbitrator considers before making a decision include statistics from all previous seasons, a player's value to his team, leadership qualities and the performance/salary of players considered comparable.

Factors that can't be considered include comparisons to players who signed contracts as unrestricted free agents, testimonials, media reports, the salary cap and a team's financial situation.

When a case reaches arbitration, each side has 90 minutes to present its case. There's also a limit to the length of the brief submitted so neither side can bury the arbitrator in paperwork, according to Holland.

"Otherwise, we could send 1,000 pages and muddy the waters," Holland said. "There's limits to how many pages. There's limits to how long you can talk."


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A Six-Year Deal For Danny DeKeyser

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Griffins’ goaltending signings will also affect the Walleye’s roster

I certainly scratched my head when the Grand Rapids Griffins announced the signing of goaltender Calvin Heeter to a crease that already includes Jared Coreau, Eddie Pasquale and Jake Paterson, but the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reminds us that the Red Wings and Griffins are also filling the crease of the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, who recently lost the services of Jeff Lerg:

The Detroit Red Wings, the Walleye’s NHL parent club, have six goalies in its system, and two will filter down to Toledo.

Jake Paterson, who started his pro career last season in Toledo, will compete for a spot in Grand Rapids along with Heeter and another veteran goalie, Edward Pasquale. The trio will be vying for a spot to back up the Griffins’ No. 1 goalie, Jared Coreau.

Paterson, 22, went 18-9-2 with a .923 save percentage and 2.21 goals-against average for Toledo in his first full pro season last year. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound goalie also played in two games for the Walleye at the end of the 2014-15 season. Paterson was selected in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft.

Heeter, 27, played last season for two European clubs. In 24 games with the Hamburg Freezers, he posted an 11-8-0 record and a 3.00 GAA. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound St. Louis native last played in North America in 2014-15. Undrafted out of Ohio State (2008-12), he played in one NHL game with Philadelphia on April 13, 2014. He has played in 142 pro games in the AHL, ECHL, and European leagues.

Pasquale, 25, who signed with Grand Rapids on July 1, split the 2015-16 season between St. John’s in the AHL and Brampton, in the ECHL. In 30 AHL games, the Toronto native compiled a 13-10-3 record and a 2.62 GAA.

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More than a few of the Griffins' signings will end up playing in Toledo this upcoming season, especially with the Wings' forward crunch affecting the Griffins' opening-night roster.

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Evening news: On charitable outings, Summer Street Hockey and the U.S. World Junior Evaluation Camp

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding a golf tournament to raise funds for their youth foundation next month...

2. The Joe Kocur Foundation announced that Dylan Larkin will be taking part in its annual charity softball game in late August...

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Holland On Trades And Buyouts

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Holland said he is open to a trade, but many teams are in pursuit of highly ranked, offensive defensemen and not many are available.

He also said that while a buyout remains a possibility, he would prefer not to do one.

“When you start buying out people, you have a bunch of money tied up and you can’t put the player on the ice,” Holland said.

“How much better is the player you bring in? If he is only marginally better than the one you buy out, with the cost of the buyout, you’re not ahead of the game.”...

If in September or the first few months of the season the young ones prove their NHL worth, the Red Wings may be in a position to work a trade.

“We’ve tried to collect a lot of players so we have lots of depth,” Holland said. “If this player or that one does not work out, we have fallback positions.

“And if you have that and all of a sudden if something comes available, we are all in.

“If all those things look good on September 29, now we’re in a position to do something.”

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Ken Holland On Danny DeKeyser And Petr Mrazek

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings are working on locking up defenseman Danny DeKeyser.

DeKeyser is a restricted free agent who filed for arbitration, but general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that he anticipates a deal getting done before Thursday's hearing.

Holland did have a flight scheduled Monday evening to Toronto, because the team is likely to go to arbitration with goaltender Petr Mrazek. He has asked for a two-year deal, Holland said. Holland is to meet Tuesday with lawyers who will represent the Wings in front of an independent arbitrator.

DeKeyser is likely to make in the $4.5-$5 million range.

“The player and the club both know what the range would be on a one-year deal,” Holland said. “We continue to have conversation on a longer-term deal. I'm comfortable we can avoid the process.

a bit more on DeKeyser and Mrazek...

Update: Holland reiterated his points of emphasis to the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Mrazek hopes to avoid arbitration with the Wings

Petr Mrazek spoke with iDnes.cz's Miroslav Horak regarding his pending arbitration case, and here's a rough translation of the interview:

Mrazek's battle over money: Detroit goes against me, but I won't back down

Today, if you fly into Toronto, on board you will meet Petr Mrazek. It's not that the possibly #1 goalie for the World Cup needed to familiarize himself with the environment ahead of the autumn show, that will be a little different. The hard defending is your own business. The Detroit goaltender has a pending arbitration hearing in order to determine his salary. And it's often a harsh duel in which participants have recalled for decades..."I'll tell you my..." but the 24-year-old goalkeeper with tremendous potential doesn't hide.

Last weekend, before traveling to Canada, he spent his maximum time in his native Ostrava, where Petr Mrazek gave young clients of his goalie school a morning exercise for his eventual successors.

The day after tomorrow then he will sit before an independent judge on a personal mission. About his future financial situation with the Red Wings. Although there is still time before arbitration to get the awkwardness out of the way.

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