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The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan continues his three-part look at the Red Wings' 2013-2014 season roster this morning, following up yesterday's look at the Wings' forwards with an article about the Red Wings' defense. His spotlight shines most squarely upon the free agent signing that allowed the Wings to pursue more balanced offensive output in July instead of overpaying for another defenseman--one Danny DeKeyser:
“The sky’s the limit,” goalie Jimmy Howard said. “He has so much potential. He stepped right into the lineup and played so well.”
The further development of DeKeyser, 23, will likely only strengthen a Red Wings defensive corps that performed well above expectations last season.
Kuchta exchanged emails with herr Brunner's agent, Neil Sheehy, and Sheehy says that his client remains committed to signing an NHL deal, and Sheehy says that he understands that he and Brunner will have to wait to land their expected $3+ million payday. What follows is translated German:
"There's a lot of speculation regarding Damien because he hasn't found a new employer. People who believe that he hasn't received an offer because he wants too much money have no idea [what's going on]. Money was not and is not the priority for him. He wants to play where he has the best opportunity. In that sense, nothing's changed," explains the Canadian [agent].
Oh boy. Red Wings forward and former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will be speaking from Ottawa's The Royal hospital at 11 AM EDT, and TSN and Sportsnet will be streaming the press conference--presumably to discuss his significant commitment to The Royal's "You Kno Who I Am" campaign--but TSN and Sportsnet have decided to live-stream the broadcast, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch and Don Brennan will "live tweet" it, and Brennan explains why all of frickin' Canada will end up hearing what Alfredsson has to say:
The release from the hospital sent out Wednesday stated that Alfredsson -- who ended his 18-year Senators career when he surprisingly signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Red Wings July 5 -- will "take the opportunity to give his thanks to the community and to bring further attention to mental health, which he has so actively championed."
It also said that a "public statement will be followed by a question and answer session" and that there will be no media scrums permitted. But as it is his first public appearance since making the choice to jump teams, Alfredsson will no doubt be pressed to further explain his decision.
As such, you and I both know that Alfredsson's much more likely to address his level of mental health and the mental health of Senators fans and the organization. Brennan repeats the Alfredsson-to-Detroit narrative (Senators owner Eugene Melnyk's comments and GM Bryan Murray's comments sort of included), and I'm going to give him the stink-eye for the next year-plus for good reason:
Updated 4x at 1:44 PM: DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose delivers good news on the Darren Helm front this afternoon...
And this dovetails nicely with MLive's Ansar Khan's check-in with Wings GM Ken Holland regarding Helm's health:
Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star takes a shot at predicting the Atlantic Division...
Detroit Red Wings
Projected finish: Second
Key Additions: F Daniel Alfredsson, C Stephen Weiss
Key Subtractions: F Valtteri Filppula
Relationship issues: Welcome back to the neighbourhood, old friend. With four Stanley Cup championships since we last met in the playoffs, something says you’re over the whole “Nik Borschevsky” thing. Word of warning: Leaf Nation isn’t.
The Skinny: Oft written off as too old, the Wings seem to embrace life after 40. So Daniel Alfredsson will fit right in, giving the team some much needed scoring punch up front. Stephen Weiss fills a role behind Pavel Datsyuk at centre. He may accomplish more as a No. 2 on the Wings than he ever would as a No. 1 with the Panthers.
read on for the other six teams in the division...
The Red Wings may not be able to move any of their "surplus" players at present, but Ken Holland and Mike Babcock sounded optimistic tones about the state of their team on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM on Tuesday. This morning, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan kicked off a slate of 3 articles looking at the Wings' forwards, defense and goaltending by talking to an optimistic general manager who believes that Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss give the Wings a much more balanced offensive outlook:
“We felt we had some needs we wanted to fill,” Holland said. “We wanted to get more scoring. We were challenged last season to score some goals.”
The "Why did Daniel Alfredsson leave Ottawa for Detroit?" blame game keeps shifting. First, we were told that Alfredsson was presented with a "blank check" but chose to leave anyway. Then, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk repeatedly suggested that the team chose to acquire Bobby Ryan over retaining Alfredsson's services because the team could not accommodate both players' salaries (at least with Alfredsson not taking a hometown discount).
This afternoon, via RedWingsFeed, Senators GM Bryan Murray claimed to NHL.com's Apron Basu that the Senators could have afforded both players if they really wanted to do so--seemingly shifting blame back onto Alfredsson's shoulders ahead of his press conference with the Ottawa media on Thursday:
The Grand Rapids Griffins are employing a unique installment plan for season-ticket packages:
The Grand Rapids Griffins and Lake Michigan Credit Union have partnered for the 2013-14 season to bring back the LMCU Puck Pass, allowing fans to buy season tickets now and pay later.
The option is available to both new and renewing season-ticket holders. Fans can purchase their full-season, 20-game or 10-game ticket plans and delay payment with a low interest loan over equal monthly installments.
Ansar Khan of Mlive had a chat with Ken Holland today...
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland made a concerted effort to clear some roster spots and shed salary by making a trade this off-season, but had no luck.
It doesn't appear as if anything will materialize before the season.
“Things are pretty quiet,'' Holland said Tuesday. “There's not much going on.
“At this stage, lots of teams will go to camp feeling their kids will fill holes for them.''
That will force the Red Wings to seek other means to trim up to two players before the start of the season.
“If we have to go to training camp with what we have I feel OK,'' Holland said. “There will be more talk in camp. There's moves to be made to get ourselves cap compliant.''
continue for more on the Wings including Nyquist contract talks...
This one worked out better: Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM this afternoon, and here's his conversation with Ryan Ermanni and Rico Beard. Holland addressed the Wings' "size" issues going into the East and their status as a team that remains in transition in a six-and-a-half-minute interview:
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