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I'm still trying to make heads and tails of the David Legwand deal (for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a 3rd round pick that becomes a 2nd rounder if the Wings make the playoffs) and why the Wings traded what TSN's Bob McKenzie suggested might really have been--as I'd been told--a Calle Jarnkrok possibly intent upon returning to Sweden but also standing as one of the Wings' top-of-the-tip-of-the-top prospects to Nashville; I'm still stunned to have heard that Pavel Datsyuk's been shut down for 3 weeks (basically the rest of the month), that Darren Helm's dealing with "concussion protocol" and that Stephen Weiss might not be back until next week; I'm honestly a little floored by Mike Babcock's comments regarding the Wings' youth movement (a change of philosophy for the coach?), and while today's practice was sedate, the Ilitches' statement about Mr. I's health was scary.
I'm a ball of emotions having witnessed the Wings smartly ducked out of the Kesler sweepstakes but having sent one of my favorite prospects south in what the Windsor Star's Bob Duff is deeming a "panic move," but Duff did at least capture Holland speaking with the press...
From the Wings:
STATEMENT FROM MIKE ILITCH
The following statement is attributable to Mike Ilitch owner, Detroit Red Wings:
“While Marian and I would love to be there, we won’t be at tomorrow’s jersey retirement for Nick Lidstrom. This past year, I had a medical procedure that has kept me out of the spotlight for awhile. I feel much better now, and I’m stronger every day. While we may not attend every event, we never miss a game on TV and are very involved in all our businesses every day from home and the office.
“We want to congratulate Nick, his wife Annika, and their family on this honor. He’s very deserving and we’re so proud and fortunate to have had him as a part of the Red Wings family for more than 20 years. We thank him with all our hearts.”
TSN Bob confirms that Jarnkrok MAY HAVE a deal Sweden and MAY be playing in the SEL next season.
That's either the Wings knowing something about Jarnkrok that we don't or a massive, massive overpayment for David Legwand.
Another reason why the Red Wings went and got David Legwand:
The Wings ended up adding a center after all, and he's a local--33-year-old David Legwand, who carries a $4.5 million cap hit, in the last year of his contract:
I'm glad the Wings turned this one down...
Update: but this would be ironic:
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had an intriguing take on the Wings' probable lack of deadline moves today, as noted by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
“When you increase your value internally, I guess what I would say is I’m not in any big hurry to get rid of these people,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after practice at Joe Louis Arena. “I guess it depends on where you’re from and what your thought process is, to me if you want to have a championship team for a long period of time you have to build it.”
The youth at forward inside the Wings’ room include Gustav Nyquist (15 goals, 13 assists), Tomas Tatar (14 goals, 12 assists), Riley Sheahan (four goals, eight assists), Tomas Jurco (four goals, five assists) and Luke Glendening (four assists). On the blue line, it’s Danny DeKeyser (three goals, 11 assists).
“And you’re not building it by getting rid of your young guys, you have to build it,” Babcock said. “When you get to a certain point then you can move assets. We’re not at that point.”
Babcock also weighed in on the Wings' injuries, and again, as Pleiness and others reported, Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm and of course Daniel Cleary, Jakub Kindl and Stephen Weiss remain sidelined through at least Friday...
Updated 2x at 2:31 PM: The Red Wings were tardy in terms of filing onto the ice for today's practice...
The Red Wings will be practicing at noon today (there's also a Lidstrom media Q and A at 3 PM and the Avs practice at 1:30 PM) so we should find out more about Darren Helm's situation, Daniel Alfredsson's teeth and the rest of the roster issues, as well as the Wings' day-after take on their 4-3 loss to New Jersey, but until then:
1. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article discussing the Wings' targets on defense...
2. The Windsor Star's Bob Duff Tweeted the following regarding Mr. Emmerton...
3. MLive's Ansar Khan went with this...
Given Darren Helm's murky status due to his "upper-body injury" (we should learn more about Helm when the Red Wings practice at noon), the Wings hedged their bets regarding their lack of depth up the middle via a simple pre-trade-deadline call-up--which doesn't count against the 4 post-deadline call-ups they're capped at making in non-roster emergency situations:
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