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Red Wings Name Brian Mahoney-Wilson As Goatending Development Coach For Griffins And Walleye

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings have named Brian Mahoney-Wilson as their goaltending development coach. In this role, Mahoney-Wilson will work with the Grand Rapids Griffins and the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, as well as other Detroit prospects. 

Mahoney-Wilson, 30, spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Notre Dame (Hockey East) and helped the Fighting Irish reach the NCAA Tournament with a 19-11-7 record. Working with the special teams and goaltenders, he saw Irish netminders post a 2.28 goals against average and a 0.925 save percentage, both fourth-best in the conference. 

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‘Three Things’: Power rankings, a Lambert rant and a sad note

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Sportsnet's Luke Fox penned a set of "offseason power rankings"...

8. Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings found a buyer for Pavel's Datsyuk's cap hit (bravo), re-upped with veteran Darren Helm, landed one of the best UFA centres in Frans Nielsen even though they might regret his no-move clause down the line, and took modest one-year gambles on Thomas Vanek ($2.6 million) and Steve Ott ($800,000). Ken Holland still must re-sign Danny DeKeyser and Petr Mrazek.

2. Yahoo Sports' Ryan Lambert isn't particularly happy with the Wings' contractual moves or re-signing of Darren Helm...

Pretty easy to make fun of the Blue Jackets for having one of the worst and most expensive salary structures in the NHL. Lots of money going to some not very good players. But in some ways I’m starting to think Jarmo Kekalainen has his team better-positioned for the future than does his counterpart in Detroit.

The Red Wings have about $4 million in cap space free, but entered the free agency period with one of the largest spending budgets in the league. Tough to say they’ve handled it any sort of wisely.

Lambert continues...

3. And the Saint John's Telegram's Brandon McCarthy reports that legendary Newfoundland hockey coach Dick Power, Daniel Cleary's mentor, has passed away.

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NHL.com’s Rosen weighs in on the state of the Wings’ defense

Among NHL.com's Dan Rosen's mailbag questions:

Will the Detroit Red Wings acquire a defenseman before the season? -- @RyleyChinn

It's possible, but the Red Wings have $4.082 million in salary cap space available, according to General Fanager, and they still have to re-sign defenseman Danny DeKeyser, a restricted free agent. The Red Wings could go into this season with DeKeyser, Niklas Kronwall, Mike Green, Alexey Marchenko, Brendan Smith, Jonathan Ericsson and Xavier Ouellet as their seven defensemen. That's not the prettiest picture, in my opinion, but it's where the Red Wings are right now in part because they haven't drafted well at that position. If they have the room, I would expect Holland to try to add a veteran defenseman, but it's going to be a cheap option and nobody that will significantly alter the Red Wings' depth at the position.

The Red Wings have much more cap space due to Johan Franzen and Joe Vitale's LTIR space ($4.082 million + $5.114 million in LTIR space), but the Red Wings' defense remains...a work in progress.

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Wallner confirms that the Red Wings have re-signed Jared Coreau

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner confirms the news that the Red Wings have re-signed Jared Coreau:

Jared Coreau, who has alternated as the starting goalie for the Grand Rapids Griffins the past two seasons, signed a two-year contract Tuesday with the Detroit Red Wings.

The first year is two-way deal worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level, while the second year is one-way and worth $650,000. It was first reported by CapFriendly.

The signing, which has a salary cap hit of $612,500, also avoids salary arbitration; Coreau had filed earlier in the day.

The contract shows the Red Wings believe in the future with the 6-foot-5 Coreau, who last season posted a 2.43 GAA and .922 save percentage in 47 games with the Griffins. He appeared in three postseason games, with a 1.89 GAA and .949 save percentage.

Wallner continues, and we don't have any news regarding Tom McCollum's future yet.

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CapFriendly, General Fanager report Jared Coreau signing 2-year deal with Red Wings

Via KK commenter "Lakeside Mall," it looks like the Red Wings and Jared Coreau were able to avoid salary arbitration in rather short order:


added 7/6/16, from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

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Toledo Walleye receive ECHL’s ‘2015-16 Overall Award of Excellence’

From the ECHL:

The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the Toledo Walleye have been selected as the 2015-16 recipient of the ECHL Team Award of Excellence. It marks the second consecutive season and the fourth time in the last seven seasons that the Walleye have received the award.

The award recognizes the ECHL organization that executes a well-rounded business plan including, but not limited to, sales, marketing, media relations and merchandising while also distinguishing themselves in their community, on and off the ice

The other finalists were the Colorado Eagles, Missouri Mavericks and Tulsa Oilers.

Toledo set an all-time team record in attendance during the 2015-16 season with 251,369 fans during the regular season. The team also experienced a peak year for group tickets sold, group ticket revenue, School Day tickets sold, sellouts and average attendance. The team also secured the most sponsorship revenue in team history. The Walleye once again led the ECHL in merchandise sales and set a new all-time sales record. During the 2015-16 season, the Walleye provided nearly $400,000 in charitable contributions to over 25 area organizations.

On the ice, the Walleye captured the North Division regular-season title for the second consecutive season, marking the first time a Toledo team has won back-to-back division titles since the Toledo Storm won three consecutive division titles from 1991-92 through 1993-94.

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‘Three Things’: On salary arbitration cases, a pair of surgeries and the summer development camp

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. As reported earlier this afternoon, Danny DeKeyser and Jared Coreau filed for salary arbitration, and Petr Mrazek did not file for arbitration. MLive's Ansar Khan took note of the news while attempting to gauge DeKeyser and Mrazek's market values...

DeKeyser, 26, likely will get a deal in the range of $5 million a year. Coach Jeff Blashill referred to the metro Detroit native as an elite, underrated defenseman in the league.

DeKeyser had eight goals and 12 assists in 78 games last season, with limited time on the power play. He averaged 21:48 in ice time, second on the team to Niklas Kronwall (22:00). He is coming off a two-year contract that had a $2.187 million cap hit.

Mrazek is expected to sign a two- or four-year contract, likely for between $4 million and $5 million a season.

He made $737,500 last season, when he was stellar in January (7-1-1, 1.32 goals-against average, .952 save percentage) but struggled the last two months, getting pulled five times in a span of 14 starts and losing his starting job to Jimmy Howard.  Mrazek regained the starting job in Game 3 of the playoffs against Tampa Bay.

And the Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Ken Holland regarding the arbitration case(s)...

Holland said he is “confident a deal will get done” at some point, both with DeKeyser and fellow restricted free agent Petr Mrazek. Mrazek is asking for a salary in the range of $5 million annually.

2. As well as the news that Teemu Pulkkinen (shoulder) and Alexey Marchenko (wrist) have undergone surgeries to address nagging injuries:

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Danny DeKeyser And Jared Coreau Select Salary Arbitration

via a release from the NHLPA,

Selected salary arbitration,

Detroit Red Wings

Jared Coreau

Danny DeKeyser

The deadline for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration notification is July 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Salary Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2016.

added 6:30pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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St. James: DeKeyser to file for salary arbitration

The Free Press's Helene St. James reports that Danny DeKeyser is likely to file for salary arbitration by today's deadline, most likely kick-starting the process of contract negotiations for a longer-term deal:

What St. James means is that, should DeKeyser and the Wings reach an arbitration hearing, the arbitrator would award a one-year contract as DeKeyser can become an unrestricted free agent a year from now.

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Datsyuk’s next chapter is on hold for now

From the Free Press's Helene St. James, as reported several days ago, the Phoenix Coyotes have yet to terminate Pavel Datsyuk's contract, and until they do that, the IIHF can't sign off on Datsyuk's transfer from the NHL to the KHL:

Pavel Datsyuk is awaiting paperwork before he officially segues into the next chapter of his hockey career.

“We are waiting on a transfer card from Arizona and we expect it to arrive shortly,” Dan Milstein, Datsyuk's agent, told the Free Press today. “As soon as we get that, Pavel will sign with one of the KHL clubs.”

SKA St. Petersburg is believed to be front-runner. Datsyuk is expected to sign a two-year deal worth 250 million rubles annually -- equivalent to $3.8 million.


The plan is for Datsyuk, who turns 38 on July 20, to play at least until 2018 -- for a golden reason.

“Pavel wants to play well and he wants  to help the team,” Milstein said. “Very likely, he will play for two years, to be part of the next Olympics, because he has unfinished business. He wants to help Russia win a gold medal.”


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