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Red Wings GM Ken Holland may or may not be talking through both sides of his mouth today, and that’s a good thing. While the Red Wings and the rest of the NHL’s teams have more or less chosen to close up shop in terms of shopping for free agents or making trades (as Paul posted, even the free agents looking for work understand that CBA issues are the biggest reason that even bargain bin players agents’ cell phones aren’t ringing), and Holland told the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan that the summer has more or less reached its slowest point…
“Sort of a down time,” general manager Ken Holland said of this particular period around late July and early August, as even general managers unplug for a few days and the league takes a breather.
The Wings still have a need for a defenseman and the search could continue right up to the start of training camp.
Photo 1 of 13 - Coffey, Dandenault and Lapointe added 2012 Alumni Showdown roster.
Detroit has added defensemen Paul Coffey and Mathieu Dandenault as well as forward Martin Lapointe; all three players were members of the Red Wings during the team’s record-setting campaign of 1995-96. (Getty Images)
Updated with Doan gabba and more Pulkkinen/Jarnkrok talk at 3:18 PM: In light of the Red Wings’ signing of Tomas Jurco to a 3-year, entry-level contract, MLive’s Brendan Savage offered some surprisingly glib comments from Jurco regarding the start of his professional career as a member of the Grand Rapids Griffins:
“It’s up to me if I play good,” he said. “They’re going to put me in the AHL. I just hope I’m going to play good. It’s a big step for me to go from junior hockey to man hockey. They’re going to watch me. It’s on me. I’m really nervous. I don’t know what to expect. I’ve never played in the AHL before. I’m really excited. I’m going to work hard and try my best. It’s going to go well. (I want to) be one of the key players in the AHL.”
Jurco certainly has the potential based on his career in juniors, where he was a point-a-game guy in three seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 172 regular-season games with Saint John, the 6-foot-2, 193-pound Jurco had 175 points after bagging 87 goals to go with 88 assists. He also had a plus-126 rating and was 16-for-19 in shootouts during his time in Saint John.
“I like to score goals and make points,” Jurco said.
The Red Wings had four personnel moves to concern themselves with over the course of August, and they checked one major box off after signing Tomas Jurco to an entry-level deal on Tuesday.
Three remain, but any CBA delays may delay them until September or beyond: the first involves signing an unrestricted free agent defenseman—or two—to stabilize the team’s blueline; the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan offers an update on the second and third remaining moves, stating that the Red Wings don’t feel particularly hurried in terms of asking Tomas Holmstrom to make a decision about his playing future…
“We remain in contact,” general manager Ken Holland said. “We expect Homer to make a decision before the end of the month.”
The longer the offseason drags on it appears the chances of Holmstrom, 39, returning for a 16th season grow slimmer.
Here’s a press release worth posting in its entirety, from the Grand Rapids Griffins:
The hard work of the Grand Rapids Griffins isn’t just limited to their play on the ice. The organization’s community programs and charitable efforts during the 2011-12 American Hockey League season generated nearly $330,000 for various schools, organizations and nonprofits throughout West Michigan, accounting for a significant portion of the more than $3 million raised by the AHL’s 30 teams for charitable causes last year.
The Griffins Youth Foundation was the top beneficiary of the team’s endeavors, receiving more than $100,000 through the 17th annual golf classic ($75,000), the Great Skate Winterfest at Rosa Parks Circle ($25,000) and fundraisers such as the seventh annual Sled Wings vs. Griffins sled hockey game ($2,500) on Feb. 28.
Several of the Griffins’ traditional programs generated significant funds for their appointed charities, including:
Capgeek broke the news last night, and the Red Wings are confirming it this morning:
UPDATE: The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward prospect Tomas Jurco to a three-year, entry-level contract.— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 7, 2012
Updated as there isn’t enough going on to justify an overnight report: Well go figure, the, “George leaves the house and stuff happens” rule must be tied to proximity to Southeastern Michigan. The ever-indispensable RedWingsFeed posted the following Tweet from Capgeek.com a few minutes ago…
And that Tweet suggests that the NHL’s managed to ink a transfer agreement with the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation, and as such, the Wings have inked Tomas Jurco to a 3-year, entry-level contract. Jurco will now be paid $70,000, plus a $92,500 signing bonus for each of the next three seasons to play for the Grand Rapids Griffins. If he makes the NHL, he’ll earn a pro-rated portion of approximately $709,167.
I’m sure he’s incredibly relieved to know his future’s no longer in doubt, because he seemed genuinely afraid of having to play in Slovakia sans a transfer agreement when he was talking to the Wings’ brass at Detroit’s summer development camp.
Update: Let’s just make this an overnight report. MLive’s Brendan Savage is confirming Capgeek’s report…
Amongst this evening’s Red Wings-related stories, DetroitRedWings.com’s Andrea Nelson provides a recap of the Joey Kocur Foundation’s charity softball game this past weekend, and it sounds like a good time was had by all:
“It’s a small town country thing,” Kocur said. “Everybody comes out here, the kids have something to do, the adults have something to do, we have great raffle prizes, we have great silent auction items. We have so many donations within the community and I’ve lived in this community now for over 20 years and I have some great friends and a great network of people that help me.”
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
• From the Wings:
KRIS DRAPER VICTORIOUS IN OPENING ROUND OF OPERATION: BOBBLEHEAD – ALUMNI EDITION
… Online Balloting Recommences Tomorrow at http://DetroitRedWings.com …
Detroit, MI… The ballots have been tallied and Hockeytown fan favorite Kris Draper has emerged victorious from the opening round of voting in Operation: Bobblehead – Alumni Edition, an ongoing campaign charged with determining which former Red Wings greats will be immortalized in the form of a collectible 6 ½ inch polyresin figurine during the upcoming NHL season. Draper’s bobblehead will be distributed to 7,500 lucky Joe Louis Arena patrons at a select 2012-13 Red Wings home game.
Today’s crop of Red Wings-related news is pretty bloody sparse: the Free Press has mentioned the Red Wings’ decision to start a female-only fan club, and DetroitRedWings.com’s Zack Crawford relied on archival quotes to profile former Wing and Maple Leaf Danny Markov in another “Dual Citizenship” article (and file Markov under the long list of defensemen who either suffered career-ending injuries or simply chose to scoot from Detroit despite fitting in just fine), so today’s most noteworthy Wings-related article comes from the Oakland Press’s Pat Caputo, who argues that the battle between owners and players to carve up the proceeds of a $3.3 billion business in a different manner hurts the people who fork over chunks of their discretionary income to pay the owners, teams and players most severely:
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