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Waking up with a start after a surprisingly poor night’s worth of sleep, I see that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Howard Sinker mocking a certain part of the Oakland Press’s Pat Caputo’s suggestion that failing to land Zach Parise and Ryan Suter does not in fact mark the end of the world as we know it…
n retrospect, it may turn out to be the best thing that could have happened to the Red Wings. Sure, they need a replacement for defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, perhaps the greatest player to ever take his position. Suter was the best available option. But he is not Nicklas Lidstrom. He has never been a second-team NHL all-star nor a Norris Trophy finalist for best defenseman in the NHL. His plus-minus ratio is minus-4 in 39 career playoff games, and he was a minus player in last spring’s playoffs, too.
Somewhere between posting the news about the Winter Classic alumni game press conference on Wednesday and sharing the Free Press’s Helene St. James’ news about the Red Wings’ overtures to Shane Doan, I kinda got sidetracked and missed Ken Holland’s water-pouring over the Doan rumors due to content-producing reasons.
As someone who’s generally all but plugged into their computer, that was a strange feeling, but I went with my gut and assumed that Holland’s rather mild reaction to Doan’s agent’s pitch had to do with more than simply striking out on Suter and Parise…And as Paul and the rest of the hockey world found out that we might all like to have Terry Bross as an agent in reverse.
There are two ways to start this entry, and I’m going with them both:
1. About ten minutes into Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek’s drills with the “afternoon group,” which happened to be “Team Lidstrom,” I was taken back to my childhood by a torrent of f-bombs so loud, so sharply spoken and so eloquently used as nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and even prepositions and articles that I thought it was my father speaking (and dad was a probation officer in Detroit in the 70’s and 80’s with a veritable Jedi knightship in cursing). It would turn out that Brian Lashoff had later told me that the players were a bit tired from some serious dry-land training earlier in the day, but that they needed to be brought to attention, and as such, it was good that what was said was said.
Crazy things happened on Twitter a week ago, when one fan found Mike Babcock at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, the Forechecker found Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold’s plane headed to International Falls, Minnesota, the home of Ryan Suter’s agent, and a fine gent found Mike Ilitch’s plane en route to Madison, Wisconsin…
And it turns out that, on the day that Ryan Suter and Zach Parise were introduced as members of the Minnesota Wild, yes, last week, Mike Babcock joined Mike Ilitch, Chris Chelios and Ken Holland in attempts to convince Suter to play for the Wings.
As they were not successful, Chelios took the high road regarding Suter’s decision while speaking to the Detroit Free Press’s George Sipple…
The Free Press’s Helene St. James confirmed that the Red Wings have given Shane Doan’s agent a call earlier this afternoon, and as I’m writing this, I’m about 40 minutes from being 100 feet too far from Ken Holland to haul my ass down to the Red Wings’ beat writers’ pack around the Wings’ GM…So I’m about to read something I wasn’t able to hear right along with you:
And what did Holland say to the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan? Well, he, um…
“We have 14 or 15 forwards,” said Holland of his current roster. “Would we like to add a different type of forward, yeah. We’d like to add one more experienced defenseman. We’ll see what the next two months bring.”
Holland said he’s been in touch with different teams regarding trades, and he’s received calls from teams, but nothing is materialzing.
“Nothing really going on,” Holland said. “Most trades are made over the course of weeks and months, you think and talk about it. A lot of teams are looking at what they’ve got and what they don’t have.”
I just told Mike Babcock that I don’t start fires despite being a blogger (Babcock does not have a high opinion of our ilk. Also: he’s ridiculously fit) so here comes the fire, of course, from the Free Press’s Helene St. James:
Terry Bross, agent for UFA F Shane Doan, tells Detroit Free Press: “Shane has interest in Detroit.” Has heard from Wings today. #RedWings— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 9, 2012
Update: More from St. James:
IMO: #RedWings appeal to Shane Doan thanks to front-office friends in Draper, Maltby; roster with Datsyuk, Zetterberg; ownership of Ilitch— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 9, 2012
Updated 3x at 2:14 PM: I’m currently typing from the “mezzanine” separating the two rinks at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, and I’m trying to be as inconsipicuous as possible while Aaron Downey and Wings capologist Ryan Martin work their tails off with kettlebells, lunges and jumps, a rope pull while standing on a ball and lifts and drops of those barbells that look more like telephone poles—as only part of their workout. As I’ve been told that Mike Babcock will be watching this part of activities this afternoon, and as Babcock is going home today, I’m going to split the afternoon session to watch the players work out for a while—Nick Barnowski is up here for Michigan Hockey, and has posted several pictures of the padded kettlebell, the, uh, log the players are using…
And while Nick may have inspired me to watch the workouts because the Wings’ prospects are just gushy about their new strength and conditioning coach, Peter Renzetti, I’d really like to try and get a word in edge-wise with Babcock.
Updated with clarification regarding the presser’s status as a kick-off for the “Hockeytown Winter Festival” at 1:53 PM: Per the Free Press’s Helene St. James...
Wings schedule presser for Wednesday re: Winter Classic. Alumni game preliminary rosters to be announced. #RedWings #MapleLeafs
And the NHL (which notes that the presser will be streamed):
DETROIT RED WINGS SCHEDULE PRESS CONFERENCEFOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 12:30 P.M. AT COMERICA PARK
The Detroit Red Wings have scheduled a press conference regarding the Hockeytown Winter Festival™ and 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown for Wednesday, July 11, 2012, beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT at Comerica Park. Participants scheduled to attend include representatives of Ilitch Holdings, the Detroit Red Wings and Red Wings Alumni Association, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Maple Leafs Alumni Association, the American Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League.
Via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Griffins’ website reports that the Red Wings essentially made two more signings that won’t count against their 50-man roster limit (the team’s already at
edit/update: According to the Production Line’s Michael Petrella, the 3 players signed up who will play Major Junior Hockey in Ouellet, Sproul and Tvrdon and a European pro in Pulkkinen mean that the team’s got 43 players, technically speaking, on its roster, as verified by Capgeek) by following up their inking of Luke Glendening to an AHL-only contract with the signings of two AHL veterans to similar deals:
The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday signed defenseman Nathan Paetsch (PAY-tch) and left wing Triston Grant to one-year contracts.
Paetsch, 29, is a former AHL All-Star (2005-06) who brings four seasons of NHL experience to the Grand Rapids blueline, having played 167 games with the Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets from 2005-10. The LeRoy, Saskatchewan, native was fourth among NHL rookie defensemen with 24 points (2-22—24) for the Sabres in 2006-07 and has totaled 42 points (7-35—42) and 114 penalty minutes in his NHL career.
Updated at 8:17 AM: The Red Wings and almost a dozen other NHL teams will begin pursuing a prototypical power forward today, someone who can add size, grit and especially goal-scoring acumen to the equation…And his name is Shane Doan. The Free Press’s Helene St. James isn’t sure whether Doan is really willing to leave Phoenix, despite his declaration that the potential ballot initiative designed to sink the Coyotes’ sale may very well be approved today, but she does believe that one of the Red Wings’ greatest antagonists of late will call the 35-year-old forward to see whether he’d be interested in playing the reverse snowbird’s role:
If Shane Doan is willing to listen, the Red Wings will pitch hard for him to come to Detroit. Doan has been an unrestricted free agent for more than a week, but his situation is different because he has been waiting to see how the ownership and arena situation in Glendale, Ariz., will play out. That is supposed to be cleared up today, though the issues could drag on into mid-July.
As of a few days ago, Doan let it be known he’d start taking offers from other teams this week. The Wings will make one, knowing Doan doesn’t want to leave Phoenix. In all likelihood, he’ll end up signing a one-year deal with the Coyotes, just in case the franchise ends up relocating.
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