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Updated 3x at 7:45 PM: If you’d told me a month ago that on July 18th, I would have spoken to Mike Babcock for ten minutes during the Wings’ summer development camp, and that Jordin Tootoo would have Tweeted the following, I would have laughed at you:
Off to Detroit in the morning ! Looking forward to finding myself a new home.— Jordin Tootoo (@Jtootoo22) July 17, 2012
Jordin Tootoo is indeed a member of the Red Wings, and perhaps the most detested member of an opposing team to join Detroit’s ranks since Chris Chelios did indeed don a Wings jersey today, as noted by the Wings’ official Twitter account…
Updated 2x at 4:02 PM: Paul for George who is running a marathon today, ha….
Ansar Khan tells us Quincey and the Wings have found common ground,
The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Kyle Quincey to a two-year, $7.55 million contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for next week.
Quincey, who earned $3.125 million in 2011-12, will make $3.55 million in 2012-13 and $4 million in 2013-14, for a salary-cap hit of $3.775 million.
Detroit, MI...The Detroit Red Wings today announced that free agent defenseman Kyly Quincey has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the team. In accordance with club policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
“We’re very pleased to agree to terms with Kyle and avoid arbitration,” says Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland. “We drafted Kyle in 2003, watched him develop into a solid NHL defenseman and look forward to having him in a Detroit uniform for the next two seasons.”
Update from George: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms…
With MLive’s Ansar Khan’s Rick Nash bombshell dropped before someone’s internet service went out last night, we’re shifting back to more pedestrian Red Wings news this morning with more discussion about Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader’s contracts.
The Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Wings will have to submit legal briefs of their stance against Quincey earning a big raise two days before the team’s scheduled to meet with an salary arbitrator a week from today, but Ken Holland told St. James that he believes the team’s not likely to engage in their third arbitration hearing since 1995:
Via RedWingsFeed, I believe this counts as a mid-July blockbuster:
According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings did their very best to attempt to acquire: the superstar forward, but the Columbus Blue Jackets simply wouldn’t do business with their self-proclaimed arch-rival:
The Red Wings made “a hell of an offer’’ to Columbus for Nash, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. But the offer generated no conversation. No counteroffer, no back and forth negotiation, nothing.
It is clear Columbus has no intention of trading the face of its franchise to the team it considers to be its top rival, a Detroit club that has dominated the Blue Jackets since they entered the NHL in 2000-01. The last thing Columbus general manager Scott Howson wants to see is Nash being paired with Pavel Datsyuk and his Blue Jackets having to deal with that scenario six times a season.
Khan attempts to offer an educated guess as to what the Wings may have dangled in front of Columbus given Scott Howson’s desire for NHL-ready forwards…
Excellent news from the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness this evening: the Wings will avoid a nasty arbitration hearing with restricted free agent Kyle Quincey, and are likely to ink him to a contract extension soon:
“I know we’re close,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland, of the on-going negotiations with Kyle Quincey in a phone interview Tuesday. “We’re hoping to avoid the arbitration process.”
Quincey’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 25. Both sides need to have their briefs for the hearing by 9 a.m. Monday.
“It’s good motivation for us to work on this thing, but I’m optimistic we’ll find a solution prior to going to the hearing on Wednesday,” Holland said.
Pleiness suggests that the Wings will ink Quincey to a 1-2 deal at a Jonathan Ericsson-like $3.25-or-so million per season, essentially making him a “try-out” as much as a reclamation project going forward…
It’s dangerous to call any news day a “slow” one, but thus far, today’s Red Wings news is…sparse. We’ll start this roundup with this quip from the Red Wings…
Earlier on Monday evening, MLive’s Ansar Khan reported that Red Wings GM Ken Holland is attempting to ink the Wings’ restricted free agents, Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader, to new contracts. This morning, the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Wings are actually a little further along in the negotiating process with both players than Khan reported…
The Wings have been talking to Abdelkader’s camp for a while, and the negotiations were going well enough that Abdelkader opted not to file for arbitration by the July 5 deadline, unlike teammate Kyle Quincey. Quincey has a hearing July 25, and while the sides could reach an agreement before then, Quincey would, through arbitration, be assured a one-year deal that would leave him an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Again, Holland has gone through with exactly two arbitration hearings since 1995 in Ray Sheppard and Jiri Hudler, so it’s incredibly unlikely that he’ll do the same with Quincey…
With CBA uncertainty and talk of 40-something players making comebacks filling the “slow days” of mid-July, MLive’s Ansar Khan provides an update on different can of “strange” in the Red Wings’ slow-but-steady pursuit of one Shane Doan, should the 35-year-old decide to leave the Phoenix Coyotes…
“I’ve had conversations with Shane Doan’s representatives,’’ Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “I told them we have interest.’‘
The Red Wings are prepared to wait as long as it takes, not that they have much choice, considering the extremely limited options in free agency and the high cost of trading for an impact player.
But for the present moment, the uncertainty as to whether the legal efforts to block the Coyotes’ sale mean that the Wings and every other team interested in Doan are in thumb-twiddling mode:
the Red Wings’ summer development camp raised a significant chunk of change for Bryan Rufenach’s summer hockey camp while remembering the fallen Wings prospect last Tuesday in Traverse City, and while the Rufenach family was understandably shaken while making a brief appearance at the activities taking pace at Centre Ice Arena, the Grand Traverse Insider’s Greg Gielczyk spoke to Wings camp director Ann Reeves about the event’s significance for both the family and the community:
“There was a commemorative display of Bryan’s hockey pictures presented to the family,” Reeves said. “His picture was in the middle and then various action photos surrounded it. Framed in glass, it was quite a large collage of pictures.”
Reeves was amazed at the fan turnout.
“I was absolutely overwhelmed by the number in attendance,” Reeves commented. “We had beer and wine. We had a dunk tank. It was hilarious. One of the prospects, his name is Mitch Callahan, actually got in the dunk tank and a bunch of the prospects were taking shots dunking him. It was really fun.”
Drafting and developing athletic goaltenders requires a bit of reverse engineering. Goalies who naturally play an instinctive game and employ acrobatic saves when fundamentals fail them tend to make stops on shots that leave more conventionally-trained goaltenders flummoxed…But as these goaltenders move up the professional ranks, the ones who decline to rein in their tendencies to flop, flail and turn themselves into pretzels often also tend to fatigue more easily and tend to suffer injuries on a frequent basis.
The Red Wings have drafted a remarkably athletic goaltender in Petr Mrazek, and his competitive instincts tend to yield highlight-reel saves, but as he’s turning pro, Detroit goalie coach Jim Bedard faces an uphill task in attempting to tame something of a wild stallion. The Free Press’s George Sipple spoke to Ottawa 67’s goalie coach Tom Dempsey about Mrazek, who idolized Dominik Hasek growing up, and while Mrazek’s competitive nature serves him very well…
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