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Red Wings select Givani Smith 46th overall

Updated 4x at 12:05 PM: The Detroit Red Wings have selected Givani Smith with the 46th overall pick.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Datsyuk’s agent on the contractual trade to Arizona

Sovetsky Sport's Elena Korsun quotes the TASS News Agency, which spoke with Pavel Datsyuk's agent regarding the Wings' trading of Datsyuk's contract to the Arizona Coyotes:

"Before leaving, Pavel signed the document in his contract [approving] a trade to another team. He always wanted to help Detroit," said [agent Dan Milstein] to TASS. "He also signed his retirement papers before his departure, and tomorrow we'll send those out to Arizona, and after tomorrow he can sign a contract with a KHL team."

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Enticing Steven Stamkos

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings have several selling points to Stamkos:

-- He could be their franchise player, filling their No. 1 center spot for the foreseeable future.

-- Stamkos can form a strong 1-2 punch in the middle with soon-to-be 20-year-old Dylan Larkin, who they have talked about moving to center.

-- He would be playing in a new building in 2017-18 when Little Caesars Arena opens.

-- He would be close to his Toronto home without the intense media spotlight of Canada's largest city.

-- The franchise has qualified for the playoffs 25 consecutive seasons.

-- The club is committed to spending to the cap every year.

-- They have young talent in the pipeline.

-- He could be their next captain after Henrik Zetterberg retires.

If Stamkos leaves the Lightning he'll have other suitors. The Maple Leafs are expected to make a big pitch. Some reports say the Buffalo Sabres could offer as much as $12 million a season. The Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks also have been mentioned as possible suitors.


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Was the Datsyuk trade worth it? It depends on what Holland does, and what Jacob Chychrun becomes

Updated 6x at 2:07 AM: Ken Holland's ability to trade Pavel Datsyuk's cap hit and ultimately Jacob Chychrun to the Phoenix Coyotes for a likely LTIR-bound Joe Vitale and the 20th and 53rd overall draft picks opens up at least $7.5 million in cap space, assuming that the Wings don't end up LTIR-ing Johan Franzen's $3.95 million and Vitale's $1.16 million (Vitale, as the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau noted, is still battling back from a concussion suffered in a fight with Boston's Kevan Miller)...

But it's about what Holland does with that cap space, be it pursuing Steven Stamkos, Milan Lucic, Alexander Radulov or another free agent forward who can help fill the gulf in the Wings' lineup that Datsyuk's departure for Russia leaves in the Wings' lineup.

The Hockey News's Ken Campbell believes that the Wings may very well land Stamkos for the cost of whatever Chychrun turns out to become:

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Roose: Wings’ coaches build chemistry

From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

While the Red Wings’ amateur scouting staff prepared for this weekend’s NHL draft at First Niagara Center, coach Jeff Blashill took the opportunity to assemble his staff, including new assistants Doug Houda and John Torchetti.

“(We) all went to dinner on Wednesday night and that’s just a good start to getting a feel for each other personally,” said Blashill, who was also joined by staffers Dave Noel-Bernier and Pat Ferschweiler. “I think sometimes that’s more important than getting into the details of hockey. We’ll do that later on. Right now it’s been more socially and trying to get comfortable with each other.”

Houda and Torchetti bring a wealth of NHL coaching experience behind the Red Wings’ bench, but more importantly they will help out Blashill, who is entering his second season as an NHL head coach. So just getting together as a staff during the off season is a big step in creating chemistry.

“I think the best staffs have chemistry,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you always get along, it doesn’t mean you always agree but you build off each other and you work as a cohesive unit. So I think that’s a real good first step, all being here together.”


Update: From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

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Detroit selects Dennis Cholowski 20th overall

Updated 15x at 1:07 AM: The Detroit Red Wings take Dennis Cholowski from Chilliwack of the BCHL.

Here's a set of highlights for the St. Cloud State University-bound defenseman:


Here's "Future Considerations" on Cholowski:

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Red Wings trade Pavel Datsyuk’s cap hit to Arizona

Updated 5x at 12:03 AM:

Vitale, 30, has 1 year remaining at $1.16 million per General Fanager.

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A Howard trade rumor

Take this for what you will, per Sportsnet's John Shannon:

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Glenn Hall remembers Gordie Howe

From the Spruce Grove Examiner's Mitch Goldenberg:

The hockey world lost a legend on June 10 when six-time NHL MVP, four-time Stanley Cup champion and 23-time all star Gordie Howe passed away at the age of 88.

For three years during Howe’s reign of dominance, he was teammates with Stony Plain resident and NHL legend Glenn Hall with the Detroit Red Wings.

“I met Gordie at my first training camp out west when I was 16 years old,” Hall recalled.

In 1949, Howe was still a teenager but had already established himself as an exceptional NHL talent. Hall was invited to the Red Wings’ pro camp in Saskatchewan, where he would eventually earn a spot in their farm system with the Windsor Spitfires.

“They had the pros mixed in with us and as soon as you saw him, you knew he was the best player you ever saw,” Hall said of No. 9. “He was in a class by himself. The only guy close to him was Bobby Orr.”


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One last check-in with Tyler Wright before the draft

From the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

If there was ever a time the Detroit Red Wings could use a draft filled with a decent amount of quality players it’s this year. And they got it.

“I think the quality is definitely there,” Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright said. “I think after 10 to 30 it’s pretty interchangeable if you took the other 29 teams’ lists and compared them after the draft was done there would be wide variety on how teams ranked it, even from seven or eight back. The quality is definitely there but I think there’s definitely going to be some guys that are going to go higher than we thought or we definitely had guys that are higher than the rest or the majority,” Wright continued.

The Wings have the 16th overall pick in the first round, which takes place Friday in Buffalo with the final six rounds on Saturday. It’s the second-highest first round pick since 1991 for them.

Wright reiterated what general manager Ken Holland said on Wednesday that they’ll take the best available player with their first pick, no matter the position.

“It’s the cliché that the general public doesn’t like to hear, but it really is, you take the top guy on your draft board at that position, whether it’s a forward, D or goalie,” Wright said.

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