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Thursday was most certainly a strange day in terms of the players that the Red Wings may end up targeting during free agency, and those targets will continue to change as teams buy out players between now and July 4th, as the Wings make whatever moves they end up making at the draft on Sunday (it will air on TSN and NBCSN from 3-8 PM), and based upon who ends up not re-signing with their current rights-holders...
But this "target-rich environment" has to involve a wee bit of restraint as we ride the roller-coaster that is getting to know seven new Wings on Sunday, bidding farewell to some NHL'ers and welcoming others over the next three weeks, and learning about the team's prospects when a slightly slimmed-down summer development camp takes place in early July.
The Red Wings apparently held a Q and A with Wings GM Ken Holland and Ilitch Holdings executive Tom Wilson for season ticket-holders, suite-holders and business partners yesterday, and they posted the hour-long video on the team's YouTube channel for general public consumption. The Q and A was "moderated" by Mickey Redmond:
Updated 6x at 4:08 PM: The news that the Tampa Bay Lightning are buying out Vincent Lecavalier sent shockwaves through the hockey world earlier this morning, and as Paul noted, MLive's Ansar Khan believes that the Wings should pursue him. The Free Press's Helene St. James agrees with Khan's assessment:
Lecavalier has a lot of assets. He's 6-feet-4 and 215 pounds. That alone would make him the biggest forward on the team. He's a center — and the Wings will need a second-line center, because Valtteri Filppula is not coming back. I expect Wings general manager Ken Holland to trade Filppula's rights any day now.
The right player won, from TSN:
Detroit Red Wings super star, Pavel Datsyuk owned the 2013 TSN NHL Play of the Year Showdown Championship match, literally. It was an all-Datsyukian final, with two fantastic plays going head-to-head for the title.
In the end, it was Datsyuk's end-to-end dangle through almost every Nashville player on the ice that captured the title.
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings will hold their annual prospects Development Camp July 10-15, at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. Fans wishing to attend camp can watch the first day on Wednesday, July 10, free of charge with tickets for the remainder of camp available for $5 per day. Tickets will be sold exclusively at Centre ICE Arena.
The 2013 Detroit Red Wings Development Camp roster currently features 21 players. Select prospects will be added to the camp following the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft this Sunday, June 30, in New Jersey. Those set to participate in this year’s camp include Ontario Hockey League Defenseman of the Year Ryan Sproul, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League First Team All-Star defenseman Xavier Ouellet, Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defenseman of the Year Nick Jensen, Memorial Cup champion forward Martin Frk of the Halifax Mooseheads and Calder Cup champion forward Luke Glendening of the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Fans attending this year’s development camp will also have the chance to see 2008 Stanley Cup champion Darren Helm who will participate in preparation for the 2013-14 NHL season. The full schedule for the 2013 Detroit Red Wings Development Camp, as well as a preliminary roster of prospects set to hit the ice in Traverse City can be found below.
Ansar Khan of Mlive is correct when he states the Wings may need a 2nd line center...
The NHL's shallow free-agent pool just got a little deeper, as the Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they will use a compliance buyout on center Vincent Lecavalier.
Lecavalier will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5, eligible to sign with any team except the Lightning.
The Detroit Red Wings will be in the market for a second-line center if, as expected, Valtteri Filppula, leaves as a free agent.
Lecavalier, the NHL's first overall draft pick in 1998, has seen better days, as his offensive game is in decline, but the 6-foot-4 center still has tremendous reach and vision and a good shot.
He had 10 goals and 22 assists in 39 games this past season, after scoring 20 or more goals in 12 consecutive seasons.
So, do the Wings try to sign Lecavalier and if so, what kind of contract do you offer him?
Okay, as we approach the draft on Sunday and what certainly sounds like a busy off-season in the making, things got kind of yell-y in the overnight report and mid-day news entries, so please try to remember that the foundation of spirited debate is understanding that not all of us are going to agree with divergent points of view, but that everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if we disagree and/or think that the other person is nuts.
Because I've been doing this for a long time now, and I've learned that the period of time from just before the draft until the middle of July involves readers and commenters being very passionate about their point of view and very prickly when someone posits a suggestion that might conflict with theirs...
Updated 3x with forward talk, Brunner gabba and another mock draft at 2:38 PM: This afternoon's Red Wings-related stories basically keep the conversation started during the overnight report going. After profiling David Clarkson, Bryan Bickell and Nathan Horton (who will need shoulder surgery), MLive's Ansar Khan looks at the "bargain" goal-scoring forward that the Wings may be interested in pursuing as an unrestricted free agent in one Michael Ryder.
Ryder's 6 feet tall, 198 pounds and 33 years old, and he's averaged about 25 goals per season since the last lockout, really, but he's a one-dimensional player...Who earned $3.5 million this past season, and could probably be had for somewhere between $3.5-4 million.
Here's Khan's take on Ryder:
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Sept. 16 at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 vs. Boston at Joe Louis Arena, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Chicago at Joe Louis Arena, 5 p.m.
Sept. 25 vs. Pittsburgh at Joe Louis Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 vs. Toronto at Joe Louis Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Dates for sales of individual preseason tickets have not been announced.
The American Hockey League's apparently starting to get its scheduling wheels in motion, because the Grand Rapids Griffins posted a press release listing the dates of their home-opening tilt and six other games:
The Grand Rapids Griffins will unveil a championship banner and play their first home game in defense of the Calder Cup on Friday, Oct. 18 at Van Andel Arena, one of seven 2013-14 home dates that have been confirmed by the American Hockey League.
The Griffins will also host the Toronto Marlies on Monday, Dec. 30 at Comerica Park in Detroit as part of the 2013 Hockeytown Winter Festival, a series of NHL alumni, junior, college, high school and youth contests that will lead up to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1. Tickets for the Winter Classic and the Griffins’ outdoor game are currently available with a 10-game, 20-game or full-season ticket package at http://griffinshockey.com.
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