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The shoe’s, er, skate’s, on the other foot for the Red Wings’ unrestricted free agents-to-be

According to the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, the Red Wings have tendered contract offers to Jonathan Ericsson, Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller, and with a little under a week until unrestricted free agency begins, the team hopes to get down to the business of signing as many of the above-mentioned names as possible:

“We’ve talked to all of their agents,” Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “We’ll probably get more done next week.”
“This week we focused on the draft,” Nill said. “We’ll get working more on that next week and hopefully get them all signed up.”

The Wings are believed to have offered Ericsson a multi-year deal worth just over $2 million a season.

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Custance: Red Wings’ Babcock, Penguins’ Bylsma weigh in on Jagr watch

Oh fun, via RedWingsFeed...Red Wings coach Mike Babcock tells the Sporting News’s Craig Custance that he’s comfortable with making a Jaromir Jagr-sized experiment, should the 39-year-old Czech forward choose to join the Wings…

“He’s in a position that he gets to decide,” Babcock told Sporting News. “We’ve had lots of success with veteran players.”
“You could say Mike Modano didn’t work the way we wanted. We didn’t know Mike Modano was going to cut his wrist,” Babcock said. “Do you not even investigate it because it didn’t (work out)? That’s not the way we go about our business.”

And Dan Bylsma agrees that Jagr would make a great addition…to the Penguins:

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Red Wings 2nd-through-7th-round draft day updates/open post

Draft over: Wings pick Tomas Jurco with 35th overall pick; Xavier Ouellet with 48th overall pick; Ryan Sproul 55th overall; Alan Quine 85th overall; Marek Tvrdon 115th; Phillipe Hudon 144th, Mattias Backman 145th; Richard Nedomlel in 6th round; Alexei Marchenko 205th: Today, the Detroit Red Wings will get to work assembling the future of their team as they have nine draft picks to work with over the second through seventh rounds of the NHL Entry Draft (11 AM EDT, NHL Network/NHL.com).

The Wings may or may not also have determined which assistant coaches will flank Mike Babcock’s shoulders behind the Wings’ bench, and may or may not have laid the foundation for contracts to retain the services of Jonathan Ericsson, Patrick Eaves and/or Drew Miller.

Of course, a few GM’s might bend Ken Holland’s ear as Jim Nill and the Wings’ amateur scouts make picks in the hopes of making trades, and there’s no doubt that player agents will not-so-innocently ask if free agent-to-be X might intrigue the Wings at Y dollars over Z years, hoping to essentially negotiate contracts without committing tampering far before the unrestricted free agent period begins on Friday at 12 PM EDT.

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Sometimes the chairman can’t help himself

The Winnipeg Free Press’s Tim Campbell engaged in a Q and A with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman via an article titled, “Maybe Bettman a better man,” but the “better man” almost can’t help himself when it comes to discussing his love-hate relationship with fans and holier-than-thou relationship with the media, biting back at Campbell’s questions on an all-too-regular basis:

Free Press: The public’s reaction to you in many cases, does that bother you in any personal way?

Gary Bettman: It’s not even criticism. It’s become a routine. The fact is, there is a picture that has been painted in some places that doesn’t reflect the reality. I understand that. Most importantly, to the extent it demonstrates the passion by our fans about our game, I am completely comfortable with that.

Free Press: There are Canadians who wonder if you actually like the game and whether you just see your job as the business manager of hockey.

Bettman: It’s a ridiculous question. Anybody who either thinks that or questions it doesn’t know me at all. They’re relying too much on silly reports. You can’t do what I do, can’t be as committed, spend the amount of time doing what I do without loving it. This is an all-consuming job. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can’t allow yourself to be so consumed. Anybody who knows me knows I happen to love what I do. I love my life and love that I get an opportunity to spend my waking hours doing what I do.

Continued, and it’s at least worth reading for a snicker or two, especially regarding his rationalizations regarding the return of the J-e-t-s Jets Jets Jets…

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Red Wings overnight report: things get crazy at the draft and the Wings go the smart route

After the first-round fireworks (that some sort of weird combination of too much pizza and allergies causes me to miss), we’ve got the Winnipeg Jets—without a jersey or logo yet—back (yay!), Brian Campbell in Florida, John-Michael Liles in Toronto, Devin Setoguchi in Minnesota and Brent Burns in San Jose (does this mean that Ian White’s hits the market on July 1st?) Robyn Regehr in Buffalo, Troy Brouwer in Washington…

And the Wings incredibly smart by trading down, swapping their 24th overall pick to the Ottawa Senators for the 35th and 48th picks, yielding three second-rounders and a total of nine chances to draft one or two impact players when the second round begins at 11 AM EDT today on the NHL Network and NHL.com.

Via RedWingsFeed, here’s Jim Nill explaining why the Wings made their move to RedWingsTV:

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Very belatedly: Red Wings trade down for 35th, 48th picks

Your friendly neighborhood blogger got pretty darn ill during the draft—my apologies—but I had a feeling that the Red Wings would trade down before I went down, and as DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose confirms, the Wings swapped out their 24th overall pick for two second-rounders, giving the team nine total draft picks:

As Friday’s first round of the NHL draft neared the halfway point, the Red Wings decided to seek a trade to acquire more picks in Saturday’s final six rounds at Xcel Energy Center.

“It’s just like playing the lottery,” said, Jim Nill, the Red Wings assistant general manager. “The more times you buy a ticket, the better chance you’ve got. We think we can get two players out of what we have left.”

The Wings traded the No. 24 pick to Ottawa for a pair of second-rounders – the Senators’ selections at 35 and 48. It will be the first time since 2005, that the Wings will select nine amateur players in a single draft year. The year they selected defenseman Jakub Kindl (first round), and forward Justin Abdelkader (second round) and Darren Helm (fifth round). It is the ninth time that the Wings haven’t had a first-round pick since 1997.

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This evening’s Jagr talk is from Pittsburgh, not Detroit

I wish we had some Wings-related news regarding the Jagr watch, but instead, Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski offers a conversation with Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who might have to convince GM Ray Shero to make any offer to Jagr. Strange to think that the Red Wings are the team that’s supposedly offering more money and a real take-it-or-leave-it contract offer as opposed to “interest,” but that’s the story.

Anyway, here’s what Bylsma had to say to Wyshynski:

“It seems to be on the front-burner now,” said Bylsma of the Jagr news. “Detroit’s been mentioned. Mike Babcock’s talked to him. Yes, we’ve talked about him.”

What does he see Jagr adding to the Penguins?

“To just think about, from the pure aspect of adding a guy who in his last year in the National Hockey League had 75 points. A guy who could really be a big part of some offense down low — you saw that in the world championship. And the intriguing part of the power play aspect of it,” said Bylsma.

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Red Wings mid-day news: On draft-day gabba and the master plan

Updated 2x at 5:29 PM: First and foremost as we wait for the first round of the NHL Entry Draft to begin tonight at 7 PM EDT (Versus/TSN), the Hockey News’s Ken Campbell asked Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was asked to clarify a little kibbutz he engaged in with former Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay on Thursday, and…

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and former Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay, who has been told he won’t be retained by Winnipeg, were huddled at a table Thursday morning at a Minneapolis restaurant in what looked very much like a job interview. But Babcock said later that was not the case and Ramsay will not be joining the Red Wings staff as an assistant.

“I’ve talked to a lot of people, but I’m not close to making a decision,” Babcock said. “If you wrote that (Ramsay would be offered a job), you would be wrong.”

There has been speculation Babcock, who has been given the full power to hire his own assistants by GM Ken Holland, already offered a job to Ken Hitchcock, but was turned down

So the search continues, and again, it appears that Bob Boughner and Pete DeBoer remain favorites for Babcock’s assistant coaches’ positions…

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Red Wings overnight report: On the draft, more Jagr stuff and many many tidbits

The Detroit Red Wings head into the first round of the NHL Entry Draft tonight (7 PM EDT, Versus/TSN; Saturday’s rounds 2-7 get underway at 11 PM EDT on the NHL Network and NHL.com) knowing their schedule for the 2011-2012 season, the salary cap figure ($64.3 million) for the upcoming season, eight picks to work with over the next two days—24th, 55th, 85th, 115th, 145th, 146th (thanks, Ville Leino), 175th and 205th overall—and as the Wings prepare to draft players who they acknowledge won’t have an impact upon the team any earlier than 3-5 years from now, they also know that, should they win the Jaromir Jagr sweepstakes, he can’t actually sign with an NHL team until July 1st because he played in the KHL last year.

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Ken Holland, Jim Nill hint at Red Wings’ usual draft strategy: draft low, aim high and wait

According to the Associated Press’s Larry Lage, the first thing Red Wings GM Ken Holland wants to do regarding their 2011 NHL Entry Draft class-to-be is to remind fans that, given the Wings’ drafting position, they won’t be picking players who are expected to jump into the lineup:

“Whomever we pick, he’s going to be three to five years away from realistically helping us on the NHL level,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “It’s not like we have one of the top picks. There’s a reason a player is still available at 24. We think we’re going to get a good prospect, but he’s going to need to develop quite a bit. Hopefully a few years from now, we’ll find out we found a player in the draft.”

Holland plans to take the best available player whether he’s a goaltender, defenceman or forward.

“We don’t have any idea what our needs will be down the road, so we’ll rely on our scouts,” Holland said.

As usual, the Wings plan on embracing the old, “We’ll see them in five-to-seven years” philosophy regarding allowing their prospects to mature until they’r ready…

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