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St. James, Khan offer their ‘protected lists’

The Free Press's Helene St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan have written up their "protected lists" for the expansion draft. St. James' list is less about surprises and more about a reminder that the business of hockey is sometimes a difficult one...

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Wings general manager Ken Holland declined to name names, but did say the Wings will be using the 11-player formula, enabling then to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender (the other option is eight skaters and one goaltender). Holland gathered input on the list during June 7-9 meetings that included head coach Jeff Blashill, senior vice president Jimmy Devellano, front-office member Kris Draper and the pro scouting staff.

“We are dealing with people’s lives,” Holland said. “They are difficult decisions. I talk the responsibility of making the decisions very seriously.  Even decisions that appear to be no-brainers, I take them very seriously.”

Holland said he has spoken with Vegas general manager George McPhee, along with numerous other colleagues. The Wings are looking to upgrade on defense, and they also face potentially having three goaltenders, none of whom would be waiver exempt, compete for two jobs in training camp.

St. James continues, and Khan discusses the Golden Knights' probable "pick":

[Riley] Sheahan is a prime target to be taken. Despite going 80 games without a goal before scoring twice in the season finale, he's big (6-3, 222), young (25), has a manageable contract (one year remaining at $2.075 million) and remains under club control in 2018 as a restricted free agent. Many believe 2016-17 was a fluke, since he was fairly productive for a third-line player the previous three seasons.

Ouellet, 23, and Nosek, 24, are other possibilities for Vegas.

Khan also continues...

Update: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan weighs in as well:

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St. James: Wings qualify Martin Frk

Per the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Update: The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner also speculates as to the 2017-18 Grand Rapids Griffins' roster...

Update #2: Here's St. James on Frk:

Asked about Frk making it to the NHL, Griffins coach Todd Nelson said he believes it could happen with the right fit. It would be intriguing if the Wings use the exhibition season to play Frk with Tomas Nosek and Tyler Bertuzzi, a line that had tremendous chemistry for the Griffins.

Frk’s biggest asset is his big, right-handed shot. The last forward prospect out of Grand Rapids heralded for a blistering right-handed shot failed to make it with the Wings, but Teemu Pulkkinen had his lack of size and skating ability as detractions. Frk is 6-foot and a thick 200 pounds, and doesn’t get knocked off the puck as easily. It’ll be interesting in camp to see if the Wings give him a look on the power play (the Hurricanes didn’t) because that was Frk’s bread-and-butter with the Griffins: A team-leading 12 power play goals this past season, seven power play assists in the playoff; 11 power play goals in 2015-16.

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Griffins news: Parade Tweets of note, a Lorito interview and the McDonald’s caper

The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding a parade and rally which will be held at Rosa Parks Circle starting today at 4 PM, and a couple of Tweets from the Griffins indicate that the event will be partially streamed and televised:

The Grand Rapids Press's Dominik Mastrangelo has more details regarding the road closures and construction issues surrounding the parade...

The Griffins also Tweeted out an interview in which Matt Lorito spoke with the NHL on Sirius XM Radio:

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Questions For Ansar Khan

Ansar Khan of Mlive answered a few questions from the fans.

Q: Who would you rate as the Wings’ top 10 players during their 25-year playoff run. I think the top two spots are slam-dunks. After that it gets interesting.

A: I agree, the top two spots are obvious. Nicklas Lidstrom would get the slight edge over Steve Yzerman for No. 1 during that time period. Some of Yzerman's best offensive years came before the streak.

I’d give Pavel Datsyuk the slight edge over Sergei Fedorov at No. 3. Datsyuk was more consistent and played during an era when it was tougher to score.

Henrik Zetterberg would be fifth on my list, followed by Chris Osgood, who doesn’t get a lot of respect nationally but won 317 games as a Red Wings and three Cups, including two as starter.

Brendan Shanahan would rank seventh, followed by Tomas Holmstrom, who was the best in the business at what he did (net-front role).

I’d put Johan Franzen at No. 9. He floated a lot and his career was cut short by concussion issues, but he flourished from 2008-12 and was dominant during a three-year stretch in the playoffs, with 31 goals and 59 points in 51 games (2008-10).

I’d round out the top 10 with Kris Draper, the long-time Grind Line center who played in 1,137 games as a Red Wing and won the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward in 2004....

a bit more and questions about Todd Nelson, Dion Phaneuf and will Detroit move back to the Western Conference...

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Griffins news: On Paetsch, Callahan, Campbell, Renouf and Coreau, present and future

Of disparate Grand Rapids Griffins-related note:

1. For the present moment, it appears that Griffins captain Nathan Paetsch is the caretaker of the Calder Cup, and Paetsch brought the trophy to WZZM 13's studios for an interview on Thursday evening:

2. More than a few of the Griffins' veterans simply don't know what's going to come after their Calder Cup championship, and Mitch Callahan posted a Tweet that reflects his uncertainty as to where his hockey career is going to take him:

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Meet the Red Wings’...erm…draft picks (the pick numbers)

As Paul noted, the NHL has established its "order of selection" for all seven rounds of the NHL Draft, and as such, the Free Press's Helene St. James compiled a list of the Wings' 11 draft picks:

The NHL released the order of selection for next weekend’s entry draft, in which the Detroit Red Wings currently hold 11 picks.

The draft lottery left them with a first-round selection at ninth overall. That will made June 23, at United Center in Chicago.

Day 2, June 24, will be a busy day for Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright and his advisers: The Wings pick 38th, 71st, 79th, 83rd, 88th, 100th, 131st, 162nd, 164th, and 193rd.

St. James continues, explaining how the Wings got their "extra" picks, and MLIve's Ansar Khan penned a similar article:

The Red Wings have their own second-round pick (No. 38) and four third-round selections -- from Florida for Thomas Vanek (No. 71), from Toronto for permission to speak to former coach Mike Babcock (No. 79), from the New York Rangers for Brendan Smith (No. 83) and from Chicago (via Carolina) for Tomas Jurco (No. 88).

Detroit's own third-round pick was dealt to San Jose last year for prospect Dylan Sadowy.

The Red Wings have their own selections in Rounds 3 through 7 (Nos. 100, 131, 162 and 193). They also a sixth-round pick from Florida for Jakub Kindl (No. 164).

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Another Adidas Wings jersey tease

I don't like the concept of adding a "name bar" to the Wings' jerseys, but that's just me:

Here's the previous "teaser":

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‘Two Things,’ Griffins version: On ‘Nelly and Uncle Nate’ and Daniel Cleary, player-coach

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note this morning:

1. NHL.com's Patrick Williams penned an article in which he discusses the roles that Griffins coach Todd Nelson and captain Nathan Paetsch played in guiding Grand Rapids to its second Calder Cup championship:

Leadership is abundant in Grand Rapids well beyond Nelson. It starts with Paetsch, a veteran of 167 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets, and extends to Callahan and veterans Brian Lashoff, Matt Ford, Ben Street, Eric Tangradi, and beyond.

That leadership was on display in Game 6, Nelson said. Syracuse won Game 5 to extend the series, and led Grand Rapids 3-2 at the end of the second period in Game 6. Grand Rapids was staring at the possibility of Game 7 after having led the series 3-1.

Said Nelson, "I wouldn't say [there was panic. There was] concern after the second period. A couple of players stepped up. I could hear them through the door."

The message went through. Grand Rapids scored twice in the third period to win the series. They broke three Syracuse leads in Game 6.

"[Paetsch is] a great character guy," McIlrath said. "He has been through the ringer at every level. He is a calming presence. He doesn't say a whole lot, but when he does, everybody listens." Just even in the [second] intermission, he was a calming presence. We knew we had a job to do, and we did it."

Williams continues...

2. And the Saint John's Telegram's Brendan McCarthy penned an article regarding Daniel Cleary's career-shifting 2016-17 season, in which Cleary was a "player-coach" for the Griffins:

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Kulfan: Wings should protect Howard, expose Mrazek in expansion draft

Ahead of Saturday's deadline for NHL teams to submit their expansion draft "protected lists," the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan examined the Red Wings' roster and offered his take as to who the Wings should protect and who they should expose to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Among his protected players:

Jimmy Howard -- Has simply been a much better goalie than Petr Mrazek since the start of the regular season and through the world championships. Yes, Howard is eight years older (33 to 25), has a bit more contract term left (two years, $5.3 million per season), but going into the season with Mrazek as the No. 1 is more unsettling.


Nick Jensen -- Protect Jensen or Xavier Ouellet? Safeguard Jensen, who skates well, has a nice offensive game, and is improving on the defense end.

And among his unprotected players:

Riley Sheahan -- Only two goals scored the entire season (both in the last game), but he’s young (25), has good size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) and isn’t a restricted free agent until 2018. Very appealing for Vegas.

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Grand Rapids Griffins to hold parade and rally on Friday

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The 2017 Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins will host a downtown parade and public rally at Rosa Parks Circle this Friday, June 16 to continue the celebration of the franchise’s second AHL title with their fans.

The parade will begin on Ottawa St. on the west side of Van Andel Arena at 4 p.m. All Griffins players and coaches will ride in the back of black, red and silver pickups provided by Fox Ford, with a Zamboni and other team vehicles joining the caravan.

From the arena, the parade is slated to proceed west on Weston St., right (north) on Market Ave./Monroe Ave., right on Monroe Center, right on Ottawa Ave. and right on Louis St. before concluding at Rosa Parks Circle.

The rally will feature a videoboard showing highlights of Tuesday’s cup-clinching victory plus a giveaway of 2,500 championship t-shirts, and it will include several speakers and an introduction of each member of the 2017 Calder Cup champions.

Update: The Griffins made the evening news on WOOD TV8, too:

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