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St. James: Wings might ‘trade down’ at the draft again

The Red Wings have historically tended to "trade down" in the draft when they're either short on picks or feel that their targets have been snagged by other teams, and the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Wings, who traded their 2nd-round pick to Dallas in the Erik Cole trade, are considering that option again:

It's possible the Wings may trade down a few picks as they did two years ago, when they moved from 18th to 20th in the first round because the Wings were certain Mantha would still be available. As a result, the Wings gained a second second-round pick, at 58th overall, and turned that into Tyler Bertuzzi.

Asked about the possibility of something similar happening this year, Martin didn't rule it out. "Especially since we don't have a second-round pick, the possibility of trading back to acquire an extra pick is always there," he said. "We wait until the closest we can to our pick and then we assess the names on our list and if there is somebody that we really want that we don't want to chance that they're gone, then we wouldn't do it. But if there are several players that are all within the same range, and we are happy with any of them, then we might do it to get another pick."

Martin was lukewarm on the idea of the Wings trading up. The Arizona Coyotes are rumored to be willing to trade their first-round pick, at third overall, which would put the Wings within reach of defenseman Noah Hanifin, widely considered to be NHL ready. But making a move up would be costly, and therefore "I don't think we'll do it, but you never known," Martin said. "July 1 is as bleak as it's ever been, so the only way to change the makeup of your team other than July 1 is via trade, and therefore, I think there is a lot of chatter, names being thrown around. There are some pretty high-end names being thrown out. If we were to engage in a scenario like that and picks were changing hands as an option to move up, I don't really see that happening."

St. James continues at considerable length, discussing the difficulty of forecasting teenagers' maturing into pro players, and she suggests that the Wings will pick Joel Eriksson Ek if they hang on to the 19th overall pick.

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Gordie Howe to receive United States Sports Academy’s ‘2015 Eagle Award’

From the United States Sports Academy:

Detroit Red Wings Gordie Howe Earns Academy’s 2015 Eagle Award

Legendary Detroit Red Wings Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee, Gordie Howe, is being honored with the United States Sports Academy’s 2015 Eagle Award for the great contributions he has made to sport as a hockey player. He was, and is, a true icon. This award also recognizes the many things that he has done, not only for hockey, but for sport in general throughout the world.

The Eagle Award, the United States Sports Academy’s highest international honor, is presented annually to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace, and goodwill through the effective use of sport.  The recipient of this award must have tempered strength with keen judgment in using authority wisely as a means of bringing nations together through sport for the betterment of mankind.

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Red Wings announce dates of summer development camp

From the Detroit Red Wings:

Wings release development camp schedule
Camp to take place at Traverse City’s Centre Ice Arena from July 3-7

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today released the schedule for their 2015 development camp, which will be held at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from July 3-7. The camp kicks off on Friday, July 3 and features on-ice and off-ice workouts each day, including scrimmages on Saturday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 7. The camp roster will be released following the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, held on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 in Sunrise, Fla.

The camp will be split into two sides, Team Red and Team White, and will feature daily on-ice instruction skill development from a team of coaches, led by new Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Todd Nelson. Players will also take part in daily off-ice workouts and attend classes about being a professional hockey player on and off the ice, while receiving feedback from Red Wings coaches and management. This year, camp attendees will connect with the community during Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival by signing autographs for fans on Sunday, July 5, starting at 6 p.m.

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‘Four Things’: On the Wings’ home opener, assistant coaches’ backgrounds and another mock draft

Of brief Red Wings-related note:

1. It appears that the Wings' home opener against Toronto is in fact the opening night of the Red Wings' 2015-16 regular season (and we will find out the rest of the schedule tomorrow at 10 AM EDT)...

2. Press releases tend to reveal more about player and coaches' pasts than you'd think, so this release from the University of Wisconsin Badgers, pointing out that two Wisconsin alumni will be helping coach the Wings, is worth your time...

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Red Wings announce date of and opponent for 2015-16 home opener (it’s Toronto)


FYI: The Leafs' season-opener is not against Detroit:

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‘Three Things’: On Datsyuk’s Lady Byng possibilities, Ouellet’s first goal and an AHL note

of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Pavel Datsyuk probably won't win the Lady Byng Trophy as the NHL's most gentlemanly player this evening, but MLive's Brendan Savage notes that Datsyuk would join some heady company if he were to win tonight:

The other two finalists are Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings and Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames.

If Datsyuk wins, it would mark the fifth time he's won the Lady Byng, tying him for second place with Wayne Gretzky on the award's all-time list. Only Frank Boucher has won it more often, capturing the Lady Byng seven times while playing for the New York Rangers in the 1920s and '30s.

Gretzky's first Lady Byng came as a member of the Edmonton Oilers in 1979-80 and his last was in 1998-99, when he played for the Rangers.

Datsyuk won the Lady Byng four straight times beginning in 2005-06.

2. The Red Wings' website continues its "Red Wings Firsts" series this morning as Craig Peterson discusses Xavier Ouellet's first NHL goal...

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Sipple: Wings will offer Griffins’ Miele a contract, but youth movement’s squeezed out Porter

This is a strange story to "hit" at 2 in the morning, but what the hey. The Free Press's George Sipple reports that the Red Wings hope to bring Andy Miele back for another season as a Grand Rapids Griffin, but they're not bringing University of Michigan alum Kevin Porter back:

The Detroit Red Wings are offering a contract to only one of the two former Hobey Baker Award winners who played last season for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said he has exchanged figures with forward Andy Miele, who led the Griffins in scoring last season. Forward Kevin Porter will not be offered a contract for next season.

Miele, from Grosse Pointe Woods, won the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the top player in college hockey, as a senior at Miami (Ohio) in 2010-11.

Miele, 27, has appeared in 15 NHL games, all with the Coyotes. He had 26 goals and 44 assists for 70 points in 71 games last season for the Griffins. He added three goals and 11 assists for 14 points in 16 playoff games.

"Andy Miele has been one of the top five point-producers in the American Hockey League the past two years," Martin said. "He's an elite American Hockey League player and he's a guy that we think can provide NHL depth. He had an injury last year coming into training camp, so he wasn't able to audition for Mike Babcock and his staff. But obviously Jeff Blashill has a real comfort level and familiarity with him from the American League level. Jeff sees him as a guy who can earn an opportunity as a depth player."

Sipple continues, and I believe we call this the first "Blashill-based personnel decision"...This kind of phraseology is new, too:

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The overnight report: On the assistant coaches, Tom Wilson, awards, draft and prospect talk

The Red Wings rounded out their coaching staff on Tuesday, and they filled it to the brim, with Jeff Blashill choosing to retain assistant coach Tony Granato and goalie coach Jim Bedard's services, and then load up with his assistants from the Griffins--Pat Ferschweiler, who will work the bench as an assistant coach, Dave Noel-Bernier, who will serve as an assistant and the team's video coordinator, and Chris Chelios, the "informal assistant" who will reprise his role in Grand Rapids, working with the team's defensemen and watching the game from the press box to provide insight from on high (when he's not serving as an assistant to the U.S. World Junior team in December).

Blashill didn't shy away from discussions of his familiarity with his coaches while speaking with the Wings' media, including the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

“I think it helps in the transition that there is a familiarity there,” Blashill said. “I don’t think it by any means guarantees success, but it certainly helps in the transition. I also think it helps in the respect-level earned from both the player to the coach and the coach to the player. With the familiarity with the coaches to the players and coaches to each other, it’s going to allow us to hit the ground running and maybe ease over some of those bumps in the road that we could face.”

Granato will continue to handle the defence on game nights and oversee Detroit’s penalty kill. Ferschweiler will be Blashill’s sounding board with the forwards and be in charge of the power play.

“Tony was my first call when I received notice that I was going to be the head coach of the Red Wings,” Blashill said. “He was my No. 1 priority. For a model staff, I wanted a guy with lots of NHL playing and coaching experience, so Tony obviously fits that model. I’ve talked to guys that played with him, or played for him in Pittsburgh, talked to many of the players here in Detroit and all of them have a real affinity for Tony. So I thought it was an extreme priority to get Tony to stay on board."

Blashill continued, discussing Chelios's role with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

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Talking Wings cap math, redux

Depending on whether you utilize Capgeek follow-on websites General Fanager or Hockey's Cap, the Wings either have $55.907 million or $56.577 million (not included the carry-over $1 million bonus due to Daniel Cleary) committed to salaries under the $71.4 million cap ceiling for the 2014-15 season...

Giving the Wings approximately $14 million to re-sign restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith, Teemu Pulkkinen, Landon Ferraro, Tomas Jurco and possibly Joakim Andersson, as well as probably pursuing a top-flight defenseman, probably a goal-scoring forward and possibly re-signing Daniel Cleary.

[edit: Quoth Mr. Holland, to the Canadian Press:

"I had heard rumours it was going to be lower," Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "I think it’s a little higher than I’d expected, but it was a tight window regardless." /end edit]

MLive's Ansar Khan took note of the options the Wings have to increase their cap space...

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3-on-3 OT is just fine with Red Wings GM Ken Holland

Updated 3x at 1:23 AM: So the NHL and the GM's have suggested that the league adopt 3-on-3 overtime, and as you might expect, Ken Holland, who championed "hybrid OT" in the AHL (4 minutes of 4-on-4 and then 3 minutes of 3-on-3) is delighted with the development, as he told MLive's Ansar Khan...

"Over the last number of years more and more people have been interested in trying to get more games decided before the shootout," Holland said on Tuesday. "We understand the shootout is exciting for the fans. I'm happy today the general managers recommended going to the Board (with the proposal). The players have signed off on it. It'll be exciting for players, it'll be exciting for the fans."

The new format would take effect next season. Regular season games that are tied after regulation will go right to a five-minute OT period with three-on-three play. There will not be four-on-four play in overtime anymore.

Games that are still tied after overtime will be decided in a shootout. However, the open ice during three-on-three play will result in more scoring chances and more games decided before the shootout.

"That's the hope," Holland said. "With the open ice the expectation is there will be a lot of scoring chances at both ends."

And the Associated Press's Greg Beacham, who notes that the Board of Governors have to approve the move:

"I think management preferred what they've done in the American League," Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. "But management wanted a higher percentage of games decided in overtime, and three-on-three is going to do it. We think it's going to be a much higher percentage."

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