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Detroit Releases Revised Development Camp Roster And Schedule

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the schedule and preliminary roster for their 2017 Development Camp, which will be held at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from July 7-11. The camp begins on Friday, July 7 and features on-ice skill development and off-ice workouts each day, including a scrimmage on Sunday, July 9. The camp roster currently consists of 45 players: 21 forwards, 18 defensemen and six goaltenders.

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Satisfied With Trevor Daley And Luke Witkowski?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

That could be good or bad, depending on how you view it.

The Red Wings addressed two needs - signing mobile, puck-moving defenseman Trevor Daley to a three-year, $9.5 million contract and rugged right wing/defenseman Luke Witkowski to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.

The market was thin and Detroit's salary-cap space limited.

Those who believe the Red Wings should provide better opportunities for young players like defensemen Nick Jensen, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul and forward prospects Tyler Bertuzzi and Evgeny Svechnikov probably don't like the moves. They want the rebuild to start in earnest.

Those who believe the Red Wings should do what they can to make the playoffs in 2017-18 probably like that they upgraded their defense with Daley and added some size and toughness with Witkowski.

continue if you want opinions of how other teams did with UFAs...

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Afternoon news: On Daley’s offensive production, the Wings’ power play, an ‘embed’ and fundraising

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article discussing the reasons why the Wings signed Trevor Daley...

“The thing I like about him is, he can produce offense 5-on-5,” coach Jeff Blashill told the Free Press. “Not just himself, but his ability to get the puck out of our end and push the puck up the ice.”

The Wings ranked in the bottom five of the NHL last season at 198 goals-for, and were in the middle of the pack in 5-on-5 goals, with 144.

The Wings are starving for offense from the back end, as the past season saw them fed almost exclusively by Mike Green. Green produced 36 points, coming in at a .5 points-per-game average. The next closest was Nick Jensen, at a .27 average.

St. James continues...

2. The Ahtletic Detroit begins its subscriber-only content period with a doozy, as Tyler Dellow examines the Red Wings' power play in incredible detail, and he concludes that the power play has suffered both without Mike Babcock's coaching and without Pavel Datsyuk's presence (I could say, "No movement, no screens in front of the goal, a tendency to force the defense to fire long bombs at the net as exclusive shot generators sans butts in front and painfully slow zone entries, the end," but that's probably not as convincing):

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Ken Holland On Multiple Topics

via the Red & White Authority,

In Episode 7 of The Red and White Authority, we're joined by Detroit general manager, Ken Holland, who gives us an overview of the hockey club. We begin with the signing of free agent defensemen Trevor Daley and Luke Witkowski. Holland also discusses why the Wings left goalie Petr Mrazek unprotected in the expansion draft, gives an update on Detroit's injured players, and reveals his expectations for next season. Plus, Holland reviews last week's NHL Entry Draft and elaborates on why a player's character is something the Wings believe is essential for success on the ice.

Listen here.

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Krupa: Red Wings choose to recharge the rebuild during an ‘off year’ for free agency

Ken Holland nailed the reason why free agency was a relative "dud" today while speaking with the Associated Press...

"There's a whole lot of factors," Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said, noting age was one and so were the moves by teams to sign their players to extensions well before they might have hit the market.

As for a primary factor, Holland said: "The cap used to go up $4-5 million a year."

And, barring any late-day or second-day signings of aging forwards (I fear a Jagr signing at this point), the Red Wings should have just enough cap space, Johan Franzen's LTIR $ included, to re-sign Tomas Tatar, Xavier Ouellet and Andreas Athanasiou. Things will be tight, but Luke Witkowski's 1-way contract can be fully buried in the AHL.

As for the ramifications of the signings of Trevor Daley and Witkowski, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa tried to pin down the "middle path" the Wings are traveling upon in an attempt to avoid a full rebuild:

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A busy day for the Griffins, too—and thanks, Cally

For Grand Rapids Griffins fans:

If you missed it, key players came and went from the Red Wings organization that will affect the Grand Rapids Griffins' roster today.

Coming: Tom McCollum (acquired from Calgary), Turner Elson (signed as a free agent). You can essentially consider Luke Witkowski an addition as well as he may very well end up in Grand Rapids...

Staying: Brian Lashoff and Dylan McIlrath (re-signed by Detroit earlier this week).

Leaving: Jake Paterson (not qualified, is an unrestricted free agent now), Kyle Criscuolo (signed by Buffalo), Matt Caito (signed by AHL Iowa), Eddie Pasquale (signed by Edmonton)...and Mitch Callahan (signed by Edmonton).

It stings to lose "Cally" after five years with the Griffins and almost 9 years with the Red Wings organization, it stings to lose Callahan as he was one of three Griffins to repeat as Calder Cup champs, and it stings personally because Callahan was one of my first solid interviews back when I was just starting out covering summer development camps in 2009.

The good news is that Callahan will either be getting a fair shake with the Oilers, or he'll be playing for the AHL's Bakersfield Condors, in his home state:

I wish him and all the Griffins who are leaving this summer good luck with their future endeavors. Cally in particular was always classy and accommodating, and I'll miss "Caveman."

Keep an eye on the Griffins' contract page as they've got the "master list" of Griffins who are and are not under contract going forward.

Update:

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Ken Holland UFA day conference call Tweets/articles (guest-starring Trevor Daley and Luke Witkowski)

Updated 11x at 5:22 PM: Here are the Tweets from the Trevor Daley-Luke Witkowski-Ken Holland conference call:

Per the Free Press's Helene St. James...

Ken Holland: Thrilled to add Daley & Witkowski to Red Wings. wanted to address blue line, esp. wth Brendan Smith gone.

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Holland: Daley will make Red Wings defense more mobile

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Trevor Daley on opp. on Red Wings defense: "I love to get up the ice and I love to play a lot, too. That def. factored into equation."

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

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TMR afternoon line: Daley is ‘a transporter’

According to the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa, Ken Holland will hold a conference call with reporters at 2 PM (I will update the Daley thread with that stuff). Holland also spoke with the Hockey News's Ken Campbell about his team's free agency work:

It’s expected Daley will play on a pairing with Dan DeKeyser next season, with Niklas Kronwall and Mike Green making up the other top-four duo. The fact that the Red Wings were able to get Daley on a three-year contract with a cap hit of just under $3.2 million is a definitive upgrade.

“We have to get the puck up to our forwards,” Holland told THN.com after the signing was made official. “And we think Trevor Daley can help us do that. He’s a guy who can get back to the puck and transport it. And I think with his skating ability, his age at 33 isn’t as big a concern.”

The Red Wings hired former NHLer Shawn Horcoff as their director of player development last year and Horcoff, who played two seasons with Daley as a member of the Dallas Stars, lauded his value as a teammate both on and off the ice. Daley’s character is unquestioned and he will fit into the Detroit dressing room seamlessly.

But it’s his ability as a puck-moving defenseman that will be most valued by the Red Wings. The Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom Daley won two Stanley Cups, really felt his absence when he was out of the lineup for four games during the playoffs. With the exception of a 16-goal, 38-point performance when he was in Dallas, Daley has never been a huge offensive producer, but he’s capable of producing 20 points and start the plays that lead to goals, even if his name doesn’t appear on the scoresheet.

Campbell continues...

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McCollum returns to Wings organization

With Jake Paterson leaving the organization and Cal Heeter and Eddie Pasquale headed for greener pastures, this one makes depth sense:

I don't think this has a thing to do with Mrazek. Matej Machovsky and Jared Coreau are your Grand Rapids Griffins duo.

Official:

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Red Wings sign farmhand Turner Elson

FYI:

RED WINGS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD TURNER ELSON
… 24-Year-Old Has Spent Four Pro Seasons in Calgary and Colorado Organizations …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with center Turner Elson on a one-year contract.

Elson, 24, was limited to 13 games played due to injury for the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage in 2016-17, recording three points (1-2-3) and 12 penalty minutes. In 2015-16, Elson matched an AHL-career best by notching 30 points (14-16-30) and 59 penalty minutes in 63 games for the Stockton Heat. Elson also made his NHL debut for the Calgary Flames on April 9, 2016 at Minnesota, picking up an assist and a plus-one rating in 14:54 time on ice. The 6-foot, 195-pound forward has played four seasons in the AHL, combining for 66 points (34-32-66) and 144 penalty minutes in 175 games with the Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Flames, Stockton and San Antonio. Elson was originally signed by the Flames as an undrafted free agent on Sept. 22, 2011.

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