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Belatedly: Coffey, Dandenault and Lapointe will participate in Winter Classic; more Bouwmeester talk

Sorry about my absence today—I literally collapsed from exhaustion—so let’s knock these two out of the way before I work on the overnight report:

• The Red Wings confirmed what RedWingsFeed‘s search engine robots discovered on Wednesday evening:

  THREE MEMBERS OF RED WINGS’ RECORD-SETTING 1995-96 SQUAD ADDED TO ROSTER FOR ALUMNI SHOWDOWN WITH MAPLE LEAFS

… Paul Coffey, Mathieu Dandenault and Martin Lapointe to don the Winged Wheel Once Again; Toronto Adds Bryan McCabe, Gary Roberts and Lanny McDonald …

Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs® today announced the addition of six total players who will participate in the festivities surrounding the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on December 31 at Comerica Park™ as part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™.  Detroit has added defensemen Paul Coffey and Mathieu Dandenault as well as forward Martin Lapointe; all three players were members of the Red Wings during the team’s record-setting campaign of 1995-96 during which Detroit won a total of 62 games – still the highest single-season total in NHL history. Toronto , meanwhile, has announced the addition of former star wingers Gary Roberts and Lanny McDonald as well as defenseman Bryan McCabe. Between the three of them, McDonald, Roberts and McCabe recorded 2,443 points (1083G-1360A) in 4,470 combined career NHL games.

Detroit’s top choice (first round, 10th overall) at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Lapointe spent ten years with the Red Wings franchise, winning two Stanley Cups (1997 and 1998) and appearing in 552 games for the club (108G-122A-230P). He is currently tied for 25th place on the team’s all-time playoff scoring list with 39 points (17G-22A) in 86 games. The speedy two-way winger was also a member of Team Canada at the 1991, 1992 and 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships, capturing Gold in his first and final appearances at the tournament. Lapointe also represented his country at the 2001 IIHF World Championships in Germany . In addition to the Red Wings, Lapointe also played for the Bruins, Blackhawks and Senators in his 991-game career, retiring in 2008 with 381 points on 181 goals and 200 assists. 

Arguably one of the best pure skaters in league history, Coffey put up truly astounding numbers during his esteemed NHL career. The Weston, Ontario , native tallied 1409GP-396G-1135A-1531P over the course of 20 seasons with Edmonton , Pittsburgh , Los Angeles , Detroit , Hartford , Chicago , Carolina and Boston , winning three Norris Trophies as the league’s top blue-liner as well as four Stanley Cup championships en route to earning a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame (inducted in 2004). The 48 goals Coffey scored for the Oilers in 1985-86 remains an NHL record for defensemen as does his
28-game point streak from the same season. 

Selected by Detroit in the second round (49th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Dandenault spent nine seasons in Hockeytown between 1995 and 2004 and was a part of three Stanley Cup championships with the club (1997, 1998 & 2002). The 6’1”, 200-lb. rearguard registered 48G-101A-149P in 616 career games with the Red Wings. In 2003, Dandenault helped Team Canada capture Gold at the IIHF World Championships in Finland , tallying 9GP-2G-3A-5P in the tournament. 

Updated alumni rosters for Toronto and Detroit can be found below. Further roster for both teams will be announced in the coming weeks.

DETROIT RED WINGS ALUMNI:

FORWARDS               DEFENSEMEN             GOALIES

Dino Ciccarelli             Chris Chelios                 Chris Osgood

Alex Delvecchio           Paul Coffey                   Mike Vernon

Kris Draper                 Mathieu Dandenault      

Sergei Fedorov             Viacheslav Fetisov

Joe Kocur                   Mark Howe  

Martin Lapointe             Vladimir Konstantinov    

Igor Larionov                 Larry Murphy      

Ted Lindsay        

Kirk Maltby          

Darren McCarty            

John Ogrodnick            

Mickey Redmond          

Luc Robitaille              

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS ALUMNI:

FORWARDS               DEFENSEMEN             GOALIES

Dave Andreychuk           Dave Ellett                   Johnny Bower

Wendel Clark               Jim McKenny                 Curtis Joseph

Russ Courtnall               Bryan McCabe               Mike Palmateer

Vincent Damphousse       Bob McGill                   Felix Potvin

Bill Derlago        

Ron Ellis            

Doug Gilmour              

Gary Leeman              

Kevin Maguire              

Lanny McDonald

Gary Roberts

Darryl Sittler        

Darcy Tucker              

Rick Vaive

Fans are currently able to register for a chance to win an opportunity to purchase two (2) tickets to the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ by visiting DetroitRedWings.com/Legends and filling out an online form.  2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ GLI, AHL and OHL tickets will go on sale in early September at DetroitRedWings.com, ticketmaster.com or by calling 313-396-7575.  Fans should register at DetroitRedWings.com/2013winterclassic to receive all the latest information on these events.

The Free Press’s James Jahnke, MLive’s Brendan Savage and 97.1 the Ticket confirmed, as did the Wings, with both a video…

A feature story from Andrea Nelson...

The last time Martin Lapointe, Paul Coffey and Mathieu Dandenault skated together, they helped the Detroit Red Wings win an NHL-record 62 regular season games.

Seventeen seasons later, the trio will proudly wear the winged wheel again as they join Detroit’s growing roster of alumni playing in the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown.

Lapointe was Detroit’s first round, 10th overall pick of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. The two-time Stanley Cup winner played in Hockeytown for ten years, scoring 108 goals and adding 122 assists for 230 points. Lapointe had a successful postseason career with the Red Wings, scoring 39 points in 86 games. His playoff numbers are still in the record books, as the forward is currently tied for 25th place on the team’s all-time playoff scoring list. Three of those points came in Game 2 of a 2000 playoff series, where Lapointe had a hat trick in Detroit’s first round sweep of the L.A. Kings.

Internationally, Lapointe made his mark representing Team Canada at the 1991, 1992 and 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships. He brought home gold medals in his first and final championship appearances. The forward also played for the Bruins, Blackhawks and Senators during his 16-year NHL career. In 991 total NHL games, Lapointe scored 381 points on 181 goals and 200 assists before retiring in 2008.

Hall of Fame inductee Paul Coffey enjoyed three and a half successful seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. In the lockout-shortened 1994-95 NHL season, Coffey led all Red Wings in scoring for the first and only time in his career, earning his third Norris Trophy. Coffey also led all defensemen in shorthanded goals during the 1994-95 playoffs, helping Detroit reach the Stanley Cup finals.

The 20-year hockey veteran tallied 396 goals and 1,135 assists for 1,531 points while playing for Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Detroit, Hartford, Chicago, Carolina and Boston. He won four Stanley Cup championships and scored an NHL-record 48 goals for defenseman while playing for the Oilers. The Weston, Ontario native played in 1,409 career NHL games before retiring in 2001. As arguably one of the best pure skaters in league history, Coffey was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

Three-time Stanley Cup champion Mathieu Dandenault was Detroit’s second round pick of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He spent nine seasons in Detroit from 1995-2004 after converting from a forward to a defenseman. In 616 career games wearing the winged wheel, Dandenault scored 48 goals and contributed 101 assists for 149 points. In addition to his three Stanley Cup championships, Dandenault helped Team Canada capture a gold medal at the 2003 IIHF World Championships in Finland. He had two goals and three assists for five points in nine total tournament games.

Dandenault spent the last four years of his 13-year NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens. He retired in 2010 having played in 868 NHL games, scoring 68 goals and 135 assists.

Lapointe, Coffey and Dandenault join many former Red Wings who have confirmed their participation in the Alumni Showdown as part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival, including Dino Ciccarelli, Alex Delvecchio, Sergei Fedorov, Mickey Redmond, Chris Chelios, Chris Osgood and many more.

The Toronto Maple Leafs also added three names to the Alumni Showdown roster. Defenseman Bryan McCabe and star wingers Gary Roberts and Lanny McDonald will join many former Maple Leafs at Comerica Park to take on the Red Wings alumni. In 4,470 combined games, McDonald, Roberts and McCabe scored 1,083 goals and added 1,360 assists for 2,443 points.

And yes, of course, the aforementioned photo gallery.

• In the wake of MLive’s Brendan Savage’s report that the Wings are at least exploring the notion of trading for Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester, the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirmed the news…

After striking out on two top defensemen in the unrestricted and restricted pool, the Wings have turned their sites on acquiring one by trade. A source confirmed that Detroit has been in contact with the Calgary Flames about trading for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

The Wings’ interest in Bouwmeester, who turns 29 next month, was first reported by mlive.com.

The Wings are in need of a top four defensemen, which there are none left on the open market and therefore a trade may need to be made in order to fill that void.
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The Wings currently have six defensemen under contract — Niklas Kronwall, Ian White, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl.

However, Bouwmeester comes with a hefty price tag, $6.68 million for each of the next two seasons. Pavel Datsyuk is the highest paid Wing at $6.7 million a season.

Despite not producing much offense like many thought he would, Bouwmeester does gobble up the minutes on the blue line and is durable. He has played in 588 consecutive game.

The Flames have been hinting of dealing Bouwmeester since signing Dennis Wideman to a five-year, at $5.25 million deal a season. That took Calgary, which signed former Wing Jiri Hudler to a four-year deal with $4 million a season, close to hitting the $70.2 million salary gap. The Flames currently are at $66.6 million.

The Wings are $13 million under the salary cap.

• And, for the record, from the Wings:

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Yes please on Bouwmeester. Guy has proven he can eat minutes and stay healthy. The defense as it stands is one injury away from catastrophe. Just imagine if Kronner goes down for any amount of time. Its enough to give you nightmares. Contract is a touch high but its on a short term and i believe if he was on the open market he may have commanded close to that amount anyways, especially given the shallow market. As long as the trade price is reasonable im in. Anyone that is smarter than me know what Calgary should expect in return for a player like that?

Posted by NHLrick on 08/10/12 at 01:19 AM ET

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for Bouwmeester ?  Lets give them Hudler ... oh wait .... they already got him .... hmmmmmmmmm

Posted by Hockeytown Wax on 08/10/12 at 01:55 AM ET

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Considering calgary has all the leverage? Highway robbery whatever it is.  Id rather see us go after doug murray or anton babchuck and give the minutes to youbg guys who need them.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/10/12 at 02:45 AM ET

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I agree with Hockey Town Overhaul.  I just can’t see Holland agreeing to overpay for Bouwmeester in a trade when he was unwilling to overpay for any number of d-men this offseason who were better players and didn’t require the Wings to give up a player in return.  I would rather sign a lesser d-man and give our younger guys the minutes.  If we really need a defenseman this season, we can trade for one before the deadline.

Posted by John from Pittsburgh, PA (Wings fan for life!) on 08/10/12 at 03:20 AM ET

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I just can’t see Holland agreeing to overpay for Bouwmeester in a trade when he was unwilling to overpay for any number of d-men this offseason who were better players and didn’t require the Wings to give up a player in return.

Well said John and I couldn’t agree more. Even when I hear of the Wings being interested in any players that require trading assets I tend to roll my eyes now. I don’t see Holland making a trade for either of the names that have been talked about recently; Yandle, Bouwmeester. While I like the idea that HokceytownOverhaul suggests

Id rather see us go after doug murray or anton babchuck and give the minutes to young guys who need them.

I still think we need one more proven vet whom the team can lean on if an injury does occur. I don’t think Murray or Babchuck fills those needs, just my opinion. In any case I’d be surprised to see Holland do anything before the impending lockout next month.

Posted by Mizzle31 on 08/10/12 at 11:34 AM ET

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqof09PxEmM

Posted by Pat from Detroit on 08/10/12 at 11:38 AM ET

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Man you guys seem pretty confident in “the kids” im not sure if im ready for an 82 game season watching Kindl everyday. I like his potential but hes a question mark, one of a few already slated for full time duty on D. I still think if the asking price is reasonable we would be a better team with bouwmeester on the roster, than without.

Posted by NHLrick on 08/10/12 at 12:52 PM ET

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Its a long season guys, especially with the changes the new CBA is going to bring we won’t need to make a move until 10-20 games in.  We are still competitive enough to be bubble, don’t underestimate Howard’s abilities when he’s facing more shots. 

When teams are dumping salaries we should be able to find a couple of pieces to get us into the playoffs and as you saw with the Kings, that’s all that matters.

Posted by neffernin on 08/10/12 at 01:36 PM ET

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Its a long season guys, especially with the changes the new CBA is going to bring we won’t need to make a move until 10-20 games in.

Actually, no.  They have to re-sign Abdelkader, which will put them over the roster limit.  Also, the Wings only have 6 defensemen.  So no, Detroit can’t just sit and wait for a quarter of a season before making a move.  As you said, it’s a long season, and you don’t spend a quarter of that long season with 6 defensemen on the entire roster.

When teams are dumping salaries we should be able to find a couple of pieces to get us into the playoffs and as you saw with the Kings, that’s all that matters.

a) Why does anyone think teams are going to be dumping salaries?
b) You can honestly be saying that the Red Wings are a Jeff Carter away from being Stanley Cup champions the way the Kings were.  You just can’t.  That’s absolutely ridiculous.

Posted by Garth on 08/10/12 at 01:46 PM ET

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I just can’t see Holland agreeing to overpay for Bouwmeester in a trade when he was unwilling to overpay for any number of d-men this offseason who were better players and didn’t require the Wings to give up a player in return.

Well said John and I couldn’t agree more.

The problem is that you’re assuming Holland scoffed at other defensemen.  He offered Salo a one-year deal and Salo got two from someone else.  He offered Suter a 13-year deal worth the same as he got from Minnesota.

Who else can anyone definitely say Holland refused to overpay for?  Did he refuse to overpay for Carle?  Did he refuse to overpay of Jay Garrison?  Do we know any of that for sure?

And if Holland makes a trade for a defenseman he is going to overpay.  No question.  He’s under the gun and will be until he has eight defensemen, so he’s at the mercy of the teams with a surplus, because having a surplus of defensemen is a luxury, having a dearth of defensemen is not, especially when one of the six you have is Kindl and your #1 is Kronwall (no disrespect to Nik, but let’s be realistic).

Posted by Garth on 08/10/12 at 01:52 PM ET

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Yes please on Bouwmeester. Guy has proven he can eat minutes and stay healthy.

Jay Blow stays healthy because he is soft, never hits, poor points for number 1 PP unit, -21 on a defense first team, no heart, over paid, not a good fit in a Rabid Hockey Environment..He is great skater, 25 mins per game..

Wait till after the CBA fiasco flushes down the toilet and Flames may get desperate, let Holmgren over pay.  He was dead from the butt up from his Junior days.

The Talk?? is Flames want Nyquist, 1st Round pick and prospect.  I say Kindl or Quincey and a low pick.

I would rather take Babchuk as a PP specialist or stand pat and see what the prospects can do, we may be surprised!

Obviously not a Jay Blow fan here!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/10/12 at 02:01 PM ET

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