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by George Malik on 02/17/17 at 01:11 PM ET
Of Red Wings-related note from ESPN's Craig Custance's Friday Insider column: Thomas Vanek apparently wants to stay in Detroit, and the Wings want to re-sign Vanek, but they don't want to give Vanek a no-move clause before the expansion draft. The result? Vanek will probably be traded and may or may not circle back to the Wings during the off-season:
“I’ve had some good conversations with Ken [Holland],” said Vanek’s agent Steve Bartlett on Thursday. “They’ve been very complimentary towards Vanek and vice versa. Certainly there’s some good will both directions.”
With the Red Wings playoff hopes all but squashed, it doesn’t make much sense for them to sign him right now. And the reality is, it makes no sense for Vanek to sign with Detroit at this point either, because doing so may just lead to him being exposed in the expansion draft. A contract with Detroit could end up being a contract with Las Vegas.
“It is complicated,” Bartlett said. “It’s not every year we have an expansion draft. From our standpoint, we’re not necessarily sure he would be a protected player. Maybe we sign and think we’re in Detroit and all of a sudden we’re in Vegas. Everyone has their own vested interest. We are certainly open to playing in Detroit next year.”
Bartlett has had two or three conversations in the last month with the Red Wings, but there’s no reason to do a deal now. It would take a "no-movement clause" to assure Vanek he wouldn’t be going anywhere, and then that adds another forward for the Red Wings to protect. That wouldn’t make a lot of sense from an asset management point of view.
Custance continues, suggesting that Vanek's situation is representative of may unrestricted free agents-to-be who want to re-sign with their current teams...
And he doesn't believe that the Wings are going to send a 1st-rounder to St. Louis for Shattenkirk given that the Wings will probably draft pretty high in the draft this summer...He doesn't believe that the Wings will get more than a 2nd-rounder for Vanek, either.
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