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by George Malik on 06/28/12 at 02:20 PM ET
I’ve been both out of the loop and out of it for the last 24 or so, but I can’t help but think that the fact that the Red Wings lost out in the Justin Schultz sweepstakes isn’t a bad thing at all. The Wings have had to move as aggressively as possible to provide a, “We don’t just talk about getting better, we back up our words with actions” sales pitch to potential signings, and to plain old improve the team.
Do you need to promise Damien Brunner that he’ll start in the top six to win the sweepstakes? Done.
Need to promise the other “best player outside the NHL” that he’ll start the year on your blueline in addition to steering $3.8 million in his direction? Done.
Need to fill your AHL team’s coaching spot? Done. Reassign your assistant coach who didn’t quite work out at the NHL level, but produced all sorts of results as an NCAA coach, to turn the Grand Rapids Griffins’ fortunes around (they haven’t made the playoffs for 3 years and have been a sub-.500 team for far too long), and maybe give Danny DeKeyser another reason to sign with the Wings because his former coach at Western Michigan just happens to coach the Wings’ AHL affiliate now.
Need to fill your that spot next to one of Mike Babcock’s shoulders? Give us a week.
Need to prove that you’re loyal to personnel from the beginning of their tenure with the team to the end of their time with Detroit? Send Brad Stuart to San Jose a month early so that he can be with his family, and give your blessing to Curt Fraser when he receives the opportunity to return to the NHL.
And amidst all the talk that the $70.2 million cap is temporary?
There’s no way in hell that the Wings will do anything less than spend to the cap and worry about the rest later, because that’s what is necessary to ensure that the Detroit Red Wings uphold the standard they’ve set as a team with 21 straight years of playoff appearances, 4 Stanley Cups and 6 Stanley Cup Final appearances.
You do whatever you have to do to succeed.
And ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, who doesn’t need to spread rumors to steer bandwidth his way, suggests that the Wings’ inability to land Schultz was nothing more than hitting a speedbump:
Teams have been told over the past 24 hours whether they’re on or off the short list for prized prospect Justin Schultz.
Combining my efforts with TSN teammates Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, here’s what we believed to be the case as of 11 a.m. ET Thursday:
—Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and the Rangers made the list.
—Interested teams such as Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia and Calgary did not make it.
“We were informed we didn’t make the list,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com Thursday morning. “He’s a young player, we would have liked to have signed him, but what are you going to do? You go the office and go back to work.”
The Wings are still expected to be heavy suitors for Ryan Suter come Sunday.
Schultz and his agents, Wade Arnott and Don Meehan, were at Newport Sports in Mississauga (west of Toronto) set up meetings/calls with teams Wednesday and were slated to hold talks Thursday and Friday.
Arnott and Meehan happen to be Zach Parise’s agens, too, so you can sure as hell believe that KH delicately placed a sales pitch for a certain player who may or may not become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday into his best effort to land Schultz.
Personally, I’m still sick but am resting up. I should be at least partially active tomorrow and will be ready to go on Sunday.
And as I’m still planning on going to Traverse City in a little over a week, and am only 60% of the way to deferring the cost of staying in a hotel from July 7-13, here’s the button. If you can lend a hand, I’m just trying to not take too big a hit going up there to cover the Wings’ summer prospect camp:
You’ll have to use my personal email address, rtxg at yahoo dot com, to donate, and if you want to aid the cause by some other manner or means, fire me an email at that address or at georgemalik at kuklaskorner dot com.
Update: Speaking of prospects, Hockeysverige’s Uffe Bodin reports that Calle Jarnkrok will miss the Wings’ prospect camp because he’d asked the Wings if it would be OK to stay home and continue strength training.
His agent, Christian Sjogren told Bodin that Hakan Andersson signed of on the idea, and that Jarnkrok will work with Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall’s off-season trainer, Bjorn Lindgren, to continue adding pounds and upper-body strength.
Sjogren does believe that Jarnkrok may be released by his Swedish club, Brynas IF, to take part in the Wings’ prospect tournament this September.
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