The Malik Report
by George Malik on 07/26/12 at 08:38 PM ET
What the title says, given what TSN’s Aaron Ward is reporting regarding the Red Wings and the Shane Doan sweepstakes:
Clearly, I can’t go on vacation. I made preparations today and the Wings chose not to bid on Alex Semin, and now this—mind you, Doan’s not going to sign with a Western Conference team unless it’s Phoenix, but still…
I’ll take one of Mike Knuble, Petr Sykora, Jochen Hecht, Jason Arnott, Eric Fehr and/or one or two of Carlo Colaiacovo, Pavel Kubina, Chris Campoli, Milan Jurcina, Scott Hannan, Michal Rozsival, Matt Gilroy, Cam Barker or Jaroslav Spacek.
Mr. Holland, I know you’re in British Columbia, but given this summer’s silence, you need to throw Red Wings fans a bone here. Knuble. Please. Then a band-aid defenseman and a promise of more moves to come.
Update: Just as importantly, here’s what East Grand Rapids native Mike Knuble said to Comcast Sportsnet Washington’s Chuck Gormley:
Knuble and his family – wife, Megan, and children Cam, Anna and Cole – have returned to their home in East Grand Rapids, Mich. Knuble said his family plans on remaining there, regardless of where or if he plays next season.
Ideally, Knuble would like to finish his career where it started, with the Detroit Red Wings, who are currently $13 million under the salary cap. The Red Wings could have an opening at right wing behind Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary.
“Detroit would be a neat story since I was drafted there,” Knuble said. “I’ll make no secret about that. That would be a nice way to come back around. You don’t have that luxury, but maybe a team has a hole and I can fill fit for a year until a prospect develops.”
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