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by George Malik on 05/30/12 at 11:31 AM ET
We’ve been talking about the Red Wings’ signing prospects, gauging the team’s prospect pool and assessing potential draft picks over the past few days, but MLive’‘s Ansar Khan (via RedWingsFeed) brings our focus back to the most important dates on the Wings’ calendar for a long time in the team’s organizational powwow on June 2nd-5th.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland made sure to tell Khan that the team won’t be making any “lateral” moves this summer:
“Nobody is feeling good about our five-game playoff run,’’ general manager Ken Holland said. “We got to figure out ways to change our team.’‘
Many ideas will be discussed this weekend, when the Red Wings brass gathers in Detroit for the organization’s annual pro scouting meetings.
“We’ll evaluate our own players, what we think we need to do to get better,’’ Holland said. “We’ll go through the list of potential free agents on July 1. We’ll compare our team to the other 14 teams in the Western Conference. We’ll start to come up with a game plan, so I can get knowledge from the group on what everybody is thinking.’‘
Holland will be joined by assistant GMs Jim Nill and Ryan Martin, senior vice president Jimmy Devellano, coach Mike Babcock, advisors Chris Chelios and Kris Draper and the pro scouts. They will attend the Tigers game on Saturday before holding three days of meetings from Sunday to Tuesday.
“I believe in stability; you bring in people, you keep them,’’ Holland said. “(But) we were eliminated in the first round (by Nashville), had our shortest run since 2006.’‘
That necessitates change.
“The opportunity to change your team is from the middle of June to the middle of July and the three weeks leading up to the trade deadline,’’ Holland said. “It’s hard to do anything the other (10½) months.’‘
Khan goes on to suggest that yes, the Wings are indeed going to sign a top-pair defenseman, no matter what Nicklas Lidstrom decides to do, and that the team will target a top-six, goal-scoring forward, someone with size and grit for the fourth line, and a back-up goaltender to assist Jimmy Howard given Joey MacDonald’s back issues…
And, regarding the team’s unrestricted free agents-to-be, Khan states the obvious regarding Nicklas Lidstrom (no decision until mid-June), Tomas Holmstrom (no decision until after the Wings decide whether they want him back) and Jiri Hudler (probably going to test the market), but he offers an intriguing update on Brad Stuart’s status:
Brad Stuart: The defenseman is hoping to sign with the San Jose Sharks to be close to his family, which is unable to relocate from northern California. But if the Sharks aren’t interested or the sides can’t reach a deal, Stuart hasn’t ruled out a return to the Red Wings, who might be his second choice. Detroit, however, might not have the roster spot or the salary-cap space for Stuart if it’s able to sign Suter or another defenseman.
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