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by George Malik on 04/05/13 at 01:12 PM ET
It didn't just seem like it took two weeks for the Red Wings to actually sign Northern Michigan University goalie Jared Coreau after TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that the Wings signed a tentative agreement with the 6'5" netminder...It really did take sixteen days between McKenzie's Tweet and the Red Wings' official confirmation of said 3-year entry-level contract.
Accoring to the Marquette Mining Journal's Matt Wellens, Coreau feels that signing with the Wings was more than worth the wait:
"I really am speechless. It still hasn't sunk in," Coreau said Thursday about signing his first professional contract. "The biggest thing was looking back on anyone that ever doubted me or when I was cut seven times in one year. Things like that, it just really, it was just a victory."
Ironically, seven National Hockey League franchises were in the bidding for Coreau's services after the Wildcats' season came to a close in Ann Arbor via a CCHA first-round sweep courtesy of Michigan. In the end, the Red Wings beat out the Winnipeg Jets, as well as the New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers for the 21-year-old, 6-foot-5, 200-pound NMU junior goalie from Perth, Ontario.
"What did it for me was the richness in terms of culture, heritage, the history and everything," Coreau said about Detroit. "My parents and I are extremely happy. I'd like to thank Detroit for giving me this opportunity. I know this is where the real work starts. It starts now."
Coreau received a three-year entry level contract that pays him $925,000 per season in the NHL and $72,500 per season if he is with the Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. The deal also included a $92,500 signing bonus. He'll join the Wings on Monday and remain in Detroit through the end of the regular season. At that time, the Red Wings will either send Coreau to Grand Rapids or keep him on the roster for the postseason. He could join the Griffins after the Wings are eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, should the Griffins still be alive in the AHL playoffs.
"The organization is a great fit," NMU head coach Walt Kyle said. "He had a number of opportunities. He and his family advisor sorted through those and really, the money was all the same, basically. What they were looking for was the best opportunity."
Grand Rapids is only two hours West of Detroit on Interstate 96, making it easy for Red Wings coaches, scouts and management to keep on eye on the franchises' future. That's a stark difference from a franchise like Winnipeg, whose AHL affiliate in St. Johns, New Foundland and Labrador is nearly 3,000 miles away.
"From when I was (in Detroit) on a visit, the interaction between the AHL and NHL is unbelievable," Coreau said. "The coaches and scouts are in the AHL watching them play all the time. It's going to be good."
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