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by George Malik on 07/04/13 at 09:55 PM ET
Okay, so I was battling a nasty case of boogers over the past couple of days. Here's a simple summation of the gnus of note, on a source-by-source basis:
1. Regarding the summer development camp:
- Still on for the Wings' summer development camp from the 10th-15th, and the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau posted 15 players who've been invited as free agents (the Wings released an initial list of participants about a week ago) but the roster is NOT finalized:
- The Free Press's Helene St. James posted a list of participants as well, and she noted that Darren Helm will be attending;
2. Also from the Free Press:
- On Tuesday evening, St. James took the Wings out of the Nathan Horton and David Clarkson sweepstakes;
- She reported that those players being out of the mix influenced the team's decision to only buy out Carlo Colaiacovo and not Mikael Samuelsson (who's hurt) or Todd Bertuzzi (???);
- And she posited an, "Why the Wings aren't looking for much of anything other than a center" (see: Quick fix = too expensive given that players are asking for batshit insane $ this summer) article;
- And she reported the Wings' interest in UFA's-to-be and their attempts to retain players who WILL test the market in Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner;
- MLive's Ansar Khan listed Stephen Weiss as the Wings' primary UFA target;
- He confirmed that Carlo Colaiacovo was going to be bought out;
- He stated that the Wings were talking to Mike Ribeiro, Matt Cullen, Weiss, Andrew Ference and Marek Zidlicky, and he stated that the Wings might move Kyle Quincey if they add a defenseman;
- He confirmed that Colaiacovo cleared waivers and was bought out, and noted that the Wings will probably carry 26+ players until the exhibition season ends to hedge their bets regarding Helm and Bertuzzi;
- Then he reported that the Wings will have some interest in Mikhail Grabovski and Daniel Alfredsson. TSN reported that Grabovski was furious after the Leafs bought him out.
4. Macomb Daily:
- If you missed it, Chuck Pleiness reported that the Wings ended up qualifying Tom McCollum to retain his services. They released Jordan Pearce;
- In addressing Colaiacovo's buy-out, Ken Holland told Pleiness that Kindl essentially jumped ahead of Colaiacovo, making "Coco" "expendable," and he praised both Kindl and Brian Lashoff;
- He reported that the Wings were interested in Marek Zidlicky and Brad Ference as possible defensive upgrades, and that the team was talking to Mike Ribeiro, Stephen Weiss, Matt Cullen, and at least kicking tires on Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow;
- And he added Mikhail Grabovski to the Wings' to-watch list.
5. Detroit News:
- The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirmed that the Wings were buying out Colaiacovo;
- He spoke with Ken Holland about the fact that Valtteri Filppula's all but gone;
- Let's just say that the email Damien Brunner's agent, Neil Sheehy, sent Kulfan was "odd," and he confirmed that Daniel Cleary will test the market;
- And Kulfan both confirmed that the Wings are interested in Daniel Alfredsson and noted that the Wings' issue with Cleary is term as he wants a 3-year deal.
6. Windsor Star:
- Bob Duff spoke with Ken Holland about the UFA wooing period and Valtteri Filppula's departure;
- And on Twitter, Duff stated that Tomas Fleischmann may interest the Wings, and he noted that the Wings' interest in Canucks defenseman Alex Edler cannot be discounted.
7. Fox Sports Detroit:
- Art Regner discussed the Wings' shopping list, stating that Stephen Weiss's desire for a 5-year, $25 million deal, Mike Ribeiro's lack of speed and Jarome Iginla's, well, the same, have the Wings jittery, but he believes that the Wings will find a way to bring Weiss to Detroit to replace Filppula.
8. Oakland Press:
- Pat Caputo discussed potential Wings targets.
- IIHF.com's staff posted an interview with Pavel Datsyuk.
- Kris Draper spoke to WDFN's Matt Sheppard about the draft haul, the Grand Rapids Griffins' progression, the team's pitch to Vincent Lecavalier and the Wings' summer plans on Wednesday:
- Bill Roose confirmed that the Wings retained Tom McCollum's services;
- Roose spoke to both Carlo Colaiacovo himself and Holland about the Colaiacovo buy-out;
- Roose also talked to Holland about the free agent wooing period, Jiri Fischer about summer camp invite Kurt Etchegary, and this is interesting...
The Red Wings placed Carlo Colaiacovo on unconditional waivers on Wednesday for the purpose of using one of their two compliance buyouts on the veteran defenseman.
While Holland would like to sign veteran to shore up the Wings defensive unit, they have to be cognizant of the league’s limit of 50 player contracts, which is a moving target as the Wings will need to sign three restricted free agents (Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith).
Currently, Detroit has six defensemen under contract for next season. Holland has spoken to agents for veteran defensemen Marek Zidlicky or Andrew Ference.
“Do we have Dan Cleary signed, or not signed? Do we have Brunner signed or not signed? Do we have Stephen Weiss signed or not signed? I don’t know,” Holland said. “Are we going to sign someone in the open market or not sign anyone in the open market? We just know that we have to be at 50 contracts or less.
12. Regarding Daniel Alfredsson, per ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:
Daniel Alfredsson has three real choices in front of him: stay in Ottawa, join Boston or join Detroit. Multiple teams reached out to him but the Bruins and Red Wings are really the only options if he were to leave the Senators. The Swedish connections run deep with Detroit (Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg). Alfredsson spoke directly to both the Bruins and Red Wings’ front offices Thursday to gain more information. I still believe he likely stays put in Ottawa but it’s certainly interesting to see how much Alfredsson is deliberating on all this.
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