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Quickie Red Wings catchy-uppy post: on Colaiacovo, UFA’s and prospects

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:

2. Also from the Free Press:

3. MLive:

4. Macomb Daily:

5. Detroit News:

6. Windsor Star:

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:

9. IIHF.com:

10. WDFN:

  • 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:

11. DetroitRedWings.com:

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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Bugsy's avatar

Hope Helm is ready at the Camp this month.

on Twitter, Duff stated that Tomas Fleischmann may interest the Wings,

Kulfan tweeted on this June 30 as well. George, is there something there realistically?
George, what would you do at this point? Would you try for a trade?
Throw out the PayPal again if you’re still short.
Get well.

Posted by Bugsy on 07/04/13 at 10:06 PM ET

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It sure would be nice if by some chance Alfreddson signs with the Wings. It would be so cool to have him on a team full of Swedes. I think it would be really cool for the young guys. Plus, when I watched the playoffs, it looked like he definitely had something left in the tank. I think he wants to win a cup and I think he realizes that the Wings are a team who are very serious about that.

Posted by RicoSauve on 07/04/13 at 10:11 PM ET

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see: Quick fix = too expensive given that players are asking for batshit insane $ this summer

This summer is the cheapest players are going to get, with the cap going down next year, then (presumably) back up.  They’ll be asking for batshit insane $ every year from here on out.

Posted by Savage Henry on 07/04/13 at 10:26 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Grabovski was furious after the Leafs bought him out.

Hmm, a guy with a chip on his shoulder against a division opponent is intriguing.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/04/13 at 10:35 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Albertson is what, 41?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/04/13 at 10:36 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

Albertson is what, 41?

Dec 11, 1972

Posted by Bugsy on 07/04/13 at 10:40 PM ET

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Grabovski is the best fit.  He has speed, can kill penalties and has puck skills. He may only be a mild upgrade over Filppula, but may accept a 2 year deal to prove himself.

Posted by mormerod19 on 07/04/13 at 10:55 PM ET

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Grabovski is the best fit.  He has speed, can kill penalties and has puck skills. He may only be a mild upgrade over Filppula, but may accept a 2 year deal to prove himself.

Should come cheaper than Flip or Weiss, too.

Posted by Garth on 07/04/13 at 10:57 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Grabo would have the easiest acclimation period having played so much with Pav.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/04/13 at 11:17 PM ET

RW19's avatar

”(Grabo) Should come cheaper than Flip or Weiss, too.”

Yeah you guys should look at his rant ... and also consider the fact he was making more last year than either Fil or Weiss and he has a better track record when it comes to goal scoring than either Fil or Weiss ... he thinks he is a top notch offensive Center and he not going to be cheap.

Posted by RW19 on 07/04/13 at 11:17 PM ET

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Grabovski is the best fit.  He has speed, can kill penalties and has puck skills. He may only be a mild upgrade over Filppula, but may accept a 2 year deal to prove himself.

Posted by mormerod19 on 07/04/13 at 10:55 PM ET

Good point. I do think he’d be a more solid option at second line center, but he could also slot in on Pav’s wing, and that could be interesting with Abdelkader shaking things up.

I hope Babcock remembers that Mule needs to play center whenever he starts floating to wake him up as well as regularly kill penalties. That’s an inside fix that would allow the Eurotwins to play together or be split up depending on matchups.

Posted by Bradley97 on 07/04/13 at 11:17 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

Grabovski’s bought out contract 1/31/84 birthdate):
2012-13 $6M
13-14 $6M
14-15 $6M
15-16 $5M
16-17 $4.5M

Previous contract was $2.75, $2.85, $3.1M 2009-2012

Posted by Bugsy on 07/04/13 at 11:28 PM ET

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From Paul’s TSN link on Grabovski: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=426967
He added that he’d find motivation from the dismissal, just as he had upon being traded from the Canadiens five years – almost to the day – earlier.

“People always in life motivate me,” he said.

According to Leafs general manager Dave Nonis, the Leafs desired “cap flexibility” in parting ways with Grabovski and ultimately they chose that flexibility – be it with Tyler Bozak, Stephen Weiss or whomover they manage to acquire – over Grabovski. After buying out Mike Komisarek a day earlier, the organization projects to have upwards of $24 million available heading into free agency period, though they have the likes of Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Carl Gunnarsson, Jonathan Bernier and Mark Fraser still to sign.

Grabovski spent the early months of the most recent lockout in the KHL with CKSA Moscow and wouldn’t rule out the league as an option for his next opportunity, though there figures to be NHL interest with a dearth of quality centremen available.

“I need to work harder,” he concluded, taking time to thank his teammates, equipment managers and fans, “I need to be smarter, I need to play harder, need to play better and score a lot of goals and do what I do the best.”

Posted by Bugsy on 07/04/13 at 11:51 PM ET

Primis's avatar

This is all so bizarre, people pining for Grabovski…

Posted by Primis on 07/05/13 at 02:30 AM ET

Bugsy's avatar

This is all so bizarre, people pining for Grabovski…

Posted by Primis on 07/05/13 at 02:30 AM ET

When people are desperate for ANY activity, any sign the team is doing SOMETHING to improve,....

Posted by Bugsy on 07/05/13 at 02:36 AM ET

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I’m still honestly trying to figure out why and when Nyquist stopped being a center, and why he can’t center Franzen and Foo, and let Pavel center Z and Foo2….

Posted by Primis on 07/05/13 at 02:44 AM ET

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