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by George Malik on 08/06/13 at 05:48 PM ET
Updated 2x at 6:25 PM: Okay, more than a little Red Wings news has been floating around over the past day or so, so let's consolidate things a bit:
1. Joakim Andersson has indeed been locked up with a 2-year, $1.465 million contract with a $732,000 cap hit (stats per MLive's Brendan Savage), giving the Wings with about $313,000 in Capgeek-estimated cap space.
The Wings can exceed the salary cap by up to 10% of the $64.3 million upper limit until the "last day of training camp," so they'll have no problems re-signing the team's last restricted free agent in Gustav Nyquist, but the team will need to shed salary and bodies to get under both the upper limit and the 23-man roster limit by September 29th.
The Free Press's George Sipple's confirming the deal and its details:
The Red Wings have agreed to a two-year, $1.465 million contract with forward Joakim Andersson, who was a restricted free agent. His deal has an annual salary cap hit of $732,500.
Andersson, from Munkedal, Sweden, was a third-round pick (88th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was called up early last season due to Darren Helm’s back injury and proved to be a steady, defensive center.
The 24-year-old wound up playing 38 regular-season games, chipping in three goals and five assists for eight points with eight penalty minutes. He also won 55.4% of his face-offs during the regular season (179 of 323). Only Pavel Datsyuk (335) took more face-offs during the playoffs for the Wings. Andersson won 99 of 177 draws (55.9%).
He appeared in all 14 postseason games for the Wings and finished with one goal and four assists and 10 penalty minutes.
Everybody take a deep breath here...
Andersson (6-2, 198) could wind up centering the third or fourth line, depending on whether Helm returns to action.
2. While Chris Chelios was indeed hired by Fox Sports One as a hockey analyst, I'm kind of baffled at seeing the following Tweets given that he told the Free Press's George Sipple that his job with the Red Wings remains his top priority:
SHH, LET'S NOT TELL THEM THAT ED OLCZYK IS EMPLOYED BY THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS, or that Chelios had this to say to Sipple:
“I talked about that with the people from Fox,” Chelios said. “I’m going to leave it up to them. I can sit on the fence, I can be edgy. I think I can be charismatic. I’m going to start doing some telecasting from the house two or three months ahead of time.”
As one of the most accomplished players in USA Hockey history, Chelios made one thing clear: “I’ll let it be known I’m rooting for USA. I hope I don’t come across as biased.”
Honestly, do we expect Mike Milbury to blast the Bruins, Keith Jones to beat on the Flyers, Don Cherry to "diss" the Leafs or Jeremy Roenick to speak with any sort of grip on reality? This isn't exactly the end of the broadcasting world here.
Burr played for the Detroit Red Wings from 1984-1995, joining them full-time in in 1986. Yzerman, then the captain of the team, told the Free Press Tuesday that Burr, “was a very upbeat and personable man. One of the wittiest guys I’ve been around.”
Yzerman, now the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, also noted Burr was, “a very good defensive minded center, who was a very good penalty killer with a knack for scoring timely goals.”
And the Port Huron Times-Herald's Paul Costanzo spoke with Dave Goetzee, who runs Burr's charitable foundation, about Burr's passing:
"He told me that his legacy would be, ‘I was an average or a little better than average skater – definitely not a Hall of Famer,’” said Dave Goetze of Clyde, a close personal friend of Burr’s and the vice president and business manager of the Shawn Burr Foundation. “He said, ‘My legacy is giving back.’ He said his greatest successes were his daughter Madison, his daughter Maison and his wife Amanda. And giving back.”
Burr, a Sarnia native who had been battling leukemia since early 2011, died Monday after falling in his St. Clair home and suffering head trauma. He was 47. He played 16 seasons in the NHL, accumulating 181 goals and 259 assists in 878 career games. His first 11 seasons in the NHL were spent with the Red Wings.
He certainly gave plenty to the area, as his foundation helped raise more than $1.5 million for local charities, Goetze said. Its original aim, after being set up on Burr’s 34th birthday – July 1, 2000 – was to benefit local youth-based charities. Since he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, the foundation’s focus shifted to supporting blood cancer research.
Goetze said support has been pouring in since news of Burr’s death began circulating Monday night. Tributes have also been popping up all over social media. While his funeral will be for close friends and family only, Goetze said donations in Burr’s memory can be sent to the Shawn Burr Foundation, P.O. Box 610812; Port Huron, MI 48061-0812.
It’s only fitting that a man who gave so much while living would continue to give after his death.
Burr lived in Saint Clair county, and as such, the Port Huron Times-Herald published an editorial honoring Burr's memory:
Shawn Burr once played hockey the Detroit Red Wings, but he belonged to the Blue Water Area.
Born in Sarnia, he was a Red Wings forward in the mid-1980s through mid-1990s. Fans loved him for his dedicated work ethic and a sense of humor in which he never took himself too seriously.
When his hockey career ended in 1999, and he became a St. Clair resident in 2000, the Blue Water Area came to know him as a man with a big heart. The Shawn Burr Foundation he created raised more than $1.5 million for local charities, and he was a respected leader of our community.
Burr also was instrumental in bringing the Port Huron IceHawks to town in 2007. His support for hockey and charitable giving made Burr special to our community.
Burr embraced St. Clair County, and he devoted himself to making it better. His death Monday at the age of 47 is a blow to hockey fans and Blue Water Area residents who held him close to their hearts.
Randy Maiers, president of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County knew Burr as someone who put others first.
“I’ll remember Shawn most for how much fun he seemed to have in giving back,” Maiers said.
“Shawn really seemed to enjoy all aspects of his life, but helping others through his foundation and charitable interests made him genuinely happy. His spirit of philanthropy was an inspiration.”
Burr’s foundation was created to support youth-based charities. The highlight of was annual charity golf outing at the former St. Clair River Country Club – now the St. Clair Golf Club. Former professional athletes from Detroit participated and several thousand dollars were raised for area charities.
When Burr was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2011, his foundation concentrated on support cancer research. He died Monday after falling in his St. Clair home and suffering head trauma.
It will take a long time to get over his death. But Shawn Burr will never be forgotten.
WDIV just reported that the funeral services for Burr will be private.
4. And in the prospect department, the Kelowna Capital News (author unlisted) spoke with Wings prospect David Pope about his impressions from his first summer development camp with the team that drafted him in June...
West Kelowna Warriors forward David Pope has returned from Detroit Red Wings prospects evaluation camp in Traverse City, Michigan.
Pope spent the the camp skating with all of Detroit’s future prospects.
“It was the experience of a lifetime,” says Pope who was drafted109th overall by Detroit. “They are my favorite team, so to put that sweater on meant a lot. Obviously being there, I know there is still lots of work to do.”
“The coaching staff really stressed a 5 year plan for all Detroit prospects, and said our future really depends on how hard we work,” added Pope.
The 6’3 tall forward said he’s taking no time off this summer, and his conditioning will be the best it has ever been when Warriors Camp opens in late August.
And Hockey's Future's Adam Schnepp, who penned a review of the Wings' 2013 draft haul, added some player rankings to the mix via Twitter:
8. First-Line Forward/ No. 2 Defenseman / No. 1 Goaltender – players with definite skill that might be just a cut below elite status, but still possessing All-Star potential.
7. Second-Line Forward/ No. 3-4 Defenseman / Journeyman No. 1 Goaltender – players not quite good enough to play on the top line or pairing on a regular basis, but still possessing enough talent to contribute offensively, defend with some authority, or competently play the goaltender's position for long stretches.
6. Third-Line Forward/ No. 5-6 Defenseman / Backup Goaltender – generally speaking, players whose game is defensively-oriented, or whose abilities aren't quite good enough to land full-time duty on the 2nd line, top two defensive pairings, or the No. 1 goaltending position.
5. Fourth line forward / No. 7 defenseman / depth goaltender – players that populate the 4th line, will fill in for injured defensemen, or have some ability to play goal in the NHL but are mostly very good minor league goaltenders. Think of any enforcer you care to name, or any energy player you care to name, or any unlucky defensemen or goaltenders that don't quite have enough talent to crack an NHL lineup full time.
C – May reach potential, could drop 2 ratings – has shown some flashes, but may ultimately not have what it takes to reach his potential. The potential rating is multiplied by 80 percent for depth chart purposes to show the uncertainty of a player reaching his potential.
D – Unlikely to reach potential, could drop 3 ratings – a player who has a chance to reach his potential but is unlikely to do so. The potential rating is multiplied by 70 percent for depth chart purposes, indicating that the player's potential is extremely fluid.
Take that for what you will.
Update: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirms the Andersson contact details...
On Tuesday, the Wings signed restricted free agent center Joakim Andersson to a two-year deal worth $1.465 million. That leaves forward Gustav Nyquist as Detroit’s last restricted free agent that needs to be signed before training camp begins in September.
On July 16, defenseman Brendan Smith inked a two-year deal worth $2.525 million. He was the only restricted free agent to file for arbitration.
Andersson, whose deal will have an annual salary-cap hit of $732,000, will make $700,000 this season and $732,000 in the final year of the deal.
The signing does increase the Wings’ roster size to 24 and that will go up one once Nyquist gets his deal done. That’s two over the league limit and puts them close to $3 million over the salary cap. Teams can also go 10 percent over the salary cap during the offseason, but that’s something Detroit doesn’t want to do.
The Wings do have a bit of flexibility with this year’s cap if they choose to apply Daniel Alfredsson’s potential $2 million in bonuses to next season since that cap number is expected to rise.
Detroit isn’t completely sure if Helm will be ready when training camp arrives. Helm was limited to playing just one game last season due to a slightly torn disc in his back. He took part in the Wings’ development camp last week to test his health and it seemed to go well. If Helm is unable to start the season the Wings could place him on long-term injured reserve and thus create a roster spot there. It would also allow his $1.75 in salary to not count against the salary cap.
The list of possible players to be trimmed from the roster via trade includes Jordin Tootoo, Mikael Samuelsson and Patrick Eaves.
And the Sarnia Observer's Barbara Simpson spoke to the OHL's Sarnia Sting's co-owner Rob Ciccarelli, his brother, Dino Ciccarelli, and one Paul Ysebaert about Shawn Burr:
“He was certainly very instrumental in getting the team to Sarnia,” said Sting co-owner Rob Ciccarelli. “He was a big supporter of hockey and giving back to the community. He never forgot his roots.”
News of Burr's death rocked the local hockey community Tuesday. Burr died Monday from massive brain trauma following a fall in his St. Clair Township home. The 47-year-old had been battling acute myelogenous leukemia for three years.
“It's really sad,” said former teammate Dino Ciccarelli, who played alongside Burr in both Detroit and Tampa Bay. “I think everyone is shocked right now because he was way too young to have this happen.”
Burr started his career with the Detroit Red Wings after being picked seventh overall in the first round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the bulk of his career with the Wings. However, he also had brief stints with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks. Former teammate Paul Ysebaert said Burr was an “antagonizer on the ice,” during the 1992-93 Wings season, when he played along Ysebaert and star center Sergei Fedorov.
“We played very well as a group and obviously we had a very good team with Stevie Yzerman captaining it,” said Ysebaert, who also played with Burr in Tampa Bay.
That season, the Wings narrowly lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the semifinals. In Game 7, Burr scored a memorable goal, securing a 2-1 lead before it was dashed by the Leafs in overtime.
“I had some of my best years playing with Fedorov and (Burr) in Detroit,” Ysebaert recalled.
But friends insist Burr wasn't only a great teammate on the ice. He was also fun to be around before a game started.
“You could always count on Shawn to be telling jokes in the dressing room and keeping things loose before a game,” said Dino Ciccarelli. “He was always in a good mood.”
Update #2: Marquette's ABC 10's Jerry Taylor spoke with Wings prospect Jared Coreau about his preprations for the 2013-2014 season:
A number of current and former Northern Michigan University hockey players are back in Marquette working out at the Berry Events Center.
One of the former Wildcats back in town is goaltender Jared Coreau, who signed with the Detroit Red Wings back in April. Coreau is preparing for his upcoming hockey season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Back in April, Coreau had surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder. He wasn’t scheduled to participate in the Red Wings’ prospect camp last month, but Coreau was on the ice for a few non-contact drills.
The Red Wings goaltender took away a few pointers from the camp on what to work on this summer from Jeff Blashill, the head coach of the Griffins.
“The big thing that Coach Blashill talked to me about was that sometimes I get a little over anxious in net and I slide out of the crease too much on the second or third shots,” said Coreau. “Coach (Blashill) told me to control that and just work on my skating, getting stronger in net, work on my core strength, and getting my shoulder back to 100 percent,” added Coreau.
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