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Red Wings mid-day news: on Franzen, Filppula, Jarnkrok’s debut and the stifling Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings will fly back to Detroit around 12:45 PM EDT today, and won't arrive until just before 5 PM, and their most immediate concern involves the health of one Johan Franzen, who suffered a "lower-body injury" during last night's 2-0 loss against San Jose. The Free Press's Helene St. James reports that whatever's ailing Franzen is bad enough that he'll see a physician on Friday night...

Last night, I had my first, "Wow, Valtteri Filppula's playing his way out of town" moment. I genuinely like Filppula, and I don't root against any Red Wings player, regardless of whether I like them or whether I heard the clang when they dropped the Stanley Cup at Cheli's Chili, Brett Lebda, but with the salary cap going down and the Wings having to make so many hard decisions with their roster (Filppula, Danny Cleary, Drew Miller, Damien Brunner, Ian White and Jimmy Howard will be UFA's, and Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist, Jakub Kindl and Joakim Andersson will be RFA's), especially given that the team needs to make roster room for full-time Griffins graduates Tomas Tatar, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist.

With Filppula's representatives supposedly demanding $5 million a season despite his 13 points over the course of 27 games played, and Filppula increasingly pulling a nightly disappearing act, MLive's Ansar Khan wonders whether the Wings should deal him before the trade deadline if the organization believes that Filppula will pull a Jiri Hudler and chase more money--even given the fact that the team sees the 29-year-old as a "safety net" given Pavel Datsyuk's expiring contract a summer from now--because Filppula does have some trade value:

The club and Filppula remain far apart in contract talks. The 29-year-old forward is seeking more than $5 million per season. That's too much for someone who had one breakout year (23 goals, 66 points in 2012-13), but otherwise has been a 40-point player. And it's too much for someone who, despite knee and shoulder injuries, has been inconsistent, unassertive and unproductive this season, with six goals and 13 points in 27 games.

Ideally, the Red Wings probably hoped to ink Filppula for around $4 million a season, about the same as Johan Franzen, less than Niklas Kronwall's $4.7 million cap hit. That's not going to happen, since Filppula can get much more than $4 million a year on the open market, regardless of his performance this season. Despite his unfulfilled potential, he's still in his prime and he's fast, highly skilled and good defensively.

He's becoming an unrestricted free agent at the right time. A weak UFA crop got thinner when Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry re-signed with Anaheim. The list of impending free-agent forwards includes Jarome Iginla, Mike Ribeiro, Pascal Dupuis, David Clarkson, Jaromir Jagr, Brad Boyes, Michael Ryder and Derek Roy. Some of them might re-sign with their clubs before free agency, further increasing Filppula's market value. So, Filppula has plenty of incentive to hit the market.

Likewise, the Red Wings would have good reason to move him. They could deal him to a Cup contender for a high draft pick (Buffalo received a first-rounder from Nashville for fourth-line center Paul Gaustad last year) or a good prospect. Or perhaps they could make a player-for-player exchange for someone who could help them right away, maybe a UFA from another team.

If the Red Wings deal Filppula they would at least need to replace him with a top-six forward in a separate move.

There would be plenty of interest in Filppula if he were on the trading block.Take a club like the Chicago Blackhawks. They're loaded with talent and would be in good shape if they did nothing before the deadline. But that didn't stop them from pursuing Iginla before he was dealt to Pittsburgh. The Blackhawks are looking for more help up front, particularly a second-line center. Iginla is not a center and Filppula is no Iginla, but Filppula has been a center most of his career.

There is little doubt the Blackhawks are interested in Filppula. Their scouts are probably monitoring him closely. But, would the Red Wings trade with Chicago, a Central Division rival (until next season) they could meet in the playoffs? That doesn't seem plausible. Maybe a third team would need to be involved.

Khan doesn't talk like this very often, and I don't believe that the Wings will move Filppula before the deadline, but last night, I realized that #51, like Cleary, Miller, perhaps Patrick Eaves and definitely cap compliance buy-out candidate Mikael Samuelsson (no, the team won't buy out Johan Franzen), should be playing with a little more urgency given that the Wings are embracing a youth movement whose necessary parts in the incredibly-solid Andersson, an ever-improving Nyquist and an over-ripe Tomas Tatar's performances will necessitate letting two forwards go this summer to "make room for the new kids" on a permanent basis.

Should the Wings not re-sign Filppula--and despite the fact that I like him quite a bit, I'm starting to think that they shouldn't re-sign Filppula--I hope they move his rights at or around the draft instead of losing him for nothing.

 

 

In prospect news of the direct variety kind, Hockeysverige.se's Robert Pettersson noted something I neglected to mention in the middle of the night: Calle Jarnkrok went without a point in his North American debut, but he wasn't alone as the Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a 4-1 decision to San Antonio last night. If you missed it, here's the Griffins website's recap...

In their eighth three-in-three of the season, the Grand Rapids Griffins fell to the San Antonio Rampage 4-1 Thursday at the AT&T Center.

Goaltender Brian Foster shined in San Antonio’s victory as he stopped 39 of 40 shots against the Griffins.

San Antonio (28-29-1-6) jumped on the scoreboard first as Wade Megan scored in his first professional game at 9:13 of the first period. The fifth round draft pick from Boston University showed great speed as he danced around the Griffins defense and snapped a quick wrist shot over Petr Mrazek’s right hand shoulder.

Jed Ortmeyer gave the Rampage a two-goal lead at 1:50 of the second period. San Antonio took two long shots before Ortmeyer picked up a rebound at the left wing faceoff and blew it past Mrazek for his sixth goal of the season.

Grand Rapids (37-22-3-3) scored at 4:09 of the second period to cut San Antonio’s lead to 2-1. Jan Mursak sent a drop pass to Jeff Hoggan, and the left wing drilled the puck into the upper right hand corner of the goal from 40 feet away past Foster.

The Rampage restored their two-goal lead on a power play goal at 10:15 of the middle period. Brendon Nash knocked down a clearing attempt with his chest at the blue line to keep the puck in Griffins territory. A dozen seconds later, Jon Rheault deflected a shot past Mrazek to give San Antonio a 3-1 lead.

Rheault finished the game off for the Rampage with his second goal of the game at 19:30 of the final period. The right wing’s empty net goal was his fifth goal against the Griffins in four games.

The Griffins had multiple breakaway opportunities to cut into San Antonio’s lead, but were unable to get another shot past Foster, who had 39 saves in the victory. Mrazek blocked 12 of 15 shots in the loss.

The Griffins will stay in Texas for their next contest, as they will against the Houston Aeros Friday at 8:05 p.m. EDT.

And I keep forgetting to check SendtoNews.com for highlights, but DRW Prospects on Twitter's been paying attention to the fact that the website's posting more and more AHL highlights, and they posted a clip of the Griffins-Rampage game:

There's been no news thus far as to whether the Wings plan on calling the Finnish Ice Hockey Association to bring Teemu Pulkkinen over for a pre-April 14th audition as well. Pulkkinen and Jokerit Helsinki were eliminated from the Finnish SM-Liiga playoffs in a huge upset yesterday, dropping a 3-1 decision to Lukko Rauma (and their playoff series 4 games to 2), which had to win a playoff play-in to earn the right to battle the SM-Liiga's regular season champion.

Ilta Sanomat posted a highlight clip from the game, and in addition to registering an assist, it's very easy to see that #6 is an impact player.

 

 

Otherwise...

CBS Detroit posted a wallpaper-sized image of Henrik Zetterberg consulting with Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk before a faceoff...

And if you didn't catch it, Antti Niemi pitched the Sharks' first back-to-back shutouts in franchise history last night, and his record against Detroit is downright silly "good." As a Wings fan, the following comments made to Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area's Kevin Kurz make me cringe--mostly because I felt that the Sharks trapped and clutch-and-grabbed, hooked-and-held, tugged-and-groped and sometimes wrestled their way to last night's win (see: We All Bleed Red's video of Marc-Edouard Vlasic sending Zetterberg ino the goalpost without incurring a penalty)--but the Wings were all too content to be held to the outside last night, and the team fired 27 shots at Niemi and another 39 wide or into Sharks players, which is plain old unacceptable:

Niemi had plenty of help from his defense, too. Trailing 1-0 after the first period on a Joe Pavelski goal, the Red Wings had the territorial advantage for much of the second period, especially early. Still, the Sharks were rarely in danger, keeping the dangerous and skilled Red Wings forwards to the outside, blocking shots, and clearing pucks out from the front of the net if they happened to get there.

“It never really felt like they were all over us,” Pavelski said.

Niemi’s biggest save came at a crucial moment, with the Sharks holding on to a 2-0 lead but trying to kill off a TJ Galiardi minor. Henrik Zetterberg was alone in front with the puck on his backhand, but Niemi patiently stayed with it and turned it away with a little more than seven minutes left in regulation. That was as close as the Red Wings would come to getting one by him.

“He made some big saves there, like that one on Zetterberg towards the end of the power play,” Pavelski said. “That’s a huge save at that moment.”

Niemi enjoys playing Detroit. He improved to 9-2-2 in his career against the Red Wings, with a goals-against average under two. It was his second shutout in his career against them, the first of which came when he was still with the Blackhawks. He admitted that games with Detroit have a little bit more meaning.

“I think just them being one of the top teams for a long time, they have lots of skill, so I think it’s been a rivalry here against them, too," Niemi said. "I think it’s fun playing this team. It’s always a little bit bigger game against them.”

Again, this is just me talking, but I thought that the Sharks played sleep-inducingly stifling hockey, and on a morning that I've woke up after 3 hours of sleep to endure "DeKeyserWatch," I'm still kind of pissed off at the Wings for so easily letting a very "winnable" game slip through their fingers due to inconsistent, ineffectual and sometimes disinterested play.

As I said a couple of hours ago, I hope the Wings leave that shit behind on the West Coast when they fly back to Detroit today.

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Mandingo's avatar

Khan doesn’t talk like this very often

Yeah, Khan seems to have kind of a hate hard-on for Filppula. With increasingly good reason. I’ve been a Filppula defender for a long time, but no more. He’s gotta go, especially if he’s seriously demanding $5 mil a year.

I don’t believe that the Wings will move Filppula before the deadline…I hope they move his rights at or around the draft instead of losing him for nothing.

You think they’ll get a better return by moving his rights at the draft than moving him at the deadline?

What is your thinking there?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/29/13 at 10:59 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

My line of thinking is this: I haven’t seen the Wings move a player for little to no return at the trade deadline just because they’re afraid of losing him as a UFA yet. It’s not how the Wings operate.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/29/13 at 11:05 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Filppula and Quellett to Winnipeg for the rights to Trouba.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/29/13 at 11:08 AM ET

DrD's avatar

I’m on board with moving Fil, for a couple reasons. I agree that he is not worth 5M/season - somewhere around 3M would be at the upper end of what he’s worth under the new cap.

Also, I think he has peaked - I think what you see is what you get with Fil and I’m hoping management realizes that too.

Not sure if he could land a 2nd round pick, but if he could - that would be the way to go, depending on how the DeKeyser sweepstakes plays out today. The cap space alone would be a big bonus in light of the need to sign other important players.

Posted by DrD on 03/29/13 at 11:14 AM ET

Mandingo's avatar

My line of thinking is this: I haven’t seen the Wings move a player for little to no return at the trade deadline just because they’re afraid of losing him as a UFA yet. It’s not how the Wings operate.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/29/13 at 11:05 AM ET

If the Wings don’t trade him at the deadline and end talks with him still as far apart as people think they are, that would be a colossal mistake.

If he isn’t traded at the deadline, my assumption would be that they are fairly confident they’re going to re-sign him. I certainly hope that would be the case.

If you think the Holland headhunters around here are bad now, if they end up getting sh*t or nothing in return for Filppula even though they knew there was very little chance of resigning him…look out.

 

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/29/13 at 11:16 AM ET

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Any word on Dekeyser? Been awfully quiet approaching his “no later than noon” deadline.

Posted by letsmakeit12 on 03/29/13 at 11:17 AM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Any word on Dekeyser?

I’m with George’s most recent tweet. I don’t think he announces today. There are more steak dinners to be gotten.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/29/13 at 11:19 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I’m still kind of pissed off at the Wings for so easily letting a very “winnable” game slip through their fingers due to inconsistent, ineffectual and sometimes disinterested play.

The hate and vitriol is disturbing.

You said it yourself George.  You wait until the draft, you get a 2nd/3rd rounder for his rights.

You trade him now (and you still have all your center slots filled and we have bodies we’re able to put in Fil’s spot) and imagine what you can pull into the org or what draft picks you can get.  If Gaustad was a 1st for a “contender”, like you said.  It’d be stupid not to if you know you aren’t going to pay anywhere near the asking price.

I heard the Sharks and Hawks were talking a potential deal that could’ve involved Hjarlmesson.  They just said the Hawks are looking specifically for a 2nd line center.  I wonder if there will be any meanful trade between us and the Hawks given Kenny taking in the Hawks game recently while we were on the west coast trip.  Don’t see anything the Ducks could be moving really and KH knows the BH’s front office better I’d think.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/29/13 at 11:22 AM ET

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the Wings having to make so many hard decisions with their roster

What are the hard decisions?  Brunner and Howard need to be kept, the only hard decision is whether they simply take Howard’s demands or try to negotiate a non-ridiculous deal with him.

Filppula (with his demands), Cleary and White should not let the door hit them on the ass on the way out.

I like Miller a lot, but his expiring contract is a very easy way to address the fact that there are way too many bottom-six forwads on the team.

even given the fact that the team sees the 29-year-old as a “safety net” given Pavel Datsyuk’s expiring contract

Nobody honestly believes this and we have to stop pretending that anyone does.  They don’t trust him enough to centre the second line so that Datsyuk and Zetterberg can play together, there’s no way he instantly becomes a second-line centre just because Datsyuk leaves, if Datsyuk leaves.

Posted by Garth on 03/29/13 at 11:22 AM ET

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If he isn’t traded at the deadline, my assumption would be that they are fairly confident they’re going to re-sign him.

Doesn’t really fall in line with how they’ve done it in the past.  Samuelsson, Hudler, Stuart…

My feeling is that Holland genuinely likes his team and genuinely thinks they can make a playoff run and if they trade away guys who aren’t going to be re-signed then it weakens their ability to make a run.

Posted by Garth on 03/29/13 at 11:24 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

lmao, KH apologists. “There aren’t many top 6 F’s out there, you’d have to sell the stable”

And here we are with a top 6 F and, “But we can’t get anything for him.”

No matter what I can’t win against logic like that.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/29/13 at 11:25 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

I’m a little confused by the whole “we’d need another top six forward to replace him” thing.  on what basis is Filpulla a top six forward?  certainly not based on his performance so far this season…

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/29/13 at 11:29 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Any word on Dekeyser?
I’m with George’s most recent tweet. I don’t think he announces today. There are more steak dinners to be gotten.
Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/29/13 at 11:19 AM ET

He gets the same $$$ no matter where he goes, so I think he has more choices now, before the trade deadline, than if he waits more days unitl after the trade deadline. I think he’ll make his choice by his self imposed deadline.

from twit:

Steve Owczarek‏@SteveOwczarek2m
Within the next 30 minutes, one of my best friends will decide what NHL team he wants to play for. Dream come true Danny!  #DeKeyser

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/29/13 at 11:36 AM ET

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It’s not how the Wings operate.

Maybe that should be how they operate.  That is my issue with our savant GM, sometimes as painful as it may be, you have to part with assets to get other assets.  Given the high price GM’s are paying for rental players, Golden Boy Holland has to at least consider moving Fil (and throwing in White). Fil should be able to fetch us a good prospect, preferably one with some size.  Chicago would be a great trading partner, LA also has some assets and maybe they can use a center, it HAS to be explored.  To lose Fil for nothing will be a crime.  And rest assured, I think Fil will walk there has been nothing I have heard from him that leads me to believe he is staying or taking the “hometown discount”.

Posted by bababooey on 03/29/13 at 11:42 AM ET

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I don’t see them trading Fil; they’re not out of it and have no reason to weaken themselves.  If someone bowls them over and offers a 1st, they should take it, but I don’t see it as that big a deal if he walks.  It’s a win just not to have to pay him $5M if that’s what it will take—he hurts some other team at that cap number.

Posted by Stevis on 03/29/13 at 11:44 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

If Holland sings him for 4+ fans will dislike Flip as much as our beloved Mule. Last year was a fluke and what you see is what you get: a good 3rd line center and an ok defensive 2nd line forward that never wants to shoot the puck. Unfortunately I don’t think Holland has the kahunas to trade him because he’s become too much of a “good guy” to his players.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/29/13 at 11:51 AM ET

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even given the fact that the team sees the 29-year-old as a “safety net” given Pavel Datsyuk’s expiring contract

Nobody honestly believes this and we have to stop pretending that anyone does.  They don’t trust him enough to centre the second line so that Datsyuk and Zetterberg can play together, there’s no way he instantly becomes a second-line centre just because Datsyuk leaves, if Datsyuk leaves.

Posted by Garth on 03/29/13 at 11:22 AM ET

I’m with Garth on this. The safety net talk is re-friggin-diculous

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/29/13 at 11:57 AM ET

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I don’t see them trading Fil; they’re not out of it and have no reason to weaken themselves.  If someone bowls them over and offers a 1st, they should take it, but I don’t see it as that big a deal if he walks.  It’s a win just not to have to pay him $5M if that’s what it will take—he hurts some other team at that cap number.

They did just fine when he was injured, no?  I’m not saying they should just dump him, but given the high cost of rental players and the fact that Holland always cries about how much it costs why not at least be open to listening for offers.  Someone will overpay for him

Posted by bababooey on 03/29/13 at 12:01 PM ET

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1Trade White and Flip for what can be gotten
2 Bring up Tater
3 Profit.

Posted by teldar on 03/29/13 at 12:05 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Looks like George called the DeKeyser thing.

I’m guessing he releases a statement shortly saying something to the effect of how it’s a big decision for he and his family and how he needs more time, blah blah blah.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/29/13 at 12:08 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Bash the diggers all you want but at least Helene has a sense of humor:

Helene St. James‏@HeleneStJames1m
“@LaxBro77: @HeleneStJames any news on Dekeyser yet?”/Rumor has it, Kim Jong Un wants to meet DeKeyser, sell upside of playing in Pyongyang.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/29/13 at 12:13 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Dream come true Danny

and where do you suppose a kid from Michigan has always dreamed of playing?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/29/13 at 12:23 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Bash the diggers all you want but at least Helene has a sense of humor:
Helene St. James‏@HeleneStJames1m
“@LaxBro77: @HeleneStJames any news on Dekeyser yet?”/Rumor has it, Kim Jong Un wants to meet DeKeyser, sell upside of playing in Pyongyang.
Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/29/13 at 12:13 PM ET

NICE!

1Trade White and Flip for what can be gotten
2 Bring up Tater
3 Profit.

Posted by teldar on 03/29/13 at 12:05 PM ET

All of this ^^^^^

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/29/13 at 12:25 PM ET

RW19's avatar

About Fil, Garth nailed it earlier: he’s flopped as a second line center. It would be silly to think he’s their best option to replace Pavel. If he was, $5mil/year would not be an issue.

What he is, is probably the best available player at the trade deadline. Any contender that adds him gets a darn good third line center that can play both ways and kill penalties. He’s a proven winner, just not a guy with much fire - not enough anyway to be a consistent top six forward.

If Holland can get over his trade jitters, he can certainly get a package similar to what Calgary got for Iginla or a very good prospect like Dallas got for Morrow. As Khan pointed out its not like losing him would cost them a chance at making the playoffs.

Posted by RW19 on 03/29/13 at 12:27 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Cool tweet from a Grand Valley frosh hockey player:

Austin Loshinskie‏@ALoshinskie1m
What I would do to be in #DeKeyser’s situation right now. #LivingTheDream

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/29/13 at 12:30 PM ET

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It can’t be good that he’s taking so much time to think about it. Detroit is the obvious choice… but if it was so obvious i think he would have made a decision by now… I’m sh*tting

Posted by letsmakeit12 on 03/29/13 at 12:30 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I’ve been a Filppula defender for a long time, but no more. He’s gotta go, especially if he’s seriously demanding $5 mil a year.

Same here. It really bums me out the Filpulla experiment is over, but it’s toast.

F***

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/29/13 at 12:36 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Hudler signed for $4mil. Flip isn’t worth any more than Huds.

Hudler: 29games 7goals 14assts 21points -6

Filppula: 27games 6goals 7assts 13points -1

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/29/13 at 12:44 PM ET

tkfergy's avatar

Maybe DeKeyser hasn’t signed because the team he wants to go to has too many people on their 23 man roster and a trade is in the works to shed some dead weight… Or is that wishful thinking…

Posted by tkfergy on 03/29/13 at 12:56 PM ET

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Someone is going to have to value Filppula more than the Wings or fans do to get a decent return for him.  A GM is going to know that he wants $5 mil a year.  Unless they see him as a 2nd line center I don’t think we get more than a 2nd round pick for him.  Not to say he shouldn’t be traded but I’m not convinced it’s better now than in the off season.  It all depends on what’s coming back this way.

Posted by calquake on 03/29/13 at 01:04 PM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

I think Flip could land a 1st rounder or a blue-chip (but not elite) prospect, at the deadline.  I just don’t see the Wings trading a player for picks and prospects when they’re in the playoff race.  I wouldn’t mind seeing the Wings and another team swapping impending and the Wings getting someone they’d be more likely to re-sign.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 03/29/13 at 01:06 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Verlander signs $140mil extension. Ilitches have nothing left over to pay Dekeyser the league minimum. Dekeyser signs with Chicago.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/29/13 at 01:07 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Wow. 40 people logged in for Dekeyser Watch 2013. That’s more than most of the LB’s this season.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/29/13 at 01:16 PM ET

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Maybe DeKeyser hasn’t signed because the team he wants to go to has too many people on their 23 man roster and a trade is in the works to shed some dead weight… Or is that wishful thinking…

We think alike my friend. Is it wishful? Maybe. But ill wish that it is not.

Posted by letsmakeit12 on 03/29/13 at 01:37 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

Fil, White and a 3rd rounder for Visnovsky and Moulson.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/29/13 at 01:54 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Are any of you twitter heads familiar with Anon Rumors? I suspect it is bogus because the account only has nine tweets. He claims he’s connected with the Leafs, Bruins, Canucks & Penguins and many other teams and based in Toronto.

Here’s his latest twat


Anon Rumors‏@TheRumorWire2m
BREAKING: Official announcement for Danny DeKeyser coming up shortly. He has signed with the @DetroitRedWings. #NHL #RedWings #CONFIRMED

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/29/13 at 04:17 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

Are any of you twitter heads familiar with Anon Rumors? I suspect it is bogus because the account only has nine tweets. He claims he’s connected with the Leafs, Bruins, Canucks & Penguins and many other teams and based in Toronto.

Here’s his latest twat


Anon Rumors‏@TheRumorWire2m
BREAKING: Official announcement for Danny DeKeyser coming up shortly. He has signed with the @DetroitRedWings. #NHL #RedWings #CONFIRMED

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/29/13 at 04:17 PM ET

I don’t have a twitter, but i thought I’d heard he was a random guy that makes enough predictions that when a few of them turn up to be right people thinks he’s Nostradamus..

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 03/29/13 at 04:26 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

The anon dude is sticking to his guns…

Anon Rumors‏@TheRumorWire1m
MSM hasn’t confirmed it, but I can. Danny DeKeyser has signed with the @DetroitRedWings.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/29/13 at 04:28 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

The anon dude is sticking to his guns…

Anon Rumors‏@TheRumorWire1m
MSM hasn’t confirmed it, but I can. Danny DeKeyser has signed with the @DetroitRedWings.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/29/13 at 04:28 PM ET

winner winner!

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 03/29/13 at 04:57 PM ET

wedge56's avatar

Flip is more of a defensive center with offensive upside.  His value comes from being able to negate the other teams’ scorers. 

That being said, a $5 million asking price seems to be almost a “I’d like to leave town, but $5 million is enough to keep me here” price than anything.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he signs elsewhere for less.

Posted by wedge56 on 03/30/13 at 01:36 PM ET

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The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.