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Red Wings morning quickies: on summer camp try-outs, Dylan Larkin, a Griffins signing and UFA chatte
by George Malik on 07/01/14 at 10:15 AM ET
Prior to the UFA storm, here are a few Red Wings-related notes, starting with this regarding the Wings' summer development camp:
WDFN's Matt Sheppard spoke with Wings first-round draft pick Dylan Larkin earlier this morning...
The Grand Rapids Griffins made a "local" signing today...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday announced the signing of former Western Michigan University forward Shane Berschbach to a one-year contract.
Berschbach, 23, previously spent four seasons with Western Michigan from 2010-14, collecting 117 points (39-78—117) in 146 career collegiate games. The Clawson, Mich. native potted 38 points (16-22—38) in 40 contests with the Broncos during the 2013-14 season, earning him NCHC Offensive Player of the Week honors on three separate occasions. Last season, he also appeared in three games with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings, tallying one goal and one assist.
In 2011-12, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound forward helped lead the Broncos to their first CCHA Tournament Championship since 1986 when he finished second on the team in scoring with 32 points (10-22—32) in 37 games.
Prior to attending Western Michigan, Berschbach served as a member of the USHL’s Indiana Ice from 2008-10 under current Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill. In two seasons with the Ice, Berschbach potted 79 points (32-47—79) in 98 regular season games and 17 points (8-9—17) in 19 playoff appearances. In 2008-09, he helped Indiana capture the Clark Cup by posting 44 points (20-24—44) in 56 regular season games and 10 points (4-6—10) in 10 playoff games. A two-time USHL All-Star, Berschbach made the 2009 U.S. World Junior A Challenge team, where he was named to the All-World line after his team won the tournament.
And finally, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff is a little late to the party:
Almost as quickly as they ruled him in, the Detroit Red Wings have ruled Christian Ehrhoff out of their plans for the NHL’s July 1 free agency sweepstakes. Though interested in Ehrhoff, that interest sagged when the former Buffalo Sabres defenceman indicated he wanted a five-year contract, two more than the Wings were interested in offering him.
That doesn’t mean the Wings won’t be in the game big-time for the top available unrestricted free agent defenceman.
“With us not re-upping Kyle Quincey, we’ll look to see what’s available on the defence market,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. “We’re not sure how far guys like (prospects Alexey) Marchenko, (Ryan) Sproul, (Xavier) Ouellet and (Mattias) Backman are away.”
The team is definitely in the mix for Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Matt Niskanen, the prize of this year’s crop. Coming off a career year which saw him net 10 goals and 46 points, because he’s only 27 the Wings won’t have a problem with offering Niskanen the seven-year term he seeks, the maximum allowed under the CBA. The Wings are also said to be willing to go in the $6 million per season range in salary numbers.
Detroit is also interested in veteran defenceman Dan Boyle and are expected to offer Boyle, who turns 38 later this month, a two-year package in the range of $5-5.5 million a season. Adding either or both would certainly fill the club’s need to find right-handed shooting defenceman, since both players shoot right, and would also boost the club’s power play.
“(Jonathan) Ericsson’s played on the off-side for a number of years, (Brendan) Smith can play left or right,” Holland said. “Ideally you’d like to have three left and three right (shots) but it doesn’t always work out that way.”
If they are unable to land Niskanen or Boyle, it’s probably that the Wings will look to ahead a defenceman via a trade rather than sign one of the second-tier defenders available such as Anton Stralman, Stephane Robidas or Tom Gilbert.
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