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Red Wings evening news: on stupid Yandle rumors, an annoying wait and Kocur’s charity softball game

I absolutely despise doing this, but as a follow-up to the overnight report’s take on “Hockeyinsiderr’s” belief that the Wings are seriously bidding for Yandle, here’s your okay, folks, it’s official, this guy’s nuts—and the Wings would be nuts, too, to offer this kind of package for one player:

BREAKING NEWS: The #RedWings have offer on the table for #Coyotes Yandle: Filppula+Nyquist+2013 1st. #WOW Ball in PHX court.

That’s just ridiculous. Go vote for your favorite alumni bobblehead on the Wings’ official website instead, because those personnel “moves” are more likely to happen.

As Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner notes, however, despite fans’ displeasure with the Wings’ inability to land a top-name free agent or allow themselves to sell the barn to buy a horse…

For better or worse, the Wings aren’t likely to do that much during the balance of this summer, save attempting to add a free agent band-aid or two on defense before riding out CBA negotiations:

This is my educated guess on what the remainder of the offseason will bear for the Wings, who seemingly lack the resources to pull off a trade for top-tier players such as Phoenix’s Keith Yandle and Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan:

The Wings will sign former Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and then wait for the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

There are some in the Wings organization who believe the cap under the new CBA will be around $10 million less than it is now, forcing teams to buy out contracts in a salary dump. Under this scenario, the Wings could sign a few quality players at a discount rate because several contending teams would be over the cap.

Still others in the organization feel the cap will remain frozen at $70 million for the next few years under the new CBA, which means there will not be a frenzy of activity once a new agreement is reached.

Any way you look at it, this upcoming season will pose a challenge for the Red Wings. Their playoff, 100-point and home-sellout streaks are all in jeopardy.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland and his staff remain committed to assembling the best team possible, which is easier said than done when you’re rapidly running out of options.

I’d also suggest-again—that the Red Wings will attempt to make a more meaningful trade for a top-pair defenseman either at the end of the exhibition season or at the start of the regular season, when other teams may find themselves in cap trouble and/or swimming in defensemen on one-way contracts.

In the interim, however, aside from finding out what Tomas Holmstrom’s future holds and waiting for said band-aid (Capgeek.com provides the “Who’s it gonna be?” ammunition necessary for some realistic speculation) to arrive (it’s not out of the realm of possibility for the Wings to add a goal-scorer from the free agent bargain bin), we can only really wait, talk our frustration out with each other, and hope for the best.

 

Regner engaged in more substantive discussions regarding the Red Wings’ future with Ilitch Holdings CEO Tom Wilson, and here’s the four-part interview:

 


Also of Red Wings-related note:

• Via RedWingsFeed, the White Lake Patch notes that Red Wings Alumni Association president Joey Kocur will he holding his annual charity softball tournament this Saturday in Highland Township, MI:

The Joe Kocur Foundation for Children will host its 4th Annual Charity Softball Event on Saturday, August 4, 2012, open to all communities. Duck Lake Pines Park, located at 1241 N. Duck Lake RD, Highland, MI will again serve as the event venue. Permanent bleachers will be installed this year to accommodate the growing attendance and interest in the event. Gates open at 10 a.m. for early access into venue. Additionally, free shuttle service from a nearby location on M-59 will be available for overflow traffic. Jamie Samuelson and Bob Wojnowski (Wojo) - 97.1 The Ticket will serve as event MC’s.

The day will consist of four games featuring a celebrity game at 5 p.m. with The Detroit Red Wings Alumni and Detroit area sports and entertainment celebrities. Games are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and will also include a little league game, a sponsor appreciation game and the law enforcement and fire fighters from Milford, Highland Township, White Lake and Oakland County. Opening ceremony and introductions prior to the celebrity game will feature Karen Newman singing the National Anthem and accompanied by the United States Color Guard. All proceeds will benefit local children’s charities, comprising of Team Kendal Kidz, Wings of Mercy East Michigan, Far Conservatory, The Huron Valley Special Olympics and the Lakeland High School Public Service Scholarship for a student going into Law Enforcement or Fire Fighting in honor of the late Shannon Gaber Silverthorn. Tickets will also be distributed to additional local charities to attend the festivities.

Special alumni hockey and sports guests include (Hockey) Joe Kocur, Kris Draper, Dino Ciccarelli, Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, Manny Legace, Eddie Mio, Wayne Presley, Brian Smolinski, Jason Woolley, John Ogrodnick, Pat Peake, Dave Lewis, Karen Newman, (Baseball) Steve Avery, Dave Rozema, (Football) Eric Hipple, Ron Rice and more. Due to the overwhelming support of the participants at previous fundraisers, all are attending the event again to lend their time to the causes they hold in the highest regard. DRWAA President Joe Kocur and Founder of The Joe Kocur Foundation for Children made the announcement.

During the event, attendees can enjoy food and beverage for a nominal charge. Hungry Howies & Leos Coney of White Lake have already promised hot pizzas and plenty of hot dogs. Exciting raffle prizes will be awarded during the games, while attendees can also join in on the silent auction filled with fabulous items to bid on, including tons of signed sports memorabilia and gift certificates to local restaurants, spas and services. Between games, you and your family can get an autograph from your favorite Red Wings or local celebrity. Kids will have their own baseball diamond filled with fun events and plenty of attractions from 2 bounce houses and dunk tank to home run derbies. Various viewing bleachers and tents will be set up along the path near all 4 diamonds for attendees to watch and cheer their favorite charity and local public services. We recommend bringing lawn chairs as bleacher space fills up and we anticipate a crowd of over 2,500.

“The momentum for the event is building and in our 4th season, we will continue to exceed our fundraising goals as participation has increased.” stated Joe Kocur, DRWAA President. “As always, the main goal on this day is to bring a big time event to a small town that we are all very proud to call home.”
Tickets purchased in advance are $10 per person and $15 per person at the event. Children under 10 years old are free, as are autographs. All tickets purchased will go into a drawing for raffle prizes that will be awarded throughout the day of the event. Individual tickets may be purchased directly online at http://www.joekocurfoundation.com http:,//www.joekocur.eventbrite.com or http://www.wingseastmi.org up to August 4th. Tickets will also be sold through the White Lake, Milford & Highland Township Police and Fire Departments, Bakers of Milford, South Lyon Hotel, and the Comeback Inn of Highland.

• In charitable news of a different kind, from the Grand Rapids Griffins:

The Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation on Monday announced the winners of two $5,000 college scholarships that are awarded annually to past program participants.

Ann Hardin of Grandville and Scout McCurdy of Grand Rapids will receive $2,500 for each of their first two years of college, with eligibility for the second $2,500 installment dependent on achieving a minimum 3.0 GPA during their freshman year. The scholarships are made possible through a grant from the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation.

“Congratulations to Ann and Scout for this great accomplishment,” said Bob Kaser, president of the Griffins Youth Foundation. “We have always been so proud of the achievements of our kids on the ice, and thanks to Dan and Pam that pride extends into the classroom. The recent enhancements and subsequent acceleration of our educational offerings is a vital component to making sure our kids, every day, understand and apply the important balance of athletics and academics.”

Hardin, a graduate of Grandville High School with a 4.142 GPA, will enter Northwood University this fall with a double major in economics and business management. McCurdy, who graduated from Creston High School with a 3.02 GPA, is preparing to begin her studies in elementary education at Grand Rapids Community College. Both young ladies played in the foundation through the 10th grade and volunteered in various capacities for the duration of their high school years.

To be eligible for one of the scholarships, high school seniors who have been active participants in the foundation must have accumulated at least 100 volunteer hours in service to the foundation since the eighth grade; graduated high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA; received a minimum score of 18 on the ACT; submitted a 500-word essay discussing how the foundation assisted their academic progress and how they plan to continue volunteering in the community; and provided a letter of recommendation from a teacher, clergy member or other community leader. 

For more information about the Griffins Youth Foundation, visit http://griffinskids.org

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• And barring any Tomas Holmstrom news, and even including CBA negotiations, I’m going to try to take things slower over the balance of this week. Putting in 4+ hours a day while I’m on vacation is a bit much, and I need to rest up and hang out with the fam a bit more regularly.

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BrendonR's avatar

George, is this how you take a break?  In all seriousness though, I don’t think anyone is taking a Filppula+Nyquist rumour seriously for anyone.  I think at this point we can sit back and wait for the new CBA before Kenny makes any moves of consequence.  Oh yeah, and no way I want us signing Colaiacovo; the guy is waaay to accident and injury prone.  I’m sure someone on here can post that gif of him hitting the boards in pain.  I do think Cam Barker could be a perfect reclamation project for this team, however.

Posted by BrendonR on 07/30/12 at 10:30 PM ET

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^ Colaiacovo is too injury prone but you’d want Cam Barker?  Check out how many games he’s played a season in his career.  Slim pickings all round now that Ken has whiffed on his targets.

Posted by Ghost of Lebda on 07/30/12 at 10:50 PM ET

Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

HockeyInsider is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, fraud on all of Twitter. It’s been shown over and over again, I don’t know why the hell anyone still follows him.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 07/30/12 at 10:53 PM ET

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I keep seeing the speculation that the cap number is going to be around $60 million when the new CBA is approved, thus triggering a big salary dump.  I guess i’m wondering why there would be a salary dump.  Wont the owners ask for an overall salary roll back as well like last time.  13% salary cap reduction equates to 13% pay cut for every player.

I know I am missing something here so can someone explain.

Posted by milburyneedstobeslapped on 07/30/12 at 10:59 PM ET

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First, it is very risky to trade next years first round pick; this edition of the wings could just as easily sink or swim.

Second, fil, Tatar, and something else for yandl—yes, I would do that.

Third, lets say the cap is reduced and even after the rollback (if that’s how it works with the new CBA) what team is going to buy out a quality player that would fill the wing’s needs?  The Scott gomez’s and wade reddin’s of the NHL/AHL are who we will see getting bought out.

I have my doubts.

Posted by 11B3PF7 in MN on 07/30/12 at 11:19 PM ET

bigdee89's avatar

I think Cam Barker just had a rough couple of seasons with the Oilers.  He’s similiar to Cleary in that he was a 1st round pick who hasn’t lived up to expectations.  Another Hawks cast-away.  He can likely be signed for dirt cheap.  Wings need depth on D anyways so why not?

Carlos is much more injury prone.  I watched Colaiacovo play quite a bit when he was with the Leafs (Wings fan living in Ontario, Canada) and he was hurt every other week.  Brutal in his own end.  St Louis made him look decent defensively because of their style of play.  He reminds me of Salo a bit.  They must be long lost brothers or come from the same bloodline because their bones are made of glass.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 07/30/12 at 11:59 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Colaiacovo smash…his own face.

Chump.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 07/31/12 at 12:49 AM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Commodore 64!

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 07/31/12 at 01:16 AM ET

DocF's avatar

There is no doubt that Colaiacovo has been injured a lot.  When he can play, he is a bona fide top four blueliner.  Cam Barker is still a big ball of potential, which is not what I would expect at this point in his career.  I see a guy who is going to slide back to AHL or European hockey in the next year or two. 

That being said, the Red Wings have had a lot of success with salvage projects.  One or the other will be added to the defense corps, I feel certain.

I would have had a warm fuzzy moment if the Red Wings had kept Doug Janik on an NHL contract at the minimum.  He is a useful spare part as he plays stay at home and does not get out of position much.

Now for grins and giggles let us look at Keith Yandle.  Babcock would not be able to tolerate his slovenly habits in his own end.  He is a pure offensive blueliner with little to no defensive inclination.  Notice what I said.  Yandle could be a top ranked defenseman if he so chose.  He cuts corners and that costs his team goals.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 07/31/12 at 02:02 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

I’m exhausted tonight. I’m sorry, but I’m going to skip writing an overnight report tonight.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/31/12 at 02:53 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Guess dude tweeted before that detroit had a trade immanent with cgy with flip and errorsson for jabo.. dudes insane.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/31/12 at 03:27 AM ET

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George, you’re exhausted. Unless Paul puts you up to it, skipping a few more times would be the least of the problems this week. If the week’s going to be this slow and 1/2 your energy is going to go to bad rumors, just relax and enjoy your vacation. Even if they do something, it’s not like we expect you to have instant updates on vacation. You can give us quality depth on any transactions when you get back. Family you only have so much time with together, and summers disappear before you know it. We’ll be fine with less.

Posted by Bugsy on 07/31/12 at 05:27 AM ET

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Wings need depth on D anyways so why not?

No, they don’t need depth on D, they need a top pairing guy.

Posted by Garth on 07/31/12 at 08:57 AM ET

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There are some in the Wings organization who believe the cap under the new CBA will be around $10 million less than it is now, forcing teams to buy out contracts in a salary dump.

why do people keep saying this?  how can supposedly educated hockey writers ignore that the CBA would reduce the players’ salaries by the same percentage?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 07/31/12 at 12:02 PM ET

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Yandle could be a top ranked defenseman if he so chose.  He cuts corners and that costs his team goals.

well maybe the new associate coach, Mr. “Suck It Up And Play Hockey” could get more out of these kind of guys.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 07/31/12 at 12:11 PM ET

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Another thing, all these defenseman reclamation projects fans keep talking about are not practical.  Maybe if our top four still included lidstrom, rafi, and Stuart, then we could afford to gamble on a flameout from other organizations.  Simply put, the wings do not have that luxury at this time.

Posted by 11B3PF7 in MN on 07/31/12 at 12:25 PM ET

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“Maybe if our top four still included lidstrom, rafi, and Stuart, then we could afford to gamble on a flameout from other organizations.  Simply put, the wings do not have that luxury at this time.”

Fair enough, but with no top D left as FAs and with a trade you’d be making a hole to fill another; I think the Wings need to take a risk on a guy like Barker, etc.  There really isn’t another “safe” option other than doing nothing.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 07/31/12 at 12:31 PM ET

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how can supposedly educated hockey writers ignore that the CBA would reduce the players’ salaries by the same percentage?

Because a pro-rata reduction in player salaries accompanying a drop in the salary cap isn’t a guaranteed thing and one way to get players to accept such a drop would be to allow compliance buyouts that help re-set the overall player salary commitment without challenging current salaries.

After all, would you rather give a portion of your salary back or take the chance that you’re going to be one of the 10% or so of the whole who gets all the money contractually owed to him up-front and is then given the opportunity to sign as a free agent wherever he chooses?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/31/12 at 12:50 PM ET

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George - your a grown a$$ man.  If you’re on vacation - BE ON VACATION.  Quite posting about how much time you’re spending posting.  Just. Don’t. Post.  Put the phone &/Or computer down and back away…

We’ll all still be here when you get back.  I’m sure Paul will let you know if something happens that needs to be covered - otherwise… let it slide brother.

This post is meant to be read in an encouraging and friendly tone. Please don’t take it any other way.

Posted by SuperMatt75 from the cool side of the pillow on 07/31/12 at 01:00 PM ET

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Another thing, all these defenseman reclamation projects fans keep talking about are not practical.  Maybe if our top four still included lidstrom, rafi, and Stuart, then we could afford to gamble on a flameout from other organizations. Simply put, the wings do not have that luxury at this time.

Posted by 11B3PF7 in MN on 07/31/12 at 10:25 AM ET

+1.  Same is true on the forward position.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 07/31/12 at 01:23 PM ET

RW19's avatar

I keep hearing the Carlo C stories and I don’t see it. He has some talent, but is nothing special. Cam Barker to be a fan favorite but I don’t know why. He really isn’t any good.

Based on the players left out there, I can see the Wings looking at big Milan Jurcina who is a decent enough skater and a right handed shot. He could be our new “Andreas Lilja.”

Posted by RW19 on 07/31/12 at 01:28 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Is Milan Jurcina any more special than Carlo Colaiacovo? Dude played 65 games last year as the Islander’s fourth-best defenseman.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/31/12 at 01:54 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Has the league seen an unusually large chunk of Dmen retire the past few years? I’ve been browsing team rosters to see just who might be trade-able and pretty much every team is thin on D right now. Lots of low level guys or entry level stuff.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 07/31/12 at 02:34 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

I want the Wings to sign Colaiacovo for one reason and one reason only…

...the entertainment value of hearing Murph try to pronounce it in the third period (after he’s half in the bag)

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 07/31/12 at 02:48 PM ET

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I want the Wings to sign Colaiacovo for one reason and one reason only…

...the entertainment value of hearing Murph try to pronounce it in the third period (after he’s half in the bag)

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 07/31/12 at 12:48 PM ET

You sonuva….

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 07/31/12 at 03:05 PM ET

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