The Malik Report
by George Malik on 07/30/12 at 10:02 PM ET
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:
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.
• 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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