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by George Malik on 08/13/12 at 02:29 PM ET
This afternoon’s crop of Red Wings news begins with an article from DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose that makes this Vladimir Konstantinov fan smile:
Upset by a late surge late from Kris Draper in Round 1 of Operation Bobblehead: Alumni Edition, former Red Wings’ defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov stormed back to runaway with the Round 2 vote, thus becoming the second bobblehead chosen by fans.
The Wings will distribute 7,500 collectible figurines characterizing Konstantinov to their fans at a select home game during the upcoming 2012-13 season. Konstantinov destroyed his competition, earning 36.5 percent of the vote conducted last week on DetroitRedWings.com.
Rounding out the top five bobblehead choices were Darren McCarty (10.8%), Sergei Fedorov (9.7%), Chris Osgood (7.1%), and Mickey Redmond (5.5%). Konstantinov’s name will be removed from the ballot and voting for Round 3 of Operation Bobblehead: Alumni Edition will resume on Tuesday, August 14 at 12:01 p.m. EDT.
Former Wings appearing on the ballot include, Sid Abel, Alex Delvecchio, Terry Sawchuck, Ted Lindsay, Joe Kocur, Kirk Maltby, John Ogrodnick, Luc Robitaille, Dino Ciccarelli, Brendan Shanahan, Igor Larionov and many more. Write-in candidates are also encouraged and there is no limit to the number of times fans can vote for their favorite former Wings’ player. None of the ballots casted during previous rounds of the campaign will count towards the next round of voting.
Operation Bobblehead: Alumni Edition is a multi-week online voting campaign to determine which bobbleheads will be distributed at select home games during the 2012-13 season.
Besides Draper and Konstantinov, three-time Stanley Cup champion Steve Yzerman will be the first bobblehead appearing in the hands of 7,500 lucky fans at Joe Louis Arena. The remaining three bobbleheads will be chosen through a week-by-week voting campaign on DetroitRedWings.com. Voting begins every Tuesday at 12:01 p.m. EDT and closes the following Sunday at noon EDT.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was tight-lipped recently when it came to Doan, saying only that “I’ve been in communication with the Doan camp a number of times throughout July. We have interest.”
But is it mutual?
Perhaps not since Holland confirmed that Doan has not visited Detroit since free agency began July 1.
According to a New York Daily News story, Doan’s agent said the only teams his client has visited are the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks. Nashville coach Barry Trotz said last week that the Predators are also on the short list of teams Doan is considering.
Doan, 35, has played his entire 16-year career for the Phoenix franchise, which relocated from Winnipeg after Doan’s rookie season of 1995-96. Doan would prefer to return to Phoenix because he’s reluctant to uproot his family at this point in his career.
Teams are interested in Doan given his size (6-foot-1, 223 pounds) and the fact that he’s a dependable scorer with at least 20 goals in 11 of the last 12 seasons.
• While we’re talking about Red Wings targets, Savage was the person who first reported that the Wings have talked to the Calgary Flames about acquiring Jay Bouwmeester, but the Hockey News’s Lyle “Spector” Richardson duly notes that such a trade probably won’t take place because the Flames’ asking price for Bouwmeester makes him too costly to acquire:
Assuming the Flames are shopping Bouwmeester and he’s willing to waive his trade clause to go to Motown, the Wings still have to give up a decent return.
Given the Flames were among the league’s lowest-scoring teams last season, Calgary GM Jay Feaster would want at least a skilled scoring forward, perhaps Valtteri Filppula, who had his long-awaited breakout performance last season, in return.
The problem, however, is the Wings are also thin in skilled scoring depth beyond Filppula, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. They were in the market for Parise prior to his signing with the Wild last month and have expressed interest in free agent right winger Shane Doan.
Trading away a scoring forward for Bouwmeester would address one problem, but create another.
If Holland intends to bolster his ‘D’ without sacrificing offense, his best option is the free agent market, where Carlo Colaiacovo, Michal Rozsival, Brett Clark, Kurtis Foster and Jaroslav Spacek remain available, probably at bargain prices.
Otherwise, Detroit simply has to wait and see if the new CBA forces rival clubs to shop defensemen or look within its own system for help.
• I’ve got two more notes from RedWingsFeed, and the first involves the high likelihood that the Grand Rapids Griffins will start the season as-is, as noted by Griffinshockey.com’s Kyle Kujawa on Michigan Hockey Now. Kujawa lists several names that Wings and Griffins fans should become familiar with…
Adam Almquist, D – The second-to-last player selected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft moved up the depth chart quicker than expected. An offensive defenseman, Almquist lit up the Swedish junior ranks and arrived in the country’s top professional league earlier than expected, less than six months after he was drafted. With two and a half seasons of SEL experience under his belt, Almquist will ply his trade on North American ice as he hopes to assume a large role on a Griffins blueline that will look much different in October.
Luke Glendening, RW – The four-year University of Michigan winger became the first Grand Rapids-native to sign with the team when he inked an AHL contract with the organization in June. Glendening was named the CCHA Best Defensive Forward this past season and had a career-best 10 goals. The versatile forward will compete for a regular role on the Griffins as he begins his professional career.
Tomas Jurco, RW – Losing is not something Jurco is overly familiar with, as his Saint John Sea Dogs won 81.1 percent of their games while he was there. In addition, he helped his team win back-to-back QMJHL President’s Cups (and one Memorial Cup) while appearing in the finals in three straight seasons. Known for his YouTube stickhandling highlights, Jurco is an all-around offensive threat who recorded 68 points (30-38—68) in 48 games last season. The lack of a transfer agreement with Slovakia has kept the Red Wings from signing him yet, but it is expected that he will be a member of the Griffins in 2012-13.
Petr Mrazek, G– Mrazek adds youth to a crowded minor league crease, where he is expected to compete for a starting job. Mrazek wrapped up a decorated junior career by leading his Ottawa 67’s to the OHL Conference Finals after recording at least 30 saves in 11 of 17 postseason games. Mrazek really rose to prominence at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton, earning a spot on the IIHF tournament All-Star Team and winning the Directorate Top Goaltender Award. Mrazek made 52 saves in an upset over the United States and appeared on highlight reels across the world – mostly for his work between the pipes, but also due to his high-energy celebrations during the game.
Max Nicastro, D – A two-way defenseman with size, Nicastro developed his game in his home state of California before two seasons in the USHL and eventually Boston University. In three seasons on a deep Terriers blueline, Nicastro never managed more than 15 points (as a freshman, which earned him a spot on the Hockey East All-Rookie Team), but his booming shot makes him a threat on the power play, where nearly half of his career collegiate goals came.
Riley Sheahan, C – Sheahan has already gotten a taste of the AHL, skating in seven games with the Griffins after finishing his junior year with the University of Notre Dame. He even made his NHL debut with Detroit in the last game of the season and showed fans that it won’t be long until he’s in the NHL full-time. Sheahan was a player used in all situations while with the Fighting Irish, posting a career-high 25 points (9-16—25) and finishing as a runner-up for the CCHA Best Defensive Forward award.
• And MLive’s Savage spoke to returning Griffin Landon Ferraro about his goals for the 2012-2013 season given that he’s fully healthy after battling injuries…Really since he was drafted:
“This year, I have to start producing,” Ferraro said. “I want to be a bigger part of the team ... so I can show them I’m improving and my game has gotten better. I want to get as much ice time as I can. It’s still a work in progress but I’m getting better and better. I want to be the best all-around player I can be, make the biggest impact and get the most out of my career.”
Because of his outstanding speed and good hands – he won the fastest skater competition at the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game – the Red Wings envisioned the 6-foot, 174-pound Ferraro as a potential second-line when they drafted him. He’s also got a tremendous bloodline as his father, Ray, scored 408 NHL goals during 15 seasons with Hartford, Los Angeles the Islanders and Rangers.
“I feel like I’m a guy who can play on any line,” Ferraro said. “I have to be involved physically or I’m useless on the ice. I can’t be a perimeter player. I have to get into the forecheck and hit. I’m not a guy who can go down the wall and make a beautiful pass through the middle. I have to crash the net. Right now, I want to get back to how I was scoring in juniors. I feel like I can but at the same time, I need to be the best all-around player I can. I can be a checker. I can be a grinder. My ultimate goal is to play in the NHL. I’ve set high goals for myself, not only in points but to be better defensively. That’s something I’ve been working on since my draft year.”
Ferraro said he had his best strength testing ever at the prospects camp. He bench-pressed 170 pounds nine times at last year’s camp before lifting 225 pounds twice this year.
“For me, that’s big,” said Ferraro, whose goal is to “start strong. I don’t want it to be 15 games into the year to get into it. I’m confident I can do it. I want to be a guy who continues to play the (penalty kill) and I want to play the power play and show I can help the team out. More ice time is something I’m working toward. It’s something they’re not going to just give you. You have to earn it.”
• From RedWingsFeed again:
• And finally, the gents from Hockee Night spoke with me for a little over an hour last night, and you can listen to our conversation here:
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