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Red Wings mid-day news: reviewing the team’s action plan

Given the readers’ reactions to the last couple of posts, this isn’t going to go over particularly well, but especially in light of the Shane Doan grand tour taking a more serious tone, MLive’s Ansar Khan offers a necessary review of the Red Wings’ action plan given the front office’s inability to land Ryan Suter or Zach Parise (for family reasons), Shea Weber (didn’t want to sign with a Central Division Rival) or Rick Nash, noting that Ken Holland & Company will proceed cautiously but aggressively as they exhaustively investigate every opportunity to improve their team:

If the Red Wings don’t land Doan, they might make a pitch for free-agent right wing Alexander Semin on a short-term deal (one or two years). Teams are hesitant to ink the talented forward to a long-term pact, since his commitment is often question.

Khan believes that Bobby Ryan’s asking price makes it highly unlikely that the Wings will attempt to trade to acquire a goal-scorer with other options (including Petr Sykora) available for only the price of their contracts. Otherwise…

Defense is a more pressing concern for the Red Wings. They must trade to acquire a top-pair defenseman since there are no remaining high-end free-agent options. Perhaps some players who aren’t available today will be on the move if the $70.2 million salary cap is reduced in the new CBA because several teams might be over the ceiling.

If nothing else, the Red Wings will add a second or third-pair defenseman from a shallow pool of remaining free agents that includes Carlo Colaiacovo, Pavel Kubina, Michal Rozsival, Scott Hannan and Milan Jurcina.

The Red Wings, despite losing Jiri Hudler to Calgary, feel they’ve improved their forward depth by signing Mikael Samuelsson, Jordin Tootoo and Swiss scoring star Damien Brunner on July 1. They believe they’ve significantly upgraded their backup goaltending by signing Jonas Gustavsson.

Of course, they had hoped to do much more by late July.

“We had a game plan heading into the summer,’’ Holland said. “Part of it was July 1, and we accomplished a lot of things on July 1. We tried to make additional moves. They haven’t happened. I still believe we got good depth in goal and good depth up front. The team is younger than it was two years ago. We got a lot of players that can grow into bigger roles.’‘

Some fans don’t want to hear this. They are accustomed to success (21 consecutive playoff appearances, 12 100-point seasons in a row, four Stanley Cups, etc.) and anticipate an annual press conference introducing a star player. But, no one can question Holland’s efforts to add an impact player.

“We tried to add high-profile names. It didn’t happen,’’ Holland said. “We’ll continue to talk, explore.’‘

Quickie update: Also of Wings-related note:

• The Grand Rapids Griffins are looking for a community relations intern;

• And via RedWingsFeed and Jim Delaney:

You can read the job description here on Hockeyjobs.nhl.com.

Update Mike Stone is an idiot:

5. Hmm. Rick Nash gets traded to the Rangers and Shea Webber signs a massive offer sheet with Philadelphia. Are there any good players that want to play for the Red Wings? Unless something happens in a trade, I don’t see this off-season as anything other than horrific for Detroit. Ken Holland can spin it any way he wants, but Mikael Samuelsson, Jordin Tootoo, Jonas Gustavsson, and the re-signing of Kyle Qunicey do not exude much excitement for Red Wing fans. With lots of loot to spend, the Wings have done very little. Can you say Hey Hey Schlockeytown?

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This HAS been a horrific off season.  I’m not going to bash Kenny for it, I think such is unwarranted, but it’s been painful.  Lidstrom, Stuart, Suter, Nash, Weber, Parise.  All not Red Wings.  Brutal, I tell you, absolutely brutal.  The fact is we were a five seed last season and we haven’t gotten better.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 07/24/12 at 11:12 PM ET

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Connors. Bitches.

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!! In’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/24/12 at 11:14 PM ET

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“Branded, scorned as the one who ran. What do you do when you’re branded, and you know you’re a man? / He was innocent . . . not a charge was true . . . but the world will never know.

Who the f—have you ever heard of a little show called Branded, Dude?  All but one man died?  There at Bitter Creek?  *#$%@& Arthur Digby Sellers wrote 156 episodes, Dude.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 07/24/12 at 11:16 PM ET

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Posted by monkey from bunting for Nash on 07/24/12 at 09:16 PM ET


Yea. Dude.


Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!! In’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/24/12 at 11:20 PM ET

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Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/24/12 at 09:11 PM ET

Posted by monkey from bunting for Nash on 07/24/12 at 09:16 PM ET

You all be’s crazy… batshit crazy I tells ya.  Welcome to the asylum. wink

Posted by calquake on 07/24/12 at 11:53 PM ET

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How long before Shea Weber demands to be traded to Philadelphia?

Posted by monkey from bunting for Nash on 07/24/12 at 08:17 PM ET

At least a year raspberry

Posted by RyanVM on 07/25/12 at 12:19 AM ET

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Weber, Parise, Suter will all demand trades as soon as they will miss the playoffs 2 consecutive years (2014)

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Posted by Lucce from Kingdom of Zweden on 07/25/12 at 04:46 AM ET

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Beginning with the Red Wings stunning dismissal at the hands of Nashville 4-1,  has left some in Red Wing Nation to be jittery.  Lidstrom’s retirement caused acute, daily convulsive episodes.  Stuart’s departure, well, auditory hallucinations.  No Suter, Parise reduced many to a catatonic quivering fetal position.  Fans rightly identify reasons for their reactions.  Tumult by Wings standard is 5 different associate coaches in 3 years.  Lidstrom, Stuart spots are still wide open.  5MM left on the table in last season trade deadline.  With 24MM to spend and no bold creative moves (offer sheets, RFA).  Effort and phone calls have the same affect as hitting posts and crossbars. I think fans wanted to overpay vs. landing nothing.
With the Red Wings participating in perhaps the biggest and greatest NHL game ever (winter classic) Wings will bring their weakest team in a decade.  The Red Wings style of play, the beautiful puck possession game is probably gone. As of now, the Wings simply do not have the talent.  The possession style, for me, begins in the defensive end with clinical, sharp passing.  With Rafalski, Lidstrom, and a lesser degree Stuart’s positions empty fans ought to worry.  Also,  who fills Lidstrom’s PP role?  So, if the Wings are forced into a chip-and-chase, dump-and-chase style the Wings remain undersized.  If Tootoo’s size will not have a negative value he’d better be Ty Domi-he ought to hire Domi as a fighting coach anyway.  Lastly, if Detroit cannot play puck possession their lack of speed could be exposed and exploited. Yes, clinical laser-like passing is what gave them speed.  Super Swede scout, talent broker, pimp whatever can surely find a NHL ready D-man in Europe- gotta be atleast one, no?

Posted by beelza on 07/25/12 at 06:16 AM ET

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The fact is we were a five seed last season and we haven’t gotten better.

Posted by monkey from bunting for Nash on 07/24/12 at 09:12 PM ET

This might be the understatement of the century.
So you think the presence of Lidstrom and Stuart did not make the five seed we had last season better than the team we have now.

Posted by Alex on 07/25/12 at 06:37 AM ET

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Super Swede scout, talent broker, pimp whatever can surely find a NHL ready D-man in Europe- gotta be atleast one, no?

Posted by beelza on 07/25/12 at 04:16 AM ET

The name of a NHL ready D-man in Europe is Ilya Nikulin. Try to lure him from KHL and his home country. And even in this case he will need at least half a season to readjust his game to smaller rinks.

Seeing this off-season as a total failure (unless you aim to draft high next year) I would suggest trading Mule away now for more draft picks (preferably a 1st round pick) so we can contend for the Cup again in five years.

Posted by Alex on 07/25/12 at 06:52 AM ET

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5MM left on the table in last season trade deadline.  With 24MM to spend and no bold creative moves (offer sheets, RFA).  Effort and phone calls have the same affect as hitting posts and crossbars. I think fans wanted to overpay vs. landing nothing.

Posted by beelza on 07/25/12 at 04:16 AM ET

All this is unforgivable. This February and this off-season once again reaffirmed my conviction that letting Yzerman go in favor of Holland was the biggest business mistake Mike Ilitch has ever made.

I didn’t like Kenny since he took Osgood under his wing out of his personal loyalty to Chris’ father. 2008 Stanley Cup is all Hakan Andersson’s credit. I believe it’s time for Kenny to go.

If you really want to get Suter and Parise you gotta shell out money. Gotta offer more money than other GMs. It looks like Kenny has never bought stuff on eBay. You outbid other potential buyers and get what you want.

Posted by Alex on 07/25/12 at 07:11 AM ET

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This might be the understatement of the century.
So you think the presence of Lidstrom and Stuart did not make the five seed we had last season better than the team we have now.

It’s an understatement, yes, but I don’t think we need to get bombastic about it.

Having Lidstrom and Stuart would make our seed vastly superior to what we have now.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 07/25/12 at 07:55 AM ET

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I don’t think we need to get bombastic about it.

Posted by monkey from bunting for Nash on 07/25/12 at 05:55 AM ET

Right. Lets get mum about it.

No 12 in ‘13! (“No” stands for “number”, of course.)

Posted by Alex on 07/25/12 at 09:00 AM ET

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Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/24/12 at 09:11 PM ET

Posted by monkey from bunting for Nash on 07/24/12 at 09:16 PM ET

You all be’s crazy… batshit crazy I tells ya.  Welcome to the asylum.

Posted by calquake on 07/24/12 at 09:53 PM ET

Not to worry, Quake. I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that “Branded” is in reference to your brand of humor, that some people might not get. Unless they’re batshit crazy, and, older than the Cosmic Dust.

 

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!! In’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/25/12 at 09:13 AM ET

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Right. Lets get mum about it.

Right.  Because clearly our options are to make ridiculously over the top statements about whatever topics come to mind, or to say absolutely nothing at all.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 07/25/12 at 09:19 AM ET

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Because clearly our options are to make ridiculously over the top statements about whatever topics come to mind, or to say absolutely nothing at all.

Posted by monkey from bunting for Nash on 07/25/12 at 07:19 AM ET

There is a third option. To state the facts.

For example, as of July 25, 2012 our defense stands as follows:

Kronwall - White
Ericsson - Quincey
Kindl - Smith

12 in ‘13!

Posted by Alex on 07/25/12 at 10:05 AM ET

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And this fuching iPad is pissing me off with it’s auto everything.

I like my errors.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! In’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/25/12 at 10:11 AM ET

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Posted by Alex on 07/25/12 at 05:11 AM ET

Chris Osgood 2008 Stanley Cup stats-

GP-19
W-14
L-4
GAA-1.55
SV pct. .930
SO-3


Yzerman left the Wings to peruse his calling as a GM. It was never expected for him to become the new GM for the Wings until after he had the experience and learned the job first hand

Ozzie was called upon and stepped up big time. The end result being a Stanley Cup. I don’t recall Haken Andersson being between the pipes during that Cup winning run.


I loves me some Ozzie,and, I always will.

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!! In ‘13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/25/12 at 11:39 AM ET

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Personally, at this time, nothing else can be said.  We all have the same picture before us. We can quibble about players and money, strategy and tactics.  The glaring disappointment I have has nothing to do with Ken Holland, Mike Ilitch; top players, star players no longer view and regard Hockeytown as a prize destination. I don’t know why or how this happened, but it is sad.  The next couple years will define the path this franchise takes. Milton provides me with a convenient choice, Paradise Lost or Paradise Regained.  Winston Churchill defines my lifelong relationship with The Red Wings: I shall always fight for my corner, and I leave when the pub closes.

Posted by beelza on 07/25/12 at 01:34 PM ET

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Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/25/12 at 09:39 AM ET

Thanks Kate.

Posted by beelza on 07/25/12 at 11:34 AM ET

I’ll drink to that.

Posted by calquake on 07/25/12 at 03:32 PM ET

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