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Red Wings mid-day news: updates on Doan and Eaves, on Smith’s ‘breakout’ and charitable news

Given my personal schedule for the day (running errands and packing for tomorrow’s trip “up north” for a week), and perhaps for all of our nerves’ sake after the no Semin/no Doan bummerfest that was Thursday, today’s crop of Red Wings news is relatively sparse and spartan—at least by this incredibly busy July news cycle’s standards (knock on wood).

• Well, okay, we’re not out of the Semin/Doan woods yet, via RedWingsFeed:

That’s crazy, frankly. That’s about

$7.3 million a year

[edit/update: Dear Gord, $7.5 million a season /end edit], for four years, for a 35-year-old forward whose cap hit, under this CBA, counts against the cap regardless of whether he plays until he’s 39.

Doan’s stats suggest that he’s a 20-25 goal-scorer and a 50-to-70-point player, and those numbers are most certainly elite by today’s standards, but expecting that kind of payday is Ales Semin ludicrous, and I understand why the Wings begged off now.

• In head-shaking news of a different kind, I asked a member of the Wings’ management about the status of Patrick Eaves, and received a simple reply: “There is nothing new to report at this time.” The team appears to have decided to allow Eaves to rest and recuperate this summer and will ask for an update as to how he’s feeling next month at the earliest. I would imagine that he’s kept the Wings’ medical staff appraised of his ability to work out, but at this point, no news is good news.

• In the crossing our fingers department, Sportsnet’s Patrick Hoffman believes that Brendan Smith is one of 10 NHL’ers “due to break out” this upcoming season:

Brendan Smith, Detroit Red Wings: With Nicklas Lidstrom retired, it is time for a new defensive era for the Detroit Red Wings.

This means that it is time for 23-year-old Brendan Smith to have a breakout season on the Red Wings’ blueline. In 14 games with the Red Wings last season, Smith scored a goal and picked-up seven assists.

Smith has a lot more offensive potential and with the Red Wings set to go into an era without Lidstrom, a breakout season for Smith might be in the cards for 2012-13.

• At the other end of the spectrum, via RedWingsFeed, the Wings’ website has posted a photo gallery of Scotty Bowman and Barry Smith’s tenures with the Wings, and the NHL posited the following video regarding Bowman and Smith splitting duties at the Winter Classic:

Thus far, the Wings’ website hasn’t posted any accidentally-leaked leaked galleries of Tomas Holmstrom retiring, which is probably a good sign for those of you, and me, who are hoping that Homer either delays his retirement to a time when we’re all a little less collectively freaked out, or perhaps that he’s allowed to go out on his sword by trying out for the team during training camp.

I have mixed feeling about Holmstrom’s future with the Wings if he does choose to try to out-compete Cory Emmerton, Jan Mursak and Gustav Nyquist for a roster spot, but given everything he’s given to the Wings over the past sixteen years, including the knees he’ll have to have replaced at some point, I’d suggest that he deserves to go out whichever way he chooses as long as it’s in Red Wings red and white.

• My only “bummer news” of the day involves the fact that the Winnipeg Jets locked up the one player I had hoped the Wings could snag via a trade in Tobas Enstrom;

• But building upon the touching news about Jeff Blashill’s son, the Wings offered the following Tweet…

 

And story by DetroitRedWings.com’s Christy Hamond, who’s taken her blogging talents to the Wings and has become a remarkable community relations manager for a team that used to be remarkably good at interacting with fans in need, and is now nothing less than, as Mike Babcock would say, fantastic under Christy’s helm:

The Red Wings joined Mojo in the Morning and Angels of Hope on Friday morning to celebrate Christmas in July with a special family. Just less than a year ago, six-year-old Gracie Ford was rushed from Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., when she was diagnosed with medulloblastoma. Doctors found a brain tumor the size of an egg during surgery, which then required radiation and later chemotherapy.

Due to job difficulties and medical bills, the family was not able to really celebrate Christmas. The Mojo in the Morning show on Channel 95.5 got involved and decided they wanted to do something special for this well-deserving family.

“About two weeks ago, Mojo read an article online about the Ford family and he was just so touched by it,” explained, Spike, a co-host on the radio show. “He used this to bring positivity to his own life and then he thought maybe we could do something for them.”

The morning show threw a Christmas in July celebration on Friday outside the family’s house complete with a Christmas tree, décor and fake snow for the kids to play in. Gracie and her two brothers, nine-year-old Garrett and 11-year-old Gage, waited anxiously in the house, trying to catch a peek by pulling the shades until they were allowed to go outside and see their lawn transformed into a winter wonderland.

Upon hearing Gracie’s story, the Red Wings attended the party where radio play-by-play announcer Ken Kal invited the Ford family to go to a 2012-13 Red Wings’ practice, meet a player afterward and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the arena. Gracie and her brothers each received a goody bag stuffed with a plethora of Wings items such as a Nicklas Lidstrom superhero cape and bobblehead, autographed Kris Draper 8x10 photo, T-shirt, mini hockey stick and much more.

“Of course we know that the Red Wings do so much community outreach all summer long in the offseason,” Spike said. “We knew you guys would love to be on board as well.”

Gracie’s mom, Tabitha, went out Thursday night and purchased a Red Wings T-shirt to wear during the festivities without knowing that the Wings would surprise her family with such a unique opportunity. Tears sprung loose when she heard that Gracie and her boys, who couldn’t keep their eyes off the ice when they attended their first Wings game last season as guests in the Henrik Zetterberg Foundation Suite, would get to meet a Wings player.

Again, that’s what this professional sport we pay to watch and follow is really about—connecting people and, when we are able, giving back to each other simply because we can.

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Posted by AppState on 07/27/12 at 04:55 PM ET

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For the record, it’s 7.5 million per.

Who remember when we could have had Semin for less, on a shorter term? That was fun.


P.S. Sorry for the double post.

Posted by AppState on 07/27/12 at 04:57 PM ET

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I have mixed feeling about Holmstrom’s future with the Wings if he does choose to try to out-compete Cory Emmerton, Jan Mursak and Gustav Nyquist for a roster spot, but given everything he’s given to the Wings over the past sixteen years, including the knees he’ll have to have replaced at some point, I’d suggest that he deserves to go out whichever way he chooses as long as it’s in Red Wings red and white.

Amen brother.

Posted by calquake on 07/27/12 at 05:01 PM ET

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One month ago that was attributed to an Eastern Conference team offering Doan 4/$30.  Now it’s being attributed to Doan himself, “sources repeating through their Twitter account” say.

Well why not, if there were maybe 4 years of maximum earning potential left in my career why not ask for $30M instead of $22?

The NYR can pay Doan $7.5M and still have $6M left for a 22d and 23d player.  What would they be saving the money for if they don’t?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/27/12 at 05:11 PM ET

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I understand his demands given that Doan and Semin were really the only secondary forwards on the market, but if Doan wants to win, and the cap’s going down, he’s really restricting his his choices to teams that have tons of cap space…

And as much as I believe that he’s an excellent player, and that even at 35, the Wings are wonderful in terms of getting more miles out of older players…

Doan has put some HARD miles on his odometer, and I don’t know if he’s got four years left in him. That’s just nuts.

With Valtteri Filppula, Jimmy Howard, Danny Cleary, Ian White and Drew Miller up as free agents next summer, in a much more restrictive cap environment, and with Brendan Smith, Jan Mursak, Jakub Kindl and the vast majority of the Wings’ better prospects becoming restricted free agents and/or exhausting their waiver eligibility, you simply can’t make these kinds of moves.

It also sounds like the Canes were willing to give Semin the kind of promises no other team would regarding his role on the team. He’s being given a first-line spot, from what Mark Gandler makes it sound like, PP and PK time, 20+ minutes a night, those kinds of guarantees for a player whose motivation is…questionable…I dunno, I wouldn’t do it.

I hate to say it, but these demands are the kinds of demands you swallow hard and accept, especially given that IF Doan leaves Phoenix, and that’s a VERY big IF, he’s probably going to the Eastern Conference.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/27/12 at 05:26 PM ET

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Not good news on Eaves.  Was hoping for brighter news on him by now…

Posted by Primis on 07/27/12 at 05:54 PM ET

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I’m fully expecting Philly to sign him to a 4 year deal worth around 7 mil and place him on LTIR after two years instead of retiring to keep their space open. They’ve done with it 3 different players now.

Posted by Russian Rocket on 07/27/12 at 05:59 PM ET

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$7.5 million a year for four years? No fuching way. He can take his show elsewhere, for all I care. $6.5 for a year, maybe two, and I’d agree to those terms. I can’t see paying more for Doan.

Bring on the kids. Even if we suck for the year, at least the kids will get some valuable experience. My bet is that we still make the playoffs, even if we play the kids.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/27/12 at 06:10 PM ET

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7.5 for 4? Hahahaha….no-feckin-thank you

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 07/27/12 at 06:15 PM ET

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If Doan does sign somewhere for $7.5 million for 4 years, then I don’t blame Holland for balking at that at all.  I like Doan well enough.  I like his size and physical presence, but he’s not the offensive machine he once was and that’s too much cash over too long a period for him.

Semin at $7 million or $7.5 million for one year was fine, since there were no longer term cap impacts for such a deal.

Posted by Ajax19 on 07/27/12 at 06:23 PM ET

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My only “bummer news” of the day involves the fact that the Winnipeg Jets locked up the one player I had hoped the Wings could snag via a trade in Tobias Enstrom

The office has closed. Tick Tock is vacationing and is done with signing or trading players. The team you have now is the team your get for the season if we have one.

Posted by Alex on 07/27/12 at 06:26 PM ET

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Bring on the kids. Even if we suck for the year, at least the kids will get some valuable experience. My bet is that we still make the playoffs, even if we play the kids.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/27/12 at 04:10 PM ET

+19, but we still need a veteran, top-four PMD.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 07/27/12 at 06:46 PM ET

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Bring on the kids. Even if we suck for the year, at least the kids will get some valuable experience. My bet is that we still make the playoffs, even if we play the kids.
Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/27/12 at 04:10 PM ET
+19, but we still need a veteran, top-four PMD.
Posted by SYF from a drunken Guinness blitz [hic] on 07/27/12 at 04:46 PM ET

Playoffs? So we can get eliminated in the first or second round again? No thanks. Give me a Cup contender or rebuilding mode. Can’t rebuild on the fly anymore because of the Cap and teams locking up their stars to 10+ year deals. Look at the cream of this years UFA crop: Parise-2nd liner at best and Suter-2nd pair D-man at best. Weber is a legit #1 D and one of the best players in the league and he went no where. Got to get talent from the draft. I’m actually hoping for a bottom 5 finish this year.

The opening ceremony is awful by the way. Though the pop music tribute going on now isn’t bad, I could have done without the tributes to the industrial revolution and socialized medicine.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 07/27/12 at 07:03 PM ET

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The team you have now is the team your get for the season if we have one.

Oddly enough… I’m okay with that.

Posted by calquake on 07/27/12 at 07:39 PM ET

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Playoffs? So we can get eliminated in the first or second round again? No thanks.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 07/27/12 at 05:03 PM ET

Never said it’s what I wanted to happen. I’m just saying that, even with Smith and Nyquist in the lineup, we’d still make the playoffs. We’d still come out ahead of other teams, despite the way people predict our demise year in and year out. We’re still the better team.

We still need pieces, but we’re still better than half the fuching league. Deep down, I think we all know that. Until then, bring on more Captain Morgan, because it’s Friday evening and we can all use a drink right about now.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/27/12 at 07:41 PM ET

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George, what’s your email address?

Posted by Jesters Dead on 07/27/12 at 07:46 PM ET

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Hey Red Wing faithful name says it all.

But on a truthful note, I got over the LOD sweep with counseling, and have taken Feds as one of my all time favorite players. /end disclaimer.

  Good for you guys. As a fan of a team that played eleventybillion rookies last year I can say with some knowledge bring up the young guy and let him play. It hasn’t been a great offseason for either of our teams, and not from lack of trying either, so I think both teams are handcuffed by a wonky FA market. So we are going to also run a rotisserie of young guys to plug done holes that gaped in our offense and defense (Jags and Carle). Some naysayers believe they are debilitating but with the proper seasoning we will thrive.. As will you. Nyquist, Jurco, and Smith are some great prospects to fill your lines with.. Although Jurco’s a year or so out, eh?

  So long story short, I’ve had an undeniable envy and respect for those wearing the winged wheel and she’d a year when Mr Ambassador hung up his skates this year. We are brothers of the same kind as we draw the ire and envy of those we oppose, have those that wish us ill will because of our history (no denying your Cup dominance), and although it may be 8th in the conference (as some would prodigy us) it’s still a playoff birth and the Kings show us that it isn’t a bad place to be.

  In 25+ years of hockey fandom I have never witnessed a weak Wings team, and this year is no different. You can’t replace a Lidstrom, but you can’t elevate a Smith without trial and error, and there where those that said “Who the hell is Lidstrom”. It’s his time, see you on the ice and it’s just different, not better or worse, just different.

Posted by Flyers Fan from Here on 07/27/12 at 08:42 PM ET

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Forget Doan… I’m still trying to process why we were wiling to commit to Franzen for 11 years, but couldn’t even consider committing to Semin for one or two.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 07/27/12 at 08:43 PM ET

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Agree 100%, Flyer Fan.  I’ve been saying it for weeks. Give the young guys a chance, one to two of them will really break out and show us something.  Then we can build around that.

Posted by John from Pittsburgh, PA (Wings fan for life!) on 07/27/12 at 09:04 PM ET

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So if Doan goes to Buffalo at an annual cap hit of $7.5 million, do you think they will try to dump salaries and Ville Leino might become available?........

(It was meant to be a joke but to be quite honest I became nauseous while typing so never mind)

Posted by Cal on 07/27/12 at 09:08 PM ET

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@John from Pittsburgh.

  The magic to playing the young guys now is that you have Dats’ unreal stick handling and uncanny ability with, and without the puck. Zetterberg still has a great scoring touch. Mule., is just Mule, but has tenacity and grit. White and Kronwall are true top NHL’s and can show the kids the ropes.

  So I’m not saying bring in a rookie line and hope for the best. But damnit, bring up your best prospects and make the big names on the team shed some light. If Nyquist can glean a 10th of a percent from your top stars.. Think of the potential. Same with Smith and White and Kronwall. Too bad Smith didn’t have more time with Lids. Look at Mitchell and Voynov. That kid will really be something.

  It’s something that I dream the Flyers do with Pronger. Bring him back in a mentor role and help develop L Schenn/Manning and even Coby. These dudes are not a dime a dozen. They are the elite.. Third line time with a potential HOF is priceless. Ask Giroux about Jagr.

  These guts don’t last forever. It’s a calculated risk. And I would take a seasoning season to make a potential Allstar then a trying year, no Cup, low draft and s the stars retired.

Posted by Flyers Fan from Here on 07/27/12 at 09:26 PM ET

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2 kids and goat ring a bell?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/28/12 at 02:49 AM ET

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Posted by Flyers Fan from Here on 07/27/12 at 07:26 PM ET

Jebus, you have more faith in the current Wings roster than does 90% of the Wings fans on here. I don’t disagree with you at all, but it is astounding to me for some reason. Thanks for the bit of outside perspective.

Posted by Seaner from San Jose on 07/28/12 at 05:13 AM ET

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The team you have now is the team your get for the season if we have one.
Oddly enough… I’m okay with that.
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“Who the hell is Lidstrom”. It’s his time, see you on the ice and it’s just different, not better or worse, just different.
Posted by Flyers Fan from Here on 07/27/12 at 06:42 PM ET

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two guys you should all be listening to..

All the worries I am hearing from the followers here are the
same things every teams fans worry about every year.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 07/28/12 at 01:17 PM ET

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the question you must ask yourself if your Dats or Z how long will you want to play for detriot with no chance to win the cup?

Posted by alan miller from philippines on 07/29/12 at 12:54 AM ET

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