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Red Wings mid-day quickies: engaging in a little speculation and a little debunking

Updated 3x at 7:48 PM: Even during the last full week of July, I hate toe engage in any sort of speculation, Arthur Staple’s reports that current New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is filing a grievance with the NHLPA, asking them to negate his trade to the Islanders per his no-trade clause as a member of the Anaheim Ducks, most certainly has Ken Holland’s ears perked up.

Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy and, via RedWingsFeed, the Score’s Jake Goldsbie have more on the situation if you’re interested, but I’ll spell it out from a Wings fan’s perspective:

Visnovsky may be both 35 and a little undersized at 5’10,” but he’s a year removed from a 68-point season, he’s broken the 40-point plateau in five of the past seven post-lockout seasons, and he is worth every penny of his $5.6 million cap hit.

Just as importantly, regardless of whether he loses his grievance and returns to the Ducks, or whether he ends up finding himself as Islanders property, there’s a grumpy player who wants to exercise his ability to determine his destination, and that would give the Wings leverage in terms of attempting to trade for a defenseman for the first time this summer.

I’m guessing that this situation will be amicably resolved, but the Wings have to be watching it unfold crossing their fingers that Visnovsky ends up stuck with Long Island and wanting out.

In a different sort of speculatory vein, Mike from the Detroit Hustle is hoping that Adam Almqvist is NHL-ready or nearly so, but the Left Wing Lock’s Sarah Lindenau responded to Mike’s article thusly:

 

 

 

 

 

I tend to think that Lashoff’s a #4 guy, but anyway…

Yes, Adam Almqvist, or Almquist, as he’s spelling it on his jersey, is the defensive version of Gustav Nyquist, a prospect who most pundits forget the Wings have in their system, but adds a huge cachet of top shelf potential to the mix because he could very well become an elite point-producer.

As Lindenau suggests, however, Almqvist’s game may be nearly NHL-ready after playing in the Swedish Eliteserien since his draft year, but his body is a good two or three years away from being able to handle himself while battling 30-year-olds who are 6’5” and 230 pounds. Almqvist has made great strides physically, but his version of “great strides” translates into weighing somewhere around 170 pounds instead of 150, and he’s all bulked up in his shoulders, upper arms and pectoral muscles, with very little core body strength. He’s going to need to learn how to play faster and simpler hockey on an 85-foot-wide North American rink against players who will look at the 5’10” or 5’11” defenseman with a Patrick Kane circa his rookie season body and will try to send that little frame and Mickey Redmond-short stick flying in opposite directions after smoking Almqvist if he puts his head down after making a play.

Two or three years from now? Definitely, Almqvist’s talent level is remarkable, and the fact that he and Lashoff have flown under pundits’ radar screens speaks to the fact that the Wings’ prospect pool is deeper than most believe…

But just as Nyquist took three years of college to simply grow into an undersized body that needed most of a year of AHL seasoning to win an NHL job and a summer’s worth of training to win all the battles he lost in the corners and along the boards after his call-up, Almqvist is going to take a while to adapt to the North American game and North American levels of fitness and conditioning before he can hope to reprise Nyquist’s role as a, “Holy s***, the Wings have another uber-talented Swede? That’s not fair!” player.

 


Also of Red Wings-related note:

• Sometime today, Fox Sports Detroit posted a new “Lunch With Art” segment, and Regner discusses many Detroit sports topics, including the Shea Weber offer sheet. Here’s the interview:

 

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If’n you need another explanation of the reason why Shane Doan represents the next free agent “domino” who’s holding up the works for the Alex Semins of the world, I absolutely despite saying this, but stalker Wings fan creepy person wrote an excellent summation thereof;

• Sportsnet’s Patrick Hoffman reminds us that a) the Sergei Fedorov offer sheet from 1998 still stings—and I certainly wonder whether Fedorov was ever the same player after that $28 million payday went to his head and he started approaching the game as a rock star as opposed to a hockey player who needed to be physically and mentally committed to being the best player he could be—and b) that Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom can expect to have their names misspelled for the balance of their natural lives:

1998: The Hurricanes go after Sergei Federov

It was known back in the late 1990’s that there was a feud between Carolina Hurricanes’ owner Peter Karmanos and Detroit Red Wings’ owner Mike Illitch.

This feud was further increased when in 1998, the Hurricanes tendered a six-year, $38 million contract to Red Wings’ superstar Sergei Federov, who had been holding out. The offer sheet also included up to $28 million with bonuses in the first year.

The Red Wings matched the offer and Federov returned to the club and led them to their second straight Stanley Cup.”

It should be noted that, despite their competing hockey programs in Little Caesars and Compuware, the Wings and Karmanos actually get along very well—to the point that Wings players located on the West Side occasionally skate and even work out at Compuware Arena—but it took until perhaps 2008 for the hard feelings to go away.

As for the hard feelings regarding Fedorov’s departure from Detroit in 2003, those wounds have yet to heal. Fedorov still insists that Mike Ilitch and Jimmy Devellano pulled a contract offer he was going to sign off the table, and Ilitch and Devellano still believe that Fedorov violated a handshake deal to sign said contract. That’s why I’m so interested to find out whether Fedorov will play in the Winter Classic Alumni games, because that occasion represents Fedorov’s best opportunity to mend fences with the Wings…

Assuming that he wants to do so to begin with.

• And again, via RedWingsFeed, JJ posted an excellent depiction of the CBA battle from Stevie Roxelle, whose excellent Biscuit Fox comic might be out-doing her work for the Production Line.

Update: From the Wings’ PR staff:

  MEDIA ADVISORY ***RED WINGS TO HOLD SOLD-OUT YOUTH HOCKEY CAMP AT THE JOE

Detroit, MI… The sold-out 2012 Detroit Red Wings Youth Hockey Camp will host minor hockey players aged six to 16 at Joe Louis Arena from July 25-27. Former Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby, Goaltending Coach Jim Bedard and Assistant Coach (video) Keith McKittrick will serve as instructors. Special guest coaches will include current Red Wings forwards Cory Emmerton on July 25 and Justin Abdelkader on July 26. Each player will be participating in the camp from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on their respective days.

• And regarding Nash to the Rangers, from the Free Press’s Helene St. James….

 

And me:

 


Update #2: More from St. James:

 

 

 

 

 


Update #3: Even more St. James:

 

 

 

And the Wings:

 

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Ducksworth's avatar

Alot of rumors flying around about Nash being dealt to the Rangers, curious to see the return if true.

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 07/23/12 at 04:23 PM ET

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Nash to the Rangers for:

C Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon and a first-round pick

Posted by dca from in Mich on 07/23/12 at 05:00 PM ET

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I don’t understand why Nash was such a big deal. We didn’t need him anyway. Another left handed shot, big flippin’ deal. If we get a forward it needs to be a righty and we need d-men more than anything.

Posted by Greg from Sarlacc Stomach on 07/23/12 at 05:49 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Really liked Visnovsky when he was with the Kings for a while.  Steady, steady guy.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 07/23/12 at 05:49 PM ET

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If we get a forward it needs to be a righty

Really?  If it were at all possible to get him you wouldn’t want a guaranteed 30+ goal scorer because he’s a lefty?  He would be the only guaranteed 30-goal scorer that we would have, I wouldn’t care if he was a lefty, a righty or held the stick between his teeth.

He’s a guy who would immediately be the top goal-scorer on the team and his totals on a shitty team would make him either #1 or tied for #1 in each of the past four years.

Yeah who would want a 30-goal scoring lefty?!?

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

Cal's avatar

Really liked Visnovsky when he was with the Kings for a while.  Steady, steady guy.


Agreed, SYF.  Perhaps more “Rafalski-like” than Ian White.  Could use hime, for sure.

Posted by Cal on 07/23/12 at 08:32 PM ET

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This offseason is worse than when my ex girlfriend farted during sex.

Posted by NHLrick on 07/23/12 at 08:44 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Howson got so paranoid about sending Nash to a Western Conference team that he panicked and traded for no top 6 forwards, a prospect D that has gone from the Flames to NYR and now BJs and a Russian under achiever.  Dubinsky has some quality but the rest is a JOKE! Still no goalie or scoring for Columbus..  11 seasons no playoffs and 4th worst Attendance, those numbers will only get worse for a decade or so.

So there is a GM/Owner worse than Snow/Wang dumb asses!

Wings potential 3rd Line will be better than any Columbus top 6. 

Sather wants Doan also?  There is a Cap isn’t there?

October will be busy with Teams dumping salaries to get down to cap, IMO.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/23/12 at 10:07 PM ET

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The Nash trade really stunned me. Howson had been asking for so much—and he was reportedly going to get all he wanted and more at the deadline and draft—but the fact that he wouldn’t do business with the Sharks and chose to never, ever do business with the Wings, despite whatever their offer is, must have completely tied his hands…

And the Rangers got Nash for two solid but unspectacular players in Dubinsky and Anisimov and a solid prospect in Erixon, but I’m sure the Wings’ offer is better.

Very very puzzling trade—and it should be mentioned that this wasn’t for a lack of trying on the Wings’ part, it was for a lack of listening on the Blue Jackets’ part.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/23/12 at 10:34 PM ET

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Very very puzzling trade—and it should be mentioned that this wasn’t for a lack of trying on the Wings’ part, it was for a lack of listening on the Blue Jackets’ part.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/23/12 at 08:34 PM ET

I’m guessing Jackets’ owner J.P. McConnell had a hand in the “no to Detroit” trade talk as well.  Apparently, he hasn’t really read the history of NHL trades since the Wings traded Lindsay to Chicago and several decades later, they traded Chelios to the Wings.

The fuch ever.  It’s over.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 07/24/12 at 12:24 AM ET

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