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by George Malik on 07/27/12 at 09:06 PM ET
After both MLive’s Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirmed Aaron Ward’s Tweet that the Red Wings had bowed out of the Shane Doan sweepstakes, and after the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts reported that Doan’s camp wants a 4-year, $30 million contract for a 35-year-old with hard miles on his odometer—a contract which would remain on a team’s payroll even if Doan retired early…
I’d resigned myself to the fact that Doan wasn’t coming to Detroit.
If Alex Semin doesn’t make sense for a team with 16 forwards and needs on defense at a $7 million cap hit for one year, especially with Valtteri Filppula, Jimmy Howard, Danny Cleary, Ian White and Drew Miller becoming UFA’s and Brendan Smith, Jan Mursak, Jakub Kindl, Jan Mursak and some very important prospects up for restricted free agency next summer, under what will certainly be a much more restrictive CBA landscape, well…
Doan makes no sense at 4 years and $7.5 million, at 35. Yes, it hurts like hell to think that the Wings won’t land any big-name free agents this summer, I said to myself, but if you go out and overpay for Doan at the price of Filppula, Howard or Smith, it’s not worth it. Nor did I—or do I—believe that Doan wants to do anything other than remain in Phoenix, nor do I believe that his restriction of his Grand Tour to Eastern Conference teams thus far indicates anything less than a desire to play as far away from Phoenix as possible.
I couldn’t and still can’t imagine Doan signing with his team’s self-styled “arch-rival.”
Well, as it turns out, things are getting complicated. According to the Free Press’s George Sipple, the Wings may have balked at Doan’s high price, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Wings are totally out of the sweepstakes:
The Arizona Republic reported that Doan was to talk to a potential buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes today.
“We’re expecting some type of announcement or debriefing regarding the ownership group, and hopefully we get good news and (general manager) Don (Maloney) and I can start putting pencil to paper,” Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, told the Republic. “If we don’t, I think we’re going to start to negotiate with some of the other clubs.”
Doan’s first choice appears to be to remain in Phoenix, but the Wings hope to be part of negotiations.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said today by phone from Vernon, British Columbia, that he has been in communication with Doan’s camp “over the course of the last three weeks.”
“We do have interest,” Holland said.
It sounds like Holland’s going to make my vacation difficult, too:
Holland said he plans to meet with forwards Tomas Holmstrom and Justin Abdelkader when he returns to Detroit next week. Abdelkader, a restricted free agent, opted not to file for arbitration earlier this month. Holmstrom, 39, is expected to retire if he doesn’t re-sign with the Wings.
Please, Kenny, I’ve got five days in Grand Marais as the drive up and the drive back mean July 28th and August 4th are travel days. Please, don’t make Homer retire next week. Please.
Also of Red Wings-related note:
• Junior hockey blogger Brian’s Banter confirms that Red Wings draft pick James De Haas’s rights have been traded to the BCHL’s Penticton Vees, where he’ll play one more junior season in the British Columbia Hockey League before heading to Clarkson University.
My one thought about De Haas was this: “He’s supposed to be smaller, isn’t he? Jeez, he got big in a hurry.” He’s 6’2” and 210 pounds, folks, not the 6-foot, 170-pound weakling the Wings supposedly drafted. He’s a project, but he’s a BIG project;
• And the Wings provide us with two final tidbits before I tear myself away from the computer to pack:
On the last day of DRW youth camp, Kirk Maltby gives stickhandling advice to his on-ice group. twitter.com/DetroitRedWing…— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 27, 2012
For a full transcript of the Twitter Q & A with DRW equipment manager Paul Boyer, click here: bit.ly/MQnbFV— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 27, 2012
(Don’t forget that Hockeytown Authentics is holding a 50% off sale this weekend and that Perani’s warehouse sale in Farmington Hills is ongoing)...
Anyway, Kevin Wilson’s transcript of Boyer’s Q and A with Wings fans is awesome:
@Chris_Eason: How many sticks does an average player go through in a season?
BOYER: “An average player goes through about 6 to 10 dozen sticks per season.”
@alexandrekohli: What is the best part of your job?
BOYER: “Being around the players is always the best part. They’re friends that you make for life. I remember everybody that’s played for us. I have memories with everyone I’ve worked with, whether it’s a guy that’s just come up for two or three games or somebody you spent your entire career with, like Nick Lidstrom or Steve Yzerman.”
@benbarber21: What is the toughest part of your job?
BOYER: “The toughest part is being organized, making sure you have everything. Every time we get in the truck we always ask each other, ‘Do we have everything?’ We move a lot of equipment from Joe Louis Arena to the plane, city to city, picking things up wherever we are on the road. So, being organized is probably the toughest part, but somehow, some way we get it done.”
@JordanGoonis: Have you ever forgotten anyone’s equipment?
BOYER: “We haven’t really forgotten anyone’s equipment, sometimes a player forgets something when he packs his own bags, but it’s our responsibility to make sure we have everything. We’re really prepared on the road. We usually have two of everything so that doesn’t happen. So, if a mouth guard is missing, we have a backup mouth guard. Everybody has two pairs of gloves, two pairs of skates, so generally we always have ourselves covered if something does go awry.”
@Mitchellj44: Who has the most unusual pre-game equipment traditions and what are they?
BOYER: “We don’t talk about superstitions!” (laughing)
@Gogzilla13: Who has the largest size skate on the Detroit Red Wings?
BOYER: “Jonathan Ericsson. He wears about a size 11 skate.”
@JHallett10: Who uses the longest stick on the team? Shortest?
BOYER: “Jonathan Ericsson uses the longest stick, Patrick Eaves has the shortest.”
@JHallett10: Why does Niklas Kronwall crank his visor so far back?
BOYER: “It’s his personal preference, really. I don’t’ know why, but it’s just how he likes to wear his helmet.”
Okay, folks, gotta pack. Again, I will be gone from tomorrow, the 28th, until Saturday August 4th. I will be in Grand Marais with my family, and while I will try to check in at least for an “overnight report” each day, for my sanity and OCD’s sakes as much as yours, Paul will be handling the big news here on TMR while I am gone.
The internet service is kinda mediocre up there, and as I don’t have a Sprint broadband access point (too expensive for one or two weeks out of the year), I’ll be restricted to checking news from the phone and checking in 2 or 3 times a day from the “clubhouse”—the WiFi doesn’t extend to the cabin where I will be staying. I’ll do my best to stay on top of things, but I’m also going to be on vacation. Sorry!
Update: I have no clue what to make of the Hockey News’s Ken Campbell’s suggestion that Gary Bettman will threaten to contract the Coyotes as part of CBA negotiations…
Youth camp came to an end today- thanks to Abdelkader, Emmerton, Maltby, and all parents and campers for a great week! twitter.com/DetroitRedWing…— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 27, 2012
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