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by George Malik on 07/09/12 at 06:50 PM ET
The Free Press’s Helene St. James confirmed that the Red Wings have given Shane Doan’s agent a call earlier this afternoon, and as I’m writing this, I’m about 40 minutes from being 100 feet too far from Ken Holland to haul my ass down to the Red Wings’ beat writers’ pack around the Wings’ GM…So I’m about to read something I wasn’t able to hear right along with you:
And what did Holland say to the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan? Well, he, um…
“We have 14 or 15 forwards,” said Holland of his current roster. “Would we like to add a different type of forward, yeah. We’d like to add one more experienced defenseman. We’ll see what the next two months bring.”
Holland said he’s been in touch with different teams regarding trades, and he’s received calls from teams, but nothing is materialzing.
“Nothing really going on,” Holland said. “Most trades are made over the course of weeks and months, you think and talk about it. A lot of teams are looking at what they’ve got and what they don’t have.”
Holland said he’s planning on talking with veteran forward Tomas Holmstrom at some point this week. Holmstrom, 39, is deciding whether to return for another season, or not.
Doan’s agent chatted up the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness about the possibility of coming to Detroit, albeit briefly…
Just before boarding a plane to go to the All-Star Game in Kansas City, Shane Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, confirmed that he has been contacted regarding his client by the Detroit Red Wings.And there is interest in Doan possibly coming to Detroit as well.
“Yes to both,” Bross said when asked if the Wings have contacted him and whether Doan has Detroit on a list of possible teams to play for next season.
Bross couldn’t talk any further as he was just about to board the plane.
And while Bross told MLive’s Brendan Savage that Doan’s future in Phoenix depends on whether a petition to veto the Coyotes’ sale makes the ballot in Glendale…
“That’s the reason we haven’t entertained any offers,” Bross said this afternoon. “We’re trying to give the Coyotes a chance to get this stuff resolved with the city and allow him to stay home and finish his career where he started it.
“We should have some idea this afternoon whether that’s going to be possible or not. Depending on how that goes, we’ll start possibly entertaining offers as soon as tomorrow.”
Bross said 14 teams have expressed interest in Doan, the Phoenix captain who has scored at least 20 goals for 12 straight seasons. Detroit is apparently near the top of Doan’s list should he leave Phoenix. MLive.com first reported July 4 that Bross had made several calls to the Red Wings beginning when free agency opened July 1.
“That’s one of the teams he mentioned he was interested in playing for,” Bross said. “I had some messages from Detroit. I need to return those calls. It’s been a little hectic. I’m on my way to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Later this evening, I’ll probably give (Red Wings general manager Ken Holland) a call when I land in Kansas City.”
“It’s a hockey town,” Bross said. “The franchise is obviously a storied franchise. They’re committed to winning. It’s a great place to play. It’s a good city to live in. There’s a lot there.”
Cue the magic Holland knuckleball!
“I think there are 30 teams that would be interested in Shane Doan,” he said.
And what did Jim Nill have to say to Savage?
“There’s going to be interest in Shane Doan,” Nill said. “But we don’t know until we know what his situation is. He’s a good player. You know as much as I know. Until he makes a decision, there’s nothing we can do. It’s just one of those situations. It’s up to him to make a decision.”
Ditto to the Free Press’s George Sipple, via Helene St. James:
Ken Holland on #RedWings plans: “We’d like to add one more experienced defenseman. See what the next two months brings.”— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 9, 2012
I’ve got to say, folks, I know the “diggers” take a lot of heat, but they do their job and they do it both remarkably well and unbelievably quickly.
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