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Wings Prepared To Go To Camp With What They Have

Ansar Khan of Mlive had a chat with Ken Holland today...

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland made a concerted effort to clear some roster spots and shed salary by making a trade this off-season, but had no luck.

It doesn't appear as if anything will materialize before the season.

“Things are pretty quiet,'' Holland said Tuesday. “There's not much going on.

“At this stage, lots of teams will go to camp feeling their kids will fill holes for them.''

That will force the Red Wings to seek other means to trim up to two players before the start of the season.

“If we have to go to training camp with what we have I feel OK,'' Holland said. “There will be more talk in camp. There's moves to be made to get ourselves cap compliant.''

continue for more on the Wings including Nyquist contract talks...

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If Helm can’t start the season then my vote would be to send Tootoo down.  He and Emmerton are right at the bottom of the depth chart, but Emmerton would (I assume) be Helm’s replacement at centre.  I’d much rather have Eaves on the rost and risk losing Tootoo than the other way around.

Posted by Garth on 08/13/13 at 04:22 PM ET


Holland will send down Dekeyser and or Nyquist as they are still eligible.  The joke of course is that Holland can’t seem to trade anyone once again.  A summer where Stan Bowman was able to clear space to get Bickell and others signed, yet Holland can’t get rid of anyone?  Such a shame that deserving players may have to get sent down because their GM can’t rid himself of mistakes of his own making.

Posted by bababooey on 08/13/13 at 05:32 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

It’s not a joke—it’s the fact that nobody wanted to do business in terms of real depth players, and now everybody’s capped out. I expect movement to pick up again once players start getting banged up during training camps.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/13/13 at 05:51 PM ET


Nobody that Detroit would move has any real trade value.

Also, I don’t think anyone in the organization could possibly think it’s a good idea to demote either DeKeyser or Nyquist.

But I guess we’ll truy see if Detroit is embracing that youth movement or not…

Posted by Garth on 08/13/13 at 05:59 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Demoting a defenseman leaves the Wings with only six.

I don’t think they’re going to do that so they can keep 15 forwards.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/13/13 at 06:09 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

“If we have to go to training camp with what we have I feel OK,’’ Holland said.

It’s not going in to training camp that’s the problem. It’s who you have on the roster coming out of training camp that’s the issue. Of the 15 forwards on the projected roster, two people have to go. And no amount of optimism or hopefulness will change that.

The bottom line is that two of the following have to be “eliminated” (in some way): Tootoo, Emmerton, Eaves, Bert or Sammy. I think everyone else is safe unless they are traded.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/14/13 at 01:22 AM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

I don’t think they’re going to do that so they can keep 15 forwards.

Sure they would… That is the best way they have to exploit such organ-i-zational depth: roll 5 lines.

I really like our team.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 08/14/13 at 10:16 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Expand the roster limit by two and Uncle Mike would be like a giggling Japanese school girl rolling out five lines and/or eight defensemen.  There.  Done.  Let’s play.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 08/14/13 at 12:22 PM ET


Keep the roster as it is and allow teams to cut players without penalty and Uncle Mike would be even happier, I think…

Posted by Garth on 08/14/13 at 12:48 PM ET

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