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Afternoon news: On Spencer Foo and a bunch of draft talk

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. TSN's Frank Seravalli offers a Spencer Foo update:

Wouldn't be surprised to see VGK take B. Davidson from #Habs. Same agent as Spencer Foo & Reid Duke. Belief is Foo is down to VGK or Detroit.

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#Oilers another team still in the mix on Foo. He's waiting until after expansion draft to make a decision.

2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan examined the hardest set of draft-eligible players to pin down in the goaltending crop:

Why is the goaltending position such an afterthought on draft day? Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting, recently had a reasonable explanation on NHL.com.

“It’s arguably the hardest position (to develop),” Marr said. “The development process takes a little bit longer. Goaltenders have to play, and a lot of times at this age they’re not the No. 1 goaltender on their team so they don’t necessarily get the quality ice time. They’re still 18 years old.

“If you do a quick study of the top goaltenders in the league, and look at it based on salary, a lot of them weren’t high picks in the draft. It’s a very difficult position for some to grasp.”

Kulfan continues, and yes, I expect the Wings to take a goalie in this draft, but it sure as heck won't be on the first day.

3. Kulfan also spoke with Ken Holland regarding the Wings' 11 picks in this year's draft:

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Thoughts about Nosek heading to Vegas

Some quick thoughts regarding the news that Craig Custance, Helene St. James and Ted Kulfan are reporting regarding Tomas Nosek being the player the Wings lose to the Vegas Golden Knights:

1. On Nosek, because this is about Nosek, ultimately: It's disappointing that the Grand Rapids Griffins' leading playoff scorer, their #1 center, PP center, PK center, their, "Mr. Everything," is heading to Vegas. At 6'2" and a solid 210 pounds, the Wings are losing a speedy, versatile 23-going-on-24-year-old who was going to be very useful sliding into the fourth line and then improving from there. I'm really bummed that "Nosy" is going away.

2. Regarding the rest of the mess, first, the Red Wings do not get any salary cap relief, which means that we're less likely to see the Wings angle for a Shattenkirk or anyone else. That's a concern given the state of the defense.

3. Okay, so no Sheahan gone. The Knights didn't want somebody that scored two goals all year long. Maybe there was more of a perception that he was damaged goods than we know of.

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Tomas Nosek May Be Vegas Bound

Could very well be...

added 3:33pm,

Update: George here now, and Ted Kulfan confirms (mostly):

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Red Wings to open 2017-18 season against Minnesota on October 5th

The NHL revealed its 30 teams' "Home Openers" ahead of tomorrow's 3 PM EDT 2017-18 schedule release, and the Red Wings' home opener is as follows:

Detroit will host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, October 5th at Little Caesars Arena.

Here's the Red Wings' press release:

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Morning news: Wooing Foo, draft talk and fundraising

On Monday, the Athletic's Craig Custance informed Red Wings fans that the team is in the running for NCAA free agent forward Spencer Foo, and today, the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson confirms that the Wings, Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights are the likely finalists in terms of "wooing Foo":

While there’s the obvious pull of playing at home, Detroit may be No. 1 on college free-agent right winger Spencer Foo’s list to sign after he visited their new rink, talked to GM Ken Holland and met ex-Oiler Shawn Horcoff, the Red Wings’ head of player development, and current winger Justin Abdelkader. Detroit apparently told him he’d get a very long look in camp and might even be in their home opener, although their AHL farm team just won the Calder Cup and they have lots of good, young forwards who play right-wing like farmhands Evgeny Svechnikov and Martin Frk, along with Anthony Mantha, who had 17 goals in 60 games in Detroit.

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Talking expansion draft ‘odds’ in more ways than one

Two items of Red Wings-related note hit the interweb on Tuesday night.

First, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff offered "Vegas odds" as to which player he expects the Vegas Golden Knights to pluck off the Red Wings' unprotected roster, and Duff does not believe that Petr Mrazek is the odds-on favorite to be heading to Nevada...

Riley Sheahan (3-1): True, he only scored two goals last season, and they both came in the last game of the season. But in the previous season, Sheahan was a 14-goal scorer, and he potted 13 goals in 2014-15, both of which are solid totals in today’s NHL. He’s also a capable checker and a physical presence.

If they decide that last season was an aberration, then Sheahan could be bidding adieu. And there’s also that fact that Sheahan was a sought-after commodity at the NHL trade deadline a year ago, albeit by teams who were trying to take advantage of Sheahan’s off-year to get him at a bargain-basement price.

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Petr Mrazek (10-1): He’s been an NHL No. 1 goalie, albeit for just part of one season, but there’s a lot of guys out there available with stronger NHL resumes than Mrazek, less baggage, and contracts that don’t pay $4 million per season.

It would be a surprise if Mrazek was the Wing the Golden Knights opt to make their own.

Duff continues, and it should be noted that Mrazek is listed behind Ryan Sproul and Tomas Nosek on Duff's list...

And if we are to believe Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the discontent between Mrazek and the Red Wings' organization may have stemmed from his contract negotiations, and snowballed from there:

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Here’s the Red Wings’ new Adidas jersey

First came the leaks...

Then came the real thing:

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Evening news: Coreau on the Calder Cup; a podcast from Regner; Cholowski, Smith headed to Plymouth

Of disparate Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins-related note this evening:

1. The Griffins posted a video of Jared Coreau discussing the Griffins' Calder Cup win, as well as the route that the Griffins took to get there:

2. Also in the multimedia department, from the Red Wings:

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More discussion of Petr Mrazek’s attitude problem

According to The Athletic's Craig Custance, there is in fact strain between Petr Mrazek and the Red Wings' organization:

The strain between the Red Wings and Mrazek goes back before [this past season]. Last July, the two sides avoided arbitration in agreeing on a two-year deal worth $4 million on average per season. It was an agreement that didn’t just go down to the wire, it went beyond the wire in delaying the hearing to get an agreement done. Both sides were dug in on a number and ultimately Mrazek believed he was worth $4 million per season. He got his way.

“It was last second,” said one source close to Mrazek.

It was a great example of what makes Mrazek such a good goalie when he’s on – he has swagger. He has confidence in himself. He believed he was worth a number and he wouldn’t budge. Nothing wrong with that. He just needed to back it up.

It didn’t happen during the regular season, one in which he was outplayed considerably by Jimmy Howard. It didn’t happen in the World Championships, where Mrazek lost playing time to KHL goalie Pavel Francouz after posting an .881 save percentage for the Czech Republic.

When things went sideways for Mrazek this season, there was concern internally about his response. Rather than digging in and trying to work his way out of it, Mrazek, according to multiple sources, soured and placed the blame elsewhere.

Contrasted against Howard, whose work ethic picked up when his play went south in previous seasons, it presented a tough decision for an organization with an embedded belief in culture and work ethic for its best players.

Custance continues, considering what might happen to Mrazek in the expansion draft...

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‘Three Things,’ Griffins version: A silver lining, a Svechnikov interview and Matt Ford’s thank-you

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note this morning:

1. ESPN's Tal Pinchevsky suggests that the Griffins' championship was one of the biggest "silver lining" stories which occurred during the Stanley Cup Final and its aftermath:

Silver lining: In a difficult season for a proud Original Six franchise, the Detroit Red Wings lost longtime owner Mike Ilitch, who died in February at age 87, before closing Joe Louis Arena at the same time they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1990. Seeing that remarkable run of 25 straight postseason appearances end was difficult for the franchise. But there are brighter days ahead for the Red Wings. The team will soon move into the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena, and its minor league affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, won the Calder Cup for the second time in five seasons. Much like the 2012-13 title team, this year's championship squad was led by players who could be contributing to the Red Wings soon, including Tyler Bertuzzi, Evgeny Svechnikov, Tomas Nosek and Jared Coreau.

2. Evgeny Svechnikov spoke with Sovetsky Sport a couple of days ago, and I'm finally catching up on international news, so here's a rough translation of his interview:

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