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St. James talks with Bill Daly about the Wings’ outdoor future

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly regarding the Red Wings and outdoor games, and Mr. Daly gave some encouraging but nebulous answers:

"What I'd say about the Red Wings, which is to their credit, is they travel well," Daly said. "You go to any NHL arena on any night, and the Red Wings are playing, they've got a lot of fans. That's helpful in outdoor games, and helpful to the league generally. They have a very good following."

Asked specifically about the possibility of the Wings playing outdoors next season in Toronto, Daly said, "it's something that's been raised, but not something we're in position to make any announcements on."

The NHL had as many as six outdoors games during the 2013-14 season. This year there has been three -- the Winter Classic and the two Stadium Series games featuring Detroit-Colorado and Minnesota-Chicago.

Asked what an ideal number is Daly said, "you look at your opportunities in each year as to what cities and what venues can host games. We haven't made any announcements with respect to next year, but they're coming.

"It's a little bit different next year because it's our centennial season starting 2017. So we'll see what next year has to offer. I don't think you want to do too many of these games. I think we're at the right number with a couple outdoor games a year."

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Update: And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan also spoke with Daly:

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A game-evening preview and a radio interview with Osgood

The Red Wings posted a game-day preview video ahead of tonight's game between Detroit and Colorado (8 PM EST start on NBC/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM)...

And during his "Saturday Matinee" show, Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Sean Baligian spoke with ESPN's Craig Custance, USA Today's Kevin Allen and Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood:

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Wings Now Have Money To Sign Their RFAs

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings cleared a decent amount of salary-cap space by dealing defenseman Jakub Kindl to Florida on Saturday.

But general manager Ken Holland said the move doesn't make him any more liable to make a trade before Monday's 3 p.m. deadline. It frees up cap space for next season.

"The biggest thing is it clears $2 million of cap space heading into the summer, when I got a number of restricted free agents to sign," Holland said. "We'll see where the cap is and how active we can be (with unrestricted free agency)."


Update: And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan fills in the, "Who?" part of the story:

With forwards Darren Helm, Drew Miller and defenseman Kyle Quincey all potential unrestricted free agents -- and goalie Petr Mrazek, defensemen Danny DeKeyser and Marchenko, and forwards Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen all potential restricted free agents -- the Red Wings need to find all the financial room they can get.

“We have some players we need to re-sign this summer,” Holland said. “This gives us some more room.”

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St. James: Smith out(?) and praise for Mrazek

Two things:

1. It appears that Alexey Marchenko will draw into the Wings' lineup ahead of Brendan Smith this evening in Denver. Jeff Blashill will speak with the media in a couple of hours to discuss his lineup:

[Edit/update: I also agree with this theory:

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2. St. James also penned an article (I know, wrote, typed, but penned sounds nicer) about Petr Mrazek's comfort level as he settles into the #1 goaltender's role. He'll need to stay confident as the Wings attempt to snap a 6-game road winless streak (0-4-and-2) tonight at Coors Field:

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Red Wings trade Jakub Kindl to Florida

Updated 5x at 4:46 PM. Kindl for a 6th round pick in 2017 + Wings retain $360,000 of Kindl's $2.4 million cap hit: It appears that Jakub Kindl may be on the move to Florida, with his $2.4 million contract for this year and next season as well ($1.45 million on the Wings' books as he's "buried" in Grand Rapids):

And then...

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Afternoon news: On Mrazek’s mask, the ‘Richards line,’ alumni reflections and game-day notes

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Here's Petr Mrazek's mask, from artist David Gunnarsson:

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Emrick tells Sipple that the Winter Classic at th Big House is his favorite outdoor memory

The Free Press's George Sipple spoke with NBC announcer Mike Emrick regarding his favorite outdoor game thus far, and Emrick didn't hesitate in stating that the Winter Classic at the Big House was the best experience:

“Because of the mixture of the crowd, of the drama of the game and of the snow,” Emrick said, who lives in St. Clair. “For me, I didn’t go to Michigan. I would have liked to.

“One of the few smart things I said at one of our public gatherings was we should have a game at Michigan, it’ll blow the doors off all the attendance records cause we would. Sure enough we had it and we did.

“They weren’t parking on the golf course, I don’t think, because of the snow. And there were people in Toronto jerseys pushing Red Wings people out of snowbanks with their cars and vice versa. And it took four hours to get back to St. Clair and normally it’s an hour and 20 minutes. But I didn’t care because it was a dramatic game and it was fun.”

Emrick said the game is also the only one that remembers his teeth chattering in the third period. He called the game near the penalty box out in the open.

“We weren’t allowed heaters because they said it would affect the ice down there,” Emrick said. “The big thing that all the fluid went through was right underneath where we sat.”

Sipple ocntinues...

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Could Jakub Kindl be traded?

From ESPN's Craig Custance:

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Mid-day news: On the ‘main event’ and Wings-Avs alumni game tailings

Updated 4x at 1:59 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. There's no morning skate for the Wings or Avs ahead of tonight's Stadium Series game (8 PM EST start on NBC/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), but the Free Press's Helene St. James duly noted that tonight's game is significant to both teams:

The Wings have been a part of two other recent outdoor games: the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, and the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium. Both fell on New Year’s Day, before the season had even hit the midpoint. After this event, the Wings have just 20 games left.

“It’s different,” Blashill said. “Lots of times these are played around Jan. 1 time. It’s later, so does that allow us to, maybe while enjoying the moment, make sure we’re real focused? I hope so. We better be. They’re two critical, critical points.”

The Avs likewise are trying to gain ground from the wild-card spot they occupied Friday afternoon.

“That’s what I said to them,” Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. “I mean, there’s a lot of distractions, but at the same time, these are big points for us.”

Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla said the timing of the game “feels like the last stretch. Where we are in the standings, where Detroit is in the standings, I think that it’s going to be pretty cool that it feels like a more important game.”

2. The Red Wings are 0-4-and-2 on the road of late, but CBS Sports' Chris Peters is picking the Wings to defeat the Avs tonight:

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Jakub Kindl’s Future With The Wings Organization

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Kindl, a former 19th overall pick in 2005, is in hockey limbo with the organization. The Red Wings waived him in early January after he sat a string of 16 of 22 games. No one picked him up and he eventually landed back in Grand Rapids with another season left as part of a four-year, $9.6 million contract. That $2.4 million appears too steep for another team for a back end defenseman.

"I just want to help this team; great prospects ... and great veterans who know how to win," he said. "Whatever happens, happens. If I stay here the rest of the year, great. If I go somewhere else, that's great, too."

Injuries in Detroit got him recalled Feb. 3 where he played in just two games before sent back down Tuesday. The Griffins can't offer a perfect opportunity, either, with defensemen rotating because of an abundance of veterans.

Coach Todd Nelson said Kindl will likely sit Saturday or Sunday.

"I'm not sure what we'll do with the lineup tomorrow," Nelson said. "He hasn't played a lot so we're going to have to look at that."

At the time he was put on waivers, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said of Kindl, "I think he's an NHL player. I think we have a bunch of guys really close and he was just the odd man out."


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