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Valtteri Filppula ended a seven-year NHL tenure (8 years as a pro) and 11 years' of status as a member of the Red Wings' family to sign a 5-year, $25 million contract with the Wings' new division rival, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on July 1st.
Filppula left for a total of $500,000 more than the Wings paid Stephen Weiss to replace Filppula, but there are no hard feelings between player and former team or teammates.
Filppula spoke with Michigan Hockey's Nick Barnowski while attending Michigan State University's summer alumni camp, which includes Drew Miller, Justin Abdelkader, Jakub Kindl, Filppula and former Wing Daniel Cleary among its attendees (the skates take place around 11 each morning, and they're open to the public), and Filppula's ready to move on:
Via RedWingsFeed, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan hasn't revealed the Red Wings' training camp roster, but according to Kulfan, Daniel Cleary's not on the roster as a try-out and Damien Brunner's not on the roster, either, meaning that the Wings have moved on. That's to be expected given the team will exceed the salary cap to re-sign RFA Gustav Nyquist, and given that the team's got a glut of forwards and needs to trim salary and players, not add to the mix, to get under the $64.3 million upper limit and 23-man roster limits by 5 PM on September 29th.
As such, Kulfan reports that the Wings are "going with what they've got":
"We have 16 NHL forwards, and kids in Grand Rapids who are pushing and aren’t far away,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday. “There will be competition.”
Holland made offers to Cleary and Brunner before unrestricted free agency began July 5, but both were looking for bigger financial deals than what the Red Wings were offering.
The press-doesn't-speak-to-Alfie rule must have applied as Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson made an appearance at the Bell Sensplex today wearing Ottawa Senators gear and an Ottawa Senators practice jersey, annoying more than a few media and fans. Instead of Alfredsson speaking with the media, what I've got for you is Erik Karlsson telling the Canadian Press that he'd deal with it...
"It's pretty normal, I mean he's been doing it for a while," the Senators defenceman said with a laugh. "It's when he puts the other jersey that it would feel a little different probably."
Alfredsson joined other NHL players at an informal skate at Bell Sensplex on Monday. Last week the former Senators captain made headlines when he said negotiations to bring him back to Ottawa for another season "went nowhere," causing general manager Bryan Murray to publicly defend the front office.
From the Red Wings' PR department:
HOCKEYTOWN BREWHAHA CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL RETURNS TO JOE LOUIS ARENA CELEBRATING OKTOBERFEST ON SEPT. 28
… New VIP Tickets Offer First-Class Experience for Special Event Featuring 100+ Local and Regional Craft Brews …
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings are proud to present the return of the Hockeytown BrewHaHa craft beer festival and local culinary showcase, as Hockeytown BrewHaHa Oktoberfest will be held just outside of Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, September 28 from 1-6 p.m. A sequel to the popular Hockeytown BrewHaHa Street Eats and Craft Beer Fest held in April, this event will once again offer some of the biggest names in craft beer as well as culinary samples from the Olympia Entertainment chefs and food for purchase from Detroit’s top gourmet food trucks.
Given that the Grand Rapids Griffins do remarkable video work, those of you who've got the video/photography chops ought to check this out:
During this fall's training camp in Traverse City, the Red Wings are holding an alumni/celebrity game to raise funds for Centre Ice Arena (on Thursday, September 14th at 7 PM), and the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau posted the roster and information about the event as well:
Updated 10x at 4:54 PM: Today marks the first official "back on the ice" day for many NHL'ers. Michigan Hockey's Nick Barnowski is at Munn Ice Arena in Lansing to cover Michigan State University's pro camp, which includes several Red Wings players...
I'm writing this entry "backwards" because its main thrust involves even more fun fun fun stuff pertaining to Daniel Alfredsson's "divorce" from the Ottawa Senators, and I know that you and I are both a little tired of the proceedings given Thursday's trainwreck, never mind the fact that it dragged on into the weekend.
Inspired by Aftonbladet's Per Bjurman's note that the Hockey News's Yearbook (which can be snagged digitally on Zinio.com; ditto for full-season subscriptions) named Erik Karlsson the NHL's best defenseman, I looked at THN's Top 50 NHL Players list to find out which Wings players were named to the list, and all of 3 Wings are listed--and none of them made the top 10:
I'm posting this in my blog as opposed to KK Hockey because it may or may not be a touchy subject, and as it may or may not be hockey-related. Russia's strict anti-homosexuality laws will make the 2014 Olympics in Sochi both an inherently political place and very possibly a place where those who speak out against or publicly protest those laws (especially in a provocative manner) could be detained and/or expelled from the country, if not tried and jailed.
Updated 2x at 6:58 AM: For better or worse, Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall entered last season as the de-facto #1 defenseman, and while playing 24-27 minutes a night (or more) yielded both a minus-5 plus-minus rating and a tempering of his physical play to simply hold up under a tremendous workload...He proved that he could at least fill part of Nicklas Lidstrom's long shadow.
This morning, the Free Press's Helene St. James' player profiles continue with an assessment of Kronwall's literal and figurative value (in this day and age, a $4.75 million cap hit for a defenseman earning $6 million in real-world dollars for the next three seasons seems almost ridiculously cheap by "open market" standards), and at present, there's no doubt that Kronwall is absolutely integral to the team's success as its "MVP on D":
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