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I certainly scratched my head when the Grand Rapids Griffins announced the signing of goaltender Calvin Heeter to a crease that already includes Jared Coreau, Eddie Pasquale and Jake Paterson, but the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reminds us that the Red Wings and Griffins are also filling the crease of the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, who recently lost the services of Jeff Lerg:
The Detroit Red Wings, the Walleye’s NHL parent club, have six goalies in its system, and two will filter down to Toledo.
Jake Paterson, who started his pro career last season in Toledo, will compete for a spot in Grand Rapids along with Heeter and another veteran goalie, Edward Pasquale. The trio will be vying for a spot to back up the Griffins’ No. 1 goalie, Jared Coreau.
Paterson, 22, went 18-9-2 with a .923 save percentage and 2.21 goals-against average for Toledo in his first full pro season last year. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound goalie also played in two games for the Walleye at the end of the 2014-15 season. Paterson was selected in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft.
Heeter, 27, played last season for two European clubs. In 24 games with the Hamburg Freezers, he posted an 11-8-0 record and a 3.00 GAA. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound St. Louis native last played in North America in 2014-15. Undrafted out of Ohio State (2008-12), he played in one NHL game with Philadelphia on April 13, 2014. He has played in 142 pro games in the AHL, ECHL, and European leagues.
Pasquale, 25, who signed with Grand Rapids on July 1, split the 2015-16 season between St. John’s in the AHL and Brampton, in the ECHL. In 30 AHL games, the Toronto native compiled a 13-10-3 record and a 2.62 GAA.
More than a few of the Griffins' signings will end up playing in Toledo this upcoming season, especially with the Wings' forward crunch affecting the Griffins' opening-night roster.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding a golf tournament to raise funds for their youth foundation next month...
2. The Joe Kocur Foundation announced that Dylan Larkin will be taking part in its annual charity softball game in late August...
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
Holland said he is open to a trade, but many teams are in pursuit of highly ranked, offensive defensemen and not many are available.
He also said that while a buyout remains a possibility, he would prefer not to do one.
“When you start buying out people, you have a bunch of money tied up and you can’t put the player on the ice,” Holland said.
“How much better is the player you bring in? If he is only marginally better than the one you buy out, with the cost of the buyout, you’re not ahead of the game.”...
If in September or the first few months of the season the young ones prove their NHL worth, the Red Wings may be in a position to work a trade.
“We’ve tried to collect a lot of players so we have lots of depth,” Holland said. “If this player or that one does not work out, we have fallback positions.
“And if you have that and all of a sudden if something comes available, we are all in.
“If all those things look good on September 29, now we’re in a position to do something.”
more for DeKeyser and Mrazek talk...
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Detroit Red Wings are working on locking up defenseman Danny DeKeyser.
DeKeyser is a restricted free agent who filed for arbitration, but general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that he anticipates a deal getting done before Thursday's hearing.
Holland did have a flight scheduled Monday evening to Toronto, because the team is likely to go to arbitration with goaltender Petr Mrazek. He has asked for a two-year deal, Holland said. Holland is to meet Tuesday with lawyers who will represent the Wings in front of an independent arbitrator.
DeKeyser is likely to make in the $4.5-$5 million range.
“The player and the club both know what the range would be on a one-year deal,” Holland said. “We continue to have conversation on a longer-term deal. I'm comfortable we can avoid the process.
a bit more on DeKeyser and Mrazek...
Update: Holland reiterated his points of emphasis to the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
Petr Mrazek spoke with iDnes.cz's Miroslav Horak regarding his pending arbitration case, and here's a rough translation of the interview:
Mrazek's battle over money: Detroit goes against me, but I won't back down
Today, if you fly into Toronto, on board you will meet Petr Mrazek. It's not that the possibly #1 goalie for the World Cup needed to familiarize himself with the environment ahead of the autumn show, that will be a little different. The hard defending is your own business. The Detroit goaltender has a pending arbitration hearing in order to determine his salary. And it's often a harsh duel in which participants have recalled for decades..."I'll tell you my..." but the 24-year-old goalkeeper with tremendous potential doesn't hide.
Last weekend, before traveling to Canada, he spent his maximum time in his native Ostrava, where Petr Mrazek gave young clients of his goalie school a morning exercise for his eventual successors.
The day after tomorrow then he will sit before an independent judge on a personal mission. About his future financial situation with the Red Wings. Although there is still time before arbitration to get the awkwardness out of the way.
"I learned a lot in junior hockey," Svechnikov said. "I had a good coach and I think I’m ready. Done with junior hockey now. So excited. Have to be ready as much as I can."
Svechnikov, whose English is coming along as nicely as his game, was pleased with last season.
"I think it was a great season, good experience again," Svechnikov said. "It was good run in the playoffs but unfortunately we lost in the second round but I think overall it was a good year."
Although he only played two games with the Griffins, Svechnikov thought he got a lot out of it.
"It was a lot of experience," Svechnikov said. "It’s pro playoff, just the speed of the game. Everything in the lifestyle, it's just everything different. It was a lot of learning there. Again, excited."
Svechnikov is the type of player the Wings have wanted to develop, a big -- 6-foot-2, 200 pounds --power forward with skill. In his second development camp, Svechnikov felt much better prepared.
"It’s feeling great, actually," Svechnikov said. "More comfortable, know everybody, know lots of guys now. It's just very exciting."
Continued with comments from Griffins coach Todd Nelson and Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer...
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
GRIFFINS SIGN GOALTENDER CALVIN HEETER
BRINGING THE HEET
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed goaltender Calvin Heeter to a standard player’s contract for the 2016-17 season.
Heeter, 27, spent the 2015-16 season between two clubs. In 24 games with the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga he posted an 11-8-0 record, a 3.00 goals against average and a 0.900 save percentage while showing a 0-2-2 mark, a 3.23 GAA and a 0.856 save percentage in six games with the Kontinental Hockey League’s Zagreb Medvescak.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound netminder also skated in 22 games with Zagreb Medvescak in 2014-15 and compiled a 9-9-2 record, a 2.65 GAA and a 0.911 save percentage.
Steven Oleksy wasn’t quite sure of how the hockey community would respond to the Eastside Elite Hockey League’s inaugural all-star game.
After a sold-out event on Saturday night, it seems safe to say that Oleksy’s league held the first of many Eastside Elite All-Star Games at Mount Clemens Ice Arena.
Fans lucky enough to get their hands on one of roughly 400 tickets – the game sold out three days before puck drop – watched a charity game featuring a collection of professional, college and junior players highly familiar to hockey fans across the state.
The game raised money for the Mount Clemens Hockey Club, and showcased some of the best players from Michigan at the same time. After the skate, fans were treated to an acoustic concert by former Eastside Elite skater turned Nashville musician Cooper Anstett, as well.
“It’s really special,” said Oleksy, the founder of the Eastside Elite league, after the game. “I think not only to raise money for the organization here in Mount Clemens, but to draw awareness to the league and to Michigan hockey in general. Michigan hockey is really known as one of the hockey hotbeds. To shine some light on how many players come from Michigan, it was incredible. For the people to support that and to see guys they might not see throughout the regular season, I think it was incredible for everyone.”
Updated with Joe Kocur Foundation softball news at 1:17 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Via Winging It in Motown on Twitter, General Fanager is reporting that Anthony Mantha will be eligible for the 2017 expansion draft:
2. According to E1.ru, there's a new rink in Yekaterinburg, Russia that will be named after Pavel Datsyuk;
Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus spoke with Vili Saarijarvi during the Wings' summer development camp:
Vili Saarijarvi’s face has been flying all over the world thanks to a commemorative Finnish stamp celebrating his country’s early-2016 World Junior Championship gold medal.
The Red Wings, in turn, hope to see his face flying all over the ice in Detroit wearing the Winged Wheel soon.
The 19-year-old defenseman enters his second year as a member of the Wings’ organization and said he was able to take on a leadership role in his second go-around at development camp in Traverse City.
“For sure, a little bit, obviously more than last year,” Saarijarvi said. “Just try to show an example on the ice and off the ice, too.”
He added that having the same familiar faces around also made year two a bit more comfortable.
“It’s second year, and it’s pretty much all the same guys, but also the new guys, all the coaches, stuff like that. So it’s been helping a lot, and I’m just trying to enjoy every day.”
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