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The NHL's draft combine takes place next week in Buffalo; Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin spoke with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan regarding the importance of the event, which takes over 100 prospects and places them in the same location for sets of interviews and standardized fitness testing:
“Throughout the year, our area chief scouts will have met players at the rink or during an off-day in a much more casual environment,” Martin said. “This is more of a job interview. There’s seven or eight of us, including (general manager) Ken Holland, myself, (special assistant to GM) Kris Draper, scouts, and it can be an uncomfortable situation for some people. So it’s important to see how they react.”
The Red Wings usually interview 50-60 prospects, said Martin, of the 114 invited to the combine. They wound up interviewing half of their eight draft picks last year.
“It’s helpful in that you can address deficiencies in their games, strengths and weaknesses, and what they have to work on,” Martin said. “If there were some character issues, it’s an opportunity to put them on the spot and address those, and it’s interesting to see how the players react.”
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
Nosek, who made a brief appearance in Detroit this past season, will make $575,000 next season if he is with the Wings, or $175,000 with Grand Rapids (he has one year left of waiver exemption). His salary for 2017-18 is $650,000.
Nosek, 23 - who hails from the same hometown (Pardubice, Czech Republic) as former Wings goaltending great Dominik Hasek - played six games with the Wings post-Christmas, going without a point in a mostly defensive role. In 70 games last season with the Griffins, Nosek had 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points, below the 34 points he managed in just 55 games his first year in the American Hockey League.
2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirms Nosek's surprising waiver-exempt status as well; both St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan discussed Nosek and confirmed that the Wings have signed Dylan Sadowy, too, as does the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
3. Back to Nosek for a moment, from MLive's Khan:
DETROIT – The Red Wings announced on Friday that they have signed center Tomas Nosek to a two-year contract extension.
Gustav Nyquist was left off Team Sweden's World Cup roster this morning. Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall will represent Sweden on the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) team.
TEAM SWEDEN NAMES FINAL ROSTER FOR WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016
Seven Players Added, Fulfilling Roster Requirement of 20 Skaters, 3 Goaltenders
TORONTO (May 27, 2016) -- The Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced today its final, 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto.
Seven players were added today, highlighted below. They join the 16 selected to the team on March 2.
Representing Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 are:
G Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres *
G Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
G Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks
D Mattias Ekholm, Nashville Predators *
D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
D Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
D Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
D Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings
D Anton Stralman, Tampa Bay Lightning
F Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
F Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins
F Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
F Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh Penguins *
F Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins *
F Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks *
F Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
F Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
F Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
F Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks *
F Carl Soderberg, Colorado Avalanche *
F Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues
F Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
Pavel Datsyuk and Alexey Marchenko (Russia), Justin Abdelkader (USA), Petr Mrazek (Czech Republic), Tomas Tatar (Team Europe) and Dylan Larkin (Team North America) will all participate in the World Cup of Hockey this fall in Toronto.
This story comes to us via RedWingsFeed:
I've been gritting my teeth and preparing for the Red Wings to sign Alex Radulov based on nothing more than gut feeling for a month now, and according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman--via Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols--the Red Wings may in fact sign the 29-year-old problem child who also happens to be big, mean and goes to the front of the net and stays there to score goals:
[Friedman] On his thoughts on the word that Pavel Datsyuk may be departing for the KHL: “Well, I think we’re all expecting it, right? That he’s going to end up in Russia. Even Ken Holland this week, I saw one of his quotes was, ‘Would I like it if he came into my office and said, I’ve changed my mind and I’m going to stay. But do I expect him to say that, no.’ And Saint Petersburg was always the team.
“I do think Detroit will try to trade the contract. I think depending on what they’re willing to do as part of that, they will be able to find a partner. But I would them to try to trade the contract.
“I also think that right now, if I had to pick where Radulov was going in the NHL, I’d say Detroit is the most likely team. I’m not saying for sure 100 percent it’s going to happen, but it sounds like that there’s an attempt being made for him to go there, and to sign him.”
As soon as Calgary's The Fan 960 posts the Friedman interview, I'll post it here...
And regarding Radulov, at 29 going on 30, he's at least grown up a bit, and again, he's a stocky 6'1" and 205 pounds, he's posted 20-plus goals and 60-plus points in 50-ish games per season for four of the past five KHL seasons, and he's become a surly, nasty net-front goal scorer. I'm not a huge fan of his off-ice shenanigans, but if he keeps his head on straight, he's an asset.
International hockey federations are naming the balance of their World Cup of Hockey rosters today, and:
Teemu Pulkkinen didn't make Finland's roster, which isn't surprising given his status as a spare part on the Finns' World Championship team;
The balance of today's announcements are as follows:
Team Sweden 11 a.m. ET
Team Europe 6:09 p.m. ET
Team USA 6:13 p.m. ET
Team North America 6:16 p.m. ET
It's expected that Gustav Nyquist will be named to Sweden's roster at 11 AM EDT.
Justin Abdelkader (USA), Tomas Tatar (Europe), Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall (Sweden) and Dylan Larkin (Team North America) have already been named to their teams' rosters, as have Datsyuk (Russia) and Mrazek (Czech Republic).
As such, a total of 9 Red Wings could take part in the World Cup of Hockey.
Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. I know that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game is the high point of late summer for many of you, so:
The Red Wings acquired Dylan Sadowy in a trade with the San Jose Sharks today, sending a 3rd round pick in 2017 (not the pick the Wings get for Toronto signing Babcock away) for Sadowy, the Sharks' 3rd round pick in 2014.
Sadowy is a 6'1," 185-pound, left-shooting left winger, and Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin gave the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts forward a thumbs-up while speaking with MLive's Ansar Khan...
Sadowy, 20, is a left wing who spent three-plus seasons with the OHL Saginaw Spirit before being dealt to the Barrie Colts midway through this past season. In 64 games combined with Saginaw and Barrie, Sadowy had 45 goals and 70 points. He added two goals and five points in eight playoff games.
"We like his combination of grit and competitiveness and scoring touch," Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. "He's got to continue to work on his foot speed and his body strength but we really like his upside."
Martin said the Red Wings were eying Sadowy during his draft year.
"We saw him play quite a bit being in Saginaw, not only because of the proximity but we had (goaltending prospect) Jake Paterson there at the time," Martin said. "We followed him closely over the last few years."
Martin said Sadowy projects as a top-nine forward in the NHL.
"He can kill penalties, block shots, go to the hard areas," Martin said. "He scored 42 and 45 goals in the OHL He gets a lot of his goals in the hard areas in front of the net."
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff...
added 3:50pm, Bob McKenzie tweet,
Sadowy has agreed to terms on his entry-level contract with DET:
added 3:58pm, Press release is below...
Red Wings to hold annual equipment and memorabilia sale on Saturday, June 4
Game-used jerseys, equipment & autographed items available for purchase
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will hold their annual equipment and memorabilia sale at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (1845 E. Big Beaver Rd.) on Saturday, June 4, starting at 10:00 a.m. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase game-worn regular season jerseys from the team’s recently-completed 2015-16 campaign. Various game-worn jerseys from previous seasons will also be available at a discounted price.
This one-day-only sale includes Red Wings equipment bags, game-used hockey equipment such as sticks, skates, gloves, helmet visors, socks and various goalie equipment including catcher and blocker sets, leg pads and pants. Select game-used equipment from the 2016 NHL Stadium Series between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche will also be available for purchase.
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