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At this point I feel like a little bit of a broken record, but that's the way July tends to go...And as such, we're going to be talking about the incredibly high probability that Brendan Shanahan and Chris Chelios will named part of the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2013 induction class today at 3 PM EDT, we'll talk about free agent signings, a bit about the summer development camp, and we've got even more Daniel Alfredsson talk.
To switch things up, we'll start with the Free Press's Jamie Samuelssen's assessment of the Red Wings' free agent signings as compared to the moves made by the Detroit Pistons:
I jumped the gun in assuming that the Grand Rapids Griffins had brought back one of the AHL-only contracted vets who played for the Grififns during their Calder Cup run in in defenseman Nathan Paetsch a couple days ago--when the team re-signed Triston Grant and Brennan Evans instead...
But now I don't have to worry about getting it wrong. According to Fox 17's Steve Amorose, the Griffins are indeed going to bring back Paetsch (it's entirely possible that Paetsch and Evans will be inked to two-way deals when the Wings clear roster space so that the team has #8/9 defensemen to recall in case of injuries, too) and Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan as well:
Most of this evening's Red Wings-related news (and given my travel commitments, this may be the overnight report, folks) touches upon topics that you and I've discussed during the mid-day post and overnight report (as well as the releasing of the Wings' summer development camp roster), but I had to laugh when I read the Wall Street Journal's Mike Sielski suggest that the Wings are going back to an, "Old tricks are the best tricks" model of free agent recruitment:
By signing free-agent forward Daniel Alfredsson to a one-year contract last week, the Detroit Red Wings continued a long-running franchise tradition: acquiring old guys. Alfredsson, who spent 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators and turned 40 in December, will be the ninth 40-something to play for the Wings since 2000. In fact, Detroit could put a pretty fair team on the ice with all those geezers. They include perhaps the greatest goaltender of his generation (Dominik Hasek), three defensemen who either have been or will be inducted into the Hall of Fame (Chris Chelios, Larry Murphy, Nicklas Lidstrom) and a group of All-Star-caliber forwards (Steve Yzerman, Mike Modano, Igor Larionov and Steve Thomas).
Ugh. This story just popped up on the wires, via RedWingsFeed, and I'm starting to think that Red Wings fans are going to get incredibly tired of the Ottawa media's seeming desire to rub as much salt in the, "Daniel Alfredsson defected to the Red Wings" wound as humanly possible...In maybe five days, never mind by August or September. The Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan, who tossed some jabs at Alfredsson last night, decided that it's time to inform the world of the fate of the former Ottawa Senators captain's #11 RIGHT BOOKING NOW:
Will Daniel Alfredsson’s No. 11 still be raised to the rafters at Canadian Tire Centre or whatever the place is called at the appropriate time? Of course, right?
“We’ll see,” Senators president/CEO Cyril Leeder said Monday. “I’m not going to prejudge that now. That’s an announcement that should come at a different point in time.”
The Grand Rapids Griffins have posted the first of what they promise will be a SIX-part video series chronicling the Griffins' Calder Cup run...
And their first video is FIFTEEN minutes long:
Updated with the schedule and more roster scuttlebut at 2:50 PM: From the Red Wings' public relations department:
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings today announced the addition of 21 players to their development camp roster, including all eight players selected by the team on June 30 at the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey. The total number of players now scheduled to participate in this week’s development camp stands at 38. Anthony Mantha, Detroit’s first-round selection (20th overall) and a 50-goal scorer for the Val d’Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, highlights the recent roster additions. Mantha is the grandson of Andre Pronovost, a four-time Stanley Cup champion who played 120 games for the Red Wings from 1962-65.
Red Wings mid-day news: bidding farewell to Pare, UFA talk, HHOF reminders and Alfredsson in Swedish
Updated 2x at 3:07 PM: Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related stories:
I guess all one can do is congratulate Francis Pare, a long-serving member of the Grand Rapids Griffins but someone who the Wings simply didn't have room for, as he's found gainful employment overseas:
Even the roughest of translations of TPS Turku's website's press release reveals that Red Wings Finnish scout Ari Vouri just happens to be Turku's general manager, so there's a Wings connection there, and TPS also signed Ducks forward Dan Sexton.
At some point, it is entirely possible that the Red Wings may sign one or both of defenseman Brennan Evans and Nathan Paetsch to two-way contracts, but in the interim, the Grand Rapids Griffins have re-signed Evans and left-winger Triston Grant to AHL deals:
Two members of the veteran backbone that led the Grand Rapids Griffins to the 2013 Calder Cup championship will return to defend the title, as defenseman Brennan Evans and left wing Triston Grant have both agreed to terms on AHL contracts for the 2013-14 season.
Evans, 31, played in all 100 regular season and playoff games last season during his Griffins debut. In 76 regular season appearances, he contributed seven assists and ranked among the team’s leaders with 148 penalty minutes (2nd) and a plus-nine rating (T6th).
The Red Wings' summer development camp begins on Wednesday and Traverse City, and while Darren Helm may be its most high-profile attendee (the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau confirmed that Danny DeKeyser is not scheduled to take part in the six-day camp).
I know that may Wings fans tend to want to see the team's latest draft picks skate in red and white for the first time, but Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill told the Detroit Free Press's George Sipple that a) geting antsy a month removed from winning the Calder Cup and b) the players who will be at his disposal this fall in Grand Rapids are the ones who pique his interest:
This evening's crop of Red Wings-related news reflects this afternoon's crop thereof: we've got some Daniel Alfredsson Senators fall-out talk and some Wings roster discussion.
Let's start with the Alfredsson stuff this time. We know that Senators fans are more than a bit pissed off by the way the divorce went down, and the fact that it's incredibly evident that more than money was involved (never mind the "perception of worth" or "lowballing") in the souring of a relationship whose lines of communication seemed to fray, and that's completely understandable.
I'm not the kind of person that rubbernecks and gawks at car accidents (frankly, it's dangerous as much as anything else), and I don't want to come off as someone who's taking glee in another team's loss--I mean, imagine a Cup ring-less Nicklas Lidstrom saying, "I don't think the Wings can win a Cup, going to Chicago, seeya," and you start getting an indication of the level of "WTF???-ery" and sense of betrayal going on. That's not the kind of thing one wants to tread upon.
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