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Updated 5x at 5:41 PM: Finally, per the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:
#redwings also confirm they have signed F Damien Brunner to one-year, 2-way, entry level deal.
Update: the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms:
Updated 17x at 5:35 Pm: Per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector:
Our @maydayhockey says G Jonas Gustavsson has signed with Detroit.
Sportsnet is reporting 2 years, $1.5 million per season.
Update: the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff confirms.
Former Leafs G Jonas Gustavsson signs 2 year deal with #redwings.
Gustavsson deal is worth $3 million. $1.5 million per season. #redwings
Update #2: The Free Press’s Helene St. James also confirms...
As Paul already posted, the Red Wings have indeed sent a parcel of front office personnel to Toronto to make their offer to Zach Parise (can the Wings afford what Nick Kypreos reports is a demand for a $12 million signing bonus from Parise’s representatives? Yep), and this news from the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan shouldn’t surprise you, either:
Not a shocker and totally expected…..Hudler to test the market according to Ken Holland.
What do the Wings hope to accomplish today? According to the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, they want to make a Rafalski-like splash:
Paul here for George who should appear soon, but wanted to post this for you…
via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Red Wings have a delegation headed to Newport offices in Mississauga in pitch for Parise
After I posted it, I had to think about it. Was what MLive’s Ansar Khan stated, about the Red Wings’ brass sending representatives to Toronto to meet with Zach Parise’s agent and then sending Mr. Ilitch himself to Ryan Suter’s farm, was it all true? Or is it a sales pitch?
At this time of year, and after two-plus weeks of reading promises of similar plans of action, anything other than confirmation of a signing seems like scuttlebutt, and there isn’t a member of a team’s mainstream media corps, or partisan bloggers’ guild, that hasn’t sailed a sales pitch into the winds of the interweb, hoping to gain traction with a potential target. After all, with a dozen teams chasing each player, the odds of the Wings landing one, never mind both, are incredibly statistically slim, right?
Holy crap. I read it and I didn’t believe it, and now I’m gonna read it again, per MLive’s Ansar Khan:
New Jersey forward Zach Parise and Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter are the top two free agents in a thin class. The Red Wings will make a big push for both.
Owner Mike Ilitch and team advisor Chris Chelios were scheduled to fly to Madison, Wis., to meet with Suter at his farm, and Holland is expected to be in Toronto to meet with Parise and his agents, according to a source.
Chelios is a close friend of Suter’s uncle, Gary, his teammate with the Chicago Blackhawks. However, Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, said Saturday that neither he or Suter will meet face-to-face with teams. All business will be conducted over the phone.
“We (he and NHL general managers) all know each other, so there’s nothing meeting face-to-face is going to accomplish, at least initially,’’ Sheehy said. “If Ryan is uncertain, that (meetings) could come into play.’‘
Other clubs (Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Chicago, Los Angeles) are expected to bid for one or the other, or both. And both are expected to speak with their current clubs after exploring the market. So it might take a day or two for a decision.
Continued at some length. The quotes are the same, but holy s***, man…And no, I do not discount Khan’s tale. It would not surprise me if Ilitch does indeed show up on Suter’s doorstep sometime today.
I’m starting to get nervous as nervous can be about tomorrow. Pretend professional blogger or not, I’m a Red Wings fan, and while the Red Wings’ beat writers have perhaps thankfully kept Detroit fans’ expectations somewhere under Red Bird III’s cruising altitude, emphasizing that the front office met today for the specific purpose—to go over plans C, D, E, F and so on, because the number of players available versus the number of heavy suitors this summer almost guarantees that all but one or two of the dozen-plus teams bidding on two certain American-born players will have landed the market’s “best” players a day or two from now, yielding a statistically small probability that either will land in Detroit, “program selling itself” included…
Well, everybody and his or her uncle’s cousin’s monkey seems ridiculously sure that their team is going to sign everyone they could possibly dream of. For five bucks each.
It took until Saturday evening, but here’s a slate of the pertinent Red Wings, Grand Rapids Griffins, Toledo Walleye and the NHLPA’s player meetings in Chicago, all missed while I was more ill than I am now with my head cold. On a publication-by-publication basis, in no particular order:
• This is honestly my pick for the “biggest story,” because it affects each and every Ilitch Holdings property: Ilitch Holdings’ Vice President of Corporate Relations, Karen Cullen, is stepping down at the end of July, according to PR Newswire, which means that the Wings and every other IH organization will have a new public relations face sooner than later. That’s incredibly important given the Wings’ desire to build a follow-on rink partially subsidized by the City of Detroit, Wayne County and/or the State of Michigan;
• Perhaps just as importantly for those of you who plan on attending the Winter Classic, yes, the AP reported that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder did indeed approve the bill allowing Michigan Stadium to sell alcohol during the Wings-Leafs affair on New Year’s Day, 2013;
Updated 4x with qualifying offer news at 5:33 PM: In theory, anyway, as a pretend-to-be-professional Red Wings blogger, I try to project a calm exterior, but I’ve woken up repeatedly over the past week, and especially during the time I missed with my sinus bug (it’s still here but it’s manageable now) to the same sound: THUD, THUD, THUD, THUD, THUD, all heavy and in quick succession.
I’m waking up having anxiety attacks, heart beating loud and fast as I find myself half-dreaming that every one of my favorite team’s free agent targets have signed somewhere else, and that my Wings have suddenly found themselves in dire straits.
Sometime on Monday or Tuesday, the vast majority of NHL teams’ fans might very well be playing this song in their heads, “Want it All Back” by the Seatbelts. To paraphrase, given the ridiculous number of teams bidding on an incredibly small number of free agents, even with the market fluctuating due to so many teams telling their restricted free agents to go ahead and “test the market” while others snap up their attractive targets or trade their signing rights while they can…
Let me think
If I add up all you owe me
And Include my time
I might make it through the summer
And I guess that ain’t too bad
I used up all my money on you, baby
and I want it back
Due to market fluctuations, despite Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s insistence that his team is dealing from a position of strength, the Red Wings’ “program” is indeed on the line, at least to some extent, and as such, what will the Wings’ brass spend Saturday doing?
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