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Warning, warning, rant ahead! I promise this is the last one for a while...
Thursday served as a superb, "There is no real off-season" reminder for me.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and new assistant coach Tony Granato gave superb radio interviews, as did Ted Lindsay; Pavel Datsyuk held a press conference at his hockey school, after playing against a team of media members that included Red Wings Grinder's Alexey Kovalevch, and more than a few mid-day stories popped up (most notably, MLive's Brendan Savage reported that the Wings aren't close to re-signing Danny DeKeyser or Tomas Tatar), all after the Wings officially announced contract extensions with Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil early on Thursday morning.
This evening, Callahan thanked the Wings for re-signing him...
And the Free Press's Helene St. James weighed in regarding Callahan's uphill climbs in terms of attempting to make the team out of training camp (both players seem content with returning to Grand Rapids at this point), with St. James wondering aloud whether Callahan might get picked up on waivers if he's demoted...
Pavel Datsyuk's hockey school in the Moscow suburb of Zelenograd hasn't received that much press as of yet, save a pair of Allhockey.ru articles/photo galleries, but today, he spoke with R-Sport's correspondents, positing successive comments about his health, the Wings' roster, soccer and more. What follows is roughly-translated, but it's good to hear.
First, Rogulev asked Datsyuk about his physical health...
Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk, who plays for Detroit, says he expects to be fully recovered for the start of the NHL season. Datsyuk missed 30 of the final 40 games of the regular season due to pain in his knee. The forward, who turns 36 on July 20th, registered 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 playoff games.
"Until today, I've been going through rehabilitation, doing special exercises," Datsyuk told reporters. "I will approach the season really prepared for it. I'm not quite there yet, but I'm moving in the right direction. I can't promise, but I hope to come to the season 100% ready."
Then R-Sport's Simon Galkevich asked Datsyuk about the Wings' roster...
On a quieter day, I would've posted the triple interviews that Mike Babcock, Ted Lindsay and Tony Granato conducted today in a single "afternoon" post, but you've got to get that stuff out as soon as you find it, so:
The first "story" of note comes via Twitter, while I was writing this, and I'll put it simply: Herm to Hockeytown is now an every-other-year-event, but its guru of organization, Jennifer MacRostie, is asking Wings fans to step up and help Children's Hospital sans event:
Second: I'm glad to have read that the Wings re-signed Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil to 1-year contracts. Callahan's worked his tail off and has already stated that he'll be more than happy to play in Grand Rapids for another year if that will allow him to remain part of the organization, and Nestrasil salvaged his pro hockey career via a superb 2013-2014 season performance with the Griffins.
The Griffins' press release regarding the contracts made Callahan and Nestrasil's respective statistical cases...
Hell, I would've just posted the interviews in a single post if I'd known...Anyway, we've got Mike Babcock on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, Ted Lindsay on WDFN, and this morning, new Red Wings assistant coach Tony Granato spoke with The Fan 590's Brady and Walker about his decision to join the Wings:
You don't expect July 17th to deliver a fantastic set of Red Wings radio interviews, but Mike Babcock was aggressive in speaking on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM today, and WDFN's Art Regner and Brad Galli spoke with Ted Lindsay this morning, talking about this weekend's HockeyFest in Canton, Lindsay's take on the NHLPA and many other topics in a nearly 17-minute-long interview:
Updated 4x at 4:44 PM: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Ryan and Rico show this moring, and he addressed the hot-button topics--his contract status and the return of Daniel Cleary--as well as many other issues over the course of nearly 13 minutes' worth of interview time:
WXYZ's Brad Galli "live-Tweeted" the interview...
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have re-signed right wings Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil to one-year contracts. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Warning, warning, this entry contains a clearly-visible swear word!
This morning's entry took a bit of a turn when Capgeek Tweeted that it had new Red Wings contract info, so I headed over to their Red Wings salary cap chart, and of course Daniel Cleary's 1-year, $1.5 million contract now includes:
1. A base salary of $1.5 million (with a one-way salary; he'll make his $ regardless of whether he's in the NHL or AHL);
2. A $1 million performance bonus for 10 games played (which might be deferred to the 2015-2016 salary cap);
3. A no-trade clause;
4. And a $250,000 signing bonus. Because, y'know, promises and what-not. Happy summer!
The Mike Green trade talk has almost entirely originated from Detroit-area sportswriters (though NBC Washington's Adam Vignan poured some cold water on the theory that Green's going to be traded at all), so Comcast Sportsnet Washington's Chuck Gormley's examination of a possible Green-to-the-Red-Wings scenario merits mentioning...
Especially given that Gormley believes that the 28-going-on-29-year-old Green, concussions, knee, back and groin issues and $6.083 cap hit included, is worth at least a Wings 28-goal-scorer in return:
The Caps are in need of a second-line center and Trotz has spoken glowingly of Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist, a 24-year-old Swede who seemed to come out of nowhere [he was taken with the 121st pick of the 2008 draft] to score 28 goals last season.
Nyquist is entering the second year of a two-year contract that pays him $1.05 million next season with a $950,000 cap hit. Green is entering the final year of a contract that pays him $6.25 million and carries a cap hit of roughly $6.1 million. With that in mind, the Caps would need to sweeten any offer for Nyquist.
Gormely also suggests that the Caps would have their pick of the Eastern and Western Conference's available centers if they offer him up for auction...
Updated substantially at 3:25 PM: This afternoon's selection of Red Wings-related news isn't as interesting as the Paul-posted, "Jimmy Devellano's first words to the media since the draft" article in which the Hockey News's Ken Campbell discussed Ken Holland and Mike Babcock's shelf lives, but I've found enough tidbits to cobble together a respectable mid-July entry.
The first bit of Wings-related news comes from the ECHL, and it involves a somewhat surprising signing made by the Toledo Walleye:
Goaltender Jeff Lerg has agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2014-15 season.
The Walleye are the ECHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.
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