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Cue the dueling banjos, because this week’s shaping up as a two-topic slug-fest. This morning’s crop of Red Wings stories focus on topics we’ll probably continue revisiting from now until July 1st in the Red Wings’ crop of six new prospects from the 2012 Draft and even more free agent chatter as the press corps working in Zach Parise and Ryan Suter’s potential destinations try to influence their decision-making processes.
Let’s start with draft picks today, riffing on something of a familiar theme via a conversation the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan had with both Wings assistant GM Jim Nill and GM Ken Holland about the team’s decision to consciously focus upon larger players who are more adept at playing a chip-and-chase game:
Updated 2x at 5:09 PM: Cue the lather, rinse, repeat button regarding last night and this morning’s crop of stories regarding the Pittsburgh Penguins’ pursuit of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, because MLive’s Ansar Khan does his best to break the situation down as succinctly as possible:
As attractive a destination as Detroit would be for Suter and Parise – the opportunity to play with talents like Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, for an organization with an unparalleled track record of success the past two decades – Pittsburgh would be just as appealing. Suter must have pondered the possibility of making passes to young superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for years to come. And as much as Parise admires Datsyuk and the way the Red Wings play, the opportunity to be Crosby’s winger for the next half-dozen years or so might be hard to turn down, especially since they are close friends.
Both teams have plenty of cap space. The Red Wings will have roughly $19 million. It probably doesn’t boil down to which team will pay the most. Both clubs surely will tender competitive offers.
Today in Windsor, hundreds of Bob Probert fans and several of his teammates gathered to honor #24’s memory by taking part in a motorcycle ride to raise funds for Windsor’s Hotel-Dieu Grace hospital, and OurHometown.ca’s Chris Savard reports that all went well:
The Second Annual Bob Probert Memorial Ride was held today in downtown Windsor. This annual motorcycle fundraiser creates awareness and raises much needed funds for the Cardiac Angoplasty Program at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital. This year’s ride attracted well over 500 riders and followed a scenic route throughout Windsor, its waterfront and country settings, showcasing the beauty of the city and surrounding areas.
Last year marked the Inaugural event for The Bob Probert Memorial Ride. The fundraising event was a huge success, seeing $100,000 raised for Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital. Final numbers for this year’s event will be released in the coming days.
The areas of Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex rank numbers one and two in Ontario in the loss of life to heart disease. Heart disease has recently overtaken breast cancer as the leading cause of death amongst women.
Former NHL Player Sheldon Kennedy was named the Ride Captain and spoke highly of Probert and the importance of today’s ride. There were many current and former NHL players here today including Chris Chelios, Ed Mio, Tony Amonte, Ryan Wilson and Kennedy.
Continued with some photos…
Update: The Windsor Star posted a short video from the event:
The Detroit Red Wings drafted six players during rounds 2-7 of the 2012 Draft on Saturday, and thanks to an incredibly industrious MSM and RedWingsCentral’s Matthew Wuest, my initial background entries about Martin Frk, Jake Paterson, Andreas Athanasiou, Mike McKee, James De Haas and Rasmus Bodin gave way to a central repository of stories that was updated 17 times over the course of 10 hours.
This morning, as you might imagine, there isn’t much to add. Aside from a report of a successful drive home from Kris Draper and Chris Osgood, the Free Press’s George Sipple provides an article centered Martin Frk that even the Czech press quoted (Frk’s stock apparently dropped over there, too):
Updated 2x at 9:16 PM: If the Red Wings’ haul of prospects picked during the latter round of the 2012 Draft left you feeling less than enthused as the Wings approach free agency, especially given the moves made by Pittsburgh to supposedly make runs at “natural fits” in Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, well…
GM Ken Holland wants you to know that Detroit will be very active and very aggressive on July 1st, as he told the Associated Press’s Larry Lage:
“We’re going to be active and very involved in free agency because we have cap space and holes we’d like to fill,” Holland said. “But to be successful, you have to draft and develop guys.”
While the [Wings’] draft picks will have time to develop, Detroit will need some free agents to attempt to make up for the departures of defencemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart along with the potential loss of 50-point forward Jiri Hudler in free agency. The Red Wings have about $20 million in cap space and might be willing to use most of that to sign New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise and Nashville Predators defenceman Ryan Suter if they aren’t re-signed by their teams and are available on the market July 1. Holland can’t talk about players he’s targeting, but knows the franchise will be in the spotlight when free agency begins.
“Everybody looks at the Red Wings and expects big splashes,” he said. “We have a lot of pieces in place and I like our team, but we need to make two or three moves through free agency or trades.”
Updated 17x at 10:18 PM: To summarize and place all the Red Wings’ draft pick entries in the same place, here are the prospects the Wings drafted in rounds 2-7 of this year’s Entry Dra…I mean the 2012 Draft in Pittsburgh:
• The Red Wings picked Halifax Mooseheads winger Martin Frk with the 49th overall pick;
• They then selected Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson with the 80th overall pick;
According to NHL.com, the Red Wings picked Rasmus Bodin, a 6’6,” 207-lb LW from Sweden. He’s not listed on NHL.com. That’s it for the Wings.
MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:
Wings take Rasmus Bodin of Sweden, a 6-6, 207 pound center, with their last pick, 200th overall in 7th round.
The Wings confirm but get the pick wrong:
With the 210th pick in the 2012 #NHLDraft, your @DetroitRedWings select Rasmus Bodin (C) from Sweden.
As you might expect, RedWingsCentral’s Matthew Wuest has the scoop Bodin:
7-200. C/LW Rasmus Bodin, 6-6, 207, Ostersunds (Swe-J-18), 29-9-17-26-94. The Red Wings finally went to Europe with their last pick and took yet another Swedish sleeper, a six-foot-six forward who averaged close to a point per game and piled up 94 penalty minutes at the J-18 level last season. He’s joining the more high-profile HV-71 organization next season.
From the Red Wings:
With the 170th pick in the 2012 #NHLDraft, your @DetroitRedWings select James De Haas (D) from Toronto Lakeshore.
NHL.com had De Haas listed as the 175th-ranked North American skater, and they only offer stats for the 6’2,” 194-lb defenseman….
SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM
2010-2011 TORONTO MARLBOROS GTHL 52
2010-2011 TORONTO MARLBOROS GTHL 70 12 18 30 40
2011-2012 TORONTO LAKESHORE OJHL 45 10 19 29 32
Via the Red Wings:
With the 140th overall selection in the 2012 #NHLDraft, your @DetroitRedWings select Michael McKee (D) from the Lincoln Stars.
McKee has committed to Western Michigan University. He is listed at 6’4” and 230 lbs.
You can follow DRW fifth round pick Mike McKee on Twitter at @mikemckee23.
McKee is huge—6’4” and 225 pounds—and NHL.com had him unranked and listed his stats only:
SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM
2010-2011 KENT SCHOOL HIGH-CT 27 8 15 23 50
2011-2012 LINCOLN USHL 59 2 17 19 237
First, no, I don’t believe Tim Panaccio’s suggstion that the Penguins will land Ryan Suter’s rights—the Predators want him to circle back to them on July 1st—and the Wings would be fleeced and then some regarding Keith Yandle, especially if they want an “impact center.” Horsepucky until reality tells us otherwise.
And the Red Wings selected a risky pick in forward Andreas Athanasiou with the110th pick:
With the 110th pick in the 2012 #NHLDraft, your @DetroitRedWings select Andreas Athanasiou (LW) from the London Knights.
Athanasiou is nicknamed ‘Double A’ and was on skates by 24 months. He started playing hockey as a four year old.
You can follow Andreas Athanasiou on Twitter at @AndreasA86.
The Hockey News had Athanasiou ranked 32nd overall. The 6’0,” 179-lb winger was described as follows:
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