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Helm off to market?

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose slid this tidbit about Darren Helm into an article discussing Drew Miller's re-signing:

The Red Wings have three other players who can become unrestricted free agents this week. Defenseman Kyle Quincey and center Brad Richards will not be brought back to Detroit. However, Darren Helm has been offered a contract, but the speedy forward has chosen to hit the open market when the bell rings Friday.

Detroit must also re-sign their restricted players, beginning with goalie Petr Mrazek. Forward Teemu Pulkkinen and defenseman Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko are also signing priorities this summer.

“The organization top to bottom is great,” Miller said. “I think we’ve got some good young kids who I know are gonna be aggressive here. With free agency I think the team they’re gonna put together, as they do every year, is gonna be fighting for a chance at the Cup. I want to be a part of that and I think I’ve made my role here and it’s one that I play and take pride in. I just want to get better at it every year.”

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Not Ozzie’s year, again…

Updated 2x at 8:21 PM: Congrats to all the inductees...

I guess we wait another year or three for Chris Osgood to get his due. So it is.

Update: As the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan notes, Osgood may be a borderline case, but there's a case to be made:

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I took part in a podcast for Winged Octopus

I took part in a podcast at WingedOctopus.com yesterday, and as you might expect, blabby George went over the half-hour limit by two times as we discussed free agency, the draft and prospects:

I do make reference to the donation page but am at goal for the summer camp, so I'm raising funds for the fall. I promise not to annoy you with the Paypal button for a month or so.

Many thanks to the gang at Winged Octopus for having me!

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On Stamkos sales pitches

As TSN's Frank Seravalli and MLive's Brendan Savage survey the rumor mill, CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfeld wonders what exactly the Red Wings will have to offer Steven Stamkos to successfully court this year's marquee unrestricted free agent. I've always assumed that the Wings will offer less than a cap-max deal, offering something in the range of $8-10 million to entice Stamkos to be the centerpiece of a more thorough rebuild, but Burtchfield wonders if the Wings will have to offer more to sweeten the package:

Let’s be honest: the dollar signs reign supreme here. According to numerous reports, the Lighting have offered Stamkos a seven- to eight-year deal, worth somewhere from $8 to $8.5 million per season. He will undoubtedly command more on the open market – and we’ll get to that number in a moment – and thus the question is whether that gap in potential earnings is enough to draw Stamkos away from an ideal competitive situation. What’s the Stanley Cup – or the chance to win one, anyway – worth in his eyes?

That’s a question only he can answer, and his decision will spell out his guiding desires as a professional athlete. It will also speak to Stamkos’ level of self-belief, the strength of his conviction, one way or another, that he is capable of pushing a lesser team into serious Cup contention. The Wings, in that sense, are an interesting contrast to Buffalo and Toronto. They’ll likely be the most competitive of the three in the immediate future, but it’s hard to project where this team will be four or five years from now. The Sabres and Leafs, on the other hand, seem well-situated for continued success as their young players come of age. And though Stamkos certainly doesn’t want to waste a precious season or two of his prime, he’s not exactly motivated by a sense of professional mortality.

I don't think that the Wings are going to offer Stamkos a $12 million contract, but their sales pitch is at least a relatively strong one (including from the geographical advantages of being "close to home without having to deal with the Toronto media maelstrom on a direct basis):

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Bob Probert Ride ‘a wonderful way to celebrate Bob’

The Windsor Star's Doug Schmidt reports that the sixth annual Bob Probert Ride to benefit Windsor's Hotel Dieu-Grace Hospital was a roaring (literally) success:

Led by [Ryan] VandenBussche and assorted others of Probert’s NHL fraternity, a record 1,200 motorcycles roared out of the chrome-packed Thunder Road Harley Davidson parking lot and through Windsor and Essex County on a warm and sunny Sunday.

“It’s awesome seeing our hockey family together — what a wonderful day to celebrate Bob,” said the local hockey legend’s widow, Dani Probert. “Icing on the cake,” she added, was how, after six annual rides, more than $600,000 has been raised for local heart health and rehabilitation services and facilities.

“It’s a real cool thing that happens here,” Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare president and CEO Janice Kaffer said before strapping on a helmet to join the ride as a passenger. “Once the acute care hospital does its incredibly important job, people have to get back to their lives,” she said.

The Probert family’s efforts helped fund a full expansion of the Hotel-Dieu’s cardiac wellness centre “with no government funding,” said Kaffer.

Continued, and you can read a bit more about the ride from CKLW...

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Givani Smith’s a very happy Red Wing

From Guelph Today's Tony Saxon:

[Givani] Smith had plenty of support at the draft, with a large contingent of family and friends sitting with him in the stands when the Red Wings announced his name.

“I had a pretty good feeling I was going to get taken in the second round, but I was still pretty surprised to be taken that early in the second,” said Smith, who was expected to go anywhere from the mid-second round to late in the third round.

Smith had 24 goals and 19 assists last season, along with 146 penalty minutes.

“I knew Detroit was pretty interested and the interview during the (NHL) combine went pretty well. I knew they were one of the teams that had a lot of interest with me. You can tell by the interviews and the questions they ask you.”

Smith was interviewed by 23 teams at the combine.

“It felt really nice. We went Friday and sat there for four hours, watching all the guys get picked. I thought ‘wow, I want to hear my name called now.’ But I went pretty early on the Saturday.”


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Saskatoon likely to rename a bridge in honor of Gordie Howe

This is not the world's biggest news story, but in the For the Record department, from the CBC Saskatoon:

Saskatoon City Council will be discussing a motion this afternoon to rename the Circle Drive South Bridge after the late Gordie Howe.

Coun. Darren Hill will be bringing the motion forward. He got the idea after a number of citizens of Saskatoon stepped forward with the idea. Once he floated the notion on social media, the concept took off like wildfire.

"There were 1,200 likes on the (Facebook) post itself," he said.

"This is easily the most active and engaged post or issue that I've dealt with in almost my tenth year on council."

Howe is the namesake of the new international crossing that will connect Windsor, Ont. and Detroit. Its formal name is the Gordie Howe International Bridge and is expected to be completed by 2020.


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Wings’ RFAs Get Qualifying Offers

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A One-Year Contract Extension For Drew Miller

Updated 4x at 3:22 PM:


DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings announced today that left wing Drew Miller has been signed to a one-year contract extension.

Miller, 32, has tallied 100 points (51-49-100) in 449 games with the Red Wings since joining the team in 2009-10. In 516 career NHL games with the Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning, the 6-foot-2, 180-lb., forward has registered 115 points (57-58-115) and 118 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 60 Stanley Cup playoff games, notching 13 points (6-7-13) and skating in three games with Anaheim as a first-year pro in 2007, helping the team to a Stanley Cup championship. After appearing in all 82 regular-season games for the Red Wings in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and holding the team’s ironman streak at 190 games, Miller was limited to just 28 games played this season due to jaw and knee injuries.

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More on Miller from the Wings below...

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‘Roughly Translated’: Filip Hronek talks about being drafted by the WIngs

Here's a very rough translation of Filip Hronek's interview with Hockej.cz's Vaclav Jachim:

I like Detroit, but it's just a first step, says Hronek. On the draft that's held at Niagara Falls

Last week, he flew to the United States with the desire to succeed in the draft, and Filip Hronek still didn't know whether he would be picked in the second, third or fourth round. "Mainly I wanted to hear that some team took me. I knew well that the selection doesn't mean much," he says. During the draft acution in the hockey rink at the First Niagara Center he didn't have to wait long, as the quarterback of Hradek Moutnfield was picked 53rd overall by Detroit.

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