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Red Wings overnight report: coaching stuff, potential UFA’s, draft talk, cap talk and slight geekage
Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related news stories:
- First, if you're interested, ESPN's taking surveys regarding its 2014 NHL Franchise Rankings, and you can let the sports world know where the Wings rank in all sorts of meaningful categories. Teams pay attention to these rankings;
- The Daniel Cleary saga isn't the only song that never seems to end. In coaching news, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari report that Wings assistant coach Bill Peters is one of seven (or eight) candidates being interviewed for the Pittsburgh Penguins' coaching vacancy, and the team may or may not interview Tom Renney, too;
When the news broke that the Red Wings are still considering giving Daniel Cleary a contract, albeit a 2-way contract, for this upcoming season, I really didn't know how to react. So I stayed quiet.
I certainly know that you reacted. The two entries discussing Cleary's status produced over 110 comments (if an entry gets over 25 comments, even if it contains super-positive news, it's a safe bet that there's an argument brewing), and I'm guessing that not all of them are positive. I tried to stay out of the comments sections to let you have your say, and then think about what I wanted to say.
From the Red Wings' PR department:
Red Wings set to stage 2014 Training Camp in Traverse City
NHL Prospects Tournament, Charity Golf Classic, Alumni and Celebrity Game and main Training Camp returns to Centre ICE Arena this fall
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the Red Wings will once again host their annual NHL Prospects Tournament and Training Camp at the Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., along with a Training Camp Alumni and Celebrity Game and the 15th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic.
The NHL Prospects Tournament will return to Traverse City for the 16th season, running from Friday, Sept. 12 through Tuesday, Sept. 16. The eight-team tournament will include the Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Over the tournament’s history, 440 players have gone on to skate in at least one NHL game, including six who skated with the Red Wings during the 2013-14 season: Tomas Jurco, Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan and Ryan Sproul.g.
I don't understand the logic in this, but MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland about the team's status as "contemplating re-signing forward Daniel Cleary":
"When he signed here last year for a one-year deal we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers of three years from a couple of teams," general manager Ken Holland said.
Holland has met with Cleary and plans to continue talks. The Red Wings might sign him to a two-way contract and assign him to the Grand Rapids Griffins if he doesn't make the NHL roster.
"He's coming off a real tough season," Holland said. "I know he's working really hard to try to get some leg strength to give himself the best opportunity he can for a bounce back year."
Khan continues, reporting that the Wings will try to trade Jordin Tootoo before buying him out.
On Monday evening, the Free Press's Helene St. James revealed that the Red Wings have decided to retain Jonas Gustavsson as the team's back-up goaltender, and she Tweeted that the Wings will buy out Jordin Tootoo if the team can't trade him.
This morning, St. James lets us know what's going on in terms of Daniel Alfredsson and Daniel Cleary's respective statuses:
[T]he Wings are waiting to hear whether the 41-year-old right wing wants to play another season. If he does, the Wings are interested in working out another contract. Alfredsson, who joined Detroit last summer after 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, contributed 18 goals among 49 points over 68 games and provided leadership.
Alfredsson and backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson are among the few potential unrestricted free agents the Wings have interest in retaining. The team also has been in talks with forward Cleary; despite a subpar and injury-plagued season, the Wings will be good to the word they gave to Cleary last fall when he left behind money and terms with Philadelphia to sign for one year and $1.75 million with Detroit. At the time, there was a verbal agreement the Wings would take care of Cleary past 2013-14. The most likely scenario has Cleary agreeing to a two-way contract that would enable the Wings to put him in the minors if he does not succeed in challenging for a job at training camp.
*cringes* Go find another Philadelphia, Daniel Cleary. You don't want to be riding the buses after Mitch Callahan or Landon Ferraro steal your job.
Regarding Tom Renney and Bill Peters' futures, I'd thought that the Miami Herald's George Richards' blog entry tied up the loose ends regarding their candidacy for the Panthers' coaching job, but Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski found that Richards revealed Renney and Peters are no longer in the mix via Twitter:
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Detroit Red Wings are sticking with Jonas Gustavsson as their backup man.
Indications are the Wings will soon re-sign Gustavsson, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency come July 1.
"I've been talking to Gustavswson's agent,' general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today. "He played good for us. We'd like to keep him."
Gustavsson is coming off a two-year, $3 million deal. He'd like another two-year deal, while the Wings are pushing for a one-year contract.
Also from St. James:
Quickie update: Via Chris Nichols, the Miami Herald's George Richards also updated the state of the Florida Panthers' coaching search, and it doesn't sound like we'll know whether Tom Renney or Bill Peters are headed to Florida until much closer to the draft:
From the Griffins' PR department:
GRIFFINS ANNOUNCE EIGHT GUARANTEED HOME DATES
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins will open the home portion of their 2014-15 season on Friday, Oct. 10 at Van Andel Arena, one of eight 2014-15 home dates that have been confirmed by the American Hockey League.
In addition to their home opener, the Griffins will host their 18th annual New Year’s Eve game on Wednesday, Dec. 31, as well as a game on Saturday, Jan. 24 that will lead into the 2015 Great Skate Winterfest, one of the team’s annual fundraisers for the Griffins Youth Foundation. Additional home dates include a Friday game on Feb. 20 and four other Saturday games – Jan. 10, Feb. 7, Feb. 21 and March 14.
Opponents and start times will be revealed later this summer, when the complete schedule for the AHL’s 79th season is released. It will mark the Griffins’ 14th year of AHL membership and 19th season overall.
Group tickets for the eight dates at Van Andel Arena are now on sale along with 2014-15 season ticket packages. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the public in September. Fans can secure their full-season, select-season or group ticket packages by calling (616) 774-4585 ext. 2 or visit griffinshockey.com for more information.
I'm a bit surprised by the flood of free agent and trade rumors popping up already, but it's that time of year, so let's get to the Red Wings-related news items of the day:
1. TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that the Red Wings have more than Daniel Alfredsson's $2 million bonus to pay, so the team's status as "at the cap" due to Long-Term Injured Reserve exemptions will bit the team's cap figure (Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports that we're looking at a $70 million-range upper limit):
Capgeek has the Wings with $20 million in cap space against a $71-million cap (or $50.98 million in contracts on the books for the 2014-2015 season), but the team has to re-sign restricted free agents Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar, the Wings would probably bring Daniel Alfredsson back if he'd like to return, the team seems intent upon bringing Jonas Gustavsson back, and we of course know that the Wings want to add a top-pair defenseman. Add that up and that $16-million-ish amount of cap space disappears in a hurry.
Thou mayeth cringeth here:
Today marks the start of an incredibly busy two-and-change weeks for the Red Wings organization.
This morning, the team will find out whether Tom Renney or Bill Peters will leave the organization to coach the Florida Panthers; between today and June 30th, the Wings have to decide whether to buy out Jordin Tootoo;
The team has until June 25th to attempt to re-sign any unrestricted free agents-to-be (see: Daniel Alfredsson and Jonas Gustavsson; don't expect Todd Bertuzzi, Daniel Cleary, David Legwand, kyle Quincey or Mikael Samuelsson to return) before the free agent wining-and-dining period kicks in (the Wings might want to lock up restricted free agents-to-be Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar before then as Capgeek reports;
The NHL should reveal a possibly $70-million-plus "upper limit" after the Board of Governors' meetings in Philadelphia on the 25th and 26th (cap space is handy given that the Wings owe Daniel Alfredsson $2 million in performance bonuses that will count against the 2014-15 cap); and on the 27th and 28th, the team will draft six players at the NHL draft.
July 1st marks the start of free agency, and on July 4th, the Wings' summer development camp begins in Traverse City.
Red Wings overnight report: on Tomas Nosek, a unique potential draft target and not ‘being terrible’
Before getting into this morning's Red Wings-related news stories, I'm posting "the calendar" that the Red Wings sent out to their email subscribers waaaaayyyy back on locker room clean-out day again...
And, via Paul, it's worth noting that in addition to the salary cap-compliance buy-out market hitting on Monday (per Sportsnet's John Shannon) and the Florida Panthers announcing their head coaching decision on Monday (per the Miami Herald's George Richards; Wings associate-and-or-assistant coaches Tom Renney and Bill Peters are still in the running), the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo pointed out that the days leading up to the draft in Philadelphia should yield another set of, "Which free agent-to-be's being recruited by whom?" rumors:
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