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Krupa talks player moves and organizational attitude

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa argues that while the Red Wings' roster may require some massive changes to truly rebuild--probably more than the UFA market could bear if the Wings had an unlimited budget due to its increasingly limited amounts of talent available--the Wings need to approach a Datsyuk-less, Gordie Howe-less future with both roster moves and something of an attitude adjustment:

The problems are various and big. The first step should be singular and small. The Red Wings should set as a goal a roster of players who will be happy with their tasks, who understand this is not their father’s Wings team, and that no small amount of rebuilding is occurring and likely to continue.

While so much focus is on Steven Stamkos — with multiple, reliable sources reporting the Rangers and Red Wings are likely among those in the running for the talented, high-powered Lightning goal scorer — a couple defensemen to shore up the back end would be enormously valuable.

The needs are varied and ample enough that something less striking than landing Stamkos might also be effective enough to improve their prospects next season.

But with so many teams targeting improvements along their blue lines, the Wings quest for defensive help is likely banging up against both intense competition around the NHL and their own problem with the salary cap.

And then there is the matter of trading a goaltender, presumably Jimmy Howard. With the potential availability of two big performers in net — Ben Bishop of the Lightning, and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Stanley Cup champion Penguins — Howard’s attractiveness to franchises willing to part with the talent the Wings desire to upgrade in goal (Flames, Stars?) is likely lagging.

Krupa continues, and with the Red Wings increasingly likely to make fewer roster moves, Krupa's arguing for something Jeff Blashill promised during his sometimes defensive, sometimes combative end-of-season media availability.

Blashill promised that the Red Wings' players would be happier in their assigned roles, whatever those roles would be, and that involves both better-assigned and better-defined roles for each and every Red Wings player.

Holland's dared to call Petr Mrazek his #1 goalie over the past few days, and I'm told he dropped the words "youth movement" on an NHL Live appearance. Those are slow but steady adjustments in team attitude, and they have to work their way from the top on down to a revamped coaching staff and player corps.

Just don't be too angry (I know there are a lot of angry Wings fans right now, and I promise, it's just reflexive, "Damn it what did you do now Holland/coach/manager!?!" anger, a natural response to front office remarks) if next year's Wings team looks a lot like this year's team. If it truly can adopt a more positive attitude, I s*** you not, they will be a better team because of it.

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DeKeyser talks contract and Datsyuk with Savage

Prior to throwing the first pitch at Wednesday night's Tigers game, Danny DeKeyser spoke with MLive's Brendan Savage about the state of his contract negotiations with the Wings...Or the lack thereof:

"We haven't really gotten a whole lot into it," DeKeyser said Wednesday. "We had just one talk or something like that. I'm sure talks will get moving more towards the end of the month or into July as we get going. I don't expect it to drag out real long. Hopefully it gets done sooner rather than later."

DeKeyser was at Comerica Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of the Detroit Tigers-Seattle Mariners game. His appearance was part of Western Michigan University Night at Comerica Park. He spent some time on the field watching batting practice and posed for pictures with Tigers' outfielder Justin Upton.

DeKeyser said he doesn't know that the Red Wings' lineup will look like next season with so many questions still to be answered.

The NHL draft begins Friday and free agency opens July 1. How active the Red Wings will be in free agency will likely depend on whether they can trade goaltender Jimmy Howard and the $7.5-million salary cap hit they absorbed when Pavel Datsyuk decided to play in Russia next season.

Datsyuk's absence is going to take some getting used to for everyone.

"It's a big loss for us," DeKeyser said. "It will be a little bit different for sure. It's tough to replace a guy like him. He's been in the league for long so long doing so much for our team, for the Red Wings. He's a superstar. You're not going to replace a guy like that.  Everyone is just going to have to do a little bit more."

Savage continues...

Update: Here's more from the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

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Pleiness checks in with Holland regarding the draft

Updated 2x at 11:25 PM: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding the team's possible draft tendencies, and Holland delivered a not-so-surprising set of remarks:

“Somewhere along the line we’d like to start to draft a few more defensemen,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview Wednesday. “We’ve had lots of forwards who are on the team or coming up and not as many defensemen. If the best player available that’s there is a forward we’ll take him, but somewhere along the line here we have to start to draft some D.”

Detroit has the 16th overall selection in the first round.

“We’re going to take the best player available,” Holland said.

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DeKeyser’s first pitch

Danny DeKeyser threw out the first pitch before tonight's Tigers-

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Reminder: Bob Probert Ride takes place this weekend

A bus line notice from the City of Windsor served as a reminder: This Sunday, June 26th, the Bob Probert Ride takes place in Windsor, Ontario, with proceeds benefitting the Cardiac Wellness and Pulmonay Rehab Program at Windsor's Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital. You can find more details at ProbertRide.com.

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Expansion Rules- Protected List, Who Get Exposed, Etc.

via a release from the NHL,

The following rules were approved for the 2017 Expansion Draft:

Protected Lists
* Clubs will have two options for players they wish to protect in the Expansion Draft:

a) Seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender

b) Eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender

* All players who have currently effective and continuing "No Movement" clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who to decline to waive such clauses) must be protected (and will be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits).

* All first- and second-year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits).

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Rumblings On Pavel Datsyuk’s Contract

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There have been conversations between the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings regarding the Wings' attempts to shed Pavel Datsyuk's $7.5 million cap hit, but as of Wednesday early afternoon there was nothing imminent.

I hear the Wings have spoken to a few teams but so far the price for Detroit to be able to shed that cap hit is just too high. I think they’d be willing to give up a second-round pick along with Datsyuk’s cap hit but at this point I don’t see them giving up a first-rounder or one of their very best prospects to get it done.

Keep in mind, the Red Wings don’t have to figure this out right now. A team doesn’t have to be cap compliant until the beginning of next season. So even if Datsyuk remains on the cap July 1, it doesn’t prohibit Detroit from making a lucrative offer to pending UFA star Steven Stamkos.

Let’s say, for example, the Wings do land Stamkos on July 1. They can then turn around and perhaps be willing to spend a bigger price for unloading Datsyuk’s cap hit. But why, if you’re Detroit, would you trade a first-round pick or a top-end prospect now just to get rid of Datsyuk’s cap hit if you’re not even sure that Stamkos will hit free agency or even if he does, sign with your team?

more and other player movement talk too...

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Will The Wings Have Interest In Milan Lucic?

Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Milan Lucic via text message says he's headed to UFA market. No deal with Kings. Huge, huge name headed to July 1.

Now I suppose Kings still have time to make another new offer but that's how Lucic sees it at this juncture

added 2:58pm, LeBrun tweet,

Kings GM Dean Lombardi confirms via text message that Lucic is headed to market.

If you think he is a good fit, what is your offer?

Update: From Pierre LeBrun's "Rumblings," there's this:

-A huge name appears will be up for grabs as Milan Lucic told ESPN.com via text message Wednesday afternoon that he's headed to the UFA market. Lucic's agent spoke again with the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday but obviously the contract impasse was not solved, which GM Dean Lombardi confirmed via text. Lucic is ready to go to market after failing the last couple of months to come to a new agreement with the Kings. The Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings and a long list of teams are believed to have interest in the hulking, power forward. Lombardi also added that he's sent out a letter authorizing the Lucic camp to solicit offers and talk to the other 29 teams right away; they don't have to wait until Saturday’s window. Stay tuned.

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Griffins sign Jack Barre

Per the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed forward Jack Barre (BAIR-ree) to a standard player’s contract for the 2016-17 season.

A four-year player for the Dartmouth Big Green (ECAC), Barre, 23, compiled 49 points (19-30—49) and eight penalty minutes in 108 collegiate games. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound forward enjoyed a breakout senior season in 2015-16 and was named the team MVP after leading the Big Green with 12 goals, 14 assists, 26 points and a plus-18 rating in 29 games. Barre was named the ECAC Player of the Week on Jan. 19, 2016 and was also honored as a 2016 All-Ivy League First Team selection.

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Red Wings announce ‘dates for 2016 Traverse City Events’

From the Detroit Red Wings:

Red Wings announce dates for 2016 Traverse City events
Club will host annual Development Camp in July; NHL Prospect Tournament, Charity Golf Classic and Training Camp Returning To Centre Ice Arena In September

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the Red Wings will again stage their annual Development Camp, NHL Prospect Tournament and Training Camp at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., as well as the 18th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Mich.


The Red Wings will stage their 2016 Development Camp at Centre Ice Arena from July 6-10. The camp is comprised of drafted or signed Red Wings prospects, and will include several of the team’s selections from the upcoming 2016 NHL Entry Draft, which will be held on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., in addition to undrafted free agents. Attendees receive daily on-ice instruction and skill development from a team of coaches, take part in NHL-level off-ice workouts and attend classes designed to help players transition to professional hockey, while receiving feedback from Red Wings coaches and management.

A full schedule and complete roster will be announced at a later date. All practice sessions are open to the public. Tickets are available in-person only at Centre Ice Arena for $5 per day on each day of the event.

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