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We might as well have an "evening line," so here is this evening's "hot take" from one Danny DeKeyser, via the Windsor Star's Jim Parker:
DeKeyser jumped right from college hockey to the Red Wings and has produced 14 goals and 75 points in 234 games. Despite the loss of Pavel Datsyuk, DeKeyser is excited about the team’s future.
“Losing Pavel hurts,” DeKeyser said. “There’s nobody that’s going to be able to replace him. There’s no single guy that can replace him. We’ve got some veteran forwards that have proven in the past they can score goals and help out teams. I’m really excited to see what these guys can do and help us out.
“We have some young guys that will be taking some bigger steps here as well. I think we’ll be fine. I think we have the potential to have a really good season.”
Update: I dig DeKeyser's take on being a Michigan-born Red Wing, too, via the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:
“Anybody who’s from Michigan has, I’m sure, grown up a big Red Wings fan, just like myself. And it’s been great for me to play here,” DeKeyser said. “Sometimes I kind of catch myself every now and then, not really taking things for granted but, just like not really realizing how special it is to be able to play for your hometown and your home state. Today just makes me realize how lucky I am and how special an opportunity I have to be play here.”
From the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Barring an 11th hour agreement, the Detroit Red Wings will be making a rare appearance before an arbitrator.
As of Tuesday evening, there was still no accord between the Wings and restricted free agent goaltender Petr Mrazek.
“Ideally, I'd love to negotiate a deal with all our players,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said from Toronto, site of the Wednesday hearing. “We’ll see.”
The Wings were the ones filing for arbitration, in response to Mrazek’s demands for $5 million annually. Mrazek, 24, had the choice of requesting a one-year or two-year deal and opted for the latter. The Wings, in their brief, offered $2.7 million the first season and $3.15 million the second season.
In a hearing, each side gets to present its case. The arbitrator can rule entirely in the favor of either side – or settle on a number in between.
The Wings have until 9 AM EDT on Wednesday to negotiate with Mrazek before going before the arbitrator, and if they don't reach an accord, the arbitrator will have 48 hours to issue a ruling.
This is a strangely-grouped set of afternoon/evening news items, but they're going to be grouped together anyway:
1. The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a YouTube video explaining their Griffins Youth Foundation's purpose and mission, and it's a pretty cool video:
2. I'm putting out a Czech APB regarding an extended interview that Petr Mrazek gave iSport.cz's Miroslav Horak. The part about his arbitration hearing was posted yesterday, but the part about his goalie camp in the Czech Republic is new, and in the Google Translation, at least, there's a part where Mrazek suggests that the Red Wings' team isn't quite built as it should be going into the regular season. If anybody's willing to lend a hand with the translation, I'd appreciate it;
3. And I this theme will repeat itself ad nauseam as we make our way toward the regular season: today, the Hockey News's Matt Larkin is the one suggesting that the Red Wings are one of three teams that made the playoffs in 2015-16 who may not make the cut in 2016-17:
I don't know if you saw this when Paul posted it yesterday, so here's an announcement from Fox Sports Detroit:
FOX Sports Regional Networks will begin live streaming local NHL telecasts beginning with the upcoming 2016-17 season, the National Hockey League and FOX Sports announced today.
As part of a new multi-year agreement, NHL games televised on FOX Sports Regional Networks will be available for live streaming on FOX Sports GO to customers of participating pay-TV providers.
The agreement also allows distributors, including new streaming services, to deliver NHL games via their digital platforms as part of their carriage of the Fox RSNs.
"We are pleased that hockey fans that subscribe to FOX Sports Regional Networks will now have more ways to follow their favorite NHL teams," said David M. Proper, NHL Executive Vice President of Media Distribution and Strategy / Business Affairs. "We believe increasing accessibility to NHL games benefits not only fans, but the league and its partners."
"We see in-market streaming as a valuable extension of the customers' pay-TV subscription," said Jeff Krolik, President, FOX Sports Regional Networks. "We're happy to partner with the NHL to bring in-market streaming to hockey fans, and we look forward to collaborating with the league on this effort."
Training in full swing, almost time to go on the ice
It's said that the end is the beginning of a new start. That's certainly true for NHL players. Whether their team misses the playoffs or is eliminated in any of the four playoff rounds, or stands as the Stanley Cup champions, once the final whistle sounds during the last game of the season, preparations begin for the next season.
As much as time away from the rink is a chance to relax from 82 games in the long hunt for Lord Stanley's trophy, it's a time to prepare for the next season and a new quest for the hockey world's most coveted trophy. But it's also time to get rest in order to prepare for the next season with full focus.
That's an NHL player's summer.
With the 2015-16 season in the rear-view mirror and the 2016-17 season in front of us, NHL.com/sv follows a player as he summarizes and documents his previous season while preparing for the event.
For 15 years, the Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing has enjoyed excellent weather while raising important funds for research to find a cure for autism. The legendary Red Wing hopes Mother Nature will cooperate for a 16th straight time this September.
“So far, touch wood, we’ve never been rained out,” Lindsay said. “We had a couple of drops of rain at the start last year but before they got the first hole in the sun came out. So hopefully it continues.”
Current Red Wings will join the team’s coaching staff, alumni and other local luminaries at Lindsay’s 16th annual fund raiser, which returns to Wabeek Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. The event will be held Sept. 12.
The 18-hole scramble with a shotgun start begins at 12 p.m. The dinner and awards program, with open bar and silent and live auctions, will kick off at 6 p.m.
All proceeds from the golf outing go toward the Ted Lindsay Foundation’s mission to raise funds to support research and educational programs, focusing on the cause and management of autism spectrum disorders.
The Red Wings are getting to the point where they're nuzzling up against the salary cap with Petr Mrazek's arbitration hearing looming tomorrow, and the Hockey News's Jared Clinton duly notes that Mrazek's salary may end up yielding an overage even if the Wings place Johan Franzen's $3.954 million and Joe Vitale's $1.16 million salaries on the LTIR:
On the Red Wings’ suggested deal, Mrazek’s cap hit would be a palatable $2.925 million. Combine that with the overage, and the Red Wings are $3.164 million over the cap with enough relief on its way via Franzen’s $3.955 million cap hit coming off the books via LTIR. In fact, Detroit’s ask would even give the Red Wings some room to operate, as hard as that may be to believe.
That’s the absolute best-case scenario for the Red Wings, especially with Holland suggesting he might still be looking to add a defenseman. If he can then use the bit of additional salary available plus a package of players to add a rearguard, he can improve his blueline.
However, if Mrazek’s cap hit comes in at his asking price, $5 million per season, Detroit’s in some trouble. Being a combined $5.239 million over the cap wouldn’t allow the Red Wings to simply place Franzen on LTIR and move on, but rather put Detroit in a position where an additional $1.28 million in salary needs to be moved out before the campaign begins.
The bottom-six players falling in that salary range include Joe Vitale, Drew Miller, Dylan Larkin, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen and Steve Ott. Holland’s not dealing Larkin, Vitale’s health may make him difficult to trade and Miller and Ott’s age means they aren’t likely to have many suitors. That leaves Jurco and Pulkkinen as the top trade candidates, but packaging and/or moving both would be the only way to become cap compliant.
Vitale will be placed on the LTIR, but the Wings still will have 16-18 forwards battling for 13-14 spots during training camp and the exhibition season, so a trade of a larger scale appears to be in the offing...
The other option is a higher-priced player, and that might have to be the direction Detroit goes. Neither Gustav Nyquist, 26, or Tomas Tatar, 25, carry any clauses that would hinder the Red Wings from making a deal, and both would draw interest were Holland to call around about moving them. Nyquist’s $4.75-million cap hit would give Detroit space to add the defenseman Holland is reportedly after, while Tatar’s $2.75-million cap hit also gives the Red Wings a bit of additional breathing room. That said, trading either might be the worst-case scenario option should the arbitrator rule heavily in Mrazek’s favor.
Clinton continues, and as the Red Wings don't have to be cap-compliant until September 29th, we should have our answer as to what the Wings will do to alleviate both their roster and cap crunches in mid-to-late September.
Updated 8x at 1:45 PM: The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose "live Tweeted" Danny DeKeyser's press conference subsequent to DeKeyser's signing of a 6-year, $30 million contract:
From the Toledo Walleye:
Up your game at our Youth Hockey Summer Camp
Skate on the Huntington Center ice, learn from the pros and have fun while improving your skills. The Walleye will host a Youth Hockey Summer Camp in August for aspiring T-Town Hockey players! This camp is presented by both ProMedica and Wendy's.
The 2016 Youth Hockey Summer Camp runs from Monday, August 8 until Friday, August 12. This is a fantastic opportunity for hockey players ages 7 to 13 to learn from the Walleye coaching staff while skating on the same ice as the Walleye players! Both a Main Camp and a Goalie Camp are offered.
For additional info regarding the 2016 Youth Hockey Summer Camp, click here.
MLive's Brendan Savage broke down the arbitration process ahead of a possible hearing between Petr Mrazek and the Wings:
Teams can take a player to arbitration just once in his career but there are no restrictions on the number of a times a player can file or the size of his award.
The player can't receive less than 85 percent of his salary from the previous year and factors the arbitrator considers before making a decision include statistics from all previous seasons, a player's value to his team, leadership qualities and the performance/salary of players considered comparable.
Factors that can't be considered include comparisons to players who signed contracts as unrestricted free agents, testimonials, media reports, the salary cap and a team's financial situation.
When a case reaches arbitration, each side has 90 minutes to present its case. There's also a limit to the length of the brief submitted so neither side can bury the arbitrator in paperwork, according to Holland.
"Otherwise, we could send 1,000 pages and muddy the waters," Holland said. "There's limits to how many pages. There's limits to how long you can talk."
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