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Nicklas Lidstrom spoke with Expressen's Linus Sunnervik about his decision to join a financial asset management company recently (Lidstrom is already part of a real estate firm in Vasteras and helps out with his youngest son's youth team, and he scouts for the Wings as well, so he's very busy!). Here's a rough translation of his interview:
"Lidas" about the deaths: "The NHL could do more."
Bastad, Sweden. Despite all his great awards, Nicklas Lidstrom feels like a rookie again.
Sportexpressen met the 45-year-old for a conversation about his new life in the financial world, his similarities with partner Stefan Edberg, the deaths in the NHL--and a possible job with the Tre Kronor [Swedish National Team].
"It might come into my thoughts in a few years, but at the moment I don't feel up to it," says Lidstrom.
Tennis week in Bastad has been taken over by Swedish NHL players. At the beach, Hampus Lindholm, Gustav Nyquist and Andre Burakowsky are taking part in a volleyball game. On center court's honorary bleachers, Henrik Lundqvist's tennis games will follow.
And in the sponsor's stands, in the barn with the "pressure case," stands Nicklas Lidstrom.
Among foreign-language-Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Tomas Jurco spoke with Sport.sme.sk's Marian Korbel about his new contract with Detroit (and what follows is very, very roughly translated)...
The Slovak hockey player was the last free agent on Detroit's team, and the team finally agreed on further cooperation. "Although the agreement didn't come until now, I wasn't nervous at all. I knew that the team was interested in my services, and that ultimately we'd sign a new contract," said the forward Tomas Jurco to Novy CAS, who will earn 1.65 million Euros over the course of two years. "Moreover I couldn't get much more, this is a maximum deal, so I'm happy. I have a one-way contract, meaning that the team won't send me to the farm and lower competition of the AHL," said the Kosice natigve who's played in 99 games with the Red Wings. In the new year he'll be wearing a Detroit jersey together with his compatriot Tomas Tatar. "We haven't spoken [to each other yet], but I'm glad I have a contract and now I can concentrate on summer training. I hope to fly to America in late August," added Jurco.
2. And both Sports.ru's Cyril Novokschenov and Sport-Express report that Pavel Datsyuk visited the locker rooms of the soccer teams Ural Yekaterinburg and Zeint St. Petersburg after the teams played in Yekaterinburg today, swapping jerseys/sweaters with Zenit's Oleg Shatov and "Hulk."
I reported last week that Red Wings prospect Chase Perry left Colorado College to rejoin the BCHL's Wenatchee Wild due to a lack of playing time at Colorado College (he barely started and was generally used in mop-up duty behind starter Tyler Marble), and the Free Press's George Sipple confirms that Perry did in fact choose to leave Colorado Springs for that reason:
Asked about Perry's move back to juniors, Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said: "We're supportive of that decision, because at the end of the day he's gotta find a place where he's going to play and develop. It did not appear that was going to be Colorado College."
The Wild is moving from the North American Hockey League to the British Columbia Hockey League, and Perry will be reunited with his former coach and former billet family.
Martin said Perry would likely get a lot of playing time for the Wild next season and plans to transfer to another college in 2016-17, where he'd have three years of eligibility remaining.
That's the good thing about the BCHL--it's an amateur Junior A league, so players who participate in the league can retain their NCAA eligibility.
The Wings drafted Perry (6-feet-3, 189 pounds) after he went 15-12-6 with a 2.34 GAA and a .905 save percentage as an NAHL rookie in 2013-2014.
"His size, his athleticism," Martin said of why the Wings selected him. "Good technical skill."
Via Allhockey.ru, the Komsomolskaya Pravda Kazan's Kristina Gizatulina engaged in an interview with Pavel Datsyuk during his hockey camp in Kazan this past week, and here's a rough translation fo the interview:
We're going to talk about Tomas Jurco's contract a bit and then get into snippet-tidbit territory.
So Jurco did end up re-signing with the Wings for two years, at a cap hit of $900,000 per season, and while we don't have Capgeek any more, General Fanager, Hockey's Cap, CapFriendly and War-on-Ice estimate that the Wings are somewhere between $675,000 and $1.4 million above the salary cap, and MLive's Brendan Savage suggests that the Wings are somewhere below Hockey's Cap's estimate but still above both the cap and the 23-man roster limit (and he provides a list of salaries as well):
The Red Wings have 24 players signed at a cap figure of $71.6 million (that includes players projected to make the roster plus $1.066 million from Stephen Weiss' buyout). That is slightly more than the $71.4 million salary cap and is one player over the 23-man roster limit.
However, Pavel Datsyuk is expected to start the season on injured reserve following ankle surgery on June 25. And if Johan Franzen (concussion) isn't cleared by doctors he'll go on long-term injured reserve, giving the Red Wings up to $3.95 million in cap relief.
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff has the Wings $1.5 million over the cap...
added 7:23pm, Detroit release is below...
Among today's Red Wings-related news stories:
SVT's Marie Lehmann offered a cavalcade of last-day-of-Pavel Datsyuk's-hockey-school Tweets...
The gents over at Octopus Thrower asked me to weigh in as to whether Dylan Larin or Anthony Mantha will reach the NHL first as part of their Friday roundtable, and as you might imagine, I had quite a bit to say...
George Malik – The Malik Report
I fully believe that the Red Wings will promote Dylan Larkin before Anthony Mantha because the team’s center depth is theoretically shallow enough that Larkin will get his cup of coffee by the end of the calendar year. I don’t think that he’ll stick unless somebody gets hurt, but he’ll get in a game or three. I’m not sure which player’s going to “stick” first–that’s much more difficult to predict–and I hesitate to suggest that one player is better or worse than the other because Larkin and Mantha are just so very different.
In Dylan Larkin, you’re looking at a possible #1 center who has a fantastic foundation as a pro prospect because he comes out of Metro Detroit’s incredibly competitive midget AAA hockey programs, the U.S. National Team Development Program, which prepares players for the pro game in a hurry, and of course Red Berenson’s Wolverines.
Larkin is much more a “finished player” than Mantha, who played on a much shallower team in a much less competitive Quebec League, and as such, Mantha’s still learning the on-and-off-ice work habits and consistency necessary to become an NHL player, and it may take him another year to year-and-a-half to bring his game together, whereas Larkin is far “readier” to play as a two-way center with some goal-scoring and playmaking aplomb (and a surprising level of “bite).
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Among this morning's Red Wings-related news stories (it's really one story and a bunch of tidbits, but don't tell):
The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa engaged in a lengthy Q and A with new Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, and it's a superb insight into the Wings' coach several months into his tenure:
Q. Can Jeff Blashill motivate those three big stars [Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Kronwall], if they need motivation? Do you feel confident you can have that relationship with them?
A. Certainly. This is the thing I’ve said all of the time: I have an inherent belief that players want to be great. I certainly have an inherent belief that those three want to be great.
I also understand that everybody reaches their maximum potential when they’re held accountable on a daily basis. But that can be done lots of different ways.
That can be done with a conversation, off to the side, saying we’ve got to be better than we were today. That can be done by pointing out things in video. That can be done by a kick in the butt.
Whatever it takes to make sure that I’m holding every player on our team accountable, that’s my job to do. It’s just the fashion in which you do it can change, and it can change by the player ...
Update: Oh fun:
Update #2: From MLive's Brendan Savage:
Forward Tomas Jurco, the Detroit Red Wings' final unsigned restricted free agent, told a website in Slovakia that he's closing in on a two-year contract agreement with the club.
But a source says Jurco and the Red Wings aren't close to striking a deal.
Slovak is a difficult language to translate, so this is very, very rough, but Tomas Jurco spoke with Hokejportal.net's Pavol Rajtar regarding his status as a restricted free agent and his new contract with the Wings, which will apparently be a 2-year deal pretty close to his previous salary.
Here's a very, very rough translation of Rajtar's article:
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