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Paul already posted Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s take on collective bargaining agreement negotiations in a conversation Holland had with the Vernon Morning Star’s Kevin Mitchell , and here’s his take on helping the Wings navigate a difficult transition period (sorry for the sloppy cutting and pasting of text—I’m writing this from my phone):
Looking at the Red Wings’ summer development camp in the rearview mirror, I find it somewhat ironic that news regarding the surprisingly large Jake De Haas’s trade to the BCHL’s Penticton Vees popped up on Friday, and that the Free Press’s George Sipple profiled Andreas Athanasiou today, because the pair of prospects almost prompted a delayed reaction in terms of the impressions the pair left upon me.
I’m heading on vacation for a week today, and as such, my availability will be limited for the vast majority of the next week. I’m heading to the U.P. and a location where internet access extends to a “clubhouse” but not the cabin I’ll be staying in—I will kinda sorta be on vacation—so if anything big breaks, Paul will cover it here, but I’ll only checking in a couple of times a day. I’ll return on Saturday, August 4th and will take things a bit slow due to the time of year (here’s hoping that it’s not too quiet). Before I embark on a 400-mile drive with the mom:
As you might expect in late July, the news cycle is a feast-or-famine one, and we begin with St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock’s assessment of the state of the Red Wings in a discussion of the Blues’ Central Division rivals, held with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford:
Via RedWingsFeed, I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but involves a member of the Red Wings and what is sure to be an incredibly difficult time for him. From the Denver Post’s Terry Frei:
Finally scheduled to begin on Sept. 24 in Ontario, the trial in the lawsuit of former Avalanche forward Steve Moore against Todd Bertuzzi, the Vancouver Canucks and Marc Crawford now has been “adjourned” to Jan. 28, 2013.
The defense requested and was granted the latest delay. It’s unclear how Bertuzzi’s still-playing status with the Detroit Red Wings would be handled, but I’m assuming it wouldn’t be shocking if it were pushed back again, to after the season.
The trial could last as long as three months.
After both MLive’s Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirmed Aaron Ward’s Tweet that the Red Wings had bowed out of the Shane Doan sweepstakes, and after the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts reported that Doan’s camp wants a 4-year, $30 million contract for a 35-year-old with hard miles on his odometer—a contract which would remain on a team’s payroll even if Doan retired early…
I’d resigned myself to the fact that Doan wasn’t coming to Detroit.
Given my personal schedule for the day (running errands and packing for tomorrow’s trip “up north” for a week), and perhaps for all of our nerves’ sake after the no Semin/no Doan bummerfest that was Thursday, today’s crop of Red Wings news is relatively sparse and spartan—at least by this incredibly busy July news cycle’s standards (knock on wood).
• Well, okay, we’re not out of the Semin/Doan woods yet, via RedWingsFeed:
Shane Doan wants $30-million over four years if he leaves Phoenix Coyotes, source says. That will scare off more than Detroit Red Wings.— David Shoalts (@dshoalts) July 27, 2012
That’s crazy, frankly. That’s about
[edit/update: Dear Gord, $7.5 million a season /end edit], for four years, for a 35-year-old forward whose cap hit, under this CBA, counts against the cap regardless of whether he plays until he’s 39.
The fact that new Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill didn’t attend the Red Wings’ summer development camp raised some eyebrows among Wings fans, but I tried to tread very gently in that area because I knew what was happening: Blashill’s 2-year-old son, Owen, was slated to have surgery to repair a hole in his heart at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and it was one of those rare situations where the best thing you can do to respect someone’s family is to respect their privacy. According to the Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner, all went well:
“There was some stress, some unknown that goes along with it,” he said. “But when you go through something like this, you’re very thankful to be part of an organization that has the perspective that family comes first.”
Blashill, during his June 28 introduction, spoke of the family-orientated atmosphere of the Detroit organization, and thanked his family – wife Erica, Owen and other children Teddy, who’s 6 and Josie, who’s 4 – for their understanding.
“Without their total commitment to hockey and to this lifestyle, I certainly wouldn’t be standing here today,” he said.
Updated with more “overnight report” type stuff at 4:44 AM: On a tumultuous day for Red Wings’ fans collective and individual emotional well-being, I’d usually stuff this into an overnight report, but we might as well shake the bad news out of the bad news tree while it’s giving: MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that Aaron Ward’s suggestion that the Red Wings have chosen to step out of the bidding for Shane Doan is indeed true, but it’s true for the right reason:
An acute and consistent case of CBA insanity preying upon the minds of general managers and owners who seem to believe that they can spend as much as they want for the few top-flight free agents out there because they’ll claw a quarter of it back from the players (as Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien noted, Jim Rutherford dropped $7 million on Alex Semin after sitting in on CBA negotiations).
Anyway, here’s Khan’s last bit of bad news for the day:
What the title says, given what TSN’s Aaron Ward is reporting regarding the Red Wings and the Shane Doan sweepstakes:
Clearly, I can’t go on vacation. I made preparations today and the Wings chose not to bid on Alex Semin, and now this—mind you, Doan’s not going to sign with a Western Conference team unless it’s Phoenix, but still…
Updated with actual news at 4:51 PM: Bad things happen when I go to community mental health and get stuck waiting…and bad things are probably going to happen in this thread. Those of you who have already attempted to hurl yourselves off the Red Wings’ bandwagon may very well want to speak to my psychiatrist or take some of my medication now that Alex Semin’s signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Free Press’s Helene St. James doesn’t believe that Ken Holland whiffed on this one, especially given the cost involved…
Hurricanes take $7M 1Y chance on Alexander Semin.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 26, 2012
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