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Custance: ‘Wining and dining’ window’s trial run endured some ups, downs and murky boundaries

The Red Wings were one of the beneficiaries of the NHL's new "wining and dining" window in which teams are actually legally allowed to speak with unrestricted free agents-to-be regarding their possible "fits" in new cities.

This used to go on in generalities broached by players agents and GM's, and the extra-legal pre-free agency chit chats about, say, a client who may be available for X dollars at Y years, probably still went on between the trade deadline and the start of free agency, but the "wining and dining" window is at least supposed to bring that out into the open and actually allow both UFA's-to-be and prospective employers get to know each other over days as opposed to career-defining minutes and hours after noon.

The problem with the "wining and dining" period this year, as ESPN's Craig Custance notes (in an Insider-only article), is that dollar amounts were already being exchanged before the NHL, at the behest of one GM (cough Dean Lombardi cough), clarified the rules, and not everyone adhered to the rules of engagement given that nobody really knew what the boundaries were:

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Chairman Mao shouldn’t ruin a good day? Damn straight, Cheli. Damn straight.

I hadn't checked any hockey news between pulling out of the driveway in South Lyon and the Burger King in Grayling, Michigan, mostly because I was pretty damn sure that Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan would indeed be named to the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2013 induction class today.

After wolfing down a hurried burger in Grayling, I checked my email, and the NHL's press release was there, but there was no transcript of the conference call that was supposed to go down. So I checked Twitter briefly to find out what was said, and I stumbled upon this gem from Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski:

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Chelios And Shanahan Videos

I've embedded a few videos of Chris Cheilios and Brendan Shanahan, some very popular and some are not.

We will start of with this one of Chelios going after Larry Murphy and there are more below...

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Chelios And Shanahan Part Of The 2013 HHOF Class

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Former Detroit Red Wings teammates Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame shoulder-to-shoulder, as both were among the 2013 inductees announced today.

The only other player to be included was defenseman Scott Niedermayer. Eligible candidates were voted on by an 18-member selection committee. The maximum number of players per class is four.


added 3:29pm, from the Detroit Red Wings,

The Hockey Hall of Fame introduced its incoming induction class of 2013 on Tuesday afternoon, which includes former Red Wings Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan, as well as Scott Niedermayer.

“It’s a great honor to be selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame,” said Chelios in a statement released by the organization. “To have such a long career in the game has been fantastic for me, and being named to the Hall is a huge recognition for what I was able to accomplish.”...

“I’ve always been fortunate to have great teammates and coaches throughout my career,” said Shanahan in a prepared statement. “At every level I have tried to learn and my key to success was having people around me that helped me improve my game.”.

Shanahan was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the first round (2nd overall) in 1987. A member of the Devils for four seasons, before signing as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues in 1991. He player four seasons with the Blues and had back-to-back 50 goal seasons in 1992-93 and 1993-94.


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Griffins make Hoggan and Paetsch signings official

Last night, Fox 17's Steve Amorose reported that the Grand Rapids Griffins were about to re-sign captain Jeff Hoggan and Nathan Paetsch, yielding the returns of four of the 5 AHL veterans the Griffins signed this past season in Hoggan, Paetsch, and the re-signed Triston Grant and Brennan Evans (there's no news as to what Brett Skinner's plans are, but the Griffins' stacked blueline probably means that Skinner won't return).

Today, the Griffins confirmed that they're retaining Hoggan and Paetsch's services:

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Red Wings mid-day news: on the significance of the Wings’ summer development camp

The Detroit Red Wings' summer development camp begins tomorrow in Traverse City, MI, and while we've talked about the players listed as participating and a little bit about the free agent invitees, we haven't talked about the reasons why the Wings are bringing 37 prospects and free agents (half of the roster consists of free agents, and as the Wings are at the 50-man roster limit, none of said players can hope for much more than invites to the fall prospect tournament and/or AHL deals) and one Darren Helm to Traverse City, accompanied by the Grand Rapids Griffins' coaches, goalie coach Jim Bedard, Red Wings strength and conditioning coach Peter Renzetti and Griffins strength and conditioning coach Aaron Downey, the team's equipment staff, trainers and the majority of the front office, all at great expense to the organization...

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On escrow and a very important under-the-radar meeting

While I was preparing my final entry before heading up to the Wings' development camp, RDS's Renaud Lavoie reported that the shrinking salary cap and players' split of revenues going down to 50% from 57% will yield yet another season of, "Cap recapture via escrow"...

And, as it turns out, a "retweet" from Justin Abdelkader revealed that the NHLPA's holding its annual summertime meeting for North American players this week, and the North American and European PA meetings are INCREDIBLY important because the PA has to sign off on the rule changes recommended by the GM's, vetted by the competition committee and approved by the Board of Governors before they take effect (see: hybrid icing, grandfathering in visor usage, etc.):

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Red Wings overnight report: variations on familiar themes and good Alfredsson news for once

At this point I feel like a little bit of a broken record, but that's the way July tends to go...And as such, we're going to be talking about the incredibly high probability that Brendan Shanahan and Chris Chelios will named part of the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2013 induction class today at 3 PM EDT, we'll talk about free agent signings, a bit about the summer development camp, and we've got even more Daniel Alfredsson talk.

To switch things up, we'll start with the Free Press's Jamie Samuelssen's assessment of the Red Wings' free agent signings as compared to the moves made by the Detroit Pistons:

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Grand Rapids Griffins to re-sign captain Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Nathan Paetsch

I jumped the gun in assuming that the Grand Rapids Griffins had brought back one of the AHL-only contracted vets who played for the Grififns during their Calder Cup run in in defenseman Nathan Paetsch a couple days ago--when the team re-signed Triston Grant and Brennan Evans instead...

But now I don't have to worry about getting it wrong. According to Fox 17's Steve Amorose, the Griffins are indeed going to bring back Paetsch (it's entirely possible that Paetsch and Evans will be inked to two-way deals when the Wings clear roster space so that the team has #8/9 defensemen to recall in case of injuries, too) and Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan as well:

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Red Wings evening news: ‘old’ Wings, Hall-of-Famers, prospects and grades

Most of this evening's Red Wings-related news (and given my travel commitments, this may be the overnight report, folks) touches upon topics that you and I've discussed during the mid-day post and overnight report (as well as the releasing of the Wings' summer development camp roster), but I had to laugh when I read the Wall Street Journal's Mike Sielski suggest that the Wings are going back to an, "Old tricks are the best tricks" model of free agent recruitment:

By signing free-agent forward Daniel Alfredsson to a one-year contract last week, the Detroit Red Wings continued a long-running franchise tradition: acquiring old guys. Alfredsson, who spent 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators and turned 40 in December, will be the ninth 40-something to play for the Wings since 2000. In fact, Detroit could put a pretty fair team on the ice with all those geezers. They include perhaps the greatest goaltender of his generation (Dominik Hasek), three defensemen who either have been or will be inducted into the Hall of Fame (Chris Chelios, Larry Murphy, Nicklas Lidstrom) and a group of All-Star-caliber forwards (Steve Yzerman, Mike Modano, Igor Larionov and Steve Thomas).

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