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Well, aside from finding out in the middle of the night that the Red Wings may have been in the pre-nuclear trade discussions for one Shea Weber (a day after we found out that the Wings did their best to bid for Rick Nash—hey, Holland, Nill, Martin and Babcock weren’t working their phones half the time at last week’s developmental camp to check their tee times), Wednesday was a pretty regular day in Hockeytown.
The Wings avoided salary arbitration with Kyle Quincey, signing him to a 2-year, $7.55 million deal that will probably look downright sane a year or two from now, but might have been a wee bit more than the Wings were hoping, and, with the exception of Justin Abdelkader, more or less wrapping up the Wings’ summer housekeeping (okay, they have to sign some NHL-ready call-ups from Grand Rapids, but other than that)...
My theory about the Red Wings’ roster machinations to come is a simple one: given that the Wings have re-signed Kyle Quincey to a 2-year deal which will probably look downright reasonable a year from now, and that the team’s going to re-sign Justin Abdelkader shortly and then more or less wait for Shane Doan to make up his mind while Ken Holland comes back to Detroit to have that sit-down talk with Tomas Holmstrom:
I’d gather that the Wings will wait out the free agent market to determine whether Doan or Alex Semin are interested in coming to Detroit and/or can be had for reasonable wages, they’ll move on to looking at the “c” market regarding adding a goal-scoring forward, they’ll decide which band-aid defenseman or two may be the best “fit”...
Updated 3x at 7:45 PM: If you’d told me a month ago that on July 18th, I would have spoken to Mike Babcock for ten minutes during the Wings’ summer development camp, and that Jordin Tootoo would have Tweeted the following, I would have laughed at you:
Off to Detroit in the morning ! Looking forward to finding myself a new home.— Jordin Tootoo (@Jtootoo22) July 17, 2012
Jordin Tootoo is indeed a member of the Red Wings, and perhaps the most detested member of an opposing team to join Detroit’s ranks since Chris Chelios did indeed don a Wings jersey today, as noted by the Wings’ official Twitter account…
Updated 2x at 4:02 PM: Paul for George who is running a marathon today, ha….
Ansar Khan tells us Quincey and the Wings have found common ground,
The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Kyle Quincey to a two-year, $7.55 million contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for next week.
Quincey, who earned $3.125 million in 2011-12, will make $3.55 million in 2012-13 and $4 million in 2013-14, for a salary-cap hit of $3.775 million.
Detroit, MI...The Detroit Red Wings today announced that free agent defenseman Kyly Quincey has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the team. In accordance with club policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
“We’re very pleased to agree to terms with Kyle and avoid arbitration,” says Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland. “We drafted Kyle in 2003, watched him develop into a solid NHL defenseman and look forward to having him in a Detroit uniform for the next two seasons.”
Update from George: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms…
With MLive’s Ansar Khan’s Rick Nash bombshell dropped before someone’s internet service went out last night, we’re shifting back to more pedestrian Red Wings news this morning with more discussion about Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader’s contracts.
The Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Wings will have to submit legal briefs of their stance against Quincey earning a big raise two days before the team’s scheduled to meet with an salary arbitrator a week from today, but Ken Holland told St. James that he believes the team’s not likely to engage in their third arbitration hearing since 1995:
Via RedWingsFeed, I believe this counts as a mid-July blockbuster:
According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings did their very best to attempt to acquire: the superstar forward, but the Columbus Blue Jackets simply wouldn’t do business with their self-proclaimed arch-rival:
The Red Wings made “a hell of an offer’’ to Columbus for Nash, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. But the offer generated no conversation. No counteroffer, no back and forth negotiation, nothing.
It is clear Columbus has no intention of trading the face of its franchise to the team it considers to be its top rival, a Detroit club that has dominated the Blue Jackets since they entered the NHL in 2000-01. The last thing Columbus general manager Scott Howson wants to see is Nash being paired with Pavel Datsyuk and his Blue Jackets having to deal with that scenario six times a season.
Khan attempts to offer an educated guess as to what the Wings may have dangled in front of Columbus given Scott Howson’s desire for NHL-ready forwards…
Excellent news from the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness this evening: the Wings will avoid a nasty arbitration hearing with restricted free agent Kyle Quincey, and are likely to ink him to a contract extension soon:
“I know we’re close,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland, of the on-going negotiations with Kyle Quincey in a phone interview Tuesday. “We’re hoping to avoid the arbitration process.”
Quincey’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 25. Both sides need to have their briefs for the hearing by 9 a.m. Monday.
“It’s good motivation for us to work on this thing, but I’m optimistic we’ll find a solution prior to going to the hearing on Wednesday,” Holland said.
Pleiness suggests that the Wings will ink Quincey to a 1-2 deal at a Jonathan Ericsson-like $3.25-or-so million per season, essentially making him a “try-out” as much as a reclamation project going forward…
It’s dangerous to call any news day a “slow” one, but thus far, today’s Red Wings news is…sparse. We’ll start this roundup with this quip from the Red Wings…
Earlier on Monday evening, MLive’s Ansar Khan reported that Red Wings GM Ken Holland is attempting to ink the Wings’ restricted free agents, Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader, to new contracts. This morning, the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Wings are actually a little further along in the negotiating process with both players than Khan reported…
The Wings have been talking to Abdelkader’s camp for a while, and the negotiations were going well enough that Abdelkader opted not to file for arbitration by the July 5 deadline, unlike teammate Kyle Quincey. Quincey has a hearing July 25, and while the sides could reach an agreement before then, Quincey would, through arbitration, be assured a one-year deal that would leave him an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Again, Holland has gone through with exactly two arbitration hearings since 1995 in Ray Sheppard and Jiri Hudler, so it’s incredibly unlikely that he’ll do the same with Quincey…
With CBA uncertainty and talk of 40-something players making comebacks filling the “slow days” of mid-July, MLive’s Ansar Khan provides an update on different can of “strange” in the Red Wings’ slow-but-steady pursuit of one Shane Doan, should the 35-year-old decide to leave the Phoenix Coyotes…
“I’ve had conversations with Shane Doan’s representatives,’’ Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “I told them we have interest.’‘
The Red Wings are prepared to wait as long as it takes, not that they have much choice, considering the extremely limited options in free agency and the high cost of trading for an impact player.
But for the present moment, the uncertainty as to whether the legal efforts to block the Coyotes’ sale mean that the Wings and every other team interested in Doan are in thumb-twiddling mode:
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