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Expansion Rules- Protected List, Who Get Exposed, Etc.

via a release from the NHL,

The following rules were approved for the 2017 Expansion Draft:

Protected Lists
* Clubs will have two options for players they wish to protect in the Expansion Draft:

a) Seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender

b) Eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender

* All players who have currently effective and continuing "No Movement" clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who to decline to waive such clauses) must be protected (and will be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits).

* All first- and second-year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits).

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Rumblings On Pavel Datsyuk’s Contract

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There have been conversations between the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings regarding the Wings' attempts to shed Pavel Datsyuk's $7.5 million cap hit, but as of Wednesday early afternoon there was nothing imminent.

I hear the Wings have spoken to a few teams but so far the price for Detroit to be able to shed that cap hit is just too high. I think they’d be willing to give up a second-round pick along with Datsyuk’s cap hit but at this point I don’t see them giving up a first-rounder or one of their very best prospects to get it done.

Keep in mind, the Red Wings don’t have to figure this out right now. A team doesn’t have to be cap compliant until the beginning of next season. So even if Datsyuk remains on the cap July 1, it doesn’t prohibit Detroit from making a lucrative offer to pending UFA star Steven Stamkos.

Let’s say, for example, the Wings do land Stamkos on July 1. They can then turn around and perhaps be willing to spend a bigger price for unloading Datsyuk’s cap hit. But why, if you’re Detroit, would you trade a first-round pick or a top-end prospect now just to get rid of Datsyuk’s cap hit if you’re not even sure that Stamkos will hit free agency or even if he does, sign with your team?

more and other player movement talk too...

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Will The Wings Have Interest In Milan Lucic?

Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Milan Lucic via text message says he's headed to UFA market. No deal with Kings. Huge, huge name headed to July 1.

Now I suppose Kings still have time to make another new offer but that's how Lucic sees it at this juncture

added 2:58pm, LeBrun tweet,

Kings GM Dean Lombardi confirms via text message that Lucic is headed to market.

If you think he is a good fit, what is your offer?

Update: From Pierre LeBrun's "Rumblings," there's this:

-A huge name appears will be up for grabs as Milan Lucic told ESPN.com via text message Wednesday afternoon that he's headed to the UFA market. Lucic's agent spoke again with the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday but obviously the contract impasse was not solved, which GM Dean Lombardi confirmed via text. Lucic is ready to go to market after failing the last couple of months to come to a new agreement with the Kings. The Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings and a long list of teams are believed to have interest in the hulking, power forward. Lombardi also added that he's sent out a letter authorizing the Lucic camp to solicit offers and talk to the other 29 teams right away; they don't have to wait until Saturday’s window. Stay tuned.

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Griffins sign Jack Barre

Per the Grand Rapids Griffins:

GRIFFINS ADD BARRE

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed forward Jack Barre (BAIR-ree) to a standard player’s contract for the 2016-17 season.

A four-year player for the Dartmouth Big Green (ECAC), Barre, 23, compiled 49 points (19-30—49) and eight penalty minutes in 108 collegiate games. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound forward enjoyed a breakout senior season in 2015-16 and was named the team MVP after leading the Big Green with 12 goals, 14 assists, 26 points and a plus-18 rating in 29 games. Barre was named the ECAC Player of the Week on Jan. 19, 2016 and was also honored as a 2016 All-Ivy League First Team selection.

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Red Wings announce ‘dates for 2016 Traverse City Events’

From the Detroit Red Wings:

Red Wings announce dates for 2016 Traverse City events
Club will host annual Development Camp in July; NHL Prospect Tournament, Charity Golf Classic and Training Camp Returning To Centre Ice Arena In September


DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the Red Wings will again stage their annual Development Camp, NHL Prospect Tournament and Training Camp at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., as well as the 18th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Mich.

DEVELOPMENT CAMP

The Red Wings will stage their 2016 Development Camp at Centre Ice Arena from July 6-10. The camp is comprised of drafted or signed Red Wings prospects, and will include several of the team’s selections from the upcoming 2016 NHL Entry Draft, which will be held on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., in addition to undrafted free agents. Attendees receive daily on-ice instruction and skill development from a team of coaches, take part in NHL-level off-ice workouts and attend classes designed to help players transition to professional hockey, while receiving feedback from Red Wings coaches and management.

A full schedule and complete roster will be announced at a later date. All practice sessions are open to the public. Tickets are available in-person only at Centre Ice Arena for $5 per day on each day of the event.

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‘Three Things’: Quality Quincey, the ‘lower limit’ and mock drafts

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. This is...different...

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James suggests that the NHL's salary cap's lower limit is good news for the team:

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Caputo’s three-pronged approach to solving the Datsyuk problem

The Oakland Press's Pat Caputo is pressing very hard for the Red Wings to make three significant roster moves (and I'm not sure where he gets the Mantha theory) in order to recover from Pavel Datsyuk's decision to go back to Russia:

The thought Datsyuk hasn’t soiled his legacy in Detroit is preposterous. He left the Red Wings - and particularly general manager Ken Holland - holding a massive bag of air that officially popped over the weekend. He essentially got the money he was seeking with a long-term deal, conveniently cut out the last season. He will likely have a nice contract in the KHL back in Russia anyway, This after playing two seasons in which it was clear he wasn’t particularly motivated.

Secondly, while Holland had earned plenty of slack given the Red Wings’ success in the past, it’s pretty much been used up. When was the last time the Red Wings’ acquired a genuine impact player from another organization? Brad Stuart?

As such...

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UFA Of Interest - Troy Brouwer

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Why he would interest the Red Wings: He would help compensate for some of the offense lost with Pavel Datsyuk's departure and would provide size and a physical presence for a team that lacks size up front. They could also use another right-handed shooter, especially in their top six.

How he could fit in with the Red Wings: A complementary top-six winger. He would play on the power play and on the penalty kill.

What it might take to get him: Perhaps a four- or five-year deal in the range of $4.5 million a season.

Three key questions: 1. Should the Red Wings pursue a center instead? 2. Did he just catch lightning in a bottle in the playoffs? 3. All things being equal, how much would it help having a right shot in the top six and on the power play?

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A bit of cap talk

As Ken Holland said this past Saturday, "It's all on General Fanager...Or CapFriendly..." The news that the NHL's salary cap increased by an entire $1.6 million, with its upper limit hitting $74 million U.S., still had to yield a sigh of relief for the higher-salaried teams, and as MLive's Ansar Khan notes, the Red Wings are one of those teams:

The Red Wings' current payroll is roughly $59.6 million. They still need to restricted free agents Danny DeKeyser, Petr Mrazek, Alexey Marchenko and Teemu Pulkkinen. Among their unrestricted free agents, they have made offers to Darren Helm and Drew Miller.

They must shed Pavel Datsyuk's $7.5 million cap hit in order to be a major player in free agency on July 1. General manager Ken Holland said on Saturday that he is not "overly optimistic" he'll be able to move the contract (Datsyuk won't actually be getting paid) due to teams asking for top prospects. But Holland is already in Buffalo for this weekend's draft and will continue his attempts to trade the cap hit.

Khan continues, noting that the Wings will receive $3.95 million in cap relief when Johan Franzen's salary hits the LTIR, but if the Wings don't move Datsyuk's salary, they really don't have much space at all with which to play the UFA marketplace.

I don't have a problem with that as I'd like to see the team "play the kids" anyway, but that $14-or-so million in cap space will go pretty quickly given that DeKeyser and Mrazek are likely due salaries in the $3.5-4 million range, and when you add up Pulkkinen, Marchenko and the Wings' five AHL-level free agents, that cap space goes quickly, even assuming that the Wings don't re-sign at least Darren Helm.

Of course that situation can change if the Wings are able to pawn off Jimmy Howard's $5.29 million, but that appears to be increasingly unlikely unless the Wings either eat some of that figure or take a salary back in return.

When you realistically look at the Wings' cap figure with Datsyuk's salary still in the mix, there's not quite as much room to play as one would like, and even with the team able to exceed the cap ceiling by 10% ($7.4 million) during the offseason, the Wings will have to get creative to add to the roster via free agency.

Part of me really thinks that the team might be better off having to lean on "the kids" and Nyquist and Tatar, but that's just me.

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Is a ‘Canadian ethos’ what made Howe, Orr and Gretzky special?

Former ESPN analyst Al Morganti, penning a column for the Philly Voice, suggests that hockey has been blessed by a "Canadian ethos" embodied by Gordie Howe, and that the sport may be worse off without Mr. Hockey:

In the wake of Howe’s passing, what all hockey fans have to hope for at this point is that the athletes who compete in the sport at all levels do not lose the Canadian ethos that made the game so special. What we all have to hope for is that the humble, honest traits of Gordie Howe that were so wonderfully passed on to his Hall of Fame American son Mark, are not lost on the wide world of talent now excelling at the sport.

From generation to generation hockey players have upheld a tradition that they are the working class, down-to-earth citizens of professional sports. Despite the fattening wallets in the locker room there has remained some contact to the days when players arrived from Red Deer, Brandon and Val D’Or.

The models were Howe, Orr and Gretzky – bred in the land of Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Alberta. In Philadelphia a generation of children learned about Flin Flon, and in Boston a generation knew of a place called Parry Sound.

They also learned that not all athletes were driven by ego, and that players can blend into the local community. There was almost a demand by peers that a player respect the game, respect their city and respect the players who went before them in the ancestry of the league.

Morganti continues...Do you think that the "Canadian-ness" of hockey defines it, or does hockey's team-first culture transcend nationality?

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