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from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,
The likes of Pulkkinen, Mantha and Tomas Jurco could be up for grabs, but there could be more than simply young up-and-comers among the trade bait. Bizarre as it may sound, it’s not out of the question to think of Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar as possible trade candidates. It may seem crazy to think the Red Wings would say goodbye to Nyquist or Tatar, but consider that both Danny DeKeyser and Petr Mrazek are yet to be signed.
Both restricted free agents and both set for arbitration, there’s a very real possibility DeKeyser and Mrazek’s combined cap hit could be in excess of what the Red Wings have available to spend, even with LTIR relief from Franzen and Vitale. Adding another player means taking on additional salary so clearing salary space will be necessary should the Red Wings look to bring in a defenseman via trade.
No matter what happens, though, there’s going to need to be some movement and careful consideration when it comes to who stays and who goes in Detroit. With an excess of forwards and the risk of losing an NHL talent for nothing, Holland and Co. need to make a move and it’s going to have to come before puck drop on opening night.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed defenseman Filip Hronek to a three-year entry-level contract.
Hronek was the Red Wings’ third draft choice overall, selected in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft last month at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The 18-year-old defenseman spent the 2015-16 in his native Czech Republic, suiting up in 40 games for HK Hradec Kralove in the professional league and logging four points (0-4-4) and 22 penalty minutes. Hronek also picked up 16 points (4-12-16) in 13 regular-season games and nine points (4-5-9) in 10 playoff games for the same club in the Czech under-20 junior league. He also added four points (2-2-4) and 18 penalty minutes in 12 games for HC Litomerice in second-tier Czech Republic.
“If you'd have told me two or three years ago that I'd be sitting here talking abut a four-year extension, I probably would have laughed,” Glendening said. “I'm excited to have security of my future for a little bit, but that doesn't mean you can sit back. You have to keep getting better.”
Glendening, 27, is coming off a career-high 21-point season. His value lies in his fleet feet, and ability to defend.
“There are things a player brings to a team that maybe aren't just in goals and assists, and that's what Luke is,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. “He's a really good defensive player, has the ability to play 16-18 minutes against other team’s best players. He's fearless. He's a tremendous penalty killer. He brings intangibles.”
Glendening told St. James that he believes he can become a better all-round player:
“I’d like to produce more points,” he said. “Just getting better at the little things around the net, putting the puck in more. I want to continue to be good on faceoffs, be good on the penalty kill.”
The deal kicks in at the start of the 2017-18 season. The average annual value is $1.8 million, with an actual salary breakdown of $2 million in each of the first two seasons, $1,.7 million in year three, and $1.5 million in year four.
Two big restricted free agents have yet to be re-signed. The Wings filed for arbitration with goaltender Petr Mrazek, and have a hearing date of July 27. Mrazek can choose between a one- or two-year deal. Defenseman Danny DeKeyser filed for arbitration for what would be a one-year deal, and has a hearing date of July 28. Sides can continue to negotiate before hearings.
“We’re talking,” Holland said. “Ideally you want to negotiate a deal, because then both sides feel better.”
Update: Here's more from DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...
From the Toledo Walleye:
Do you think you have what it takes to be a member of the Toledo Walleye? Here is your chance to prove your abilities. We will be hosting a Free Agent Tryout Camp prior to our main preseason camp.
The Free Agent Camp will be held on August 13-14, 2016 at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. The cost of the camp will be $350 per player (paid upon registration) and this will include three separate ice sessions, a camp jersey, a commemorative camp hat, a pregame meal on Saturday between ice sessions and a DVD copy of the Saturday game. Payment must to be made at the time of registration and there can be no refunds once you’ve registered. Players are responsible for their own lodging and meals.
If you are successful in this tryout camp, you will be invited to our main training camp in early October. Over the years a number of players from our Free Agent Tryout Camp went on to play in professional games!
Updated at 12:12 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning--and it's a slow morning save the Glendening news:
1. The Red Wings are holding a street hockey tour throughout the state starting next week, and the tour starts in Traverse City, as the 9&10 News notes:
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed center Luke Glendening to a four-year contract extension.
Glendening, 27, has skated in all but one game for the Red Wings over the past two seasons, picking up a career-high 21 points (8-13-21) and 46 penalty minutes in 81 games for Detroit in 2015-16. He ranked among team leaders with 81 games played (T4th), a plus-four rating (T3rd), three game-winning goals (T4th), 143 hits (2nd), 71 blocked shots (T4th), 20 takeaways (T8th) and a 54.6% faceoff percentage (1st). The 5-foot-11, 194-pound forward has totaled 219 NHL games since 2013-14, picking up 46 points (21-25-46) and 102 penalty minutes. Glendening has also appeared in 17 playoff games for the Red Wings over the past three years, picking up five points (3-2-5) and eight penalty minutes.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to a one-year contract.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Looking ahead: Maybe being in a contract year will motivate Jurco, 23. It would help if he used his 6-foot-1, 203-pound body to bring an element of physicality and help create turnovers and scoring opportunities. Jurco does have the skill set to play in the NHL — he showed that in 2013-14 — but he needs to find the inner drive required, the tremendous amount of hard work it takes. The Wings have to hope he figures it out, because he doesn’t have much trade value.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. The Free Press's Brandon Folsom penned an article duly noting Jeff Blashill and Todd Nelson's takes on the Red Wings' most recent first-round draft pick, Dennis Cholowski:
“He looked smooth from Day 1,” said Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson, who coached Cholowski’s team. “From the first skill session, (you saw how well) he moves out there. ... He passes like a pro and passed it crisp and firm. What we got was a really good indication, during the scrimmage sessions, of seeing what he could do — controlling play and making simple plays. He makes the game look easy out there.”
Cholowski, who had 12 goals and 28 assists for the Chiefs last season, thought he did enough to impress his coaches in each scrimmage.
“I thought I played well both games,” he said. “Obviously, it was fun to play in the scrimmages, and it was fast hockey. I thought I handled myself pretty well.”
The one glaring issue with Cholowski, though, is his size. He is 6-feet and 170 pounds, and it limits how aggressive he can play. That was evident Friday when he took a hit into the boards and struggled to get up afterward.
However, Cholowski will work on getting bigger and stronger when he plays for St. Cloud State next school year. He expects to play for the Huskies for at least the next three seasons, hoping the Wings could ask him to turn pro before his senior season.
2. In "making sense," Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples posted a video of Filip Hronek's press conference, which involved Matej Machovsky translating questions into Czech and answers in to English as Hronek doesn't speak it:
From the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:
The Walleye will move to the ECHL’s Western Conference this upcoming season and compete in the same division as rival Fort Wayne, according to a realignment announced by the league on Monday.
Toledo has been placed in the Central Division of the Western Conference. Its new divisional opponents are rivals Fort Wayne and Kalamazoo, along with Indy, Quad City, Tulsa, and Wichita.
Last season, the Walleye competed in the North Division of the Eastern Conference with Kalamazoo, Wheeling, and Brampton.
“I like that Fort Wayne is back in our division along with Kalamazoo and Indy,” Walleye coach Dan Watson said. “Fort Wayne has been a great rival going back to the olden days.”
The new format will allow teams to have a better chance of playing traditional rivals in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and to allow for more economical travel, according to ECHL officials.
A new format for the Kelly Cup playoffs also was announced. The top four teams in each division will qualify for the playoffs.
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