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Red Wings overnight report: on roster ‘questions,’ an interview with Zetterberg and outdoor overload
This morning's crop of Red Wings news begins with a slate of, well, questions about personnel issues which will only be answered with time.
In a slate of "News and Views," the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan wonders why neither ex-Wing Damien Brunner or in-limbo-status free agent Daniel Cleary haven't found gainful employment...
Very briefly, or nearly so:
- Paul already posted this, but my reaction to ESPN's Paul Grant's suggestion that, "If you could pick one player in their prime, would you pick Zdeno Chara over Nicklas Lidstrom?" has some basis in reality...Well, it goes something like this:
Normally I spend a pretty decent amount of time choosing the order of stories I place in my digest posts--in fact, I think that crafting some sort of narrative flow is essential to what I do--so I want to state for the record that this entry's going to be particularly "clunky" because I'm getting up at what the ass crack of dawn by my standards, and as such, I've got to a) rush this one and b) write this before all pertinent stories hit the wires.
Anyway, two of the Red Wings' prospects are already playing hockey games of consequence: Anthony Mantha and Jake Paterson are taking part in Team Canada's World Junior Selection camp, and for the first time, the Canadians headed to Lake Placid, NY to play in competitive games against the American, Swedish and Finnish WJC selection camp teams.
Updated 2x with another Andersson interview at 3:09 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news...
Joakim Andersson spoke with GT.se's Mattis Wikstrom--albeit very, very briefly--about re-signing with the Wings...
The funeral arrangements for Shawn Burr will be private, but the Detroit News notes that the family is encouraging Wings fans to donate to the Shawn Burr Foundation (whose goal is to raise funds for and awareness of blood cancers) instead...
Shawn Burr, the popular former Red Wing who passed away this week, will not have a public funeral. The Burr family wanted a private family memorial.
Burr, 47, died Monday from a fall in his St. Clair home.
He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2011 but was cancer-free after chemotherapy treatments. The following year, though, the leukemia returned. Burr fronted The Shawn Burr Foundation, which raised money for blood cancer research and education.
But the Free Press's George Sipple reports that there may be some sort of public memorial for Burr:
The funeral for former Wings forward Shawn Burr will not be open to the public, but a public memorial event is in the works. Details are not available yet. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to his charity at http://shawnburrfoundation.org Burr .died Monday. He was 47.
The Ted Lindsay Foundation posited a tribute to Burr today:
On the heels of the Red Wings' re-signing of Joakim Andersson, the Free Press's George Sipple asked Red Wings GM Ken Holland for a status update regarding the status of the Wings' last restricted free agent, Gustav Nyquist:
The Wings agreed on a two-year, $1.465-million contract with forward Joakim Andersson on Tuesday. Now, they’re likely seeking a one- or two-year deal with forward Gustav Nyquist.
General manager Ken Holland said today that he has spoken with Nyquist’s agent a lot in the last two weeks and that the sides are “close.”
The Red Wings were able to sign Joakim Andersson to a 2-year contract extension for less than the value of his previous contract ($732,500 cap hit per season versus $875,000 for his previous deal) thanks to a combination of two factors...Well, maybe three.
First and foremost, the new CBA's league minimum salary dropped back down frrom $750,000 to $550,000; second, Andersson's contract included signing and performance bonuses, which second-through-over-35 contracts cannot include; and third, mostly, he signed a 2-year deal at an affordable salary because he had all of 38 games played over the 2013 season, 43 total reguilar season NHL games and 14 playoff games' worth of leverage.
Kris Draper, Dino Ciccarelli, Steve Yzerman and Mitch Albom (times two thanks to a reprint of an 1990 article) are among the Red Wings and pundits who've paid tribute to Shawn Burr over the past 24-or-so hours, and this morning, former Free Press Red Wings writer Keith Gave penned a tribute to Burr...
[W]hile so many recent stories focused on his charismatic personality, let’s not forget that Burr was an important part of the Detroit franchise for many years. He was one of the early building blocks of a franchise that would become a dominant team in the NHL for nearly two decades.
The first player drafted after Mike Ilitch bought the team was Steve Yzerman in 1983. The following year, the Wings used their first-round pick (seventh overall) to take a high-scoring center from Sarnia, Ontario, who scored goals in bunches for the Kitchener Rangers.
This is one of those "tiptoeing through a minefield" topics that makes me cringe to talk about, but...The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch noted that a certain Mr. Daniel Alfredsson was at the Ottawa Senators' practice facility today, and it's likely that Alfredsson's returned to North America to find an abode in Metro Detroit and schooling for his sons in Metro Detroit, so his time in Ottawa will be limited.
Does Alfredsson "owe" the Senators and their fans a press conference to explain his line of thinking in leaving the team to join the Wings? I don't know. But Garrioch certainly believes that now's the time for Alfredsson to clear the air:
Updated 2x at 6:25 PM: Okay, more than a little Red Wings news has been floating around over the past day or so, so let's consolidate things a bit:
1. Joakim Andersson has indeed been locked up with a 2-year, $1.465 million contract with a $732,000 cap hit (stats per MLive's Brendan Savage), giving the Wings with about $313,000 in Capgeek-estimated cap space.
The Wings can exceed the salary cap by up to 10% of the $64.3 million upper limit until the "last day of training camp," so they'll have no problems re-signing the team's last restricted free agent in Gustav Nyquist, but the team will need to shed salary and bodies to get under both the upper limit and the 23-man roster limit by September 29th.
The Free Press's George Sipple's confirming the deal and its details:
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