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Updated at 7:13 PM: I wrote all that "stuff" about Ken Holland's extension this afternoon, and just around the time I hit "submit entry," Holland made some very intriguing comments regarding his team's underwhelming regular season and playoff performances of late in a conversation with the Windsor Star's Jim Parker and MLive's Ansar Khan, and Holland's comments change the commentary equation significantly.
Holland was blunt about the team's "retooling" process when speaking with Parker...
“I’m as motivated and energized today as I was when I got the job in 1997,” Holland said. “It’s a different job than it was in 1997. We overhauled the team in the early 2000’s and made a nice run. We’re in the process of overhauling the team again, but I believe we can compete for a playoff spot. I’m excited, I’m optimistic. That’s what motivates me.”
And he addressed the Wings' status as a "bubble team," too:
I had a strange night and slept in (I'm not at liberty to explain why this entry started at 2:30 PM and required some Mountain Dew to finish at 5:48 PM, but let's say I've "had a day"), so I woke up in the middle of the afternoon finding out that the Red Wings have inked GM Ken Holland to a 4-year extension, meaning that there will be at least another "four years of Ken."
I wasn't expecting Holland to go anywhere for at least another decade, and while the lateral signings and over-loyal moves he's made over the past five or six years and especially over the past two have aggravated me to no end, I just want the team to have some front-office continuity and bench continuity--which means locking up Mike Babcock as soon as possible--and my hope is that the presence of Kris Draper, Chris Chelios, Jiri Fischer, Kirk Maltby, etc. in the management group will slowly but surely provide some more progressive player personnel decisions instead of regressive/lateral ones.
From the Plymouth Whalers:
PLYMOUTH WHALERS ALUMNI PLAY FOR CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK, BEAUMONT HOSPITAL
Whalers Alumni Give a Miracle on Ice on Saturday at 4 pm at Compuware Arena
PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Whalers start their 25th season in the Ontario Hockey League with an event that will prompt more smiles then goals in hosting its Fourth Alumni Game this Saturday, August 16 at 4 pm at Compuware Arena.
Billed “Whalers Alumni Give a Miracle on Ice," proceeds of the game – in the form of a $10 donation – will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Beaumont Children’s Hospital. For the $10 donation, Whalers Alumni will participate in Meet-and-Greet Autograph Session with fans from 2-3:30 pm. Fans can have two items signed by the Alumni. The game will start promptly at 4 pm.
The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed their fifth NCAA free agent forwards today, adding Ferris State University graduate Kyle Bonis to a mix that includes Shane Berschbach, Alden Hirschfeld and Tyler Barnes--and the team finally announced the signing of University of Wisconsin graduate Mark Zengerle:
The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday signed forwards Kyle Bonis and Mark Zengerle to one-year contracts.
A native of Lindsay, Ontario, Bonis picked up 45 points (25-20—45) in 65 games with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades during the 2013-14 season and ranked among team leaders in scoring (4th), goals (2nd) and assists (8th). The 5-foot-11, 175-pound left wing went scoreless in three AHL appearances with the Charlotte Checkers last season and tallied two points (1-1—2) in six games with the Norfolk Admirals late in 2012-13.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
"I've been here a long time and very proud, very happy to be a Red Wing," Holland told the Free Press. "I work for, I believe, the best owners in the NHL — passionate, committed. It's nice to know that ownership has confidence in me to continue to lead going forward."...
"I talked briefly to Mike yesterday; we exchanged texts. He's out west," Holland said. "When he gets back to town, at training camp, we'll sit down and talk. It's best that he and I talk about situation when we're face to face and both engaged in the conversation. So sometime in September, we'll talk."
More immediately, Holland is working on a contract for restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser. Holland said, "We'll find a solution. We like Dan a lot; he's been a real good, young player for us. The hard part is trying to find what's fair for player and for club. He's only played 76 games, but he's a real important part of our team. We'll get him done."...
"Our goal going into 2014-15 is, hopefully, we can compete with the top teams in the East, with Boston and Tampa Bay, and Montreal, which went to the final four. We've got a tough division. We're trying to compete for a playoff spot, be a contender.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings announced today that the team has signed executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland to a new four-year contract that will keep him with the organization through the 2017-18 season.
“Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades,” Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. “Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future.”
Updated 2x at 6:21 AM with some charming comments from Mikael Samuelsson and some Darren Helm stuff: Wednesday's slate of Danny DeKeyser contract updates certainly brought to mind the regular-season repeat machine, so I'd like to start with a point of clarification regarding Wednesday morning's "Wings in Waiting" article about Martin Frk instead.
The Wings posted the article minus the usual accompaniment of a "Prospect Report" video, so the video posted on Wednesday evening, which includes comments by Ken Holland, Ryan Martin and Griffins coach Jeff Blashill, sheds far more light upon the team's assessment of Frk's worth in light of his difficult professional debut:
Updated at 5:28 PM: While my mom's dermatologist was lopping off another suspicious spot, this gentleman made an appearance at the Red Wings' youth camp...
And while yes, he did repeat much of what he told the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa last week, it was at least intriguing to see the number of MSM'ers and non-MSM'ers show up at the rink on August 13th to speak with DeKeyser via Twitter posts (you have to keep busy in the parking lot...And no, I do not go into doctor's offices, I stay in the parking lot. You know how quickly I catch sinus bugs):
FYI/FTR from the Wings:
Red Wings 2014-15 preseason tickets on sale Friday
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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that tickets for all 2014-15 preseason home games will go on sale Friday, Aug. 15 at 10:00 a.m. Detroit’s four preseason home games will feature three clashes with Original Six rivals at Joe Louis Arena, including games against the Chicago Blackhawks (Thursday, Sept. 25), Boston Bruins (Saturday, Sept. 27) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Monday, Sept. 29). A showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins is also slated for Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Joe Louis Arena.
The Grand Rapids Griffins have stocked their forward lines with an intriguing mix of seasoned pros (Andy Miele and Kevin Porter) and AHL-only-contracted NCAA-graduate forwards in Alden Hirschfeld, Shane Berschbach, and unofficially, Mark Zengerle. Today, the Griffins inked a fourth NCAA free agent forward:
The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday signed forward Tyler Barnes to a one-year contract.
Barnes, 24, skated in 152 games with the University of Wisconsin from 2010-14, where he accumulated 101 points (45-56—100) and 107 penalty minutes. A native of Eagan, Minn., Barnes capped off his collegiate career with a Big Ten tournament title with the Badgers in March, when he tallied a goal and an assist in the championship game versus Ohio State University. The 6-foot, 190-pound forward ranked fourth on the team in scoring last season with 28 points (14-14—28) and 26 PIM.
Following the conclusion of his 2013-14 collegiate campaign, Barnes had a stint with the San Antonio Rampage and picked up two goals in seven games.
Here's his statistical background:
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