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Red Wings wining-and-dining update: looking at Grabovski, Alfredsson; Cleary, Brunner to test market
Things have gotten crazy while I was battling boogers. Among the Red Wings-related items of note, MLive's Ansar Khan reports that the Wings are looking at Mikhail Grabovski since the Leafs bought him out...
Grabovski, a creative playmaker and good skater who can play center and the wing, is a close friend of Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, whom he idolizes. They played on the same line for CSKA Moscow during the NHL lockout this season.
The Red Wings will be seeking a second-line center when free agency begins Friday at noon, if, as expected, they're not able to re-sign Valtteri Filppula.
Reports are Daniel Alfredsson is looking for a one-year contract.
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from Bill Roose at the Wings' site,
“Do we have Dan Cleary signed, or not signed? Do we have Brunner signed or not signed? Do we have Stephen Weiss signed or not signed? I don’t know,” Holland said. “Are we going to sign someone in the open market or not sign anyone in the open market? We just know that we have to be at 50 contracts or less.”
Sorry to be late with this, but George is sick and I have been trying to conserve some energy, anticipating a big day tomorrow when UFA Day starts...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings continue talking to Filppula's agent, but it doesn't appear as if he's lowered his asking price of 5-7 years at $5 million or more a season.
Tampa Bay and Columbus might have interest. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman knows Filppula well from his days in Detroit. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen also has ties with Filppula, his fellow Finnish native.
If the Red Wings lose Filppula and are unable to land Weiss or Ribeiro, they might offer Cullen a short-term deal (two years). He is 36, but is a decent skater and playmaker and can play all forward positions. But, he has limited offensive ability.
The Red Wings have some interest in right wing Jarome Iginla, who brings many desirable qualities (offense, toughness, leadership), but also raises some concerns (he's 36 and has a lot of mileage). Detroit wasn't on his list of four teams he agreed to waive his no-trade clause to join when Calgary dealt him to Pittsburgh late in the season.
Detroit is not prepared to make huge offers to top free agents David Clarkson (New Jersey) or Nathan Horton (Boston). Clarkson could command a seven-year deal worth more than $5 million per season. Horton reportedly is seeking $6 million or more a season.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Why aren’t the Wings getting any of the bigger names out there? Because they all want too much. Vincent Lecavalier wanted a five-year contract. There were almost a dozen teams interested in him, and all but the Philadelphia Flyers balked at giving a slow-paced 33-year-old that much term. The Wings would have given Lecavalier $4.5 million per if he’d taken a two-year deal. Boston’s Nathan Horton is hotly pursued, but he wants to play someplace warm. New Jersey’s David Clarkson is pushing for a seven-year deal in the $6 million per season range.
Have the Wings lost their appeal as a go-to destination? The Wings are willing to pay when the player is worth it — they just extended Datsyuk for $22.5 million and three years, for example. They didn’t lose out on Ryan Suter or Zach Parise because of money. They would have matched what the Wild gave each player last summer (13 years, $98 million). They lost out on those two because Parise is from Minneapolis and Suter is from Madison, Wisc., and his wife is from Bloomington, Minn. They both opted to play at or near what is home for them. Just like Danny DeKeyser did when he picked the Wings out of all the suitors he had in March. Can’t control geography.
from Bill Roose of the Wings website,
As a newlywed, the last thing Carlo Colaiacovo thought he’d have to do this summer was shop for a new job.
“I got married over the weekend, so it was something that wasn’t even on my mind,” he said. “I’ve been hearing a lot of rumors over the last couple of weeks, but I really didn’t know what to believe because I haven’t heard from anybody of importance.”...
“I came into Detroit last summer because I knew I was a top-four guy that could play in a situation there,” said Colaiacovo, who collected one assist in six regular-season games. “I went through some difficulties last year that I would rather not talk about, but I still believe that I’m a guy who can play top-four on any team. I believe that I’ve proved that through my play, but they have some young guys who they relied upon real hard and some guys that they’re going to lean towards next year. So who knows where I would have fit in there?”
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Detroit changed its mind at seemingly the last minute and made a qualifying offer to soon-to-be restricted free agent goalie Tom McCollum.
“We think he can play in the minor leagues,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said.
The team instead released Jordan Pearce.
On Tuesday the team appeared to be heading to cutting ties with their former first round pick.
“(McCollum) was the backup in Grand Rapids,” Holland said. “He’s a first round pick. We won the Calder Cup championship down there and he helped that team get in the playoffs. You need five goalies in the system, everybody has five. We have five.”
Describing what winning the Olympic hockey gold medal means to Russia, Datsyuk said: “It’s the biggest thing for any country. It’s hard to explain, it’s just a feeling you have.”
Winning an Olympic gold medal is just about the only accomplishment not credited to Datsyuk. He’s already won the Stanley Cup, the World Championship and a Russian championship, so the Olympic crown is vital to him now.
“I think winning the Olympic gold is the biggest thing for any hockey player. You want to win for your country.”
When asked about his summer plans and attending Russia’s pre-Olympic camp, Datsyuk deadpanned the following.
“I’m just waiting to make sure I make the team.”
There’s another humorous moment from one of the world’s most seriously talented hockey prodigies.
more inlcuding Datsyuk stating he still wants to finish his career in Russia.
Red Wings overnight report: Fil gone, Colaiacovo bought out, DET unlikely to pursue big-ticket UFA’s
Okay, let's get down to brass tacks here.
1. The Red Wings swung and missed on Vincent Lecavalier. Why? He wanted five years and a no-trade clause, and he apparently has little concern for the concept that a team that has a shaky defense and no starting goaltender also has no cap space, barring trading Braydon Coburn and putting Chris Pronger on the LTIR, anyway, so what the hell, chase the money and play for a team with some superb offensive talent even though you're going to need a name tag to know who your teammates are in six months, never mind a year.
The Wings had the money, but they didn't want to do anything stupider than already having to deal with the players we're going to talk about next, and as the Free Press's Helene St. James has been telling us from the start, the Wings think Lecavalier's too slow to keep up already, at 33, never mind at 38.
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