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The Red Wings usually announce this via a press release, but the team did so via email this time, so: the $9 tickets that the team sells, usually on an in-person basis with a limit, are apparently going to be on sale online as well starting tomorrow, August 25th, at 10 AM EDT. There is a four-game limit this time:
The Detroit Red Wings still might sign forward Daniel Cleary, who is not ready to retire into a front office job.
But if the Red Wings sign Cleary, it won't come at the expense of a younger player they wouldn't ordinary waive or move and it wouldn't affect their salary cap situation. So Cleary might start the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, depending on injuries.
The Red Wings have 24 players (those projected to make the roster), one over the limit, and are close to $1 million over the salary cap, according to http://www.hockeyscap.com But J.ohan Franzen, who's awaiting medical clearance following his latest concussion last season, and/or Pavel Datsyuk, who's recovering from ankle surgery, could start on long-term injured reserve, providing cap relief.
If Cleary is signed and assigned to the AHL, a maximum of $950,000 of his salary wouldn't count against the cap.
If there are a couple of injuries, the Red Wings wouldn't have any issues with having Cleary on the roster as the 13th or 14th forward. They're not going to keep a younger player, like Dylan Larkin or Anthony Mantha, on the roster as a spare when he could be playing regularly in Grand Rapids.
Yeah, but Landon Ferraro was better than Cleary last year. And Mitch Callahan isn't waiver-exempt. And Teemu Pulkkinen needs to play. And if Dylan Larkin's ready, he's going to need to play, too. And Jokaim Andersson is already the designated warm body. And Andrej Nestrasil did pretty damn good in Carolina after the Canes picked him up off waivers so the Wings could keep Cleary on the roster. But a promise is a promise!
On the ice, he hasn't played in an NHL game since January 6, when he suffered a concussion. The Red Wings signed him through 2020, but his future seems in doubt ever since that hit kept him out of game action.
Yet there he was Monday, confident in the upcoming season, in a conversation with WXYZ.
"I'll be ready," he said at the Ilitch Charities Golf Classic at Oakland Hills. "I've been skating for a week."
Franzen said Nyquist "just got back" in town, and the two plan to keep skating before the season begins. Despite missing more than half of the regular season and all of Detroit's first round playoff series, Franzen seemed at ease when talking about the new year.
Also of Red Wings-related note this evening (in short form):
The Red Wings' players and coach are busy with an off-ice activity today...
But just as single-game tickets went on sale this morning at 10 AM, the Wings released what's being called a "hype video" for the 2015-16 season, and it does the job very well:
Within the next two weeks, the hockey news cycle will begin to ramp up with daily practice reports and news from prospects junior teams' training camps, but for the present moment, things remain relatively quiet.
1. The Joe Kocur Foundation Tweeted that its inspiration has good taste in goalies--though one Spencer Hale's favorite goaltender wasn't in attendance for Saturday's charity softball games...
2. DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose examines Pavel Datsyuk's 2014-15 season on a statistical basis, and it's not surprising that even an injury-hampered Datsyuk's "numbers" are of the superlative variety:
... Ran a lawn maintenance business during his playing days and also competed in a NHL arm wrestling championship in Las Vegas.
Who is it...
I don't quite know how AWood40 does it, but he compiled every goal scored by the Red Wings' Hall of Fame lineup from the 2002 playoffs, and as you might imagine, when you've got 8 skaters in the mix, you...
He still found 23 minutes' worth of highlights, which certainly seems to indicate that the Red Wings' key performers were their "best players."
Oh, and they're cataloged on a player-by-player basis, which cranks up the degree of difficulty to the mid-teens:
Updated with HSJ on Kronwall @ 11:53 PM: Of Red Wings-related note on an incredibly quiet Saturday:
1. I wasn't able to attend, but I hear this was pretty awesome, as per usual:
Given the large number of prospects pushing for jobs on the Red Wings' defense, the Free Press's Helene St. James wonders aloud whether a certain Jakub Kindl could be the player for whom the coaching re-set yields the best results:
Looking ahead: The Wings have tried to trade Kindl and have found no takers, which is a bit curious given a cap-friendly hit for a defenseman who can skate and handle the puck. Maybe Kindl will have a better chance under new coach Jeff Blashill, but the addition of Mike Green makes it look like Kindl will be competing with Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith for third-pair time, and there's also young challengers on the horizon in Alexey Marchenko and Xavier Ouellet. Kindl is 28, a time when players usually find their stride. It's fair to wonder how high Kindl's confidence level can be, given the past two seasons under Babcock. Kindl has shown on and off that he's an NHL-caliber player. It's up to him to take advantage of the change in coaches.
If Kindl doesn't prove that he can be a consistent defenseman, he might be the first player to go so that the Wings can sneak back under the salary cap's upper limit.
via Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
What’s your take on Dylan Larkin? Personally, I wouldn’t take any other prospect other than Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.
I’m pretty high on Larkin myself. It was a big blow for Michigan when he decided to sign his entry-level deal with the Detroit Red Wings this summer, but based on how mature his game is and the speed at which he plays, I can see why he believed he was ready for the pro ranks. Playing in the AHL with Grand Rapids will be a good challenge and let’s not forget: he’s still eligible for the world juniors. So watch out for Team USA this year.
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