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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
After finishing dead last in goals against, a major off-season priority of the Calgary Flames — along with finding a coach — is goaltending. Calgary has roughly $21.6 million in salary cap space next season, and Flames president Brian Burke liked Howard enough in 2014 to name him to the U.S. Olympic team.
Perhaps Howard, with his respectable .915 career save percentage, could be a stopgap until green prospects Joni Ortio, 25, and Jon Gillies, 22, develop into starters.
But the best fit looks like the Carolina Hurricanes, who appear willing to move on from veteran Cam Ward and try something new.
Not only is Carolina one of the few teams easily capable of handling Howard's contract — GM Ron Francis has an estimated $32 million to play with heading into 2016-17 — but it may need to take on some heftier contracts to reach the cap floor.
Consider that Howard's salary is actually more than $1 million cheaper than Ward's was in 2015-16, and Francis could actually pay less for a slight improvement at the position. Howard and Ward are the same age, but the Detroit goalie has 189 fewer games of wear and tear plus a 0.05 advantage in career save percentage.
more, Leafs mentioned too...
I am not so sure about Carolina. Most of us know the history between the two owners but perhaps it has softened a bit.
From the Red Wings:
2016-17 preseason schedule released
“Farewell Season at The Joe” begins Sept. 27 against Pittsburgh
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2016-17 preseason schedule.
The Red Wings begin their preseason slate by hosting the Eastern Conference-champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Detroit will then play two back-to-back sets against the Boston Bruins (in Boston on Wednesday, Sept. 28 and at Joe Louis Arena on Friday, Sept. 30) and Chicago Blackhawks (in Detroit on Sunday, Oct. 2 and in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 4). The Red Wings will also visit the Penguins (Wednesday, Oct. 5) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Friday, Oct. 7) before wrapping up the preseason against the Maple Leafs at home on Saturday, Oct. 8.
Tickets for all Red Wings home preseason games will go on sale on Friday, Aug. 19 and can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office (313-471-7575), all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) or online at http://www.DetroitRedWings.com The c.omplete 2016-17 preseason schedule can be found below.
DETROIT RED WINGS 2016-17 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
DATE DAY SITE TIME (ET)
September 27 Tue. PITTSBURGH Joe Louis Arena 7:30 p.m.
28 Wed. at Boston TD Garden 7:00 p.m.
30 Fri. BOSTON Joe Louis Arena 7:30 p.m.
October 2 Sun. CHICAGO Joe Louis Arena 6:00 p.m.
4 Tue. at Chicago United Center 8:30 p.m.
5 Wed. at Pittsburgh CONSOL Energy Center TBD
7 Fri. at Toronto Air Canada Centre TBD
8 Sat. TORONTO Joe Louis Arena 7:00 p.m.
Of brief Red Wings-related note on a "quiet" June afternoon:
1. Red Wings broadcasters Ken Kal and Ken Daniels received quite the honor from Hour Detroit today:
2. If you want to listen to tonight's Pens-Sharks game on the radio, Fox Sports Detroits' Darren Eliot is taking part in the broadcast:
From General Fanager:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. The NHL's draft combine is underway in Buffalo, NY this week, and the Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding the team's strategy as Holland, Kris Draper, Ryan Martin, Jiri Fischer and the amateur scouts attempt to interview about half of the 100-plus players invited to the combine:
By this time of year on the hockey calendar, teams have extensively observed players’ performances on the ice. The interviews with the mostly 18-year-olds are an opportunity to discover something about their personalities and maturity.
“We usually ask them to tell us about their family, tell us about where they’re from,” Holland told the Free Press. “We like to know about their training regimen, whether they have a plan for the summer.”
The Wings’ first pick in the June 24-25 draft is at 16th overall, then 46th, 106th, 136th, 166th and 196th. The 76th overall pick, in the third round, belongs to New Jersey because of the March 2015 trade for defenseman Marek Zidlicky.
At last year’s combine, a favorable interview impression left by Evgeny Svechnikov helped persuade the Wings to draft him 19th overall. More than 100 players generally attend the event, and teams request 20-minute interviews through the NHL, which then sets up schedules. Every team does not interview every player. There would be no reason for the Wings to interview players such as Auston Matthews or Patrik Laine, who will go within the first two picks.
St. James continues, as does Holland;
2. The usual rule for draft evaluations is that it takes 3 to 5 years to begin to evaluate how a team's draft haul has turned out. Today, Hockey's Future's Ryan Womeldorf takes a look at the Red Wings' 9-player haul from the 2011 draft, and the most successful players the Wings picked were taken in the second and seventh rounds:
From USA Hockey:
NHL Coaches to Speak at National Hockey Coaches Symposium
NHL head coaches Peter Laviolette (Nashville Predators) and Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) will headline an impressive roster of high level coaches speaking at the 2016 National Hockey Coaches Symposium in St. Louis, Aug. 11-14.
The bi-annual event is for coaches looking to attain their Level 5 coaching certification, the highest offered by USA Hockey. In addition to general sessions, coaches will explore innovative approaches to coaching through intensive breakout sessions dedicated to age-specific teaching and techniques.
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with newly-acquired Red Wings prospect Dylan Sadowy regarding the 6'1," 195-pound winger's strengths:
"I'm a two-way player that can play both ends of the rink," Sadowy said. "I can score goals, but I'll sacrifice my body for the team. I'll block shots and take hits to make a play and I'm a good PK guy that can be counted on in the last couple minutes of the game."
That grit also appealed to the Red Wings, who signed Sadowy to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday. They acquired the 20-year-old left wing's rights from the San Jose Sharks on Thursday for a third-round pick in 2017.
Sadowy (6-1,195) scored 45 and 42 goals, respectively, in his final two juniors years, the last of which was split between the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts. The Red Wings like his grit and knack for scoring from around the net.
"That's an area a lot of players don't want to go and that's where I scored most of my goals, going hard to the net and getting rebounds and greasy goals," Sadowy said.
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
HOME OPENER SET FOR OCT. 14
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins will begin the home portion of their 2016-17 season with Opening Night presented by Huntington Bank on Friday, Oct. 14 at Van Andel Arena, one of six home dates that have been confirmed by the American Hockey League.
In addition to their home opener, the Griffins will host their 20th annual New Year’s Eve game on Saturday, Dec. 31. Girl Scout Night and the first Cross-Ice Jamboree will be on Saturday, Jan. 7. Grand Rapids’ home contest on Saturday, Jan. 21 will accommodate Boy Scout Night and serve as part of the 2017 Great Skate Winterfest, one of the team’s annual fundraisers for the Griffins Youth Foundation.
The second Cross-Ice Jamboree will be held prior to the Saturday, Feb. 4 game while a Polar Plunge benefiting the Special Olympics is set for Saturday, Feb. 25.
From the Red Wings...
Here's the press release:
From the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:
A compelling encounter with an enthusiastic young fan planted the seed for Walleye forward Evan Rankin to help organize a fantasy hockey camp for players with developmental disabilities.
Rankin, Toledo’s outgoing and generous veteran, met Ryan Sly, an eager and energetic fan, before a game at the Huntington Center in March. Ryan’s mother, Marie Sly, videotaped the interaction.
“It was a special-needs team from Grand Rapids that had come to watch our game,” Rankin said. “There was this one young boy really cheering us on. I played along with him, and his mom sent me a video of it. We got to talking and I proposed this idea to her. She was on board and ran with it.”
Rankin will host the inaugural Professional Hockey Academy Special Hockey Fantasy Camp in Livonia, Mich., on June 4-5.
The camp is sponsored by the American Special Hockey Association, which was created in 2000 to give people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey.
Continued, and Rankin's camp still has open spots...
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