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You can add yet another team to the long list of Vincent Lecavalier's suitors...
But he did meet with the Red Wings today, we think...
And, as Wings GM Ken Holland and director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell told the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, the Wings believe that drafting and player development, even as an educated guessing game, is in fact what separates attractive destinations from also-rans, so today's draft (airing on NBCSN and TSN from 3-8 PM and then the NHL Network in the U.S. thereafter) is really when the team will get down to team-building business:
The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to make the most of their 7 picks during today's draft in Newark, NJ (TSN and NBCSN will air it from 3-9 PM, and it may drag on for a longer period of time, with the NHL Network picking up the rest of the coverage; the Wings pick 18th, 38th, 79th, 109th, 139th, 179th and 199th), and Wings director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell told RedWingsTV that the Wings are prepared for a very long day due to all the trade scuttlebutt, as well as having to re-set if the Wings do make any draft-day trades:
The Wings' website has posted a dedicated blog page for the draft, but they weren't necessarily allowed to be the fly on the wall when the team's management met on Saturday afternoon:
Pleiness talks to Red Wings’ director of amateur scouting McDonnell, GM Holland about draft strategy
This topic's been covered in the overnight report and past entries, but I think it's time that we let Red Wings director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell earn his own entry. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness spoke to McDonnell, who's running the draft now that Jim Nill's departed for Dallas, and McDonnell told Pleiness that the Wings will at least lean toward taking a forward when they head to the podium to make the 18th overall selection:
“The only difference this year is we’d really like to get a forward, unless there’s a defenseman that’s too good to pass up,” said Joe McDonnell, the team’s director of amateur scouting. “When it comes to our pick, if we feel there’s two players that are even we’ll lean toward the forward.”
As Pleiness suggests, oodles of mock drafts have the Wings picking defensemen, but the Wings aren't necessarily leaning that way...
Sportsnet posited a video about the "Mr. Irrelevant" status of the last picks in the NHL draft, and they profile both Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and several Nashville Predators picks, including Patrik Hornqvist.
Updated 3x with Filppula news from Custance at 12:18 PM: Last night, TSN's Darren Dreger, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness all reported that the Red Wings had signed Jakub Kindl to a 4-year contract extension, and after an early early morning's worth of updates regarding the Wings' other moves-in-the-making, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose confirmed the Kindl signing, as well as the Drew Miller deal from two weeks ago:
The Red Wings tied up a few loose ends before heading to the NHL draft in New Jersey this weekend, signing veteran forward Drew Miller and defenseman Jakub Kindl to long-term deals.
The club announced Saturday that they have signed Miller to a three-year contract through the 2015-16 season, and Kindl to a four-year deal, which will expire following the 2016-17 campaign.
There are times that you have to throw your hands up and admit that you don't know what the hell's going to happen next, and that's the truth regarding my take on the Wings' draft weekend machinations, in terms of both player selection and player movement.
The news that Jakub Kindl signed a 4-year contract extension that I would deem to be, "On the high end of 'fair'" on Friday evening gave a little more credence to Ken Holland's suggestion that the Wings will be moving bodies given the cap hit ($2.4 million) and the fact that the Wings still have to re-sign Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson (who are not coming off "second contracts" like Kindl), hope to retain Damien Brunner, and, as we have been told, are looking to add a second-line center.
How that's going to go down?
Updated 3x at 8:53 PM: Per TSN's Darren Dreger, the Red Wings have signed Jakub Kindl to a 4-year contract extension:
That translates to $2.4 million per season.
And this one, we already knew about (as of June 14th):
This post took a very big Red Wings-related turn in the middle of writing it, so while the vast majority of its thrust is more "KK Hockey" than Red Wings-related, I'm co-opting it for my blog and my Wings audence. So you'll have to deal with the non-Wings content, TMR readers:
TSN's Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger got together with James Duthie to hold an "Insider Trading" segment from the draft floor in Newark, and, among their topics of discussion:
1. LeBrun suggests that Kris Letang's agent, Kent Hughes, and Penguins GM Ray Shero will chat after the Penguins turned down a nearly $8-million-a-year counter-offer, and Shero may be "laying the groundwork" for a trade;
2. Regarding Roberto Luongo, Bob McKenzie believes that the Vancouver Canucks want to have Luongo off their roster after this weekend, even though the Canucks insist that they have trade options (Philly? Long Island? Edmonton?) and won't have to buy him out, though they may waive him (and that's how Edmonton would work its way in);
The Detroit Free Press's "best nickname in Michigan sports" bracket is down to Mr. Hockey vs. The Captain...
Which follows fans having named Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels the best Michigan sports broadcaster, Claude Lemieux the most hated opposing team's athlete and the 1997 Wings' Cup win as the best Michigan sports championship. Not bad, the so-called town of hockey.
Updated 4x at 3:57 PM: Today's Red Wings-related news stories involve more tangentially-related Wings news than anything else, but we'll start with good news regarding a Wings prospect, via RedWingsFeed and the Saginaw Spirit:
Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson will have the opportunity to further impress both the Detroit Red Wings and the Canadian National Junior program over the next few weeks. The first stop for the Mississauga, ON native will be the Red Wings annual prospects development camp which will go from July 10th to 15th at the Center Ice Arena in Traverse City. As it stands, the NHL club has identified 21 players in its system who will participate in the event, with more expected to be added following this Sunday’s National Hockey League Draft in New Jersey. Paterson was taken by the Red Wings as the team’s third round pick in the 2012 selection process, and he is slated to begin his fourth OHL season with the Spirit in 2013-2014.
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