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The Grand Rapids Griffins have posted the first of what they promise will be a SIX-part video series chronicling the Griffins' Calder Cup run...
And their first video is FIFTEEN minutes long:
Updated with the schedule and more roster scuttlebut at 2:50 PM: From the Red Wings' public relations department:
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings today announced the addition of 21 players to their development camp roster, including all eight players selected by the team on June 30 at the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey. The total number of players now scheduled to participate in this week’s development camp stands at 38. Anthony Mantha, Detroit’s first-round selection (20th overall) and a 50-goal scorer for the Val d’Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, highlights the recent roster additions. Mantha is the grandson of Andre Pronovost, a four-time Stanley Cup champion who played 120 games for the Red Wings from 1962-65.
Red Wings mid-day news: bidding farewell to Pare, UFA talk, HHOF reminders and Alfredsson in Swedish
Updated 2x at 3:07 PM: Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related stories:
I guess all one can do is congratulate Francis Pare, a long-serving member of the Grand Rapids Griffins but someone who the Wings simply didn't have room for, as he's found gainful employment overseas:
Even the roughest of translations of TPS Turku's website's press release reveals that Red Wings Finnish scout Ari Vouri just happens to be Turku's general manager, so there's a Wings connection there, and TPS also signed Ducks forward Dan Sexton.
At some point, it is entirely possible that the Red Wings may sign one or both of defenseman Brennan Evans and Nathan Paetsch to two-way contracts, but in the interim, the Grand Rapids Griffins have re-signed Evans and left-winger Triston Grant to AHL deals:
Two members of the veteran backbone that led the Grand Rapids Griffins to the 2013 Calder Cup championship will return to defend the title, as defenseman Brennan Evans and left wing Triston Grant have both agreed to terms on AHL contracts for the 2013-14 season.
Evans, 31, played in all 100 regular season and playoff games last season during his Griffins debut. In 76 regular season appearances, he contributed seven assists and ranked among the team’s leaders with 148 penalty minutes (2nd) and a plus-nine rating (T6th).
The Red Wings' summer development camp begins on Wednesday and Traverse City, and while Darren Helm may be its most high-profile attendee (the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau confirmed that Danny DeKeyser is not scheduled to take part in the six-day camp).
I know that may Wings fans tend to want to see the team's latest draft picks skate in red and white for the first time, but Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill told the Detroit Free Press's George Sipple that a) geting antsy a month removed from winning the Calder Cup and b) the players who will be at his disposal this fall in Grand Rapids are the ones who pique his interest:
This evening's crop of Red Wings-related news reflects this afternoon's crop thereof: we've got some Daniel Alfredsson Senators fall-out talk and some Wings roster discussion.
Let's start with the Alfredsson stuff this time. We know that Senators fans are more than a bit pissed off by the way the divorce went down, and the fact that it's incredibly evident that more than money was involved (never mind the "perception of worth" or "lowballing") in the souring of a relationship whose lines of communication seemed to fray, and that's completely understandable.
I'm not the kind of person that rubbernecks and gawks at car accidents (frankly, it's dangerous as much as anything else), and I don't want to come off as someone who's taking glee in another team's loss--I mean, imagine a Cup ring-less Nicklas Lidstrom saying, "I don't think the Wings can win a Cup, going to Chicago, seeya," and you start getting an indication of the level of "WTF???-ery" and sense of betrayal going on. That's not the kind of thing one wants to tread upon.
Updated 4x with Ted Kulfan believing that Brunner will get $4 million at 2:51 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related news stories:
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned an article discussing Brendan Shanahan's legacy given that the Hockey Hall of Fame is highly likely to name the former Wings forward to their 2013 induction class on Tuesday (after passing over Shanahan last year, as noted in the overnight report), and around the time I put my head on the pillow, the Wings' website published another article from Roose regarding the former Wing who's a first-ballot inductee in one Chris Chelios:
First we were told that the Wings were "still interested" in re-signing Daniel Cleary, but that Damien Brunner was still headed elsewhere. Then we were told that the Wings were all but ready to move a body off their 50-man roster--the NHL maxes out player contracts at 50 players--to re-sign Cleary. Then we were told that the Wings neither a) wanted to exceed the salary cap, even though the team has $2.307 million of Capgeek-estimated space under the cap and another $6.43 million to spend under the "summer cap" to ink Cleary* and that b) no roster moves were imminent, so Cleary would continue to pursue alternate employment.
In the middle of all of this, we found out that Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill took his right-hand man in terms of scouting and drafting in Wings director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell, as well as fellow "eastern scout" Mark Leach, to Dallas.
Okay, so maybe we know that the front office is indeed in flux today, because we were first told that Daniel Cleary was about to re-sign with the Wings, and minutes after MLive's Brendan Savage got an answer from Ken Holland as to what the waylaid scouting staff would do to rebound from Jim Nill's extrication of its director of amateur scouting, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reported that Daniel Cleary is not in fact about to be re-signed:
Detroit has not agreed with Cleary on a three-year contract that will pay him roughly $2.6 million a season.
The sticking point is the salary cap. They’d like to have Cleary back, but only if they’re able to shed some salary first.
Teams can go 10-percent over the salary cap during the offseason, but that’s something they don’t want to do.
In the meantime, Cleary is free to sign with any other team if he gets the deal he’s looking for.
I think the Wings' management is having an OH SHIT moment here...
Update: Edit edit edit, from MLive's Brendan Savage:
Updated 6x at 7:23 PM: *#$%@&.
McDonnell ran the Red Wings' draft and was essentially named an assistant GM...But Hakan, from what I understand, is happily employed by the Wings, and I would imagine that it would take an arm and a leg and then some for Nill to be allowed to pry him from Detroit's clutches.
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