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This goes in TMR because Patrick Eaves was a good soldier and I'm glad he's found a home:
This is a depth move, too:
Neil Sheehy's certainly an odd duck of an agent...
And the worm turns...
Updated 3x at 4:04 PM: Edit/update: Kevin Porter is bascially replacing David McIntyre, who left Grand Rapids to sign with SaiPa in the Finnish Liiga (per Henri Sakkinen on Twitter) /end edit]
Per TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Wings have at least added to the forward depth...
Kevin's a 5'11," 192-pound winger who's 28 and is from Detroit. He'll play as a veteran in Grand Rapids.
As the Grand Rapids Press notes, the Griffins signed Western Michigan University forward Shane Berschbach today, too. Gotta build the AHL team as well, and Porter playerd well for Rochester.
Update: Wings just made Petr Mrazek's one-year extension official, too:
Updated 8x at 4:06 PM: Dan Boyle and Christian Ehrhoff signed win-now deals with the Rangers and Penguins, respectively, and now this...
At least the Wings didn't sign Robidas for 3 years and $9 mil? Tom Gilbert went to Montreal, [Brad Stuart got traded to Colorado], and now...Is it time for a trade?
Red Wings morning quickies: on summer camp try-outs, Dylan Larkin, a Griffins signing and UFA chatte
Prior to the UFA storm, here are a few Red Wings-related notes, starting with this regarding the Wings' summer development camp:
WDFN's Matt Sheppard spoke with Wings first-round draft pick Dylan Larkin earlier this morning...
Quick update: Here's Khan in text form...
Regardless of what the Red Wings do or do not do today in terms of attempting to enhance their roster, I'm not going to have a lot of time to think about whether or not Player X or Player Y is in fact a good "fit," if he or they are signs of "doom" or that "Kenny's lost it," etc. etc.
Paul and I will be attempting to cover somewhere between 25 and 45 signings today, and while helping you follow the Red Wings' media outlets is my job, I'm going to be pulling double duty on Canada Day with what my mother says are still "dark circles" under my eyes from the draft's 30 hours' worth of researching and reporting...And I'm going to go up to Traverse City on Thursday in search of a significant number of observations and answers.
I don't have the time to over-think whatever the Red Wings do or do not do because I'll be working my tail off for the next ten days, and I'm starting to believe that I'm the lucky one here.
I looked at the Red Wings' summer development camp schedule--which involves exactly one hour of on-ice instruction per "team" per day (previous summer development camps have dedicated anywhere from 90 minutes to 2-and-a-half hours of on-ice instruction and drills) and about three total hours of on or off-ice activities--and thought two things:
1. "Well how the hell do you expect to give these kids a leg up in an hour, especially when back-to-back ice times mean that the sixty minutes really is limited to sixty minutes?"
2. "How are two scrimmages--one on Saturday and one on Tuesday-going to make up for that?"
3. "Holy shit that's a lot of unstructured time to give to 17-to-24-year-olds on and around a Fourth of July weekend in Traverse City."
I'm sure I'll find out the answers to these questions soon enough, but I'm going up to Traverse City among a very crowded media field with a profoundly puzzled feeling about this whole thing's dynamic, and for good reason:
Updated 2x with way more Holland at 8:26 PM: Tomorrow, things get "real," and you and I have absolutely no control of the ride free agency's about to take us upon.
The Red Wings' website is taking things seriously, having posted a free agency blog page and having perhaps borrowed a page or three from Capgeek in posting a "contract chart" (the Wings also added fifth and sixth videos to their "draft experience," if you will); depending on the beat writer you believe, the Wings are either interested in Ed Jovanovski as a fall-back plan, or they're not, they either value Christian Ehrhoff as an option, or signing a left-shooting defenseman would be "insane"...
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