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Red Wings overnight report: on team-building, prospects, depth scoring, Kronner & olympic conspiracy
This entry's going to be "all over the place," and we're going to start with something of a bombshell that isn't necessarily a bombshell.
As the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa notes, while the NHL's newly-signed $5.2 billion TV deal with Rogers Sportsnet should be a "game-changer" in terms of raising the salary cap's upper limit to the level at which teams were spending money to build star-studded rosters prior to the salary cap--i.e. around $75-80 million and beyond, as the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle reported--the deal doesn't take effect until next season, and its trickle-down effect on the salary cap, well...
It doesn't take effect until next season (when the cap should return to at or near the $70 million mark), and as such, the cap won't really rise in a dramatic fashion until the 2015-2016 season at the earliest.
In the interim, Krupa reports that Red Wings GM Ken Holland plans on sticking with the team's current overarching operating policy, which involves drafting and developing players instead of simply attempting to fill "holes" via free agent signings:
This afternoon produced another entry-worthy crop of Red Wings-related news, and we'll lead things off with yet another bit of recognition for Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha, who was named to Canada's World Junior Selection Camp roster today (as was Jake Paterson). Per the QMJHL, and via RedWingsFeed:
Monday, December 2, 2013 - Émile Poirier, Domenic Graham and Anthony Mantha were name the TELUS three stars of the week today for November 25 to December 1st.
In 3 games on the road with the Val-d’Or Foreurs, Anthony Mantha is the third star of the week. He scored 5 goals and added an assist, while maintaining a +5 rating. Friday in the first of three straight wins this weekend, the Foreurs had 5-3 victory in Saint John. Mantha made 10 shots on goal including his 26th goal of the season. Saturday in a 6-2 win against Moncton, he scored what proved to be the winning goal, completing the game with 2 points. Finally on Sunday, he got his fourth 3 goal game of the season in a 6-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst. His point production this season is now 30 goals and 32 assists in 28 games, making him the leading point getter with 62 points; a 15 point lead over his nearest rival Jonathan Drouin (HAL | 47 ).
Sticking with "future Wings," HockeysFuture's Adam Schnepp posited a list of the best Red Wings prospects not yet playing professional hockey, and this trio of prospects has really stood out to me over the course of the last six-or-so months:
Updated 3x at 5:10 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories:
To summarize earlier "stuff':
The Red Wings' PR department has announced a new charitable initiative, and this one's particularly timely:
RED WINGS TEAM UP WITH MARINE CORPS RESERVE FOR ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION
… Team to Collect New Children’s Toys at Dec. 4 and 7 Home Games …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are kicking off the holiday season with the team’s annual Toys for Tots collection. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals) to home games this week on Wednesday, Dec. 4, against Philadelphia at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, versus Florida at 7:00 p.m.
Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be on hand at each entrance of Joe Louis Arena to collect toys, which will then be distributed to needy children in Metro Detroit around the holidays. All monetary donations will be used to purchase additional toys.
TSN and Hockey Canada just revealed the 25 players who will take part in Canada's World Junior Selection Camp between December 12th and 15th in Toronto, ahead of the World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, and two names are familiar to Red Wings fans:
Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
Jake Paterson L/G 6'0" 185 5/3/1994 Mississauga, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) DET '12 (3, 80)
Anthony Mantha L/G 6'5" 204 9/16/1994 Longueuil, Que./Qc Val-d'Or (QMJHL) DET '13 (1, 20)
Update: Yahoo Sports' junior hockey correspondent, Neate Sager, weighed in on both players' selections...
Not good news at all on the Pavel Datsyuk front. The Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings' most important player will probably miss his own "bobblehead night" at Joe Louis Arena this Wednesday against Philadelphia as Datsyuk's real bobbling head is still dealing with the after-effects of Jared Cowen's elbow:
The Wings play 12 games between Wednesday the 4th and Monday the 23rd, and I get the feeling that those missed games due to what was supposedly an "accidental" and non-suspension-worthy elbow are going to pile up.
A slate of "head shots" of Pavel Datsyuk, Jimmy Howard, James Reimer, and then a partially-toothless Stephen Weiss, Todd Bertuzzi before Captain Perfect Smile, Brendan Smith, wraps up the "head shots"...
This is pretty cool:
MALKIN, KRONWALL AND KEITH NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK
NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2013) – Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 1.
SECOND STAR – NIKLAS KRONWALL, D, DETROIT RED WINGS
Kronwall posted a trio of multi-point games in leading the Red Wings (14-7-7, 35 points) to three victories in three starts. He scored his third goal of the season, all on the power play, and added an assist in a 6-1 victory over the Boston Bruins Nov. 27. Kronwall then posted a pair of two-assist games: in a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders Nov. 29 and in a 4-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators Dec. 1. The 32-year-old Stockholm native has 2-7—9 during a six-game point streak dating to Nov. 21, including assists in five consecutive contests. He is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen with 18 assists and 21 points in 26 games this season.
And yes, as Paul noted, when Kronwall was on The Fan 590 and said farewell to Nick Kypreos and Paul MacLean, Kypreos almost whispered, "But he isn't a #1 defenseman, he's a 2-3 guy," and Kypreos suggested that Ken Holland rather desperately needs to find a #1 defenseman.
I'm on the go-after-Alex Edler bandwagon.
Red Wings-Senators wrap-up and overnight report: Red Wings finally earn a W on ‘Alfie closure night’
Updated with Wings post-game interviews at 3:04 AM: The Red Wings flew back to Detroit to get Chris Osgood home in time for the opening practice of what Osgood told Fox Sports Detroit's audience would be the opener of at least two practices in the Winter Classic Alumni Showdown's Kris Draper-run training camp knowing that the current players wouldn't have to join the alumni in skating after a very busy week's worth of wins.
The Wings have won 4 games for the first time this season, taking out Buffalo, Boston, the Islanders, and on Sunday--though it was via a less-than-aesthetically-pleasing effort--Daniel Alfredsson's former employer, snapping a 2-game losing streak against Ottawa and taking the "reunion game" 4-2 thanks to a rare two-goal game from Drew Miller, a 4-for-4 PK and a superb, 30-save performance from Jonas Gustavsson, 2 assists from Niklas Kronwall, another against-the-Sens goal for Johan Franzen, and a salt-the-game-away empty-netter from some guy wearing #11 in red and white.
As TSN's Bob McKenzie reported, Hockey Canada will be announcing its World Junior Selection Camp roster at 1 PM on Monday, and he doesn't believe that Hockey Canada will entertain many try-outs given that the team's roster is more or less set going into this January's tournament in Belaurs.
It's expected that Red Wings prospect and Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson will start for Canada, and while the following gentleman is playing in the highest-scoring junior hockey league in Canada, it's hard to ignore his hat trick in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 6-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst, and as he leads the QMJHL in scoring with 30 goals, 32 assists and 62 points registered over the course of only 28 games played, well, per the Canadian Press, expect this guy to crack the roster:
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