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More Than Kicking Tires With Trevor Daley And The Wings

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

The discussions have gone beyond tire-kicking with Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley. According to Daley’s agent Rick Curran of Orr Hockey Group, both Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill and GM Ken Holland have spoken with Daley about what his role would be with the Red Wings.

“There’s been considerable interest in Trevor,” Curran said on Tuesday afternoon. “He’s had the opportunity to speak with a number of general managers and coaches who have spent time giving him the big picture and letting him know where they see him fitting in. Detroit is one of those clubs.”

more plus talk around the league...

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Wanted By Detroit- A Defenseman

What do you think?



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News Of The Day

I have been trying to take it easy today, refreshing the batteries is the term I use and George is out.

With that, news of the day...




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Advice For The Detroit Red Wings

from Jamie Samuelsen at the Detroit Free Press,

The Red Wings are out of contention right now for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is Holland and some misguided signings, trades and draft picks over the last five years. There would be an understandable inkling to try to fix this mess in a hurry and get the team back into the playoffs. Instead, he needs to follow Van Gundy’s philosophy and patiently, carefully try to reassemble the team.

more on the Wings with some Pistons talk too...

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Ken Holland Making Calls

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press Monday afternoon that he, assistant general manager Ryan Martin and head coach Jeff Blashill “have been on the phone with lots of agents and players.”...

The Wings don’t have much money to spend on free agents – they are about $8 million below the $75 million salary cap ceiling, but have to resign the likes of Tomas Tatar, Andreas Athanasiou and Xavier Ouellet. Coming off a 25-goal season, and four straight 20-goal seasons, Tatar, 26 is going to get in the $5 million range (the Capitals just gave T.J. Oshie, who had 33 goals, eight years at an average of $5.75 million).

The Wings most of all could use help on defense. Someone like Trevor Daley maybe could be had for a year, or Dan Girardi – either one would add a little offense to the back end, and assuage some of the concern over Niklas Kronwall. He is playing on a bad knee, and there is doubt about how effective he can be.

There is interest in adding a forward, too, but it may have to be somebody who can be had for less than a million. 


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Red Wings Qualify All RFAs Except For Goaltender Jake Paterson


added 12:28pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings, as expected qualified RFAs Tomas Tatar, Andreas Athanasiou, Xavier Ouellet, Martin Frk and Brian Lashoff, retaining their rights.

The Red Wings drafted Paterson, 23, in the third round in 2012 (80th overall). He appeared in only two AHL games with the Grand Rapids, spending virtually his entire pro career with the ECHL Toledo Walleye.

Paterson appeared in 81 regular season games and nine playoff contests with Toledo. He went 34-13-1, with a 2.28 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 2016-17.

Paterson played in 166 games for the Spirit over parts of five seasons and finished his OHL career with the Kitchener Rangers.

The Red Wings have four goalies under contract in their system - Jimmy Howard, Petr Mrazek, Jared Coreau and Matej Machovsky, a free agent from the Czech Republic inked to a one-year deal.

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The Captain’s Portrait

from NHL.com,

Yzerman almost had two careers in one during his 22 seasons in the NHL, all spent with the Detroit Red Wings.

In the first, he was one of the League's top scorers, setting Red Wings records with 65 goals, 90 assists and 155 points in 1988-89, when he won the Lester B. Pearson Award (now the Ted Lindsay Award), given to the NHL's Most Outstanding Player as selected by the NHL Players' Association. In the second, he sacrificed some offense but improved his all-around game and become one of the NHL's greatest leaders, captaining the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998 and 2002 and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1988.

In his NHL100 profile of Yzerman, author Bob Duff writes about Yzerman's understated leadership style.

"Yzerman wasn't the type of captain that gave fire-and-brimstone speeches. He led by quiet example.

"Being captain, it's a recognition of leadership,' Hall of Fame left wing and former Red Wings captain Ted Lindsay said. 'A quality [is] that you have to hold your team together, make them perform as a unit.
"'I think Steve Yzerman would be the best illustration. Steve Yzerman didn't kick any butt. He used to show guys how to do it. I think this is where lots of mistakes are made by people who think a guy gets in the dressing room and he makes a big show. That's not true leadership. You do it by leading by example."

"You do it the way Yzerman did."

more plus Andy Bathgate's portrait revealed too

Below, see Yzerman's portrait as part of the 100 Greatest NHL Players.

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Is it ‘Mrs. Hockey’s’ time to make the Hockey Hall of Fame?

The Hockey Hall of Fame will introduce its 2017 induction class today at 3 PM (on TSN), and this is one of those "off years" where two of the four possible player inductees (Teemu Selanne and Daniel Alfredsson) are slam dunks.

In theory, Chris Osgood could land a spot among a crowded field of, "Should have" inductees, but I have a bad feeling that there are more overdue candidates who will get a nod first...

And, as the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa notes, the family of Gordie and Colleen Howe have been pushing very hard to encourage the Hockey Hall of Fame's Selection Committee to induct Mrs. Hockey as a "builder":

The criteria set out by the Hockey Hall of Fame are: “Coaching, managerial or executive ability, or ability in another significant off-ice role, sportsmanship, character and contributions to his or her organization or organizations and to the game of hockey in general.”

There has not been a “her,” yet.

In the mid-1960s, at a time when United States-born NHL players literally could be counted with the fingers of a single hand, she organized the construction of an ice arena on the east side of a city that had no other enclosed ice surface open to the public.

She also essentially insisted Red Wings management establish the first Junior A team outside of Canada, the Junior A Red Wings

As an agent, although few called her that at the time, she negotiated contracts with the Red Wings and her husband’s endorsements. Later, she engineered the blockbuster World Hockey Association contracts for Gordie, Mark and Marty with the Houston Aeros.

It secured the opportunity for Gordie Howe to play regular seasons with his sons, beginning at age 45, before even he finally got too old to do it, and at a time when Marty and Mark were both too young to play in the NHL.

Krupa continues, and we'll find out how progressively-minded the Hall's Selection Committee feels later today.

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The overnight report: Lots of draft talk, draft dissent and some free agent talk

Of disparate Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Regarding the draft, part 1: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright regarding the team's decision to pick defensemen with 6 of their 11 draft picks this past weekend:

“Everybody knows the price of what it is to get a defenseman in this league,” said Tyler Wright, the Red Wings’ director of amateur scouting.

To that end, the Red Wings got all kinds while selecting six defensemen. They drafted offensive-minded ones like Gustav Lindstrom (second round), Kasper Kotkansalo (third round) and Malte Setkov (fourth round), and defensive-minded defensemen such as Cole Fraser (fifth round) and Reilly Webb (sixth round).

“You can’t have enough of those guys that can skate and move the puck. That’s why we tried to load up on those guys,” Wright said. “We wanted to get bigger. But we wanted to get bigger but also keep the identity for what we’re known for, and that’s skill and hockey sense.”

Kulfan continues, speaking with Hakan Andersson regarding Lindstrom and Setkov in particular...

2. Regarding the draft, part 2: The Wings' final draft pick, Saginaw Spirit center Brady Gilmour, spoke to Northumberland Today's Jeff Gard about being drafted by the Red Wings:

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Bob Probert Ride draws 1,200

AM 800 CKLW's Gord Bacon reports that this year's annual Bob Probert Ride was a smashing success:

An astounding 1200 plus riders hit the road for the seventh annual Bob Probert Ride.

Probert passed away in 2010 from a massive heart attack.

More than $100,000 in proceeds donated this year will go towards cardiac wellness programs throughout Windsor-Essex in his honour.

Riders gathered at Thunder Road Harley Davidson on Huron Church Rd. Sunday morning to begin a tour through Windsor-Essex ending at the Caboto Club on Tecumseh Rd. E. for food and refreshments.

Former NHL tough guy Dave Hutchison captained the ride and he says it was a privilege lead the event in memory of his friend.

"To follow the footsteps, or at least the road tracks, of guys like Chris Chelios and Ryan Vandenbush, looking forward to it," says Hutchison. "Just being apart of this is wonderful. Bob was a good friend and we have a real tight NHL alumni family, we all support each other, this is just another one of the things we do."


Update: The Windsor Star's Tamar Harris also reported in from the Probert Ride:

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