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Red Wings Come To Terms With Tyler Bertuzzi And Martin Frk

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with left wing Tyler Bertuzzi on a two-year contract and right wing Martin Frk on a one-year contract.

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Monday Morning Hockey Thoughts

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Sometime before Round 2, Montreal went to Max Pacioretty with a trade offer from the Kings. An extension was included. It was time-sensitive, because 2018 draft picks were included. Pacioretty said no, and switched agents to Allan Walsh. Can it be revived? Not sure. I do think the Kings considered adding two scorers, not stopping with Ilya Kovalchuk. But the issue is going to be Pacioretty’s next contract.

I do believe he would like to play in Los Angeles, but would also like to make up for what he left on the table with the Canadiens. LA can’t fit that. Pacioretty is upset and the Canadiens are upset, so even though word was they may keep him now, that’s going to be awkward if it happens. GM Marc Bergevin will revisit this, maybe depending on who misses their target on July 1.

- The $79.5 million cap will make it tough for Winnipeg to keep Paul Stastny. The key might be offering some kind of draft pick/asset for another team to take Steve Mason. He has one more year at $4.1 million. If they can clear that, we’re in business.

- Not surprisingly, a lot of Day 1 interest in James van Riemsdyk. One team indicated they were told he’d narrow the field in the middle of the week.

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The Teams John Tavares Will Be Meeting With

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David Perron And James Neal Appear To Be Moving On From The Vegas Golden Knights

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from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It appears two of the Golden Knights’ free agents won’t return next season.

Forwards David Perron and James Neal, who were unable to come to terms on new contracts with the Knights, fielded offers from other clubs when the interview period for unrestricted free agents opened Sunday.

Players can’t officially sign until July 1.

Perron’s agent, Allan Walsh, told the Review-Journal on Sunday that the Knights have not made a new contract offer since the season ended after the two sides had exchanged proposals at the trade deadline in February....

Neal turned down a five-year, $25 million offer from the Knights at the trade deadline, according to the Calgary Sun, in hopes of landing a more lucrative and longer-term contract.

Sportsnet.ca reported that Neal was looking for a contract with an annual average value of $6.5 million to $7 million.


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Trade A Forward?

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Ansar Khan of Mlive answers questions from the fans...

Q. By taking two forwards in the first round, does this pave the way to trade a winger like Athanasiou or Svechnikov for a defenseman?

A. I think so. Athanasiou remains the most likely candidate and might just be a matter of when. I think they’ll give him one more season (or most of it) to show he can be more engaged on a consistent basis before looking to move him. It would be risky, since it's not easy to find someone with his combination of blazing speed and finishing ability.

Some might suggest moving Svechnikov to Carolina where he can play with his brother, Andrei, selected second overall on Friday, but I highly doubt the organization is ready to give up on him after a bad second season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. 

Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk is rumored to be on the trading block. He’s 26, has two years remaining on his contract at a $4.8 million cap hit and shoots right. The Hurricanes, however, have only five defensemen on their roster and four of them shoot right. It’s a weak free-agent class on defense, so if Carolina moves Faulk they might want a left-shooting defenseman in return.

In any event, I think Zadina will make the team in the fall. Since they were able to land Zadina, I don't think they'll purse Thomas Vanek in free agency, which they planned to do if they had selected a defenseman at No. 6 (Evan Bouchard would have been their choice if Zadina had been off the board).

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Is Jack Johnson A Fit For The Detroit Red Wings?

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Wings Did What Was Needed At The Draft

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from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

It takes smarts and patience and a solid plan. Rebuilding in the NHL is difficult and dicey, which is partly why the Red Wings spent 25 years stridently avoiding it.

It also takes a little good fortune, and it appears the Wings finally got a healthy batch of it. This was their most important draft in decades, a huge moment for GM Ken Holland and his staff, and if you go by numbers and scouting reports, they hit it big.

By most accounts, the Wings essentially got two steals in the first round, which might not alter the long-term timetable, but it sure makes it more interesting. They took Czech winger Filip Zadina at No. 6, after virtually every projection had him going third to Montreal. They took center Joe Veleno at No. 30, a stunner considering three rating services pegged him at six, eight and 11.

Holland didn’t try to outsmart or outmaneuver anyone. The Wings wisely didn’t reach for a much-needed defenseman. They did precisely what a rebuilding team must do — grab as much high-end talent, regardless of position, as you can grab.


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Detroit’s Release On The Robbie Russo Trade

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today acquired a conditional seventh-round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Robbie Russo.

Russo, 25, was originally signed as a free agent by the Red Wings on Aug. 16, 2015. In his three seasons with the organization, he appeared in 19 NHL games with the Red Wings and totaled 204 games for the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, registering 103 points (21-82-103), a plus-61 rating and 160 penalty minutes. He led the AHL in plus-minus as a rookie in 2015-16 en route to capturing a spot on the All-Rookie Team and Second All-Star Team before going on to skate in the All-Star Game and help the Griffins win their second Calder Cup championship in five seasons during the 2016-17 campaign. Prior to turning professional, the Westmont, Ill., native logged 94 points (28-66-94), a plus-18 rating and 82 penalty minutes at the University of Notre Dame from 2011-15, winning a CCHA championship in 2013 and capping off his collegiate career as a Hockey East First-Team All-Star in 2015.

After selecting 10 players at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas this weekend, the Red Wings now hold up to 11 picks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, owning their own selection in each round in addition to the NY Islanders’ second-round pick (via Vegas), Buffalo’s fifth-round pick, Columbus’ fifth-round pick and the conditional seventh-round choice from Arizona.

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John Carlson Appears To Be Staying With The Washington Capitals

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added 6:32pm, Contract details below.

added 7:04pm, Washington release is below.

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Questions Before UFA Day

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from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

With the completion of the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas on Saturday, the focus turns to the beginning of the interview eriod for potential unrestricted free agents on Sunday.

During the interview period, teams can discuss general parameters of a possible contract with potential UFAs to lay the groundwork for when the free agent market opens at 12 p.m. ET on July 1.

Here are the biggest questions to be answered in free agency this year:

Will John Tavares re-sign with the New York Islanders?

Tavares reportedly will talk with five teams other than the Islanders during the interview period to determine if he wants to return as New York's captain or play elsewhere. The Athletic reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars are expected to be among the teams to talk with the 27-year-old center and his agent, Pat Brisson.

Re-signing Tavares remains the top priority for Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello, who has the advantage of being able to give him an eight-year contract. The maximum contract term for other teams trying to sign Tavares is seven years....

Will John Carlson leave the Washington Capitals?

After GM Brian MacLellan said Friday that the Capitals were "really close" to signing Carlson to an extension and that he hoped to get a deal done with the 28-year-old defenseman before the interview period opened, Carlson remained unsigned Sunday. His agent, Rick Curran, said he is continuing to negotiate with the Capitals, but with no deal in place they are taking calls from other teams and listening....

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