Found June 18, 2012 on
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By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
While the summer can also be considered the winter of sports for hockey fans, the time between the awarding of the Stanley Cup and July 1st is akin to the exciting days leading up to a birthday during childhood.
First, the NHL Entry Draft gives every fan the opportunity to dream about the future for his or her team. Every team attempts to address its burning needs and sometimes settles on the best player available or the high-risk-high-reward player. With the occasional trade during the draft, more immediate pieces seemingly fall into place.
As July 1st inches closer, every fan believes that the top free agent will sign with his or her team. Every commentator, writer, and fan has an opinion as to where each free agent will land. Many discuss the players’ hometowns, penchant for the West over the East, and weather in any given NHL city. Many fans shake their heads at what can devolve into a sickening money grab. In recent years, players’ rights have been tr...
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As the Detroit Red Wings begin to address this offseason of rebuilding on the fly, one issue is not in question:
Henrik Zetterberg is their next captain -- period.
It was determined years ago, after Marty Lapointe left for Boston as an unrestricted free agent. Lapointe was and will always be a heart-and-soul Red Wing.
When the Bruins offered him a mega-million dollar contract...
Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk probably won’t win the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward tonight, but he’s in Las Vegas to attend the NHL Awards (airing at 7 PM EDT on NBCSN and on tape delay at 8 on the CBC) anyway.
David Backes is the favorite to win given that Datsyuk missed a dozen games recovering from knee surgery, and while we haven’t heard too...
The Red Wings tend to do this from time to time: via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Griffins, and, by extension, the Wings, inked outgoing University of Michigan captain Luke Glendenning to an AHL-only contract:
The Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday signed forward and East Grand Rapids native Luke Glendening to a one-year contract. Glendening becomes the first player from Greater...
Darren Helm has agreed to a four-year deal to remain with the Detroit Red Wings.
General manager Ken Holland announced the contract Tuesday.
Helm, a 25-year-old center, had nine goals and 17 assists in 68 games last season. He had surgery on a tendon in his right arm after he was hurt in Game 1 of a first-round playoff series against Nashville. The Red Wings lost in five games...
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard’s at the Michigan International Speedway as a co-grand marshal of today’s “Quicken Loans 400,” and he spoke to the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff about uncertain off-season outlook, suggesting that the Wings don’t need to do much more than be the Wings to attract elite players…
As far as what the future holds for his own team, Howard was less...
The Red Wings announced Tuesday that they’ve agreed to terms on a new deal with speedy forward Darren Helm. The terms of the contract include a 4-year deal worth $8.5 million dollars.
Helm earned $1 million in 2011-12 and was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st. His new contract has a salary-cap hit of $2.125 million.
Throughout his time in Detroit thus far, Helm...
It wasn't a huge shock this morning when word filtered out that the Detroit Red Wings had re-signed center Darren Helm to a four-year contract extension. Helm, 25, has completed three full seasons with the Wings and fully established himself as the club's third line center this past season before injuries to his knee and wrist ended his campaign. RED WINGS AND FORWARD...
Via Paul, the Wings have knocked one of their three restricted free agent signings off the list by re-signing Darren Helm, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger:
Darren Helm agrees to 4 year, $8.5 deal in Detroit.
That’s $2.125 million per season..
Update: MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:
Wings have re-signed Darren Helm to four-year deal worth $8.5 million
I jammed a bunch of mid-day news into the Darren Helm re-signing thread, but as Wings assistant GM Jim Nill happens to serve as the Grand Rapids Griffins’ GM, and they’ve lost the services of Curt Fraser and signed Luke Glendening to an AHL-only contract, Nill’s conversation with the Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner, regarding the “farm team’s” search for Fraser’s...
If last week’s teasers and subtle message-sending by general managers, player agents and even players themselves who may or may not be playing the media to skirt tampering rules whetted your appetite for pre-draft rumors, you’re going to love this week and weekend. With the Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday, the NHL Awards on Wednesday and the Entry Draf…I mean Draft taking...
The Red Wings badly need goal-scorers, and Nash's experience and grit would be welcome additions. Continue reading →
Amongst this evening’s Red Wings-related news:
• First and foremost, no. Just no. Bobby Ryan would be too expensive and the Wings are worried about adding via free agency, not surrendering assets in a trade.
• The most interesting scuttlebutt of directly Red Wings-related note comes from the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff’s Twitter account...
#redwings Holland on neg. with...
As per TSN's Darren Dreger, the Red Wings have re-signed Darren Helm for four more seasons.
More to come on this signing later this afternoon.
The Red Wings have money to spend this year, and whether or not they had planned on it, they will be forced to spend money to bring big free agents here once again to put Hockeytown at the top of the list next season to bring home Lord Stanleys Cup.
The biggest question on Red Wings fans is not the type of player the Wings need, that’s very common knowledge around the league.
Could he add the mettle and scoring touch the Wings have been missing?
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