Found July 02, 2013 on The Detroit Sports Site:
The Detroit Red Wings have decided to make Carlo Colaiacovo the odd man out of a crowded blue line, according to a report from Helene St. James: #RedWings will buy out D Carlo Colaiacovo. F Todd Bertuzzi will not be bought out. — Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 2, 2013 The Red Wings currently have seven defensemen under contract — soon to be eight once restricted free agent Brendan Smith gets his new contract — which is why GM Ken Holland hinted at trying to trade Colaiacovo at the draft. Since no team bit on the oft-injured veteran, Holland opted instead to buyout Colaiacovo’s contract. The move saves Detroit $2.5 million on next year’s cap, bringing them for the moment to around $10.5 million in space.

Red Wings overnight report: Fil gone, Colaiacovo bought out, DET unlikely to pursue big-ticket UFA’s

Okay, let's get down to brass tacks here. 1. The Red Wings swung and missed on Vincent Lecavalier. Why? He wanted five years and a no-trade clause, and he apparently has little concern for the concept that a team that has a shaky defense and no starting goaltender also has no cap space, barring trading Braydon Coburn and putting Chris Pronger on the LTIR, anyway, so what the...

Khan: Red Wings’ Holland will kick UFA tires on Wednesday; Brunner, Cleary may return; Fil’s gone

As noted in the mid-day entry, the NHL's "wining and dining" period for free agents-to-be gets underway tomorrow at 12 PM and lasts until Friday, and while nobody's sure how it will play out, Wings GM Ken Holland told MLive's Ansar Khan that he will take part in the process: Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he plans to reach out to about...

Seeya Carlo - Colaiacovo Is Gone

Well that didn't last long.  Per the Free Press:  Vincent Lecavalier will not be joining the Detroit Red Wings, neither will David Clarkson nor Nathan Horton. Stephen Weiss, on the other hand, could be wearing a Wings sweater next season. And defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo will be bought out by the team. Poor guy barely gets a mention by Helene.  He deserves better after...

2013 Detroit Red Wings Draft Wrap-Up

Well, we filled you in on the Detroit Red Wing’s first-round pick, as that was the player most fans were anticipating. But in case you weren’t following along last night in Jersey, here’s how the Wing’s draft shaped up over the evening. F. Anthony Mantha - Round: First (20th overall) - Size: 6’4″, 210 lbs. - Age: 18 (September 16, 1994) - Team: Val-d’Or of QMJHL...

Detroit Red Wings 2013 NHL Draft Recap

The 2013 NHL Draft has come and passed. The Detroit Red Wings came away with eight new prospects in the draft. As mentioned in an earlier post, the consensus among the pundits was that they needed to add size. They did just that, as all of their picks were six feet or greater in height. [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Colaicovo Talks After Learning He Is Being Bought Out

from Bill Roose of the Wings website, As a newlywed, the last thing Carlo Colaiacovo thought he’d have to do this summer was shop for a new job. “I got married over the weekend, so it was something that wasn’t even on my mind,” he said. “I’ve been hearing a lot of rumors over the last couple of weeks, but I really didn’t know what to believe because I haven’t...

Wings look to keep their own

For those of you expecting the Detroit Red Wings to create some fireworks over this Fourth of July holiday, prepare to be underwhelmed. With Vincent Lecavalier headed to Philadelphia, David Clarkson demanding the moon and stars, and injury concerns about Nathan Horton, the Wings have refocused on their own unrestricted free agents, acquiring a second-line center, and perhaps extending...

Red Wings mid-day news: contract talk and more draft profiles

We can't have one without the other, as noted in the overnight report, so, while Red Wings GM Ken Holland told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that he was going to do what most GM's are doing this Canada day--going home and catching up on some sleep after four marathon days (starting with Thursday's Board of Governors meetings; KH and crew can place any of their...

Khan: Red Wings won’t re-sign McCollum

This was coming, but it's still something of a shock given that the Red Wings both drafted and signed Tom McCollum believing that he'd be backing up Jimmy Howard by now. MLive's Ansar Khan reports that the Wings will not tender a qualifying offer to the former first-round draft pick (the same is probably true for Jordan Pearce and Brent Raedeke) as McCollum's been...

Red Wings overnight report: the Wings’ summertime moves will play out slowly; more draft talk

I don't need to do anything more than check my email to know that Red Wings fans are a frustrated bunch right now. The last two entries alone have produced almost a hundred comments, and most of them have little to do with the Red Wings' eight draft picks on Sunday. Instead, Wings fans are voicing their displeasure with the team's inability to pawn Valtteri Filppula...

Red Wings mid-day news: on ‘wining and dining’ and free agent speculation

As the Red Wings prepare to make their "final pitches," as the Free Press's Helene St. James put it, to the team's unrestricted free agents-to-be in Damien Brunner, Daniel Cleary and Valtteri Filppula, a strange window's opening up in the new CBA which allows UFA's-to-be to be wined and dined in both literal and figurative senses by possible suitors, with...

Diggers Say No, Search Engines Beg To Differ

Ken Holland does not want you thinking the Wings have much of a shot.  It's not his style.  In fact, it may be a little bit of self preservation after last summer's farce.  But Ken Holland is not going to come right out and say we're out of the running, because he has his lackies do that for him. Helene St. James is one of those lackies, and I'm not positive...

Wings May Not Find A Fit With The UFA’s

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, As NHL free agency heats up Wednesday — any unrestricted free agent can talk to any team, though not sign until Friday — the Wings’ focus is shifting more to keeping two of their own guys than bringing in someone new. That’s because of prohibitive prices: Lecavalier, 34, wants a five-year deal averaging around $5 million...

Vincent Lecavalier, David Clarkson Out of Detroit Red Wings’ Price Range?

Vincent Lecavalier is expected to choose his new team in the coming days. That team will not be the Detroit Red Wings. MLive’s Ansar Khan reported Tuesday that the Red Wings “are out of the bidding for Vincent Lecavalier”, as they’re unwilling to meet the five-year, $25 million terms Lecavalier is seeking on his new contract. Khan added that it’s “believed” Dallas is...

Turns out the ‘diggers’ were right: Red Wings out of the Lecavalier sweepstakes

It turns out that MLive's Ansar Khan and the Free Press's Helene St. James were on to something: Red Wings have been told they are not in the Vinny Lecavalier bidding war. Sounds like he's close to deciding. — John Shannon (@JSportsnet) July 2, 2013
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