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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 a half-dozen forwards.
“I'll express interest, see what they're thinking,'' Holland said.
Khan lists a slate of forwards who the Wings might target but he's reporting that today's scuttlebutt suggests that David Clarkson's somehow going to get more than $5 million per season on the open market, and nathan Horton wants $6 million, which takes any sane team out of the running for either. The news isn't good regarding Lecavalier, either: Continue reading "Khan: Red Wings’ Holland will kick UFA tires on Wednesday; Brunner, Cleary may return; Fil’s gone"
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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. [...]
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
Detroit Red Wings have traded picks with SJ Sharks. #TSN
— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) June 30, 2013
Sharks and Wings trade for picks.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 30, 2013
From Ken Holland: #RedWings have traded 18th pick overall to San Jose for picks 20 and 58
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) June 30, 2013
Because the comments sections in my previous two blog entries are currently blowing up with suggestions that Ken Holland has failed as a GM because MLive's Ansar Khan and the Free Press's Helene St. James have suggested that Vincent Lecavalier is headed to Dallas, let's hear what ESPN's Pierre LeBrun has to say about Lecavalier's decision, or the lack thereof...