Found June 30, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
It took until Saturday evening, but here’s a slate of the pertinent Red Wings, Grand Rapids Griffins, Toledo Walleye and the NHLPA’s player meetings in Chicago, all missed while I was more ill than I am now with my head cold. On a publication-by-publication basis, in no particular order: • This is honestly my pick for the “biggest story,” because it affects each and every Ilitch Holdings property: Ilitch Holdings’ Vice President of Corporate Relations, Karen Cullen, is stepping down at the end of July, according to PR Newswire, which means that the Wings and every other IH organization will have a new public relations face sooner than later. That’s incredibly important given the Wings’ desire to build a follow-on rink partially subsidized by the City of Detroit, Wayne County and/or the State of Michigan; • Perhaps just as importantly for those of you who plan on attending the Winter Classic, yes, the AP reported that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder did indeed approve the bill allo...

Your mid-evening update from Kulfan: Hudler’s gone, Red Wings have multiple plans, Brunner zuerst?

I’m starting to get nervous as nervous can be about tomorrow. Pretend professional blogger or not, I’m a Red Wings fan, and while the Red Wings’ beat writers have perhaps thankfully kept Detroit fans’ expectations somewhere under Red Bird III’s cruising altitude, emphasizing that the front office met today for the specific purpose—to go over plans C, D, E, F and so on...

Detroit Red Wings upgrade front lines

Will the Red Wings land defenseman Ryan Suter as an unrestricted free agent? Perhaps, but it appears the franchise will have to wait until Monday for that decision.In the meantime they altered their chemistry up front: They brought back old friend Mikael Samuelsson with a two-year, $6 million deal. He is classic Detroit player: Skilled and versatile.To add some sandpaper, the Red...

Detroit Red Wings Free Agency Updates

With NHL free agency kicking off on Sunday, The Detroit Sports Site has you covered, as we'll keep tabs on all the latest Red Wings news and rumors. Continue reading →

Red Wings pre-free agent period quickies: off we go

As Paul already posted, the Red Wings have indeed sent a parcel of front office personnel to Toronto to make their offer to Zach Parise (can the Wings afford what Nick Kypreos reports is a demand for a $12 million signing bonus from Parise’s representatives? Yep), and this news from the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan shouldn’t surprise you, either: Not a shocker and totally expected…...

Wings officially sign Swiss star Damien Brunner to a one-year deal

The Red Wings officially signed former Swiss scoring champ Damien Brunner to a one-year, two-way entry level contract. This is according to Ansar Khan of A week in the making, Brunner verbally agreed to sign with the Wings after negotiating a release from the final year of his contract with Zug of the Swiss league. Brunner caught the attention of the Wings after his play...

Referendum for a Red Wings dream?

Yes, I know, parallel posts. Promise they won’t last for too long, but for now, there’s a reason that Red Wings GM Ken Holland made the statements that he did about his team’s core supposedly being at or near elite as-is—especially on a night when so many teams have informed the media that they’re letting their UFA’s-to-be to test the market that you’d think the NHL’s...

Red Wings sign goalie Gustavsson

The Red Wings' first step in free agency was not the big name but an insurance signing. On Sunday, they signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a two-year deal. Jimmy Howard is the starter and Joey MacDonald filled in nicely last season when Howard was injured and Ty Conklin faltered. But MacDonald went down with a back injury late in the season and although he expected to be...

And now we wait? And hope that the Red Wings’ front office knows what it’s doing

My best guess at this point is pretty simple: the Red Wings have an overabundance of forwards now, should Zach Parise go elsewhere, and perhaps they are crossing their fingers that either Nick Kypreos wasn’t blowing smoke or that, should Ryan Suter choose to go elsewhere, they’ve got back-up plans in place. One way or another, I do believe that Ken Holland knows something we...

Jonas Gustavsson Agrees to 2-Year Deal With Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year deal worth $3 million with goalie Jonas Gustavsson, according to TSN. Gustavsson, 27, spent the past three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gustavsson’s signing indicates that the Wings were either … Continue reading →

Damien Brunner Could Be a Diamond in the Rough as Red Wings Revamp Their Roster

Damien Brunner is just what the Red Wings need: A right-handed winger, who is quick and has the tools and potential to be a 25-to-35-goal scorer. Continue reading →

July 1: Red Wings NHL Free Agency Live Blog

  12:35 pm – Red Wings Reportedly sign Free Agent Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson It wasn’t the big splash many fans were hoping for to open up the free agency period, but the Wings have reportedly signed a backup goalie for … Continue reading →

Gustavsson joins Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a two-year, $3 million contract Sunday and likely will make him the backup to starter Jimmy Howard. Gustavsson posted a 39-45-15 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sweden native’s negotiating rights were traded last week to the Winnipeg...

Red Wings sign Jonas “the Monster” Gustavsson

Per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector: Our @maydayhockey says G Jonas Gustavsson has signed with Detroit. Sportsnet is reporting 2 years, $1.5 million per season. Update: the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff confirms. Former Leafs G Jonas Gustavsson signs 2 year deal with #redwings.

Detroit Red Wings hire Monster as back-up goalie

Goaltender Jonas "The Monster" Gustavsson relocated to Motown after opting not to sign with Winnipeg. He got a two-year, $3 million pay day, which is good money for a Maple Leafs washout.The Red Wings must still believe in Gustavsson’s upside. Given that franchise’s success with European imports, there is no reason to doubt that franchise:In other Sunday news: In a...

The Money Starts Talking

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, As Holland says, the Red Wings can’t sell climate, anonymity, or a state-of-the-art facility to players. Their pitch revolves strictly around the hockey-playing experience. With Nicklas Lidstrom now retired, the Red Wings have the need, the will and the cash (roughly $20-million in available salary-cap space) to land one or both of Parise...
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