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The Detroit Red Wings have had an unusual offseason thus far, one in which they have failed to land any of the marquee free agents. The Wings were looking to rebuild their blue line through free agency, only they were unable to land either Ryan Suter or Shea Weber from the Nashville Predators. They also lost Brad Stuart, who took a pay cut in order to return to the San Jose Sharks. But could Detroit wait a little longer and the go after current Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle? The Wings know that they need to do something. Not only did they miss out on some of the top defensemen available, but they didn’t land any offensive stars so far either. Sure, forwards such as Shane Doan and Alexander Semin are still on the open market, but neither has strongly been linked to the Wings at this point. Add in the fact that Nicklas Lidstrom has already retired, and Tomas Holmstrom is still on the fence as to whether or not he wants to come back and play another season, and Detroit is facing some serious problems going forward. But one thing that Detroit is not facing is money woes. In fact, if a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, with an expected lower salary cap, the Wings could sit back like sharks in the water when teams are forced to lower their payroll. And whereas the pun was entirely intended, the first call the Wings make could indeed be to the Sharks regarding Boyle. The Wings will have to do something. As things currently stand, their top pairing on the blue line could be that of Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl. That won’t exactly strike fear into many opponents. In fact, Detroit would be the team most worried about the possibility of those two as their top defensive pairing. While Detroit was able to add Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson, they know they need more. Boyle would certainly be considered more. We have already heard multiple reports that San Jose would be strongly inclined to listen to offers for Boyle, as he was tied to a possible trade to the New York Rangers last week. That never materialized, but since Boyle’s full no-trade clause expired on July 1, the Sharks have been fielding offers at this point, with a move expected at some point prior to the upcoming season’s trade deadline. Since his full no-trade clause expired, Boyle can submit a list of eight teams to which he would accept a trade. It is unknown as to whether or not the Red Wings would make that list. Expect Detroit to make a strong push to acquire Boyle at some point, or at least talk him into putting them on his list. If they are unable to get anywhere with the Sharks and Boyle, the Red Wings could turn to inquiring about the availability of current Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle or Jay Bouwmeester of the Calgary Flames.

Red Wings mid-day news: on Datsyuk’s birthday, ‘Red Wings day on PHT’ and Q’s and A’s

This entry covers a little bit of everything, so let’s get started and start with the kind of, well, let’s call it a bipolar focus that Red Wings fans have become accustomed to since Nicklas Lidstrom retired: Happy 34th birthday to Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk! You can wish him a happy birthday here-— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 20, 2012 ...

Red Wings overnight report: on Jurco’s uncomfortable summer, free agency, the CBA and Bertuzzi-Moore

Most of the NHL’s top prospects have little to worry about in terms of finding a place to play for the 2012-2013 season. If the players have two-way contracts, they qualify as members of the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, and as the PHPA is not attempting to negotiate any sort of collective bargaining agreement with the AHL at the same time that the NHLPA is attempting...

Red Wings overnight report: on Sproul, the CBA and Twitter-y news

The Detroit Free Press’s George Sipple added a twist to an “emptying the notebook” story about Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul which notes something of a trend going forward: the Wings’ youth movement is pushing the team toward a level of social media activity that the “older” Wings never really cared or care to engage in. Mike Commodore was the first Wings player to...

Khan: Shane Doan’s on a grand tour, and KH wants Doan to stop in Detroit to talk to the Red Wings

Via RedWingsFeed, MLive’s Ansar Khan offers some welcome relief to what has otherwise been a bit of a frustrating week and weekend for Red Wings fans, stating that Red Wings GM Ken Holland wants Shane Doan to come to Detroit as the unrestricted free agent forward continues his “grand tour” of possible suitors’ rinks and visits with their respective front office personnel...

Khan addresses Red Wings’ defensive needs in a Q and A column

Aside from discussions as to whether the Red Wings should add Shane Doan, who Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy reports is meeting with the Flyers today, or Alex Semin, who Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has reiterated his interest in over the next 24 hours… The other divisive topic among Wings fans who believe that the team needs to pursue free agency and/or trade options to...

As the Red Wings find themselves among a crowd of Doan/Semin bidders, ‘the program’ > $$$

Via RedWingsFeed, with the Caroina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford confirming that the Red Wings are anything but alone in the, “If Shane Doan doesn’t sign here, we’re interested in Alex Semin” sweepstakes, and the news that Doan visited the Rangers and Flyers (per Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy) isn’t exactly super fantastic, either… But with a boatload of CBA uncertainty...

Julylights: July 21st, Henrik Zetterburg Goes One-Handed In The Shootout

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.When an amazing shootout goal is scored by a player on the Detroit Red Wings, many just assume that it was Pavel Datsyuk, with Datsyuk's past they have the right to. But, with the abundace of talent on the Red Wings'...

Red Wings mid-day news: fanning on free agents, asking Ansar and re-selling unsold tickets

Annoyed, frustrated, irked by players declining invites to play here, and more than a little bit scared. That sentence pretty much sums up how the vast majority of Red Wings fans feel at the midpoint of a summer in which Ken Holland, Jim Nill, Ryan Martin, Mike Babcock and even Mike Ilitch have made pitches to and for Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, Rick Nash, Shea Weber and possibly as...

Red Wings overnight report: the aggressive pursuit of all available options for improvement

The difference between a general manager and Red Wings fans like you and me is that Ken Holland can’t afford to be frustrated by, or, given by this blog’s comments section of late, join Wings fans in either attempting to break his ankles jumping off the bandwagon or impale himself upon the nearest sharp object simply because the Red Wings have yet to land their big fish. Zach...
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