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The Phoenix Coyotes’ captain signed a four-year, $21.2 million contract with the team on Friday, getting the deal in just before the NHL’s expected lockout.
Doan became a free agent on July 15, but didn’t sign while waiting for the Coyotes’ ownership situation to clear up. He spoke with several other teams, but said all along that he wanted to remain in Phoenix.
The Red Wings were reportedly interested in Doan in July, but the reported asking price for Doan eventually put Detroit out of the running.
Doan has played his entire career with the franchise, dating back to when they were the Winnipeg Jets prior to moving to Phoenix.
The NHL will lock out its players if a new CBA is not agreed upon by 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday, but that didn't stop the Detroit Red Wings from taking care of a little bit of business on Thursday. The Red Wings have locked up a pair of players, signing both Carlo Colaiacovo and Justin Abdelkader to multi-year deals.
Colaiacovo has spent the past four seasons with the St. Louis Blues, and the Red Wings have signed him to a two-year deal that's reported to be worth $2.5 million per season. Abdelkader has spent his entire career with the Red Wings, and the Michigan State product reportedly agreed to a four-year deal that will pay him $1.7 million per season.
The Red Wings would have been well under the NHL's salary cap, but there's a good chance that the cap will be lowered when a new CBA is agreed to. The cap was scheduled to be at $70.2 million, and the Red Wings' payroll currently sits at just $61.3 million. Both signings are expected to be officially announced on Friday.
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The Detroit Free Press reports that Abdelkader would like to get his contract signed by Saturday's expiration of the NHL collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players association.
"We're hoping to get something done before the 15th," he said.
If the lockout happens -- and many signs point to it taking effect on Sunday -- Abdelkader said he could opt to play in Europe if the lockout lasts a while. But he isn't sure about that option.
Abdelkader, 25, had eight goals and 14 assists in 81 games for the Red Wings in 2011-2012. He's heading into his third full season with Detroit, his home state team.
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The Detroit Red Wings are expected to sign restricted free agent C Justin Abdelkader to a new contract in the near future, according to a report from Ansar Khan of MLive.com. Free agency has otherwise been a slow process for the Red Wings, who are $13 million under the salary cap and are still shopping for defensemen. Abdelkader is a former second-round pick of the Red Wings from 2005. He is 25 years old and has played in 209 career NHL games while scoring 18 goals and dishing out 29 assists for a total of 47 points. Last season he appeared in 81 regular season games and produced 22 points (eight goals and 14 assists).
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With a dark cloud looming over the NHL and the Sept. 15 lockout deadline draws closer, general manager Ken Holland and the Detroit Red Wings are still taking things slow when it comes to adding new players through free agency.
"We’re not close to signing anybody," Holland admitted to Red Wings Front Tuesday. "There are some veteran defensemen out there looking for an opportunity. I’m having conversations."
Holland, whose team is $13 million under the salary cap at the moment, currently has six defenders under contract heading into the season: Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Ian White, Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith.
In addition to Carlo Colaiacovo, a 29-year-old defender who was reportedly offered a two-year deal by the Red Wings last week, names like Philadelphia's Pavel Kubina and Michal Rozsival from Phoenix are each also readily available on the market. By choosing to hold off on filling his final two defensive spots before the salary cap adjustment is known, Holland will be in prime position should a second-tier defender end up getting cut due to a salary squeeze.
The Detroit Red Wings have reportedly offered 29-year-old defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo a two-year deal worth approximately $5 million. The news comes by way of Brendan Savage of MLive.com, who reported on Friday morning that the Red Wings bumped up their initial one-year offer to Colaiacovo, who has spent the past four seasons playing for the St. Louis Blues. According to Savage, Colaiacovo is "a good skater and puck-mover with some offensive ability" who "can play the point on the power play."
The guys over at Winning It In Motown say he wouldn't be able to replace Nick Lindstrom on his own, but that he would be a sold addition to the blue line if he can stay healthy.
It looks like the Detroit Red Wings may have to move on to "Plan D" in their quest to add another forward. First, they struck out with Zach Parise, and then they were unable to pull off a trade for Rick Nash despite submitting a pretty big offer. Now, the Red Wings appear to be out of the running for Shane Doan, according to Aaron Ward.
I don't fault the Red Wings for not wanting to overpay players. However, it's becoming clearer and clearer that in today's NHL, that is sometimes necessary if you want to upgrade your roster. The Red Wings can't just sell players on wearing the winged wheel nowadays, and they can't afford to keep whiffing on targets because of a high asking price.
With Alexander Semin off the market, it's not clear who would even be the Red Wings' "Plan D" at this point. I'm sure they would love to look at a trade for Bobby Ryan, but as they learned with the Nash situation, making a deal for a high-profile player is easier said than done.
Another potential target of the Detroit Red Wings is now off the market. It doesn't seem that the Red Wings care all that much, but forward Alexander Semin agreed to a one-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon. The deal will pay Semin $7 million.
Back before free agency began, a lot of people thought Semin would make a lot of sense for the Red Wings if they were unable to land Zach Parise. Parise ended up going to the Minnesota Wild, and the Red Wings turned their attention to Shane Doan instead of Semin. In fact, it doesn't appear that the Red Wings had much of any interest in Semin. From MLive's Ansar Khan:
Semin's agent, Todd Diamond, told MLive.com that he had only one conversation with the Detroit Red Wings.
"It never got serious with them,'' Diamond said.
The Red Wings apparently were among the teams concerned with Semin's issues in the locker room. As a player, he's got a lot of talent, but it does say a lot that all he was able to get was a one-year deal nearly four weeks into free agency. He is going to earn a big salary in that one year from Carolina, and it's a pretty good risk to take if you're the Hurricanes. The Red Wings obviously had a different feeling on taking a risk like that, which is why they are attempting to go in other directions to add another forward.
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The Detroit Red Wings were unable to acquire Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. Last week, it was reported that the Red Wings made one "hell of an offer" to Columbus in hopes of trading for Nash, but the Blue Jackets weren't interested in dealing him to a division rival. On Monday, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that an offer was made.
#RedWings GM Ken Holland: "I talked to Scott Howson a number of times, we did make an offer for Rick Nash."— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 23, 2012
The story of the Red Wings' offseason has been coming up short on moves that would improve their roster. They whiffed on Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, and they even were unable to sign Sami Salo. They also failed to make something happen with Shea Weber, and it's possible they could strike out with Shane Doan as well.
A trade for Nash never seemed likely given the whole being in the same division as Columbus thing, but this is yet another move the Red Wings were unable to pull off. It's good that they are actively trying to improve, but it's getting frustrating that they haven't been able to actually complete anything major as of late.
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The Detroit Red Wings didn't appear to be serious contenders for Rick Nash since they are in the same division as the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus wanted far too much to begin with, and for the Red Wings to pull off a trade for Nash, it would've taken an awful lot.
As of Monday afternoon, the Red Wings appear to be officially out of the Nash sweepstakes. This is because he is about to be traded to the New York Rangers. A deal isn't official yet, but it's on the verge of being completed.
Rick Nash trade to New York Rangers in process now. Details to follow.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2012
It'll be interesting to see how much New York ends up giving up in order to make this deal happen. While the Red Wings won't be the team acquiring Nash, he is now out of the division, and the players sent to Columbus in return for him will go up against the Red Wings six times a season.
In general, this news means that yet another potential option for the Red Wings to upgrade their offense is now off the table. They are still waiting to hear from Shane Doan, and there is still talk that Bobby Ryan could be a potential trade target. Their options are certainly dwindling, though.
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Given his status as a restricted free agent and the Detroit Red Wings' tendency to avoid giving out offer sheets, it wasn't believed that the team had pursued defenseman Shea Weber all that hard. While Weber did become a free agent on July 1, he was restricted, meaning the chances of the Red Wings being able to sign him without the Nashville Predators matching seemed slim.
The Philadelphia Flyers are hoping that they will be able to successfully sign Weber. He has already agreed to a mega offer sheet with the Flyers, and the Predators now have a week to decide if they want to match it. It's far from a slam dunk that they will match the offer given how much money Weber will be owed in the first couple years of the deal, so he could very well end up in Philly.
While the Red Wings never really became serious contenders to sign Weber, they did pursue him. According to The Tennessean's Greg Sullivan, the Red Wings hosted Weber for a visit after free agency began. The Free Press' Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings never spoke to Nashville about a possible trade, but they did speak to Weber's agent "numerous times." Unfortunately, the last discussion with his agent was when the Red Wings were informed that Weber was going to sign the Flyers' offer sheet. In other words, the Red Wings weren't really given any indication that Weber wanted to play in Detroit.
Had Wings been presented with possibility of Weber wanting to come to DET, maybe offer sheet considered. Never came to that.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 19, 2012
The Predators may decide to decline to match the offer sheet Weber signed with the Flyers, but it's hard to imagine that happening if he had signed with the Red Wings. It's one thing to let your best player go to another conference, but to a division rival? I couldn't see that happening no matter how the deal was structured. It's a moot point now anyway, though.
Business has officially picked up on the NHL free agency front. It had been a boring couple of weeks ever since Zach Parise and Ryan Suter decided to sign with the Minnesota Wild, but that changed in a big way early Thursday morning when news broke that Shea Weber agreed to an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers. Here are more details:
Breaking: Shea Weber agrees to offer sheet with Philadelphia. 14 years, upwards of $100 mil. Preds have 7 days to match. Wow!!— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 19, 2012
Darren Dreger reports that the Nashville Predators were working on potentially trading Weber, but the Flyers apparently got tired of waiting and shockingly put out an offer sheet to Weber. It would be equally shocking if the Predators decline to match the offer sheet considering they now have an opportunity to lock up their captain for the next 14 seasons. The only thing that would seem to prevent them from matching is a front-loaded deal that Nashville can't afford.
This news is depressing for the Detroit Red Wings because they will no longer get a shot at signing Weber as an unrestricted free agent next July. Had he hit free agency in 2013, they likely would have been one of the favorites to sign him. Now, with Weber agreeing to the 14-year offer sheet, the Red Wings' chances of landing him are zero. To make matters worse, they were reportedly one of the "big players" in trade talks for Weber before he agreed to the offer sheet from Philadelphia.
I'm trying to go back to bed. More info coming in. Philly, NYR, Detroit and San Jose were big players in Weber trade scenarios.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 19, 2012
As the Rick Nash situation has taught us, being involved in trade talks for a player in the division doesn't necessarily mean anything. I can't even imagine what it would have taken for the Predators to send Weber to the Red Wings. It's one thing for a mediocre franchise like Columbus to trade its best player to a rival, but it's tough to even imagine a scenario where a contender in recent memory like Nashville gives its best player away to the Red Wings.
Looking back on all of this, I really wish the Red Wings had just offered Weber a ridiculous one-year deal. If Weber agreed to it, the Predators could have matched it, but at least you would know he would hit free agency next year. And if the Predators decided to decline to match it, the Red Wings would have added Weber for 2012-13. Of course, there would be the risk of losing four first-round picks and watching him sign elsewhere next July 1, but given the current make-up of their defense, I think that would have been a risk worth taking.
Defenseman Kyle Quincey is officially back with the Detroit Red Wings. As a restricted free agent, Quincey wasn't really going anywhere in the first place, especially after he filed for arbitration earlier this month. On Wednesday, his return became official with him agreeing to a two-year deal, according to Ansar Khan.
Wings have signed defenseman Kyle Quincey to a two-year deal, avoiding arbitration. Waiting to hear the figure.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 18, 2012
Quincey and the Red Wings had an arbitration date scheduled for July 25. The two sides were able to continue negotiating before the arbitration date, and with a deal now in place, it won't be necessary to have the hearing.
Quincey, who began his career with the Red Wings, rejoined the team during the 2011-12 season after being traded for a first-round pick. The Red Wings were looking to improve their depth on defense for the stretch run and plan ahead for this offseason.
With the Red Wings losing both Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart and missing out on Ryan Suter, it was important for them to re-sign Quincey. He won't be able to match the talent of any of those players, but strictly from a depth standpoint, the Red Wings needed to bring him back, which says a lot about the current state of their defense.
UPDATE: Quincey's deal is worth $7.55 million over two seasons, meaning he will have a cap hit of $3.775 million a season.
The Detroit Red Wings have been one of the names in the rumor mill regarding Rick Nash for a while now, ever since the Blue Jackets made it clear they wanted to trade him right before the trade deadline in the past NHL season. Judging by the latest rumors, though, even though Nash has Detroit as an "approved destination," the Blue Jackets don't.
As reported by several sources including Puck Daddy, the Red Wings put in a "hell of an offer" for Nash, but the Blue Jackets didn't bite, claiming that they didn't want to trade him in the division:
Despite having those resources to ante up, Khan reports that the negotiation went nowhere with the Blue Jackets, who apparently aren't keen about Nash making them feel miserable on a regular basis as a division rival.
It makes sense that the Jackets wouldn't want Nash playing against them six times in a year, but it's starting to look like there's never going to be an offer good enough for the Jackets to trade their star. The list of teams seems to be dwindling, and Nash may still be a Jacket come next season if it keeps going at the pace it has been.
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There is no end in sight for the Rick Nash trade saga. The Columbus Blue Jackets want to trade him, but they are waiting for the right deal to come along. Given their ridiculous demands, it may be a while until an offer comes along that they will actually accept.
Another issue in the negotiations on a deal for Nash is that he has a no-movement clause. Only a select number of teams are on his list of "approved" destinations, according to the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline. This means that he would only be willing to waive his no-movement clause for a limited number of teams.
The good news for the Detroit Red Wings, which have expressed interest in Nash in the past, is that they are on his "approved" list, according to Portzline. Of course, this doesn't mean anything if the Blue Jackets continue seeking way more than the Red Wings would ever consider trading away, but at the very least it means that Nash would accept a deal to Detroit.
Out of the teams on Nash's list, the Rangers have seemingly come the closest to actually acquiring him. They have shown a lot of interest, and although Columbus' high asking price has prevented a deal from happening so far, the Rangers seem like one of the favorites to land him.
After three years in the Detroit Red Wings organization, 32-year-old defenseman Doug Janik has officially accepted an offer from German team Adler Mannheim on a one-year deal and will head overseas.
Originally drafted 55th overall in 1999 by the Buffalo Sabres, the Agawam, Mass., native bounced around during his NHL tenure before eventually settling into a role in Detroit's system. The Red Wings initially revealed that he had been fielding offers from overseas teams in need of his services, and Janik reportedly told the organization point-blank that he planned to head overseas unless something fell through.
At 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds, Janik has an ideal frame for a defenseman and looks to be a key player for German hockey. Though he only appeared in 29 games over the last three years with the Red Wings and largely spent most of his time with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit's AHL affiliate, there's no question that Janik possesses NHL talent. Rather ironically, Janik will don the No. 33 uniform for the Eagles, which is the exact same age he'll be when his contract runs dry.
Free-agent forward Shane Doan is drawing quite a bit of interest on the open market. According to Terry Bross, Doan's agent, the free agent has had 16 teams in the NHL inquire about his services. What's more, "four or five teams" have submitted formal offers to Doan, who is still considering the option of simply re-signing with the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Detroit Red Wings are believed to be one of the teams that have offered Doan a deal. It became evident after Zach Parise signed with the Minnesota Wild that Doan is the Red Wings' backup plan at forward. They haven't expressed a ton of interest in free agent Alexander Semin, and currently trade talks regarding Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan don't appear to be going anywhere.
The Red Wings would probably like to find out something soon about what Doan plans to do, but there isn't a clear timetable for a decision right now. Doan's agent did say that they aren't waiting for July 16, as some had speculated. There will perhaps be more information out about the Coyotes' future in Arizona on that day, but Doan apparently isn't waiting for that.
Even if Doan does opt to leave the Coyotes, there's obviously no guarantee he will land in Detroit. With there being quite a bit of interest in him across the league, the Red Wings will have to hope that Doan sees them as not only a contender for the Stanley Cup, but also a good fit for the final years of his career.
On Tuesday, Pyett signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 with the New York Rangers. The 24-year-old blue-liner was selected with the No. 212 overall selection by the Red Wings in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and has spent the last four seasons playing with the club's minor league affiliate, the Grand Rapid Griffins.
On Wednesday, the Boston Bruins announced that they had reached a one-year, two-way contract with Exelby, which will pay the 30-year-old $600,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 at the AHL level. Exelby was selected with the No. 217 overall selection in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.
After missing out on most of the bigge-named players in NHL free agency, the Detroit Red Wings have been rumored to be looking at Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan. They won't be the only team vying for his signature, though.
According to CSN Bay Area, Doan has narrowed his list down to five different teams: San Jose, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Chicago and Detroit. Their report seems to indicate that the Sharks are the favorite on the list to pick up Doan's services:
But before you make plans to buy a Doan jersey, you should know San Jose isn’t the only suitor in which Doan has reportedly expressed interest.
Several of the other cities have been reported to be close in talks with Doan as well, so take it with a grain of salt. The fact that Detroit is in the running and the Detroit Free Press has said the Wings "have a lead" should tell you that they at the very least should have a solid shot at the power forward.
The 28-year-old Grant, who hit the ice for 11 career NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators, tied for 17th in the AHL last year with a whopping 163 penalty minutes. The Griffins will mark Grant's fifth AHL squad over his 435-game career in the league.
The more highly-touted of the two signings, Paetsch broke in as a rookie defenseman with the Buffalo Sabres back in 2006 and went on to produce 42 points over 167 games with both Buffalo and Columbus. The former AHL All-Star played overseas in Germany this past year, and will return to the United States with a prime opportunity to further his career in Detroit's outstanding organization.
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July 25 set as arbitration date between #RedWings and RFA D Kyle Quincey. Can continue to negotiate up till then.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 10, 2012
The two sides will still be able to negotiate a new deal prior to the hearing, but if they are unable to come to an agreement, both sides will make arguments to the arbitrator as to what they believe Quincey should make next season.
After hearing the arguments, the arbitrator will give his opinion on what the salary should be and the Red Wings will have the option of retaining Quincey's services and choosing to walk away from the proposal, which would allow the player to become an unrestricted free agent.
Detroit has to make an offer that is at least 85 percent of Quincey's salary in his previous contract, which means that the player potentially could leave the hearing making less money than he made during the 2011-12 season.
With the Detroit Red Wings missing out on signing Ryan Suter, their search for more depth on defense is now taking them in a different direction. They could simply add a veteran free agent or try to trade for somebody like Keith Yandle or Jay Bouwmeester. They haven't been linked to Yandle just yet, but The Fourth Period reports that they have inquired about Bouwmeester's availability, as have the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers.
While Bouwmeester would be an expensive addition given his $6.68 million cap hit, he is only under contract for two more seasons. I'm sure the Red Wings would like to do better than trying to trade for Bouwmeester, but right now there isn't exactly a whole lot out there. With a need still existing on defense, the Red Wings may be forced to settle for trying to trade for somebody like Bouwmeester.
Ken Holland on #RedWings plans: "We'd like to add one more experienced defenseman. See what the next two months brings."— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 9, 2012
The Red Wings don't appear to be in a big rush now that the initial wave of free agency has passed. They aren't going to panic in order to fill their needs, but they will have to fill them at some point this summer.
It may be time to officially get "Doan Watch" started. Last week, the focus was on what Zach Parise and Ryan Suter would do, but now the focus is shifting to Shane Doan. With Parise and Suter off to Minnesota, the Red Wings have moved on to other free agents, and it's looking like their backup plan at forward is Doan.
While this is still in the early stages in terms gathering information about prospective teams for Doan, there does appear to be mutual interest between him and the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit had previously been reported as having interest in Doan, and on Monday, Doan's agent made it clear that they are interested in Detroit. From the Free Press' Helene St. James:
Terry Bross, agent for UFA F Shane Doan, tells Detroit Free Press: "Shane has interest in Detroit." Has heard from Wings today. #RedWings— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 9, 2012
It remains to be seen if Doan will actually leave the Phoenix Coyotes, but if he does, you can bet the Red Wings will be one of the favorites to sign him.
It appears the Detroit Red Wings are taking a wait-and-see approach with free agent Alexander Semin. At one time Semin was believed to be the Red Wings' "Plan B" if they missed out on Zach Parise. However, now that they have in fact missed out on Parise, it's becoming clear than Shane Doan is likely the team's "Plan B" and Semin is a bit farther down the list.
Across the NHL right now, there isn't believed to be a whole lot of interest in Semin. While the Red Wings are one of the teams mentioned as having actually expressed "real interest" in him, general manager Ken Holland told MLive that they aren't doing anything with Semin right now.
"I talked to his agent once but right now we're doing nothing," said general manager Ken Holland in regards to Semin.
Semin told Dmitry Chesnokov on Monday that there is no timeline for a decision about where he will sign. Semin declined to confirm which teams have made offers to him, but based on Holland's comment, it doesn't sound like the Red Wings are currently one of them. That could change, of course, if things don't work out with Doan and no possible trades develop into anything. For now, though, all is quiet on the Semin front.
NHL free agency may have started on July 1, but July 9 (Monday) is the real start for free agent forward Shane Doan. He didn't want to talk with any teams until July 9 because he is expecting to get a better idea about the future of the Phoenix Coyotes on that day. Assuming he does get some things cleared up and is ready to start exploring the open market, his agent says that Doan will "start listening to some offers" by Tuesday.
For Doan, there is already quite a bit of interest in him on the open market. To be exact, 11 teams have expressed interest in Doan, although that doesn't mean all 11 will actually be in contention to sign him.
While there are 11 teams interested in Doan, only a select few will be seriously considered when push comes to shove.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 8, 2012
In fact, the list of teams Doan would actually consider leaving the Coyotes for is quite small. According to his agent, Doan would only "take a long hard look at" two or three different teams, and the Detroit Red Wings are believed to be one of them. MLive's Ansar Khan reported last week that Doan's agent was in contact with the Red Wings about getting an offer for his client, so it's a safe bet that Detroit will be on the short list should Doan opt to leave Arizona.
When Ryan Suter and Zach Parise signed with the Minnesota Wild on the Fourth of July, the pair of moves was expected to cause some serious dominoes to fall on the free agent market. Things had slowed down considerably while the NHL waited for a decision from Suter and Parise, and with them headed to Minnesota, the expectation was for activity to pick in the days that followed.
So far, not a whole lot has happened since Suter and Parise made their decision to play for the Wild. While defenseman Matt Carle did sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning, other "Plan B" type of defensemen are still unsigned. The same goes for "Plan B" type of forwards. For example, Alexander Semin is not only still unsigned, but it doesn't seem like there is much activity at all with him at this time. Perhaps this could be because teams are still exploring other options first, or perhaps there just isn't much interest in him from NHL teams, which is what the Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan suggested on Friday.
Of course, free agent Shane Doan would be a more desirable catch, which is why a number of others teams are trying to land the Phoenix captain. From what we are led to believe, only the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings have expressed any real interest in Semin.
The Free Press' Helene St. James reported on Friday that Semin isn't high on the Red Wings' list of targets. She also reported that the Red Wings plan to pursue Shane Doan if he is willing to leave the Phoenix Coyotes. This suggests that the Red Wings' "Plan B" at forward is Doan or a possible trade for somebody like Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan. If none of these options actually come to fruition, then perhaps the Red Wings will take more than an inquiring glance at Semin. Based on the current lack of interest in Semin, it seems like they will be able to take their time.
Each and every offseason is filled with a bevy of difficult decisions for Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, as the brilliant man behind the curtain will once again do everything in his power to tweak his Stanley Cup-contending squad for the better in the summer months. But with 46 players already under contract out of the 50-man roster limit, the Red Wings need to make some key decisions on the futures of a number of former Grand Rapids Griffins players from this past season.
In addition to Swedish-born forward Doug Janik and Garnet Exelby. Although he impressed nearly everyone by earning a roster spot quite literally from nowhere in training camp, Brunnstrom has not exactly blown away Detroit's brass with his play on the ice, leaving his general manager to look elsewhere. "I think Brunnstrom is a good player, but we need leadership, toughness down there," Holland told MLive.com's Ansar Khan. "We're exploring the market.'', a 27-year-old who tallied one assist in five games with the Wings in 2011-12, Detroit also needs to handle free agent defensemen
The 32-year-old Janik, who announced to the organization that he planned to head to Europe despite receiving a contract offer to stay, has been with Detroit's organization for three years and could conceivably return if he doesn't end up making the trek overseas. But with Holland and company firmly transfixed on the free agent market at the moment, it's likely that all three of these players' futures will be up in the air until the dominoes in free agency begin to fall.
While much of the focus of NHL trade rumors is currently on Rick Nash and a possible deal with the Detroit Red Wings, it's important to remember that he isn't the only forward on the market. Anaheim is believed to be shopping Bobby Ryan, and given Columbus' insane demands, a deal for Ryan might be more likely.
Although speculation suggested days ago that the Red Wings might have interest in dealing for Ryan, there wasn't an actual report confirming this until Thursday night. That is when the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch put together an article about Ryan and listed the teams believed to be interested in making a pitch to the Ducks for a deal.
Trading for Ryan seems like a much more feasible option for the Red Wings than making a move for Nash. Not only is Ryan younger and on a better contract, but I don't think it's possible for Anaheim to demand more in return for Ryan that Columbus is for Nash. There's a reason Nash still hasn't been traded, and it all goes back to the Blue Jackets' desire for teams to give up way more than they should.
This means that Quincey has forgone his option of receiving qualifying offers from other teams and can have a hearing with a salary arbitrator if the two sides can't agree on a new contract.
Quincey and the Red Wings can continue contract negotiations in the hopes of coming to an agreement on a new deal prior to having to meet with the arbitrator in late July or early August. If the two sides are unable to reach an agreement, they will meet before the arbitrator, who will determine based upon arguments made by both the player and team as to what the player's salary for next season should be.
If the club is unhappy with the arbitrator's decision they can choose to decline the offer, which would allow the player to become an unrestricted free agent.
A decision must be handed down within 48 hours of the hearing.
With Zach Parise off to the Minnesota Wild, the Detroit Red Wings have officially moved on to their backup plan for adding another top-six forward to the team. What exactly is the backup plan is unclear at this point. Among the possibilities are a trade for Rick Nash, a trade for Bobby Ryan and simply signing Alexander Semin.
There is also the idea of signing Shane Doan. The Free Press' Helene St. James reports that Detroit will "take a run" at him, but the caveat is it's not known if he will be open to the idea of leaving the Phoenix Coyotes. We will know more next week, but one interesting thing we know right now is that his agent is already seeking an offer from Detroit in case Doan does opt to leave the Coyotes, according to MLive's Ansar Khan.
The power forward's agent has called the Red Wings several times the past couple of days, seeking an offer, and with Parise off the market, Detroit will make a pitch for Doan. However, Doan has stated he won't decide until Monday if he will leave Phoenix, where he has played since 1996. His main concern is whether the team will relocate in 2013-14 due to the unstable ownership situation. Ultimately, many expect he will stay in Phoenix.
If Doan does decide to depart from the Coyotes franchise, the Red Wings seem like an ideal landing spot for him. He would be joining a franchise that is no stranger to taking on veteran guys late in their career, and the Red Wings would be getting a guy who can still play and would upgrade their forward depth.
To me, I would much rather the Red Wings pursue Doan or Semin before considering a trade for Nash. Nash is a talented player, but the chances of the Red Wings actually being able to pull off a trade without having their roster ransacked aren't high. A deal for Nash just seems like a lost cause at this point.
Finishing in second place in hockey doesn't mean a whole lot, especially in free agency. Unless you finish as a free agent's top team, where you rank is not really all that important.
Case in point: Ryan Suter said on Wednesday that the Detroit Red Wings "were right there until the end," along with the Nashville Predators. While it's nice to hear that the Red Wings made an impression on him and were in the mix to sign him, he ended up choosing the , so it doesn't exactly mean a whole lot. Even so, at least he had nice things to say about the Red Wings:
Ryan Suter: "Detroit is a great franchise. They've got a great thing going there, everybody knows how much success they've had."— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 4, 2012
The situation with Zach Parise was quite a bit different. The end result was the same with him signing with the Wild, but the Red Wings weren't one of his finalists. He was down to Minnesota and re-signing with the New Jersey Devils, and Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings "weren't close" on the money offered to Parise. They didn't want a cap hit of $7.5 million for him, and it doesn't sound like their chances were ever that good of landing him.
More than half of the NHL was interested in signing one of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. Only a few select teams had a legitimate shot at signing both, though. The Detroit Red Wings were one of them, and they were in the hunt for Suter and Parise until the very end. Unfortunately, the very end was Suter and Parise both agreeing to 13-year, $98 million deals with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.
Missing out on both free agents certainly stings, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. The Red Wings offered "competitive" deals to both players, but it just wasn't to be for the Red Wings. As general manager Ken Holland said on Wednesday after learning of the news, now it's time to move on.
Just chatted with Ken Holland, ``We feel good about our offers to both Suter and Parise. They were very competitive. Now we move on.''— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 4, 2012
Holland says he's happy Wingshad the chance to meet with Suter yesterday. Was joined there by Mr. Illitch, Chris Chelios and Mike Babcock— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 4, 2012
The Red Wings will likely move on by exploring a variety of backup plans for adding help on defense and scoring on offense. What exactly those plans will entail is likely to become clearer in the coming days.
The thinking for a while has been that if the Detroit Red Wings don't land Zach Parise, they will look to Alexander Semin as their backup plan. With Parise choosing the , the need to go to a backup plan is now the reality of the situation for the Red Wings. on Wednesday
The speculation about Semin being Detroit's backup plan was seemingly confirmed by a report earlier this week that said the Red Wings were "in the mix" for Semin. However, MLive's Ansar Khan reported on Tuesday night that the Red Wings may not be all that intrigued by the idea of signing him.
The Red Wings are not high on skilled right wing Alexander Semin, the second-best available forward, due to concerns about commitment and effort that have dogged him his entire career. They would be hesitant to sign a player like that to a long-term deal.
Of course, that was on Tuesday night. Now, with Parise officially no longer an option, Dmitry Chesnokov is reporting that the Red Wings are starting to show interest in Semin:
As @thefourthperiod mentioned, the Wings are making inquiries about Semin.— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) July 4, 2012
Even if the Red Wings aren't that high on Semin, they may have to take a chance on him anyway. Signing Shane Doan has been mentioned as a possible option, as has trading for Rick Nash, but if neither of those options pan out, the Red Wings should take a hard look at Semin.
The Zach Parise sweepstakes has concluded. The winners? The Minnesota Wild, which also won the . Parise sweepstakeseliminated the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday afternoon and agreed to a 13-year deal with the Wild shortly after, according to the Star Tribune's Michael Russo.
While the Red Wings reportedly made a very intriguing offer to Parise, in the end he opted to join Suter in Minnesota with the Wild. The possibility of a package deal had been talked about as far back as May, but in the last week it didn't seem all that likely. Things dramatically changed in the last day, however, and now the Wild have become the absolute winners of NHL free agency.
In terms of what effect Parise's decision has on the Red Wings, they still have a need to add a top forward to their lineup. Rick Nash trade rumors have been swirling, and there is talk about the Red Wings pursuing or possibly even Shane Doan. It's a good bet that they will explore those and other options with Parise off the board.
Ryan Suter's decision is in. This year's top free-agent defenseman has decided to sign a 13-year deal with the Minnesota Wild, according to the Star Tribune's Michael Russo. Just a couple days ago this would have been considered a highly unlikely conclusion to "Suter Watch," but a lot has changed in the last 24 hours, and now the Detroit Red Wings need to look elsewhere to bolster their defense.
With Suter picking the Wild, it's likely that the top free-agent forward, Zach Parise, will do the same. On Tuesday night, Parise admitted that he was talking with Suter about free agency, and speculation suggests that the two players have eyes on becoming teammates. Now that Suter has chosen to play in Minnesota, it would be an upset if Parise doesn't follow suit.
For the Red Wings, this decision is going to sting for a while. Red Wings fans have had eyes on Suter for the better part of the last year, and the need for Detroit to sign him only increased this offseason with Nicklas Lidstrom retiring and Brad Stuart departing for San Jose. The Red Wings certainly gave it their best effort by offering Suter a deal worth a reported $90 million over 13 years, but it wasn't enough to convince him to wear the winged wheel.
What's next for the Red Wings? According to Helene St. James, they will turn their attention to Matt Carle and Carlo Colaiacovo in an attempt to improve their defense. They will also likely explore trades, as there is nobody on the open market that even comes close to the talent of Suter. Detroit may need to get creative in order to make their defense better given the current state of the free agent market.
UPDATE: Parise has in fact agreed to a deal with the Wild.
It looks like Ryan Suter won't be the only one deciding on his future on Wednesday. There is a very good chance that fellow free agent Zach Parise will also make a decision on the Fourth of July. From the Free Press' Helene St. James:
Just heard from Wade Arnott, agent for Zach Parise: "Likely a decision today."— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 4, 2012
It's worth pointing out that we heard something similar from the Parise camp on Tuesday and no decision was made. Just because a decision is considered "likely" doesn't mean there will be one.
Of course, if Ryan Suter decides on Wednesday as is expected, then it would sort of be surprising for Parise to keep waiting. They are the two big dominoes on the open market, and considering there is a lot of talk about both choosing the same team in order to play together, you wouldn't think there would be a huge gap of time in between their decisions.
All I know right now is that I'm both excited and nervous with this process finally starting to wind down. I'm excited for "Suter Watch" and "Parise Watch" to end, but the possibility of the Detroit Red Wings missing out on both players is terrifying.
"Suter Watch" is finally coming to a close. A specific time for its end is still unclear, but according to a tweet from Ryan Suter's agency, a decision will be made at some point on Thursday.
Client Ryan Suter plans on making a decision today.—PAUL OSTBY (@SHEEHYHOCKEY) July 4, 2012
As of Thursday morning, the Detroit Red Wings hadn't heard anything from Suter or Zach Parise, according to the Free Press' Helene St. James. This indicates that no decisions have been made yet. However, one from Suter is expected soon, and it appears Parise may make his decision on Thursday as well.
#NJD Suter camp announces he will definitely make a decision today. Told that a decision from Parise today is "likely"— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) July 4, 2012
Given all of the recent talk about Suter and Parise potentially being a package deal, it wouldn't be surprising if one decision is quickly followed by another. I just hope that if Suter is indeed first up, he selects the Red Wings. I just have a bad feeling that if Parise decides first and picks Minnesota that Suter will follow suit.
I suppose we will find out for sure soon enough.
Way back in May, Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News reported that one NHL team official was expecting Ryan Suter and Zach Parise to be a package deal. They had allegedly previously discussed the possibility of playing together, and this source even believed that Suter and Parise were setting things up so they could join the same team.
Now, with July 4 here and still no decision having been made by either player, talk is once again starting to focus on Parise and Suter joining the same team. In an interview on Tuesday night, Parise admitted that he's been talking with Suter, and he also admitted that he would love to be part of a package deal with him.
Parise tells @joshrimerhockey "I'd love to play on a team w Ryan Suter. To get an opp. to play with him would be great."— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 4, 2012
That report from May indicated that if Suter and Parise were to go as a package, the Detroit Red Wings would likely be the lucky team getting both. Although the Red Wings have offered contracts to both players, it now looks like the Minnesota Wild may be the favorite to land them if this does turn out to be a package deal. The Star Tribune's Michael Russo has been strongly indicating that the Wild are in good shape with both free agents, and just from reading the tea leaves, Minnesota seems like a more likely destination for Parise than Detroit.
The good news for now is that the Red Wings do appear to still be in the mix for both players. After all, Suter hosted the Red Wings for a meeting on Tuesday. He also hosted the Wild, indicating that this could be a two-team race for his services. If Parise opts to go somewhere other than Minnesota, speculation suggests the Red Wings would be the favorite to land Suter. On the flip side, if Parise does sign with Minnesota, then Suter may end up there for that reason alone.
While it's nice to know that the Red Wings still have a shot at both players, all of this talk about the Wild ending up with both is a bit concerning. TSN's Darren Dreger tweeted on Wednesday morning that he expects the "saga" to conclude on the Fourth of July, and he thinks one or two teams "will be celebrating." In other words, this may come down to the top two free agents choosing one team like the Wild, or it may be a situation where Parise opts to sign somewhere other than Minnesota and Suter ends up choosing Detroit.
Let the fireworks begin.
If the Detroit Red Wings are unable to sign free-agent forward Zach Parise -- and it is looking pretty unlikely right now -- it appears they will move on to target Shane Doan. The thinking has been that the Red Wings' "Plan B" is Alexander Semin, but Helene St. James reports that Doan is likely to be their target.
#RedWings still have offer out to UFA F Zach Parise, but if can't get him, will go hard after UFA F Shane Doan July 9.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 3, 2012
Doan has spent his entire NHL career with the Phoenix Coyotes franchise. While he is a free agent right now, his plan is to wait until July 9 to make a decision about his future. He expects to get more information about the Coyotes' future in Phoenix on that day and doesn't want to commit to re-signing or signing elsewhere until then.
Already many Red Wings fans are groaning at the idea of Doan coming to Detroit, but I think he would be a pretty good addition to the team.
Oh, technology. On Tuesday afternoon, thanks to FlightAware.com, it was discovered that a plane owned by Mike Ilitch flew to Madison, Wisconsin. The speculation was that the purpose of the flight was for the Detroit Red Wings to meet with Ryan Suter, who lives in Madison, but that was just speculation.
Now, we have some actual confirmation that the Red Wings did meet with Suter. From the Free Press' Helene St. James:
DET GM Ken Holland met with Ryan Suter today. No decision imminent. Probably won't come before Thursday. #RedWings— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 3, 2012
Neil Sheehy, Suter's agent, told the USA Today's Kevin Allen that there will be no decision on Tuesday. Couple that with St. James' report and it looks like "Suter Watch" will continue into July 4 and possibly July 5. While it'd be fitting for Suter to make a decision on the Fourth of July given all of the fireworks that will be going off anyway, it seems he is planning to wait until later in the week.
UPDATE: According to Michael Russo, the Minnesota Wild also met with Suter on Tuesday.
Had things gone according to plan for the Detroit Red Wings, they would have helped fill the void created by Brad Stuart's departure by signing defenseman Sami Salo. The Red Wings are hoping to replace Nicklas Lidstrom with defenseman Ryan Suter, and Helene St. James reports that they wanted Salo as well.
#Redwings made 2 year offer to D Sami Salo Sunday but lost him to Tampa Bay. Wanted to add both Suter & Salo.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 3, 2012
Salo, who spent the last nine seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, ended up signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning when NHL free agency opened. The deal is for two years and is worth $7.5 million.
The Red Wings may still look for additional help on defense even if they do land Suter. Let's not forget that they can bring back Kyle Quincey, who is a restricted free agent, but it looks as though Salo was one of their primary defensive targets.
Business is starting to pick up on the Ryan Suter front. After a quiet Monday and a relatively quiet Tuesday morning, things got going when it was discovered that a plane belonging to Mike Ilitch had flown to Madison, Wisconsin. It wasn't there for very long, but the stop was certainly long enough for the Detroit Red Wings to meet with Suter, who lives in Madison.
Shortly after Ilitch's plane took off to return to Detroit, there was more activity in the form of a report about the Red Wings' contract offer to Suter. From the Free Press' Helene St. James:
#RedWings initial offer to Ryan Suter was $80 M, 13 years, now up to $90 M. Team wants to keep cap # reasonable - preferably under $7 M— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 3, 2012
Following the first day of NHL free agency, there was a report that the Red Wings made a 12-year offer to Suter worth $90 million. If the offer is in fact currently at $90 million with a 13th year, then the cap hit would be only $6.9 million a season rather than $7.5 million. St. James reports that the Red Wings want to be able to retain flexibility cap-wise, and all things considered, a cap hit of $6.9 million a year for a player like Suter isn't bad by any means.
St. James also tweeted this about Suter on Tuesday afternoon:
Impression is, D Ryan Suter wants to go to "quiet market." #RedWings would fit as they have passionate fans w/o intense scrutiny— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 3, 2012
I don't know if I would go that far considering we are tracking flights just to figure out what the Red Wings are up to, but I get her point. Everything players do off the ice isn't tracked (once they're actually on the team, anyway), and it's not like New York where there is an intense amount of pressure.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings announced via the organization's official Twitter account that the club had come to terms on an entry-level contract with 2008 draft selection Max Nicastro. Taken in the third-round with the No. 91 overall pick, it was expected that Nicastro would come to terms with the team following July 1.
Wings ink a Forward and a Defenseman!!Max Nicastro & Marek Tvrdon are signed to entry level deals.(come on, at least it's something!)— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 3, 2012
A standout at Boston University, Nicastro would have been signed earlier but ran into legal problems when he was accused of rape following a Feb. 19 arrest, which forced him to withdraw from the university after being suspended from the team.
Once his charges were dropped on June 1, the Red Wings made it clear that they planned to sign Nicastro and assign him to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.
While Zach Parise's decision is "probably" coming on Tuesday, there is far less certainty surrounding when Ryan Suter will make his decision. There were no developments on the Suter front on Monday, and so far the only news his agent has provided on Tuesday is that a decision is "forthcoming."
Ryan Suter agent Neil Sheehy tells Free Press: "A decision is forthcoming but.... everything needs to be considered carefully."— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 3, 2012
As Suter's agent said, "everything needs to be carefully considered," which is why Suter is still thinking things over. Basically, a decision could come on Tuesday, Wednesday or even later in the week. It's all up in the air right now.
Just based on how these two stories have developed, it seems like Parise is going to decide before Suter. Perhaps once that domino falls, Suter will decide on his team, allowing the rest of the free agent market to start taking shape.
The theme since "Parise Watch" officially began on Sunday has been that a decision could come at any time. Sunday and Monday both came and went without a decision, and we are now on the third day of waiting for Zach Parise to sign. A decision could still come at any time and might even made on Tuesday. While there are no guarantees, this sounds promising:
When he met with the media on Monday, Parise sounded like he was inching closer to a decision. He wanted more time to think things over, which is understandable, and now it appears that he is in fact moving closer to announcing something. Hopefully this is the case and we can bring "Parise Watch" to a close before the day is over.
Last season, Joey MacDonald emerged as the Detroit Red Wings' backup goalie. For a time, he was actually the starting goaltender with Jimmy Howard out because of an injury. Ty Conklin originally stepped in as the temporary starter, but that experiment didn't last long and MacDonald ultimately took over the starting job and later the backup job when Howard returned.
While MacDonald was solid in net for the Red Wings, back issues popped up toward the end of the season. For that reason and to simply add some competition to the goalie position, the Red Wings signed Jonas Gustavsson on the first day of NHL free agency. The backup job is his to lose, meaning MacDonald will probably be in the AHL in 2012-13 if he remains with the Red Wings. MacDonald would prefer not to do that, and he has reportedly requested a trade. As reported by MLive's Ansar Khan, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is accommodating MacDonald's request.
"His agent called, he wanted to know what the plan was with Joey,'' Holland told MLive.com. "He doesn't want to be in the AHL. Certainly, if we can find Joey an opportunity in the NHL we'll do it.''
MacDonald is on a one-way contract for the 2012-13 season, meaning he will make $550,000 regardless of whether he's in the NHL or AHL. Even so, he wants the opportunity to play in the NHL, and if the Red Wings can find a trading partner that offers that chance, he will likely be moved.
It looks like both "Parise Watch" and "Suter Watch" are rolling on into Tuesday. On Monday afternoon, Zach Parise said that he had not yet made a decision about his future and still needed time to think things over. While a decision could be made on Monday night, the more likely scenario is for nothing to happen until Tuesday at the earliest. Suter is in the same boat, as no decisions will be made until Tuesday at the earliest, according to a statement released by his agent on Monday night.
(cond Sheehy): "Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration." #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 2, 2012
As things stand on Monday night, it's not clear when either player will make a decision and pick a team to sign with. Parise seems to be closer to a decision than Suter based simply on the above statement, but that might not be saying much.
For now, the waiting game is continuing for the Detroit Red Wings and other teams still in the mix for Suter and Parise.
"Parise Watch" isn't over yet. When word got out that Zach Parise was set to meet with the media late Monday afternoon, the thinking was that a decision had been made. All day there had been speculation and rumors about certain teams emerging in the Parise sweepstakes, and while there may be a team that Parise is leaning toward signing with, no actual decisions have been made just yet.
Parise declined to establish a specific timetable for a decision, but he did indicate that it should be coming in the "near future." Of course, Parise may have a different definition of "near future" than others, so there's really no telling when he will come to a decision.
Here are some highlights from Parise's media session:
Pushed Parise to give a timeline on decision; all he would say is 'in the near future'; noted that he appreciates everyone being patient— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) July 2, 2012
Zach Parise: I'm getting closer but haven't made a decision. I haven't set and deadlines.— David Shoalts (@dshoalts) July 2, 2012
The plan is Parise will come back here to Minnesota tomorrow, discuss with fiance and get back to his agents "later;" nothing imminent— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 2, 2012
Parise on taking his time: 'It's such a long-term, important decision, you have to make sure you look at everything'— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) July 2, 2012
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press just before Parise's media session that the team hadn't been told anything about a possible decision. In that sense, it's good news that Parise hasn't actually decided anything yet, because if he had made up his mind and the Red Wings hadn't heard anything, chances are he wouldn't be signing with Detroit.
In news that comes as no surprise whatsoever, the Detroit Red Wings are reportedly starting to take a look at signing forward Alexander Semin. There isn't a whole lot of info out there right now about Semin and the Red Wings, but The Fourth Period's David Pagnotta says Detroit is "in the mix."
We should get more news on Semin shortly. Red Wings are in the mix.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 2, 2012
Semin has long been considered the Red Wings' "Plan B" for if they are unable to land Zach Parise. Considering an announcement from Parise is expected shortly and all signs point to him signing somewhere other than Detroit, it's probably no coincidence that rumblings about the Red Wings and Semin are getting started.
While there has been a lot of talk about Semin being a problem for coaches or being a bad teammate in the past, the hope would be that by giving him a change of scenery and bringing him to Detroit to play with his countryman Pavel Datsyuk, those issues wouldn't come up.
Personally, I'd rather the Red Wings take a "risk" by signing Semin than give up too much to trade for Rick Nash in their quest to add another scorer to the team.
Jiri Hudler is officially done with the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to NHL free agency opening, it was pretty clear he was on his way out because the Red Wings wouldn't meet his desired salary demands, and on Monday, he agreed to a new four-year deal with the Calgary Flames.
Jiri Hudler agrees to 4 year, $16 million contract with Calgary Flames.4yrs x $4 mil.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 2, 2012
Hudler will be making $4 million a season with Calgary. Due to the lack of scorers on the open market, it's no surprise that Hudler was able to cash in with such a nice deal. The Red Wings did want to bring him back, but not at $4 million a season. It was a given that he would find more money on the open market, and that is exactly what ended up happening.
Hudler will essentially be replaced in the Red Wings' lineup by Mikael Samuelsson, who signed a two-year, $6 million deal on Sunday. While there is only a difference of $1 million a season in their contracts, the Red Wings just weren't willing to make up that difference with Hudler and instead opted to bring back Samuelsson.
In other news, Chris Conner, who spent most of last season in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins, has signed with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Just as the talk of the Detroit Red Wings being a legitimate threat to land Zach Parise is starting to die down, talk of the Red Wings being a legitimate threat to trade for Rick Nash is starting to heat up. Last week when rumors of the Red Wings' interest in a possible trade for Nash first popped up, the possibility of anything actually happening was sort of dismissed. It didn't seem like the Columbus Blue Jackets would seriously consider making a trade within the division, and it also didn't seem like the Red Wings would be willing to offer enough to land Nash.
Now, the tone of these rumblings about the Red Wings and Nash seem to be shifting a bit. On Sunday, there were various reports indicating that the Red Wings are interested in making a deal happen, and on Monday, The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reported that Detroit is in fact "in the running" to acquire Nash.
Detroit is in the running. Yes, the Red Wings, the should-be Central Division rival of the Blue Jackets. We're told the Blue Jackets would swallow hard and trade him to Detroit, knowing they'd face him six times per season for the next, what, 22 years? Really, Nash probably has 10 seasons left, but for disheartened, demoralized Blue Jackets fans it would seem that kind or torment. Many have asked what the Red Wings would possibly offer. That's unclear, and we won't speculate.
I'm still skeptical that the Red Wings will be able to pull off a trade without giving up way too much for Nash. Then again, if they are unable to land somebody like Zach Parise, perhaps they will decide that moving some players in exchange for a top talent like Nash would be worthwhile. I suppose only time will tell.
While no decision has been made yet by Zach Parise about where he will sign, it's starting to become clear that he probably won't end up joining the Detroit Red Wings. This is all based on rumors and speculation right now, but it seems like Parise is favoring a return to the New Jersey Devils or going somewhere like Pittsburgh or Minnesota. While nothing is definitive yet, The Fourth Period's David Pagnotta reports that things aren't looking good for the Red Wings' pursuit of Parise.
No confirmation on this yet, could be wrong, but I'm led to believe the Red Wings are out of the Parise race.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 2, 2012
Detroit's still very much a big player in the Suter sweepstakes. Parise, though, doesn't look likely (still possible, but I'm told no)— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 2, 2012
If the Red Wings are in fact out of the running for Parise, they will have to start looking at other options to upgrade their top-level talent at forward. Perhaps a trade for Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan will be explored, or perhaps the Red Wings will decide to make an offer to free agent Alexander Semin.
In any case, as of right now it looks like the Red Wings' hopes of making a splash in free agency will now come down to landing Suter.
All is quiet right now on the Ryan Suter and Zach Parise front. While a decision is expected from both players at some point on Monday, at this time no decisions have been made. Both players are still sorting through the offers they have been presented, and it is possible this could carry over into Tuesday.
As Suter and Parise continue to try and figure out what they are going to do, the plan of not having any teams meet with them in person has remain unchanged. The Detroit Red Wings were hoping to meet with both players on Sunday, but Suter wasn't interested in hosting teams for visits and Parise's agent canceled all of his client's meetings when the amount of interest became too high.
Even though no visits happened on Sunday, the Red Wings were hoping to be able to make an in-person sales pitch to Suter on Monday, but as of right now no visits are scheduled.
Red Wings have no plans to visit any player today.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) July 2, 2012
Wings, like other teams, are waiting to hear from Suter and Parise's agents. They were told no face-to-face meetings today with any clubs.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 2, 2012
Right now everybody is playing a waiting game. Not only are the teams still in contention for Suter and Parise waiting to see what happens, but so is the rest of the league. The two biggest dominoes need to fall before the rest of the market can really start to take shape, and until Suter and Parise make their decisions, there likely won't be a ton of notable activity around the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings, along with several other teams, made it known on the first day of NHL free agency that they want both Ryan Suter and Zach Parise on their team. Just how bad do the Red Wings want to land the top two free agents on the open market? They opened up their checkbook in a big way. While it isn't known what the Red Wings offered Parise, MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Suter's offer is for $90 million over 12 years.
Loaded with cap space, it probably shouldn't be too surprising that the Red Wings' offer is reportedly so large. Then again, it's not often you see deals like this tossed around. Henrik Zetterberg's 12-year deal is worth a total of "only" $73 million, for example. Contracts have clearly been inflated since then, but part of me was a bit worried that the Red Wings would be hesitant to make such a large offer to Suter.
While it remains to be seen if Suter will in fact accept Detroit's offer, they have made it clear that they are pulling out all the stops to sign him. With Nicklas Lidstrom retiring, one era has come to an end for the Red Wings, and clearly they want Suter to begin a new era as the cornerstone of their defense going forward.
Day one of NHL free agency is starting to wind down and the top two UFAs are still unsigned. Both Ryan Suter and Zach Parise fielded calls from what seems like most of the league on Sunday, and they are planning to wait to make a decision until Monday.
While no firm decisions have been made one way or the other, Suter and Parise have at least started to narrow down the list of teams they are interested in. Luckily for the Detroit Red Wings, both Suter and Parise still have them in the mix heading into Monday.
Wings done for the day. Holland said they're still in the mix for Suter and Parise.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 1, 2012
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland also said that the team made "presentations or pitches to the Parise and Suter camps" on Sunday. In other words, their work is done. Now it's up to the free agents to make their decisions.
By this time on Monday, the Red Wings should have a much better idea of what their roster will look like going forward, allowing additional moves to fall into place.
Mikael Samuelsson wasn't the only forward to sign with the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday evening. The team also added winger Jordin Tootoo, who is joining the Red Wings on a three-year deal after spending the last eight seasons in Nashville with the division rival Predators. Here are the details on the deal:
TooToo agrees to Detroit.3 years$1.9 per— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2012
Both of these signings really came out of nowhere, and both have garnered a bit of a negative reaction from fans. Before we start freaking out too much, though, here is a solid take on the moves from George Malik:
Tootoo slides in to the fourth line for toughness/grit in Homer's spot and then Sammy fills Hudler's spot.— George Malik (@georgemalik) July 1, 2012
One of the things the Red Wings have been lacking is an agitator, and Tootoo certainly seems like he will do a good job of filling that role on the fourth line. Considering he is only going to cost the Red Wings $1.9 million per season, it's not that bad of a deal (as long as fans don't start bringing whistles to games, that is).
The Detroit Red Wings have made another signing on the first day of NHL free agency, and this one involves a familiar face with them signing forward Mikael Samuelsson to a two-year deal. The move was first reported by TSN's Gord Miller, and TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that the deal is for $6 million and includes a full no-trade clause.
Mikael Samuelsson is getting $3M per year on his 2 year deal. Full no trade.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2012
Samuelsson spent the last three seasons playing for the Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers. He originally went to Vancouver after leaving the Red Wings following the 2008-09 season. His departure came after four solid seasons in Detroit, and now he will once be wearing the winged wheel.
This move is a bit out of left field, but as Helene St. James noted on Twitter, the Red Wings didn't want to lose him three years ago, so I'm sure they're glad he's back.
Red Wings bring Mikael Samuelsson back into the fold. They loved his shot, didn't want to lose him last time around— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 1, 2012
Probably the most surprising thing is the inclusion of a no-trade clause. The Red Wings aren't in the business of trading away veteran players who have been with the team before, of course, but it means the Red Wings are essentially locked in to keeping Samuelsson for the duration of his two-year deal.
Monday could either be a really awesome or really awful day for the Detroit Red Wings. Not only is defenseman Ryan Suter set to make his decision on Monday, but so is forward Zach Parise. The two free agents have spent Sunday fielding offers, and both players are expected to make a final decision on Monday after having a bit more time to think things over.
For Parise, his decision on Monday will come after he reconvenes with his agents in the morning to further discuss the offers he has received, according to Michael Russo. Parise has already narrowed the list of teams he is considering, according Bob McKenzie, so the process of coming to a decision is progressing.
Zach Parise's decision will not come until tomorrow. Has narrowed the field to a select group and will decide Monday.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2012
If the Detroit Red Wings turn out to not be one of the teams still in the mix to land Parise, chances are word will leak out. Right now, there has been no indication that the Red Wings are out of the mix, so let's hope it stays that way.
It's amazing how quickly things can change. Just a short time ago, there was talk that free agent Ryan Suter had not only made his decision, but that he had picked the Detroit Red Wings. I was getting ready to run down the streets celebrating the news, but quickly it became evident that the report wasn't accurate. Suter's agent shot down the rumor by telling the media that a decision had not been made, and now we are once again playing a waiting game.
It looks like this waiting game will continue into Monday, because now a decision isn't expected to be made at all on Sunday.
Told it is "unlikely" that Suter will make his decision today.— Kevin Allen (@kausatoday) July 1, 2012
Neil Sheey, the agent for coveted #NHL free agent Ryan Suter tells The AP: "I don't expect a quick decision."— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) July 1, 2012
The good news is that even though a decision still may be a day away, Nick Kypreos is reporting that "some on inside say" Suter is leaning toward the Red Wings. Of course, as we found out earlier, that may not mean a whole lot right now, but if nothing else, at least the Red Wings are squarely still in the mix to land Suter.
Contrary to a report that suggested and selected the Detroit Red Wings as his new team, Neil Sheehy, his agent, says no decision has been made. Immediately there was an explosion of excitement when it looked like Suter had decided to become a Red Wing, but that excitement quickly disappeared when reality set in. had closed in on a decision
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland indirectly confirmed that Suter has not yet picked a team by sending the following text out to the media:
From DET GM Ken Holland: "Everything is media rumors at this time." #RyanSuter— Detroit Free Press (@freepwings) July 1, 2012
Suter very well may come to a decision shortly, and the Red Wings very well may be the team he ends up picking. For now, though, nothing has been decided.
It appears the Ryan Suter sweepstakes may be over and the Detroit Red Wings may have won it. Nick Kypreos is reporting that there is some chatter that Suter has selected the Red Wings as his new team.
In a follow-up tweet, Kypreos said that he is "still looking for confirmation" of Suter selecting the Red Wings, but "the sense is the decision is coming soon."
If this turns out to be true, the Red Wings will have landed their top free agent target. Signing Suter is absolutely crucial after Nicklas Lidstrom retired and Brad Stuart departed for the San Jose Sharks earlier this offseason. There was a big void left in the defense, and the hope all along was for Suter to help fill it.
SB Nation Detroit will have more on this news as it develops.
UPDATE: According to his agent, Suter has not yet made a decision.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Detroit Red Wings had inquired about Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash. A deal was viewed as unlikely given the fact that the Red Wings and Blue Jackets are in the same division, so not a whole lot was made of the news.
On Sunday, with the Nash trade rumors starting to swirl again, the Red Wings have come up in multiple reports. First, TSN's Darren Dreger tweeted that the Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes are "in a strong competition" with the New York Rangers for Nash. The Hurricanes are "pushing hard," according to Dreger, but there isn't anything imminent.
A big reason why nothing may be imminent is because the Blue Jackets are still asking for way too much. Evidence of this comes from a report from the New York Post's Larry Brooks.
Another day another attempt by Howson to prod NYR into doing something they wont do. Not trading Kreider, Stepan or McDonagh. Waste of time— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) July 1, 2012
Brooks also reports that the Red Wings have made an offer to trade for Nash, but it isn't competitive. The thinking has been that the Red Wings would really have to give up a lot to make a trade for Nash in the division happen, and considering how much Columbus wants in general, that especially seems true. The Red Wings' offer may not be competitive, but that likely just means that it is a responsible offer.
MLive's Ansar Khan reports that although discussions have taken place between the Red Wings and Blue Jackets about Nash, Detroit feels the asking price is too high. That has been the theme of trade rumors involving Nash ever since the deadline during the season. Columbus just wants too much, and considering what the Red Wings would likely have to give up, a deal doesn't seem to be worth making right now.
It's looking increasingly unlikely that free-agent forward Zach Parise will make a decision about his future on Sunday. The first sign of this came earlier in the day when Parise's agent canceled all of his client's scheduled in-person meetings with teams. There was simply too much interest, so Parise's agent decided to have teams submit their offers over the phone.
The other big sign that a decision might not be made until Monday at the earliest comes from Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford, who doesn't expect to hear from the Parise camp on Sunday.
Carolina GM Jim Rutherford says Parise decision on where to sign likely coming Monday.— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) July 1, 2012
Parise reportedly has offers on the table that include $80-90 million over 12 years. At this point, with so much money being offered, it may ultimately come down to the best fit for Parise. Considering just how many teams have expressed interest, I wouldn't be surprised if this went beyond Monday.
Swiss star Damien Brunner is officially a member of the Detroit Red Wings. He originally agreed to a deal with the Red Wings back on June 22, but he couldn't officially sign until Sunday when NHL free agency opened. Now, the deal is done.
#redwings also confirm they have signed F Damien Brunner to one-year, 2-way, entry level deal.— Bob Duff (@asktheduffer) July 1, 2012
Mike Babcock said last week that he considers Brunner to be a top-six type of forward. Babcock came away impressed with what Brunner did at the World Championships in May, and Babcock plans on giving Brunner "every opportunity" to make the Red Wings' roster out of training camp.
Obviously, it remains to be seen if Brunner's game will translate to the NHL, but considering this is a two-way, one-year deal, there is really no risk in giving him a shot.
While there has been a lot of contradictory information about the Detroit Red Wings' plans to meet with free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, one piece of news has been confirmed by general manager Ken Holland. Specifically, Holland confirmed to the Free Press' Helene St. James that the Red Wings have submitted contract offers to both Suter and Parise. This should come as no surprise, of course, but this news has now been confirmed.
Confirmation that offers have gone out to Suter and Parise came after there were various reports in the last hour that contradicted each other. Mainly, there was a lot of differing info on Parise and the Red Wings' plans to meet with him. At one point, there was a report that the Red Wings had a meeting scheduled with Parise. Then, Pierre LeBrun reported that the meeting was off despite the fact that Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock was already in Toronto for the meeting.
It turns out the confusion was a result of Parise's agent canceling all in-person meetings due to the ridiculous amount of interest in his client. MLive's Ansar Khan has more on this:
But Parise's agent, Don Meehan, called them and said he has canceled all meetings because more than 20 clubs have asked to see him and he can't possibly accommodate everybody.
Meehan told teams to submit their best offer by phone, and the Red Wings have submitted a big one. Parise will consider all the offers.
According to St. James, Babcock is now headed home from Toronto after not meeting with anybody. At the start of the day, it seemed like the Red Wings would be having in-person meetings with both Parise and Suter, but in the end neither player is hosting meetings for the time being. Perhaps this will change once the two players narrow down the list of teams they are interested in.
The Detroit Red Wings won't be meeting with free agent Ryan Suter on Sunday. According to a report on Saturday night, the Red Wings were planning to send owner Mike Ilitch and team adviser Chris Chelios to Wisconsin to meet with Suter. Suter, however, isn't interested in hosting anybody for a face-to-face meeting at this time, according to MLive's Ansar Khan.
Wings owner Mike Ilitch originally planned on going to Madison to meet with Ryan Suter but Suter not meeting face to face with teams.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 1, 2012
Khan further reports that the Red Wings hope to meet with Suter in person on Monday. It will ultimately come down to whether Suter wants a meeting or not, though. If he decides that is a necessary step before making a decision, then you can bet the Red Wings will send people to Wisconsin to meet with him. If that's not necessary, then everything will be conducted over the phone as Suter's agent originally planned.
Shortly after NHL free agency opened on Sunday, Pierre LeBrun reported that the Detroit Red Wings were sending owner Mike Ilitch, general manager Ken Holland and head coach Mike Babcock to Toronto to meet with free agent Zach Parise. Initially, there was some confusion over this report because Ilitch was expected to be in Wisconsin to meet with Ryan Suter. There was a change of plans, however, and Ilitch is instead set to be part of the Red Wings' contingent meeting with Parise.
According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Red Wings have a meeting scheduled with Parise for Sunday afternoon.
Ilitch, Holland & Co. flying out this afternoon. They have one hour meeting with Parise slated for 3:30.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 1, 2012
Several teams will likely be making an in-person pitch to Parise on Sunday. The Red Wings are merely one of them, but the fact that they will get an hour to make their presentation is nice to see. Hopefully they make the most of it and are able to convince Parise to sign with them.
UPDATE: The Free Press reports that Holland is currently at Joe Louis Arena and doesn't plan on going anywhere other than "home" later in the day. Perhaps this means he isn't joining Ilitch and Babcock for the in-person meeting, or perhaps the report about there being a meeting is incorrect.
It's not a "splashy" move by any means, but the Detroit Red Wings have inked goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a two-year deal, according to multiple reports. The deal is worth $3 million, according to Bob Duff, meaning Gustavsson will have a cap hit of $1.5 million per season.
The move to find a backup goalie was a priority for the Red Wings this offseason. Last season, the Red Wings had Ty Conklin and Joey MacDonald to back up Jimmy Howard, and both saw action when Howard went down with an injury. MacDonald overtook Conklin for the backup job during this time, but back issues became a concern for MacDonald in the final months of the season.
With Gustavsson joining the fold, the Red Wings now appear to have their backup goalie job set. MacDonald will likely remain in the mix for the job, and he will be around in case an injury happens, but Gustavsson is being signed to back up Howard for the next two seasons.
Gustavsson spent his first three seasons in the NHL playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Last season, he appeared in 42 games and had a 17-17-4 record. His rights were traded to the Winnipeg Jets last week, but a deal never developed, allowing him to hit free agency and sign with the Red Wings.
Hudler's agent, Peter Svoboda, said Friday that the Red Wings had made Hudler an offer earlier in the week and that talks would be ongoing until Sunday's deadline.
It appears, however, that Hudler will instead hit the open market in an effort to find a more lucrative deal. Sipple says Hudler, after a career-high 25 goals this past season, could be a hot commodity considering the market's dearth of scoring options.
Detroit GM Ken Holland said for the time being, both sides will explore other options thanks to a difference in opinion on salary figures.
Assuming Detroit makes offers to restricted free agents Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader, the Red Wings will have just under $20 million to throw at top targets Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, Helene St. James says.
Forward Zach Parise will be in Toronto with his agents when NHL free agency opens at noon ET on Sunday. Parise is likely going to be visited by several teams as they make their pitch, as he will be the top free-agent forward on the open market.
The Detroit Red Wings are one of the teams expected to pay Parise a visit. According to MLive's Ansar Kahn, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is "expected to be in Toronto to meet with Parise and his agents." Holland is apparently the one responsible for courting Parise, whereas owner Mike Ilitch and team adviser Chris Chelios are the ones set to be in Wisconsin to meet with free-agent defenseman Ryan Suter.
As if it wasn't clear enough before, Parise and Suter are definitely the Red Wings' top free agent targets. Nobody else on the open market will likely be getting a visit from the Red Wings on Sunday, although Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock is ready to "fly wherever they want me to fly." He is currently waiting to hear if his presence is required at a meeting with a free agent. For now, Holland is leading the charge to sign Parise and Ilitch and Chelios are apparently in charge of wooing Suter.
When NHL free agency opens at noon ET on Sunday, defenseman Ryan Suter will be on his farm in Wisconsin. Unlike fellow free agent , Suter isn't headed to his agent's headquarters to wait for teams to make their pitch. Instead, the plan calls for Suter and Neil Sheehy, his agent, to conduct business over the phone.
"We (he and NHL general managers) all know each other, so there's nothing meeting face-to-face is going to accomplish, at least initially,'' Sheehy said. "If Ryan is uncertain, that (meetings) could come into play.''
Although Suter isn't planning to host teams in person, the Detroit Red Wings are sending owner Mike Ilitch and team adviser Chris Chelios to Wisconsin to meet with Suter, according to MLive's Ansar Khan. As Khan notes, Chelios is a "close friend" and former teammate of Gary Suter, who is Ryan Suter's uncle. Could this personal connection have resulted in a meeting being set up? It's not clear, but contrary to Sheehy's original plans, it appears an in-person meeting could take place.
While Suter apparently planned to conduct business over the phone, hopefully the Red Wings' initiative to go to Wisconsin to meet with him anyway will boost their chances of signing him.
When NHL free agency opens on Sunday, Ryan Suter, the player believed to be the Detroit Red Wings' top target, is planning to be on his farm in Wisconsin. Zach Parise, one of the Red Wings' other top targets, is taking a more conventional approach. He, like some other big-name free agents of the past, will be in Toronto with his agents, according to Nick Kypreos.
Before free agency opens, Parise had a meeting scheduled with New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello on Saturday, according to Bob McKenzie. At this point it's obviously highly unlikely that Parise will suddenly decide to re-sign before even testing free agency. Even so, he's clearly keeping the Devils in the mix as free agency gets ready to open.
Much has been said thus far regarding the Detroit Red Wings and their free agency needs. They're a team that has dominated for years but is now starting to look a bit weaker at some places more than others, and injuries have been particularly destructive for them. Most figure they'll be very active in the free agent market, and it's hard to imagine that they won't be.
The team has said that they plan to keep youth in their plans when it comes to free agency, but one can expect them to be very active, regardless. Just how ready are they, though? The official website has something to say about that, regarding head coach Mike Babcock:
"I'm in a position to fly wherever they want me to fly," Babcock told the NHL Network Thursday from his home in Saskatchewan. "We're a work in progress, so we're talking each and every day about the moves that we're trying to make, and we kind of have an A Plan, a B Plan, a C Plan, and we've probably got even a D Plan. I'm just going to be ready to go."
Babcock is ready to get on a plane as soon as he needs to if it will help him lock up a deal with any potential free agents. It often says a lot to a player when the coach flies out to meet with you as opposed to the other way around, so it's definitely a good sign that Babcock is ready to go and try and seal any potential deals.
This is not breaking news by any means, but defenseman Ryan Suter is going to hit the open market on Sunday. This has essentially been a given for a while now, but Neil Sheehy, Suter's agent, confirmed to the Associated Press on Saturday that his client is for sure going to test free agency.
Neil Sheehy told The Associated Press on Saturday that he doesn't know where Suter will sign, but added the player will keep the Predators "in the mix."
Every situation is obviously different, but it seems unlikely that Suter would test free agency only to later re-sign with the Nashville Predators. This isn't a situation where Suter is hitting the open market to gauge his worth, as he is one of the top free agents and will be paid as so. It's really a matter of what team will be the best fit for Suter for the next part of his career.
For those in Detroit, the hope is obviously that the Red Wings will be considered the best fit in Suter's mind, but with so many teams expected to offer him a deal, it's certainly not a slam dunk that he will choose to wear the winged wheel.
The Detroit Red Wings are ready to begin re-shaping their roster for the 2012-13 season when the NHL free agency period begins on Sunday.
With about $24 million in cap space, the Red Wings' priority is finding replacements for retired defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and recently-traded Brad Stuart. Detroit general manager Ken Holland is doing his best to minimize expectations, noting that adding a defenseman in free agency won't replace what Lidstrom brought to the Wings for years. Holland also wants to keep in mind the development of talent already on the roster, as he mentioned in this Macomb Daily report.
"We don't have as many holes as some people think," Holland said. "I attribute that to the development of Brendan Smith. You're not going to replace Nicklas Lidstrom. He's going to be replaced by all defensemen picking it up. Brad Stuart is a loss. I look at the addition of Kyle Quincey, the development of Brendan Smith, Jonathan Ericsson. We got Nik Kronwall, Jakub Kindl is 25, Ian White had a good year. We don't have big names, but we have good players. Jonathan Ericsson is developing into a shut-down defenseman."
When NHL free agency opens on Sunday, you can bet that one of the first phone calls the Detroit Red Wings will make is to defenseman Ryan Suter. He is believed to be their top target, and many think he will ultimately end up signing with the Red Wings.
Although Suter is certainly going to be one of the top free agents on the open market, he is taking a simple approach to the process. He is not going to require in-person presentations from interested teams, and Neil Sheehy, his agent, says that Suter will actually be on his farm when free agency opens.
Sheehy: "Ryan will be at his farm in Wisconsin with his phone on. I'll be here in Minnesota."— Mark Spector Sports (@SportsnetSpec) June 28, 2012
It's unclear right now what kind of timetable Suter will have for a decision. He is sure to receive several offers, but will he take a few days, a couple weeks or possibly even longer to choose a team? It remains to be seen, but the ideal scenario for the Red Wings would be to find out Suter's decision shortly after free agency opens. What he decides to do will play a big part in what the rest of the Red Wings' offseason looks like, so from that standpoint, the sooner they hear a decision the better.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been receiving interest in forward Rick Nash for quite some time now, but so far they have not pulled the trigger on any trade offers. This is because their asking price is believed to be quite high, and no team has offered enough to acquire Nash just yet.
With Nash not being traded yet, there is still lots of speculation about which team could make a move to acquire him. The Detroit Red Wings have not been mentioned too often in this speculation since they are in the same division as Columbus, but Helene St. James reports that they recently inquired about a potential deal for Nash.
#RedWings have inquired about Rick Nash, but CBJ doesn't want to trade him to Detroit. Wings would have to blow Blue Jackets out of water.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) June 28, 2012
Considering how high Columbus' asking price already is for Nash, it's tough to even fathom how much the Red Wings would have to give up to make a deal happen. It would probably be so much that it wouldn't even make a deal worthwhile, but I suppose there was no harm for the Red Wings in asking.
It appears the Detroit Red Wings are out of the Justin Schultz sweepstakes. The free-agent defenseman can officially sign with a team starting on Sunday, and he has spent the last two days meeting with his agents in Toronto. With the meetings complete, Schultz has put together a list of preferred designations, and as Ansar Khan reports, the Red Wings aren't on it.
Red Wings informed today that they are not on Justin Schultz's list of desired destinations, Ken Holland tells M-Live.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) June 28, 2012
According to Bob McKenzie, Schultz has drawn interest from 26 teams, meaning almost the entire NHL is interested in signing him. Schultz waded through the long list and is now believed to have a final list of teams that he wants to sign with. He will likely meet with these teams in the coming days before coming to a decision on where he will sign.
The thinking is the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers are the favorites to land Schultz. Unfortunately for the Red Wings, he is likely going to take his talents somewhere north of the border.
It's quite amazing to look at how much the NHL salary cap has risen in years past. Following the NHL lockout, the salary cap was a measly $39 million for the 2005-06 season. It has gone up every year since then, and it has especially taken off in the last couple years. For the 2011-12 season, the cap was set at $64.3 million, and now, for the 2012-13 season, it has been increased to a whopping $70.2 million, according to a report.
Salary cap will be $70.2 million.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) June 27, 2012
It's very possible the salary cap will drop for 2013-14 given the expiration of the CBA and the labor talks that will take place this summer, but teams will have a lot of money to spend this offseason. The Detroit Red Wings are among the teams with lots of room to work with, as they have a total of $24,032,955 in cap space, according to CapGeek.com. They didn't use all of their cap space last season, but with a need to make some splashes this year, chances are they will not be hesitant to spend some serious money.
If the Detroit Red Wings are unable to sign defenseman Ryan Suter, the player believed to be their top free-agent target, they will have to look to a "Plan B" in order to help fill the holes created by Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement and Brad Stuart's departure. One defenseman who was considered a "Plan B" was Dennis Wideman, but he is no longer an option. This is because he was traded on Wednesday by the Washington Capitals. The Calgary Flames acquired Wideman's rights and promptly signed him to a new five-year contract.
The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired and signed defenceman Dennis Wideman from Washington in exchange for Jordan Henry and a 5th round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. [...]
Contract terms: 5 year contract with an Average Annual Value of $5,250,000
Considering that Wideman was able to get $5.25 million per year, one can only imagine how much Suter will draw on the open market. With how much interest there is going to be in Suter come July 1 when free agency opens, he very well could receive offers in the range of $9-10 million per year. The competition to sign him will be fierce, but the good news is the Red Wings have more than enough cap space to make him a big offer.
Damien Brunner isn't officially a member of the Detroit Red Wings since he can't sign until July 1, but he has reportedly agreed to a deal with the team. Barring any complications with him getting out of his contract with his team in Switzerland, Brunner should be a Red Wing next season.
Brunner has drawn a lot of interest from teams in the NHL, and the Red Wings sound quite pleased to be the favorite to sign him. While it remains to be seen how his game will translate to the NHL, he's got a lot of potential and has a big fan in Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, who thinks Brunner is a top-six forward.
"I know a lot about him because I went to the World Championships (in May) and watched him play,'' Babcock said Saturday at the NHL entry draft. "The thing for us is he’s high, high paced, he scored, looks like he has tons of skill.
"Can he adjust and play the North American game? We’re going to give him every opportunity. He’ll be a top-six forward to start with us and see where he goes with us.''
After the Red Wings were eliminated from the playoffs, Babcock cited their lack of forward depth as a big reason behind the early exit. While simply adding Brunner isn't going to solve that issue, it certainly can't hurt to have another top-six type of forward on the roster moving forward.
Forward Jiri Hudler isn't expected to return to the Detroit Red Wings next season, but that doesn't mean the team isn't making an effort re-sign him. The Red Wings would like to bring Hudler back, but he seems set on hitting free agency and getting a big payday.
According to MLive's Ansar Khan, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland spoke to Hudler's agent on Monday. Holland also spoke with Hudler's agent during the NHL Draft, but it doesn't sound like any real progress has been made on a new deal.
"He's interested in staying. We're interested if a number works," Holland said. "We're not where he wants to be (salary-wise)."
Probably the only scenario that would see Hudler re-sign with the Red Wings is if he hits the open market and doesn't get an offer with the kind of money he is looking for. The Red Wings don't want to overpay to keep Hudler, which is why he is expected to land elsewhere. If something happened where no lucrative offers came his way, then perhaps he could re-sign, but that is really an unlikely scenario.
Free agency doesn't officially begin until July 1, but on Monday, teams were able to start contacting defenseman Justin Schultz. The reason for this is because Schultz withdrew from Wisconsin last month and didn't agree to a deal with the Anaheim Ducks, the team that drafted him in 2008, during an exclusive 30-day negotiating window. Schultz is now an unrestricted free agent, and although he can't officially sign with a team until July 1, the Schultz sweepstakes is officially underway.
As expected, the Detroit Red Wings are one of the many teams interested in Schultz, and they started pursuing him on Monday, according to MLive's Ansar Khan. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland thinks a "tremendous opportunity" exists for Schultz in Detroit.
"We've contacted his agents to express the Detroit Red Wings are interested in signing him to a contract," general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com. "We think there's a tremendous opportunity in Detroit."
Schultz, who will turn 22 on July 6, may be fresh out of college, but he is viewed as an NHL-ready defenseman by most. Since his contract is set in stone with $925,000 in base salary and a total cap hit of $3.8 million after bonuses, money won't play a role in where he ends up signing. Rather, an opportunity to play in the NHL right away is likely to be the deciding factor, and Holland says the Red Wings are "prepared to give him the opportunity to be on our team."
After Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, Schultz is likely to be the most heavily pursued free agent this year. For the Red Wings, a team in need of defensive help after losing Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart, you can bet Schultz is a high-priority free agent.
The Pittsburgh Penguins seemingly have been involved in almost every major trade rumor in the last day, including rumors surrounding the rights to Ryan Suter. Although the Nashville Predators at one time were believed to be open to trading Suter's rights before July 1, general manager David Poile dismissed the idea last week. Even so, that didn't stop rumors from persisting in the last day that the Penguins were making a run at trying to acquire the rights to Suter.
While there have been reports that the Penguins either offered a deal for Suter's rights or at the very least had discussions with Nashville about it, Poile says that isn't the case.
Poile said no one tried to trade for Suter's rights. "I'm looking you in the eye and telling you."— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) June 23, 2012
What's more, TSN's Bob McKenzie is reporting that Penguins management told him they have no plans to trade for the rights to Suter (or Zach Parise, for that matter). They would rather wait until July 1 like everybody else and take their chances when Suter becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle has been the subject of several trade rumors in the last 24 hours. On Friday night, there was a lot of smoke surrounding a possible deal that would have sent Yandle to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it didn't happen. Still, there is a lot of talk that Yandle could be traded.
Several teams are likely interested in acquiring Yandle, but two that stand out are the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers. Both teams have "significant" interest in trading for Yandle, according to CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio.
As for the Flyers, a Western Conference source confirmed that the Flyers and Red Wings both have significant interest in Keith Yandle.
"Phoenix isn’t actively shopping him but they said they would listen to offers and they need an impact center in return," the source said.
If the Red Wings miss out on Ryan Suter, the best option to improve their defense may be by making a trade. There is a pretty big drop off after Suter in terms of the defenseman on the free agent market, but getting somebody like Yandle would soften the blow of missing out on their top target if that were to happen.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are hosting the 2012 NHL Draft, and so far they have been one of the most active teams at the draft. On Friday, they traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes and Zbynek Michalek to the Phoenix Coyotes. They also have reportedly been talking to the Nashville Predators about acquiring the rights to defenseman Ryan Suter.
Rumors of the Penguins' interest in Suter first popped up on Friday night. They died down as the first day of the draft came to a close, but they are once again swirling on Saturday. The Penguins reportedly want a top-pairing defenseman, and Suter would certainly fit the bill, which is why they are working to make a deal happen, according to CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio.
A source told CSNPhilly.com early Saturday morning that Penguins general manager Ray Shero is working hard to get Suter’s rights from Nashville. [...]
"Ray feels he can talk Suter into coming to Pittsburgh," the source said.
Shero was an assistant general manager for the Predators before he went to Pittsburgh, and he was there when the Predators drafted Suter back in 2003. Could those ties result in Suter signing with the Penguins if a trade is completed? It's possible, but there's no guarantee Suter wouldn't opt to just wait until July 1, which is what the Detroit Red Wings would have to hope for if his rights are dealt to a team like Pittsburgh.
NHL free agency doesn't open until July 1, but the Detroit Red Wings appear to already have one move in place. Specifically, Swiss hockey player Damien Brunner has agreed to a deal with the Red Wings, according to several sources, including Bill Roose, who writes for the Red Wings' official site.
The reason Brunner has merely agreed to sign with the Red Wings is because he can't officially ink a deal before July 1. For now, it's only an agreement, and Brunner has to utilize the out clause in his contract with a Swiss team, according to Helene St. James. If everything goes according to plan, he will sign a one-year, two-way deal with the Red Wings on or after July 1.
Here's more on Brunner:
Brunner, 26, is small European, but he can skate like the wind and has a wicked shot. Very skilled. Coveted by many NHL teams— Helene St. James (@freepwings) June 22, 2012
According to St. James, Brunner drew interest from not only the Red Wings, but also the Penguins, Lightning, Capitals, Canadiens and Flyers. Ken Holland told St. James that Brunner is "very talented," and it looks like Brunner could compete with guys like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar for a spot in the Red Wings' lineup next season.
One of the big blows to the Detroit Red Wings last season was the loss of Darren Helm. First, Helm suffered a knee injury against the San Jose Sharks that kept him out the final month or so of the regular season. Then, just minutes into his return, Helm had his wrist cut by a skate. The injury was bad enough that he just got out of a cast after having surgery a few weeks ago, and losing him after Game 1 of their series against the Nashville Predators in the playoffs was tough to come back from.
The good news for Helm and the Red Wings is that he is on track to be healthy by training camp. The other good news is that Helm is now set to be a Red Wing for at least the next four years. His contract was up after last season and he was going to become a restricted free agent on July 1, but Darren Dreger reports that a deal has been completed.
Without scouring the twitterverse to see if this is already out...Darren Helm agrees to 4 year, $8.5 deal in Detroit.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 19, 2012
Helm's cap hit from this deal is $2.125 million, which is not bad at all. The Red Wings made it no secret after he got hurt that Helm is an important part of the team, so getting a deal done with him was a priority this offseason.
It appears that the Detroit Red Wings will in fact be receiving a seventh-round pick in 2014 from the San Jose Sharks. When the Red Wings traded the rights to defenseman Brad Stuart to the Sharks earlier this month, the pick was included in the deal on the condition that Stuart actually ends up signing with the Sharks. Now, according to TSN's Darren Dreger, a deal is complete.
Expect San Jose Sharks to announce an agreement with veteran D-man, Brad Stuart today or tomorrow. 3 year term.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 18, 2012
The only reason the Red Wings traded Stuart in the first place was so he could end up playing closer to home. They wanted to bring him back, but Stuart wanted to play closer to his family out in California. With a deal being complete between Stuart and the Sharks, that will in fact happen, and the Red Wings will in fact get a seventh-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
UPDATE: According to Darren Dreger, Stuart's three-year deal is worth $3.6 million per season.
This won't come as a surprise to anybody, but Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter is expected to test free agency. The Predators have been hoping to re-sign him before he hits the open market on July 1, but Predators general manager David Poile expects Suter to become a free agent.
Of course, just because Suter is set to become a free agent doesn't mean the Predators are completely out of the picture. Poile said during an interview with 102.5's Sports Revolution last week that Suter has not informed him that the Predators have been eliminated from contention for his services.
"Absolutely not, and that's the good news," said Poile to 102.5's Sports Revolution (via OTF) on Friday. "The bad news is that he hasn't said 'let's get something done.' As we get closer to July 1, it seems like more and more he's going to want to test free agency and see what other teams are offering him, what they have to say to them."
Contrary to a report from last week, Poile claims he isn't interested in trading Suter's rights. If Suter flat out told Poile that he isn't going to re-sign, then you might see his rights get dealt. Since that hasn't happened and because Poile is holding out hope that Suter will test free agency and ultimately decide to re-sign, it looks like his rights won't be dealt.
What this means for the Red Wings is that when free agency opens on July 1, Suter will likely be the first person they call. Had Nashville dealt his rights, the Red Wings could have attempted to make a deal for them. Of course, the chances of the Predators dealing his rights to a division rival were slim, so it's good news for Detroit that Suter is planning to just wait until at least July 1 before deciding anything.
There is a common theme emerging when it comes to reports about Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter's future. For starters, Suter is not expected to re-sign with the Predators before July 1, meaning he will likely become a free agent. Secondly, the Detroit Red Wings are considered Suter's most likely landing spot.
The latest evidence that the Red Wings are Suter's preferred team comes from a report by CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio. The focus of the report is on how Suter won't end up signing with the Philadelphia Flyers, but there is a Red Wings-related tidbit in it.
In fact, the source said, all of Suter’s preferred destinations, should he leave the Predators, are in the Western Conference – not the East.
Detroit is generally conceded to be his top choice.
The obvious caveat with any report like this is that nothing really matters until July 1. Even so, there's no denying that there's an awful lot of smoke surrounding the possibility of Suter ultimately signing with the Red Wings.
New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise met with the media on Wednesday, two days after his team was defeated by the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. Parise was asked plenty about his impending free agent status, and although he didn't sound too interested in talking about it, he did reiterate his desire to re-sign with the Devils.
"I like the people here," he said of his remaining a Devil. "I like the staff, my teammates. I like the area. There’s a lot of good things about this place."
The only other really noteworthy comment about free agency from Parise was that there is "no way" he would sign with the New York Rangers. There has been plenty of talk about him drawing interest from the Rangers, but Parise doesn't seem interested in going to a rival of the Devils.
While Parise very well may end up re-signing with the Devils, his comments about wanting to stay in New Jersey don't mean a whole lot right now. A captain isn't going to say anything too rash about leaving his team just days after being eliminated from the playoffs. Besides, once July 1 hits, anything goes and you can pretty much throw out all past comments, even the one about the Rangers.
The Nashville Predators want to re-sign defenseman Ryan Suter, but the reality of the situation is that it won't be easy. Suter, who is set to become a free agent on July 1, is going to draw interest from all around the league, and there's a very good chance he will leave the Predators for another team.
Perhaps realizing that they won't be able to re-sign Suter, could the Predators trade his rights away so they at least get something for him? According to Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period, the Predators might do exactly that later this month.
League exec told us last night he expects Preds to deal Suter rights around draft, 'just like they did with Hamhuis, Hartnell and Timonen'— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) June 12, 2012
Bernstein also reports that Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland plans on "going all in and big" on both Suter and Zach Parise, who are set to be the top free agents on the open market. On the one hand, news that the Predators could deal Suter's rights is a sign that Holland and the Red Wings might have a shot at making a move and signing him before July 1. Then again, would Nashville really deal Suter's rights to a division rival? To me, it seems like the Predators would try to send him elsewhere. Of course, he doesn't have to sign with the team that acquires his rights, so a trade wouldn't necessarily eliminate the Red Wings from the Suter sweepstakes.
With the New Jersey Devils losing to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, the NHL season came to a close. The Kings won the Stanley Cup by knocking off the Devils in six games, and the offseason has now officially arrived for the entire league. The time for all of the speculation and rumors to start swirling about where Devils forward Zach Parise will sign has also arrived. As Chris Vannini tweeted, "Parise Watch" is now underway.
In reality, Red Wings fans have been on "Parise Watch" for the better part of a year. They have also been keeping an eye for quite some time on Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter, who will likely be the Red Wings' top target when free agency opens on July 1. Consider Suter to be target 1A and Parise 1B, because they will be the top free agents on the open market, and both are expected to command interest from several teams, including the Red Wings.
Although rumors have already been swirling about Parise and the Red Wings for a while, the focus is now squarely on his future with his season actually being over. When the Predators were eliminated a month ago, the same thing happened with Suter. All of the focus turned to Suter's future, and although things were relatively quiet in the week or so after his season ended, the activity has since picked up quite a bit.
With free agency 19 days away, you can bet there will be plenty of rumors swirling about Parise in the coming weeks, and quite a few of them will almost certainly involve the Red Wings.
The Detroit Red Wings wanted to bring back defenseman Brad Stuart, but they traded his rights away to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. Stuart made it clear he wanted to play somewhere closer to his family, and although the Red Wings were ready to begin negotiations, Stuart wasn't interested.
The Red Wings also want to bring back forward Jiri Hudler. Ansar Khan spoke with Ken Holland following the Stuart trade on Sunday, and Holland said the Red Wings are ready to offer Hudler a deal to re-sign.
"We're prepared to offer him a contract,'' Holland said. "He's got the right to go to free agency. We'll see what happens. Right now Jiri will continue taking time to determine what he wants to do.''
This could end up being a situation similar to what happened with Stuart. Hudler doesn't want to go somewhere else to play closer to his family, but chances are the Red Wings will lose a free agent that they wanted to bring back. Hudler is likely to find a bigger contract offer on the open market, and the Red Wings probably won't match it. Him signing elsewhere wouldn't be a huge loss, but it would mean that there is more depth to fill at forward for the Red Wings.
On Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings acquired the rights to and a conditional seventh-round pick from the San Jose Sharks. The Red Wings gave up the rights to Brad Stuart, who is going to become a free agent on July 1, in the trade.
In reality, all San Jose gave up was a conditional seventh-round pick, because Murray is not in the Red Wings' plans moving forward. Ansar Khan reports that the only reason the Sharks traded the rights to Murray, who will also be a free agent on July 1, was to free up room for Stuart.
Wings have no plans for Murray. Sharks needed to unload a player to stay at the 50-man roster limit.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) June 10, 2012
Helene St. James also reports that the Red Wings aren't going to sign Murray, so assuming Stuart does sign with the Sharks, this trade was only made to acquire a future seventh-round pick. That may not seem like much, but considering it has been common knowledge for a while that Stuart has no plans to re-sign with the Red Wings, it's a wonder Ken Holland managed to get anything for his rights.
The Detroit Red Wings have been a better team with Brad Stuart in the lineup, but the pending free agent recently had his negotiating rights traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Andrew Murray. As it turns out, the team had made an offer to Stuart prior to the trade, but the defenseman was uninterested.
It's pretty clear why, though - Stuart's family is in California, including his wife and kids. MLive.com notes that Stuart knew coming into this offseason that he wasn't going to re-sign with the Red Wings and that he hoped he could return to California (he started his career with the Sharks in 1999).
"It was important for me to see if I could improve my family situation and continue to be on a contending team and a team I was excited about going to," said Stuart, 32. "San Jose is definitely that place. The team is good. It's high on my list of things that are important to me at this point in my career. I want a chance to win every year.
Stuart noted that it was very draining to not have his family around at all times, saying that his kids gave him energy and it was draining to be with them one day and without them another. It clearly would be best for him to go back to California, so it's likely he signs with the Sharks. Then again, they aren't the only team in California and thus far they've only had preliminary talks with him.
Set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, the Detroit Red Wings made a swift move on Sunday and traded the rights of defender Brad Stuart to the San Jose Sharks, picking up 30-year-old center Andrew Murray and a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2014 in the process.
TRADE: The rights to defenseman Brad Stuart have been traded to San Jose for Andrew Murray and a conditional pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 10, 2012
Murray played in just 39 games this past season for the Sharks and averaged less than eight minutes per game and rarely saw the ice. An eighth-round pick by Columbus in 2001, Murray, who is also set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, has never tallied more than 11 points in a single season during his five-year NHL career.
While it's unknown whether Detroit's new arrival will stick around or not, the Wings derived plenty of value from this deal for the draft pick alone (assuming Stuart actually signs with San Jose). Their willingness to move Stuart is also a solid indication of his interest level in re-upping with the Red Wings, so flipping a guy who didn't plan to sign for a free draft pick is a win-win for Ken Holland and this organization.
The Detroit Red Wings are not happy with the way things worked out for them in the 2012 NHL Playoffs. An early exit has many questioning whether the team has peaked, and whether or not they'd be able to make a successful rebound in a season. Most are of the opinion that the team needs to get aggressive to keep things alive, and it appears they might just be doing that.
According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, the Red Wings could be interested in trading for some negotiating rights this offseason. If a team feels that one of their free agents is unlikely to re-sign, they can trade the exclusive negotiating rights to another team, generally for a draft pick.
Detroit has just signed some of their draft picks and they're excited about some of the young talent currently in the system. Right now, they don't need draftees, they need some bigger name free agents here and now. The report states that the Red Wings are very interested in Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter and New Jersey forward Zach Parise.
As it happens, those are the top two free agents this year. While both of them have a solid chance of returning to their teams, it is intriguing to think of either player with the Red Wings. If Detroit traded for their negotiating rights, it would certainly increase their chances of signing either player to a deal.
The Detroit Red Wings are anticipating the signing of 2008 draft pick Max Nicastro sometime this summer, according to Ansar Khan of MLive.com. Nicastro was the team's third-round pick in the 2008 entry draft and was the 91st overall selection. After July 1, the team plans to sign him and assign him to the Grand Rapids Griffins, Khan reports.
His source is Red Wings general manager Jim Nill, who says that Nicastro has good size and can shoot the puck. The reason the Red Wings haven't signed him until this point is that Nicastro has had some legal troubles stemming from a rape charge following his Feb. 19 arrest. Authorities recently dropped the charges against him.
Nicastro was accused of assaulting a female student on campus and was suspended from the team, at which point he withdrew from school. At any rate, he's moving on and the Red Wings are moving on, with Nill saying that whatever is in the past is just that: in the past. The Red Wings are excited about him going forward, and it's good to see the charges dropped when it's something like that.
The 2012 offseason is a very important one for the Detroit Red Wings, and they face several key questions about what they will do during it.
Arguably the most coveted free agent on the Detroit Red Wings' radar this offseason, Predators defenseman Ryan Suter met with general manager David Poile on Thursday as Nashville desperately tries to do everything possible to keep its stud defender in town.
An unrestricted free agent, Suter is able to sign elsewhere if he does not have a contract by July 1. Many are expecting him to be lured away by a rather significant offer from Detroit now that Nicklas Lidstrom has officially made the decision to hang up his skates. But with free agency still a month away, the Predators still have plenty of time to iron out a deal to keep Suter around long-term.
As far as the face-to-face talk on Thursday, Poile was confident that things are moving in proper direction, saying "we still don't have a deal, but I'm still optimistic and still going to keep constant dialogue in this process." Even though it's clear that Nashville wants to do everything in its power to keep Suter from landing in Hockeytown, Detroit still remains the early favorites to land his services if he opts for free agency.
The Detroit Red Wings are in the market for a backup goaltender to compete with current favorite to win the job, Joey MacDonald. Their backup is very important, given the significant time missed by Jimmy Howard in 2011, and MacDonald himself doesn't inspire a lot of confidence when it comes to his health. So the rumors just a few days ago surrounding the potential return of Dominik Hasek picked up some steam.
Hasek wants to come out of retirement, and he mentioned the Red Wings as one of the teams he'd like to play for. But are the Red Wings interested? As it stands, they are not, according to Craig Custance on Twitter:
Asked Holland about Hasek possibility: "I haven't talked to Dom's agent. Right now we're exploring other - we'll see. Right now, no."— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) May 31, 2012
That's a good way to deny it while still keeping your options open. The fanbase might love it if Hasek returns, and it's true that he still probably has something to offer in a backup role, but his ability in the NHL at this point is a wild card to its very definition. It might not be wise for the Red Wings to get a 47-year-old goaltender to backup two goalies who had significant injuries in 2011, either way.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has called it a career. As speculated on Wednesday, Lidstrom announced during a Thursday morning press conference at Joe Louis Arena that he is retiring from the sport of hockey.
Lidstrom is going out on his own terms and as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. He won four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies and a Conn Smythe Trophy -- all with the Red Wings. He also won a gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics for Sweden. He is a surefire Hall of Famer and will without a doubt be the final player to wear the No. 5 jersey for the Red Wings.
Lidstrom's career comes to a close after 1,564 games in the regular season and another 263 more in the playoffs. He recorded 264 goals and 878 assists for a total of 1,142 regular-season points. In the playoffs, he had 54 goals and 129 assists for a total of 183 points. Amazingly, he went to the playoffs in all 20 seasons of his career.
As good as Lidstrom was on the ice, he was even better off of it. He has been a role model throughout his career and is somebody all people -- not just hockey players -- can look up to. There's a reason his nickname is "The Perfect Human," as he exemplified what it meant to be a great player and a great person during his 20 seasons with the Red Wings.
It looks to be a potentially busy off season for the Detroit Red Wings. There are a handful of players including Nicklas Lidstrom who could be retired or gone from the team by the time next season begins and the Wings need to potentially find ways to keep their team among the best in the NHL.
Starting over the weekend, the Wings will begin to hold meetings between the brains of the organization in order to plan out the future and build the team into a better squad than it is today.
General manager Ken Holland, assistant general manager Jim Nill, senior vice president Jimmy Devellano, salary cap-ologist Ryan Martin, head coach Mike Babcock, scouts, including Mark Howe and former players-turned-advisers like Chris Chelios and Kris Draper all will gather to "have a conversation about our team," as Holland put it.
The Wings have already been rumored to be looking at huge names like Ryan Suter and Zach Parise even before free agency opens in July. They have a few free agents of their own to deal with as well, including Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader.
The Detroit Red Wings are looking for a solid backup to Jimmy Howard, with Joey MacDonald being the current favorite to get the job. The guy most people probably weren't thinking of to take the job is Dominik Hasek. Yes, that Dominik Hasek. According to a Czech report, the 47-year-old-but-still-effective goaltending legend Hasek is looking to get back into the NHL, and the Detroit Red Wings are one of the teams on his list.
The report from Tyden.cz is in Czech, here's a loosely translated bit of it:
Hockey goalie Dominik Hasek would be after four years to return to the NHL. Sedmačtyřicetiletý goalie planning another comeback, and his clear priority is reportedly the Canadian-American competition.
Information brought daily Sport. Hero of Olympic Games in Nagano and his agent Rich Winter said he had to deal with potentially interested in his services, among which are believed to be Detroit and Buffalo. So clubs, which fielded in the past Hasek.
Hilariously broken internet translated English aside, Hasek would likely be welcomed back into Detroit if he were to take the backup job, though his effectiveness at the NHL level would remain to be seen after so many years out of the loop. Buffalo would probably reject his services with their already set in stone goalie tandem of Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth.
When NHL free agency opens on July 1, the Detroit Red Wings' top two targets are expected to be defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Zach Parise. They are going to be the top two free agents on the open market, and fueled by lots of cap space and a desire to make a splash, the Red Wings are expected to make a hard push to sign one or both.
According to The Detroit News' Gregg Krupa, Suter and Parise very well may want to sign with the same team, which would be good news for the Red Wings. Citing their history of playing together for the United States in the past, as well as NHL sources, Krupa reports that Suter and Parise may be looking for a package deal.
"I am assuming that, at least as of right now, they are a package deal," said one NHL team official, who is aware of the circumstances.
"They certainly seem to have set it up that way, themselves."
There are still another five or so weeks until free agency, and once it opens, a lot could happen. For now, though, it's nice to think about the possibility of the Red Wings landing both Suter and Parise. Krupa certainly made a strong argument for why they could both end up in Detroit, and if it were to happen, the Red Wings would once again be considered one of the top contenders to win the Stanley Cup in 2012-13.
NHL free agency is a month a half away, but already rumors are starting to swirl about players like Ryan Suter and Alexander Semin. Both players' teams have been eliminated from the NHL playoffs, and both players are expected to garner quite a bit of interest on the open market, especially from the Detroit Red Wings.
While Suter and somebody like Zach Parise will likely be the Red Wings' top targets when free agency begins, there is also an expectation for them to show interest in Semin. It seems highly unlikely that Semin will return to the Washington Capitals, and should he decide to continue playing in the NHL rather than going to his native Russia to play in the KHL, Detroit is a landing spot that would make a lot of sense.
On Tuesday, Neil Greenberg, a contributor to the Washington Post and ESPN, passed along a rumor linking Semin to the Red Wings. Here's what he had to say:
If I was setting a Vegas line for "Where will #Caps Alexander Semin end up?" the favorite would be Detroit Red Wings.— Neil Greenberg (@ngreenberg) May 15, 2012
Greenberg went on to tweet that he has heard from "three different sources" that the Red Wings are the favorite, and he also tweeted that he's hearing Semin would take a discount to sign with the Red Wings. Considering he would have a chance to be teammates with countryman Pavel Datsyuk, it's not too surprising to hear that a discount to sign with Detroit might be in play.
Red Wings fans have high hopes for the offseason given that there is a lot of top-tier talent expected to be available and given that the team needs to improve after a first-round exit in the playoffs. While landing even one of Suter and Parise may be difficult, signing Semin would at least add some talent to a team clearly in need of more playmakers.
The Detroit Red Wings are set to offer three young forwards their first NHL contracts by the deadline on June 1. For more on the team, head on over to Winging It In Motown.
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