The Ilitch family made a splash earlier today when they revealed the plans for their "mixed-use sports and entertainment district," centered around a $650 million new arena for the Red Wings.
Many headlines will run (including this one) focusing on the arena but the actual information released doesn't.
I've wanted to put together some kind of all-encompassing set of thoughts on the Red Wings' signing of Daniel Cleary but I just can't bring myself to do it. I find myself just repeating what I said when Kyle Quincey was brought back just over a week ago, that the Red Wings' youth movement is a lie..
Much has been made of the Red Wings' supposed youth movement over the past two seasons. Last year alone, eleven rookies played at least one game for Detroit. That number does not include Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson, who had played too many games previously to count as rookies.
That the Red Wings struck out in their search for a right-handed defenseman on the free agent market is bad, there's no denying that. It's also something that can be explained, though.
Sometimes there's no amount of money you can throw at a player to make them sign with you. We saw that in 2012 when Ryan Suter and Zach Parise chose the Minnesota Wild over Detroit because it was closer to home for them.
I write about possible sweater number changes every summer and with Monday's release of the Red Wings' 2014 Development Camp roster, we've got the first opportunity to take a look at some possibilities..
There've been a handful of reports today basically stating that the Red Wings are targeting free agent defenseman Dan Boyle and only Boyle, having determined that Matt Niskanen will be asking for too much money (though recent reports say the Wings are on his shortlist) and Christian Ehrhoff is too left-handed (and maybe also asking for too much term)..
It's been known since before the 2013-14 season was even over that the Red Wings would be looking to upgrade their defense this summer and their best opportunity to do some comes tomorrow as free agents become eligible to sign contracts with new teams at noon.
The costs are expected to be high, however.
I had a post with a big hypothetical scenario half-finished but I'm scrapping it in favor of being more to the point.
Over at Winging it in Motown today, Graham Hathway has a bit comparing the Red Wings' situation going into the summer of 2014 to that of 2012.
After three rounds, I'm at 69.2% accuracy in my playoff predictions, having correctly guessed only one of the two Conference Finals matchups. I'll stick with the team I got right in the last round for the Stanley Cup Finals.
Los Angeles Kings vs New York Rangers
Rangers in 6
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