NHL Rumors III: Red Wings, Schultz and Brookbank

  • Brian Manzullo of the Detroit Free Press: There is some talk that the some free agents may not want to sign with the Red Wings due to coach Mike Babcock’s hard-nosed style. Babcock responded on Detroit Sports 105.1 radio with:

    “Maybe they don’t want to come because Mike Babcock has a one-year contract,” he said. “The way I look at it here, if you don’t want to be coached, don’t come here. If you want to be pushed to be the best that you can be, that’s what we do here. You know what? The proof is in the pudding.”

    “If (the Wings) are concerned about (free agents not liking him), then I should coach somewhere else.”

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Four issues that RFA Justin Schultz and the Oilers face:

    1. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has identified Schultz, 24, a restricted free agent, as one of the core Oilers, putting him in the same company as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. These three other players are locked into long-term deals that pay $6 million per season.

    2. Schultz is coming off a season with mixed results, a season not worthy as a stand alone season of a big money, long-term deal.

    3. In the NHL, teams pay for point scoring and it’s not unreasonable to expect a 40 to 50 point season soon out of Schultz.

    4. Schultz made $3.7 million last year, and he won’t be keen take  a pay cut, even if his two-way play wasn’t stellar. (Correction: I misinterpreted CapGeek, which listed his potential bonus, not his paid bonus, which was far less, and meant Schultz made about $1.7 to 2.0 million last season.)

    Staple’s thinks signing Schultz to a long-term deal in the $4.5 to $5 million per season range would be a good bet.

  • Chris Kuc: Sheldon Brookbank is talking to a few teams, with a source saying that a return to the Blackhawks is still possible.


  1. tim

    July 18, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Wishful thinking here but how about promote Babcock to GM and blashill to coach. Dont think wings problems have anything to do with Babcock, Holland just hasn’t cut it the past 4 years starting with the hossa and franzen situation.

  2. Anonymous

    July 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Babcock is the best coach in the world. People not wanting to be coached by him,should be playing in the KHL, because clearly they dont care about being the best they can be, and winning a Stanley Cup.

  3. Other Chris

    July 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    You hated Scotty Bowman for 364 days a year. On the 365th you got your Stanley Cup ring. At least according to Steve Shutt. But what did he know? He was only a part of Montreal’s dynasty.

  4. tim

    July 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Hated scotty bowman? Not sure what wings fan your talking about but it wasn’t this one, bowman was a legacy..

  5. Henrybemis

    July 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm


  6. Billy D

    July 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I am really starting to feel like this topic was old before it started. Sign Tatar and Dekeyser, and embrace the youth. Yes, Detroit could use another top-tier defenseman, but I think these free agents would just get in the way of all of the guys that need to come up now. Take it on the chin this season if necessary. The young guys could just surprise the organization if they were just believed in.

  7. brutus beefcake

    July 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Scotty Bowman =G.O.A.T. that doesnt matter. Why is dan Queery still wearing a wing??? Waste of $$$. Why are these ol bums still here??? Waste of $$$. Ryan Sprouls could be the answer? Not Lidstrom but who is? Dude played 1 game last season? Give him a shot. These young guns are gonna tear the league up nyquist, mantha, reiss, shaehan, etc. Mrzak needs to be the man between the pipes. Howards gotta go. In 3 seasons time i see this team in the finals if all falls together right?

  8. Jeff J

    July 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Tim is 100% correct…..Holland screwed up big time and has been in a free fall when he decided to sign Franzen over Hossa…..you are welcome Chicago!