New feature! Every Sunday I’ll bring you a recap of all the legitimate Red Wings-related transaction and signing rumors from the previous week. I see all this stuff anyway. I figured I might as well share it with you.
• Danny DeKeyser chose not to file for arbitration, according to MLive.com’s Brendan Savage. He remains a restricted free agent and will have to agree on a new contract before training camp. DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar are the Red Wings’ only restricted free agents remaining from the NHL club.
• Washington Capitals right-handed defenseman Mike Green is the Red Wings’ top trade target according to Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner, who cites a “team source.” Green has a limited no trade clause, so the number of teams both on Green’s trade list and in the market for a defenseman could be small. Regner says the source indicated the Red Wings intend to move quickly.
Green, 28, is slated to become a free agent after next year. He’s got a cap hit of $6,083,333 for 2014-15. The Capitals indicated that they intend to keep Green, but MLive.com’s Ansar Khan says he’s “destined to be traded” because of the Capitals are near the salary cap ceiling and just signed defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, giving them eight defensemen on one-way contracts. Khan says Green would be an ideal fit with the Red Wings as a right-handed, puck moving defensemen, but it might be tough to work out a deal, because Washington wouldn’t want Jakub Kindl and the Red Wings likely wouldn’t part with one of their young NHL-ready forwards.
The Free Press’ Helene St. James says that if a deal for Green was done, Tatar is the young NHL-ready forward most likely to go to the Capitals.
• As you probably heard, the Red Wings re-signed Daniel Cleary to a one-year, $1.5 million deal. What you might not know is that Cleary got a $250,000 signing bonus and a no-trade clause. He also gets a $1 million bonus if he plays in at least 10 games next year.
• Assistant coach Tom Renney is in the final stages of leaving Detroit to become the president and CEO of Hockey Canada, according to MLive’s Ansar Khan. That would leave the Red Wings with two assistant coach vacancies after Bill Peters left to become head coach of the Hurricanes earlier this summer.
Khan says the Red Wings have interviewed Tony Granato for one of their assistant coach positions. Granato has spent the past five years as an assistant for the Penguins but is without a job after Pittsburgh fired head coach Dan Bylsma this offseason.