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Dater’s Daily: Red Wings ready to spend, Sakic says EJ will be ready



I hope it’s been, and continues to be, a good Sunday to all. I know, as Avs fans, you’re all pretty nervous about things right now. We just have to let the “process” play out.

Some news and links around the rest of the league:

  • I just have a strong feeling that the Detroit Red Wings will be spending a lot of money on Wednesday. They have so much cap room ($38 million), and Steve Yzerman is as respected a man as there is in the business. Could they make a whopping offer to Gabe Landeskog? I don’t see why not.
  • Don’t think the New York Rangers might not make Landy a great offer too. They have $22 million in cap space. And, yes, the St. Louis Blues have $19 million of cap space.
  • Joe Sakic said Erik Johnson should be fully healthy by the start of training camp. So, doesn’t sound like he has any plans to buy out the last two years of his contract.
  • Philly: The Broad Street Bullies may be coming back. After acquiring thumper defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen on Friday, the Flyers shipped scoring winger Jakub Voracek to Columbus for blood-and-guts Cam Atkinson.
  • Florida: It’s a done deal. Signed and sealed. The Florida Panthers hit the NHL trade market and came home with Sam Reinhart, who finally escaped Buffalo.
  • Could the Penguins be stealth players in free agency and on the trade market? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
  • San Jose: The sleeper pick of the first few rounds: goalie Benjamin Gaudreau. He played just one year of junior hockey but COVID opened the door to play for Team Canada—and he dominated. The San Jose Sharks got a Round 3 steal.
  • I finally watched the movie “Chinatown” yesterday. Beautifully filmed. The story? Meh, I guess I was underwhelmed for something deemed such a classic.
  • A Red Wings draft pick dressed up like…Gilligan…for his media Zoom call (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • The Capitals expect to sign Alexander Ovechkin this week (
  • Shane Doan’s son was drafted by the Coyotes (

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