Here are the latest Detroit Red Wings news and notes for June 25, 2012:
• The Red Wings are expected to hit the ground running in free agency next Sunday, but that’s not the only avenue for GM Ken Holland to explore when he tries to improve his roster. Holland has already said that he would consider a trade if he thought the Wings would benefit, and one name that surfaced in rumored trade talks during the draft is that of Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle.
The Coyotes have not been actively shopping the 25-year-old Yandle, but there was a point during the draft when it appeared Yandle might be headed to Pittsburgh in a deal. That didn’t happen … and at least one NHL insider believes that Red Wings have “significant” interest in Yandle. — SBNation
• Pittsburgh, in addition to hosting the draft, stole headlines during the festivities by dealing Jordan Staal to Carolina and Zbynek Michalek to Phoenix. All that activity sends a pretty clear message that the Penguins intend to be big players in free agency, and they very well could be Detroit’s biggest competition for Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. — MLive
• The Red Wings reportedly will sign Swiss winger Damien Brunner on July 1, and Mike Babcock definitely likes what he sees in the goal-scoring youngster.
“I know lots about him because I went to the world championships and watched him play,” Babcock said on Saturday during the NHL draft at the Consol Energy Center. “The thing for us is he’s high, high paced. Looks like he has tons of skill.” — Free Press
• With their first pick in the NHL Draft, No. 49 overall, the Red Wings selected Halifax Mooseheads forward Martin Frk. After missing three and a half months of the 2011-12 season with a concussion, Frk tallied 29 points in 34 games, and he has the potential to improve his game a bunch in the near future. — The Chronicle Herald
• Detroit’s second pick, at No. 80, was Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson. It took a big second half of the season for Paterson to really land on the Red Wings’ radar, but once he stepped up his game, Detroit moved him up its list.
“We were fired right up to get him where we got him,” Red Wings director of scouting Joe McDonnell said. — Red Wings Central