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Bowman: “When the Red Wings need me, they call me.”

The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James had the opportunity to speak with Scotty Bowman earlier this week. 

Q: The Wings weren’t able to re-sign Mathieu Schneider and Todd Bertuzzi, but kept Dominik Hasek and signed Brian Rafalski. How do you like the team’s outlook?

A: They got a good defenseman to replace Schneider. I think they’d like to get another forward. It’s just a matter of filling the spots.

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And Your Vote Would Be For…

ESPN SportsNation is asking you which Detroit pro sports team “matters the most”.  Pretty overwhelming results so far. Check them out here.

If I had to rank them, I’d say (1) Wings (2) Tigers (3) Lions (4) Pistons.

Edited 21 July:  that’s my personal ranking.  If I had to guess what the rest of the state feels, I’d probably rank them this way:  (1) Tigers, (2) Wings, (3) Lions, (4) Pistons

I’ll always believe that the Tigers have a certain place in the heart of all Michigan sports fans.  As someone said below, ‘68 was an amazing year and it affected much more than the Detroit hardcore baseball fan.

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Friday Odds and Ends

An amazingly eventful week, considering there’s been no hockey news to speak of.  We kicked off the “Re-design the Wings Logo Because Fire On Ice Appears To Be The Work of a Crossdressing Dive Fan” contest on Monday

That thrilling competition will last through September 14th when training camp opens in Traverse City.  Once the votes are tallied and all 9 A2Y readers have been heard from in choosing the new logo, we’ll present the winner with a gift certificate from Ice Jerseys.  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your artistry.

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WDFN Tuning Out Leukemia and Lymphoma

WDFN has been very good to all of us this year as they gave us exclusive first rights to their weekly interviews with Chris Chelios.  Here’s your chance to return the favor and help out a great cause.  Listen in the next two days as they conduct their 9th annual Radiothon to stop Leukemia and Lymphoma.  Click here to find out more, listen or—even better—donate.

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Effective Message Management

Sergei Fedorov isn’t speaking to the Russian media.  How do I know that?  Because in an interview with the Russian media he told them he’s no longer speaking to them.  Got it? 

“37 year old center of the Columbus Blue Jackets Sergei Fedorov, who according to rumors was going to get his contract bought out by his club to be then traded to the Detroit Red Wings declined to comment the situation. 

—I just flew in to LA from Detroit, Fedorov yesterday told Igor Larin of Sport-Express.  In California I am planning to undergo the treatment for elbow and groin injuries.  Regarding possibilities of any moves to another club, I will not discuss this subject.  Besides, in the middle of the last season before the start of the World Championship in Moscow I decided not to talk to Russian reporters.”

Good point Sergei.

I don’t have the link, but will post it for all the Russian linguists out there as soon as I get it.

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Grigorenko On Second Line With Datsyuk?

That appears to be what an optimistic organ-I-zation would like to see this fall.  Jim Nill spoke with nhl.com’s John McGourty about Grigorenko and a few other prospects.

“We think he’ll be a really good second-line guy that might suit Datsyuk. He has the potential to be a star, but it’s one day at a time to start. For instance, if we want him to go to the minors to catch up with the speed, how does he accept that? It won’t do him any good to struggle up here and not play much. A lot of Europeans don’t respect the AHL, but four weeks in the minors might be the best way to get up to NHL speed.”

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“Garcia had long hair and makeup and was wearing an Avalanche jersey…”

My only concern is that it’s early in the morning and I may not be prepared to give this story the treatment it deserves.  I’m going to try, but I have to tell you that I’m a little nervous right now.  Tooling around the Wing blogs and I just be-bopped over to Behind the Jersey.  What do I find?  A frigging goldmine.  Gather the kids.  Warm the milk.  Find that John Denver cd you keep handy for special occasions and pop it in.  Because we have, that’s right, fun for the whole family.

It seems that I was born to write these two sentences:  a cross-dressing male prostitute was arrested yesterday in Denver.  According to various reports uncovered by Deadspin, Police described Darren Garcia as being 27, having long hair, significant amounts of makeup and wearing…

...a Colorado Avalanche jersey.

Thank you god.

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Fischler: For Devils, Losing Rafalski Was Addition By Subtraction

At least one New York-based writer is thinking Ken Holland overpaid for Brian Rafalski.

I know one Devils season ticket holder who told me straight out that she wouldn’t be back next season if Rafalski was still wearing a New Jersey uniform. I know another regular at Devils’ games who liked to kid that Brian had a day job as a baker; “He specialized in turnovers.” Personally I was a Rafalski fan but only at a reasonable price. Rachunek is 27 and is getting paid $1.4 million. Rafalski is going to be 34 in September; he’s getting $6 million a year. Who’s nuts? Not Lou.

More from Stan Fischler.

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It’s July. YOU Find Some Hockey News.

The subject of this post should give you an idea of the hard-hitting, late-breaking items I have in store for you.  A hint?  Sure.  Groupies, potheads and Peklund.

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Day 3: Ramping It Up

The Emperor has chimed in.  Kuklas Inc. will provide a 25 dollar gift certificate to IceJerseys.com for the winner of the “Replace the Fire On Ice Graphic and Slogan Because It Sucks” contest.  First two days have been eventful.  HockeyinHD submitted his child-like brilliance on Monday, then whined like a scorned child yesterday when Matt Schwartz forwarded his smoldering wallet of excellence.

This contest will be ongoing until training camp opens in September.  Then we’ll re-post all your submissions and leave it up to you to vote on the winner, because democracy is important to us.  Remember, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) along with a slogan if it’s not obvious on the graphic

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