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Great column from Larry Wigge at NHL.com. Lots of time spent researching Valteri Filppula’s background, the reason he’s become so polished so quickly and plenty of reaction from the organ-I-zation. In short, a story that should have been written by a Detroit columnist long ago.
Filppula just might be another of those prized all-world draft choices the Wings seem to find regularly.
The 23-year-old Vantaa, Finland native, who was picked in the third round (95th overall) in the 2002 Entry Draft, had 10 goals in 73 games with the Red Wings last season. He started slowly this season, with no goals in his first 10 games. But ...
“You’ve got to remember, he was supposed to spend all of last season in the American League ... he wasn’t supposed to get his feet wet at this level until this season,” Babcock continued. “Now, I just think the sky’s the limit to his potential.”
Thanks to Tony at Skate2Stick for the pointer.
I’m in a bit of a rut. I can’t finish this damn post. I’ve started it three times now and it’s turned into a term paper at 2300 on a Sunday night. I have opinions I believe you and your families need to read, but for the frigging sake of sweet baby Jesus I can’t get my fingers to type them. Topics we need to close the loop on: the remaining holiday wishes for the best team in hockey, my final observations on the sports radio situation and perhaps a closing thought on A2Y’s two-year anniversary.
Update: 1025 EST. Two hours of Sports Radio on WDFN devoted to nothing but the Lions, with the exception of fifteen exciting minutes on fantasy basketball. Wing references only at the top of the hour and bottom with ten second references to last night’s win in Denver. Moving on to WXYT.
Over the summer we live-blogged our phone call to Verizon Fios. Thousands of you responded that it was the most creative example of hockey blogging in hockey blogging history. Since then we’ve taken the whole idea of live-blogging to new and genius levels. We’ve live-blogged airplane delays, annual physicals, tee-ball games and fishing derbies…as well as 19 of the last 20 Wing games.
But today we tackle an issue. I’ve got WDFN tuned in and it’s STREAMING LIVE!! The morning following another spanking of another yester-rival, we’ll see just how badly your Wings are ignored.
As the family and I were shopping for those hard-to-find post Christmas bargains this afternoon, my wife remarked that she’d forgotten to send Christmas cards to the 19 of you who read this blog on a semi-regular basis.
Too late to send, I know and I apologize. But never too late to post, especially when it coincides with the first Dive game of the year. This will serve as this evening’s live blog as well.
Big night in Denver. We’ll get to that this afternoon, give it the attention it deserves. First, Manny and the bitter Blues…man, do they hate them some Wings.
36 games down, 55 points in the books, a 16 point divisional lead, comfortable leads in-conference and atop the league. What do you get the team that has everything? Oh, I’m sorry. Was that smug? Arrogant?
If you’re smelling what Khan(!)‘s cooking, add about five big trophies in there and selecting gifts for the league’s best team is even tougher.
But we’ll give it a shot. I’d intended to post this yesterday, but the dirty looks kinda…well, you know. So, here we have holiday wishes for all the Wings. Actually, it’s wishes for half the Wings. We’ll do the remainder tomorrow morning some time.
Word is out from a variety of sources on a few topics of importance to you and your family.
First, as many of you have already discussed in comments below: Zetterberg, Holmstrom and Maltby all stayed home.
...got ahold of Wings general manager Ken Holland and he said forwards Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom and Kirk Maltby are not on this road trip.
Zetterberg saw a back specialist who told him his injury isn’t significant, just inflammation, and prescribed rest. The Wings are hoping he can get back on the ice Monday, after they return from this three-game trip, but are calling his status day-to-day. He missed the last 19 games of the regular season a year ago with a similar injury.
“Each day it gets better,’‘’ Holland said.
Holmstrom had further tests on the bone bruise in his right knee and will be out a minimum of two more weeks.
“He has a very deep knee bruise,’’ Holland said.
Whoa. This one came out of nowhere, as Holland’s moves typically do. Nick Lidstrom has extended for two more years.
The Wings just announced they have signed defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to a two-year extension that runs through 2009-10. Lidstrom was in the final year of his contract, earning $7.6 million.
“Nick has been the best defenseman in the world for several years”, Holland said in a statement. “He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice. We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.”
No indication as to whether the money is for more than the 7.6 he’s currently making…
More from TSN. No word on salary.
Updated 1255 EST: More from the Freep’s George Sipple,
Quick update from Red Wings practice in St. Louis.
Mark Hartigan has been recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL) for tonight’s game against the Blues.
Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms), Tomas Holmstrom (knee) and Kirk Maltby (knee) are not going to be in the lineup tonight for the Wings.
Mark Hartigan’s been recalled on an “emergency basis.” No word yet as to who isn’t ready (Zetterberg or Holmstrom). Diggers aren’t on this one yet, but will be soon…I’m assuming.
Good point from Nathan below: If Hartigan’s been recalled, it could very well mean neither player is ready.
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