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Confirmed: Grigorenko Signs

Khan(!) had this story ready for a few days, it would appear.  Plenty of reaction from Kenny The Boy Wonder. 

The 5-foot-10, 209-pound left wing is no longer the Wings’ top prospect, but he still has an intriguing set of skills. Next season, the Wings will see if he’s ready to play in the NHL. The club has signed Grigorenko to a one-year entry level contract worth $858,800. He’ll be competing for a job in training camp in Traverse City this fall.

“He was a real top prospect for us a number of years ago but unfortunately had that accident,’’ Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s had a couple of years where he’s been able to play and get healthy. We feel it’s time to come over and see where he’s at.’‘

Holland says the timing was right, that Grigorenko’s as healthy as he’s going to get and that the opportunity is his to take advantage of.

What he doesn’t say is this:  We’re going to need another dependable forward when Bobby says goodbye.


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Predicting Stuff In The OC

We start our Mainstream Media Prediction Series with this nifty piece of literature from the Orange County Register.

They might be seeded No. 1 in the West this season, one notch ahead of the Ducks, but that is a result of Detroit playing in a much weaker division and having a softer schedule than the Ducks. For my money, the Ducks are the superior team, especially with the Red Wings having lost defenseman Mathieu Schneider to a broken wrist.

You know, the patsy Central references don’t even bother me anymore.  And I’m sure they’ve never bothered the Wings themselves.

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There Is Only 1 Duck Fan And His Name Is Earl

So I’m tooling around, looking for a few links to give you for the port side WCF section…and I’m having a bit of trouble locating any Duck blogs other than B.O.C.  Earl Sleek, who runs the Anaheim portion of that little ditty, has been around a while so we know what he’s about.  But finding other SoCal assets has proved to be frustrating…thus far.  Earl…suggestions?  I promise not to start my personal attacks on you until tomorrow at the earliest if you can provide us a few recommendations.

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Of All The Days…

Yes, I know I’ve ignored you. Yes, I know you’re angry.  And on the very day I looked so forward to for ten days.  Regular posting will resume later tonite.  Hectic afternoon in the Capital (capitol), what with the Queen visiting yesterday and all that.

No, not you Toby, errr Ian…whatever.

Oh, and I’m disappointed none of you publicly acknowledged my Larionov reference below. I assume you got it?

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Poultry Please

The 2007 Red Wing Redemption Tour rolls on.  2004 heartbreak in Calgary? Avenged.  1994 nightmare against San Jose?  Avenged.  2003 Anaheim shooting gallery vomit fest?  TBD.

More tomorrow.  Tonite?  Lidstrom saves the day again.  Again?  Yes again.  That’s not the first time we’ve seen a dramatic Lidstrom goalmouth (goal line) save is it?

Yep. It’s starting to look a lot like ‘97, eh?

Oh…and anyone doubt for a second that this will be the first time ever that a 1 seed is considered the underdog in three straight series?


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Lebda On Ice Now; Expected Tonite

Ken Daniels just on Leafs Lunch, said the Domer’s skating at this moment and all signs point to a Lebda sighting on the blue line tonite.

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I Ask For So Precious Little

I’m betting none of you (with the exception of George Malik) can tell me from what American icon I stole that title.  Please re-read that last line…I said “icon”, not “idol.”  It’s important that you know that.

But it’s more important to me that my wishes are granted.  And for all that is wholesome and pure, for all that basks in warm sunshine on a May day, for all the happiness of children and the health of puppies…please let this wish be granted.

Please spare me the pain of a Game 7.

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Minutes After Injury, Schneider Sought Out Lebda

Via Bruce MacLeod’s Red Wing Corner,

Before going to the hospital, Schneider saw Lebda in street clothes in the locker room, watching the game. Lebda was close to returning from an ankle injury that kept him out for two weeks. Schneider, 37, pulled Lebda, 25, aside, closed the door and started to talk. Schneider knew that his injury meant the end of his playoffs. Lebda was going to go into the lineup in his place.

It was a moment that touched Lebda. You could see his motivation as he suited up for Sunday’s practice at the HP Pavilion. “Between me and him, we had a heart-to-heart, (telling me) what to do now,” said Lebda. “I don’t want to say passing the torch because this is a huge loss for our team. But he gave me some words of wisdom and it really touched home with me. … Just little things of what to do and what to expect. He knows the way I play.”

However…Lebda isn’t a lock to be in the lineup tomorrow night in San Jose.  John Niyo blogged tonite that Lebda appeared “frustrated” when he was testing his ankle this afternoon at the Tank.



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Digging On A Saturday Night

Oh my.  Things are getting interesting in Hockeytown.  It would appear there is a hockey team in Detroit after all.  How do I know this?  Because, well, Mitch Albom told me so.

“Was that like playing soccer and outguessing the goalie?” someone asked Datsyuk after today’s 4-1 victory in Game 5.

“Maybe like baseball,” he said, grinning. Datsyuk often grins after games like these, as if his skills are a private joke between him and his native tongue. But make no mistake. That goal inflated the Wings as much as it deflated the Sharks.

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Different Goalies…Eerily Similar Results

Different goalies…same result.  Ouch.

Last year’s Game 4 versus Edmonton.  Looks familiar, eh?

Thanks to Paul in Miami and Peterborough Pete for the pointers.

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