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Toronto Media - You Missed Scotty

from the Detroit Free Press,

Will the rumors ever stop about you leaving the Wings to run the Maple Leafs?

(Bowman) They’ve been finished. I went to Toronto (last Friday), and nobody bothered me. I’ve been with the Wings for 14 years. I basically was not interested in leaving. I like the people I work with. No reason I’d want to change.

more from Bowman, including his team “favorites” for the season…

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Wings Have All The Answers

Abel to Yzerman pointed out the Q & A interview the Wings braintrust did with the Detroit News.  Here is another expert…

Ilitch: Oh, I do. I’ll speak up. I think we’ve got a good team, we got a good shot at the Cup. Last year we should’ve won the Cup. We were 2-2—and I’m gonna talk like a typical fan now—it was 2-2, and a minute and a half to go, and they called the cheapest penalty I’ve ever seen.

Devellano: Yeah, (expletive).

Bowman: Two-man system.

Ilitch: Now, and here’s the big tears coming out, but prior to that, Kenny brought it to the league’s attention, there was a flagrant penalty on Anaheim, right in front of the referee, and they didn’t call it. Then they turned around and called that (interference) penalty (on Datsyuk). We had that game won, and we’d have been up 3-2 in the series.

That same referee in 1994, when we were down 3-2 going into Toronto, we score four power-play goals, we come back to Detroit 3-3, and the referee did not call one penalty—not one—during the game or overtime. So you figure that one out. We lost, and that’s the same guy that made that call in this arena with a minute and a half to go.

much more

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Filppula Gets A Shot At Center

from the Windsor Star,

Can the Finn finish?

“I don’t think too much (about the increased expectations),” said Filppula, who had 10 goals and seven assists in limited playing time last season. “I think the biggest expectations are coming from myself.

“For me, what I’m expecting, is to continue what was going on at the end of last season. Getting more ice time and getting better and better. I think I improved my game as the season went on.  “I haven’t really thought about the number of points I should be producing.”

A year ago, Filppula wasn’t even on the Red Wings’ opening night roster.

read on

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Line Of The Day

from Red Wings Corner- Babcock on Igor Grigorenko

Grigs not being able to speak English ... “That’s one of the biggest problems. When you’re trying to communicate to him that you’re trying to help him, he just thinks he’s getting demoted. It’s to our benefit when you’ve got a player who could be a real good NHL player, you’ve got to find him. … Now try to explain that to him. You’ve got his agent translating, but any time they’re translating, they’re translating, not you. I’m always a little leery of that.”
“He’s going to play hockey in Grand Rapids. Everyone knows what skate is. Everyone knows what work is. Everyone knows how to ride the bike. It doesn’t matter what language.”

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What’s The Problem In Detroit

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Hockeytown needs to get its groove back.

The organization has aggressively tried to market its once-popular product, dropping some ticket prices as low as $9 and plastering images and messages on billboards.

A week before the opener against the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena, a block of 15 seats was available - at $44 apiece - in a corner of the upper bowl.

“The No. 1 thing that has hurt us from a fan’s standpoint is the Michigan economy,’’ general manager Ken Holland said in an interview with The Associated Press.

read on

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Here’s A First

from the Detroit Red Wings,

The Red Wings will host an open practice on Saturday, September 29 at Joe Louis Arena.

This unique inside look at a Red Wings’ game day practice is free to the public and includes Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom and Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland addressing the crowd following the skate.

continued... open and free are the key words…

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Nicklas Lidstrom Press Conference

Today, Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings was made available to media by teleconference, to answer questions.  The transcript will be made available later on this post, but for now we have put the audio of the conference online. (update 3:30pm ET - transcript now available below audio player).

You can listen to it on the player below (or download it here if you prefer).

One thing worth mentioning—Lids answers a question in Swedish from about minutes 3 to 5, so you might want to skip that part if you’re not up on your Swedish. smile

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Rafalski Enjoying Offensive Freedom

from the Windsor Star,

Though he hasn’t been the point producer Schneider has been in his career, Rafalski has been a steady 50-point man on a New Jersey team that wasn’t noted as an offensive juggernaut.

“It’s a big difference,” Rafalski said. “You have more freedom to jump up, join the plays. I like it.

“It’s like going back to how I played in Europe. It’s going to take me a while to get back in that mode.”

more on the Wings…

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Pick It Up Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings- Time to get your website up-to-date.

Searching for information on last night’s Wings/Bolts game, I was kind of shocked to see the lead story at the Wings website was, “Chelios bags overtime winner vs Pens”.  An AP story from 4 days ago.

Thanks to the Tampa Bay site, I was able to get a complete rundown of the game last night.

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Detroit Red Wings 2007-2008 Season Preview

by George James Malik

It’s that time of year again—time to prognosticate and make grandiose claims about a team’s potential successes or failures based upon a few exhibition games, last season’s performance, and a “gut feeling” or five.  Woo, yeah, party!

Seriously, Dave over at Gorillacrouch.com has kindly invited various bloggers from the Central Division to do team previews of the clubs they cover, and Bill (Mr. Abel to Yzerman), Christy Hammond (Behind the Jersey), John and Steve (Gloveside.net), Matt Saler, (On the Wings), and Dave himself have chosen this particular Monday to bombard you with all the Wings preview-y goodness that you can take.

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