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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
According to Regehr, Datsyuk can present “a lot of challenges sometimes. He’s an extremely good one-on-one player. He’s probably top-10 in the NHL in that department. If you get caught watching the puck on him, you’re in a lot of trouble.
“There’s also his passing — he’s a very good set-up man. It depends upon who Detroit has playing with him, but if those guys get open, he’s extremely talented and able to find them with good passes, so you’ve got to make sure you’re on him all the time quickly and be very physical on him to try and take away those options.”
All this presupposes that Regehr will be available for the opener. He injured his leg in the first period of last Thursday’s loss to the San Jose Sharks and hasn’t played since.
From the Detroit Free Press,
Every issue that bothered the Wings last season has been addressed. In goal, they went from untested Manny Legace to proven Dominik Hasek. Up front, they added grit and size by trading for Todd Bertuzzi and Kyle Calder. Leadership-wise, Lidstrom took over the captaincy with expected fluidity. "We're a better team than we were last year, even though we don't have as many points," forward Dan Cleary said. "I like our team. I just feel that, top to bottom, we can skate and we're a lot more physical. I think we're more gritty as a team. I believe we're more playoff-ready."More
From the Calgary Sun,
Despite a 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers last night in their regular-season home finale, the Flames had their playoff ticket punched for them. They clinched the spot thanks to the Nashville Predators, who beat the Colorado Avalanche earlier in the night. Still, nobody cared about backing into the playoffs. "We put ourselves in this situation and deserve to be where we are," said centre Matthew Lombardi. "We worked hard all season. "We came out strong, guys had good energy and we were excited in the room. We played well the first half of the game, we'll take that out of it and we'll move on to the next game."Read more
With Anaheim losing in a shootout tonight, the Wings are guaranteed the #1 seed in the West.
The Alchemist Foundry of Kalamazoo, MI have finished working on Lou Cella’s sculpture of Gordie Howe. Visitors to Saturdays tilt agains the Blackhawks will see a treat right inside the Gordie Howe Entrance.
continued... great pics too!!!
Radio station WDFN in Detroit is reporting Pavel Datsyuk has signed an extension with the Wings.
Art Regner, who is now a part-timer with DFN, called in the news.
update 11:27am, Wings holding a 1:00pm press conference.
update 12:44pm, via TSN,
The contract is believed to be a six or seven year agreement that will pay Datsyuk between $6 and 7 million per season.
update 1:31pm, via the AP,
“Everyone in the organization wanted him to stay with us,” said team owner Mike Ilitch.
Ilitch singled out longtime captain and current team executive Steve Yzerman for his insistence that the Red Wings’ management retain Datsyuk.
“We felt it was extremely important to lock this player up for as long as we can,” Yzerman said at an afternoon news conference at Joe Louis Arena.
“This contract was extremely important to me,” Datsyuk said. “Especially since I have been a Red Wing since 2001.”
update 3:38pm, per TSN, $46.9-million, seven-year deal
from Ansar Khan at MLive,
Are the Detroit Red Wings closing in on a contract extension with star forward Pavel Datsyuk?
Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin, believes they are.
“I believe it’s very close,” Greenstin said on Thursday.
Asked about the likelihood of a deal getting done before the playoffs, when Wings general manager Ken Holland stops all contract discussions, Greenstin said, “We’ll see.”
Greenstin declined to provide any other details, saying, “I cannot make comments during negotiations.”
Holland was not prepared to declare a deal is close but said he’s had productive talks and planned to have one more discussion with Greenstin in the next couple of days.
Who told us? Not the Detroit media, not the Wings organization, but Chris Chelios. Listen to him at A2Y.
from Helene St. James at the Detroit Free Press,
Bad news for the Wings: Nicklas Lidstrom tried skating this morning at the United Center, but won’t play tonight because his back is stiff, Mike Babcock said. This is the second time in three games Lidstrom has been out with a sore back.
“I don’t thing it’s a big (deal), but it’s two times, so …,” Babcock said.
Babcock also said Hasek may not play Saturday, though no reason was given. Hasek was supposed to play the last game of the regular season.
Stephan Liv has been recalled and will be the backup in Chicago tonight.
added 3:30pm, from MLive,
Hasek took his teammates to dinner Wednesday night in Chicago as a show of his appreciation. He did not show up at the rink for the morning skate.
from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,
But the Stanley Cup he won in 1997, and the two that followed in 1998 and 2002, certainly didn’t hurt Yzerman’s Hall of Fame-worthy resume.
In fact, those titles most likely turned a quiet star and exceptional leader in Detroit into an international hockey icon. Even Yzerman acknowledges the role those championships play in the perceptions about him.
“If you play well and win, you’re a heck of a leader,” he once said. “You don’t win, you’re an OK leader. If you don’t play well and you don’t win, you’re a lousy leader.”
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