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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.”
When attempting to talk Wings, Dwayne needs to be very careful these days. A2Y is bang on!!!
from the blog of Helene St. James at the Detroit Free Press,
I think it’s safe to say Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg won’t play again before the regular season ends.
Mike Babcock said after Tuesday’s game that Zetterberg would not play Thursday at Chicago, leaving only Saturday’s game against Chicago remaining before the regular season ends.
Christy at Behind the Jersey has been keeping track of ticket movement today and tickets were just a topic on one of Detroit’s sports radio stations.
An unusual amount of playoff tickets remain, and as mentioned on the radio, you could buy a block of 12 tickets all together.
I noticed standing room only tickets are going for $68 for the first round.
The economy situation right now is not very good in Detroit and it appears some of the season ticket holders have turned their seats in for the playoffs.
To top it off, the Red Wing organization has done squat to promote the game and does nothing to make it more fan friendly.
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