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Could Aaron Downey Make The Wings

fromm Red Wings Corner,

Babcock has been bringing an edge to the Red Wings, wanting to make his team more difficult to play against. That means better defense, tighter checking and more hitting. It’s also difficult to play against a team with an enforcer.

Bringing in a fighter—and one like Downey, who probably won’t cost much more than $500,000—wouldn’t make the Red Wings a tough team, but it would push them slightly towards mediocre on the toughness scale.

Downey’s play in camp has been adequate. On Saturday, he was irritable (challenging Tomas Kopecky after one whistle and Brad Ference after another) and that’s what the Red Wings want.

Downey’s roster competition comes from his training camp linemate, Russian Igor Grigorenko, who won’t fight, but is supposed to be able to put the puck in the net. The problem is Grigorenko hasn’t shown offensive flash in training camp.

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Ilitch Believes Schedule Change Coming

via the Detroit News,

Ilitch also spoke about his ownership of the Red Wings and the team’s sudden attendance challenges. He blamed “scheduling” boredom for fan disinterest and indicated that changes in the NHL schedule will be forthcoming in the 2008-09 season.

“You’re gonna be able to see a lot of teams,” Ilitch said, implying that the division-heavy scheduling of past seasons will give way to greater diversity. “This is history. This will be the last year with this type of structure, I think.”

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The Cheli Workout

from Sports Illustrated,

Forty-five-year-old Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios came to training camp this week as the NHL’s oldest player, but, says his trainer T.R. Goodman, “he has the body of a 30-year-old.” This summer, six days a week, Chelios hit Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach, Calif., where Goodman, a former college hockey player, trains more than 20 NHL players.

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Detroit Is Last Stop For Bowman

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

When asked about a report on the weekend that said the former coach had recently contacted the NHL team about a job — but not the senior consultant position he was offered three months ago — Bowman said he hasn’t talked to the Maple Leafs since June.

Instead, Bowman said he told Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Illitch and general manager Ken Holland in June that he would return for a 15th season with that team.

“I really want to stay with Detroit,” said Bowman, who will turn 74 in a week. “When I went there 14 years ago to coach, I really wanted this to be my last stop.”

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Zetterberg Worth Less Than Datsyuk?

from the Boston Globe,

Since July 2006, Detroit general manager Ken Holland has made the fewest deals in the league: only two, both coming at the 2007 trade deadline. That’s because the Red Wings have been among the shrewdest drafters in the NHL, using low-round picks to nab their three star forwards: Pavel Datsyuk (sixth round, 1998), Henrik Zetterberg (seventh round, 1999), and Tomas Holmstrom (10th round, 1994). One of Holland’s priorities will be to lock up Zetterberg, who has two more years on his current deal, to a long-term extension, most likely at a tick under Datsyuk’s annual pay of $6.7 million.

much more NHL talk on numerous teams…

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Wings Need You

Well Bob Duff of the Windsor Star tells you what I have been saying since the end of last season…

According to an NHL source familiar with the situation, the Wings lost season-ticket renewals in droves and are desperate to put fans in the seats. If you or your friends have longed to purchase Red Wings season tickets, now is the time. Believe it when they tell you good seats are available.

The Wings lack of a sincere marketing effort is catching up to them.  Their attitude of not even acknowledging hockey bloggers exist is catching up with them but Jimmy D. still tells us there is a waiting list of 6000 people for season tickets.  Ha, where is that list now?

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Sopel May Attend Wings Camp

from Red Wings Corner,

General manager Ken Holland said Friday that there will be a couple of veteran defensemen coming to the Red Wings’ main training in Traverse City next week. Holland said that he has tentative agreements, but declined to name with whom until the players’ involvement is secured.
One source in the organization said that Brent Sopel is one of the blue-liners who will come to camp as a free agent. Sopel is 30 years old and split time last season between Los Angeles and Vancouver. The unrestricted free agent has spent parts of nine seasons in the NHL, scoring 10 goals (six on the power play) in 2003-04 for the Canucks.

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It’s Not Manna From Heaven, But It’s A Start

by George James Malik

The Red Wings’ decision to offer “filler seats” on a discounted basis is nothing but great news for a fan base that’s dealing with a less than spectacular Michigan economy, and, combined with the fact that the Red Wings aren’t actually charging full price for their exhibition game tickets, it’s downright progressive.

But before you go dancing in the streets, Wings fans, let’s put this in perspective.  The seats are at $9—presumably for the last-row upper-bowl seats that cost $22, because it’s $50 from the halfway point of the upper bowl down—$22, $44, and $54.  There is a “maximum of two per person” caveat, and there’s no indication as to whether this condition is applied on a game-by-game basis, or whether that’s all you can buy for the entire month.  These seats are going to be released to the public after the halfway point of the calendar month preceeding the games to which they apply, and there is no indication whether there’s a “facilities fee” added on for our convenience.

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$9 Hockey Tickets in Detroit

From the Detroit News,

The Detroit Red Wings will offer a $9 ticket when they begin selling individual-game tickets on Sept. 13.
The $9 tickets will be offered on a month-by-month basis. Only games in October at Joe Louis Arena will be available in the initial sale.
Additionally, these discounted tickets will be sold only at the Joe Louis Arena box office and will be limited to two per person.

continued… (*no mention of whether the seats are located in the arena or in the parking lot…)

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All Eyes On Grigs

from the Detroit News,

More than four years after a near-fatal car crash put his hockey career on hold, Red Wings prospect Igor Grigorenko finally stepped onto the ice for his first informal workout with the team Tuesday at the Troy Sports Center.
More than a dozen of the Wings’ veteran players, including captain Nick Lidstrom and newly-acquired defenseman Brian Rafalski, were on the ice preparing for the start of training camp, which begins next week in Traverse City.
But all eyes were on Grigorenko, the 24-year-old Russian winger who was Detroit’s top pick in the 2001 entry draft. Wings general manager Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill and team vice president Steve Yzerman all were on hand observing Tuesday’s workout.

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