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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.

continued

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Lidstrom In The Driver’s Seat

via Paddock Talk,

Detroit Red Wings team captain and multiple Norris Trophy winner (top NHL defenseman) Nicklas Lidstrom will drive a 2007 Corvette Z06 to pace the start of the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, part of this weekend’s Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Lidstrom, one of the Red Wings’ top scorers of all time, will lead the American Le Mans Series field of 27 sports cars to a rolling start and lead a parade lap prior to the IndyCar race on Sunday in what are the first racing events in Detroit since 2001.
“In looking for a pace car driver for this event, we wanted somebody who really represents the city of Detroit,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “Nick Lidstrom, a local hockey hero, fit the bill perfectly, especially with his love of cars. We’re proud to have him behind the wheel of a Corvette Z06, Chevy’s flagship performance car, pacing an event that we’re so gladly welcoming back to the city.”...
“I’m really excited about driving the pace car,” said Lidstrom. “I’ve never done anything like this before so I’m really looking forward to it. I actually haven’t driven the Z06 before but I am a fan of sports cars and I’ve heard a lot of great things about this particular Corvette so I know it will be a lot of fun.”

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Detroit Not As Good As Last Season

from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,

I figure the Red Wings will get to the century mark again this season, but I don’t think they’ll get to 113. So, I guess, that means they won’t be quite as good….
Holland did add veteran fourth-liner Dallas Drake, who had been released by the Blues, and journeyman minor-leaguer Mark Hartigan.
The Wings will again be a formidable club. They have a few promising kids, some emerging young stars and several special veterans. I don’t think they’ll put up as many points as last season, but I’ll be very surprised if they don’t win the Central Division.

more on the Wings…

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Traverse City Prepares For Wings Invasion

from the Niles Daily Star,

Each autumn for the past 10 years, the Detroit Red Wings have been bringing their fall prospects tournament and training camp to the Traverse City’s Centre ICE arena. For that brief time, Traverse City is transformed into “Hockeytown North,” where hundreds of fans from the U.S. and Canada come to watch and meet players from Detroit and seven other major hockey franchises in what may be the sport’s most “up close and personal” events.
“Last year we had people travel here from 38 states and Canada, and we always end up selling out for all the events,” says organizer Pete Correia, who persuaded the Red Wings to bring their fall camp to Traverse City in 1997.

read on

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Morgan Into The Wings

via the Edmonton Sun,

How does Morgan Pressel, a teenage golfer from Florida, become a huge Detroit Red Wings fan?
“My family is from Detroit, so I’m a huge Red Wings fan and have always been,” she said. “I love it. I grew up watching them play. My whole family is into it.”

note: The Canadian Women’s Open is being played in Edmonton this week…

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Babcock’s Blue-Collar Work Ethic

from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,

It was only natural that when he got his own teams that he asked his dad, Mike Sr., for advice on how he might be able to get the same kind of respect and worth ethic from his men.
“He told me; ‘It all comes from your men seeing how hard you work at your job,’ ” Babcock told me early last season, when the Red Wings stumbled badly. “I always say to the guys; ‘I want us to work hard and be able to be proud of that work ethic.’ But if you ask for that, you better show it at practices and in the games.”

read on and some Central Division notes too…

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