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[Edit: Quickie update: This entry apparently needs a disclaimer. This entry discusses the business of hockey in Sweden and Russia at length, and it's very much so a "geeky" post.
If you do not wish to read about how Nicklas Lidstrom's going to learn the ropes of running a community-owned developmental and professional sports team, and if you don't want to read about the politics surrounding the KHL, the evening report involves more hockey and less abstract and/or verbose talky. /end edit]
This morning's crop of Red Wings-related news stories involves a pair of foreign-language news, found after the usual perusal of 40-something websites' worth of content (i.e. today's report's a little lean, but it wasn't for a lack of searching).
First: Tomas Tatar took part in a charity inline hockey game a few days ago, dedicating his hat trick to the memory of Pavol Demitra, and the Slovak news agency TASR reported that Tatar engaged in fitness testing with members of the Slovak national team to get some baseline numbers to improve upon during his summertime training sessions.
Today, Tatar spoke with Sport.sk's Ivor Lehot'an, and as Slovak's difficult to translate, I'll give you a summary of what was said:
What you need to know regarding the GM's meetings and other stuff if you are a Red Wings fan, given that Paul's already reported that the NHL's GM's won't increase video review and are iffy about a coach's challenge, and I posted something of a Twitter summary of the GM's meetings and the Competition Committee rule change tweaks that will be approved by the Board of Governors just before the draft (the idiot GM's want to review embellishment via video, even if a dive isn't called on the ice, but goals that go in the net? No expansion! No surrender!):
Item the first, here comes the schedule (and the Hockey Hall of Fame's selection committee will announce its inductees the next day):
Item the second, it appears that BOTH Tom Renney and Bill Peters are still in the running for the Florida Panthers' coaching job, and the Florida Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Filakov reports that the Panthers' decision will be announced on Monday:
This is intriguing but not necessarily earth-shattering news from Aftonbladet's Fredrik Falk, former Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who's been working as an assistant coach on his youngest son's 12-year-olds' team, has been named an "adjunct" to Vasteras IK hockey's board of directors.
Hockey organizations work very differently in Europe--a city's hockey team basically takes kids in from "tyke" level and develops them all the way up to the professional level, all under the same umbrella organization--so Lidstrom's going to be learning about everything from the youth programs to the organization's professional team, which plays in the Swedish Allsvenskan (one step below the SHL):
What follows from Aftonbladet's Falk is roughly translated:
Nicklas Lidstrom gets a new role with Vasteras IK
"Lidas" involved with the team: Legend Nicklas Lidstrom, 44, is taking on a new role with Vasteras Hockey. The former star defenseman will become an adjunct to the team's board of directors.
The announcement was met with applause at the end of the meeting, according to vlt.se
Updated 4x at 3:44 PM: Amongst this afternoon's brief slate of Red Wings-related news stories:
First, regarding the overnight report, I was playing "devil's advocate" for a reason. I was attempting to both prepare you for the onslaught of wacky and generally bogus rumors that are about to hit the wires between now and July 1st, and I was also trying to let you know that I am as human as you are when it comes to trade and free agent rumors. I try to remain realistic because:
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser has been named the 2013-14 Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. DeKeyser, 24, skated in 65 games for Detroit during the 2013-14 season, registering 23 points (4-19-23), a plus-10 rating and 30 penalty minutes, while averaging 21:38 of ice time, second on the team to only Niklas Kronwall.
The Macomb, Mich., native signed with the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent on March 30, 2013, and went on to appear in 11 regular-season and two postseason games with the Red Wings in 2012-13. This season, he ranked among the NHL’s top rookie blueliners in points (8th), plus-minus (T4th) and ice time (2nd). He also placed third among all rookies, and second on Detroit overall, with 116 blocked shots.
If I may be blunt, this time of year is less than fun for a "play-it-straight" blogger and/or a "play-it-straight" website.
From today's general managers' meetings on toward the draft on June 27th and 28th in Philadelphia, and then as free agency approaches, the free agent and trade rumor mills go into uber-overdrive, and I feel like I spend more of my time putting out fires than I do actually covering hockey (and I work pretty dang hard to find news stories at this time of year).
Between absolutely baffling trade scenarios involving the Red Wings, suggestions that the team's restricted free agents-to-be will be poached (you're going to have to trust me when I say that Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser are not the belles of the RFA ball), questions about free agent unsigned prospects due to Sweden-via-New Jersey-via-Ottawa rumors, and of course there are at least a few Wings fans--again, the same Wings fans who were preaching the, "Play all the kids, waive all the vets" line--who now believe that the Wings need to sign multiple free agents at every position, which is a wee bit confusing...
And mostly not bloody likely.
Perhaps due to the fact that I tried to bend rules into pretzels from the start of my sporting career--as a 7-year-old soccer player who was already built like a beer keg, and instructed to "move people" so that my more subtly-skilled teammates could enjoy more room to operate--I've never been a friend of referees. That certainly remained the case when I took up playing hockey as a forward who "moved people" and pissed them off, and it was even the case when my status as an instigating, aggravating forward had my friends breathing sighs of relief when I happily accepted my banishment to the goal crease.
As you already know by now, I'm pretty passionate about the subject of goaltender interference, and I was pretty pissed off by the wishy-washy takes on reviewing goalie interference via video issued by all partipiants at Monday's competition committee meetings.
Thankfully, Kerry Fraser of all people addressed Colin Campbell and Mathieu Schneider's suggestions that one cannot utilize video review to address instances of goaltender interference because there might not be consensus as to whether a call on the ice involved a "good goal," and this excerpt of a longer column by Fraser on TSN is a breath of fresh air:
For the first time in an incredibly long time, my, "Aw, *#$%@& it" instinct kicked in, and that instinct remained strong throughout the night. Hell, the comments made by Colin Campbell and Mathieu Schneider are so...disappointing...That I'm struggling to write this now, because I feel like I'm a crazy voice in the wilderness who won't be heard no matter how hard I try to frame or present my argument.
I believe that each and every instance in which the puck goes into the net must be subject to both video review by the NHL's War Room and overturning of on-ice calls by said war room. That goes for "incidental contact," call-on-the-ice goaltender interference, call-on-the-ice suggestions that players impeded goaltenders' abilities to get into position to make a save, call-on-the-ice instances where the net comes off its pegs, that bizarre Brendan Smith "does a twist-on-a-breakaway-yield-an-automatic-goal" call; you name it, if it isn't reviewable now, I believe that it should be reviewable.
Updated 5x at 1:36 PM: Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related news stories:
1. The Wings duly note that you can determine whether Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist will earn TSN's Play of the Year award...
2. There's little to no consensus regarding "who goes where" in this June's NHl draft, at least after picks 1 to 5, but MLive's Brendan Savage noted that ESPN's Corey Pronman has the Wings taking Sonny Milano in his mock draft, and Savage provides background information regarding Milano. Pronman's mock draft (it's an Insider-only entry) notes that the Wings and Dallas Stars have similar options and similar philosophies:
These players aren't Red Wings property, but they're part of the larger Wings family, so they merit mentioning.
Dean and Jake Chelios's statuses as having a famous father have not equalled an easier road toward professional hockey careers. Neither player was a hair over 6 feet or a puck heavier than 170 pounds (they inherited their dad's wiry physique) during their draft years, so the pair plied their trade at Michigan State University for four seasons, taking part in Wings and Blackhawks development camps.
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