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Pre-draft Red Wings updates: on Alfredsson, the assistant coaching search and Babcock

Updated 8x at 7:37 PM:

Update: Here's more from the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

Holland confirmed via text message that they’ll wait until August before deciding on whether Alfredsson will return for another season in Detroit or retire.

However, Alfredsson and his family will remain in Detroit next season no matter what the final decision is on his career.

Update #2: Zing:

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Red Wings GM Ken Holland gives a draft-day interview to Detroit Sports 105.1’s Matt Dery

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery about 30 minutes ago, discussing the draft, possible trades and Mike Babcock's contract status (and the stupid-ass "ONOES HE'S GONE" talk will continue due to Holland's suggestion that they'll talk contract turkey later this summer):

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Equipment corner: NHL will mandate ‘minimum safety standards’ for goalie masks, and that’s overdue

Pardon the "equipment corner" note here, but I don't know if you're aware of the fact that NHL goaltenders' masks do not meet HECC or CSA standards for protection (those companies are the "Underwriters' Laboratories of hockey protective equipment") not only because the cat-eye cages aren't "legal" for non-pro-hockey-playing goalies, but also because there are no standards for testing the shells, cages or padding that NHL goaltenders' masks employ.

If a goaltender doesn't like the "ringing in the ears" that Kevlar and Carbon Fiber-based masks yield when they're hit in the temples, they can ask their mask-makers to use fiberglas, which is superb at dampening vibrations but isn't as protective as the other products; NHL goalies have no requirements whatsoever as to how thick their padding must be, what kind of materials they need to use to protect themselves (many goalies are still using masks that use shaved-down pink vinyl nitrile foam, and no player helmets utilize that material any more as it's way, way, way less protective than newer foams).

Per The Score's Justin Cuthbert, it sounds like the NHL's goaltending police will finally demand their goaltenders to protect their heads, starting next season:

That means the masks will be tested to resist impacts, and this is incredibly important not only in terms of protecting goaltenders from shots, but also in terms of demanding that mask-makers make their "lids" more resistant to those player-running-the-goalie impacts that result in concussions.

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Red Wings afternoon news: on Boyle(s), trades, mock draft fun, etc.

Updated 5x at 3:06 PM: officially official:

Well here we go...The Red Wings will probably select a player with their 15th overall pick tonight as the NHL Draft gets underway in Phildelphia (7 PM EDT on NBCSN and TSN), and tomorrow (starting at 10 AM EDT), the Wings will make six picks in rounds 2-7 (the second day of draft coverage airs on the NHL Network and NHL.com), picking 76th in the 3rd round, 106th in the 4th round, 136th in the 5th round, 166th in the 6th round and 196th and 201st in the 7th round.

I suppose we ought to start this survey of Wings news with "wining and dining talk," via a Tweet from TSN's Darren Dreger...

And the New York Daily News's Pat Leonard offers an intriguing take on another Boyle:

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Red Wings overnight report: preparing for the 1st round, trade talk & a final round of mock drafts

Updated 2x with notes about a Datsyukian robbery and the summer development camp at 4:44 AM: The first post-Jim Nill draft is going to be particularly interesting to me...

But given the amount of trade talk we've been hearing, you and I might end up waiting as long to watch the Red Wings make the 15th overall pick  this evening (or trade down, as RedWingsCentral's suggested; the first round takes place this evening at 7 PM EDT, on NBCSN and TSN; rounds 2-7 take place at 10 AM tomorrow on the NHL Network and streamed online at NHL.com) as we've waited to watch the Wings pick in the mid-20's in previous drafts.

I honestly believe that the first round might take the longest of any first round that's been televised--the first round is usually a three-hour affair, but the reporters in Philly might be nodding off at 11:30 if any of the chatter we've heard comes to fruition, so if you plan on watching, prepare for a hurry-up-and-wait affair.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Red Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright gave several interviews hinting at the Wings' general draft strategy, and this morning, Ken Holland tells the Free Press's Helene St. James that he's

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Preparing for a Dallas-vs-Detroit, Nill-vs-Wright draft dynamic

I miss Jim Nill. The Red Wings miss Jim Nill. Nill was an absolutely fantastic "cheerful cop" to Ken Holland's "keep-them-expectations low-in-a-very-intense-way" cop, and his gregarious, easy-going and ever-optimistic nature lit up a room.

At last summer's development camp and during training camp, it was very evident that Nill's ability to smooth everything over was missed, and it took a long time for Ryan Martin and Kris Draper to get comfortable stepping into the void in terms of both media relations and learning their way as the actual assistant GM (Martin, like Holland, is very intense) and the new "social lubricant" (though Draper is, of course, also intense) and special-assistant-to-the-GM, respectively.

In terms of Nill's status as the Wings' draft guru, the Wings have done their best to replace him by committee, but tonight and tomorrow mark the organization's biggest post-Jim-Nill test, because Nill didn't just leave on his own--he also took director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell and scout Mark Leach with him.

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In which I tweet about Yandle and Myers talk

This is going to be a little adventure and/or an exercise in, "Hey, remember that I'm on Twitter and the stuff I post there is a little more immediate!" (I have a Facebook page, too) This comes from Paul's post about the double dose of TSN's Insider Trading videos:

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When will the Red Wings break ground on the follow-on rink’s construction?

Cue a raised eyebrow. The Metro Times' Ryan Felton reports the following:

Not much is known about the new $450 million Detroit Red Wings arena near downtown, other than it will seat 18,000 fans and be situated in an area bounded by I-75, Cass, Woodward and Temple avenues. Nevertheless, state officials indicated they wanted shovels in the ground for the project earlier this month, Metro Times has learned, but that ceremony fell through for unclear reasons.

An official deeply involved in the project’s negotiations pegged June 2 as a likely groundbreaking date for the facility, according to emails obtained from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) by Metro Times through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Red Wings afternoon news: Khan speaks with Tyler Wright; on Niskanen, Iginla and mock drafts

Updated 3x at 5:04 PM: Red Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright gave nothing less than a fascinating interview to WDFN's Matt Sheppard on Wednesday, and Wright--who's not exactly a big talker--also spoke with MLive's Ansar Khan about the Wings' attempt to find an NHL player (probably a forward) tomorrow...

"We're confident we're going to get a good player at 15," Wright said. "Whether it's a forward or defenseman, we'll take the best player available."

Khan duly notes that the Wings want to grab a center if at all possible after having traded Calle Jarnkrok to Nashville...

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Red Wings overnight report: waiting is the hardest part (and the yell-and-argue-y-est part)

On Friday night, the Red Wings are more likely than not to make some sort of pick in the first round of the draft (though it wouldn't be surprising if they traded down), on Saturday, the team will pick seven more players, and on Tuesday, it's more likely than not that the Red Wings will sign an unrestricted free agent defenseman (one of the players whose agents the team is likely wining and dining presently) to bolster their blueline.

After making an unwise detour into the comments section on Wednesday, however, I was reminded of two axioms:

The first was made by Ken Holland during the Wings' locker room clean-out day, with Holland pointing out that Wings fans, like most sports fans, "Fall in love with everybody who isn't here";

And the second comes from me: when someone asked me what the pulse of the fan base sounds like at this time of year, I said, "Well first there's a lot of anger, and then on July 1st, the great disappointment."

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