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I've been pretty vocal about a) the concept that the civil suit between Steve Moore and a list of defendants which includes Todd Bertuzzi, Marc Crawford, Brian Burke, Orca Bay Sports and the NHL will continue to be delayed until the Red Wings forward retires; b) that I don't believe his early-season play or on-and-off-ice importance to the team indicate that the 38-year-old's retiring anytime soon; and c) that I'm not exactly thrilled with the way that one of the most prominent lawyers in Canadian legal history, one Tim Danson, is handling the case--willingly delaying it to put the whole dang league on trial and to maximize the payout...
So I'm not surprised that the Moore-Bertuzzi lawsuit's "current" trial date was recently changed to September 8th, 2014, with the CBC's Michael Drapack reporting that the trial will take three months before it goes to a jury...
Today, the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons, who's covered the legal wrangling from the outset, spoke with Danson about the news, the delays and the aims of the $38 million lawsuit:
Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on Detroit Sports Radio 105.1 FM's Matt Dery show earlier this afternoon, and they both posted Dery's interview with Ken Holland on their webpage and made the MP3 of the interview available to KK and TMR.
Holland discussed the Wings' struggles to find secondary scoring, their loss to the Senators and the progress of the team thus far, ad he addressed the statuses of Darren Helm, Patrick Eaves and their soon-to-be-made-necessary roster moves, which Holland hopes will allow the team to recall Gustav Nyquist, who's currently sidelined in Grand Rapids due to an undisclosed injury:
Per the Red Wings' community relations department:
RED WINGS FORWARD DREW MILLER TO VISIT CANTON CHARTER ACADEMY ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON
... Wings School Assembly Program Set to Make 115 Visits During 2013-14 Season ...
DETROIT - Red Wings forward Drew Miller will visit Canton Charter Academy in Novi, Mich., on Friday, Oct. 25, as part of the Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The Kroger Company of Michigan. The program will take place from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
Miller and the Red Wings School Assembly Team will introduce more than 750 students to the sport of hockey through a youth street and floor hockey initiative. The Wings will provide equipment and hands-on instruction to familiarize kids with the sport of hockey and to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.
Upated 2x at 2:48 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories, subsequent to the Wings' 6-1 loss to Ottawa, and during what is probably a CBA-mandated "off day"...
The Red Wings won't play again until Saturday, and the Grand Rapids Griffins open a set of 3 games in 3 nights by hosting the Charlotte Checkers on Friday, so Xavier Ouellet's driving back up I-96 today:
RED WINGS SEND OUELLET TO GRIFFINS
… Defenseman has Played One Game with Detroit, Five with Grand Rapids as First-Year Pro …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defenseman Xavier Ouellet to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Ouellet, 20, made his NHL debut with Detroit on Monday, recording one shot, one hit and 17:15 of ice time in a 1-0 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks on Monday. A first-year pro from Bayonne, France, Ouellet has also suited up in five games for the Griffins, registering two assists and a plus-one rating. Last season, he skated in 50 games with the QMJHL’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, recording 41 points and earning a spot on the QMJHL First All-Star Team for the second straight year. He finished his major junior career with 160 points (41-119-160) in 223 games from 2009-13 with Blainville-Boisbriand and the Montreal Juniors.
Scott Burnside of ESPN is in the middle of an online chat, here is one Wings related question...
What do you make of the Red Wings? On paper and vs. some top teams like Boston, we look like a Cup contender. Then other nights like last night vs. Ottawa or Phoenix, we look lost. Whats you take?
Scott Burnside Yes, weird up and down start for the Wings. Injuries continue to dog them and for a team that relies on a kind of blue line by committee it doesn't take much to upset the rhythm there. Not sure Stephen Weiss is completely comfortable yet - I remain skeptical he'll be the kind of point-producer the Wings expect him to be - combined with a completely new conference of teams and different style of play from the west and I think it adds up to uneven results. Lots of time though for Mike Babcock to get this team into a groove.
In case you missed the news at the KK Hockey section, here is some information on HBO's 24/7.
The Detroit Red Wings have a league-mandated "off day" on Thursday, and while Mike Babcock questioned its use, given that the Red Wings have successively dropped games to Phoenix, San Jose (at home, via a shootout) and now a 6-1 decision to the Ottawa Senators, after all the hype and lead-up to Wednesday night's affair...
One could very successfully argue that the Wings rather desperately need to get away from the rink after wrapping up a slate of 8 games played over the course of 14 nights--with 6 played over the course of 10 evenings--and get refreshed given that the winless-in-three and now 6-4-and-1 Wings rather desperately need to take Saturday's game against the Rangers to salvage three out of six points on their home stand, and especially given that the team hits the road for a 4-game Western Canadian swing starting on October 30th.
The Wings got off to a great start against Buffalo and Carolina, they sagged against Boston and Phoenix, rebounded via 4 straight wins, and now the team seems to be back to square one, unable to screen any goalies save the ones they employ and unwilling to play as a team in any or all zones as the Wings have gone back to attempting to pass the puck into the net, from Pavel Datsyuk on down.
The Grand Rapids Griffins have a very busy weekend ahead, and the team posted its weekly press release on Wednesday night:
This Week’s Games
Fri., Oct. 25 Charlotte Checkers at GRIFFINS 7 p.m. WOOD 106.9 FM/1300 AM/ AHLLive.com
Sat., Oct. 26 GRIFFINS at Chicago Wolves 8 p.m. WOOD 106.9 FM/1300 AM/ AHLLive.com
Sun., Oct. 27 GRIFFINS at Iowa Wild 6:05 p.m. WOOD 106.9 FM/1300 AM/ AHLLive.com
Last Week’s Results
Fri., Oct. 18 Milwaukee Admirals 3 at GRIFFINS 2 2-1-1-0, 5 pts. (T2nd, Midwest Division)
Sat., Oct. 19 GRIFFINS 4 at Rockford IceHogs 5 SO 2-1-1-1, 6 pts. (T2nd, Midwest Division)
Three in Three: The Griffins will play the first of this season’s six three-in-threes this weekend, hosting the Charlotte Checkers on Friday at 7 p.m. before paying their first visits of the season to the Chicago Wolves on Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT and the Iowa Wild on Sunday at 6:05 p.m EDT.
Ottawa Senators defeat the Detroit Red Wings 6-1.
This wasn't right.
From my perspective as both a fan and as someone who's going to rack up over 30 hours over two-and-a-half days covering this game, and especially as someone whose favorite non-Wing is now wearing #11...
The Red Wings went from what could have been 7-3-and-1 to 6-4-and-what-the-*#$%@&-was-that? in a hurry. They did so by simply not showing up in front of Jimmy Howard--who, again, surrendered multiple goals that he did not see until they went past him because the Wings can only seemingly screen their own goaltender...
And I'd mentioned this as soon as the Wings-Coyotes game was over, but I guess I have to do it again:
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