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Red Wings prospect news: Griffins drop home opener; Helm skates again; Janmark speaks out

The Grand Rapids Griffins had the kind of night you'd expect from any championship-winning team raising a banner during their home opener--a night of mixed results.

The Griffins sent their banner to the rafters of Van Andel Arena, Triston Grant dropped the gloves 1:48 into the game, and the team took 1-0 and 2-1 leads over the Milwaukee Admirals...But they were out-scored 2-0 in the second period, and the emotionally-spent team couldn't manage to rally, eventually dropping a 3-2 decision to Milwaukee.

The banner-raising part? Well, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner and WOOD TV8 (embedded in a story about the Griffins' very healthy bottom line) posted clips of the banner-raising, and it was pretty dang cool...

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Avs’ Cody McLeod will attend hearing with NHL’s Department of Player Safety…On Tuesday…

Baffling news, per NHL.com:

Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Tuesday at the League's New York offices after a boarding incident during Thursday's game against the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center.

McLeod was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games.

At 2:13 of the first period, McLeod was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Detroit's Niklas Kronwall.

Kronwall remained down and was taken from the ice on a stretcher. He did not return. After the game, the Red Wings announced Kronwall sustained a concussion and cuts to his right ear.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

Update: The Denver Post's Adrian Dater reports that McLeod is suspended in the interim:

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Niklas Kronwall status update: Red Wings’ defenseman dealing with ‘mild concussion’

I tried to keep as much of the post-game Niklas Kronwall-Cody McLeod incident stuff in the Red Wings-Avalanche tailings post as possible, but we're getting something of an update, albeit a bit of a sketchy one, on Kronwall's status.

MLive's Brendan Savage reports the following...

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall's status is "day-to-day" after he suffered a mild concussion Thursday night, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said this afternoon.

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan squeezed a little more out of Holland:

"He's not ruled out for Saturday's game yet," said Holland, noting Saturday's game in Phoenix. "I would say (he's) day to day."

Kronwall left the game at 2:13 of the first period on a stretcher, the team later announcing he had a concussion and cuts near his ear. Kronwall was skating back to retrieve a puck when Avalanche forward Cody McLeod checked Kronwall into the boards, Kronwall's head hitting the area between the glass and dasherboards.

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Want to watch the Grand Rapids Griffins raise their championshp banner from afar? It’ll cost $6.99

Updated 2x with a game-day video and "viewing guide" at 3:58 PM: Via RedWingsFeed, if you want to watch the Grand Rapids Griffins' home opener and Calder Cup Championship banner-raising ceremony tonight (against the Milwauke Admirals, at 7 PM), the Griffins report that it will cost you...seven bucks:

The Grand Rapids Griffins’ game versus the Milwaukee Admirals tonight will mark the 18th consecutive home-opening sellout in franchise history, but fans without tickets can still watch all the action, including the pre-game Calder Cup banner-raising ceremony, live as it happens at Van Andel Arena.

AHL Live subscribers will be able to tune in to the Griffins’ opener prior to its scheduled 7 p.m. start in order to watch the 6:55 p.m. banner ceremony in its entirety via their computer, iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Moreover, AHL Live offers fans live streaming of every Griffins game along with access to archived games. Subscription and pricing options for the 2013-14 regular season are as follows:

• Single-Game Package– Watch the Griffins’ home opener or any other games this season for just $6.99 each;
 

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Red Wings-Avalanche tailings: on the McLeod in-person hearing and the Griffins’ home opener

Updated 5x: MLive's Brendan Savage reports that Ken Holland's stating Kronwall "has a mild concussion" and is "day-to-day": As Paul noted, the NHL has given Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod an invitation to visit Brendan Shanahan in New York for a hit on Niklas Kronwall that drew very different reactions from the Red Wings and Avalanche's broadcasters.

Again, NHL.com posted the Wings' feed of the hit...

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In-Person Hearing Offered To Cody McLeod By The NHL

via NHL.com,

Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a boarding incident during Thursday's game against the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center.

McLeod was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games.

At 2:13 of the first period, McLeod was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Detroit's Niklas Kronwall.

Kronwall remained down and was taken from the ice on a stretcher. He did not return. After the game, the Red Wings announced Kronwall sustained a concussion and cuts to his right ear.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

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Red Wings-Avalanche wrap-up and overnight report: on the McLeod-Kronwall hit and the Wings’ win

Blogger's note: This entry is going to piss you off if you're a Red Wings fan.

The Red Wings took a very late flight to Phoenix with a player who insists that he was at fault for getting hit from behind by Cody McLeod in a concussed Niklas Kronwall, and the Red Wings brought Kronwall along having defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-2.

The Red Wings both ensured that the Avalanche wouldn't set a new team record for the most wins to start a season and dodged a bullet in terms of the team's #1 defenseman not sustaining a more severe injury thanks to a reckless hit, and while the team's spirits were quite high about the performance of the "Eurotrain/Two Kids and an Old Goat 2" line, as well as those of Johan Franzen and a liability turned overworked game-saving back-up in Jonas Gustavsson...

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Osgood vs. Roy on FSD via RedWingsFeed

If you wonder why RedWingsFeed is my go-to Twitter source for Red Wings news, here's why: they found Red Wings player-turned-analyst Chris Osgood's interview with Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy in all its 5-and-a-half minute glory a full twelve hours before Fox Sports Detroit was supposed to post it online.

Gord bless those Twitter robots...

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Pavel Datsyuk remains the funniest man in hockey

On Thursday, SI's Allan Muir named Pavel Datsyuk the most exciting player in hockey. I've heard "The Magic Man" called "the player's player" as well, and having spoken with him on several occasions, I can sure as hell tell you that he may be the smartest man in hockey in terms of his overall intelligence.

He's pretty funny, too:

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In Swedish, Niklas Kronwall calls the Cody McLeod hit ‘needless’ but blames himself

From RedWingsFeed...

Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall discussed the hit that sent him off on a stretcher during the Red Wings' 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday evening, speaking with Aftonbladet's Per Bjurman from Denver...and as you might imagine, Kronwall chose not to blame Cody McLeod's reckless play for its concussion-inducing result (and what follows is roughly translated):

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