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Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Gustav Nyquist and goaltender Petr Mrazek to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet and goaltender Jared Coreau from the Griffins. Additionally, the team placed center Darren Helm and right wing Patrick Eaves on long-term injured reserve and put goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and right wing Jordin Tootoo on seven-day injured reserve.
The Red Wings’ roster currently stands at 23 players, as the team heads into their regular season home opener this Wednesday, Oct. 2, against the Buffalo Sabres (NBCSN/97.1 The Ticket).
I wasn't quite sure what to do with this one, so I left the press release in the practice post, but Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea, via RedWingsFeed, offers some context as to what significant moves by Ilitch Holdings today mean for the Wings' future:
Detroit-based Ilitch Holdings Inc. said today it has hired Steve Marquardt away from Detroit's Compuware Corp. as its vice president of Olympia Development of Michigan LLC, the real estate arm of Mike and Marian Ilitch's business empire. The biggest item on Marquardt's plate will be the $650 million effort to build a new arena for the Red Wings in downtown Detroit.
The company also has a new corporate spokesman, but he's a name familiar to many: John Hahn, the longtime senior director of communications for the Ilitch-owned Detroit Red Wings, has been promoted to vice president of corporate communications for Ilitch Holdings, the company said in a statement today.
This isn't necessarily Red Wings-related. However, you need to know two things:
1. The national federations whose hockey teams are taking part in the 2014 Olympics have to submit 60-man roster candiate lists to the International Olympic Committee on October 1st;
2. And, per Michigan Hockey:
RedWingsFeed noted that CBC host Ron MacLean penned a start-of-the-season, well, ramble, and MacLean is curious as to what the man who told the gold medal-winning 2010 Olympic team to "Leave No Doubt" will have in store for the Canadian Olympians heading to Sochi in February. MacLean notes that Babcock and advertising executive and friend Rick Larsen came up with the "Credo for living your dreams," and as such...
Obviously, the theme will come out on Mike's terms, after his team has shared the story behind it, and the hopes contained within. But I can share some insight into how the new slogan was created.
Babcock and Rick Larsen decided to think about Russia and what it would be like this time. One of Mike's biggest concerns is the down time. In Vancouver, family was all around. They're usually the ones who make ya look good. But in the event you wanted your space, well, Vancouver was perfect. Nice place to go for a stroll, full of familiar languages, foods and even great weather.
I stuck this in the practice post, but it merits its own entry: The CBC Windsor noted that the Red Wings are aggressively marketing themselves to fans in Southwestern Ontario, and while this isn't "new news," it may raise the dander of Leaf fans:
The Wings vice president of marketing, Robert Mattina, said 10 per cent of the team’s season ticket base is Canadian.
“It has increased over the last four or five years. We made a concerted effort to develop more marketing and promotion through the Canadian triangle,” he said. “We made a concentrated effort to expand.”
Red Wings Monday practice news: Red Wings demote Nyquist, send Mrazek to GR, Emmerton clears waivers
Updated 23x at 4:32 PM: And now we wait for the Red Wings' medical evaluations during/after today's practice to determine the team's remaining cap-and-23-man-roster-compliant moves...
This is not super news:
As we wait for the Red Wings to make their roster decisions...
MLive's Brendan Savage penned a fantastic profile of Wings goalie Jimmy Howard...
"If there's one thing I've always been told by my parents," said Howard, a 29-year-old native of Syracuse, N.Y., "it's that you don't rest on your laurels. It doesn't matter what you did in the past, you got to continue to go out there and prove yourself, work hard and play hard. I don't expect much to change here other than go out and get better.''
So Howard, who has been a workhorse since replacing Chris Osgood as Detroit's No. 1 netminder in 2009-10, spends every day trying to help the Red Wings win their fifth Stanley Cup since 1997.
The Red Wings and their fans are in something of a holding pattern today.
With "the kids" sent to Grand Rapids, Cory Emmerton and his $533K salary destined for either the AHL or another team via waivers, and Darren Helm and his $2.125 million salary on the LTIR, the Wings would be able to both clear a Capgeek-estimated minus-Emmerton $1.854 million cap overage and afford whatever pro-rated amount Petr Mrazek's $790K cap hit will cost as Jonas Gustavsson's injury replacement.
With 24 men on the roster, however, today's medical evaluations of Patrick Eaves (sprained MCL, sprained ankle and a $1.2 million salary), the aforementioned Gustavsson (groin injury, $1.5 million salary) and Jordin Tootoo (bruised shoulder, $1.9 million cap hit and 2 years remaining on his deal) will determine whether:
Updated at 6 PM: While I was trying to get some sleep, the Red Wings got busy starting to clear roster space, placing Cory Emmerton on waivers and Darren Helm on the LTIR, demoting a gaggle of players to Grand Rapids (my gut feeling remains that Nathan Paetsch will be signed to a 2-way deal once the Wings back off the 50-man roster limit) and pondering other moves to knock the roster down from 25 to 23 players--assuming that Emmerton and his $533K salary is either picked up or heads to Grand Rapids, and assuming that adding Helm's $2.125 million cap hit to the LTIR will allow the Wings to clear $2.658 millinon off their cap figure (and Capgeek estimates that the Wings are over the $64.3 million cap by $2.387 million).
The Free Press's Helene St. James asked Ken Holland why the Wings chose to waive Emmerton, not sure whether the Wings will place Jonas Gustavsson and his $1.5 million salary on the LTIR given his groin issues, or whether the Wings will place Patrick Eaves and his $1.2 million salary on the LTIR due to his sprained MCL and sprained ankle...
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today assigned forwards Mitch Callahan, Luke Glendening, Calle Jarnkrok, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen and Riley Sheahan; defensemen Adam Almquist, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul; and goaltender Jared Coreau to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the team released forward Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Nathan Paetsch from their professional tryouts and placed forwards Willie Coetzee and Landon Ferraro and defenseman Nick Jensen on injured reserve.
The Red Wings’ roster currently stands at 27 players, as the team heads into their regular season home opener on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. against the Buffalo Sabres.
Players on injured reserve do not count towards Detroit’s active roster
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