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Updated 4x at 4:00 PM: Prior to tonight's game against the Boston Bruins, Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery, discussing the would-be tiff between himself and Mike Babcock over Xavier Ouellet (Holland suggested that the Windsor Star's Bob Duff's article insisting that Babcock "threw Holland under the bus" was overblown), his take on the Wings' 23-man roster as it stands, the fact that Andrej Nestrasil is playing while Stephen Weiss is not, and well...
I posted a Twitlonger entry (now without ads!) summarizing Holland's interview to the best of my ability:
1. The game-day post has been updated 11 times.
2. I am headed to the game so my Twitter/blog presence will be minimal between 4 PM and 11:30 PM;
3. If you are also headed to tonight's game (Detroit vs. Boston, 7:30 PM EDT on FSD/TVA Sports/NESN/97.1 FM), you may not be aware of the Wings' new handbag policy, as noted by DetroitHockey.net's Clark Rasmussen and @Saraneuie on Twitter (click to embiggen):
And speaking of items brought into Joe Louis Arena...
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
The Grand Rapids Griffins will host their seventh annual “Pups and Pucks” Fall Walk-a-Thon on Monday, Oct. 13 at Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary in Lake Odessa, Mich.
Griffins players, coaches and front office staff will walk rescued dogs for pledges made by fans online at http://www.PupsandPucks.com The f.estivities are set to begin at 5 p.m. and will feature a variety of family-friendly activities before and after the event.
Fans are encouraged, but not required, to register and collect their own pledges in the time leading up to the Walk-a-Thon. Upon registering, fans can easily personalize their fundraising page by uploading photos before emailing it to friends and family.
Slava Fetisov plays a starring role in the Gabe Polsky documentary Red Army, which is receiving incredibly positive reviews ahead of both Oscar season and the film's public release in January of 2015, and today, Fetisov discussed some very...Different...topics with the Daily Beast's Marlow Stern:
There was a lot of national pride on the Red Army team for the Soviet Union.
Patriotism, respect—like there is here. I lived in the U.S. for 13 years. In the ‘90s, [Russians] lost our soul and pride for the country. We’re not patriots anymore. We exchanged our patriotism for the American Dream, and they think that the American Dream is all about money, but I tell people that the American Dream is about being a patriot. The reason why America became a superpower is because they didn’t think “money first,” they thought, “patriotism first.” We had such great pride, but we lost it.
That does seem to be a big part of Putin’s agenda—bringing that sense of pride that existed during the Soviet Union back to Russia.
Yes, that’s what he’s doing right now, and that’s what he gets blamed for constantly. It’s our interests, it’s our country, it’s our business, it’s our history, our people, our future, and our kids.
Fetisov continues, and as he points out that he's a senator from the Primorsky Oblast and Russia's former Minister of Sport, he toes and tows a very patriotic party line.
Updated 11x at 1:55 PM: The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena ahead of tonight's game against the Boston Bruins (7:30 PM on FSD/TVA Sports/NESN/97.1 FM):
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness listed the line combinations...
All of the Wings are on the ice, including Datsyuk, as the morning skate is about to begin.
Nestrasil appears as if he's in the lineup, skating on the same line he has been all week with Helm and Nyquist.
Wayne Gretzky recently told the Canadian Press that he chose to be traded to the Los Angeles Kings over the Red Wings and Rangers, but the Free Press's James Jahnke and George Sipple spoke with Jimmy Devellano about said statement, and they received a different name as a one-time possible Wing:
"I was the general manager at the time, and we were never offered Wayne Gretzky. Never," Devellano said. "Around about 1988, I will tell you we were offered Grant Fuhr for $5 million."
So why didn't that deal happen?
Devellano said when he and owner Mike Ilitch sat down with then-Oilers owner Peter Pocklington, the asking price for the star goalie became $5 million and a bunch of young players.
"We would have paid $5 million for Grant Fuhr," Devellano said. But the Wings weren't willing to give up players as well.
The Detroit Red Wings open their 2014-15 season tonight against the Boston Bruins (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/TVA Sports/NESN/97.1 FM).
The Bruins come into town having defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in their home opener Wednesday, and aside from not having David Krejci's services (Colin Campbell's not on the roster because he failed his physical), the Bruins are healthy; as you know by now, the Red Wings will probably scratch Daniel Cleary and Stephen Weiss and definitely play without Pavel Datsyuk as the team begins a busy October schedule (the Wings host Anaheim on Saturday, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Night; the Wings host Boston a week from Wednesday as well, and play 10 games over the course of 23 October nights)...
And Mike Babcock hopes to stop talking about his contract status, which the media will kindly do so for him and his general manager after Ken Holland makes the radio rounds today.
Two Red Wings prospects took part in games on Wednesday, but Major Junior and European pro leagues are into their second months of play, NCAA Division I hockey is just getting underway, Marek Tvrdon and Jared Coreau joined the Toledo Walleye ahead of a pair of back-to-back preseason tilts for the Wings' ECHL affiliate, and the Grand Rapids Griffins open their 14-15 season with a set of home-and-home games against Lake Erie on Friday (at home) and Saturday, so things are about to get particularly busy in the prospect department.
In Europe, in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin (that's how SKA St. Petersburg is spelling Kadeykin) didn't take part in SKA St. Petersburg's 5-2 win over Medvescak Zagreb, but he scored a goal in SKA's previous game;
And on this side of the Atlantic, in the WHL, Marc McNulty registered an assist in the Prince George Cougars' 6-2 win over Lethbridge.
In the AHL, Griffins' demotions and the Wings' roster cuts have finally given Grand Rapids coach Jeff Blashill a sense of his team's opening-night roster, as he told WZZM 13's Katie L. Mundinger:
Edit/update: Three things became five (at 7:51 PM):
Here are three things of Red Wings, Griffins and Walleye-related note for your first-night-of-the-season enjoyment (and tomorrow night's opponent, the Boston Bruins, are taking on the Philadelphia Flyers on NBCSN presently);
1. At the NHL level, from TSN's Darren Dreger:
2. At the AHL and ECHL levels, from the Grand Rapids Griffins:
Updated w/ a superb article from Bill Roose at 4:17 PM: Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji's penned an article setting up the Red Wings' 2014-15 season through the eyes of the Wings' players, coach and GM...
"We're a group that's going to have to earn our way and earn our confidence," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't think anyone has got us pegged to win the President's Trophy, so we're going to have to grind."
The Wings are like many teams in that they are going to need good health and a little luck to advance deep into the playoffs.
"Probably 4-5 teams in the entire league that are the class of the league," Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "There's probably 20 teams that there's not a lot to choose from. We're in that group of 20."
Discussions about the steps the Wings' sophomores have to take...
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