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from John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit’s planned arena district development took a step closer to reality today as the Ilitch Holdings team began briefing Detroit-based contractors on how they can participate in the project.
Working with the City of Detroit, the Ilitch family’s Olympia Development has set a goal of using 30% Detroit-based firms as contractors for the arena district and hiring 51% of construction workers from among Detroit residents.
At today’s conference for contractors at MotorCity Casino, Ilitch Holdings CEO Christopher Ilitch promised an “amazing walkable district” from the project. His team of lead contractors, consultants, and city officials also briefed the 200 or so local contractors on how to become certified to work on the project.
Initial site work and utility relocation is scheduled to begin in December, with excavation of the arena site and erection of steel and concrete to begin by next summer. The arena itself is expected to be finished by summer 2017, along with the initial portions of the residential, retail, and commercial district that rise near it.
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser will ride along with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels aerial demonstration team in an F/A-18 Hornet on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison, Mich.
Updated with Lashoff talk at 6:20 AM: This time of year is--if I may be honest--quite fun, because you never know where the "news" will take you on as we slowly wait for the NHL's preseason prospect tournaments to take shape (ONLY TWO WEEKS AAAAAAAAAAAAAA, oh, sorry, anxiety talking). On
This morning (unless you're in Bratislava, Slovakia, where you can go visit Tomas Tatar and get his autograph), the Free Press's David Gallagher has a little bit more about the Crain's Detroit Business-reported (by Bill Shea) "contractors summit" taking place at the MotorCity Casino, where Ilitch Holdings is going to outline its construction plans and discuss the "District Detroit" in further detail...
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said today that he’s still trying to work out a deal with restricted free agent Danny DeKeyser and said that a final decision on whether forward Daniel Alfredsson will play next season probably won’t be made until just before Sept. 18, when players report for camp.
Some Red Wings have begun skating at Joe Louis Arena and other locations in the area. Holland said most of the players will be back in town and skating again Tuesday.
Holland said Alfredsson wants to play next season but has to decide whether he can contribute again.
“I haven’t talked to him in about a month,” Holland said. “He’s training hard. He’s training to play. He does want to play. When I last talked to him, he said he felt good — he wanted to feel great. He would love to play another year. He wants to play for us. He only wants to play if he feels he can contribute. The best test for him is to skate a couple weeks prior to training camp.
“I’ll talk to him next week. We’ll wait 10-12 days. Do we sign him to a contract? Does he just want to come to camp? I’m lobbing everything out there.”
As such, The Fan 590's Joey Vendetta spoke with Polsky, the film's director and creative masterimind, as well as the "main character" in the documentary, Slava Fetisov (with Senator Fetisov speaking from Moscow instead of Vladivostok)...
Updated 3x at 6:43 PM:
From the Red Wings:
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose actually Tweeted these quips yesterday...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday released their schedule for the 2014-15 season. It will mark their 19th campaign overall, 14th as members of the American Hockey League and 13th as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
The Griffins will begin their 76-game slate at home on Friday, Oct. 10 when the Lake Erie Monsters pay a 7 p.m. visit to Van Andel Arena. Coupled with the regular season finale at home on April 18, this will mark the first season since 2005-06 that Grand Rapids both opens and closes its regular season schedule on home ice.
Highlights of the 2014-15 schedule include::
Updated 4x at 6:25 PM:
So today is NBC's Pro Hockey Talk's "Red Wings day," and the lovely gents have tended to post 5 to 8 articles on each team over the course of their August survey of the NHL's 30 teams, with the first "hitting the wires" around 8 AM, and the last one, involving this little vote, hitting at 11 PM:
This blogger has some away-from-the-home-office responsibilities today, so Paul and I will be posting the gents' articles in this entry as they "hit the wires" (more or less). I strongly encourage you to give 'em a click as I've thoroughly enjoyed their work thus far.
from Ryan Dadoun,
The larger issue at this point is if the Red Wings will be able to lure talent to help compliment their rising young players and have at least one more serious playoff run with 33-year-old Zetterberg and 36-year-old Datsyuk before they’re slowed down by age.
Detroit used to be a choice destination for free agents, but that hasn’t been the case in recent years and this summer was no exception. Detroit wasn’t able to sign a single noteworthy defenseman and instead brought back Kyle Quincey at a cost of $8.5 million over two years.
With the Red Wings largely unchanged from 2013-14, they will enter the season as contenders for a playoff spot once again, but some serious question marks remain.
added 10:06am, from Ryan Dadoun,
Red Wings players are slowly but surely filtering back into town, and within a day or two, they'll be spotted skating informally in Troy as well as closer to the Joe, but for the present moment, Tomas Tatar's autograph-signing in Bratslava this Thursday's the closest thing we'll get to a "media availability" until the post-Labor Day practices begin.
Until Pro Hockey Talk's "Red Wings Day" begins, quite frankly, its a "slow morning." We won't have many more of 'em.
The Wings posited an author-less article which focuses upon Teemu Pulkkinen's successful North American pro debut:
Update: Times edited!
In case you're getting itchy to watch some hockey, from the Plymouth Whalers:
It's an optimistic time of year as all Ontario Hockey League teams start training camp this week in preparation for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
The Plymouth Whalers skate in scrimmages on Wednesday from 9-11 am and 2-4 pm and Thursday from 9-11 am. The scrimmages are free and open to the public.
34 players are scheduled to participate in the scrimmages, including new players Sonny Milano, Mathew Campagna, Will Bitten (first round pick, 2014) and Nicholas Caamano (second round pick, 2014). Plymouth has seven National Hockey League drafts in camp, including Milano (Columbus), Alex Nedeljkovic and Josh Wesley (Carolina), Connor Chatham (New Jersey), Alex Peters (Dallas), Matt Mistele (Los Angeles) and Victor Crus Rydberg (New York islanders).
Rosters will be provided at the scrimmages.
After practicing on Friday, the Whalers start the preseason on Saturday at 2 pm at Compuware Arena against the Windsor Spitfires. The game is called “Play it Forward for Bieniewicz”, with 100 percent of the proceeds in the game benefit the John Bieniewicz Foundation and C.O.P.S. MI (Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors) Chapter.
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