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by George Malik on 06/13/12 at 01:05 PM ET
I’m about to embark upon a “three hour tour” of Metro Detroit’s freeways thanks to the fact that the trip between South Lyon and my mother’s doctor’s office in Sterling Heights is 95-mile round trip, so I’m heading out of the office for a couple of hours. Paul will cover anything that’s particularly important, but before I go, here are some mid-day “quickie” stories:
2011-12 stats: 82 games, four goals, 34 assists, 38 points, plus-4 rating, 36 penalty minutes, averaged 23:01 in ice time.
Strengths: There is nothing spectacular about him, but he has a good two-way game. He doesn’t put up huge offensive numbers, but he moves the puck well and can join the rush. He’s sound positionally and a good shot-blocker. He led the Flyers in ice time and plays in all situations.
Weaknesses: He is not physical at all, registering few hits. He led the team in giveaways, but he also has the puck a lot.
Notable: He won the Hobey Baker Award in 2006 as the national’s top college player at Denver and made the NHL All-Rookie team in 2007 with San Jose. He underwent surgery to repair a torn stomach muscle on May 19 but should be fully recovered well before training camp.
Why he would interest the Red Wings: They need a top-pair defenseman. Ryan Suter is their first priority, but if he’s not available, there aren’t a lot of viable alternatives.
How he could fit in with the Red Wings: Carle could play on the top pairing. He would log a lot of minutes, man the point on the power play and kill penalties.
What it might take to get him: Reports out of Philadelphia indicate Carle likely will re-sign with the Flyers on July 1, after the salary cap increase is official. He can’t sign now due to tagging rules, as the Flyers are too close to last season’s cap. It remains to be seen if Carle will take a hometown discount. He might fetch $5 million a season on the open market.
He’s no Suter, but if he tests the free agent waters, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wings go after a Carle, Dennis Wideman or Jay Garrison in tandem, looking to shore up their defense by committee if they can’t land Suter.
Here’s the Sports Forecaster’s profile of the 27-year-old, 6-foot, 205-lb. defenseman:
ASSETS: Skates very well and is usually in good position. Makes a very good first pass out of his own end. Has solid offensive instincts. Can jump up into the play well.
FLAWS: Isn’t as effective in physical contests as he is when the game is more passive. Can occasionally make a critical blunder in the defensive zone when pressured. Lacks consistency.
CAREER POTENTIAL: Mobile big-minute defenseman.
• In the promotional department, part 1: per a press release from “24-7 Press Release”:
The Detroit Red Wings GRIND LINE—Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty are coming back on the ice to deliver a four-day youth hockey school.
Kris Draper has been delivering a hockey school for the past four off-seasons with CORE Sports Fitness, where he is co-owner with Dr. Jeff S. Pierce, Michigan Sports & Spine Center and Jon Finstrom, Detroit Red Wing Alumni Team member.
This year there are a series of 3 GRIND LINE Hockey Camps offered, each tailored to a specific level of hockey player. The first in the 2012 Summer Series is an ALL Girls/Women’s hockey camp for 5 full days beginning on July 16th. On August 6th, an ELITE AAA Camp will be offered. Jon Finstrom, Red Wing Alumni team member, Professional Trainer and Director of CORE will take the lead on the ice. Finstrom and Kris Draper will design the format for all camps. On the ice will also include other Certified Instructors, AAA Coaches and trainers. Finstrom has over 20 years of camp and coaching experience as outlined below.
Returning by popular demand is the ALL SKILLS Camp that will take place for 4 days starting on August 21st. The GRIND LINE is committed to helping enhance your skater’s skills and appearances by Draper, Darren McCarty and Kirk Maltby may take place throughout the camp, however there are no guarantees. During the All Skills camp, you may also see a few surprise guests from the Detroit Red Wings appear on the ice to help or sign a few autographs. Andy Paquette, Owner / Director of PowerTech Hockey Group of Ontario will be back on the ice like last year driving through the drills for all sessions at this camp.
GRIND LINE All Girls/Women’s Camp
• July 16th - 20th
• 2003 - Adult
• 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
• 30 skaters only
• 4 hours on-ice, 1.5 hours off-ice in CORE daily
GRIND LINE Elite AAA Camp
• August 6th - 10th
• 2003 - 1995 (AAA players only)
• 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
• 4 hours on-ice and 1.5 hours off-ice in CORE daily
GRIND LINE ALL Skills Camp
• August 21st - 24th
• Multiple sessions: 2005 - 1998
• 2-3 hours on-ice and 1.5 off-ice in CORE daily
• Morning and afternoon sessions
• $265 & $375
The GRIND LINE Camps started last year; however Draper and Finstrom have been delivering camps for many years. “I started talking to Maltby about it during a round of golf. He wanted to do it, and then we wanted to include Mac as well, sent him a text and he was on board right away,” Draper said. “We talked about how much fun the three of us have had playing for the Red Wings and the friendship we’ve created, and thought it’d be pretty neat to put a hockey school together.”
Each camp will be designed based on the hockey players on the ice at that time. The skaters will have 3-6.5 hours of training per day with our elite group of trainers. Hockey players will receive a t-shirt, jersey and additional sponsored gifts. Off-ice training will be in CORE Sports Fitness Center including the BLADE skating treadmill. “They’re going to do the treadmill, agility work, a lot of foot-speed drills,” Draper said, “that we even do at the NHL level in our off-season training as well.”
Additional details about each camp along with registration and payment can be found online at http://www.coresportsfitness.com For i.nformation or questions not online, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• In the promotional department, part 2, from the Detroit Free Press’s Carlos Monarrez:
Indianwood Golf and Country Club got a little local star power to help kick off final preparations for the upcoming U.S. Senior Open.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz and quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill joined Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader and alumni Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby today to help promote the July 12-15 tournament at the Lake Orion course.
The athletes joined defending champion Olin Browne to mingle with reporters and play the course.
“It’s a great event,” Stafford said. “Shaun and I are both happy to get a chance to play this great, old course. We’ve heard a bunch about it. I’ve been here for three years now and I’ve really wanted to get out and try it.”
The public also will finally get a glimpse of the course for the first time in a while. The USGA expects 20,000 to 25,000 spectators per day for the Senior Open, which will mark the first major tournament Indianwood has hosted since the 1994 U.S. Women’s Open.
• In international hockey news, part 1: Yes, as Pro Hockey Talk’s Mike Halford notes, CSKA Moscow bought Alex Radulov’s signing rights from Salavat Yualev Ufa, but my search of the Russian papers indicated that CSKA refused to say how much money Rosneft paid for those rights. Salavat Yulaev was asking for $7.8 million U.S.;
• In international hockey news, part 2: It should come as little surprise that KHL president Alex Medvedev told the IIHF’s Hockey Summit that he wants to establish a “pan-European” league of 32 KHL teams and 34 non-KHL teams which would compete for the Gargarin Cup and then challenge the Stanley Cup champion to determine the world’s “best team”;
• NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr offered a more modest approach;
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