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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.
Updated 2x at 3:43 PM: This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related stories and catch-up stuff (just getting over the damn sinus infection) fall into bullet-point category more than anything else, so:
- The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau revealed the New York Rangers' prospect tournament roster, and we should find out the remaining seven teams' rosters over the the next seven to ten days (given that the prospect tournament begins on Friday, September 12th);
- The Plymouth Whalers are holding an exhibition game in Plymouth, MI on Saturday, and if you're interested in heading to Yost Arena to watch some slightly older players skate on Friday, Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples posted the tentative roster for the University of Michigan's alumni games. The Wolverines will hold a 35-and-up alumni game at 5:30 PM and a 35-and-under game at 6:30 PM;
Lawyers for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are negotiating terms of a confidentiality agreement, a week after Bertuzzi's legal representative said the two sides reached a settlement.
Since lawyer Geoff Adair confirmed a week ago to TSN that a settlement was reached, avoiding a trial that would have been a public relations disaster for the NHL, Moore's lawyer Tim Danson has declined to comment on the case, raising questions about whether Adair spoke too soon.
Those concerns appeared to be justified after Mark Moore, Steve's brother, told TSN that there was no final settlement. Neither side has commented since then.
Adair told TSN that terms of a settlement have been reached and that Danson is negotiating over terms of a confidentiality pact. But even if there are any objections, those would be settled by an arbitrator, Adair said.
Westhead continues, and it was rather evident that the case had reached an NHL-NHLPA "memorandum of understanding" agreement of settlement as opposed to a, "The check's in the mail" conclusion.
From the Plymouth Whalers:
PLYMOUTH WHALERS, WINDSOR ‘PLAY IT FORWARD’ FOR BIENIEWICZ on AUG. 30
All proceeds of pre-season game will be donated to the John Bieniewicz Foundation
In soccer, the term “friendly” refers to a game between two teams that is an exhibition game. A “friendly” is a match that generally has no impact in the standings.
“Friendly” is not usually used in the same sentence with the Plymouth Whalers and Windsor Spitfires. The two bitter Ontario Hockey League rivals have battled through 206 regular season games since 1990 and several memorable playoff series.
Need proof? Check the video the last time Plymouth and Windsor met on March 15, 2014 at Compuware Arena.
That’s going to change on Saturday, August 30 at 2 pm at Compuware Arena. The Whalers and Spitfires hook up in a “friendly” in a benefit for John Bieniewicz, the Livonia soccer referee who passed away while working a game.
From the Red Wings...
RED WINGS, FOX SPORTS DETROIT AND CBS RADIO ANNOUNCE 2014-15 BROADCAST SCHEDULE
… 74 Wings Games On FOX Sports Detroit – 85 On 97.1 The Ticket or 1270 AM …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings, FOX Sports Detroit and CBS Radio today announced the 2014-15 Red Wings local television and radio schedules.
For the 15th year, all Wings regular-season and playoff games will be carried live by CBS Sports Radio with Ken Kal and former Red Wings captain Paul Woods providing the call. CBS Radio will broadcast the games on a combination of 97.1 The Ticket and 1270 AM with 68 games simulcast on both stations.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
A puck-rushing offensive defenseman in college and the AHL, Smith's transition to a more stay-at-home style in the NHL has been bumpy. He's experienced puck management issues and made his share of mistakes, not unlike many young defensemen. But he's still inexperienced and should improve over time.
He's a tremendous skater and has offensive potential. He might be able to help the power play, but he probably won't get that opportunity because the team wants him to focus on improving defensively. He is not particularly physical but sometimes plays with an edge. After a rough start last season, he settled down a bit in the second half.
Being paired with Niklas Kronwall during Jonathan Ericsson's absence due to injuries helped Smith. Ericsson likely will be reunited with Kronwall, putting Smith back on the third pairing with Jakub Kindl.
from Neil Best of Newsday,
Shannon Hogan went to high school in Northville, Michigan, outside Detroit, so working for Fox Sports Detroit for the past four years covering the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons was a comfortable fit.
But when her agent called during the Stanley Cup Final with news MSG was looking for a new Islanders reporter, she responded without hesitation.
"I said, 'Oh my God, absolutely; whatever I can do, I have to get in there,'" she recalled Monday, the day before the network officially was set to announce she will succeed Peter Ruttgaizer, who had held the job since 2011.
Turns out Hogan, 29, is a hockey true believer, a love affair sealed during her first exposure to the Red Wings upon moving to Northville for her freshman year of high school. (She was born in Syracuse.)
"This was Hockeytown," she said. "I will never forget going to Joe Louis Arena for the first time and saying, 'Oh, my gosh, this is such an amazing atmosphere.'"
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
He is coming off a breakout season when he provided some much-needed offense. That experience, and being in the lineup from the start of the season, should make him better and more productive this season.
He spent a good chunk of the season on the Kid Line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco. They had good chemistry and might remain intact, unless Jurco is forced to start the season in Grand Rapids due to a roster crunch.
Despite his small stature, Tatar goes to the net and has good hands in tight. He also flashes good open-ice moves. He should improve as he gains strength. He sometimes holds onto the puck too long in the offensive zone, leading to turnovers. He could be more productive on the power play, where he'll likely continue playing on the second unit.
He aspires to be a solid two-way forward in the mold of Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg but doesn't have natural defensive instincts. As long as he produces, the club will be happy.
You may take this article from Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom and Sebastian Mattson for what you will, and what follows is roughly-translated:
Lidstrom on why he turned down Babcock
Nicklas Lidstrom ahd a chance to return to the Detroit Red Wings as a coach--but he declined.
Now the 44-year-old reveals why he turned down the dream job.
"We're doing well here in Sweden after the move, and the children are thriving in school, so it never occurred to me to move back," says Lidstrom to SportExpressen.se.
In June, Mike babcock said that his search for an assistant coach had led him to one of the greatest Detroit Red Wings of all time.
"I called Niklas Lidstrom and offered him the job. I told him his wife was happier in Detroit than in Sweden. But he didn't buy it," Babcock said then.
Updated 2x at 6:16 AM: Well this is going to be an adventure of an entry...
First and foremost, while the "incriminating evidence" is rolling in quite slowly, the Free Press's George Sipple reports that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual set of charity softball games achieved its main goals--it provided significant bang for fans' bucks while raising tens of thousands of dollars for local charities:
“Definitely the most people, the best weather,” Kocur said of Saturday’s event. “Celebrities were amazing. “Playing the games is always fun. The Ice Bucket Challenge was a new and exciting thing that we did and everyone was exciting and fun for us.”
A line of participants dumped buckets over their heads as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Kocur, at the end of the line, got some help as five buckets of ice and water were poured on him before he challenged the Ted Lindsay Foundation.
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