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Updated 3x at 8:06 AM: The Red Wings unveiled their plans for a new rink and a surrounding development that has a solid chance of dramatically changing the City of Detroit on Sunday, but Art Regner spent his time on the 7 Sports Cave talking about Mike Babcock's would-be "inevitable" departure from Detroit, and the Detroit News's Terry Foster and ESPN 96.1 FM's Sean Baligian sounded similar tones regarding Babcock's last-Thursday radio interview on Fox 2's Sportsworks (nobody seems to understand that Babcock wants GM Ken Holland to be re-signed before he re-ups):
The summer of Wings fan (and media) discontent continues, and prior to heading out on his summer vacation, the Hockey News's Ken Campbell offered this take on the state of the Wings and Babcock's, "If you don't want to be coached, don't come here" message:
Sunday's unveiling of the Red Wings' rink plans yielded what was very literally an all-night "vigil" for me. The Free Press usually publishes its next-day stories between 12 and 2 AM, and on "old-school" nights, between 3 and 4 AM. The rink stories weren't posted until after 5 AM; Crain's Detroit Business's stories hit around 7:30, and the Wings didn't post their official release until 8 AM.
After waking up from what I guess we'll call a nap, I woke up and thought, 'That's going to cost way more than $650 million."
The Sports Cave on Channel 7 talked some Wings and Mike Babcock this monring.
The video starts at the point of the Wings' talk...
Updated 4x at 9:32 AM, updated incredibly substantially with Crain's reports and official renderings, and then with the gist of a Petr Mrazek interview: Sometimes doing this blogging thing is like waiting for battle, especially when the Free Press decides to delay its anchor stories until 5 AM (as per usual on Sunday). You try to keep yourself busy, you try to look for any ancillary hockey news that might pop up (happy 36th birthday to Pavel Datsyuk and happy belated wedding day to Jordin and Jennifer Tootoo)...
And you wait for the deluge. In this morning's case, it's a deluge of stories regarding the Red Wings' follow-on rink and the surrounding economic development, first provided by the Free Press; Crain's Detroit Business will publish its stories about the rink sometime after I go to bed, and I'm sure that this officially official unveiling of the plans will echo through MLive, the Detroit News, Macomb Daily and the local TV stations over the next week or two.
The most important confirmation comes simply via the Freep's "Ilitch Development Timeline," confirming that Joe Louis Arena has two or three seasons to live:
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Red Wings fans--and it's been a couple of rough weeks for me--so I'm hoping that news slows down a little bit to give us a break from what I will delicately describe as a pair of unpopular free agent signings and a coach who addressed some issues that, on my part, hit too close to home.
Anyway, one would think that the middle of July would yield little news, but every time I scroll through my "Core Wings" Twitter list, I find a solid chunk of "there's still stuff going on" content.
In the prospect department, via RedWingsFeed, OHL Prospects' Brock Otten examined the Wings' Ontario Hockey League-playing prospects as part of his "30 Teams in 30 Days" series. He looks at a pair of OHL graduates in Andreas Athanasiou and Jake Paterson, as well as a pair of strong prospects who will be spending this upcoming season in the OHL:
This will be interesting:
This evening's Red Wings-related news that doesn't involve George Sipple's update on the state of the DeKeyser-and-Tatar contract talks is a bit...scattered...so let's start with charitable news.
The Ted Lindsay Foundation's "HockeyFest" is taking place at the Kroger in Canton from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday. Lindsay will be there, as will several Wings alums...
And here's the Wings' press release regarding the event again:
The Grand Rapids Griffins have posited their third of what will be four "Between the Benches" videos chronicling the Griffins' attempts to defend their Calder Cup Championship this past spring. The Griffins crack the 25-minute mark here:
You can watch parts one and two below:
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Next up on the to-do list for Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is working out deals with forward Tomas Tatar and defenseman Danny DeKeyser, both restricted free agents. It could take a while to come to an agreement with both players.
“We’ve talked and continue to talk, but nothing close,” Holland said Friday.
Holland said he made Tatar an offer recently that is being mulled over.
“Tats is overseas, and I’m waiting to hear back,” Holland said. “On the DeKeyser front, we met them in early June. We talked briefly at the draft, and we haven’t really talked much in July. I’ve made what I think are pretty good offers. They haven’t really countered. We’re just in the waiting process.
This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related stories are a little bit repetitious, but that's not a bad thing per se.
Second, Pavel Datsyuk's hockey school continued in the Moscow suburb of Zelenograd today...
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