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Well folks, I'm back from another entertaining Prospect Tourney in beautiful Traverse City. Gorgeous scenery, interesting people watching and ultra competitive hockey is the name of the game during the Red Wings yearly competition, and this time around was no different.
What was different this year, besides my wife, who is pregnant with our first, living in her own personal hell of being surrounded by wine and being able to drink exactly none of it, was some of the people we ran into around the rink. Family and friends of the prospects and staff alike were everywhere over the weekend, and we were lucky enough to spend some time with many of them. We were able to talk to Mrs. Blashill (Jeff's mother) while perusing the gift shop. We had the pleasure of watching a game with Dylan Larkin's mother, who gave us her insight into some of the pressure her son is dealing with since the draft. I came across Dan Hinote while waiting for the bathroom, and even though he was in enemy territory he was more than willing to talk hockey for a few. We even had the opportunity to watch the championship game with Evgeny Svechnikov's brother, who tried to tell us many things in heavily accented English, but mainly wanted us to know exactly how to pronounce his brother's name.
Now that the excitements over and my wife is busy thinking up ways to make me pay for her forced sobriety, I figured Id give my thoughts on some of the Wings prospects. These are just my personal rantings, so take them for what they're worth. You're mileage may vary.
I don't care about the circus, as entertaining as everyone has made it. I don't care about the result, as the Wings will survive and continue to rebuild into a contender regardless of Babcock's decision.
I do care about the record, and this everyone's chance to place your predictions. This is not a debate, merely the answer to a simple question
Is Babcock staying in Detroit?
For the record, I think Babcock has had his fun and will be re-signing with Detroit.
How about you?
What will the Wings do?
What do you hope they do?
Who are you following or listening to and what are you hearing?
GDT: Detroit Red Wings (2-1-0; 4 pts) vs.
Phoenix Quebec Seattle Arizona Phoenix Coyotes (1-2-0; 2 pts)
[When] 7:30pm EST, 4:30pm Coyote Time
[Where] Joe Louis Arena (Detroit, MI)
[Catch It] TV: NHLN-US, FS-D; Radio: AM1270
At some point on Thursday, the Ottawa sports media will be stirred from the sleepy doldrums of summer to meet with the man who was, until recently, the longest serving captain in the NHL and the dominant face of the Ottawa Senators franchise. They'll get to question him on why he chose to break the hearts of his faithful and leave for the apparently greener pastures of the Motor City.
The thing is, in the Ottawa media, questioning Daniel Alfredsson is not exactly the natural state of things. Alfie's word has been held to be gospel truth, his actions sacrosanct, his motives pure. Even when he might have seemed to have mispoke, it would be considered the height of blasphemy to do anything less than rush immediately to his defence. A lack of faith in the cult of Alfie was enough to prove one was (at least) out of touch with reality (or worse still, a Leafs fan). Little wonder, to those in Ottawa, that I-Phone's helpful homonculus, Siri, famously confused Alfie with God.
By now, most with any interest in the drama surrounding Daniel Alfredsson's departure from Ottawa will be aware of most of the story. Paul has linked to James Gordon's great piece in Senators Extra where he interviewed Sens owner Eugene Melnyk (insert CSI joke here...and now that that's out of the way). Gordon attempted to get some answers, and ended up with a story that was a bit different from the one that the team put out in the immediate aftermath. It was also chronicled in a fullsome and thoughtful way in the pages of the Malik Report, from the perspective of one Wings fan who happens to have a Senators' jersey with Alfredsson's name on it hanging in his closet. I thought I'd offer one Senator's fan's perspective on the evolving drama, and the evolving explainations that have come from the Sens management and ownership.
It wasn’t long ago that the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks were two of the best teams in the Western Conference — if not the league. Just last year, in fact, the Sharks were the No. 2 seed in the West and the Wings were No. 3. The Sharks eliminated the Wings in the Western Conference semifinals in seven games before losing to the Vancouver Canucks in the conference final. (Don’t worry, we’ll get to the Canucks in another post.) This year, though, the Wings were the No. 5 seed and the Sharks had to wait until the last couple days of the season to clinch a playoff spot — as the No. 7 seed.
Anybody going to the game? I will be taking the train into STL from my home in KC. I have done this the last few years and had a great time. The Blues fans are pretty good. I always wear my Gordie Howe jersey and when they see it has the number 9 on the back, they always say something nice about him.
Here’s an article from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star discussing Red Wings interest in Bogosian and the development of Kindl and Smith:
Brian Rafalski’s retirement gives Red Wings cap flexibility By Dave Waddell, Postmedia News May 24, 2011 5:02 PM
Ken Holland’s summer is suddenly a whole lot busier.
The Detroit Red Wings announced Tuesday that they’ll hold a news conference Wednesday morning at Joe Louis Arena where it’s expected that defenceman Brian Rafalski will announce his retirement. Rafalski’s departure leaves the Wings with a hole on the team’s blue-line.
Combined with the unrestricted free-agent status of Nick Lidstrom, Jonathan Ericsson and Ruslan Salei, Detroit only has two of their top six defencemen from last season committed to return next season. While Lidstrom will be in Detroit or retired, the uncertainly will remain until he declares his intentions for next season.
“I look at the unrestricted free agent market as two parts,” Holland, the team’s general manager, said of his free agent strategy. “The first week of July is the premier guys at the prime dollars. Then there’s the real nice group of players that sit out there until early August that aren’t getting the money they hoped for, but their good additions to a team.
Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk answers to SovSport readers’ questions
By: Roman Piontkovsky Updated March 23, 2011 05:38 AM EST 1442 views
Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk is known not only for his smart and skilled game, but also for his incredible sense of humor. Recently the Russian forward met SovSport’s Pavel Lysenkov to answer the readers’ questions.
Sovetsky Sport: Would you like to live in the USA after your career will be over?
Pavel Datsyuk: I don’t know, haven’t decided yet.
SS: Can you call yourself a patriot?
PD: Yes, for 100%. Certainly I will come over to motherland, will live in Russia. But it’s up to what iI will do after my playing career. I hope this moment won’t arrive soon. Man proposes, but God disposes…
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