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Profiling Red Wings prospect Mattias Backman in English and Swedish

Mattias Backman gave a superb interview to Corren.se's Andreas Pettersson yesterday (six-and-a-half-minute-long Swedish video interview included), and in a lovely little coincidence, the Red Wings posted a video profiling the stringbean defenseman this afternoon:

If you missed the interview, here's a rough translation of Corren's Pettersson's chat with Backman:

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Audio- Ken Holland on the Red Wings, free agency, Daniel Cleary, etc.

Updated at 4:08 PM: Ken Holland was just on Detroit Sports 105.1 with Matt Dery.

George is out but was able to tweet about the topics Holland discussed, so check out his recent Twitter timeline.

And/or, listen to it.

Update from George: Among the Twitter play-by-play, from Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Denny Kapp...

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Red Wings mid-day news:on controversy, Abdelkader, Samuelsson, the brain drain and charity Whalers

The "breaking" news (as it were) resulted in several posts this morning, so:

1. Regarding Paul's posting of Charlie LeDuff's report on the Ilitches' water bill (they weren't the only "corporate scofflaws" who the City of Detroit simply weren't collecting from), I try not to worry what the local NHL team or its ownership thinks about anything I post, but when I watched LeDuff on last night's Fox 2 newscast, I thought, "Erm...If I post that, I'm going to get in trouble if I mention that," and I don't think that way.

The criticism of the rink project has hit overdrive mode--and some reporters and internet sources are simply reporting inaccurate information (an article suggesting that City of Detroit workers' pension cuts are what's funding the rink subsidies was plain old BS), and LeDuff is...Bombastic...But his criticism was warranted, especially given that the City's chosen the ass-backwards, "Let's shut off water and then tell people to pay their bills" method upon their non-corporate residents.

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Mikael Samuelsson signs with Djurgardens IF

TMR reader Bjorn Broden tipped me off to this one:

Earlier this morning Expressen's Henrik Sjoberg reported that former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson was going to sign with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish SHL, and Djurgardens IF's website confirmed the signing. He's gainfully employed at least...Still waiting to find out whether Jordin Tootoo will latch on with an NHL team (or Todd Bertuzzi for that matter).

Quick update: Good news travels quickly?

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Justin Abdelkader Suspended Three Games By IIHF

Updated with a second video and a note at 11:56 AM, and yes, the hit was awful--Abdelkader left his feet, he launched himself into Sobotka's head and he deserves the suspension--George's note:

from IIHF.com,

The IIHF Disciplinary Committee recently dealt with several cases from the past championship season. Among the suspended players are Justin Abdelkader and Nikolai Antropov following incidents occurring at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

Team USA forward Justin Abdelkader was suspended three games for a check to the head and neck area of Czech player Vladimir Sobotka at 6:41 of the second period in the teams’ quarter-final encounter on 22nd May.

Supported by the video and the report of the championship’s disciplinary panel, the Deciding Panel of the IIHF Disciplinary Board concluded that after Sobotka had shot the puck, Abdelkader did not alter his path nor attempt to play the puck but followed through with what appeared to be a lunge, leaving the ice with his feet and delivering a very forceful check striking Sobotka in the head and neck area with his shoulder. Sobotka immediately fell to the ice. He was escorted from the ice by his team’s medical staff and did not return for the remainder of the game but did return to play in the two following games. 

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Watch the hit below [edit: and if you don't recall the incident, George wrote about it in February]

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Video- The Detroit Water Issue And The Billionaire (Ilitch Family)

via FoxDetroit,

You've seen the protests; angry residents demanding that the Detroit water shutoffs come to an end. They say clean water is a human right whether you can pay the bill or not.

This edition of The Americans with Charlie LeDuff is a tale of two cities: One where the poor see their taps go dry and the other where the rules may not apply to the super rich.

watch the video below...

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Red Wings overnight report: on ‘roster continuity,’ Tatar, DeKeyser and the Walleye’s Winterfest

The Red Wings checked an extremely important item off their offseason to-do list in signing Tomas Tatar to a 3-year, $8.25 million contract (at present, Capgeek only knows that Tatar's contract's cap hit is $2.75 million per season), and you and I found that the team has yet another assistant coach to replace as the Free Press's Helene St. James reported that video coordinator/assistant coach Keith McKittrick's leaving to join the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.

So, in terms of player personnel, the Red Wings have a Capgeek-estimated $5.75 million in cap space, which the team will use to re-sign restricted free agent Danny DeKeyser and to possibly sign Daniel Alfredsson to a moderate-base-salary-and-bonuses deal if his back's feeling up to snuff in September...

And in the coaching department, at the NHL level, Mike Babcock now needs to find both an assistant coach to replace Tom Renney and a video coordinator to replace McKittrick, and at the AHL level, Jeff Blashill has to find a pair of assistant coaches to replace departing Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coaches Jim Paek and Spiros Anastas.

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Red Wings evening news: on DeKeyser and the cap, McKittrick’s departure and Shirley Temples

Updated with a Mattias Backman interview at 7:32 PM:

So Tomas Tatar has been signed to a 3-year deal at an average value of $2.75 million per season (that particular blog entry's been updated with quips and quotes, and it's a solid "bridge" contract for someone who will, per Winging It in Motown, remain a restricted free agent after this deal expires), the Red Wings expect to have no issues re-signing Danny DeKeyser, as DeKeyser told Fox 17 and Ken Holland told MLive's Brendan Savage...

"I don't see any problem," Holland said. "We're going to want to get him signed. I talked 3-4 times with his camp in June and a little bit shortly after the draft. We haven't talked in a little bit. But again, I'm motivated to get him signed.  I think Danny wants to get signed. Once you get into early July, everybody's focus is free agency for a couple of weeks. Going forward, now we can find a solution. I'm confident we can get him done."

And with--as Savage noted in an earlier article--22 players signed, the Wings now have $5.27 million in Capgeek-estimated cap space, which should be enough money to re-sign DeKeyser (I'd estimate that DeKeyser's going to get a $2.5-3 million deal, but the Free Press's Helene St. James believes that DeKeyser could get a Quincey-like $4 million AAV deal) and possibly give this guy a decent base salary:

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Red Wings ink Tomas Tatar to 3-year contract extension

Updated 3x at 5:05 PM:


From the Red Wings...

Here's the press release:

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Red Wings afternoon news: Griffins release latest ‘Between the Benches’ video; Weiss on Ice

Updated 3x at 1:49 PM: "Slow?" Yes. "Dead?" Far from it. This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related news stories isn't deep, but it's still worth watching and reading:

First, the Grand Rapids Griffins posted their 4th video chronicling the Griffins' 2014 playoff run, and there's over 32 minutes' worth of content across three videos now. Here's part 4...

And here are parts 1...

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