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Updated 2x at 12:34 PM: The Red Wings didn't waive Stephen Weiss today, so he's going to remain a Wing unless the team can find a trade partner.
Edit: The Wings have until 5 PM to buy him out, but the practice of putting players on waivers almost always happens at noon EDT.
Update: Here's the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness on Weiss:
Is there a lawyer in the house? Paul just received this email from DirecTV regarding the antitrust case against the NHL's Center Ice/GameCenter Live package, and it sounds like the result = fans will be able to purchase individual team packages for 20% less than the entire Center Ice package. There's a whole bunch of legal gobbledeygook in here, however, so we're both asking for someone to translate this into plain English if that is at all possible:
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
NOTICE TO PERSONS WHO PURCHASED GAME CENTER LIVE FROM THE NHL OR PURCHASED NHL CENTER ICE FROM COMCAST OR DIRECTV
You Have an Opportunity to Subscribe to Discounted Individual Team Packages through NHL GameCenter LIVE and You May Have Access to Free NHL Center Ice Programming through Comcast or DIRECTV
A federal court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.
Updated 4x at 11:16 AM: Among this morning's Red Wings-related news stories:
Regarding the Wings' "Hall of Fame Team," ESPN is asking whether the 2001-02 Red Wings were the "best of this generation," with ESPN's Kenneth Woolums (via RedWingsFeed) breaking down the team's statsticial claims to fame:
With nine players in the Hockey Hall of Fame, it’s no surprise that the Red Wings were the best team in the NHL in the 2001-02 season. They scored 251 goals, allowed 187, and their plus-64 goal differential in the regular season was the best in the league. The Red Wings captured the true essence of a "team" as only one of their players finished in the top 10 in voting for the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP).
Though they only had one top-10 Hart finisher, the Red Wings had at least one player in the top 10 in voting for the Vezina, Norris, Calder, Lady Byng and Selke trophies that season, including the top two finishers for the Norris Trophy: winner Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios. Five members of the team were selected to the All-Star game in the regular season.
While they now have nine players in the Hockey Hall of Fame, they're due for another shortly down the road. Pavel Datsyuk was a rookie in the 2001-02 season, finishing with 35 points in 70 games and finishing fourth in Calder Trophy voting. In his career, The Magic Man has 298 goals and 869 points in 13 seasons.
WDIV's David Bartkowiak Jr. makes the case for retiring #91...
You're supposed to start these sorts of reports with the juicy stuff, but I'm not sure if this is a juicy rumor as much as it's the utterance of a puzzled, "Huh? What?" given that Ken Holland has stated that he's not interested in screwing up the Wings' cap situation going forward by spending big in the free agent market.
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson listed 10 free agents and their possible suitors, and he's going with the Red Wings as participants in the...Mike Green sweepstakes?
1. Mike Green, Washington Capitals: He made $6.08 million last year and was Washington’s No. 5 defenceman. The Caps would bring him back for about half that price, but Green, 29, is moving on. The Detroit Red Wings will make the biggest push because he could play with Niklas Kronwall and they sorely need a power play guy.
Because the free agent pool is about as deep as a dry puddle, Green could get $7 or $8 million from somebody out there on a 6+ year contract, and I can't see the Wings paying that kind of money or term to anybody. If he comes to Detroit, he's going to be leaving money and term on the table, and I don't see any reason for Green to do so, either.
In matters of greater certainty, the Red Wings unveiled their summer development camp roster, and the Windsor Star's Bob Duff asked a certain Nicklas Lidstrom about the fact that his sons are going to participate in the camp as try-outs:
Angela Ruggiero happens to be one of my heroes, so the fact that she was named a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee on Monday was an absolute delight for me as a fan as much as anything--and for Ruggiero, it was the fulfillment of a childhood dream of a sort, as noted by the Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott:
Ruggiero, a member of the International Olympic Committee, was a rarity as a female hockey player as a child. "To be honest, I wanted to play for the L.A. Kings. I showed up to career day in the second grade with my hockey gear on," she said during a conference call with reporters. "I knew I wanted to play hockey, just didn't know where it would take me. However many years later I got to play in four Olympics and travel around the world and now here today be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Definitely something I couldn't have ever imagined."
The Free Press's Jeff Seidel penned a superb article about Ruggiero, who's still advocating for women in "sport" and women's hockey:
Updated 6x at 12:08 AM:
There's so much coming out regarding Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov's naming to the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2015 Induction Class that I can only apply the "digest entry" treatment to the stories popping up on the news wire, starting with this from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun...
You could argue that three and a half defensemen got the call from the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Blueliners Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were joined by forward Sergei Fedorov in the men’s player category getting the Hockey Hall of Fame nod, the latter taking a whirl on defense for Scotty Bowman years ago when injuries hit the Red Wings.
"One year we had injuries on the blue line for about six weeks, so we decided to put [Fedorov] back there. He didn’t miss a beat," Bowman, the legendary former coach of the Red Wings, told ESPN.com on Monday. "He could play as well as any of them. He was a good skater backwards and forwards. Wayne Gretzky told me a long time ago, 'I couldn’t play defense, I don’t think Mario [Lemieux] could, I don’t think [Jaromir] Jagr could, but this guy can.' So that tells you what kind of player Fedorov was."
Lidstrom was there when Fedorov took a turn on defense for a few weeks.
"It shows first of all [how] great of a skater he was," Lidstrom said on Monday’s media call when asked about it. "It’s not easy for a forward going back playing defense, but Sergei did it in an excellent way. It showed just how talented he was, moving from one position to another."
And continuing with the Canadian Press's summary of comments made on the post-announcement conference call...
This is a bit surprising, per the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
The Detroit Red Wings have until noon Tuesday to make a decision on Stephen Weiss. And it appears they’ll take up until that time to make it.
“We have until noon (Tuesday),” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a phone interview Monday. “Let’s leave it at that.”
The noon deadline ends the buyout period – June 15-30 – teams have to decide on whether to part ways with players and their contracts, paying out two-thirds of the deal spread out over twice the remaining length of the deal.
Weiss, 32, has three more years at $4.9 million a season left on the five-year deal he signed prior to the 2013-14 season.
Pleiness goes through the team's thought process here:
Update: The Free Press has posted a Lidstrom photo gallery, and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Jimmy Devellano about Lidstrom...
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
RAMSAY AND SIMON JOIN GRIFFINS' COACHING STAFF
The Detroit Red Wings on Monday announced the hiring of Bruce Ramsay and Ben Simon as assistant coaches for the Grand Rapids Griffins. In addition, assistant coach Mike Knuble, goaltending coach Jeff Salajko and video coach Bill LeRoy will reprise their coaching roles with Grand Rapids.
Ramsay, 46, has been the head coach of the Tulsa Oilers in the ECHL and Central Hockey League for the past six seasons, compiling a 185-180-35 record in 400 regular season games from 2009-15. Most recently, Ramsay’s Oilers earned a 37-29-3-3 record in their first ECHL season and qualified for the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs, where they fell to the eventual champion Allen Americans in five games during the first round.
Updated 3x at 8:24 PM:
Here's the press release...
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