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Red Wings ratings talk from Duff

File this one under, “Who knew?” From the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff, when it comes to ratings, Mike Modano’s tenure with the Wings may have brought Detroit a little more name-brand recognition:

According to Nielsen, the company famous for supplying television ratings, this season, the Detroit Red Wings suited up two of the top players in the National Hockey League in terms of public awareness, according to the Nielsen Sports/E-pool N-Scores, which evaluates name, image awareness, appeal and attributes such as sincerity, approachability, experience and influence, all designed to determine a player’s endorsement potential.

Topping the list among current players was Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who posed an N-score of 26. Surprisingly, Red Wings centre Mike Modano (20) rated second, followed by Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin (16). Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom tied with Chicago captain Jonathan Toews for fourth overall, each with an N-score of 14.

Among retired players, Wayne Gretzky was the runaway leader with an astonishing N-score of 203. Next was Red Wings legend Gordie Howe, who scored a 45. Former Wings captain and current Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman polled sixth (20) and ex-Wing and former Windsor Spitfires captain Adam Graves came home 10th overall with an N-score of seven.

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Things get complicated as Chris Osgood, Kris Draper want to remain with Red Wings

Updated 6x with video at 8 PM: The Red Wings’ organizational meetings on June 15th and 16th may determine whether Chris Osgood and Kris Draper have to play hockey somewhere other than Detroit if they wish to continue their careers. Wings GM Ken Holland has already stated that he’s not sure whether the team should bring back Osgood, and today, the Detroit Free Press’s Paula Pasche fired off several Twitter posts which suggest that the team faces quite a conundrum regarding keeping Draper at the expense of Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller and/or Jan Mursak:

Kris Draper at #Lions said Holland would sign him if he saw today’s workout. Expects to know in 7-10 days if he’ll rturn next season.
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Kris Draper at #Lions said won’t sign 2-way contract like Maltby did. Wants to play another year w/ #Wings.

As the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan suggests via an email-answering column, the Wings are in a bit of a pickle:

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Red Wings overnight report: Good news on Todd Bertuzzi and holding pattern news/feedback time

Updated at 8:25 AM with pretty cool charity news: We’re reaching pretty much the zenith of our summer as Red Wings fans here. With the Stanley Cup Final underway and, as Ken Holland has suggested, no real pressure on players or agents to get down to the business of deciding their futures and preparing for the personnel moves to come, this might as well read as “Azimuth A” of the Wings hockey desert, with the other being the middle of August, right before players return from their off-season homes.

I’ve been on the other side of, “You are your own sports desk, so you do the research,” and having your team in the Cup Final while you’re trying to catch everything that’s said or written about your team is nothing less than exhausting and insane, whereas this, especially with Nicklas Lidstrom’s decision weighing heavily upon the franchise’s course of action…This is like watching and waiting for a water heater to explode on Mythbusters. You know the big boom’s going to happen, but you don’t know when, so you stare more and more intently, with more liberal measures of anxiety and near paranoia, worried that you’re going to miss the scoop of scoops…

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Darren McCarty recalls the Red Wings’ 1997 Stanley Cup championship

Via Fox Sports Detroit, Art Regner sat down for a timely interview with former Red Wings forward Darren McCarty:

Exactly 14 years ago Tuesday, Darren McCarty’s highlight-reel goal in the second period secured a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Joe Louis Arena and a four-game sweep of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals.

It was the Red Wings’ first Stanley Cup title since 1955, setting off a celebration in Detroit that culminated in a parade that drew more than a million people downtown a couple of days later.

FOXSportsDetroit.com’s Art Regner on Tuesday had lunch with McCarty, who vividly recalls that Cup run, which got an early start—March 26, 1997 vs. Claude Lemieux and his Colorado Avalanche.

Regner’s video interview with McCarty is over 35 minutes in duration!

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Red Wings quickies: Wings to speak to Todd Richards about assistant coach’s job

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo, you can add Todd Richards’ name to Bob Boughner as one of the candidates to replace Brad McCrimmon behind the Red Wings’ bench:

The Wild has made it clear to NHL teams that they have permission to speak to the former Wild coach, who has one more year left on his Minnesota contract. Richards has begun to be contacted by NHL teams seeking assistant coaches.

According to multiple league sources, Richards has interviews lined up with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Columbus Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel within the next week. Detroit is looking to replace Brad McCrimmon, who stepped down, while Columbus is looking to replace Bob Boughner, who also stepped down.

Most interesting though: According to sources, the Winnipeg franchise has already reached out to Richards and plans to interview him in the near future for an assistant coaching position. This would lend further credence to reports that Manitoba Moose coach Claude Noel, Richards’ mentor from their days together in Milwaukee, could soon be replacing Craig Ramsay as coach.

My gut still tells me that, somewhere along the line, the Wings will both consider simply promoting Keith McKittrick, the team’s video coordinator…and I have to believe that Babcock’s attempted to get permission from the Phoenix Coyotes to speak to his old pal Dave King…

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Former Wing Slava Fetisov to donate his awards and championship rings to a hockey museum

Via Chris from Too Many Men on the Site, rather stunning news from the ITAR-TASS news agency:

Chairman of the board of Directors of the KHL and president of CSKA Moscow, Vyacheslav Fetisov, has decided to donate all his sports awards, including his Stanley Cup rings, to a hockey museum which will be established in Vladivostok, the ITAR-TASS news agency reports. The concert and sports complex where the ice hockey museum is located will also be named after Fetisov.

The 53-year-old Fetisov is the owner of a record number of titles and championships in world sport. He’s the honored Master of Sport, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, a two-time Olympic champion, seven-time World Championship winner, and a ten-time European hockey champion. He’s won the World Cup and the USSR championship with CSKA. He was honored as the best player in Europe three times, as the best player in the Soviet Union. He was named the best defenseman on the World Championship team seven times.

Update: Chris found the initial report, which provides more information about the museum’s construction, if you’re interested.

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Mostly charitable Red Wings-related news

Updated w/ Kulfan on Lewis and funnny “ha”: Of Red Wings-related note on a furnace-hot Tuesday afternoon:

Per the Grand Rapids Griffins, the NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams fund did something very cool today:

The Griffins Youth Foundation on Tuesday announced a donation of 20 brand new sets of hockey equipment, courtesy of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Goals & Dreams fund. This donation will help the foundation continue to provide opportunities for 300 kids – many of whom are underprivileged, underserved or have other special needs – to participate in the great sport of hockey at no cost.

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Red Wings overnight report: gettin’ down to business, and a Winnipeg ticket quip

The Detroit Red Wings have yet to make any significant personnel moves, but the Detroit Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that Red Wings GM Ken Holland will get down to the business of negotiating with the Wings’ unrestricted free agents-to-be after today and tomorrow’s General Managers’ meetings in Boston:

Holland has had talks with the representatives for the team’s trio of 27-year-old unrestricted free agents—forwards Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson—but things are relatively quiet overall.

“It’s a process,” Holland said Monday. “We’ll see where it leads us. Free agency isn’t till July 1, so there’s no real pressure on anybody.”

Holland and coach Mike Babcock are talking informally with candidates for the assistant coaching position that opened with last month’s departure of Brad McCrimmon. The Wings may be looking for two assistants, as Paul MacLean is also garnering interest from several NHL teams looking to fill head-coaching vacancies.

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan reports that MacLean fielded a call from a second potential employer on Monday…

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Can teams effectively ‘try out’ potential draft picks?

I’ve never heard of this before and I’m wondering if anyone knows whether another team’s done this before. The Canadian Press reports that the Ottawa Senators, who own the sixth overall pick in the first round of the NHL’s Entry Draft, brought a trio of prospects to their practice facility to essentially give on-ice try-outs to players who don’t belong to any NHL team as of yet (nor have they, in most cases, skated since March):

Three of the headliners in the NHL Entry Draft class of 2011 worked out for the Senators on Monday, and for one, in particular, the stage was much appreciated.

“It fun to have this kind of attention, you don’t have it back home. I’ll try to enjoy it as much as possible. I hope I get used to this,” said Mika Zibanejad, the second-rated European skater according to Central Scouting.

Joining the budding Swedish star were centres Sean Couturier and Ryan Strome.

“It felt good. It’s been my first time (skating) since I’m done playing,” said Couturier, ranked sixth among North American skaters after scoring 36 goals and 60 assists with Drummondville of the QMJHL last season. “I’m happy to be out there and just enjoying the time with the Ottawa Senators.”

Continued with video on TSN, and the Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan reports that the Senators will wine, dine and give Senators practice jerseys to Gabriel Landeskog and Jonathan Huberdeau on Tuesday…

[Edit/update: I don’t mean for my tone to sound standoffish…I think the Senators are doing something incredibly clever, and I’m guessing that more teams will follow their lead next season.]

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Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom named a finalist for the Messier Leadership Award

Pretty cool news from NHL.com and RedWingsFeed on Twitter:

Before stepping on the ice for a virtual must-win Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was named as one of three finalists for the NHL Mark Messier Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone. Messier made the announcement, adding Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings to his short, esteemed list.

The award recognizes players who are “superior leaders” on the ice, with teammates and in their communities. Messier, who makes the final call on the three nominees, looks to team and League officials for suggested nominees plus a list compiled by fans voting on NHL.com during the regular season.

“Zdeno is the true leader of the Boston Bruins,” said Messier. “More importantly is his charity off the ice.”

Messier said he was impressed with Doan’s leadership, especially “if you look at the situation the last two years in Phoenix and the team made the playoffs both times.” The former Cup winner with Edmonton and the New York Rangers added that he has “been looking at Nick for a long time…he filled big shoes when Stevie Yzerman left [the Wings] and nobody talked about lack of leadership despite Stevie Y leaving.”

The winner be announced June 22 during the 2011 NHL Awards at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas that will be broadcast on Versus in U.S. and CBC in Canada[.]

Update: Here’s the press release regarding the finalists from the NHL:

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