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Sometimes reading a "business" story reveals Red Wings-related news of a sort. Per the Detroit News's Michael Martinez:
Officials from the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Metro Airport and Midtown touted recent retail successes at the International Council of Shopping Center’s annual retail breakfast Wednesday morning in Birmingham.
Okay, that part isn't interesting, but this is:
Maggie Sweeney, retail promotions manager for Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings, detailed the team’s new online catalog that will include a new “Made in Hockeytown” line, from a partnership with Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit company.
I'm supposed to be taking a full day off today, and I am exhausted after a pair of 90-to-100-hour work weeks, but the Pulkkinen issue has me pissed off and grumpy, so here's an abbreviated Red Wings morning report. I will be driving home tomorrow and will not cover the Bruins game in much detail, though I will watch it on FSD like the rest of you.
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose noted that the Wings have today off completely, but will practice at something like 9 or 9:30 AM before heading to Boston...
And this much is good:
Today is supposed to be my "sleep and pack" day, but I can't help but weigh in on the news that Teemu Pulkkinen's facing a 5-game suspension and has to head to New York for an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety for the following hit:
Detroit Red Wings left wing Teemu Pulkkinen will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety at the League's New York offices Thursday for a boarding incident during a preseason game against theChicago Blackhawks Tuesday night at United Center.
Pulkkinen was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games.
You can watch the hit below...
Given that no one outside the United Center witnessed the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 on Tuesday night (the Wings won't practice today; they practice early on Thursday morning before heading to Boston for a 7 PM game that will air on Fox Sports Detroit), perhaps it's best to start this entry with highlights, albeit Blackhawks-centric ones from their website.
Here's the first period--and yes, the Hawks just happen to be making a subtle suggestion that Teemu Pulkkinen should be suspended for his hit on Mike Kostka (he was given 5 and a game; Mitchell Callahan followed Pulkkinen to the locker room only 2:55 into the 2nd period, yielding 10 Wings forwards for the balance of the game), given that they show it and everything else THREE TIMES...
This one ain't easy to read. Keith Gave, in something of a reprise-columnist's role, reports that Shawn Burr was remembered by those who knew him best at something of a belated wake on Tuesday:
The kid from Sarnia with the big mouth — as Shawn Burr is affectionately remembered by so many — had the room in stitches again Tuesday.
Even six weeks after the former Red Wings star died following a battle with cancer, he was making people laugh — and cry — through memories shared by friends, family and former teammates in a stirring celebration of life at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in Dearborn.
“He was such a wonderful guy, a wonderful friend and a wonderful Red Wing,” recalled Jim Devellano, the Wings’ vice president who as general manager 30 years ago got his first glimpse of Burr while on another important scouting mission. We were getting ready for our first draft in 1983, and while I was scouting Steve Yzerman I would sometimes go up into Kitchener (Ontario) and I noticed this 17-year-old center-ice man, and he could play a little bit,” Devellano told a gathering of nearly 200.
That was delightful as peeling paint...The Red Wings' "B Team" never got much of a chance to get its legs under it as Teemu Pulkkinen--who's the last guy in the world to go after someone--got 5-and-a-game for boarding Mike Kostka all of 2:16 in, Mitchell Callahan also got kicked out 2:20 into the 2nd (for a similar infraction)...
and nursing 10 forwards and a patchwork lineup heavy on younger players, Detroit walked into the Stanley Cup Champs' building, against a goalie who now has a 10-and-something record against them in Corey Crawford, and as you might imagine, lost 2-0.
Updated 3x at 3:41 PM: Okay, as Paul mentioned earlier, Johan Franzen will not play in tonight's game against Chicago (8 PM, no TV, just WGN Radio's audio stream), and Brendan Smith has a wee groin issue, but based upon the interviews those of us in attendance at camp conducted, it sounds like the Wings are just being extra-cautious as usual as preseason games = not the time to aggravate injuries.
The Wings' non-game-day players practiced and headed back down to Metro Detroit after their practice, and when the game-day players fly back to the Motor City, they'll get a full day off on Wednesday, and will have a very early practice on Thursday ahead of Thursday night's Fox Sports Detroit-airing game against Boston.
Tonight's Wings roster looks like this:
Audio from the last day of Red Wings training camp: Kronwall, Cleary, Babcock, Datsyuk and much more
The Red Wings will get a full day off after playing the Chicago Blackhawks this evening (8 PM EDT, no TV, WGN Radio), but the gents were hard at work in terms of both the players taking part in the game-day skate--minus Johan Franzen, who has a hip flexor issue--and the non-game-day guys, minus Brendan Smith, who has a wee groin tweak.
At this point in the exhibition season, the Wings just don't feel the need to aggravate any tweaks or twinges, so players are going to be sat out as preventative measures.
I haven't seen the Hawks' lineup yet, but here's what the Wings' lineup should look like based upon today's practice (and the rest of the team drove home immediately after practice ended at 12:15):
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