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Updated at 5:11 AM: Because there have been two entries dedicated to the topic (please check out the Griffins celebration entry, too, because the gents had a good old time with their fans), and because it's the thrust of this overnight report, let's get down to brass tacks, or something like it:
- The proposal for the Red Wings' follow-on rink to Joe Louis Arena was approved by the Downtown Development Authority, an arm of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, on Wednesday. It is an organization that "gets shit done," unlike the rest of Detroit or Wayne County's governmental edifaces;
- The rink will cost north of $400 million and the total development will cost $650 million. With the DDA and DEGC in charge, there shouldn't be many overages;
- The funding split is 56% for the Ilitches, 44% for the public, and the DDA will lease the rink to the Wings (for 35 years), who will pocket the profit (and naming rights...for the Belle Tire?). The usual combination of 30-year bonds, loans and that $12.8 million in diverted taxes already approved by the State of Michigan will fund the project;
I shoved this into an overnight report, so I'm not sure if you saw it. Per the Detroit News, if you are a hockey fan who is still watching the Stanley Cup Final, and if you do not have access to the CBC or WADL 38 on Monday, you're kind of screwed in terms of watching Game 6:
Monday night’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, if necessary, will be on WADL TV 38 in the Detroit area, not on WDIV Channel 4.
WDIV, which is NBC’s Detroit affiliate, will televise local fireworks coverage instead of the game.
Boston leads the series over Chicago, 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday and Game 5 is Saturday, and the series could be over on Saturday.
Monday’s Game 6, scheduled for an 8 p.m. start, also would be on Canada’s CBC if it is played.
Updated at 10:11 PM, and beware: Swearing lurks within. *#$%@& deal with it.
Under 24 hours after they captured the Calder Cup, the Grand Rapids Griffins rode a slow celebratory train through town and to Van Andel Arena, where they celebrated their championship with their fans.
Amongst this evening's Red Wings-related news stories:
Let's just say that the following Tweets make the Red Wings' locking up of Pavel Datsyuk over the long haul seem even more important going forward:
If you missed this afternoon's news that Ilitch Holdings will essentially be utilizing all of the vacant land behind the Fox Theatre, as well as a huge chunk of the Cass Corridor, to build a new 18,000-seat rink and another $200 million worth of "mixed-use" development, we'll start at the beginning, with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation's press release regarding their approval of the Ilitches' plan, per WXYZ:
If you wanted to take part in the Grand Rapids Griffins' Calder Cup-celebrating fan rally at Van Andel Arena this evening (doors open at 5, festivities begin at 6) but are unable to do so, the Griffins report that you can enjoy it from afar:
Updated 13x at 3:58 PM: Via RedWingsFeed, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reports that the status of the Red Wings' follow-on rink replacing Joe Louis Arena should become a little clearer soon:
Updated 2x at 3:18 PM: The Grand Rapids Griffins captured the Calder Cup in Syracuse last night, and before holding a fan-centric celebration at Van Andel Arena this evening (6 PM EDT, doors open at 5 PM), the Griffins partied hard last night, and their celebrations continued into the morning:
The Detroit Red Wings' signing of Pavel Datsyuk to a 3-year extension (with one year already remaining on Datsyuk's current contract) is a game-changer in terms of shaping the team going forward, but Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson related a tale to MLive's Ansar Khan that few fans know: the Wings had absolutely no idea who Datsyuk was when Andersson made a trip to Yekaterinburg, Russia back in 1998:
“It was his last year as a junior player (1997-98) and I was going to Eastern Russia, to a city called Yekaterinburg, where the Czar was killed in the early 1900s,'' Andersson said. “The player I wanted to see was a defenseman, Dmitri Kalinin, ended up being drafted by Buffalo (18th overall in 1998).''
Kalinin's club, Traktor Chelyabinsk, was playing at Dynamo Yekaterinburg, which, unbeknownst to Andersson, had this really shifty, creative little eye-catching center.
“As the game went on I saw this little centerman who was pretty good,'' Andersson said. “He worked hard up and down the ice, had good hockey sense. He broke up a lot of plays and had good skill. I went away from the game with a report on Kalinin, but also a report on this little kid.''
Red Wings overnight report: extending Pavel Datsyuk is a keystone moment for the Wings going forward
The Detroit Red Wings' signing of Pavel Datsyuk to a 3-year contract extension earned the worldwide coverage and almost exultant joy GM Ken Holland (and Datsyuk himself) related to the Wings' press corps and The Fan 590 on Tuesday. Datsyuk remains one of the best players in the world at 35 years of age (see: TSN's Play of the Year showdown, in which Datsyuk dekes through the Nashville Predators), and locking him up until he's 39 (at a pretty damn affordable price, no less) assures that the Wings' "core" will remain intact--allowing the Wings to approach the free agent marketplace with needs other than replacing Datsyuk in a year or two in mind--as Holland told the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
"It’s a great day,” Holland said after the 35-year-old centre agreed to a three-year contract extension. “He’s a world-class player. We’re all fully aware he’s from Russia and there’s a legitimate league over there that’s an option. Pav made it clear through the years he’s a Red Wing and if he’s not, he’s playing at home.”
As Holland told the Wings' other beat writers, Datsyuk had assured Holland that he wanted to remain in North America throughout the season, and at his exit interview, Datsyuk decided to add three years to the last year of his current contract:
The Grand Rapids Griffins captured what DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose notes is the first Wings AHL affiliate's championship since 1992 and the Griffins' first Calder Cup championship, period in what I'm still calling the tightest 5-2 win I've seen in ages--minus the empty-net goals, it was a 3-2 triumph--and the Griffins celebrated heartily (clicky for multimedia) before returning to Grand Rapids to take part on a Wednesday evening fan rally at Van Andel Arena.
The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, New Holland Sentinel, Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples (with a spiffy "champs" picture from Jennifer Leigh) and the Crunch's website all provided narrative recaps; if you want to check the stats, the AHL's website provides the scoresheet, as well as a link to merchandise sales (the Griffins are selling championship merch, too), and in a slightly weird twist, the AHL's auctioning off the vast majority of game-used jerseys and game pucks from the Calder Cup Final, too.
The AHL's press-release style recap is where we'll start the discussion of "Series O"...
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