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Valtteri Filppula joins a long line of Red Wings ‘graduates’ who succeed elsewhere

Given the way Stephen Weiss's tenure with the Red Wings has gone thus far, it's particularly frustrating for Wings fans to hear that yet another player that chose to sign elsewhere for very similar money to the Wings were offering him in one Valtteri Filppula's having so much success with the Tampa Bay Lightning (following in the footsteps of Tomas Kopecky, Jiri Hudler, Marian Hossa, and when he was in Los Angeles, Kyle Quincey)...

But it certainly appears that Filppula's another player who's "graduated from the Harvard of Hockey" and has found so much success after making a new start. NHL.com's Lonnie Herman noted that the Lightning feel incredibly fortunate to have Filppula on their side...

Signed as a free agent in the offseason, the Finnish-born center already has 10 goals and 10 assists, exceeding his point total from last season, when he appeared in only 41 games because of injuries. Filppula is considered an essential part of the Lightning, especially with Steven Stamkos out indefinitely because of a broken tibia.

"I can't say enough about what he has done for us," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We'd be in big trouble without him."


 

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Free Press reports that DEGC, Olympia entertainment will hash out rink agreement on Friday

According to the Free Press's John Gallagher, the organizations which will help fund, build and eventually own-and-lease the Red Wings' follow-on rink to Ilitch Holdings and Olympia Entertainment plan on having a chat with the Ilitches to ensure that Detroit's City Council approves an expansion of Detroit's "downtown" footprint to make the proposed arena district eligible to receive Downtown Development Authority funding:

The Detroit Downtown Development Authority will meet in a special session Friday afternoon and could deal with final details of a deal with the Ilitch family for a new hockey arena.

The Detroit City Council won’t vote on legislation to finalize the proposed $650-million project until it sees the details of a concessions-management agreement that spells out how the project will benefit Detroit. The project financing could include up to $45 million in city dollars, according to council staff. The council is to take up the issue at a special meeting Dec. 17.

Representatives from the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., which is involved in talks to reach the concessions-management agreement, told council members that negotiations are ongoing and a deal will be ready for their review in about two weeks.

Again, the Ilitches' representatives finally made some public comments yesterday regarding the use of public funds to help subsidize the project.

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Red Wings, NHL to reveal renovations to Detroit’s Clark Park rink on Monday

From the Red Wings' PR department:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE AND DETROIT RED WINGS TO UNVEIL 2014 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® LEGACY INITIATIVE

Clark Park’s Outdoor Rink Undergoes Renovations, Including Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Upgrades

Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock and Players to Lead Outdoor Hockey Clinic


NEW YORK (Dec. 12, 2013) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and Detroit Red Wings will unveil their donation to the Clark Park Coalition recreation center’s outdoor rink as a legacy for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1.

 

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Video- The “Ice Man” Dan Craig Arrives At The Big House

Updated substantially with articles and videos at 6:20 PM: via Mlive,

Update: MLive and Michigan Hockey posted videos of the truck's arrival, and NHL.com posted a video of the truck arriving at Michigan Stadium as well...

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Red Wings-Lightning game-day updates: no-surprise skate; lots of 24/7, Winter Classic stuff

Updated 10x at 2:42 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to rebound from a stretch in which they've gone 1-1-and-2--including Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers--when the injury-depleted Wings battle the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening (7:30 PM, FSD/Sun Sports/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM).

TampaBayLightning.com's Missy Zielinski offered updates from the Lightning's morning skate...

After not skating in Washington (illness) P.C. Labrie is on ice, will see after practice if he's cleared to play. #TBLightning.

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Ben Bishop first off the ice for the #TBLightning at today's morning skate.

As did the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson...

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Red Wings-Lightning set-up and overnight report: banged-up Wings hope to get back on track vs. Bolts

Ahead of tonight's game between the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 PM EST, FSD/Sun Sports/NHL Network U.S. with the cursory Center Ice/GCL blackout/97.1 FM), I have one piece of advice for Red Wings fans concerned about Henrik Zetterberg's status as on the LTIR until December 28th, Jimmy Howard's "dinged up" knee, Stephen Weiss's groin (okay, there aren't many of you), Danny DeKeyser's shoulder (the Free Press's Helene St. James first issued a freaky-out-headline-update on Howard and then revealed that DeKeyser should be back on the 28th) or any other of the Red Wings' asundry injury issues:

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Ilitch representatives have their say about the Wings follow-on rink’s public funding

The Michigan Chronicle's Donald James did something interesting on Wednesday, and his work's worth a stand alone-entry because he chose to speak with the Ilitches' representatives regarding their take on the public funds which will help build the Red Wings' follow-on rink project:

“There will be no taxpayers dollars going to fund this project,” said Susan Durgan, director of communication for Olympia Development of Michigan. “The state is actually funding the majority of the public sector piece of the project through economic development funds that have been available for years. The money can only be used for economic development.

“The city of Detroit in bankruptcy is very unfortunate, but it’s drawing a line in the sand, basically,” Durgan said. “However, the city must move on. This is a ‘move on’ project. This is something that will create revenue.”

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Red Wings prospect news: Mantha, Paterson go to WJC camp on winning note; Griffins, Walleye lose

Amongst Wednesday's Red Wings-related prospect news: Bear with me. The Wings have been up-and-down of late, and the injury bug is running around like a bad gastrointestinal virus, so let's go with some unmitigated joy to start things off.

In the QMJHL: Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha's heading to Toronto to take part in the Canadians' pre-World Junior Championship "selection camp" (he's made the team, as has Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson), and then he and the Canadian WJC team will head to Malmo, Sweden to play in the World Championships from December 26 to January 5.

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Khan: Red Wings place Henrik Zetterberg on LTIR to make room for Mrazek

Updated 2x: St. James and Kulfan report that Jimmy Howard needs tests on his knee: How did the Red Wings make cap room to recall Petr Mrazek because Jimmy Howard has simply received a "bump," and is probably not injured? It's not great news, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Khan is also confirming in article form:

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Red Wings post a worrisome Tweet, announce recall of Mrazek because…(?)

The Red Wings posited the following Tweet, and this has to mean that either Jonas Gustavsson, who was slated to start tomorrow against the Lightning, or Jimmy Howard "can't go" due to an injury:

Update: Ugh:

Update #2:

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