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Updated at 2 PM: The Red Wings confirmed the "little birdie's" report and hired Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer as assistant coaches today. The Wings' beat writers Tweeted out some Hiller conference call highlights (as and Brewer Tweeted, too)...
The Red Wings have filled their assistant coaching and video coordinator's positions in Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer, respectively, but MLive's Brendan Savage (via RedWingsFeed) reports that we'll have to wait until the fall to find out whether Mike Babcock will ink a contract extension (before the start of the regular season):
"I think face-to-face is best," [Ken] Holland said. "Mike's out in Saskatchewan 'til the middle of August. I'm out in B.C. (British Columbia) for a week or 10 days. I don't think anything will happen on Babs' front until August or September, until we're able to get into Detroit and start gearing up for training camp and we're able to sit down and talk."
Holland told Savage that the Wings were going to fill in their assistant coaching and video coordinator's positions shortly, and he also told Savage that the team's coaching brain drain isn't a concern:
The Red Wings did indeed name Jim Hiller the team's second assistant coach today, and Andrew Brewer's apparently familiar to Babcock as well as the 28-year-old has been Hockey Canada's video coordinator since 2011, when Brewer left an assistant coaching position at the University of New Brunswick to join Hockey Canada.
Brewer has been to two World Hockey Championships and three World Junior Hockey Championships since starting with Hockey Canada in late 2011, but his first Olympics tops them all.
“It’s way more than just a hockey event, it’s a truly international sporting event. It’s just on a completely different stage than I had ever seen,” Brewer said. “You forget how big it is. When you see TV numbers afterward and 15-million Canadians watched the Canada-US semi final game, you’re just like ‘Oh wow, that’s half the country watching the hockey game for the team I’m working with.’ You kind of forget how much we’re united, even if you’re not a hockey fan, you still follow the Olympics.”
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have hired Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer as assistant coaches. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
I've been allowed to Tweet this stuff, so:
Hiller was indeed Paul Coffey's roomate back in 1993, and he didn't last very long in the NHL, but the 45-year-old native of Nelson, BC spent three years at Northern Michigan University, and as soon as his playing career ended, he became an assistant coach for Tri-City. He spent one year as the head coach of the BCHL's Port Alberni Bulldogs, and then he went on to coach the Chilliwack Bruins for 3 seasons, and he spent the past 4 seasons with Tri-City, taking them to the WHL final in 2009.
The Tri-City Herald's Anne Fowler covered the circumstances of Hiller's departure from Tri-City in early May...
Among this morning's Red Wings-related stories, and after one busy day (Abdelkader suspended, Samuelsson to Sweden, mid-day chatter, Holland on the radio, Mattias Backman profiled...Can the Wings maybe slow down a little so that I don't have to freak out about going on vacation starting Saturday, or at least get inking DeKeyser and lining up some assistant coaches done?) and ahead of another one:
The Slovak news media's been a little preoccupied with Tomas Tatar's personal life lately (to quote Kermit the Snitch, "That ain't none of my business"--and it isn't), so Tatar gave an interview to his official website regarding his new 3-year contract extension.
The interview, conducted by Valerian Lukacko, is straightforward-enough to roughly translate, and it reflects the Slovak media confusion regarding "restricted free agency" that's been present from the start:
Mattias Backman gave a superb interview to Corren.se's Andreas Pettersson yesterday (six-and-a-half-minute-long Swedish video interview included), and in a lovely little coincidence, the Red Wings posted a video profiling the stringbean defenseman this afternoon:
If you missed the interview, here's a rough translation of Corren's Pettersson's chat with Backman:
Updated at 4:08 PM: Ken Holland was just on Detroit Sports 105.1 with Matt Dery.
George is out but was able to tweet about the topics Holland discussed, so check out his recent Twitter timeline.
And/or, listen to it.
Update from George: Among the Twitter play-by-play, from Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Denny Kapp...
The "breaking" news (as it were) resulted in several posts this morning, so:
1. Regarding Paul's posting of Charlie LeDuff's report on the Ilitches' water bill (they weren't the only "corporate scofflaws" who the City of Detroit simply weren't collecting from), I try not to worry what the local NHL team or its ownership thinks about anything I post, but when I watched LeDuff on last night's Fox 2 newscast, I thought, "Erm...If I post that, I'm going to get in trouble if I mention that," and I don't think that way.
The criticism of the rink project has hit overdrive mode--and some reporters and internet sources are simply reporting inaccurate information (an article suggesting that City of Detroit workers' pension cuts are what's funding the rink subsidies was plain old BS), and LeDuff is...Bombastic...But his criticism was warranted, especially given that the City's chosen the ass-backwards, "Let's shut off water and then tell people to pay their bills" method upon their non-corporate residents.
TMR reader Bjorn Broden tipped me off to this one:
Earlier this morning Expressen's Henrik Sjoberg reported that former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson was going to sign with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish SHL, and Djurgardens IF's website confirmed the signing. He's gainfully employed at least...Still waiting to find out whether Jordin Tootoo will latch on with an NHL team (or Todd Bertuzzi for that matter).
Quick update: Good news travels quickly?
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