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Updated 3x at 4:34 PM: I'd usually stick this in today's practice post, but this is significant news in itself:
Here's Pleiness's article about Weiss--who will be accompanied to Grand Rapids by Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan, Adam Almquist and Cory Emmerton, who the Red Wings' beat writers reported were simply brought up for practice purposes (the Wings take tomorrow off and Bill Roose reports they'll skate at the University of Ligett School in Grosse Pointe Woods on Saturday and Sunday):
Weiss is still recovering from sport hernia surgery on Dec. 23. He expects to be cleared prior to Wednesday’s game in Montreal.
“I don’t know about specific games, I just know that we were shooting for after the break to be ready to be available to play,” Weiss said. “So that’s obviously going to be up to the coaches whether or not they put me in the lineup but that’s still the plan: to be ready and available for those first couple of games back.”
Weiss will play Sunday in Grand Rapids when the Griffins host the Milwaukee Admirals.
The Grand Rapids Griffins host the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday and Saturday and will host Milwaukee on Sunday, so the warm body will be appreciated.
Update: THIS IS GOOD NEWS:
Updated 5x at 3:02 PM: While the Red Wings' non-Olympians got to work at Joe Louis Arena this morning...
This is different: the Red Wings are selling individual tickets for a special "Meet and Greet" event with Nicklas Lidstrom that will be held prior to his jersey retirement ceremony on March 6th:
TICKETS ON SALE NOW CITY THEATRE VIEWING PARTY FOR NICK LIDSTROM JERSEY RETIREMENT NIGHT ON MARCH 6
… Lidstrom to Make Appearance at Official Viewing Party, Presented by Miller Lite…
DETROIT– The Detroit Red Wings announced today that Detroit’s City Theatre will host the official Nick Lidstrom Jersey Retirement Night Viewing Party, presented by Miller Lite, on Thursday, March 6.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Zetterberg's tournament ended a week ago, when he was forced to pull out as captain of Team Sweden because of a herniated disk in his back. He boarded an NHL charter red-eye Wednesday in Sochi and is scheduled to see a back specialist in New York after landing there today.
Team Sweden's doctor has said Zetterberg is likely to need surgery, but the question is when. Until a doctor says otherwise, the Wings are hoping Zetterberg can still play again this season.
"He's got to see a specialist to make that final determination," Holland said.
read on for an update on Datsyuk...
Like Paul, I'm going to try and lay low after pulling a week's worth of 2 to-4-AM wake-up calls on Thursday. The Olympics have been exciting to follow but absolutely grueling in terms of wear and tear on my far-less-than-100% self.
Aside from some Olympic practices today, as Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov reported, the first wave of NHL'ers will head back to North America ahead of Friday's semifinals...
Though this Tweet from Sport-Express's Slava Malamud is eyebrow-raising:
This story from the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner speaks for itself:
Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill remembers the emotional struggle Rob Facca went through as his son, Louie, battled Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy while they coached together at Western Michigan University.
Their friendship and Blashill's desire to help fight the disease persists.
"He remains to this day a very, very good friend of mine," said Blashill, who hired Facca, now the associate head coach of the Broncos. "I got to see, No. 1, the beginning of their battle with this, and No. 2, to see how Rob and (wife) Nikki and Louie live their lives as fighters. ... They refuse to let it ruin their daily lives."
Blashill, who coached WMU in 2010-11, has pledged $100 toward disease research for each goal by the Griffins against Oklahoma City in home games Friday and Saturday. It coincides with an Ice Duchenne weekend planned at Western Michigan.
The Red Wings' non-Olympians and some Grand Rapids Griffins call-ups (who appear to have been recalled to flesh out a very lean practice squad as the Wings' players slowly filter back into Metro Detroit after taking vacations during the NHL's 10-day mandated no-practicing-for-healthy-players break) skated at Joe Louis Arena today, and here's what went down:
As Paul has noted, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun wrote a thoughtful, thorough and balanced dissection of the dysfunctional machine that was the Russian Olympic hockey team, from the player picks made by the Russian Hockey Federation to coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov's bizarre decison-making to the severely under-performing players on what was clearly a team that was anything but united in its pursuit of gold. LeBrun's take on why the Big Red Machine sputtered smoke and leaked oil throughout the 2014 games is superb.
This is interesting, per the Red Wings' PR department. The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding a tripleheader this weekend and the Red Wings resume practicing at Joe Louis Arena today at 2 PM, and they'll resume their NHL season with games in Montreal on the 26th and in Ottawa on the 27th. Will some of these warm bodies be with them, or is this just maximizing-LTIR-spending stuff while augmenting the practice squad?
RED WINGS RECALL FOUR FROM GRIFFINS
… Detroit Resumes Practice Today as Olympic Games Continue …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday recalled forwards Cory Emmerton, Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen and defenseman Adam Almquist from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
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