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And now things are going to get a little weird. With private schools' academic years beginning this week and public schools' academic years beginning the day after Labor Day, the majority of the Red Wings' veterans will be filtering back into Metro Detroit this week, with their younger teammates likely to return from their summer homes by the end of the first week of September, so the news cycle will pick up, starting today.
As the Wings' Twitter account noted on Sunday, the Ilitch Charities Golf Classic takes place today, and a charity dinner preceded it on Sunday evening...
Updated with a reminder that the Ilitch Charities golf outing takes placed tomorrow at 8:16 PM: Amongst this evening's Red Wings quickies:
- Via RedWingsFeed, Expressen's Linus Hugosson took note of a comment Henrik Zetterberg made during a European Trophy TV broadcast on Sunday:
- There's also some news regarding Pavel Datsyuk's playing plans. Datsyuk was ptaking part in a charity hockey game in Kazan, and as Yahoo Sports' Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski noted, Datsyuk spoke to R-Sport about the possibility that he might play in the KHL this fall (and this is roughly translated):
If one source makes it a “report,” two make it, “sources say” and three make it official, MLive’s Brendan Savage and the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness received a hand from the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff, who gives Wings fans another leg to stand upon if they indeed hope that Carlo Colaiacovo is the Red Wings’ free agent band-aid of choice:
According to a— Bob Duff (@asktheduffer) August 25, 2012
#redwings source, club has offered UFA D Carlo Colaiacovo a 2 yr deal in area of $2.5 million per season.
I’m not exactly jumping up and down about the Wings’ interest, but Colaiacovo is the most talented of the remaining unrestricted free agent defensemen available on the UFA market, he’s the most talented in terms of being able to not just keep up with the Wings’ system in terms of skating and his skill set, but he can also head-man the puck pretty well, and under the current, expiring CBA, even with his injury history, a $2.5 million salary for any defenseman who can skate in a straight line and handle the puck better than a five-year-old is a bargain.
We occasionally hear it from ex-Red Wings—and Daniel Larsson’s still complaining about the fact that the Red Wings dared to tell him to get off the goal line in an interview with Marie Hallman—but most of the time, challenges to change and to deal with a little less ice time than players had expected are welcomed, so in the case of Red Wings prospect Andreas Athanasiou, his suggestion to DetroitRedWings.com’s Andrea Nelson that not playing a regular shift for the London Knights wasn’t that big a deal (Athanasiou’s lack of ice time is one of the reasons he slipped to the fourth round of the 2012 draft)...
“Just do the best I can and try to produce as much as possible,” Athanasiou said of his goals for next season. “But it comes with opportunity. Last year we had a deep team in London, going to the Memorial Cup finals. I didn’t get too much ice, I think I was averaging 5-10 minutes, but whenever I get ice time this year I’ll produce as much as I can and just get bigger and stronger.”
Don’t ring so true after his Friday trade to the Barrie Colts, as noted by the London Free Press’s Ryan Pyette:
Amongst this afternoon’s Red Wings-related news:
As Paul posted this morning, ESPN’s “Uni Watch” blog released its top 25 rankings of sports uniforms this morning, and as the Free Press’s James Jahnke also noted, the Detroit Tigers came in 24th overall, and the Red Wings finished fifteenth, behind the New York Rangers (11th), Boston Bruins (5th) and Montreal Canadiens (1st). Per Paul Lukas:
15. Detroit Red Wings, NHL: Man, those Original Six teams got it right, didn’t they? If you want to understand the difference between designing by hand and designing by computer, take a close look at the Wings’ logo—you’d never come up with that on a Mac. Bonus points for the vertically arched lettering on the player names.
Red Wings overnight report: players’ CBA jitters, a prospect trade and a tale of Datsyukian goodness
With the KHL promising to expand its rosters in case of a lockout, Aftonbladet’s Hans Abrahamsson responding to the Swedish Eliteserien’s decision to deny entry to players who won’t commit to balance-of-the-year deals entry into the league by suggesting that the Allsvenskan will gobble up players, and Henrik Zetterberg more or less being given the opportunity to apologize for admitting that he’s going to stay in North America to help the NHLPA by telling Expressen’s Hans Abrahamsson that if the full season is cancelled due to a lockout, he will come home to Sweden, and Tomas Tatar doesn’t seem to understand that any players contracted to NHL clubs with two-way clauses and/or those who are signed to entry-level deals exempt from that “first two years, you’re in the NHL or you go back to Major Junior/European hockey” rule (more on this in a minute)...
Player mobility and whether or not we see the purported mass-exodus of players to Europe and perhaps to the minor leagues (at present, players in the AHL and ECHL are members of the Professional Hockey Players Association, not the NHLPA, and the PHPA has no issues with the AHL or ECHL) will probably “cross the pond” from Europe to North America over this weekend and next week, especially given the very gloomy outlook regarding CBA negotiations.
I feel like the guy in the hot dog commercial, because “I’m 99.9% certain that there’s going to be a lockout.”
Given Thursday’s developments, given the honest-to-Gord fact that the NHL is unabashedly going for a cash grab that will do nothing to fundamentally address the problems plaguing its 30-team business model given the fact that this lockout will hurt the people who work at rinks on game nights, are part of NHL teams’ staff, and the restaurants, bars, hotels and local businesses which surround NHL teams (keep in mind, folks, that if you totally boycott NHL merchandise, you’re hurting the person who works at Fanatic U, too), this will truly be a senseless lockout.
Sorry about posting this late…I kinda barely slept for two days. Anyway, via RedWingsFeed, AnnArbor.com’s Jeff Arnold noted that University of Michigan athletic director David Brandon is well aware of the fact that the NHL can cancel the Winter Classic at any time up to January 1st with only a $100,000 (plus, after December 1st, any expenses incurred for setting up and tearing down the rink) penalty, and yes, the University will deal with it…But Guess who Arnold, writing for Puck Daddy, says the cancellation of the game would hurt?
The same people who haven’t yet been mentioned in the “game night rink” staff equation yet—the restaurants, bars, hotels, private parking lots, the usual—in Detroit and Ann Arbor, given the high likelihood that the “Hockeytown Winter Festival” would go the way of the dodo as well:
The local economy in Ann Arbor is also counting on an economic boost from an event that would draw as many as 115,000 fans. Ticket prices range between $79 and $279 with tickets being sold at seven different pricing levels.
Brandon said earlier this year that an average Michigan home game generates between $14 million and $15 million for local businesses, including hotels and restaurants. Brandon expects the Winter Classic could generate even more money, which has been evidenced in recent years. According to the league, the annual winter outdoor game generates between $30 million and $36 million for host cities.
In February at the official announcement of the Winter Classic’s 2013 destination, NHL chief operating officer John Collins estimated the economic impact for the weeklong hockey celebration could top the $75 million scale for southeast Michigan, taking both the Detroit and Ann Arbor venues into consideration.
Via RedWingsFeed, it appears that Red Wings GM Ken Holland isn’t going to wait until the increasingly likely lockout ends to begin shoring up his roster. According to MLive’s Brendan Savage and the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, the Wings aren’t going to go into September without at least ensuring that the team’s made some sort of move to shore up their undermanned blueline:
The Detroit Red Wings could be close to signing free-agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. A source told MLive.com that the Red Wings have made a two-year offer for about $2.5 million a season.
Colaiacovo, 29, is a good skater and puck-mover with some offensive ability, having averaged 27 points a season the past four years with the St. Louis Blues. He shoots left and can play the point on the power play.
As noted yesterday evening, Red Wings executive Kris Draper both threw out the first pitch at Wednesday’s Great Lakes Loons game and spoke to the Saginaw News’s Erica Perdue about his experiences as a member of the front office and the “state of the Wings,” and he continued both conversations with the Midland Daily News…Erm, well, the artIcle’s uncredited…
“I don’t think anyone is going to sugar coat it when we lost Nicklas Lidstrom,” Draper said. “It was a huge loss. It’s a big blow to the team, but I truly believe that Niklas Kronwall is going to step up and evolve as one of the top defensemen in the game. I think Brendan Smith is ready to get an opportunity and now is his time. Kyle Quincey, who we just got in a trade and signed, we got him on a two-year deal. He played so well in Colorado and Los Angeles and that’s what we expect from him. Jonathan Ericsson, a big, strong defenseman, he was always kind of knocking on the door to be the top four defenseman, but our top four was so good, but he paid his dues and now his opportunity’s there. When you think about it, in the last three years losing Rafalski, Lidstrom and Brad Stuart, these young guys are coming up and that’s just the way it goes. The younger guys have to come in and produce and that’s what we expect.”
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