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Updated 4x at 9:32 AM, updated incredibly substantially with Crain's reports and official renderings, and then with the gist of a Petr Mrazek interview: Sometimes doing this blogging thing is like waiting for battle, especially when the Free Press decides to delay its anchor stories until 5 AM (as per usual on Sunday). You try to keep yourself busy, you try to look for any ancillary hockey news that might pop up (happy 36th birthday to Pavel Datsyuk and happy belated wedding day to Jordin and Jennifer Tootoo)...
And you wait for the deluge. In this morning's case, it's a deluge of stories regarding the Red Wings' follow-on rink and the surrounding economic development, first provided by the Free Press; Crain's Detroit Business will publish its stories about the rink sometime after I go to bed, and I'm sure that this officially official unveiling of the plans will echo through MLive, the Detroit News, Macomb Daily and the local TV stations over the next week or two.
The most important confirmation comes simply via the Freep's "Ilitch Development Timeline," confirming that Joe Louis Arena has two or three seasons to live:
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Red Wings fans--and it's been a couple of rough weeks for me--so I'm hoping that news slows down a little bit to give us a break from what I will delicately describe as a pair of unpopular free agent signings and a coach who addressed some issues that, on my part, hit too close to home.
Anyway, one would think that the middle of July would yield little news, but every time I scroll through my "Core Wings" Twitter list, I find a solid chunk of "there's still stuff going on" content.
In the prospect department, via RedWingsFeed, OHL Prospects' Brock Otten examined the Wings' Ontario Hockey League-playing prospects as part of his "30 Teams in 30 Days" series. He looks at a pair of OHL graduates in Andreas Athanasiou and Jake Paterson, as well as a pair of strong prospects who will be spending this upcoming season in the OHL:
This will be interesting:
This evening's Red Wings-related news that doesn't involve George Sipple's update on the state of the DeKeyser-and-Tatar contract talks is a bit...scattered...so let's start with charitable news.
The Ted Lindsay Foundation's "HockeyFest" is taking place at the Kroger in Canton from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday. Lindsay will be there, as will several Wings alums...
And here's the Wings' press release regarding the event again:
The Grand Rapids Griffins have posited their third of what will be four "Between the Benches" videos chronicling the Griffins' attempts to defend their Calder Cup Championship this past spring. The Griffins crack the 25-minute mark here:
You can watch parts one and two below:
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Next up on the to-do list for Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is working out deals with forward Tomas Tatar and defenseman Danny DeKeyser, both restricted free agents. It could take a while to come to an agreement with both players.
“We’ve talked and continue to talk, but nothing close,” Holland said Friday.
Holland said he made Tatar an offer recently that is being mulled over.
“Tats is overseas, and I’m waiting to hear back,” Holland said. “On the DeKeyser front, we met them in early June. We talked briefly at the draft, and we haven’t really talked much in July. I’ve made what I think are pretty good offers. They haven’t really countered. We’re just in the waiting process.
This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related stories are a little bit repetitious, but that's not a bad thing per se.
Second, Pavel Datsyuk's hockey school continued in the Moscow suburb of Zelenograd today...
Warning, warning, rant ahead! I promise this is the last one for a while...
Thursday served as a superb, "There is no real off-season" reminder for me.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and new assistant coach Tony Granato gave superb radio interviews, as did Ted Lindsay; Pavel Datsyuk held a press conference at his hockey school, after playing against a team of media members that included Red Wings Grinder's Alexey Kovalevch, and more than a few mid-day stories popped up (most notably, MLive's Brendan Savage reported that the Wings aren't close to re-signing Danny DeKeyser or Tomas Tatar), all after the Wings officially announced contract extensions with Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil early on Thursday morning.
This evening, Callahan thanked the Wings for re-signing him...
And the Free Press's Helene St. James weighed in regarding Callahan's uphill climbs in terms of attempting to make the team out of training camp (both players seem content with returning to Grand Rapids at this point), with St. James wondering aloud whether Callahan might get picked up on waivers if he's demoted...
Pavel Datsyuk's hockey school in the Moscow suburb of Zelenograd hasn't received that much press as of yet, save a pair of Allhockey.ru articles/photo galleries, but today, he spoke with R-Sport's correspondents, positing successive comments about his health, the Wings' roster, soccer and more. What follows is roughly-translated, but it's good to hear.
First, Rogulev asked Datsyuk about his physical health...
Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk, who plays for Detroit, says he expects to be fully recovered for the start of the NHL season. Datsyuk missed 30 of the final 40 games of the regular season due to pain in his knee. The forward, who turns 36 on July 20th, registered 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 playoff games.
"Until today, I've been going through rehabilitation, doing special exercises," Datsyuk told reporters. "I will approach the season really prepared for it. I'm not quite there yet, but I'm moving in the right direction. I can't promise, but I hope to come to the season 100% ready."
Then R-Sport's Simon Galkevich asked Datsyuk about the Wings' roster...
On a quieter day, I would've posted the triple interviews that Mike Babcock, Ted Lindsay and Tony Granato conducted today in a single "afternoon" post, but you've got to get that stuff out as soon as you find it, so:
The first "story" of note comes via Twitter, while I was writing this, and I'll put it simply: Herm to Hockeytown is now an every-other-year-event, but its guru of organization, Jennifer MacRostie, is asking Wings fans to step up and help Children's Hospital sans event:
Second: I'm glad to have read that the Wings re-signed Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil to 1-year contracts. Callahan's worked his tail off and has already stated that he'll be more than happy to play in Grand Rapids for another year if that will allow him to remain part of the organization, and Nestrasil salvaged his pro hockey career via a superb 2013-2014 season performance with the Griffins.
The Griffins' press release regarding the contracts made Callahan and Nestrasil's respective statistical cases...
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