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7. Detroit Red Wings: GM Ken Holland had one of his best offseasons in recent years, and the forward group is the biggest beneficiary. The surprising addition of Daniel Alfredsson gives Holland the veteran eager to win a Stanley Cup he likes to have on his roster. And Alfredsson, as he showed in the playoffs, can still play at 40 years old. Stephen Weiss replaces Valtteri Filppula and is more of a natural center with better playmaking abilities.
During the playoffs, young players such as Justin Abdelkader, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist emerged as important contributors for coach Mike Babcock behind stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. As always, the health of Darren Helm will be a key for this group and at some point, Holland has to create room to bring back veteran leader Daniel Cleary.
NHL talent evaluator's take: "I think Alfie will have a good year. He can still skate. He's smart. You get him in that environment for a year -- he'll be all juiced up around good friends. He'll be fine. He'll be a really good player. Weiss is the interesting one for me. I'm just interested ... I just don't know. He's a good player but he's been a good player on a bad team for a lot of years. We'll see."
RED WINGS, FOX SPORTS DETROIT AND CBS RADIO ANNOUNCE 2013-14 BROADCAST SCHEDULE
74 Wings Games On FOX Sports Detroit – 85 On 97.1 The Ticket or 1270 AM
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings, FOX Sports Detroit and CBS Radio today announced the 2013-14 Red Wings local television and radio schedules. For the 14th year, all Wings regular-season and playoff games will be carried live by CBS Sports Radio with Ken Kal and former Red Wings captain Paul Woods providing the call. CBS Radio will broadcast the games on a combination of 97.1 The Ticket and 1270 AM with 35 games simulcast on both stations.
FOX Sports Detroit (FSD) continues its award-winning production and carriage of Red Wings games by airing a total of 74 preseason and regular-season contests with 61 games slated for FSD and 13 on FOX Sports Plus (FSPLUS) with the popular announce team of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond. Additionally, FOX Sports Detroit will carry all non-exclusive games in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the Wings qualify.
Per the Grand Rapids Business Journal's David Czurak, the Grand Rapids Griffins are holding a charity golf event on Monday to benefit the Griffins' Youth Foundation, and as far as I know, the Calder Cup will be in attendance given that Luke Glendening will have his "day with the Cup" in Grand Rapids on Friday:
The Grand Rapids Griffins will hold their 19th annual Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic next Monday, but it’ll be the first time as AHL Calder Cup champions.
Tee time: The event, which is sponsored by Meijer, will tee off at 10 a.m. for the fifth consecutive year at the 36-hole Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada Township. Half of the golfers will play 18 on the Ridge course, while the other half will tackle the Valley course.
Grand Rapids Griffins release 4th and 5th ‘Between the Benches’ videos, yield 2 total hours of video
After posting over seventy-six minutes of video chronicling the team's playoff journey, the Grand Rapids Griffins posted their final two "Between the Benches" videos today, and "100 games" is 37:26 alone...
Red Wings alumnus Joey Kocur's charitable foundation will be holding a charity softball game in Highland, MI this Saturday, August 24th, and fourteen Red Wings alums, celebrities like Jeff Daniels, Dave Coulier and Brian Vander Ark will tangle with police officers and firefighters from Milford, Highland and White Lake townships to raise funds for a slate of Southeastern Michigan charities.
The Free Press's George Sipple (via RedWingsFeed) spoke with Kocur about the event, and Kocur's looking forward to the triple-header and the activities accompanying the game itself:
The Joe Kocur Foundation for Children will host its fifth annual Charity Softball Series on Saturday at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland. Gates open at 10 a.m. with games scheduled at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
“The lineup this year is the best I’ve ever had,” Kocur said. “Dave Coulier just confirmed that he’ll be there. I’m going to have three separate autograph signings. I’ve got Darren McCarty, Chris Osgood and Ted Lindsay signing for an hour.We’ve got two full baseball fields of kids games with a midway and ferris wheel and dunk tanks and rock climbing walls. Everything is donated, so everything that is bought that day goes right back to the charities. My foundation is 100% give back. There is no person on our staff that gets a penny of this.”
Updated 2x at 4:41 PM: Paul duly noted that the National Post's Michael Triakos asked whether Stephen Weiss, who's taking part in the Biosteel Camp in Toronto this week, will live up to expectations with the Red Wings.
As Triakos suggests, a 30-year-old center is both coming off wrist surgery and will be returning a hockey-mad atmosphere and high-pressure environment for the first time since he was nickanmed "Weisserman" while playing for the OHL's Plymouth Whalers. As such, the supposed step-up from Valtteri Filppula will be have to rise to the challenges he faces:
The AHL has yet to release its 2013-2014 regular season schedule (though it should be released this week) but as a "teaser" of sorts, the Grand Rapids Griffins have posited their preseason schedule--and their pair of pre-season games will take place in Plymouth, MI and Windsor, Ontario:
GRIFFINS ANNOUNCE PRESEASON SCHEDULE
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The 2013 Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins will tune up for the 2013-14 AHL season by playing a pair of preseason games against the Lake Erie Monsters in the Detroit area in late September.
Grand Rapids will first battle the Monsters on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich., home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers. The rivals will square off again on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7:05 p.m. at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, home to the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires.
For those of you who'd been wondering whether the Russian Olympic orientation camp players will be willing to discuss Russia's anti-homosexuality laws, Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov asked Russian Hockey Federation spokesman Mikhail Zakharov about that topic, and while this is an incredibly rough translation of his response, you'll get his drift:
The Red Wings officially exceeded the salary cap (at least by Capgeek's estimations, to the tune of $637,879, with Daniel Alfredsson's $2 million in bonuses deferred to the 14-15 cap) and have 25 players (and 16 forwards) under contract after inking Gustav Nyquist to a 2-year, $1.9 million contract.
Assuming that the team remains healthy throughout training camp and the exhibition season, the team will have to clear at least $640K off their cap figure and at least two bodies to get under the "upper limit" and the 23-man roster rule, respectively, by 5 PM on September 29th (the day after the exhibition season ends).
This seems like an appropriate Tweet given Gustav Nyquist's re-signing by the Red Wings this morning:
Quoting WZZM 13:
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