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Updated 8x at 3:19 PM: The Detroit Red Wings returned to practice after a full day off on Monday, preparing for a three-games-in-four-nights slate of games to conclude their exhibition season (Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh on FSD Plus/NHL Net U.S., Friday vs. Toronto, Saturday at Toronto on the CBC and NHL Net U.S.), and the Wings' beat writers delivered a familiar slate of, "Good news and bad news on the injury front" while watching practice:
I know that some of you had a spirited discussion regarding the Red Wings' high likelihood of starting the season utilizing players placed on long-term injured reserve to alleviate the team's $2.387 million (Capgeek-estimated) cap overage and its roster crunch (27 players on the roster, Wings need to get down to 23 by Monday), perhaps suggesting that Red Wings GM Ken Holland's acumen in trading players for a significant return has diminished, or wondering why the Wings are so very regularly beset by injuries...
But the pre-season trade marketplace isn't exactly booming at present, and as teams are still evaluating their own pools of talent, they've tended to address injury issues not involving fisticuffs or high sticks from within the organization.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Until he has a better handle on the status of the injured players — likely later this week — general manager Ken Holland isn't making any decisions.
"I'm waiting to get a feel for how long some of these people are out," Holland said. "Maybe injuries sort some of these problems out, short term. I've had the odd conversation with other general managers, but we don't really know where we're at. I'm waiting till I know more specifics."
Updated 3x at 6:17 PM: As I annoy the Safelite folks in Livonia because they've finished my windshield ahead of schedule and I'm still doing work...
Following up this morning's news about Wings cuts and the Grand Rapids Griffins' training camp opening in GR, the Red Wings made a paper transaction that allows the team to temporarily reduce its roster size--though the player demoted will have to be recalled to serve the final game of his suspension...
As noted earlier today, the Free Press's James Jahnke revealed that the Red Wings (and their "ultimate octopus smuggler") finished 13th overall in ESPN the Magazine's "Ultimate Standings" rankings of sports franchises, and you'll like how I found out that ESPN's "Ultimate Standings" have "gone live" online: the CBC Ottawa's Dan Seguin happened to re-Tweet a note from some guy named Melnyk, whose Senators somehow finished 4 places ahead of the Wings.
Why did Detroit finish behind Ottawa? Detroit's ranked as having the second-best ownership of all professionial sports teams, 5th in terms of "fan relations," 8th in terms of player (likeability), 11th in coaching and 5th in terms of their "title track," but the Senators' artificially low ticket prices gave them a higher "bang for their buck" and "affordability," and the Joe's...Eccentricities...knocked the Wings down significantly.
Here's what ESPN's Hallie Grossman has to say about the Wings (and the Tigers finished 21st, the Pistons 84th and the Lions 111th out of 122):
Updated with some trite cliches at 1:51 PM: I'm posting this story in TMR because ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's article about the already-apparent effects of the NHL's decision to realign its franchises for the upcoming season includes Red Wings-related content...
But LeBrun astutely notes that realignment will yield positives for teams like Dallas, Detroit and Minnesota, but "more of the same" for most teams, including San Jose, and there'salso no doubt that teams like the Panthers and Lightning got "dinged" and then some.
For the Wings, less travel is absolutely huge, as are the returns of Original Six rivalries with the Canadiens, Bruins and Maple Leafs, but the "Flortheast"/"Atlantic" division will make the Wings' road to the playoffs more difficult, but Jimmy Howard believes that the Wings will acclimate to their new surroundings in short order...
ESPN's about to release its annual estimation of professional sports' best franchises--and the Free Press's James revealed that the Red Wings will finish 13th in ESPN's annual "Ultimate Standings" issue---and ESPN the Magazine's Rachel Ullrich spoke with an "ultimate smuggler," Red Wings fan Nick Dinverno, about the ins and outs of sneaking an octopus into Joe Louis Arena:
Updated to the point that this is something of a mid-day report at 12:09 PM: Per the Red Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS SEND EIGHT PLAYERS TO GRAND RAPIDS
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today assigned eight players to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. With the moves, the Red Wings’ roster currently stands at 30 players. Detroit is currently 2-3-0 on the preseason and set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins this Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena (FOX Sports Detroit Plus).
Here's a screenshot of the cuts. The WIngs sent Riley Sheahan, Triston Grant, Landon Ferraro, Louis-Marc Aubry, Luke Glendening, Nathan Paetsch, Alexei Marchenko and Jared Coreau down as the Grand Rapids Griffins are opening camp today (and you can click on the below-posted images for higher-resolution versions):
From the Red Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS AND ZETTERBERG LAUNCH 12TH ANNUAL SMOKE DETECTOR COLLECTION PRESENTED BY COMERICA
… In-Game Collections are Wednesday, Sept. 25, and Friday, Sept. 27, at JLA …
Detroit, MI… As part of the 12th Annual Smoke Detector Collection, the Detroit Red Wings and captain Henrik Zetterberg are asking fans to bring smoke detectors to Joe Louis Arena when the Wings face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Sept. 25, and again on Friday, Sept. 27, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Those who do not bring smoke detectors may also make monetary donations.
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