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I will add to this post as more news comes in from practice.
More line shuffling in practice. Helm and Tatar skating with top six. Cleary skating with bottom six.
Franzen is centering a line of Cleary and Eaves. Yesterday, Holland said he was out for Saturday, now, who knows?
George is ill so what you get from me is the highlights from the Wings's loss last night to the Stars.
Hopefully it will bring some response from you because in my opinion the discussion starts with anyone not named Datsyuk, Zetterberg or Bertuzzi.
Daryl Reaugh, the Stars' color analyst, with a unique pre-game report for the Joe...
Also, from an earlier Khan tweet,
Franzen said he's not feeling any better, wouldn't elaborate on whether he's sick or injured and didn't want to comment further.
Also it is my understanding Samuelsson is in the lineup tonight.
added 1:38pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Asked if he’s sick or injured (club is calling it an upper-body injury), Franzen said, “I don’t know.’’
Then he walked away, not wanting to comment further.
Defenseman Brendan Smith skated today for the first time since injuring his shoulder Saturday in Edmonton and said he felt good.
“A lot better; I guess day-by-day it’s going to keep getting better,’’ Smith said. “I was able to pass, shoot and do everything today. It’s obviously a good sign.’’
Smith said he expects to be available for Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg, when he’s eligible to come off of short-term injured reserve.
The only lineup change for the Red Wings has Mikael Samuelsson in for Jordin Tootoo...
Now what? Yesterday Holland said TooToo would not be going to Grand Rapids.
added 12:17pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Paul here for George who is without internet access at this point in time.
Wings have an optional skate this morning and according to Ansar Khan, Franzen and Smith are skating but won't play tonight and TooToo is also on the ice.
Then this and we will get the official word on TooToo right after noon today..
The storylines for the next two games and couple of days have already been written ahead of tonight's tilt against the Dallas Stars (7:30 PM EST, FSD/FS Southwest/97.1 FM; tonight is Henrik Zetterberg bobblehead night). The four main storylines read as follows:
1. Tonight, the Red Wings battle Jim Nill's Dallas Stars, who are 7-6-and-2 and are wrapping up a 3-game road trip in which they've posted a pair of shootout wins over Ottawa on Sunday (a 4-3 shootout win) and Boston on Tuesday (a 3-2 shootout win over Tyler Seguin's former employer). Nill told the Free Press's Helene St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan that he still has strong ties to the Wings and Metro Detroit, so this game is one where managerial bragging rights are on the table.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
There are no sweaters or sticks or pucks on display in his office. There are no mementos hanging up. But because of requests related to the Hall of Fame, Shanahan dug through the attic at his place in Cape Cod and enjoyed what he found. Now there are framed items on the floor leaning against the base of the walls – the front page of the Detroit Free Press when the Red Wings won the Cup in 1997, a team picture from the 2000 All-Star Game in Toronto, a picture of him playing for Team Canada in 2002 … There is a pile of photos on his desk – his first fight, his 50th goal, his 500th goal …
He pulled out a photo of the Wings visiting the set of “Friends” and laughed. “There’s Chandler,” he chuckled. He pulled out photo after photo of his real friends. “I like the dressing room stuff,” he said. He held another photo. Here were the Wings after winning the Cup in 1998, not posing for the camera, delirious on the ice, Vladimir Konstantinov in his wheelchair surrounded by Slava Fetisov, Scotty Bowman, Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom …
“Vladdie, Slava, Scotty, Stevie, Nick, me …”
He might put up some stuff in his office, after all.
“Enough time has passed,” he said.
The Grand Rapids Griffins may have had to rise very early from their beds to take on the Rockford IceHogs during an 11 AM-starting matinee aimed to entertain Grand Rapids-area schoolchildren, but the Griffins experienced no struggles in focusing on their tasks at hand, defeating Rockford 6-2. The Griffins' website recounts the game's details...
When Brendan Smith and Jonathan Ericsson return from their respective injuries, Capgeek estimates that the Red Wings have already placed players on the Long-Term Injured Reserve list for enough time that they've cleared the cap overage caused by the team's decision to bring Daniel Cleary back into the fold...
But the team will have 24 players on its roster when Smith and Ericsson are healthy, so it was assumed, and I assumed, that the Red Wings were waiving Jordin Tootoo for the purposes of sending him to Grand Rapids. Mike Babcock certainly intimated as much when he spoke with the media on Wednesday, but the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness suggests that the Wings will keep Tootoo around if he clears waivers--at least for the present moment:
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