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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:
Update: Wrong blog. Oh well.
Ouch. Forbes Michael Ozanian reports that the Minnesota Wild's minority owner ran afoul of the Securities and Exchanges Commission, and as such, he got dinged with a fine larger than Ryan Suter's signing bonus:
Billionaire Philip Falcone will not have to go to the penalty box, but he and his hedge fund, Harbinger Capital Partners, will pay $18 million to settle SEC charges over Falcone’s use of firm money and other accusations, regulators said Monday.
SEC: “Falcone and Harbinger engaged in serious misconduct that harmed investors, and their admissions leave no doubt that they violated the federal securities laws,” said Andrew Ceresney, co-director of the SEC’s enforcement division. “Falcone must now pay a heavy price for his misconduct by surrendering millions of dollars and being barred from the hedge fund industry.”
Updated 6x with weird Cleary news at 2:18 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news, first, hold your nose:
The Red Wings just announced the details of a new charitable partnership:
Via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner knows what's up:
Update: The Detroit Free Press confirms in article form:
Monday was super busy from an "its summer news-wise" perspective, mostly because the second-to-last week in August usually marks the first time that NHL'ers take to the ice. Whether it was Daniel Alfredsson pissing people off in Ottawa (tip for "Alfie": there is nothing you can do that WON'T piss Ottawans off other than hauling tail to Metro Detroit) or Justin Abdelkader, Drew Miller, Jakub Kindl and a pair of former Wings in Valtteri Filppula and Daniel Cleary at Michigan State University's pro camp.
Michigan Hockey's Nick Barnowski spoke with Filppula about his new start in Tampa Bay, and he also spoke with Miller and Abdelkader about kicking off the on-ice portion of their off-season training regimen at their alma mater:
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