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This morning, a pair of former Red Wings forward Shawn Burr's former teammates remembered "Skippy," with Wings executive Kris Draper speaking with the Fan 590's Joey Vendetta, bluntly addressing both the circumstances of Burr's passing and Burr's legacy (Draper talks about the City of Detroit's municipal bankruptcy and the team's hope that the follow-on rink will open three years from now, too)...
I started following the Red Wings during the 1991-92 season, and my favorite line consisted of Sergei Fedorov, Paul "Rocketman" Ysebaert, and a pudgy grinder who essentially made room for his more-skilled teammates to do their thing in one Shawn Burr.
For a young kid who found himself standing six feet tall and 250 pounds (no matter how much or little I ate or exercised) at 13, Burr was someone to model myself after, as both a hockey player with little to no athletic skill and even a soccer player who'd spent seven years learning how to "make space" for people who were blessed with grace, skill and poise.
Updated 5x at 10:33 PM: On my goodness, this is awful. MLive's Brendan Savage says that former Red Wing and former Red Wings Alumni Association president Shawn Burr has passed away:
Former Detroit Red Wings forward Shawn Burr has died after suffering a fall at his home, television station WDIV is reporting.
Burr had been battling cancer for three years. He was 47.
The Red Wings' first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 1984 NHL entry draft, Burr spent all of parts of 11 seasons with Detroit while also playing for Tampa Bay and San Jose during his 16-year NHL career.
In 2010, he was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia and was in remission for several months after undergoing chemotherapy.
But the disease returned and last year he teamed with the Michigan Dental Society and Leukemia and the Lymphoma Society to try and help build up the state's bone marrow registry.
Here's WDIV's Dave Bartowiak's report:
Updated 4x--yes, four times on August 5th, with substantial news updates, no less--at 3:35 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories:
First and foremost, please take note: Chris Chelios's status as a "Fox Sports One" hockey analyst does NOT mark the end of his tenure with the Red Wings. Chelios still wants to work with the team and help mold the team's younger players while working with (and possibly eventualy helping coach) the Grand Rapids Griffins.
The Free Press's George Sipple spoke with Chelios regarding his role, telling Sipple that he's going to attend the Olympics in Sochi, but will continue in his present position with the Wings:
from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated,
It's tough for a non-rights holder to get any kind of viewer traction (outside of an online audience) for Olympic coverage, but Fox Sports 1 is staffing up for Sochi. The network has hired Michelle Kwan and Chris Chelios to serve as Olympic analysts, joining a roster that includes previous additions, Picabo Street and Andy Finch, who will work the Games onsite as well. The analysts will focus on the sports in which they competed -- figure skating for Kwan, hockey for Chelios, alpine skiing for Street and snowboarding for Finch -- but they'll also be part of group discussions on general Olympic topics. "I targeted people with personalities," said Rick Jaffe, senior vice president of news operations for Fox Sports. "I sold them on 'Hey, we will let you be you here. You can come here and let your personality show and have fun.'"...
Jaffe said Chelios will also be the NHL analyst for Fox Sports 1. He'll work through the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will have an in-home camera when breaking news occurs. "I think he can be great," Jaffe said.
much more media talk if you are interested in that topic...
Following yesterday's theme to some extent, the Free Press's Helene St. James profiles another Swede who's become something of a controversial figure among Red Wings fans in one Jonas Gustavsson, who has a year remaining on a contract that will pay him $1.5 million this upcoming season.
Gustavsson obviously had a crappy 2013 season--he battled a chronic groin injury for the vast majority of the year, and during the seven games he did play, his 2-2-and-1 record reflects his status as a goaltender that never really gained his coach's trust.
While Anthony Mantha and Jake Paterson attempt to make Team Canada's cut at the World Junior selection camp starting today at the Montreal Canadiens' practice facility and then shifting to the combined U.S./Finnish/Swedish World Junior summer camp in Lake Placid on Tuesday...
The Free Press's Helene St. James continues her survey of the Wings' present and future with someone the team's essentially stuck with in one Johan Franzen and his moderate cap hit belying a massive contract belying massive underachievement-on-the-dollar that Wings fans insist the team should have spent re-signing Marian Hossa--despite eight gabillion and five indications that Rich Winter planned on giving the Wings a long-term discount on his client's services as much as, well, Neil Sheehy planned on doing anything less than waiting things out to ensure that Damien Brunner earns $3+ million per season.
In theory, anyway, St. James believes that the Mule can indeed get what he wants--or perhaps needs--by playing alongside Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson, and I sure as hell hope so:
I was engaging in my usual morning perusal of foreign-language news when I came upon an article from Expressen's Sebastian Mattsson which required no translation: "Depression tvingar stjarnan att lagga av," and I know that, "Ladda av" is essentially "to stop" or "retire," too.
According to both Mattsson and the article he refers to in Der Tagesspiel, Eisbaren Berlin defenseman Constantin Braun is pausing his hockey career because he's battling acute depression, and Claus Vetter reports that Braun's receiving inpatient treatment. The 25-year-old was already receiving support from a team psychologist in Mark Flemming and his brother, Eisbaren forward Laurin Braun.
We went a whole day without name-calling, but that may change this morning. The Free Press's Helene St. James continues her series of surveys of Red Wings players with a take on Jonathan Ericsson's relative value to the team...
And as far as I'm concerned, Ericsson, who's entering the last year of a 3-year contract that pays him $3.25 million this upcoming season, has indeed (perhaps after too long an incubation period) established himself as at least a top-three defenseman. I'm not sure if St. James agrees with that, but I certainly agree with her suggestion that Ericsson is nothing less than a "cornerstone" going forward:
The Free Press's Jamie Samuelssen tries to shake things up on a quiet Friday afternoon by offering his takes as to whether past and present members of the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers and Red Wings should have their numbers retired, and let's just say that Samuelssen doesn't believe that we'll see a banner-raising at Joe Louis Arena--or whatever they call the Wings' follow-on-rink--for a long time after Nicklas Lidstrom's #5 joins the list of retired Wings numbers next March:
Sergei Fedorov – He’s the last Red Wing to win the Hart Trophy. He was a Selke winner. Praise Yzerman all you want, but Fedorov was a vital performer on every one of those Red Wings Stanley Cup teams as well. The downside of Fedorov, of course, was that he signed the offer sheet with Carolina in 1998 and then bolted town for less money to sign with the Ducks in 2003. Some fans have never forgiven him for that. Those fans need to get over it. Fedorov is simply one of the greatest players ever to wear a Red Wings uniform. I think his number should be retired. But I doubt it ever will because of how he left town. VERDICT – NO
Fedorov is the Wings' fifth-leading scorer (surprisingly, Pavel Datsyuk's not that far behind Fedorov's 908 points with 779 of his own), and he was a dominant force for the vast majorit yof his tenure with the Wings...But between signing that $36 million deal with Carolina and the unbelievably acrimonious departure for the Ducks (the English-language media scuttlebutt was bad. Fedorov's dad spouting off at the mouth in the Russian media was far, far worse)...Let's just say that how things go down in terms of the Winter Classic Alumni game may let us know what's up going forward.
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