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By the time I wrapped up my overnight report and tried to settle down, Finnish Twitter users were serenading me to sleep with news from the first SM-Liiga's open practices, and if ever you needed a reminder that NHL'ers preparations for the 2013-2014 season are in fact underway, IIHF.com's Symon Szemberg finds himself in Gothenburg, Sweden, where a certain new Wing was working out at the Frolunda Indians' training facility...
And ESPN's Paul Grant wrapped up his "summer wonder" series this morning by questioning the potential impact of the NHL's unrestricted free agent signings, including the Wings' additions of Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss:
On Thursday, the Red Wings announced that they will raise Nicklas Lidstrom's #5 to the rafters on March 6th, 2014, and this morning, the Free Press's Helene St. James published a short conversation that she had with Lidstrom after the announcement was made:
[H]ere's what Lidstrom told the Free Press about the big day ahead: "It's a tremendous honor to have my jersey retired next to Yzerman, Lindsay, Howe, Abel, Sawchuk and Delvecchio."
That would be Steve Yzerman (19), Ted Lindsay (7), Gordie Howe (9), Sid Abel (12), Terry Sawchuk (1) and Alex Delvecchio (10).
Lidstrom said his wife, their four sons and his parents will be at Joe Louis Arena that night.
"I'm looking forward to the ceremony and to have my family there," Lidstrom said. "And for them to experience the great atmosphere of the Joe once again!"
As I perused the foreign-language newspapers, I found a photo gallery of Slovan Bratislava playing Spartak Moscow in a KHL exhibition game.
This past week, Biosteel Sports has done its best to inform YouTube and Twitter that Gary Roberts and Matt Nichol are about to beat the shit out of a crop of NHL'ers whose ranks include star players and one Brendan Smith in Toronto.
Ken Kal stated on Twitter that he ran into Jimmy Howard at the Joe, presumably to either get fitted for new goalie equipment (thanks to the NHL's attempts to shrink thigh rises, now's the time for Howard to talk to Vaughn Custom Sports and order some Michigan-made gear) or work out.
Detroit, MI…Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano today announced that the Red Wings will officially retire Nicklas Lidstrom’s number “5” in a special pre-game ceremony on March 6, 2014, when the Red Wings host the Colorado Avalanche.
As an FYI, from the Plymouth Whalers:
PLYMOUTH WHALERS START PRESEASON on AUGUST 31 BY GIVING BACK
Proceeds from Whalers-Windsor exhibition opener in Livonia go to Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund
PLYMOUTH – When the Plymouth Whalers open the 2013 pre-season schedule on Saturday, August 31 at 7 pm against Windsor at Eddie Edgar Ice Arena in Livonia, a heartfelt and inspiring back story will take center stage in a big way.
One hundred percent of the proceeds generated in the game benefit the Livonia Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Larry Nehasil Park in Livonia.
Updated 2x at 3:47 PM: NHL.com's "30 in 30" series began today with a set of state-of-the-team articles about the Anaheim Ducks, and Pro Hockey Talk's kicking off a similar survey of the league's teams with "Detroit Red Wings Day on PHT." Ryan Dadoun begins a state-of-the-Wings articles by discussing the team's off-season moves...
Detroit tends to be conservative in the free agent market, but they did take a chance by signing forward Stephen Weiss to a five-year, $24.5 million contract despite the fact a wrist injury limited him to just 17 games last season.
The Wings also managed to surprise the hockey world by luring longtime Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson to their side.
This time of year is anything but quiet in terms of young players engaging in tournaments and national team selection camps--Under-18 players will take part in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament from August 5th-10th, for example, Team Canada's going to hold part of its World Junior selection camp in Brossard, Quebec starting in August 4th (Anthony Mantha and Jake Paterson are taking part), before joining Team USA, Team Sweden and Team Finland at their annual selection camp in Lake Placid, New York, with that co-selection camp starting on Saturday, August 3rd...
And at this point in the summer, NHL and Major Junior teams sometimes find themselves engaged in tugs of war regarding the futures of 20-year-olds.
The Red Wings have planned on bringing Marek Tvrdon into the fold after three injury-plagued seasons spent with the WHL's Vancouver Giants, but the Giants really, really, really, really want to bring Tvrdon back as an "overager," and as such, the Vancouver Province's Steve Ewen spoke with Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin about Tvrdon's status:
Assessing the state of the Grand Rapids Griffins, with an emphasis on foundational (veteran) players
The Grand Rapids Griffins made some superb moves to ensure that as many veteran players from the team's Calder Cup-winning playoff run will remain in tow for the upcoming season, re-signing captain Jeff Hogan, defenseman Nathan Paetsch, forward Triston Grant and defenseman Brennan Evans, and alleviating something of a logjam on the blueline by allowing Brett Skinner to walk while bolstering the forward lines with a classic, "He played well against us, so we want to snag him" signing in center David McIntyre.
The Griffins also retained Tom McCollum's services to help push Jared Coreau and/or serve as something of a security blanket, and they witnessed the Wings reward Luke Glendening's strong 2012-2013 season performance with a two-way contract.
Regardless of your opinion regarding the Red Wings' new rink and the funding surrounding it, there are at least facts available about the public and private portions of its construction costs, the rink proposal itself and who's in charge. If anything, the various websites on both sides of the political aisle are pissing me off (and again, I'm a moderate independent) because I keep on reading so much vitriol spewed that assumes the rink's being built in a vacuum and/or in an area that is only supported by the citizens of the City of Detroit.
Hell, more often than not, reading some of the rants of late makes me wonder whether the authors understand that the city does not in fact float like an island in space, absent any connections to the vast metropolitan area which surrounds it (save "South Detroit," a.k.a. Windsor, Ontario, of course).
For those of you who aren't familiar with the area, depending on where you draw the borders of Metro Detroit, it spans somewhere between 3,800 and 5,800 square miles, and includes somewhere between 4.2 and 5.2 million of the 9.8 million residents.
During every summer development camp and fall prospect tournament, there are moments where those who have the privilege of speaking with the players hope that we've got good poker faces.
The phenomenon tends to take place more than not during the summer development camp, but it occasionally happens during the prospect tournament or main camp, and while it's sort of an unwritten rule that every non-roster player harbors the same goal, when they say the magic phrase, regardless of whether they're a first-round pick or a seventh-rounder, an invited try-out or someone who's signed an entry-level deal, you really want to raise an eyebrow and say, "So you're new here..." but that would be unprofessional.
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