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There was quite a bit of hype and chatter regarding Detroit's Downtown Development Authority's meeting with Olympia Entertianment/Ilitch Holdings this afternoon, with presumptions regarding its outcome and insistence of a "big announcement" being made, but Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reports that this is just another step in the process of expanding Downtown Detroit's footprint by 40 acres to make the Foxtown and Cass Corridor areas--the geographic area in which the $450 million rink and $200 million in economic development will take shape--eligible for dedicated economic development-related funds collected by the DDA in the form of property taxes from downtown businesses.
So we'll hear a significant amount of public wrangling and will see some breathless reports on the evening newscasts after today's meeting takes place, but it's not going to serve as a be-all-end-all determinant of the literal and figurative shapes and forms of the agreement between the DDA and the Ilitches, nor the rink's construction:
As Shea's reported, that concession agreement has to be hashed out in a Detroit-resident-and-contractor-friendly manner to ensure that the City Council will vote to expand the DDA's footprint. Again, the Ilitches won't own the rink: the DDA and its parent entity, the "quasi-governmental" Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, will lease the facility to the Ilitches.
I think Red Wings fans need to hear this after enduring so very much bad news regarding the Red Wings' injuries, as punctuated by Jimmy Howard's status as on the IR and out for 2-4 weeks with a sprained left knee:
On the heels of discouraging news regarding Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (out 2-4 weeks with a sprained left MCL) and as we wait to find out the extent of Stephen Weiss's groin issues on this Salvation Army kettle bell-ringing Friday, and we wait to find out whether today's meeting between the Downtown Development Authority and Olympia Entertainment will provide a "big announcement"...
MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article that falls into the "tailings regarding the Red Wings' 3-2 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday" category (I'm the blogger, I can make these things up if I want to! ), noting that while Wings fans may be frustrated as all *#$%@& get out by the team's 9 OT or shootout losses, the Red Wings' coach is still accentuating the positive:
Updated 8x at 3:43 PM: Crappy news regarding Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard per the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan and MLive's Ansar Khan...
And it appears that the Wings are preparing to play without Stephen Weiss for an extended period of time:
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirms Howard's injury, and now we're waiting to find out how bad Stephen Weiss's groin issues are--the fact that the team's recalled Eaves suggests that he's going to be out for at least a couple of weeks...
For better or worse, the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will be making their HBO 24/7 debut tomorrow night at 10 PM EST (there are alternate showings over the following week, and the program will air on Sportsnet on Sunday evening), and while I don't plan on dissecting the program (the Wings happen to be playing tomorrow night, on Saturday the 21st and on Saturday the 28th, so writing up "recaps" of both the games and super-detailed breakdowns of the programs...Other people do the latter, I do the former), I'm certainly going to be as "glued to the screen" as most of you will be tomorrow evening.
As the Wings possess a 2-2-and-2 December record and have witnessed the return of Pavel Datsyuk from a concussion and the losses of Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm, Jimmy Howard and Stephen Weiss to injuries, whatever narrative HBO concocts for tomorrow's hour-long program will probably seem a little too familiar to Wings fans, and DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson spoke with several of the team's "protagonists" (as it were) about living under HBOs' prying eyes:
The Red Wings are and will be very busy pursuing charitable endeavors both today and over the next week or two. Today, Wings will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army at three Metro Detroit locations;
On Monday, the Wings will be revealing a significant investment toward renovating and maintaining Detroit's Clark Park rink;
And this morning, the Wings' community relations department revealed that hockey-playing military vets will break in the ice at Comerica Park on Monday:
WOUNDED U.S. AND CANADIAN MILITARY VETERANS TO FACE OFF AT COMERICA PARK ON MONDAY
… Game to Take Place on Dec. 16 During SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) sponsored USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program as the team faces off against members of the Canadian Armed Forces Soldier On Hockey Team on Monday, Dec. 16, at 8:30 a.m. in their first international outdoor matchup at the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ at Comerica Park. Major General Michael J. Terry, who is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command in Warren, will participate in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game.
The Red Wings flew back home to Detroit ahead of an "off day" in which the coach, GM and several players will fan out across Metro Detroit to ring bells for the Salvation Army today, Jimmy Howard and Stephen Weiss will have tests to determine the extent of their injuries, all ahead of a 4-game home stand (the Wings host the Penguins on Saturday the 14th, the Lightning on Sunday the 15th, the Ducks on Tuesday the 17th and the Flames on Thursday the 19th) and a six-game pre-Christmas schedule that will include one trip to Toronto (on the 21st) and a total of five of six games played at Joe Louis Arena--as well as two airings of HBO 24/7 episodes this and next Saturday at 10 PM EST...
But the 15-9-and-9 Red Wings have struggled so very mightily to score in shootouts, as illustrated by their 3-2 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday evening, that I almost hope at least some of those of you who will greet the Wings' charitable bell-ringers ask whether the gents can put the money in the kettle for you, or whether they might miss the opening (awful, I know).
Okay, so the Free Press's John Gallagher reported that the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation's Downtown Development Authority and Olympia Entertainment were going to get down to brass tacks regarding the arena agreement which will govern the lease between the Ilitches and the organization that will ultimately build, own and lease the follow-on rink to the Wings--because that agreement needs to be hashed out before Detroit's City Council will approve an expansion of the DDA's footprint to help fund the rink's construction...
But WXYZ's Julie Banovic (via RedWingsFeed) reports that the agreement between the DDA and Olympia won't come without some negotiations with the residents of the Cass Corridor and the Foxtown area:
The Detroit Red Wings have earned a "result" for the 24th time in 33 games--as in they earned a point--but the Wings' sterling record now stands at 15-9-and-9 (15 and 18) after the team seemed to lurk in the weeds during the first, sneak out of the period with a goal, surrender a game-tying marker and then do nothing on the power play, fritter away time and lose their ELEVENTH STRAIGHT SHOOTOUT WHAT THE HELL.
I mean they lost 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Jeebus Monkey Pants, this is unbelievable.
Since the Wings defeated Ottawa on December 1st, they've gone 1-1-and-2, and will head home to the Joe to host the Penguins on Saturday, the Lightning on Sunday, the Ducks on Tuesday and the Flames on Thursday before heading to Toronto on the 21st and then hosting the Islanders on Monday the 23rd to close out the pre-Chrismtas schedule...And I'm sure things have gone fine at the Joe, right?
Especially now that Howard and Weiss are gonna be out or a little bit, right?
When the Red Wings used the second-round pick they acquired in their "drop down" draft deal with the San Jose Sharks (who picked Mirco Mueller 18th; the Wings picked Anthony Mantha with the 20th pick) to draft Tyler Bertuzzi 45th overall, the reaction from both hockey fans and draft experts was, to put it indelicately, "What the hell?"
When the 6,' 178-pound left winger and nephew of Todd Bertuzzi made his unofficial Red Wings debut at the team's summer development camp by breaking the team's one summer development camp rule--"don't fight to try to impress us, because somebody might get hurt"--and his battle with Nick Jensen resulted in shoulder surgery for Jensen, the, "What the hell?" line of thinking seemed to prove itself.
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