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Yesterday afternoon, Bryan Murray tried to get his "last word" in on the Daniel Alfredsson situation, blaming Alfredsson's agent, J.P. Barry, for helping scuttle the ship, and now Senators owner Eguene Melnyk's tossing in his Toonie's worth to TSN:
"For anyone to even suggest the remote possibility that Bryan Murray is not fully honest in his clear recollection of events should be ashamed of themselves," Melnyk told TSN on Friday. "I point the finger squarely on JP Barry, the man who blessed us with the (Dany) Heatley mess."
Updated 2x at 1:23 PM: Today's survey of Red Wings-related news begins with slightly disturbing news from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. According to Iltahleti and Jokerit Helsinki's website, Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves' brother Ben, who's 31 years old, is retiring due to post-concussion syndrome. Perhaps it really does run in families, as the Moore family's issues with concussions certainly suggests.
In the summer of 2003, online translators were still new, sometimes, you still had to wait until newspapers were delivered to read the latest Wings news, and sports talk radio ruled the airwaves.
Ten years ago, in Metro Detroit, I was a college student reading Viktor Fedorov spouting off about his son's "misunderstood" and "disrespected" status while being given a platform to perpetuate the, "Poor, misunderstood enigmatic Russian superstar" mythology that has become the "Legend of the Russian Problem" to one Igor Larin.
Bryan Murray suggests that Ottawa should move forward after getting the last last word on Alfredsson
After fourteen updates to the Daniel Alfredsson presser entry, OF COURSE Senators GM Bryan Murray had to do nothing less than speak to OttawaSenators.com's Chris Lund to set the record "straight" regarding what Murray seems to believe was misdirection by Alfredsson's agent, J.P. Barry...
On the Alfredsson situation: Well, again, I'm disappointed that Daniel Alfredsson left to go to Detroit. I'm disappointed to hear that contract issues were something important to him that he didn't feel we were trying to accommodate. I think in every shape and form we wanted this man back to be the captain of our hockey team and it didn't work out. Sometimes in negotiating all the facts aren't maybe presented to the player the right way, but we certainly feel bad that Daniel reacted the way he did today.
The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding a golf tournament to raise funds for their youth foundation a week from Monday. From the Griffins' PR department:
Grand Rapids Griffins alumni, coaches, fans and staff will join a very special guest – the Calder Cup! – at Egypt Valley Country Club on Monday, Aug. 26 for the 19th annual Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic, presented by Meijer.
This marks the fifth consecutive year that the event will be held at the renowned, 36-hole course in Ada, Mich. Following the 10 a.m. shotgun start, golfers will be treated to 18 holes of golf – half of the field on the Ridge course and half on the Valley course – as well as on-course food and refreshments provided by Leo’s Restaurant, Peppino’s Pizza and Buffalo Wild Wings. Afterward, golfers will gather in the clubhouse for dinner and a high-end raffle and auction.
Via RedWingsFeed, Red Wings radio broadcaster Ken Kal's going to try his hands at doing baseball play-by-play when the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals play tonight at 7:05 PM, and MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Kal about his new endeavor (which Khan reports will air on 1270 AM as 97.1 FM's going to air a preseason Lions game):
Tigers play-by-play man Dan Dickerson had a previously scheduled family commitment. Kal has been looking forward to this opportunity for a couple of weeks. He even did a mock broadcast of a recent Tigers-Chicago White Sox game.
“It's an opportunity to do something I've never done before,'' Kal said. “I'm a little nervous, but I'm excited.''
Kal broadcast a couple of baseball games when he attended Wayne State back in the day, but said he has “basically done hockey all my life.''
“It's a whole different way of broadcasting than it is a hockey game,'' Kal said. “You just have to let the game breathe a little bit, keep the game interesting, have conversations with (analyst) Jim Price. There's not as much action, there's a more relaxed pace. In hockey, I rely a lot on Paul Woods (for analysis during stoppages). Tonight, I'll be relying on Jim Price.''
Update: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with Kal, too:
Updated 15x at 5:33 PM: Here's a slate of Tweet summations and articles regarding new Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson's "goodbye" presser at Ottawa's The Royal hospital, where Alfredsson has a significant charitable legacy as a member of the Ottawa Senators. I'll update this entry with more news stories and videos as they become available:
Among this morning's Red Wings-related news stories:
- According to 97.1 the Ticket, Ken Kal will be calling tonight's game between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals. The game begins at 7:10 PM EDT;
- In charitable news, Herm to Hockeytown 3's pledge page is up (as is their Twitter page), and Winging It in Motown's J.J. From Kansas worked with Ken Daniels' booking agency to encourage Wings fans to pledge to the cause:
If you want to watch the Daniel Alfredsson presser, Sportsnet is streaming it in both the U.S. and Canada on their streaming page...
Update: TSN is streaming the presser, too.
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan continues his three-part look at the Red Wings' 2013-2014 season roster this morning, following up yesterday's look at the Wings' forwards with an article about the Red Wings' defense. His spotlight shines most squarely upon the free agent signing that allowed the Wings to pursue more balanced offensive output in July instead of overpaying for another defenseman--one Danny DeKeyser:
“The sky’s the limit,” goalie Jimmy Howard said. “He has so much potential. He stepped right into the lineup and played so well.”
The further development of DeKeyser, 23, will likely only strengthen a Red Wings defensive corps that performed well above expectations last season.
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