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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had an intriguing take on the Wings' probable lack of deadline moves today, as noted by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
“When you increase your value internally, I guess what I would say is I’m not in any big hurry to get rid of these people,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after practice at Joe Louis Arena. “I guess it depends on where you’re from and what your thought process is, to me if you want to have a championship team for a long period of time you have to build it.”
The youth at forward inside the Wings’ room include Gustav Nyquist (15 goals, 13 assists), Tomas Tatar (14 goals, 12 assists), Riley Sheahan (four goals, eight assists), Tomas Jurco (four goals, five assists) and Luke Glendening (four assists). On the blue line, it’s Danny DeKeyser (three goals, 11 assists).
“And you’re not building it by getting rid of your young guys, you have to build it,” Babcock said. “When you get to a certain point then you can move assets. We’re not at that point.”
Babcock also weighed in on the Wings' injuries, and again, as Pleiness and others reported, Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm and of course Daniel Cleary, Jakub Kindl and Stephen Weiss remain sidelined through at least Friday...
Updated 2x at 2:31 PM: The Red Wings were tardy in terms of filing onto the ice for today's practice...
The Red Wings will be practicing at noon today (there's also a Lidstrom media Q and A at 3 PM and the Avs practice at 1:30 PM) so we should find out more about Darren Helm's situation, Daniel Alfredsson's teeth and the rest of the roster issues, as well as the Wings' day-after take on their 4-3 loss to New Jersey, but until then:
1. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article discussing the Wings' targets on defense...
2. The Windsor Star's Bob Duff Tweeted the following regarding Mr. Emmerton...
3. MLive's Ansar Khan went with this...
Given Darren Helm's murky status due to his "upper-body injury" (we should learn more about Helm when the Red Wings practice at noon), the Wings hedged their bets regarding their lack of depth up the middle via a simple pre-trade-deadline call-up--which doesn't count against the 4 post-deadline call-ups they're capped at making in non-roster emergency situations:
A little after the trade deadline hits at 3 PM EST today, Red Wings will hold a special media availability in which the press will have their only opportunity to speak with Nicklas Lidstrom ahead of tomorrow's jersey retirement ceremony (6:30 PM, FSD, and the Wings now have a special webpage dedicated to the event), so a second wave of news will hit after practice and whatever moves the Wings do or do not make.
The Oakland Press's Pat Caputo's getting ahead of the field to some extent with an article about Lidstrom's legacy, and he's doing so in somewhat controversial fashion, suggesting that it's not Gordie Howe or Steve Yzerman, but instead Lidstrom who is the best-ever Red Wing:
If there is any consolation in the Red Wings' 4-3 loss to Martin Brodeur (farewell, Martin?) and the New Jersey Devils, which involved Daniel Alfredsson losing teeth, Darren Helm succumbing to an "upper-body injury" and brutal defensive performances not only from the Wings' top pairing, but the "kid line" of Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar, and in all honesty, the vast majority of their teammates--as well as the Wings losing ground to Toronto, Columbus, Washington, Ottawa and of course New Jersey in the Wild Card race...
1. The Red Wings will be able to put this game behind them in a hurry given that they host the Avalanche on Nicklas Lidstrom jersey retirement night (the Wings now have a special webpage dedicated to the affair), and then get another chance to push the Devils behind them on Friday;
2. And I still vividly remember how the Wings laid several eggs when they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Calgary Flames during "Mikka Kiprusoff farewell night," prior to going on quite the winning streak to end their 2013 season.
Tonight's crop of Red Wings prospect news is a bit thin, but still significant:
In the first playoff news of the spring, in the BCHL, David Pope had two assists as his West Kelowna Warriors defeated the Vernon Vipers 5-1, taking a 1-0 series lead;
IIn soon-to-be-in-the-playoffs news, according to Expressen's Stefan Ottoson and Jonathan Grolund, Mattias Janmark and AIK Stockholm will have to play against Djurgardens IF to determine whether the AIK's demoted from the SHL to the Allsvenskan;
Kelowna's Major Junior franchise didn't do as well, with the WHL's Kelowna Rockets losing 5-1 to Everett. Mitchell Wheaton finished at -1 in the affair;
For whatever reason, NHL.com chose to spotlight this part of the Red Wings' 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on video. Daniel Alfredsson lost at least a pair of teeth due to an uncalled high stick from Andrei Loktionov, and he attempted to retrieve his chiclets...
What a shitty, shitty game.
The Red Wings gave up a goal on the first shift and the next-to-last shift, and that was more than enough to cede two points in a "four-point game" against the Devils, who prevailed 4-3 over Detroit thanks to an Adam Henrique goal 27 seconds into the 1st, a Stephen Gionta game with 47 seconds left in the 3rd...
And awful, awful defense in between.
Was Jimmy Howard shaky? At times. Were Jonathan Ericsson and Niklas Kronwall doofy? At times. But the Wings spent the entire night playing like they do against the San Jose Sharks--shoveling pucks from the side boards into the slot, with no forwards to clear the puck save Devils ones.
We do not know what's going on, but this is not good news for a Red Wings team severely depleted up the middle:
During his post-game interview with Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating, all Wings coach Mike Babcock stated was that Helm "left the bench" and didn't return for the 3rd period.
Update: 'Tis mysterious:
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