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The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that the Red Wings' beat writers have given Daniel Alfredsson the nod as their pick for the Masterton Trophy:
Daniel Alfredsson has been named the Detroit chapter of Professional Hockey Writers’ Association candidate for this season’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The annual award is given to the player that best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
The vast majority of the Red Wings' prospects have been playing playoff hockey over the past two weeks, with only Ben Marshall (University of Minnesota), Tyler Bertuzzi (Guelph Storm; will remain with Guelph next year), Anthony Mantha (Val-d'Or Foreurs; will turn pro next fall), Mitchell Wheaton and Marek Tvrdon (Kelowna Rockets; Wheaton will remain with Kelwona, but Tvrdon will give pro hockey another try) and Andreas Athanasiou (Barrie Colts;will turn pro next year) still active in North America and Mattias Backman (Linkopings HC; status murky for next season) still active in Europe.
Hockey great Gordie Howe has a book deal.
G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Monday that Howe's memoir, "Mr. Hockey," will come out Oct. 14. The publisher says the book will be "the definitive account" of Howe's life, starting with his birth in a farmhouse in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and delving into his extraordinary five-decade career.
The 85-year-old Howe was a six-time winner of the Hart Trophy for the league's most valuable player and played on four championship teams with the Detroit Red Wings.
Putnam is an imprint of Penguin Random House. Last year it released Bobby Orr's memoir.
Update: the Globe and Mail posted more about the memoir-in-progress:
Earlier this morning, the Detroit Free Press reported that Detroit's City Council wasn't thrilled with the terms of Joe Louis Arena's new lease--which had to be approved to complete the transfer of 39 blocks of land to the Downtown Development Authority, paving the way for the follow-on rink--but WDIV reports that the City Council approved a last-second vote to approve the new lease and the land transfer:
The Detroit City Council has voted to go ahead with a new lease for Joe Louis Arena, which is slated to be replaced as the venue for the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings.
The proposed lease with Olympia Entertainment would expire on June 30, 2015. It would be retroactive to 2010 -- when the old lease expired.
Olympia Entertainment and the Red Wings are part of Mike Ilitch's stable of companies.
The City Council has already approved the transfer of land just north of downtown and financing for a new hockey arena that could be built as early as 2016.
Update: Here's more from the Detroit News's Darren A. Nichols:
Per Hooked on Hockey Magazine's Kevin Sporka and Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock passed Scotty Bowman on the Wings' all-time coaching wins list via Detroit's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay, and Babcock now only trails Jack Adams (413 wins) as the Wings' second-winningest coach:
Here's what the Wild Card standings look like after Detroit defeated Tampa Bay 3-2 on Sunday evening:
The Detroit Red Wings absolutely, positively HAD to win both of their weekend games, and despite the fact that the Wings gave up a predictably fan-terrifying 3rd period goal against to make the game very close, Detroit closed out Radko "All Elbows" Gudas, Valtteri Filppula, Ryan Callahan, Steven Stamkos and the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning via a 3-2 score, making the Bolts look at least human along the way--all during a game that really serves as a shining example of the shit-show that's become of the NHL's standard of officiating (or the lack thereof) since the Olympic break.
As you might expect, the Red Wings started with some slightly heavy legs and gave up the game's first goal, allowing Valtteri Filppula to steal the puck and flick a sneaky shot past Jonas Gustavsson (who, save the 3-2 goal, was excellent) 8:40 into the game...
Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist may have cemented his status as the NHL's First Star of the Month for March with this wonderful second-effort goal after getting thoroughly TSA-patted-down by Matt Carle but still managing to score on Ben Bishop:
Or if you are a .gif person, from MyRegularFace:
The Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning aren't holdig game-day skates ahead of today's kind-of-sort-of matinee game (5 PM EDT on FSD, Sun Sports ,97.1 FM), but we know that Jonas Gustavsson will start today, per DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...
And it's going to be interesting to see which player might sit to accommodate the return of a player the Free Press's Helene St. James reports will rejoin the lineup this afternoon:
I'm not up to full speed yet (had a bit of setback), but I really adored this quip from a certain coach who, you and I have been told, both wanted Daniel Cleary back and did indeed tell the media that the "veterans" would win roster battles by default when some five-and-a-half months ago--made after the Wings' 4-2 win over Toronto, to the Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan, and said almost in passing after discussing Darren Helm's hat trick (scoresheet here for Curly Fries):
“You look at [David] Bolland for them,” Babcock said. “Bolland is not close to the player he normally is. You miss the whole year, you come back, you are not quite the player. Whether it is conditioning, timing, just feeling good ... Helmer had a big night. It helps his confidence and it helps us. Can (Helm) get his game back? I am sure. I don’t know how long it is going to take.
“Injuries are a part of hockey. We have been devastated this year, no question about it. But we found all these kids, and we are better for it going ahead, and that is a positive thing. We have had a lot of fun doing it.”
If you want to read Helm's teammates' take on his game, MLive's Ansar Khan provides for your needs...
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