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‘Three Things’: Man to meet horse, Cheli’s first pitch and pitching the practice rink

1. According to the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, Nyquist the man and Nyquist the horse are scheduled to meet on June 11th at the Belmont Stakes race:

“Apparently that’s the plan,” said [Nyquist's owner, Paul] Reddam, a devout Detroit Red Wings fan who has named eight of his racehorses after Red Wings players. “(Gustav Nyquist) texted saying that he was going to come (to the Belmont) with his fiancée.”

Though Nyquist’s team almost immediately after Saturday’s Preakness loss announced that their horse would run in the Belmont, Nyquist came down with a fever not long after the race and has yet to ship to New York, though trainer Doug O’Neill reported Monday via Facebook that the horse’s temperature was back to normal and that if his bloodwork returned OK, they would be headed to the third jewel of the Triple Crown.

“That’s really kind of a trainer’s recommendation or decision,” Reddam said. “I would be 50-50 about the Belmont but (O’Neill) felt the horse came out of the race fine and I think he’s anxious to take another crack at Exaggerator. That plan could change but at the moment he’s planning to run him.”

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2. The Red Wings posted a video of Chris Chelios making the first pitch at tonight's Tigers game...

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Afternoon news: Alums on the ‘end of the Joe,’ Datsyuk stuff, etc.

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Via RedWingsFeed, the Free Press's Lev Facher spoke with several Red Wings alumni regarding the end of Joe Louis Arena's tenure as the Wings' home:

McCarty said he’ll miss the Joe, but that its useful life has likely come to an end.

“The analogy I use is that it’s like having to put down your old dog. How many years old is it?” McCarty said. “It’ll be sad, but it’ll be happy. Out with the old, in with the new. It’ll definitely always be remembered.”

Among the more notable moments of McCarty’s career was “Fight Night at the Joe,” a major brawl between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche in March 1997 that ended with McCarty scoring the winning goal in overtime.]

The Red Wings went on to win their first Stanley Cup since 1955 later that season.

“Obviously, I have great memories and great highlights (in that building), definitely with the Stanley Cup wins,” McCarty said. “Definitely, 1997 comes to mind.”

Facher continues, speaking with Kevin Miller and John Ogrodnick...

2. The Free Press also posted a summary of the World Championship exploits of players with Michigan ties;

3. At the very end of Sunday's Sportsworks roundtable, John Niyo, Sean Baligian and Dan Miller discussed Pavel Datsyuk's decision-making process...

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John Torchetti May Be Interviewed For Detroit’s Assistant Coaching Position

via Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

In other news, sources also say former interim coach John Torchetti, who has another year left on his contract as coach of the Iowa Wild, is a candidate for assistant coaching positions with the Florida Panthers and Detroit Red Wings. He has been granted permission to pursue other jobs. If he doesn’t get one, Torchetti and Fletcher are expected to speak again regarding a job within the Wild.

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Khan discusses free agents, Miller and Helm

Among questions fielded by MLive's Ansar Khan:

Q: Will Drew Miller be back? The PK missed him terribly. If he is healthy again, his quiet contributions are immeasurable. – Kathy.

A: General manager Ken Holland said he has spoken to Miller about a new contract. My guess is he will be back. I think he can still be an important fourth-line player and penalty killer.

Q: Am I the only one who hopes the Wings don't sign any of their UFAs? Miller is the only one I'd be OK with, but only because his PK is so strong, but (Darren) Helm is going to be far too expensive for his lack of offense. Why not take a look at guys like Vern Fiddler, Kyle Chipchura or Chris Kelly instead? Or take looks at top-six guys like Milan Lucic, Radim Vrbata, Mikkel Boedker, Andrew Ladd or bring back (Jiri) Hudler? – Patrick

A: I think Ladd and Troy Brouwer will be their top targets in free agency. They don't need Hudler again. They have enough smaller forwards.

I think they'll re-sign Miller (see above). Helm would need to take less than he could get on the market to return. I think it's 50-50 whether he's back. Being able to unload Datsyuk's $7.5 million cap hit (assuming he returns to Russia) would help immensely.


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The overnight report: On assets and the management thereof

At both ends of the spectrum at once, I suppose: this morning's Red Wings-related news offerings come from the opposite ends of the spectrum:

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan offers a set of 15 of the top Red Wings prospects; a week after the Grand Rapids Griffins were eliminated from the AHL playoffs and a day after the World Championship ended, somebody with a very strong set of opinions regarding where the Red Wings' prospects stand in relation to everybody else (me) will say, "He's not far off":

1. Anthony Mantha, LW, 6-4, 214 pounds, 2013 first round. 2015-16 STATS: Grand Rapids (AHL), 60 games, 21 goals, 24 assists, 45 points. ANALYSIS: Got a taste of the NHL and showed he wasn’t out of place. Mantha has size, scoring ability and is learning to compete every shift. Defense remains a work in progress. But Mantha will likely be on the Red Wings’ roster to begin the season


8. Ryan Sproul, D, 6-3, 205 pounds, 2011 second round. 2015-16 STATS: Grand Rapids (AHL), 75 games, 12 goals, 23 assists, 35 points. ANALYSIS: Is out of waiver exemptions, and must be exposed to waivers in October if he doesn’t start the season on the Red Wings’ roster. Sproul has all the physical tools and has improved defensively. His offensive ability has never been questioned for this very intriguing prospect.


13. Jared Coreau, G, 6-5, 235 pounds, undrafted free agent. 2015-16 STATS: Grand Rapids (AHL), 47 games, 29-15-1, 2.43 GAA, .922 save percentage. ANALYSIS: Coreau has steadily progressed through the organization and is beginning to show signs of being an NHL goalie. A big goalie with athletic instincts, Coreau still needs to work on technique and consistency.

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And at the other end of the developmental curve, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose looks at Brad Richards' 2016-16 campaign and career stats "By the Numbers." We know that Richards and Kyle Quincey won't be re-signed before July 1st per Ken Holland, but Holland was very specific about not ruling out re-signing either player after July 1st. Richards isn't even sure whether he's going to continue playing:

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Pulkkinen rides the pine to Silver

Teemu Pulkkinen didn't play a second for Finland, sitting on the bench save some stretch-your-legs skates during TV timeouts, but his Finns lost 2-0 to Canada, so Pulkkinen wins a silver medal at the World Championship.

Pulkkinen technically dressed for the game, but he'll have 0 shots in 0:00 and be "even." After scoring two goals in a pre-tournament game and tallying 8 shots in the first game, he'll finish with 2 assists and 11 shots in 8 games "played"...He's going to need a helluva summer's worth of training and a fantastic training camp and exhibition season to have a future in Detroit.


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And now we wait for Datsyuk to make his decision

From TSN...

Pavel Datsyuk might not be done quite yet.

The Russian superstar told TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that he has lots of hockey in his future and hasn't made a decision on what he plans to do next season.

This came on the heels of Russia's 7-2 throttling of the United States in the bronze medal game at the World Hockey Championship from Russia. The 37-year-old picked up three helpers in the victory.

And the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Datsyuk registers 3 assists in Russian bronze win

With Pavel Datsyuk looking more mobile than he has in months (his ankle's about 11 months into an 18-month recovery process) and Alexey Marchenko playing very solidly (save a bit of a dumb penalty), the Russians decided that they wanted to earn a medal, and they systematically dissected Dylan Larkin and Team USA, winning the bronze medal via a 7-2 margin.

Ray Ferraro made a very wise point after the first period, in which the U.S. went down 2-0, pointing out that the bronze game is hard to battle through when you're down a couple of goals early, and while Larkin was strong in terms of his skating and making his stick available for passes, especially given that he was mostly matched-up against the Ovechkin-Kuznetsov line.

However: Sergei Bobrovsky was quietly brilliant in the Russian goal, the Russians picked apart the American attack, scored clutch goals at the right times, and the Americans could just never recover from the early deficit as the Russians poured it on in the 2nd period.

There was most certainly some "saving face" involved for the Russians, America's incredibly youthful roster showed some cracks, and it was just Russia's day.

Pavel Datsyuk had three assists:

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Sergei Fedorov among 5 players inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame

From IIHF.com's Andrew Podnieks:

Former players Peter Bondra, Sergei Fyodorov (Fedorov), Valeri Kamenski, Ville Peltonen, and builders Pat Quinn and Ben Smith form the 2016 induction class.

Hungarian forward Gabor Ocskay is the recipient of the Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award, and Nikolai Ozerov has been given the Paul Loicq Award.

The 2016 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Moscow on 22 May, the final day of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The venue will be the brand new Russian and Soviet Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.


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No dice for Nyquist the Horse at the Preakness Stakes

From CBS Detroit's Kevin Martin, via RedWingsFeed:

The old adage in racing is that every horse eventually loses. There are only a few in the long history of racing that avoided defeat and Nyquist will not be one of them. Nyquist won eight of his first races but lost his ninth race in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. He finished third behind the Preakness winner Exaggerator, who was second to Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby. It was the fifth time the two horses raced against each other but the first time Exaggerator has finished ahead of his rival. 

The rain came in fits and starts throughout the day making the track muddy by post time for the Preakness, the thirteenth race on the card at Pimlico. Nyquist broke cleanly from post position number three and was urged by jockey Mario Gutierrez out of the gate. He raced in the lead alongside longshot Uncle Lino who forced the Derby winner wide around the first turn.


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