The Malik Report
Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings® Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland and Toronto Maple Leafs® Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin today announced preliminary rosters for the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on December 31 at Comerica Park™, part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™. Holland also announced that due to overwhelming response from the Detroit and Toronto Alumni Associations, as well as the challenges each franchise faced in narrowing down a multitude of hockey legends on to one roster, fans will now be treated to two alumni games featuring close to 100 players from these two storied franchises for just one ticket price.
Paul here for George who is keeping himself busy in Traverse City.
I’ve posted the live stream of the Hockeytown Winter Festival press conference below which scheduled to begin at 12:30pm ET.
I will also post any related press releases in this post and then George will follow up later in the day.
update 12:49pm, The press conference has concluded.
update 1:06pm, Press release on the event was too long to post here, so a new blog was created.
added 3:59pm, If you missed the press conference, you can watch it below…
I will be turning TMR over to Paul around 12 as being here and having to write about the Wings’ summer development camp = I won’t be in the best position to posit rosters for the two Winter Classic Alumni games that will be played between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs Alums (as season ticket-holders have stated, there will be two games), but while we await the following…
Press Conf. at 12:30 EST for the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival inc partial line ups for TOR/DET Alumni Game. bit.ly/MWTbeH— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 11, 2012
This bleary-eyed blogger (2.5 hours of sleep, yay…Not) was a little anxious in the locker room today, but I did snag three interviews. The first was conducted alongside the Free Press’s George Sipple and Michigan Hockey’s Nick Barnowski, and we all had a long conversation with Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek:
Of Red Wings-related note on a very bleary-eyed morning for a blogger running on…Two or three hours of sleep:
Following up on last night’s slate of observations from the Red Wings summer development campers’ scrimmage, the Free Press’s George Sipple offers articles about Landon Ferraro’s particularly strong performance in the scrimmage, as he registered a goal, an assist and a shootout goal of the top-shelf variety:
MLive’s Brendan Savage drops the first bombshell on a day certain to bring a star-studded cast of Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs legends to the fore as the Wings and Leafs will announce their Winter Classic Alumni Game(s) rosters at 12:30 PM EDT (and DetroitRedWings.com will stream the event), all while framing the Hockeytown Winter Festival. Savage reports that the only proper coach for the Wings’ alums will grace Comerica Park with his presence:
Scotty Bowman has committed to coaching the Red Wings alumni team for the Red Wings-Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, MLive.com has learned. It is the last event before the Jan. 1 Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto at Michigan Stadium.
Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history was an obvious choice.
Updated with Doan shenanigans at 1:26 AM: As the Red Wings’ prospects lay their heads down after a 6-5 shootout victory for Team Lidstrom at the Wings’ summer development camp, this blogger feels like he drew long straws all week and is now getting the short one.
The prospects played a fast and furious game after honoring the memory of Bryan Rufenach both outside (where Mitchell Callahan got dunked repeatedly in the dunk tank, by me included, and players and team personnel mingled with fans to raise funds for Rufenach’s hockey school) and prior to the game—once all was said and done, the puck dropped at 7 and the game was over around 9:05, 15-minute intermissions between periods included…
And I got to watch the game from a fantastic spot, sitting at a high table pressed right against the glass, halfway between Centre Ice’s north net’s goal and the intersection of the boards and the goal line. Pucks bounced off the glass a foot from my ear and players smeared each other into the slightly curving panes.
Hello from Centre Ice Arena, where the Wings’ prospects are warming up prior to their first scrimmage!
I’ve got a couple of interviews to share if you’re interested after the jump…
Before I head off to to Bryan Rufenach day at the Red wings’ summer development camp—which you’ll be able to follow via the Wings’ Twitter account, the Red Wings Camps account run by Sarah Lindenau and I’m sure several others…
The Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings are now officially on the clock in terms of coming to a contract agreement with Kyle Quincey:
July 25 set as arbitration date between #RedWings and RFA D Kyle Quincey. Can continue to negotiate up till then.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 10, 2012
Waking up with a start after a surprisingly poor night’s worth of sleep, I see that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Howard Sinker mocking a certain part of the Oakland Press’s Pat Caputo’s suggestion that failing to land Zach Parise and Ryan Suter does not in fact mark the end of the world as we know it…
n retrospect, it may turn out to be the best thing that could have happened to the Red Wings. Sure, they need a replacement for defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, perhaps the greatest player to ever take his position. Suter was the best available option. But he is not Nicklas Lidstrom. He has never been a second-team NHL all-star nor a Norris Trophy finalist for best defenseman in the NHL. His plus-minus ratio is minus-4 in 39 career playoff games, and he was a minus player in last spring’s playoffs, too.
Somewhere between posting the news about the Winter Classic alumni game press conference on Wednesday and sharing the Free Press’s Helene St. James’ news about the Red Wings’ overtures to Shane Doan, I kinda got sidetracked and missed Ken Holland’s water-pouring over the Doan rumors due to content-producing reasons.
As someone who’s generally all but plugged into their computer, that was a strange feeling, but I went with my gut and assumed that Holland’s rather mild reaction to Doan’s agent’s pitch had to do with more than simply striking out on Suter and Parise…And as Paul and the rest of the hockey world found out that we might all like to have Terry Bross as an agent in reverse.
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