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Sonny And His Wings

from Bill Roose at the Wings website,

Before famed writer George Plimpton tightened the chin strap to his helmet to chronicle life as an NFL quarterback in Detroit, there was Sonny Eliot, the acclaimed local weatherman, who already knew what it was like to practice with the pros.

Occasionally invited by GM Jack Adams to suit-up in goalie gear at Red Wings’ practices, Eliot, who was a fixture around Olympia Stadium for decades, died Friday morning at his home in Farmington Hills. He was 91.

Known by the players as a jokester with a quick, corny wit, Eliot was always welcomed around the Wings’ players, coaches and management.

“To me, he just wanted to be around the guys. Period,” legendary Wings forward Gordie Howe said. “He just liked to have fun, and everybody respected him.”

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Watch a video below from 1997 which celebrated his at the time, 50 years in the broadcasting industry.

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Ian White With Harsh Words For Bettman

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White has been one of the more outspoken players during the NHL lockout.

Most of his wrath has been directed at NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. On Friday, White fired a few more shots at the man he holds responsible for the sport's labor troubles.

“I got to be honest, I personally think he's an idiot,'' White said of Bettman. “Since he's come in I think he's done nothing but damage the game. If you think of all the moves he's made, the teams that are all struggling seem to be the teams he put in places where there's (less support for hockey).

“Just three lockouts (since Bettman became commissioner in 1993). I don't know if he's in control of the owners or what he's saying. I think it's (eight) of the owners have to agree to have something passed. You'd think it would be at least 50 percent. It just doesn't seem like they're running a democratic process.''

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Also, I had a coversation with George and he is shooting for a soft-return next week.  Things may change, but that is the gameplan at this point.

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Wings Prospect Marek Tvrdon Out For The Season

from NHL.com,

Detroit Red Wings prospect, Marek Tvrdon, who leads the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League in scoring, will miss the remainder of the season due to a medical issue.

"It's a tough day," Vancouver Giants coach Don Hay told the Vancouver Sun. "Marek's health is the most important thing and I've been told he won't be able to play again this season."

The team would not confirm the injury, but the Sun is reporting the issue is a blood clot in the 19-year-old forward's arm. According to the Sun, Tvrdon took the pregame warm-up against the Prince George Cougars, but was seen at the bench talking to a trainer and points to his arm. He was scratched from the lineup and after the game Hay told reporters that Tvrdon had an infection in his arm.

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Khan Continues His Scouting Report, This One Is A Mystery

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

He hasn't played up to the level he showed during his surprise 2009 playoff run, but he still has a promising upside. He struggled in 2009-10 but has improved incrementally since then, posting a plus-27 rating in his past 158 games, after posting a minus-22 rating in his first 74 career regular season games. He has an opportunity to assume a greater role this season (if there is one), following the departures of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart. *%&$#@ could end up playing on the top defense pair, with Niklas Kronwall. In any event, he should log more than 20 minutes a game for the first time in his career. He also will have a bigger role on the penalty kill.

more on our mystery man...

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“Superdrunk” Prospect

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Riley Sheahan, the Detroit Red Wings No 1 pick in the 2010 NHL draft who's currently with the Grand Rapids Griffins, was arrested Oct. 29 for driving with a "superdrunk" alcohol content more than two times the legal limit.

Sheahan, 20, was arrested and charged with driving with a blood-alcohol content of .17 or higher and providing false information after he was stopped going the wrong way on Ottawa Avenue, near Pearl Street, shortly before midnight on Monday, Oct. 29, according to Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Allen Noles.

The blood-alcohol charge, under what is also known as the “super drunk” law, could carry up to 180 days in jail with a conviction.

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Filppula May Have A Sprained Knee

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Yzerman Or Sakic?

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

In Monday's Denver Post, we have a story that polled 10 of the most experienced hockey writers in North America to name the top 10 centers in NHL history.

Joe Sakic came in eighth, just behind Bryan Trottier and just ahead of Stan Mikita. Steve Yzerman, the former Detroit Red Wings Hall of Famer, came in sixth.

Do we have a Red Wings-Avs rematch rivalry moment here? Who was better — Yzerman or Sakic? Were the poll responders wrong?

I'm going to say ... mmm ... can we debate this a little? They were such similar players with similar numbers, on the back of their sweaters and on the ice.

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Coach Chelios

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

“I’m still not quite sure what I want to do, as far as management or coaching,” Chelios said. “But right now I’m leaning in that (coaching) direction. To learn from Blash and be around (assistant coach) Jimmy Paek, it’s a great way to get experience.

“It’s all new to me even though I played so many years. Coaching is just a whole different ballgame.”

Chelios currently works specifically on the Griffins penalty kill, which was tied for 20th in the AHL last season at 81.8 percent, and sharing his knowledge with the team.

Brendan Smith, considered the Red Wings top defensive prospects, said Chelios’ help has been invaluable.

“He’s been my mentor,” said Smith, who has worked with Chelios in Grand Rapids and brief stints in Detroit. “He’s a student of the game and arguably one of the best defensemen ever. So when he talks, I listen.

“It’s the little things – good pivots, good positioning, good stick work - and he knows all that stuff so well.”

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Nyquist “A Man Amongst Boys”

via Corey Pronman of the NHL Draft Blog at ESPN (paid subscription), 

Gustav Nyquist, RW, Detroit Red Wings

"Playing above and beyond", "Doesn't belong in this league" and "A man amongst boys," are just some of the things I've heard when asking scouts about Nyquist's play so far. Currently tied for second in the AHL scoring race, Detroit's fourth-round pick in 2008 has displayed the very high level of skill scouts have grown accustomed to seeing from Nyquist going back to his time at the University of Maine. With his combination of puck skills, vision and overall offensive hockey sense to go along with an ability to consistently create chances thus far at the pro level, Nyquist will likely push for quality NHL ice time right away when the league re-opens.

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The Future Of The Wings

from Adam Schnepp of Hockey's Future,

A paradigm shift occurred for the Detroit Red Wings after the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Gone were the days where Detroit would readily hand out early-round draft picks in exchange for veteran NHL talent. Instead, Detroit decided that they would need to hold on to their draft choices in order to build a prospect pool with skill and size that would help them compete in the new-look NHL.

The seeds planted during that lockout have started to bear fruit for the Red Wings. Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist are ready to make their mark on the NHL, while others such as Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson are looking to earn another call-up to the big club.

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