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Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview video, in which Dan Mannes speaks with Tomas Nosek and Jeff Blashill:
2. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article regarding Tomas Nosek's recall:
From the Red Wings:
CALLAHAN RETURNED TO GRIFFINS
… Former Sixth-Round Pick Has Appeared in Four Games with Detroit This Season …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Mitch Callahan to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
ESPN's Craig Custance wrote an article regarding Riley Sheahan's goal-less 2016-17 campaign:
For Sheahan, it hasn't just felt like a year. It has been going on all year. In a reminder that the hockey gods can be cruel sometimes, Stepan ended his drought with a goal on Sheahan's home ice in Detroit.
For now, Sheahan hasn't reached out to his version of [Martin] St. Louis. He's going at this alone.
"It's kind of a thing I just put behind me and figure out myself," he said. "I'm going to stay on that mindset and try to get out of the slump myself."
If he changes his mind, he doesn't have to look hard for support.
Tyler Wright serves as Detroit's director of amateur scouting. During the 1998-99 season, Wright went 61 games without a goal for the Penguins. On his hockey-reference.com page, there's a big zero right before the run of double-digit goal-scoring seasons Wright had for the Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets.
It's been nearly 20 years, and he still hears about his slump -- mostly from his teenaged son, who isn't afraid to bring it up when dad is getting on him.
"It weighs on you daily. I can't imagine [what's it like now] with social media," Wright said during a phone conversation. "[Sheahan] thinks about it every moment of the day."
ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry in which he discusses every NHL team's "toughest free agent decision" for this upcoming summer, and Custance suggests that the Red Wings have to decide whether to bring an alumnus back into the fold:
Detroit Red Wings
F Thomas Vanek (Panthers)
Red Wings GM Ken Holland cleared out his unrestricted free agents at the trade deadline, so we’re cheating here a bit. But Vanek and the Red Wings both appeared genuinely interested in having the veteran winger in Detroit next season and beyond.
It’s the "beyond" part that gets a little dicey. Vanek is an elite offensive player who was used just about perfectly by coach Jeff Blashill, but isn’t necessarily a guy you want to pay for too many more seasons now that he's 33 years old.
Verdict: Bring him back to Detroit if he’ll sign on the cheap for three or fewer seasons. If not, thank him for the 48 games served and part ways.
Custance continues, and if I may be honest, I'm leaning toward "not bringing Vanek back" at this point, despite the magic he made happen.
Updated 5x at 3:17 PM: The Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/NBCSN/97.1 FM), and the Wings' morning skate revealed that Petr Mrazek will start for the Red Wings, with Tomas Nosek subbing for the injured Darren Helm.
The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article about the Wings' morning skate machinations...
Russian Machine Never Breaks' Amanda Bowen tells the tale of getting hit by a puck during the Red Wings-Avalanche game:
I was in Detroit, Michigan over the weekend to work with Dan Mannes, multimedia producer for the Detroit Red Wings. Dan had me on photo duty for the night. My job was to send off shots in between periods for the team to use on social media. I knew it would be great experience in quick photo turnaround, especially for an NHL game.
I did not know I’d be involved in an unlikely incident.
I was at the side hole during the first period. This was my fifth time shooting an NHL game at a camera hole, and I’m still learning. One precaution I take is that when the play looks like it may hit the glass in front of me, I back off. Sometimes I’m able to switch cameras in time for the wide angle, but usually it’s too quick. So about half way through the first, I saw Francois Beauchemin coming up the side from the corner. I had my camera down (thankfully), because I was anticipating Darren Helm would bring him against the glass in front of me.
Then it hit me.
I leaned to the side after realizing I had taken a blow to the face but I couldn’t figure out how. I knew it was a puck by the way I could feel the shape of it swelling on my cheekbone.
Bowen continues, and if you missed it...
The Hockey Writers' Tony Wolak spoke with Joshua Riehl, the director of an upcoming film about the Russian Five, regarding his project:
Tony Wolak: You’ve interviewed a number of great hockey minds and NHL Hall of Famers. Were there any stories that came out – perhaps some that were previously unknown to the general public – that made you think, “Wow, that’s incredible…”?
Joshua Riehl: Before we started sitting these guys down and interviewing them, I had done some pretty extensive background research. Having Keith Gave, who was the beat writer for Detroit Free Press during this era of Red Wings hockey, as a producer really helped. I read everything I could get my hands on and wanted to be fully prepared so that I could dig around for those kinds of stories that the average fan might not know about. That said, there were a couple of stories that I had either never heard before or only had partial or unconfirmed details. Some of those stories are going to be pivotal plot points and scenes in the documentary and, I hope, help finally deconstruct some of the misconceptions about the Russian Five.
A PR FYI from the Red Wings:
OLYMPIA ENTERTAINMENT, DETROIT RED WINGS ADD HUNTINGTON BANK AS LANDMARK PARTNER AT LITTLE CAESARS ARENA
Partnership includes designation as Detroit Red Wings consumer bank, Legends Club branding, northwest entrance signage naming rights and Huntington Bank Red Patrol
DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment today announced that Huntington Bank has signed on to a multi-year agreement as a Landmark-level partner at Little Caesars Arena. As part of the sponsorship, Huntington becomes the official consumer banking partner of the Detroit Red Wings, and assumes naming rights for the northwest entrance.
The Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7:30 PM EDT on NBCSN/FSD/97.1 FM), with the Wings hoping to win their third straight game. MLive's Ansar Khan noted that the Sabres have been very good against the Wings of late:
The Red Wings host Buffalo Monday and visit Montreal Tuesday (both games 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Detroit).
The Sabres, also out of playoff contention, have won two in a row against the Red Wings for the first time since March 6, 1994 and Nov. 1, 1995. In between, Detroit went 31-3-1-2 (W-L-T-OTL) against Buffalo. The Sabres, 3-8-2 in their past 13, are led by Evander Kane's 25 goals and Jack Eichel's 49 points.
Our friends from Buffalo are coming off a 2-1 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks; Buffalo has split its past 4 games, and they've recalled two players from the AHL, Casey Nelson and Matt Austin, due to multiple injuries on their blueline.
The Red Wings are coming off a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, and the Wings recalled Tomas Nosek on Sunday as several Wings are touch-and-go for tonight's game, including Darren Helm (leg), Mitch Callahan (upper-body injury) and Luke Glendening (lower-body injury); the Wings also moved Ryan Sproul to the IR on Sunday.
MLive's Brendan Savage penned a Wings-Sabres preview:
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Chris Osgood regarding his memories of Joe Louis Arena:
Former Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood likened Joe Louis Arena to the most famous drinking establishment in television history.
"It's like Cheers," Osgood said. "It's like a corner establishment in your neighborhood, you know everybody's name, everybody knows each other by face recognition. Everybody's friends. Just the closeness of the whole building, from the people behind the scenes that keep this rink up and running to the ushers to everybody that works in the suites upstairs. Real friendly atmosphere and a great place to be.
"Then the game starts and, Wow! It's one of the best places to watch a game and be involved in it. You're not going to get that a lot any more in these newer arenas. From what I hear, Little Caesars Arena will be like that, as close as you can get. It's hard to copy what you got here at Joe Louis."
Osgood racked up more wins at the Joe than anyone else during his 17-year NHL career which included 14 seasons with Detroit. His memories of the building, which is closing this season, are plentiful.
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