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The Detroit Red Wings took an "off day" after playing back-to-back games over the weekend (losing to Ottawa on Saturday and winning against Buffalo on Sunday), and no practice meant a little trip to Montreal for Wings coach Mike Babcock, who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by McGill University (and fielded a few Canadian Olympic team roster queries) but no practice meant little to nothing in the way of updates regarding Pavel Datsyuk's status.
The Wings will get back to work today, preparing to spend Thanksgiving Evening battling a Boston Bruins team that surrendered a literal last-second game-tying goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins but took a 4-3 OT decision on Monday.
The Wings will also make their annual pre-Christmas trip to Children's Hospital today, and after Wedneday night's game and an "American Thanksgiving" spent in Metro Detroit, the Wings will play a Black Friday matinee on Long Island (4 PM EST start), and they'll then head into the media maelstrom ahead of Daniel Alfredsson's return-to-Ottawa game on Sunday.
Detroit News’s Aguilar: Land to be used in Wings follow-on rink, surrounding developent cost $48 mil
As the Ilitches have amassed land behind the Fox Theatre and are now gobbling up mostly empty lots southeast of the Masonic Temple, Michigan sports fans have been asking a question for a good twenty years now: "I wonder what they're going to build here, and I wonder how much all of this stuff cost them?"
We know the former answer--the Wings' follow-on rink will stand north of I-75 near Woodward Avenue and Temple Street, but the heart of the Cass Corridor and the vast tract of empty properties behind the Fox Theatre will be developed as part of the bargain, and this morning, the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar reports that there's a tally for the real estate:
Owners of the Detroit Red Wings have paid at least $48 million in land deals and own nearly half of the 45-block area where the Wings’ new home ice and an entertainment district are planned, according to a city document.
It’s the first time a price has been revealed in the years-long acquisition of property by Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) for a project that could reap huge financial rewards. It’s also the first time Olympia has divulged how much land it has bought; many land deals in the area have been shrouded in mystery, their buyers in question.
The Russians tend not to send their best Major Junior prospects across the pond for the CHL's Subway Super Series, and as such, it's something of a toss-up as to whether the six-game battle between the Russian major-junior-aged representatives and a trio of QMJHL, OHL and WHL All-Star teams are competitive or whether they're something of a rout.
This year's a little different. Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha scored goals in the QMJHL's 3-2 and 4-3 wins over Russia, but what is supposedly a very middling Russian lineup has turned the tables on the Ontario Hockey League, first taking a 5-2 decision over the OHL team that included Zach Nastasiuk last Thursday.
On Monday, Red Wings prospect and prospective Canadian World Junior Team starting goalie Jake Paterson stopped 21 of 23 shots but was bested by his Russian goaltending competitor, Ivan Nalimov. Nalimov stopped 50 of 52 shots in regulation and OT and stopped 7 shootout shooters to Paterson's 6 of 8 as the Russians won 3-2 in a shootout.
Sportsnet posted a highlight clip from the game:
I can only suggest that the Montreal Gazette's Stu Cowan's report about an assessment made by the Hockey News yields a sound endorsement:
The Hockey News has come out with a new book titled Biggest of Everything in Hockey and there is some Canadiens content in it.
Former Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman earns the Biggest Brain title after winning nine Stanley Cups as a coach with three different teams. No other NHL coach has won more than two.
Wayne Fish of The Hockey News asked Pierre McGuire, who was an assistant under Bowman with the Pittsburgh Penguins when they won the Stanley Cup in 1992 and is now an analyst with NBC, what he learned from Bowman.
Cowan continues and notes the Canadiens' connections
from Beill Beacon of the CP at the Lethbridge Herald,
Coach Mike Babcock never forgot McGill University and his alma mater certainly never forgot him.
On Monday, McGill bestowed an honorary doctorate of laws of one of its best known graduates, who often wears a university tie behind the bench for big games with the Detroit Red Wings or Canada’s Olympic team.
Babcock was a star defenceman for the McGill Redmen from 1983 to 1987, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education and doing some postgraduate work in sports psychology before going on to be one of the world’s top hockey coaches.
“I grew up in a family with three sisters,” the 50-year-old said before accepting the degree at the university’s fall convocation ceremonies. “I never had any brothers, but when I left McGill I had brothers for the rest of my life.
“The opportunity for me to grow as a human being and get a foundation – that to me is what McGill is. It provides a foundation and sets you up for the rest of our life. I’m thankful for that. I’m fortunate to be tied to the school ever since. I feel it’s important to give back as much as you can.”
Given the Forbes report regarding the Red Wings' and every other team's present valuations, as well as Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea's article about the "succession plans" of teams like the Wings given that Mike Ilitch is 83 years old, Sportsnet's Ryan Dixon offers something of a timely article about the ways in which Mr. I helped transform the Red Wings franchise from an $8 million investment into a $470 million powerhouse that will break ground on a $650 million rink-and-real-estate development sooner than later:
Ken Holland’s earliest understanding of the Detroit Red Wings’ organizational dynamic was enhanced by a visual aid. Now the team’s GM, Holland first joined the Wings as a journeyman goalie on a three-week call-up from the American Hockey League in 1983, about one year after local businessman Mike Ilitch had purchased the moribund club for $3 million and the rights he held to three Chuck E. Cheese’s franchises.
Holland quickly got the lay of the land in Detroit, including a strong sense of how much Ilitch was invested in the club beyond his initial stake. A proper owner’s suite was among the many things Joe Louis Arena lacked at the time, so Ilitch viewed the games from a makeshift box that was rolled into the Zamboni entrance. “He was right behind the net, on top of the action,” Holland says.
Via RedWingsFeed, MLive's Ansar Khan offers an update on Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk's status, and it sounds like Wings fans will have to wait until Tuesday's practice to find out whether Datsyuk has recovered from Jared Cowen's unpenalized and non-disciplined elbow to #13's jaw to the point that Datsyuk can pass his baseline neurological test and return to the lineup:
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk feels "pretty good,'' but his status for Wednesday's game against the Boston Bruins will be determined Tuesday.
General manager Ken Holland said Monday that Datsyuk remains day-to-day but feels better after being elbowed in the chin by Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen on Saturday.
"We'll see what tomorrow brings,'' Holland said.
The Red Wings did not practice today and Datsyuk did not come to Joe Louis Arena for treatment. The club held him out of Sunday's game at Buffalo because he didn't feel good, raising concerns of a potential concussion.
Khan also reports that Todd Bertuzzi's "upper-body injury" is still bothering him, so Bertuzzi's back...I mean "upper-body" needs more time to heal.
Update: Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James on Datsyuk:
Amongst today's prospect news: The Grand Rapids Griffins appear to have a new video coordinator, but Griffvision's still trying new and intriguing ways of providing insights into the Griffins' players personalities.
Today, they send a very junior reporter into the Griffins' locker room...
The Griffins very literally had Mitchell Callahan, Triston Grant, Riley Sheahan and Ryan Sproul "play as themselves" during an NHL 14 "Showdown"...
Red Wings pro scout Mark Howe's been on something of a "book tour" promoting what the Utica Observer-Dispatch's Don Laible reports is a very revelatory memoir in, Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey, and the Detroit News had reported that Darren McCarty's going to spend a decent chunk of December visiting Michigan to promote the memoir he and USA Today's Kevin Allen co-wrote, My Last Fight: the True Story of a Hockey Rock Star.
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff posited something of a pre-review of the book:
Red Wings off-day news: Forbes says Wings 9th-most-valuable NHL team; on Z, Mule, Gustavsson & Alfie
The Red Wings aren't practicing today and Wings coach Mike Babcock's heading to Montreal to receive an honorary doctorate from McGill University, so we're likely to hear very little about Pavel Datsyuk's status until tomorrow's practice and team visit to Children's Hospital.
On the heels of the Red Wings' 3-2 win over Buffalo yesterday afternoon, there is some Wings-related news this morning, and the biggest news comes in the form of significant figures from the Free Press's Helene St. James:
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