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Seating Will Be Very Limited For Gordie Howe’s Funeral

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings would like to encourage fans wishing to pay their respects to Gordie Howe to attend the public visitation held at Joe Louis on Tuesday, June 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., due to limited public seating available during the funeral service on Wednesday. A significant part of the cathedral’s seating on Wednesday morning will be reserved for friends and family of the Howe Family, as well as other hockey dignitaries attending the service.

“Gordie always had a special connection with the fans, so it was important to us to allow the public into the funeral service because it’s the way he would have done it,” said Mark Howe. “However, we have heard from many friends, former teammates, NHL personnel and other prominent figures in the hockey world who will be attending the service to pay tribute, so we would like to urge fans to attend Tuesday’s public visitation to ensure all looking to pay their final respects will be able to do so.”

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NHL.com’s Stubbs: Red Wings will stream Gordie Howe visitation on Tuesday


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Dallas Stars announcer Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer

Terrible news for an extended member of the Red Wings family, from the Dallas Stars:

Dallas Stars Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer. Out of respect for Dave and his family, the specifics of his illness and treatment will not be disclosed.

Dallas Stars President and CEO, Jim Lites

"The Dallas Stars are deeply saddened to learn of Dave Strader's cancer diagnosis. As he goes through his treatment, all of our thoughts and prayers are directed to Dave, his wife Colleen, their son Christopher and his wife Karen and daughter Sydney, their son Casey and his wife Dr. Mary, and their son Trevor. We wish Dave a full recovery and will support him through his battle.

"Dave's work in both local markets and on the national stage have made his voice synonymous with hockey to fans all over the globe in his 36 years in the booth. We know that he's touched a lot of people throughout his career thus far and those wanting to send well-wishes are encouraged to send Dave a note at WellWishesForStrader@dallasstars.com."

Dallas Stars Play-By-Play Announcer, Dave Strader

"I realize I have a challenge and fight ahead of me. With my wife Colleen and our family, along with the full support of the Dallas Stars organization, we are ready to meet this challenge. We don't have to look very far for inspiration as Bekki Nill has shown us all how to meet this dreaded disease head-on. Personally, her example will serve as a great guide. I want to thank everyone for their support as I proceed with treatment."

The Dallas Stars respect Dave's request for privacy regarding his condition at this time, and will provide further updates on his status when they are available.

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Afternoon news: Preparing for Mr. Hockey’s funeral; on Little Caesars Arena, Cup odds, etc.

Updated 3x at 2:32 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. NHL.com's Dave Stubbs is in Detroit as the Wings prepare for Mr. Hockey's visitation tomorrow:

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Blashill remembers Ron Mason

Former Michigan State University coach Ron Mason passed away last night at 76 years of age, and Wings coach Jeff Blashill shared memories of Mason with the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Blashill remembered a man brimming with passion. "As I got into coaching, I had the opportunity to sit in a room with him. I was in awe. He was a living legend at the time, a college hockey icon."

Blashill, 42, recalled talking to Mason a couple of summers ago in Traverse City. "He had unbelievable energy and passion every time he spoke to you -- whether it was about hockey or about fishing. He was a very inspiring person."

Back when the Central Collegiate Hockey Association used to hold annual meetings in Naples, Fla., head coaches and assistant coaches from around the conference would have informal gatherings.

"Coach Mason, he'd stand up when he talked, and he had control of the room," Blashill said. "It was a neat and cool thing to sit and listen to him. He really loved coaching, and it was infectious."

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Questions For Ansar Khan

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers some questions from the fans...

Q: There are rumors that Colorado is trying to get a bigger, stronger defense and doesn't see much of a future for Tyson Barrie beyond him being a No. 5 defenseman and power-play specialist. Would a trade for him (maybe involving Jonathan Ericsson) be beneficial to the Red Wings, or would they be better served holding onto their assets and giving someone like Ryan Sproul a chance to crack the lineup?

A: Barrie has been mentioned in many trade rumors and might be moved. He's young (24), mobile, offensive (38 goals and 140 points the past three seasons combined), can quarterback a power play and shoots right.

Jacob Trouba, who Colorado reportedly wants, or Kevin Shattenkirk, who is expected to be moved by St. Louis, would be better options, but they also would cost more, perhaps more than the Red Wings have or are willing to deal.

Ericsson isn't likely to move (four years remaining at a cap hit of $4.25 million, plus a limited no-trade clause).

more Q & A, mostly coaching related...

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Quincey’s ‘numbers’ belie an uncertain future

As the Red Wings' website moves through its slate of 2015-16 season summaries of the team's players "By the Numbers," Bill Roose and Dana Wakiji have discussed both superstars and players whose futures in Detroit are uncertain. Today, Wakiji focuses on a player in the latter category in Kyle Quincey, offering six significant figures from a player who won't be re-signed prior to July 1st:

Kyle Quincey will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Originally the Red Wings' fourth-round draft pick, 132nd overall, in the 2003 NHL draft, Quincey returned to the Wings in 2011-12 at the trade deadline after one season with the Los Angeles Kings and nearly three with the Colorado Avalanche.

Quincey, 30, has dealt with contract uncertainty before, but it's not the easiest part of being a hockey player.

"A lot of people don’t know that side of the job," Quincey said. "Packing up a house and not knowing where you’re gonna be. You’ve got family that need to know where they’re gonna be, and when you have no answers for them, it’s kind of the (crappy) part of the job, I guess. The uncertainly. If Kenny (Holland) offers me something, I’d love to come back. We love it here. But if not, July 1 and just see what happens."

Wakiji continues at some length, and we don't know whether Quincey will be re-signed or not until sometime after noon on July 1st.

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Hockey Night in Canada, NHL pay tribute to Gordie Howe

Via Paul (sorry for the double post), Hockey Night in Canada's panel spoke about Mr. Hockey for 10:10 prior to the start of Game 6 of the Sharks-Penguins series:

Update: Here's the tribute the NHL played at the SAP Center:

Update #2: Here's the YouTube version, from Sportsnet:

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9 in teal

There will be many tributes to Gordie Howe this evening, by NBCSN, the CBC and the NHL, and the Sharks are leading the way:

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THN’s Campbell recalls Datsyuk’s draft year as proof of an ‘inexact science’

The Hockey News's Ken Campbell duly notes that the NHL's 1996 draft served as proof of the incredibly "inexact science" that is drafting 18-year-olds and projecting their NHL careers going forward.  The best player in the '96 draft was picked 171st overall, and his name is Pavel Datsyuk:

Even the man who discovered Pavel Datsyuk has no idea where ‘The Magic Man’ was playing during the 1995-96 season. That’s because Hakan Andersson never even laid eyes on Datsyuk until two years after that.

If you’re ever looking for more proof that drafting young athletes is the most inexact science in the world, consider Datsyuk. Then look at the 1996 NHL draft. It’s generally regarded as one of the weakest ever. To be sure, it has its share of first-round clunkers. But its status would have been enhanced had people thought to scout a skinny 18-year-old kid in Yekaterinburg, a city on the border of Asia where Czar Nicholas II and his family were slaughtered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

Datsyuk was eligible for that draft 20 years ago, and if we only knew then what we know now, Ottawa would have undoubtedly taken him first overall. As it turns out, Datsyuk was taken 171st in 1998. That’s 557 picks and two years after the Senators took Chris Phillips No. 1. Nobody could have known that Datsyuk would become one of the best two-way players ever, since he was about 150 pounds at the time. Andersson, who watched him play for the first time two years later, wonders whether people in Russia even knew about Datsyuk.

“That was my biggest concern that year,” Andersson remembered. “I saw him play, and I really liked him, but I thought that if he got picked by the world juniors team, then everybody would know about him. He worked really hard at both ends, and he was good with the puck.”

Campbell continues with a list of comments about the NHL's then 26-teams' first-round picks, as well as a re-draft.

Quick note: Hakan Andersson appeared on HockeySverige.se's "PowerPlay" program, but he did so speaking about his job and his best picks in Swedish.

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