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The Red Wings’ Twitter account and Facebook page went into overdrive overnight as EA Sports revealed that the race is neck-and-neck between Pavel Datsyuk and John Tavares as the last day of voting in the players’ showdown in EA Sports’ NHL 13 cover athlete semifinals is taking place, so, fellow Wings fans, it’s time to vote early and vote often to push the only real-life video game player over the top today.
Updated 2x with some free agency scuttlebutt at 4:40 PM: Red Wings GM Ken Holland used the same terminology regarding the team’s take on Tomas Holmstrom’s future while speaking to the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan and MLive’s Ansar Khan—saying that #96’s future basically isn’t totally up to Holmstrom himself—and in light of that reality, the Free Press’s Helene St. James wonders aloud whether the Wings will ultimately bring back a player who is, in his coach and GM’s eyes, a fourth-line forward:
Holland was back at his office at Joe Louis Arena Monday after spending a week at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championship in Helsinki, where the difference between winning and losing was, much like the NHL playoffs, incredibly close. Holland chatted very briefly with Holmstrom on Monday, mostly just to say the two would meet soon. Holmstrom, Holland told the Free Press, “has to decide what his body is telling him, and if he wants to play, he and I need to sit down.”
The biggest Red Wings news on Monday will run into something of a wall today: the widely-reported coverage of and speculation about SportsBusiness Journal’s Don Muret’s report that the Wings and/or Ilitch Holdings has hired an architectural firm to design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on facility is definitely intriguing, but between the self-imposed gag organizational “no comment” policy’s laid over a foundation of secrecy so tight that governmental agencies should be jealous of how well the Wings and Ilitch Holdings are keeping information on a need-to-know basis.
On a day when none other than the Wall Street Journal’s Mike Sieleski quotes the CBC’s Gord Stellick as stating that the Red Wings are going to be the prime suitors for Zach Parise, should he choose to leave New Jersey…
One intriguing possibility is the Detroit Red Wings. “He is their guy,” former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Gord Stellick said. “[The Red Wings are] never going to go after an unrestricted free agent as hard as they’re going to go after Zach Parise.”
It’s no wonder: Parise said in an interview earlier this season that it was important to him to play for a team with a realistic chance of winning a championship. The Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups over the previous 15 years and have not finished with a losing record since the 1990-91 season, and they built their success around players such as Steve Yzerman and Pavel Datsyuk—elite two-way forwards with impeccable leadership credentials. They could make Parise into their latest incarnation of that tradition.
The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan spoke to Wings GM Ken Holland about his take on the World Championships as they applied to the Wings…
Now that’s a leak: have the Red Wings hired an architect to design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on rink?
SportsBusiness Journal’s Don Muret suggests that the Red Wings’ owners have (via Curbed’s Sarah Cox) tagged architect Chad Krieger Sieniewicz and the architectural firm HKS to design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on facility, according to SportsBusiness Journal’s Don Muret:
The day after Russia captured the World Championship title, and Slovakia snagged silver, team Russia was given a hero’s welcome in Moscow (and congratulations from Vladimir Putin, of course), and the Slovaks partied harder and engaged in the kind of silliness that might live in some infamy for Tomas Tatar’s Slovaks in Bratislava…
Updated 3x at 6:03 AM: The Detroit Red Wings’ remaining participants in the World Championships, with the exception of Henrik Zetterberg (who was named to the tournament’s All-Star team in absentia) concluded their hockey seasons on Sunday, with EA Sports NHL 13 cover candidate Pavel Datsyuk capturing a Gold medal with Russia, Tomas Tatar earning a Silver medal as a result of the Russians’ win, and the non-playing Petr Mrazek earning a Bronze at the expense of Valtteri Filppula’s Finns, who laid a second egg in a row in front of their hometown fans.
Updated 6x with video and more Datsyuk quotes at 7:19 PM: Today’s bronze medal game between Finland and the victorious Czechs was a tightly-contested contest by comparison to the gold medal game.
Pavel Datsyuk registered 2 assists—on two goals by Alexander Semin, including a glorious takeaway on the 4-1 goal—and a goal of his own via an assist from Semin to salt the game away…
As the tournament-unbeaten Russians slowly stirred to life after a Zdeno Chara goal, and when the Big Russian Machine got rolling, it just steamrolled Wings prospect Tomas Tatar’s Slovaks, capturing the gold medal by a 6-2 tally.
Updated 2x at 1 PM: Well, Red Wings prospect Petr Mrazek was able to learn from Czech pros and NHL’ers, hang out with his buddy Jakub Stepanek (who is dating Mrazek’s sister), and earn a Bronze medal, anyway.
The Czech Republic defeated Finland 3-2 today to capture Bronze at the World Championship, in no small part due to the goaltending of Stepanek and a superb Czech defense, but the Finns didn’t “get started on time” once again, goalie Petri Vehanen got caught swimming two too many times, and while the play of the line of Wings forward Valtteri Filppula, Mikko Koivu and Jussi Jokinen was nothing less than admirable, the Finns didn’t really show any backbone until they were down 3-1 going into the 3rd period, and they finally engaged the Czechs, physically and otherwise.
Today represents the last day of competition at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, and from a Red Wings fan’s perspective, three of the Wings’ four remaining participants in Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk, Slovakia’s Tomas Tatar, Finland’s Valtteri Filppula and/or non-playing prospect Petr Mrazek will come home with medals, though only one might come home satisfied with his team’s performance. Here’s how today’s games shake out:
Sunday, May 20th:
• 9 AM EDT: Bronze Medal Game: Finland (Filppula) vs. Czech Republic Mrazek)
• 1:30 PM EDT: Gold Medal Game: Russia (Datsyuk) vs. Slovakia (Tatar)
NBC Sports will televise the Gold Medal game on tape delay, at 9 PM EDT
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