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Grand Rapids Griffins overnight report: Calder Cup championship precedes changes to come

The Grand Rapids Griffins captured what DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose notes is the first Wings AHL affiliate's championship since 1992 and the Griffins' first Calder Cup championship, period in what I'm still calling the tightest 5-2 win I've seen in ages--minus the empty-net goals, it was a 3-2 triumph--and the Griffins celebrated heartily (clicky for multimedia) before returning to Grand Rapids to take part on a Wednesday evening fan rally at Van Andel Arena.

The Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, New Holland Sentinel, Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples (with a spiffy "champs" picture from Jennifer Leigh) and the Crunch's website all provided narrative recaps; if you want to check the stats, the AHL's website provides the scoresheet, as well as a link to merchandise sales (the Griffins are selling championship merch, too), and in a slightly weird twist, the AHL's auctioning off the vast majority of game-used jerseys and game pucks from the Calder Cup Final, too.

The AHL's press-release style recap is where we'll start the discussion of "Series O"...

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Grand Rapids Griffins Calder Cup multimedia post

It was a wild, woolly and sometimes scary ride as the Grand Rapids Griffins blew a 3-0 lead over the Syracuse Crunch and headed back to New York hoping to avoid a Game 7 situation, but the Griffins captured the Calder Cup in what may have been the tightest 5-2 win I've seen in a long, long time, and as such, the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy-winning (playoff MVP thanks to his 16 goals) Tomas Tatar and his closest friends will be holding a victory party at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday evening (6 PM, doors open at 5)--after flying home on Red Bird III and enjoying a long night of celebrating their victory.

This post is simply dedicated to the oodles of multimedia issued following the Griffins' win--and beware as SendToNews's highlight clip is a classic "auto-play" clip, right at the bottom of the entry.

Here is the last minute-and-change's of the game and the first three minutes of the post-game celebrating...

And the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner posted a quick clip of the post-game celebrations:

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Grand Rapids Griffins to hold ‘victory party’ on Wednesday; GRG will return at 2 AM

Per the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:

The Grand Rapids Griffins will hold a Calder Cup celebration on Wednesday in downtown Grand Rapids.

Van Andel Arena will host a victory party 6 p.m., the team announced shortly after winning its first AHL championship Tuesday with a 5-2 victory against Syracuse in Game 6.

Players and coaches will speak and the Calder Cup will be on display.

The doors open at 5 p.m. The first 3,000 fans will received Calder Cup championship T-shirts.

The event is free.

In the interim:

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Grand Rapids Griffins win Game 6, capture Calder Cup

It was close and sometimes a harrowing experience to watch, but the Grand Rapids Griffins rallied from a 1-0 deficit and took a 2-1 lead, surrendered a tying goal in the 3rd, and received the game-winner from stay-at-home defenseman Brennan Evans (and some ridiculous saves from Petr Mrazek)...

And Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson's empty-net goals sealed the deal, giving the Griffins a 5-2 win, capturing Grand Rapids' first Calder Cup championship over the course of 6 games against the Crunch and a total of 24 playoff games played (out of a possible 26!).

The Jack Butterfield Trophy, the AHL's playoff MVP award was given to Tomas Tatar, who scored 16 goals over the course of 24 games played (and registered 21 points).

Mrazek stopped 17 shots in the Griffins' win.

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Red Wings GM Ken Holland talks about SCF, Datsyuk, etc. on Fan 590

Red Wings GM Ken Holland addressed the team's re-signing of Pavel Datsyuk, other personnel issues and the Stanley Cup Final in an 11:49 interview with the Fan 590's Bob McCown and Stephen Brunt on Tuesday evening:

Update: Holland says that he and Datsyuk agreed on a 3-year contract extension in terms of, well, term, during their exit interview, and they just got it done.

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Red Wings evening news: Wings move on to other free agents, will send Helm to Traverse City

Red Wings GM Ken Holland's still borderline giddy about the team's ability to retain Pavel Datsyuk's services for the next four seasons, and his praise for Datsyuk's skill, talent, leadership and longevity while speaking to MLive's Ansar Khan is must-read material in itself...

But Holland also gave Khan something of a blueprint as to what the Wings' next moves may involve, and it sounds like he's going to do much more than simply attempt to retain Daniel Cleary, Valtteri Filpula and the complicated situation that is Damien Brunner:

Holland said he is continuing talks impending unrestricted free-agent forwards Daniel Cleary, Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula, but roster space is scarce.

“We have big decisions to make,'' Holland said. “We got a push of kids. We got 14 forwards under contract now (including restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson). We'll only carry 14.

“We know we have compliance buyouts at our disposal. I'll explore trades.

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Howe family wins civil suit against former business manager

Via RedWingsFeed, the Oakland Press's Ryan Felton reports that a jury ruled in favor of the family of Gordie Howe in a civil suit filed against Howe's former business manager, Del Reddy:

A jury found Hockey Hall of Fame member Gordie Howe sustained $3 million in financial damages when former business managers destroyed sports memorabilia that was supposed to be returned under an agreement made to settle a previous lawsuit.

The 85-year-old Howe of Bloomfield Township was in attendance at Oakland County Circuit Court Tuesday in Judge Leo Bowman’s courtroom with his son Mark. The Howes, along with Power Play International Company, the company that handled Howe’s merchandise, sued Del and Michael Reddy, Aaron Howard and Immortal Investments, the former business partners.

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Grand Rapids Griffins-Syracuse Crunch Game 6 open post

The Grand Rapids Griffins will battle the Syracuse Crunch in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final tonight, and you have several viewing options:

1. If you live in Grand Rapids, WILX will air the game;

2. If you're a radio person, http://www.woodradio.com wiil air the game;

3. If you live in upstate New York, Time-Warner Cable will air the game;

4. If you're "elsewhere," http://www.ahllive.com will air the game (you still have to sign up as a user and use the promo code "CALDER2013");

5. And http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com will stream the game in Michigan--edit: This is the direct link: http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/nhl/detroit-red-wings/story/Live-streaming-video?blockID=912677&feedID=5540

Radko Gudas will probably play for Syracuse tonight, and it is entirely possible that Adam Almquist may return for Grand Rapids.

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Grand Rapids Griffins-Syracuse Crunch Game 6 game-day updates: Gudas (SYR), Almquist (GR) may play

Updated 5x at 2:18 PM: Somewhat briefly: the Grand Rapids Griffins will attempt to avoid a winner-take-all Game 7 situation when they face off against the Syracuse Crunch tonight in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final (7 PM EDT start), and there was good news on the Griffins front from Fox 17's Steve Amorose (second Tweet excluded) as the team took to the ice around 11 AM (and Fox 17 posted a game preview video, too)...

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Done Deal For Datsyuk; Red Wings forward signs 3-year, [$22.5] million extension

Updated 21x at 2:44 PM, and FYI, Datsyuk's goal against Nashville's up in the second TSN Play of the Year showdown semifinal: the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan has the financial parameters:

(as many have pointed out, it's technically $7.667 million oh hell with it, it's $7.5 million per the Tweets below)

The Free Press's Helene St. James summarized the situation nicely...

The deal has been a foregone conclusion since May 31, the day the Wings cleaned out their lockers two days after being bounced in the second round of the playoffs. Datsyuk said at the time he planned to stay in Detroit past the expiration of his current seven-year, $46.9-million deal. There had been chatter for much of the season that he might return to his native Russia, where he could make a mint playing in the KHL and be closer to his 10-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.

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