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ESPN Dallas’s Richard Durrett reports that Dallas Stars legend and former Red Wings forward Mike Modano plans on deciding whether he will retire or attempt to continue playing by the middle of September, but in the interim, Modano’s availing himself of his post-career options:
“It’s tough to think about letting go because it’s been a part of your life since you were a kid,” Modano said Friday. “You have to see how you feel and how much you want to do it. I’m still on the fence.”
Modano said he’s talked with several of the league’s television broadcast partners about the possibility of working on the air but isn’t sure what might be available. That includes Fox Sports Southwest, which broadcasts most of the Stars’ regular-season games.
“I’ve filled in a few times doing some analysis and enjoyed it,” Modano said. “Talking about the game is easy, but it’s a matter of getting the TV time under your belt where you feel comfortable with your delivery.”
Via RedWingsFeed, it’s not exactly what you’d expect on a Friday night in August, but the Sporting News’s Craig Custance had a conversation with Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill about try-out Fabian Brunnstrom, who rebuffed several offers to play in the Swedish Eliteserien for the opportunity to either steal a job from one of the Wings’ 14 forwards already under contract—or impress another potential employer—over the course of training camp and the exhibition season:
“I think he’s comfortable with our style of hockey, our players,” Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill told Sporting News. “These guys come over and they have a couple years to make it—it’s like the clock is ticking and all of a sudden you’re like ‘Oh, my time is up.’”
That time is closing in for Brunnstrom. He’s coming off a season in which he played in 72 AHL games with the Texas Stars and Toronto Marlies. He had 15 goals and 20 assists.
According to the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema, a Red Wings tradition will return after a four-year absence this fall as the team engaged in a “Red and White” scrimmage at Van Andel Arena…
The Detroit Red Wings are returning to Van Andel Arena. The NHL parent club of the Grand Rapids Griffins are set to hold an intrasquad Red-White game Sept. 27, according to an email sent to Griffins season ticket holders on Friday afternoon.
The Red Wings last visited West Michigan on Sept. 19, 2007, when they drew more than 3,000 fans for a 75-minute practice at Van Andel Arena. The Red Wings came to Grand Rapids for a Red-White intrasquad game on Sept. 18, 2003, and also played at Van Andel Arena in 2000 and 2002.
A “Hockeytown West Pack” will be available to the general public and include tickets to the Red-White game and the Griffins’ Oct. 14 home opener. Tickets for season ticket holders for the Red-White game will be available for $17 or $20.
Two weeks from today, I’ll be heading up to Traverse City to cover the Red Wings’ prospect tournament and training camp. Most of the Red Wings’ major junior-playing prospects, junior hockey graduates and European prospects are either taking part in their teams’ training camps or, in the case of European pro leagues, playing in exhibition games, and according to DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose, via RedWingsFeed, the Red Wings themselves will begin to gather at Joe Louis Arena for informal practices next week:
#RedWings players have begun to return to Hockeytown this week. Their first informal team skate is set for Monday morning.
Boston Bruins goaltender and Davison, MI native Tim Thomas brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown on Wednesday, and the New York Times’ Jeff Z. Klein, the Sporting News’s Craig Custance, NHL.com’s Dan Rosen (via an article as well as blog entries and videos), the Free Press’s Perry A. Farrell and of course the Flint Journal’s Brendan Savage (with multiple video offerings from Thomas’s trip to Davison High School) all covered the blue-collar goalie’s journey back to his blue-collar roots in tremendous detail…
Updated 4x at 4:51 PM: Amongst the Red Wings-related news “tidbits” of note this afternoon:
• Gary Roberts’ “Biosteel” training camp (emphasis on training camp) includes a star-studded list of participants who are pushing themselves to their physical and mental limits under the watchful eye of Roberts and trainer Matt Nichol, and the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle reports that both Wings prospects Brendan Smith and goaltender Thomas McCollum have forked over
a significant chunk of change to take part in the camp;
• If you wish to follow Tim Thomas’s day with the Stanley Cup, ABC 12, the Flint Journal and NHL.com’s Dan Rosen are more or less providing “play by play” coverage, and I’m sure that MGoBlue.com and AnnArbor.com will cover Steve Kampfer’s day with the Cup tomorrow;
As an FYI, per DetroitRedWings.com’s Rick Bouwness:
PRELIMINARY LINEUP FOR HOCKEYFEST ANNOUNCED
… Superstars Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg Highlight List of Players Set to Appear at Fun-Filled, JLA-Staged Event …
Detroit, MI… The 2011 edition of Red Wings HockeyFest, co-presented by 97.1 The Ticket and Fox Sports Detroit, is set to take place at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, September 10 (11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), providing citizens of Hockeytown with an unforgettable day of fun, family-friendly activities as well as the chance to meet some of their favorite players. A preliminary list of Red Wings set to attend this much-anticipated event can be found below alongside their designated appearance times. Additional current players as well as members of the Red Wings Alumni Association will be added to this list at a later time.
What might be this morning’s most pertinent Red Wings-related news comes in the form of words issued by a Wings analyst regarding a Stanley Cup won 20 years ago—Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien noted that the Pittsburgh Penguins are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1991 Stanley Cup championship, and Fox Sports Detroit analyst Larry Murphy and Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek are taking part in the festivities.
It’s Murphy’s comment to NHL.com’s Alan Robinson which might temper what’s sure to be Wings fans’ imminent annoyance at the cavalcade of NHL predictions which will insist that the Red Wings are finally too old, too slow, too soft and too likely to finish in the bottom half of the Western Conference standings to be called Cup contenders anymore:
Updated 4x at 7:59 PM: Hello, earthquake survivors! The Hockey News’s Rory Boylen offers a somewhat typical late-August discussion-maker in questioning what defines a “dynasty” in the modern-day NHL, suggesting that the Wings may or may not qualify as such…
[D]oes the NHL have a current dynasty? The first team to look at would certainly be the Detroit Red Wings. From 1992 until now, the Wings have 14 division titles, reached eight conference finals, won the Cup four times and lost in the final twice. Dynasty?
Type “Sports Dynasty Definition” into Google and the first response you get is: “A sports dynasty is a team that dominates their sport or league for multiple seasons or years.” That would pretty much sum up the Wings, wouldn’t it?
The Red Wings posted a lineup of players who will be taking part in their “Hockeyfest” event at Joe Louis Arena on September 10th via Twitter, and let’s just say that the list of participants taking part in Q and A’s or autograph sessions is impressive:
Players at Hockeyfest on 9/10 include Lidstrom, Bertuzzi, Holmstrom, Miller, Abdelkader, Eaves, Zetterberg, Cleary, Howard and Kindl.
Nick, Bert, Holmstrom, Miller, Abby + Eaves will be on hand from 11:30-2:30. Hank, Cleary, Howard + Kindl will show from 2:30-5:30.
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