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From MLive's Ansar Khan:
Ranking the top 50 players for one of hockey's most storied franchises, one that's been around for nearly 90 years, was no small undertaking.
Bob Duff, hockey historian and a sports columnist for The Windsor Star, assembled the list for his latest book, "50 Greatest Red Wings."
As with all rankings and lists, it is certain to spark much debate. Duff said it was tougher determining the final cut than it was ranking the top five.
"There were so many guys when you get down to those final spots that you had to consider," Duff said. "As they say, the cream rises to the top, so picking the top of the order was much easier."
And the Grand Rapids Griffins posted a highlight clip from last night's record-setting 12th consecutive win:
Former players Sergei Fedorov, Peter Bondra, Valeri Kamensky, Ville Peltonen, and builders Pat Quinn and Ben Smith are the 2016 inductees to the IIHF Hall of Fame.
Sergei Fedorov won three World Championship titles and three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. He finished his NHL career with 483 goals, 696 assists and 1,179 points, leading to his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.
The Grand Rapids Griffins established a new team record, and they did so in stirring fashion. Jared Coreau stopped 47 of 49 shots, Anthony Mantha scored 2 goals and Robbie Russo registered a goal and an assist as the Griffins won their 12th straight game, defeating the Lake Erie Monsters 3-2.
The Griffins' website posted a recap:
Updated 2x at 11:29 PM: The Red Wings ended up taking part in an optional practice this afternoon--given the 3-day break in the schedule--but MLive's Ansar Khan reports that part of it wasn't optional:
The Red Wings had an optional skate Wednesday followed by an intense mandatory off-ice workout session, something that had been planned weeks ago. "Strength coach Mike Kadar is real big on making sure the conditioning and the weight training is something we're able to maintain," Granato said. "This was one of those days where we were able to get full workouts off the ice and we had an optional skate to work on some of the things we wanted to work on. It was just a get-better day. That's what Blash called it."
After the practice, Khan spoke with Red Wings assistant coach Tony Granato, forward Justin Abdelkader and defenseman Niklas Kronwall about the team's inability to hold leads...
via Ansar Khan tweets,
Semi-optional practice for #RedWings run by assistant coaches. Datsyuk. Zetterberg. Tatar, DeKeyser. Ericsson given day off, apparently.
Quincey skating with team for first time, though it's not a regular practice.
I will update this post if any news comes out.
added 3:41pm, via Khan,
Jeff Blashill will be in GR tonight to watch the Griffins. No word yet if they plan on calling anyone up. Players doing off-ice workouts.
added 4:42pm, more from Khan,
Granato said no plans right now to recall anybody from Grand Rapids. Blashill just taking advantage of opportunity to watch the Griffins.
We all know that NHL.com's fan voting for the All-Star Game is a bit of a joke, but between USA Today's Jimmy Hascup making a point that Dylan Larkin has been a "game-changer" and this stat from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose, I'm starting to wonder whether it's time to mobilize the troops to get Larkin into the ASG starting lineup:
Despite the chatter about a certain Tampa Bay Lightning forward possibly heading to Detroit--which is unrealistic at best--ESPN's Sean McIndoe gets Ken Holland's likelihood of making a major trade prior to or at the NHL's trade deadline down pat in "Ranking GM's most likely to make trades":
30. Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings
Current standings: 16-9-6, second place in the Atlantic
Estimated cap room: $5.2 million
As the longest tenured GM in the league, nobody gives us more of a track record to look at than Holland. And that track record is fairly clear: Don't expect the Red Wings to do much until the deadline nears. That's when Holland typically does all of his trading work; he hasn't made an offseason deal involving players since 2012, and hasn't made one between opening night and the end of January since 2002. (That was the big "Jason Woolley from Buffalo for future considerations" blockbuster, in case you were wondering.) History says he'll probably do something around the deadline, but if he makes a deal before then, it will be the first time in the history of the cap era.
Continued with 29 more rankings, and when Todd Bertuzzi and Robert Lang count as your post-salary cap blockbusters, you're not exactly looking for Holland to snag a marquee player.
Prospect news: Turgeon scores, Griffins coach discusses winning streak; Griffins file weekly release
Of prospect-related note:
In the WHL, Dominic Turgeon scored the game-tying goal as the Portland Winterhawks rallied from a 4-0 deficit, but ultimately the Tri-City Americans defeated Turgeon's Winterhawks 6-4;
And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins have the opportunity to set a new franchise record for wins on Wednesday, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Griffins coach Todd Nelson regarding his addressing of the situation--or whether it's something that should be addressed before Wednesday's game against Lake Erie at all:
The Red Wings didn't practice on Tuesday, but they were most certainly mulling over having dropped a 1-0 lead to the Buffalo Sabres during Monday's 2-1 loss, and after the game, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa found some wise words and perspective in the comments of Brad Richards:
“Anything can happen, but two goals in the last five minutes is not how we want to do things,” said Brad Richards, a 15-year veteran and winner of Stanley Cups with the Lightning and Blackhawks. “Some nights it’s not a systematic breakdown. But for whatever reasons, it seems to be snowballing on us in the third period.”
Of the instincts, fortitude and skill to close out opponents when skating with a lead in third periods, Richards said, “I think you develop that. It’s still a young team and that’s something we work on, and sometimes these things have to happen to realize you have to bear down in all those situations.”
In terms of both personnel placed in key roles and the fact that they're 31 games into Jeff Blashill's tenure, the Red Wings really are a "young team," and I don't think that the Wings are anywhere other than exactly where they should be in terms of both their "process" and their place in the standings--somewhere in the middle.
from Chris Nichols of Today's Slapshot,
Pierre LeBrun was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Tuesday evening.
As part of a larger discussion on Steven Stamkos, and on Bob McKenzie’s speculation about the Montreal Canadiens possibly being attractive to Steven Stamkos as a free agent:
“(Laughs) I love it. Well, this is what we’re headed for over the next four months, right? (Laughs)
Is that feasible?
“ Well, I mean listen. That is an important part to underline in all of this. So many people have made this a Tampa or Toronto decision. What about other teams?
“What if Ken Holland and Detroit, and the way they’ve properly managed their situation, going into a new rink – Steven Stamkos has played just across the border in Sarnia in the OHL – what if Ken Holland made a big offer? I’m not saying he will. Again, like Bob, I’m just putting this out there as theoretical, not as gossip.
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