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My technological odyssey continued on Monday afternoon, so I took a little time to attend to something I'll need to write a short story about one day...
And the Red Wings and their fans received bad news, bad news and more bad news in the injury department.
In theory, we all assumed, Kyle Quincey had only suffered a chipped cheekbone, and could be back within a week or two. As it turns out, Quincey's a mess, and the team's initial estimate is now that Quincey will miss 4-6 weeks (i.e. he won't be back until the playoffs).
According to DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose, Quincey's going to see an optometrist this week, which indicates that he's got an orbital bone fracture, and the team won't even know if Quincey needs surgery to repair his fracture(s) until next week because he's dealing with significant swelling:
via Matt Wellens of the Mining Journal,
Coreau has one more year of NCAA eligibility left, but has decided to forgo his senior season at NMU.
As first reported by The Mining Journal, Coreau had seven teams interested in him following the Wildcats first-round CCHA playoff series loss at Michigan.
Grand Rapids Griffins first-year head coach Jeff Blashill contacted NMU head coach Walt Kyle the Monday after the Wildcats season-ending loss to Michigan to enquire about Coreau.
The Griffins are the AHL affiliate of the Red Wings. According to the source inside the NMU hockey program, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound Coreau could see time not only with the Griffins, but the Wings as well.
Me again for George who should be back either later tonight or tomorrow.
Per Ted Kulfan tweets, Quincey is out 4-6 weeks with mulitple fractures, no decision on surgery.
And if you missed the news on Helm at Abel To Yzerman, well he was at a very optional skate but left the ice after 10 minutes.
All the beat writers in unison tweeted something like this, Babcock says Helm suffered a setback, won't play Wednesday.
The Red Wings are holding a charity event this evening at Joe Louis Arena...
So the Windsor Star's Bob Duff reported that the team is practicing off-site,but things haven't started as of 1:43 PM, so I'm wondering whether the team will hold practice at 2 to ensure that the players don't have to head back home and then come back down to the Joe during rush hour, so here's a slate of mid-day stories to tide both of us over until practice begins, if it begins at all:
Updated 2x at 11:54 AM: Good sign or bad sign?
The Grand Rapids Griffins are confirming (as are the Red Wings)...
NYQUIST REJOINS GRIFFINS
The Detroit Red Wings have reassigned right wing Gustav Nyquist to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
A native of Halmstad, Sweden, Nyquist still leads the AHL with 60 points (23-37—60) in 57 games, despite missing the Griffins’ last three contests after being recalled by Detroit last Tuesday. The 23-year-old forward recorded one assist and seven shots in four games with the Red Wings this season and has eight points (1-7—8) in 22 career NHL games.
The Detroit Red Wings sit in fifth place in the Western Conference standings as the team will practice today at Joe Louis Arena, ahead of tonight's Toast of Hockeytown, thanks to a back-to-back wins over Edmonton and Vancouver, assuaging their crappy performance against Calgary last Wednesday.
The packed nature of the Western Conference standings probably means that the 14-10-and-5 (with 12 regulation or OT wins) Wings will be out of the playoff pack by the time the Wings and Minnesota Wild tangle in an NBC "Rivalry Night" game on Wednesday, and today, we can expect to find out whether Kyle Quincey will require surgery for his broken cheekbone and whether the NHL will name Pavel Datsyuk one of its Stars of the Week after scoring a goal and adding three assists over the course of a dominant pair of weekend performances.
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson dedicated the bulk of his "Hockey World" column and blog entries to the Red Wings this week, engaging in a fascinating interview with Wings GM Ken Holland about the possibility that Detroit might not make the playoffs for the 22nd straight season, and they talk about the Wings' unrestricted free agents-to-be, too.
Matheson believes that the Wings might be better served long-term by missing the playoff cut and taking a chance in an NHL draft lottery that will now give each and every one of the 14 non-playoff teams a chance (albeit a weighted one) at the 1st overall draft pick, but that's not the way the Wings operate:
The Red Wings received Sunday off after wrapping up their three-games-in-four nights trip through Western Canada with an overtime win over Edmonton and a big win over Vancouver, and the team will get some time to rest their bumps and bruises as they won't play again until they host the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.
Before spending all night flying back to Detroit, MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Wings coach Mike Babcock gave his team downright effusive praise for their efforts over the weekend, though Babcock was still baffled by the team's "disturbing" loss to the Calgary Flames this past Wednesday:
The Red Wings-Canucks wrap-up simply took so much bandwidth and blog-width that this overnight report's going to be a little lean, but that's on purpose, and I hope the extra click's worth your time.
The Free Press's Helene St. James' Sunday story about Henrik Zetterberg's transition from one of the Wings' leaders to the team's captain is more than worth your time, and if I could quote all of it, I would, but I'll leave her downright fascinating conversation with Oilers captain and off-season Wing pal Shawn Horcoff to you, and will go with what Zetterberg has to say about learning on the job from soneone who is learning a very different job as Ken Holland's other, other right-hand man:
"I feel comfortable being the captain," Zetterberg said, "but I think I went to a good school -- the Nick Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman and the Kris Draper school. You just try to see what they did, and see how they handled different situations, and then some stuff you take, and some stuff you don't."
Draper, an alternate captain under Yzerman and Lidstrom and one of the most respected players in the room, is the guy Zetterberg has leaned on the most for advice. Yzerman is busy running the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Lidstrom is back in Sweden, enjoying life as a retiree. Zetterberg and Draper often have little chats around Joe Louis Arena, where Draper now works in the front office, or around Birmingham, where they're nearly neighbors. "I know he's always there for me," Zetterberg said.
The Detroit Red Wings took an all-night flight to Detroit after going 2-for-3 on their Western Canadian road trip thanks to a 3-2 OT win over Edmonton on Thursday and a sometimes wild and wacky 5-2 win over Vancouver on Saturday night.
As such, the Wings will hit the tarmac at Metro Airport after 6 AM EDT finding themselves in fifth place in the Western Conference with 33 points, 1 behind the St. Louis Blues (unless Chicago implodes, the highest the Wings can finish this year is fourth) and a point ahead of the Canucks.
But the Wings don't play again until Wednesday (they get today off; tomorrow's the Toast of Hockeytown, they'll probably practice both tomorrow and Tuesday, and they welcome the Minnesota Wild to town before heading West for four games and eight frickin' days), and by then, they're likely to be out of the playoff mix given that the cut-off is 30 points, and given that the 14-10-and-5 Wings have one less win than Los Angeles, which sits in sixth place.
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