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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Gary Greenstin, Datsyuk's agent, said the star center will fly to Detroit in a few days and should arrive for the start of training camp, likely on Sunday.
“He'll be on time,'' Greenstin told MLive.com on Tuesday. “Pavel is ready to play. In a few days, he'll be in Detroit. I talked to Ken (Red Wings general manager Holland) yesterday, everything is under control. Pavel is an honest player, honest person. He has an obligation to Detroit.
“Of course, (CSKA Moscow) wants him to stay, but my clients always oblige their contracts. The standard player contract says when the lockout is over they have to return.''
from Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News,
“There’s a lot of excitement in the air. I wish we had a chance to play a couple of preseason games, but everyone is in the same boat,” said Howard.
He spent the year in Detroit, training with his Red Wing teammates four to five times a week.
“We’d have 10-15 players every day,” said Howard.
He is currently training with other NHL players in Phoenix after receiving an invitation to attend the sessions.
“I jumped all over it. It’s another way to help myself get ready. We’re scrimmaging,” said Howard, who will begin his fourth season as the No. 1 goalie for the Red Wings after spending four seasons with Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League.
He said he was pleased with the terms agreed upon by the NHL Players Association and the NHL after the four-month, 113-day lockout.
“It’s fair. It’s what we were looking for from the beginning,” said Howard, who added that he is in good shape to start the season.
Pavel Datsyuk will be back shortly.
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
Amid a few months of fairly intense, self-directed workouts at local rinks, several of the Red Wings leave Sunday for Arizona, where they will work out with some of the Phoenix Coyotes and other players from around the NHL.
As they hope for an end to the owners' lockout and a settlement on a collective bargaining agreement, the Red Wings are eying the calendar, realizing there is a lot of time to be made up.
They want to be in the best condition and as well-practiced as possible before the prospective start of an abbreviated training camp leading directly into a likely 48-game schedule, that will put great demands on them.
"Me, Horc, Howie, Kroner and maybe Ericsson and Monster are going," Danny Cleary said.
Translated from players' speak, that is Cleary; Shawn Horcoff, the former Spartan and current captain of the Oilers, who works out with the Red Wings in the offseason; Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson and Jonas Gustavsson, the Wings' new backup goalie, who played for the Maple Leafs last season.
from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,
Riley Sheahan hopes his latest scoring surge and temporary promotion to the No. 1 line on the Grand Rapids Griffins is a sign 2013 will be a better year.
The 21-year-old Detroit Red Wings prospect said he is “embarrassed” about his "superdrunk" arrest after a traffic stop in downtown Grand Rapids last fall.
“I have two wonderful parents and I was brought up in a great home, so to embarrass them and embarrass the organization, I think that was the worst part,” Sheahan said Thursday, Jan. 3, in his first public comments following a well-publicized October arrest in Grand Rapids for drunken driving while wearing the purple Tinky Winky Teletubby costume.
from a Braehead Clan press release,
As you may be aware, Braehead Clan have been lucky enough to have NHL player and Detroit Red Wings star Drew Miller on the Clan Roster for the last few months, thanks to the NHL lockout. As talks around the table between NHL owners and the NHL Players Association continue, it looks like a resolution may be on the cards, and the NHL season will soon get underway.
Braehead Clan would like to thank Drew for joining us during the lockout period. It has been a pleasure to have him and his wife Coleen join the Clan and we are sure that both fans of the Clan and EIHL fans in general have enjoyed watching Drew ice for the Clan over the last few months.
With talks between the NHL and NHLPA continuing, Clan will be saying goodbye to Drew and wife Coleen soon, and we are sure that you the fans would like to see him ice for the Clan whilst he is still here. We have games on Thurs 3rd Jan and Sat 5th Jan, so if you want to see Drew Miller ice in that famous purple jersey just one last time, then get to the games!
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
"Both sides are meeting together and exchanging proposals and getting closer, but in regards to where we are and how close we are and what issues are locked down on, I don't really know," Cleary said. "They're working hard and going back and forth."
Commissioner Gary Bettman has set the Jan. 11 deadline as a way to get back on the ice around Jan. 19 and play a 48-game regular season.
Cleary and several other Wings, along with some other NHL players, are headed to Arizona next week for an intense week of conditioning, similar to what they've done several times during this three-month lockout.
NHL teams would likely start training camps late next week if a new CBA can be reached by the end of this weekend.
more and I have no idea why the Detroit News used the headline they have attached to this article
via Michael J. Happy of FoxSports Detroit,
On Sunday at Ford Field, not far from the Red Wings' home at Joe Louis Arena, Holland was booed by many of the 65,000 fans attending the Lions-Bears game.
He didn't fumble or throw an interception for the Lions, either. All it took for fans to let him have it was a big-screen image of him sitting in a stadium suite and smiling for the camera during a timeout....
Up until recently, Holland's success and amicable personality made him a beloved figure in Detroit.
Now fans are booing him, even though he's really just a middle-man caught in the dispute between the players and owners.
When Ilitch Holdings and Olympia Entertainment chose not to renew Joe Louis Arena's lease with the City of Detroit in 2010, they did so in order to allow Cobo Hall to revert back to the City's management, and that's worked out very well for the City as Cobo's renovation will allow the North American International Auto Show to grow over the next few years.
In return, in theory, anyway, any outstanding debts toward the City, Wayne County or any other potential assessor were going to be revisited and renegotiated once Olympia both secured some City/county or State subsitization toward building a follow-on rink (which has happened) and said plans had been firmed up (which hasn't happened yet), thus allowing Olympia and the City of Detroit to negotiate terms regarding the Ilitches' lease on Joe Louis Arena until their follow-on rink's completed at some point in the future.
As the City of Detroit is hovering particularly precariously close over out-and-out bankruptcy, and as the Ilitches did recently receive state approval for some subsidization of their as-yet-unfinished plans to build the Red Wings' next rink, taxes and any other monies which the Wings' parent organization may or may not owe the City have taken center stage, and today, the Detroit News's Christine MacDonald suggests that the Wings may owe the City as much as $70 million via a cut of their cable broadcasting revenues, though the dean of sports economists, Andrew Zimbalist, believes that the Wings owe the city more around the lines of $10 million for a tab that the city never attempted to collect upon to begin with--until now:
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
Detroit Red Wings senior vice-president Jim Devellano believes that a new home for the National Hockey League club isn’t merely necessary, it’s mandatory if the Wings want to continue to operate as one of the elite franchises in the league.
“For the hockey team, to sustain the Red Wings, to get them back to where they once were, the ability to attract free agents, a vibrant building in downtown Detroit would be a plus,” Devellano said, admitting that outdated Joe Louis Arena played a role in the Wings’ inability to land Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the top two unrestricted free agents available last summer.
The Michigan state legislature last week passed Bill HB5463, which would provide public funds to help develop a downtown Detroit complex that would include a new facility to replace Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings’ home rink since 1979.
“What a wonderful thing this would be for the City of Detroit,” Devellano said. “When you think of Comerica Park, Ford Field, the Fox Theatre and now the possibility of a new state-of-the-art arena and new people moving downtown, new residences, it really would be fantastic thing for the City of Detroit.
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