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Red Wings-Avs quick take: a ‘learning experience’ is generally not a pleasant title for a game

Update: FSD: 7 AM and 6 PM EST Friday = 1-hour replays of the Lidstrom retirement ceremony. FTR.

The Detroit Red Wings raised Nicklas Lidstrom's number to the rafters, and got off to a wonderful start against the despised Colorado Avalanche...

But the Wings have never won a game in which Lidstrom was publicly announced as in attendance in his post-playing career, and as the crowd left surprisingly early (perhaps they were subscribing to a certain Avs scribe's Tweets complaining about the late start), the gas seemed to go out of the Wings' young guns and new players alike--and yes, the "Kid Line" was once again in "learning" mode, because they were both responsible for the 2-1 goal...

And the 3-2 game-winner in OT, with Jimmy Howard really playing much better than his 3-goals-on-25-shots total suggests, and now the Wings facing a surprisingly early start against the Devils having lost two straight games.

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Number 5’s up where it belongs

Updated with a ton of video at 9:08 PM: Nicklas Lidstrom was given an African safari and a Dodge Ram quad cab (a diesel for Sweden) as his number was retired to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena this evening:

Lidstrom thanked Brad McCrimmon, Steve Yzerman, Scotty Bowman, Mike Babcock, the Ilitches, his teammates, his family and the fans, but in the end, he is a family man, and that's why he moved home to Vasteras to coach his sons' hockey team:

No tears. But close. And yes, Henrik Zetterberg looked like he was pretending to not be wearing a post-surgical back brace while wearing a suit, and Pavel Datsyuk was limping, but Datsyuk always limps, even when he's healthy. And Vladdie and Homer were the other heroes of the night.

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Quickie Red Wings prospect news: Griffins win, Coreau valiant in Walleye loss, Mantha at 111 points

Very briefly, as I was and am ill, I missed these last night, and here's your Red Wings prospect news for the day:

Minus one Calle Jarnkrok, the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Chicago Wolves 4-2 last night. The Griffins' website (with video and a photo gallery) and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner recap the game;

In the ECHL, Jared Coreau stopped 41 of 43 shots, but his Toledo Walleye still dropped a 2-0 decision to the South Carolina Stingrays.  The Walleye's website and the Toledo Blade's Rachel Lenzi recap the game;

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Red Wings recall Teemu Pulkkinen

Updated repeatedly at 4:05 PM: Given the furor regarding the Red Wings' trading of Calle Jarnkrok to Nashville for David Legwand, managerial explanations included, and the Wings' status as an undermanned team heading into tonight's Nicklas Lidstrom retirement ceremony game against the Avs...This move, one of the Red Wings' 4 post-trade-deadline recalls sans a roster emergency--seems...strangely-timed:

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Recapping the Legwand trade and Calle Jarnkrok’s take on the move

Here's an attempt to summarize the Nashville and Swedish takes on the Legwand-for-Eaves-and-Jarnkrok trade:

The Red Wings' decision to trade top prospect Calle Jarnkrok to the Nashville Predators in the David Legwand trade may rank up there with the Federko-for-Oates deal in terms of the controversy it's stirred up amongst Red Wings fans, myself included, so you should know that while Aftonbladet's Linus Norberg, TSN's Bob McKenzie and myself have all heard rumors--from people that had no benefit in lying to us--that Jarnkrok was considering heading back to Sweden to play for his hometown team, Brynas IF in Gavle...

Jarnkrok spoke to the Grand Rapids media after last night's Griffins win over Chicago, as the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner noted...

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Red Wings-Avalanche game-day updates: Legwand arrives as undermanned Wings hope to beat surging Avs

Updated 3x at 4:39 PM: The Red Wings' morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Colorado Avalanche (8 PM EST, FSD/Altitude/NHL Network U.S. w/ Lidstrom retirement ceremony airing; Lidstrom retirement ceremony starts at 6:30 PM/97.1 FM; NHL.com and the AP have posited previews of the game) included some preparations for tonight's pre-game affair...

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It appears that the NHL Network will air tonight’s Lidstrom jersey retirement ceremony

The Detroit Red Wings will retire Nicklas Lidstrom's jersey retirement ceremony at 6:30 PM EST this evening, a full 90 minutes before the Red Wings battle the Colorado Avalanche at 8, and the game will air on Fox Sports Detroit and Altitude sports locally, but the NHL Network U.S. has gobbled up the game's U.S. national TV rights.

It appears that the NHL Network will in fact air the pre-game ceremony:

Quoting the link:

Nick Lidstrom is not just a hero in Detroit but at the breakfast table too. #LidstromNight Tune-in to NHL Network (US) at 5PM for NHL Live AND to watch his ceremony before puck drop.

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Red Wings GM Holland, ESPN’s LeBrun on Detroit Sports 105.1; Holland on WDFN, Babcock on Fan 590

Red Wings GM Ken Holland addressed his decision to trrade Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a 3rd round pick (which becomes a second-rounder if the Wings make the playoffs) in an interview on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery today...

Duff and Cotsonika were critical of the move...

And ESPN's Pierre LeBrun also spoke to Dery as well, discussing the trade deadline from a wider perspective:

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Legwand Will Just Go Out And Play

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

Legwand did added that there were a few other teams interested in his services, but he didn’t want to elaborate on it.

“It was a long day, I can say that,” Legwand said.

Legwand, 33, has 10 goals and 30 assists this season for Nashville in 62 games.

“You just have to go out and play, do the right things and learn how they play as quickly as possible,” Legwand said. “I’ve played a ton against them in the past years. I played a lot of minutes in Nashville and Bab’s is going to count on me for big minutes here and in big times here. I’ve just got to be ready to help out the team.”

Legwand, who will wear No. 17, is in the final year of his contract, with a salary-cap hit of $4.5 million. There’s a good chance the Red Wings will re-sign him before he hits free agency in July.

“The hockey will take care of itself and the contract stuff will come after,” said Legwand, who added there was little talk about a contract extension to remain in Nashville. “We have to win some games here and get into the playoffs....


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Detroit’s Morning Skate

More will be added to this post as needed...

added 10:43am, via Khan tweet,

First power play unit has Franzen, Nyquist and Bertuzzi up front, Kronwall and Alfredsson at the points.

added 11:10am, Legwand talks a bit after practice...

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