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Updated 4x at 1:27 PM: In the, “This makes sense for both parties” depertmaent, the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings and Todd Bertuzzi will keep on keepin’ on:
The Detroit Red Wings will announce a two-year extension for forward Todd Bertuzzi as early as Thursday, Bertuzzi’s agent, Pat Morris, told the Free Press today that “we’re working at it, and getting closer.” The sides have been talking for the past month.
Bertuzzi, 37, is in the last of a two-year deal that’s averaged $1,937,500. His new deal is for closer to $2.2 million a season, and is backloaded.
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press last month that “I think Bert’s been great all season.” The Wings like how Bertuzzi has developed into a two-way player, and how he helped get the first line going after being put with Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen on Nov. 17, in the game against Los Angeles. Bertuzzi has 12 goals and is plus-21 in 54 games this season.
Update: Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos confirms and Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski reminds us that the whole Steve Moore trial not being discussed unwritten rule in the Wings’ locker room thing (actually, I thought it was a written rule as Bertuzzi’s stated that he can’t legally speak about the matte on the advisement of his attorney) helps with Bertuzzi’s comfort level.
Update #2: MLive’s Ansar Khan is confirming….
The Detroit Red Wings flew back to Detroit with their figurative tails between their legs, having delivered a tepid-at-best performance in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wings played like a team that was missing Pavel Datsyuk, awaiting Kyle Quincey’s arrival and perhaps thinking about a rink to come as opposed to their slim 2-point lead over Thursday’s opponent in the Vancouver Canucks and 5 and 8-point leads over the Blues and Predators, respectively…
Or the fact that the Wings have yet to display any sort of consistency away from Joe Louis Arena—they’re 15-16 and 1—and that the Wings could have pounced upon the Toews-less Blackhawks—but instead were pounced upon while floundering like a freshly-caught fish while Jimmy Howard valiantly attempted to keep his teammates in the game.
What The Chief does is harder than one might think. That whole combination of earnest snark and a willingness to play the Don Cherry of Red Wings blogdom boor for the sake of baiting those who dislike and sometimes detest the Winged Wheel by issuing the verbal equivalent of bloody fish guts and 8-day-old octopus…I can’t pull off that s*** for the life of me. I do the earnest typing monkey thing. The charismatic leadership is reserved for our friend who’s somewhere in the Pacific where the internet does not reach….
But I believe he would feel it necessary to suggest that the press box at Joe Louis Arena might be “no place for a nervous person” when the Colorado Avalanche come to town on Saturday night, given that a certain employee of the Denver Post (who Wings fans call the “Space Canoe” and I call Adrian Dater) chose to get out a season-and-a-half’s of mixed feelings bout Kyle Quincey in analyzing the three-team trade which gave the Colorado Avalanche Steve Downie, the Red Wings Kyle Quincey and the Tampa Bay Lightning Detroit’s 1st round draft pick and minor-leaguer Sebastien Piche:
We all knew that the Detroit Red Wings would lose at some point after racking up six straight wins at home, and there was no doubt that going into Chicago, the Pavel Datsyuk-less Wings had their hands full, even without Jonathan Toews in the stumbling Hawks’ lineup…
But who knew that the Wings would take Jakub Kindl’s lead and start to play like an entire team that desperately needs Kyle Quincey to come in and relieve a team whose scoring and confidence remain paper thin on the road?
The Wings came out with a flourish but flittered away their lead and then committed a litany of turnovers in their own zone, odd-man rushes and successive scoring chances against, and as soon as Detroit gave up more scoring chances than it generated on a power play all of 3:15 into the second period…
Calling the man who was listed as #27...Can you not only help stabilize the Wings’ defense, but also give Detroit more gusto after dropping 3 straight on the road?
Let’s see…I return to work after an excused but unhappy absence and the Red Wings waive and demote Ty Conklin, decide to remove the proverbial pebble from Pavel Datsyuk’s foot before it gouges a hole in removing “debris” from Datsyuk’s knee to ensure that he won’t be hobbling come playoff time, they bring back Kyle Quincey (something tells me Holland isn’t quite done yet), and, via Paul, Wings coach Mike Babcock, whose request for a Zamboni for Clark Park after Saturday’s outdoor practice almost makes you wonder which Ilitch cut the cheque for an ice resurfacer that afternoon, happens to let it slip that the Red Wings have big plans for downtown, and they involve more than building a much-needed follow-on facility to Joe Louis Arena.
Here’s what the Detroit News’s Louis Aguilar reports Babcock said on 97.1 FM:
Updated 8x at 7:40 PM: Holy crap, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Colorado Avalanche just acquired Steve Downie from Tampa Bay for Kyle Quincey, and Quincey was flopped to Detroit:
I am now hearing TB has traded Kyle Quincey to DET. Working on details but sounds like Quincey to DET for a first-round pick. Verifyin.
Confirmed. TB trades Kyle Quincey for DET’s first round pick.
TSN’s Gord Miller confirms…
After acquiring him from Col for Downie, TB turns around and sends Kyle Quincey to Detroit for the Wings 1st round pick in 2012.
Wings drafted Quincey 132nd overall in 2003, lost him on waivers in ‘08. Now they use a first-round pick to get him back.
Wings giving up a first-round pick for Quincey tells you two things: They’re going for it, and the market is brutal.
Also might tell you the bottom half of the first round isn’t that great this year.
@DaveLozo is right. If Quincey fetches a late first-rounder and a prospect, what’s the price for Nash?
Look for Quincey on Wings’ second power-play unit and third even-strength pairing.
And McKenzie reports that the Wings are giving up an ECHL’er in Sebastien Piche to complete the deal:
DET also trades minor leaguer Sebastien Piche to TB as part of the Kyle Quincey trade.
Quoth the Free Press’s Helene St. James:
A Boston University hockey player has pleaded not guilty to raping a female student and has been ordered to have no contact with the woman. Max Nicastro, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., was also ordered held on $10,000 bail after his arraignment Tuesday in Brighton District Court.
Authorities say the junior defenseman and 2008 Detroit Red Wings draft pick sexually assaulted another student Sunday morning. His lawyer says no crime was committed.
ESPN Boston’s Jack McCluskey confirms…
Updated 5x at 7:32 PM: As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the win-deprived Chicago Blackhawks tonight (8 PM EST, FSD/CSN Chicago/TSN2/97.1 FM), the only good news I can give you is that Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, who’s likely to miss two weeks after having his knee scoped, won’t be the only superstar sidelined tonight, as reported by CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers:
Jonathan Toews is day to day with an upper-body injury and the Detroit Free Press reports that Pavel Datsyuk is out at least two weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery today. It’s a big loss for each team, as they square off tonight for the fourth time this season.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Toews’ current injury is not the wrist injury that sidelined him before and during All-Star weekend. Quenneville didn’t have many details about the latest injury—“no defining blow” led to it—but Toews may have been playing through it.
I’m not sure what it says about a goaltender when, a week before the trade deadline, and when some teams’ goalies are having trouble stopping beach balls, you’re passed over when opposing teams could snag you for nothing more than a “Draper rule’s” worth of a few thousand bucks in legal fees while you’re on waivers, but the Red Wings breathed a sigh of relief when Ty Conklin was not claimed on the waiver wire and headed down to Grand Rapids this morning to earn some much-needed playing time.
The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, MLive’s Ansar Khan and the Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner confirm, with Wallner explaining why the Griffins so desperately need Conklin to stabilize their goaltending situation…
Update: All other Datsyuk news posts are being added to the game update thread: surgery was minor, out 2-3 weeks maximum, will not affect Wings’ trade deadline plans, was a necessary move to get Datsyuk back to normal: This is about the last thing Wings fans want to hear right now: According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings’ leading scorer will miss the next two weeks after having his knee scoped:
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery today to remove some old fragments.
“Everything is real good,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “(Datsyuk) had fragment in his knee, an old thing we wanted to clear up prior to playoff time.’‘
Babcock said the timing gives the club an opportunity to have Datsyuk back at 100 percent before the playoffs. Danny Cleary has been activated from injured reserve after missing five games with a sore knee. He will be back in the lineup for tonight’s game at Chicago (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose reported that Cleary’s not exactly at 100%, either:
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