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Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned quite the pair of stories about former Red Wings defenseman and Hockey Hall of Famer-to-be Chris Chelios on Monday, and today, ESPN's Craig Custance relates no-less-than-legendary tales about Chelios, as told by his former teammates, opponents and friends:
For fellow American players of his generation, so many of those stories surround international play. Mike Modano remembers one exhibition game leading up to a World Cup when Team USA was facing a team from Europe, the opponent a hazy memory. One opposing player was being particularly aggressive against the Americans.
"Don't worry about this guy," Chelios said. "I'm going to get him."
Soon their paths crossed in front of the benches, and a quick stick to the mouth from Chelios shut the guy up the rest of the game.
"He knocked a whole row of teeth out," Modano said. "He was just one of those guys. One of the ultimate team guys."
Custance continues, and his article's more than worth your time.
Updated 6x at 2:01 PM: Per TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie, it appears that the Red Wings have chosen to waive Jordin Tootoo:
I don't expect there to be any takers for Tootoo, and if he clears waivers, the Wings would receive, per Capgeek, about $925,000 in cap relief given Tootoo's $1.9 million cap hit and the "Wade Redden rule" yielding cap relief = (player's cap hit - [NHL minimum salary of $550,000 + $375,000]).
TSN's Bob McKenzie confirms:
Ditto for the Free Press's Helene St. James:
The Wings need to clear a body off the roster when Jonathan Ericsson and Brendan Smith return--they'd be at 24 players--and while Capgeek estimates that the team's cleared enough LTIR space to alleviate their pre-season cap overage, moving Tootoo gives the team some cap room and the possiblity of trading or waiving another player (Eaves? Samuelsson, for roster-space's sake?) if they want to bring Gustav Nyquist up.
Update: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness posted a video of Babcock discussing Tootoo's status...
Bill Dineen will join the AHL's Hall of Fame next year, and he's being inducted largely on the basis of his contributions to the AHL as the coach of the Red Wings' AHL affiliate in Glens Falls, NY, but Dineen did much more than coach the Adirondack Red Wings to a pair of Calder Cups. He also won two Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, and he just happened to coach Mark, Marty and Gordie Howe as the coach of the WHA's Houston Aeros in the 70's.
Dineen shared his recollection of bringing the Howes to Houston with the Utica Observer-Dispatch's Don Laible...
As the WHA was preparing for its drafts ( the league conducted two drafts - amatuer and professional ), 'Foxy' Dineen, who gained his nickname, according to him, due to during his Red Wings days of finding ways around the on-ice opposition and not being caught after curfews, had his sight set on drafting Mark Howe. Mark and his brother Marty Howe were playing for the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association. Mark,17, and Marty,18, at the time were to young to play in the NHL. But, then came the WHA draft day, a Friday - two days before the Memorial Cup Final.
The Detroit Red Wings took Tuesday off after having played 4 games in 4 cities over the course of 6 nights, but they'll get back at 'er at Joe Louis Arena today, preparing to host the Dallas Stars on Thursday (the 7-6-and-2 Stars defeated Boston 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday) and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (the 10-4-and-2 Lightning haven't played since a 4-2 win over St. Louis last Saturday, and they'll host the Oilers on Thursday).
The Wings promoted Tuesday birthday boy Jared Coreau to back up Howard for at least Wednesday's practice--mostly because the Grand Rapids Grifins play games today and on Friday, yielding playing opportunities for Petr Mrazek while the Wings will enjoy playing 7 of their next 8 games (and 8 of 10) at the Joe.
While we'll have to wait until later this morning to find out whether Coreau spends the weekend in Detroit or whether he'll end up flying south to Florida with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, MLive's Ansar Khan suggested that Coreau's stay with the Wings will be a short one:
Red Wings announce week-long program and partnership with DTE to help people in home heating trouble
The Red Wings didn't issue a press release regarding a charitable drive to be held during Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but this issue is just as important as the cancer initiatives, veterans' intiatives, smoke detector drives and childhood illness initiatives that the Wings engage in on a daily basis.
The State of Michigan's made significant cuts to aid for low-income Michiganders who can't afford to pay their heat or electric bills, eliminating aid before November and after March (if you've lived in this state or its northern regions, you know that it gets cold before November) the State's made massive cuts to the programs in general, and it's chosen to celebrate the end of stimulus funding by passing on their "savings" to those in need...
There are very literally many people all over the State of Michigan, Southeastern Michigan and the City of Detroit whose homes aren't heated, and that's not right.
The Grand Rapids Griffins begin what is a "light" week by AHL standards--playing only two games over the course of 4 nights--when they battle the Hamilton Bulldogs during their annual matinee game on Saturday, and while I'm about to post the Griffins' weekly press release, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner offered a much more succinct "state of the Griffins":
The defending Calder Cup champions are 7-2-1-1 and lead the Midwest Division and the Western Conference heading into Wednesday’s annual home matinee game against Rockford. The game starts at 11 a.m. at Van Andel Arena.
The record marks the Griffins’ best start since 2005-06 (8-2-0-1, 17 pts.), when they won the AHL’s regular season championship, and their second best in 13 AHL seasons
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and recalled goaltender Jared Coreau from the Griffins.
Coreau, 22, has appeared in one game with Grand Rapids this season, making 22 saves on Oct. 5, in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies. The Perth, Ontario, native has also played two games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, posting a 0-1-1 record, a 3.49 GAA and a 0.877 save percentage. He spent the past three seasons at Northern Michigan University, capping off his collegiate career with a career-high 15 wins, a 2.70 GAA and one shutout in 38 appearances as a junior.
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
“If you wanted to use him with ‘Pav’ and ‘Z,’ he’d have no problem fitting in,” Holland says. “But he also can play on our third and fourth lines because he does a great job managing the puck and he plays hard.
“We like him a lot. We think he’s going to be a real good pro.”
A sliver of that is likely based on Tatar’s recent production—two goals and three points during a four-game swing through western Canada—but it’s mostly rooted in the 265 games he spent marinating with the Wings’ farm team from age 19. Detroit’s unwavering insistence on bringing players along slowly is an organizational ethic built on necessity. The Wings famously haven’t missed the playoffs since the 1989-90 campaign, winning four championships along the way. They also haven’t drafted higher than 19th overall during that entire span and their only top-10 pick in that time came in 1991, when they nabbed Martin Lapointe after nine teams had selected.
“Where we pick in the draft, we don’t get those players who are ready to come out of junior,” Holland said. “The players we pick, we think can develop into NHL players, but there’s a reason they go deeper in the draft.”
The Red Wings are very understandably taking today off after having played 4 games in Western Canadian cities over the course of 6 nights, and I'm supposed to be taking the day off, but I need to go out and pick up medications and vote, so I may as well toss off a mid-day entry.
A few late-breaking recaps of the Red Wings' egg-laying 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets popped up over the course of the early morning hours, as a couple of day-after-the-game slates of statistics.
The CBC Manitoba's Jeff Hamilton penned one more Jets recap...
Red Wings-Jets wrap-up and overnight report: taking 3 of 4’s fine if you don’t lay an egg at the end
Updated 3x at 5:06 PM: The Detroit Red Wings flew back to Detroit after their only 4-game Western Canadian Swing of the season having taken 3 of 4 games and 6 of 8 possible points, defeating the Canucks, Flames and Oilers along the way...
But the way in which the Wings dropped Monday's 4-2 decision to the Winnipeg Jets, despite that game's status as the team's 3rd in 4 nights and 4th in 6, must've left the Wings with a bitter taste in their mouths. The Wings are heading home to enjoy a 2-day break before hosting the Stars on Thursday, the Bolts on Saturday, these same Jets next Tuesday and the Capitals next Friday, but winning 3 of 4 games on a West Coast swing and losing the last is one thing...Going home having laid a big, fat egg in game 4 is quite another.
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