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Just what are you up to, Michael Babcock? A demotion, a trade and new rink talk for Red Wings

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:

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Welcome back, Kyle Quincey?  Red Wings trade first-rounder to Bolts for Quincey

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.
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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.

ESPn’s Pierre LeBrun, MLive’s Ansar Khan and Yahoo Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika are confirming...

Wings drafted Quincey 132nd overall in 2003, lost him on waivers in ‘08. Now they use a first-round pick to get him back.
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Wings giving up a first-round pick for Quincey tells you two things: They’re going for it, and the market is brutal.
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Also might tell you the bottom half of the first round isn’t that great this year.
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@DaveLozo is right. If Quincey fetches a late first-rounder and a prospect, what’s the price for Nash?
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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:

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Wings prospect Max Nicastro pleads not guilty to two counts of rape

Per Boston.com:

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…

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Red Wings-Blackhawks game-day updates: Datsyuk, Toews out for respective teams

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.

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Ty Conklin officially clears waivers, will head down to Grand Rapids

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…

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Ah hell…Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk had knee scoped, will be out for two weeks

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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On Joey MacDonald stealing Ty Conklin’s job as the Red Wings’ back-up goaltender

Catching up after a day whacked out on an uber-antibiotic called Levaquin (seriously, somebody just take a Roto-Rooter to my nose…): No, he is not a conventionally efficient goaltender, nor do Joey MacDonald’s surprisingly short legs, low thigh rises on his pads and tendency to scramble around the crease and “fight off” shots make him look as imposing as the layers of lightning-fast toes, leg pads, stick, glove, blocker and still-crouched chest and shoulders that Jimmy Howard bristles and efficiently brandishes toward would-be scorers, but “Joey Mac” has won the Detroit Red Wings’ back-up goaltender’s spot for the remainder of the regular season, and Wings GM Ken Holland was nothing less than eloquent in explaining why the Red Wings chose to take the risk of exposing Ty Conklin on waivers all of a week before the trade deadline:

“[Conklin] hasn’t played a lot and hasn’t had a really good chance to get it going,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “It opened a crack and Joey MacDonald grabbed it. Things change. It’s pro sports.

“From an organizational standpoint, coaching standpoint, we really don’t care who does the work as long as the work is getting done. It’s the (NHL) it’s day-to-day. It’s not that way for superstars, but it is day-to-day for a lot of players in the league. It’s the old, ‘What have you done for me lately,’ and Joey MacDonald has been an incredible story for us the last two weeks.”

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Oh boy…Red Wings prospect Max Nicastro is in serious trouble

Very disturbing news regarding Red Wings prospect Max Nicastro from a TMR reader and Boston University Today’s Art Jahnke:

Max Nicastro, a defenseman on the BU men’s hockey team, was arrested on the Charles River Campus early Sunday morning by the Boston University Police and charged with sexual assault. BU Police Chief Thomas Robbins says his department is working with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, which is investigating the allegations. He says the incident is alleged to have happened on campus. Nicastro was accused of sexual assault by a female student. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail, and will be arraigned in Brighton District Court on Tuesday.

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If the Red Wings do waive Ty Conklin, he’ll be headed to a Griffins team that needs goaltending help

I’ve spent quite a bit of my health and legal-issue-related absence refining my skills as a professional worry-wart, but as the Detroit Red Wings’ management begins to hedge toward a decision which MLive’s Ansar Khan and Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji hinted at, and the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff stated explicitly as a rumor bouncing around the press box like mad on Sunday afternoon…

Unconfirmed speculation is that #redwings will waive Conklin Monday in order to send him down. Could be reason why Howard not in today.

I have faith that the Wings will make the best of a difficult situation, both on the ice and in the locker room.

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Can You Say 23 In A Row At Home?

Paul subbing for George…

Not much to say except this win streak sure is fun.

Next home game is Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks (Detroit in Chicago on Tuesday) so another tough opponent.

But we will worry about that when the time comes.  In the meantime, game highlights will be added below.

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