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Update: Sorry I put this in the wrong blog!
The New Jersey Devils have signed first-round draft pick Stefan Matteau to an entry-level contract.
Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello announced the signing on Tuesday without disclosing details.
Matteau, the son of former Rangers forward Stephane Matteau, was the 29th overall pick in June. Stephane scored two double-overtime goals in the 1994 conference finals as New York eliminated New Jersey en route to the Stanley Cup.
“Stefan Matteau is a size-and-strength power forward,” Lamoriello said, “who we consider to be one of our top prospects.”
Boy howdy, is this ever important and pertinent for Red Wings fans, from ESPN’s Craig Custance:
Still a chance Red Wings host annual Sept. prospect tourney in TC. Conference call this week w/participating teams to determine fate.— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) August 14, 2012
Cross your fingers, folks. I want to see the prospects play and compete just as much as you do.
Updateydoo: From the Left Wing Lock’s Sarah Lindenau:
— Sarah Lindenau (@Lindy72) August 14, 2012
@craigcustance I actually serve as the social media captain for the tournament and we aren’t prepared to make an announcement at this time
Despite reports there is no announcement about the— Sarah Lindenau (@Lindy72) August 14, 2012
#nhlprospects tournament at this time. We will have something soon I hope.
Via RedWingsFeed, MLive’s Brendan Savage provides a superb follow-up for those of you who may have wondered aloud whether the Wings really need to re-sign Justin Abdelkader, who the Free Press’s Helene St. James stated the Wings are working toward inking a new contract with, in the overnight report’s comment section.
Savage spoke to Ken Holland about Abdelkader’s importance to the team, and as far as Holland’s concerned, Abdelkader’s just as important to the present-day Wings as Kirk Maltby was to the Grind Line:
Despite many TMR readers’ protests to the contrary, the Red Wings front office really has only two (and maybe three) pressing issues to address before the start of the regular season: the Wings need to re-sign restricted free agent Justin Abdelkader to a new contract, they need to add some sort of free agent defenseman to serve as a band-aid until the team chooses to make a trade to acquire a more meaningful reinforcement to offset the losses of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart (and that trade may occur at the start of the regular season, or it may not take place until the trade deadline, depending on the team’s desire to entrust its blueline to “the kids”).
Ideally, the Wings would also add a #7/8 defenseman who could be sent down to and recalled from Grand Rapids as necessary, but the Wings could at least in theory add NHL clauses to Nathan Paetsch and Triston Grant’s contracts if they so wish.
Otherwise, as the Free Press’s Helene St. James suggests, the Wings will sit on their cap space and wait out post-CBA-negotiation training camp and exhibition season jockeying for the 23 spots on the team’s roster, with neither an expensive trade for a top-pair defenseman, nor an earnest attempt to acquire a top-six forward in the offing:
TSN’s Mark Masters is following Team Canada and Team Russia’s potential World Junior Championship teams as they play a four-game series commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Summit Series (in lieu of annual World Junior Evaluation camps). The first two games of the “Canada-Russia Challenge” were played in Yaroslavl, Russia, and the second pair start tonight in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and as such, as noted by RedWingsFeed (blogger under the weather = I miss some stuff), Masters spoke to a very important person who happens to be traveling with the Canadian team, which happens to include Red Wings prospect Xavier Ouellet:
Feature on Byron McCrimmon’s search for closure in Yaroslavl bit.ly/Nlrnl0 (vid)— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) August 13, 2012
Byron McCrimmon is still with Canadian jrs in Halifax; was front & centre in team pic yesterday sitting beside Steve Spott— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) August 13, 2012
This afternoon’s crop of Red Wings news begins with an article from DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose that makes this Vladimir Konstantinov fan smile:
Upset by a late surge late from Kris Draper in Round 1 of Operation Bobblehead: Alumni Edition, former Red Wings’ defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov stormed back to runaway with the Round 2 vote, thus becoming the second bobblehead chosen by fans.
The Wings will distribute 7,500 collectible figurines characterizing Konstantinov to their fans at a select home game during the upcoming 2012-13 season. Konstantinov destroyed his competition, earning 36.5 percent of the vote conducted last week on DetroitRedWings.com.
After the last couple of days’ worth of heavy discussion about a potential lockout and the media’s perception of and/or pandering to fans, I’m going to keep the rhetoric short and try to keep the focus of this morning’s report on the content thereof…After the first tidbit, anyway:
• According to Dagbladet and Allehanda’s Andreas Haggstrom, Peter Forsberg’s Icebreakers defeated Visby Roma 6-1 in their second charity game on Sunday, and over the course of Saturday and Sunday, Forsberg, Henrik Zetterberg, Gabriel Landeskog and a long list of Swedish NHL stars raised 750,000 Swedish Krona, or approximately $111,500, for “sick and disabled children and young people” in the Swedish province of Vasternorrland.
Via RedWingsFeed, the New York Times’ Jeff Z. Klein reports that the NHL ensured that, should it lock out its players, it can back out of the Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at any time, with only minimal financial penalties resulting from said cancellation:
The N.H.L. can cancel the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at 115,000-seat Michigan Stadium as late as Jan. 1, the day of the game, because of a work stoppage “arising from the lack of a collective bargaining agreement,” the contract between the league and the University of Michigan shows.
The league would forfeit only $100,000 of its $3 million stadium rental fee, according to the contract. The rest of the fee would be refunded by the university.
The contract provisions give the league some leeway for salvaging its showcase event should a lockout delay the start of the 2012-13 season, enabling the N.H.L. to hold the Winter Classic even if a lockout is settled in late December.
Klein says that the NHL offers no guarantees nor refunds should the Red Wings choose not to hold the Great Lakes Invitational, the Griffins-Marlies AHL game or its slate of three OHL games at Comerica Park, but it’s covered its own ass regarding the Winter Classic:
On a Sunday morning where Marie Hallman’s selection of photos from Jens Forsberg’s gallery of Niklas Kronwall’s charity game to raise funds for his first team, Jarfalla HC (heads-up, Wings fans: Gustav Nyquist is wearing the #89 he donned in college, not the #14 the Wings’ website still has him listed as wearing; Jonas Gustavsson’s wearing his Leafs gear and a white jersey, too) and a wisely-placed jab Steve Schrader lays at Ken Holland’s lap given his inability to recruit players the way he’s landed Winter Classic Alumni Showdown participants [edit/update: and who knew Wings scout Marty Stein’s dad was instrumental in the founding of youth soccer programs in Vernon, British Columbia?]...
I’d like to address the tangled web hockey fans find ourselves in this summer. Those who have no particular loyalty to teams or players, but instead, “stories” (a.k.a. the media corps I get to pretend to be a part of) have informed the people whose $3.3 billion dollars of discretionary income the NHL and NHLPA are fighting over—to the point that even optimists like myself would suggest that it’s a coin flip as to whether there will be a lockout—that we should not only think certain ways about the collective bargaining war taking place, but also that we are:
This morning’s crop of news, both Red Wings-related and otherwise, is a little different than usual, even for the summertime, so let’s begin our little survey with Red Wings color commentator Mickey Redmond’s charity golf outing to benefit the Escanaba Area Junior Hockey Association at the Nahma Golf Club, where he spoke to the Escanaba Daily Press’s Justin Marietti about his endeavor…
“I’m good friends with the owners of the Nahma Inn, and they know the Escanaba hockey gang, so the word came out and they wanted to see if I could come up to help raise money for the hockey program. And here we are three and a half months later on a beautiful day in Nahma,” Redmond said.
Although he is a resident of Detroit during hockey season, Redmond is no stranger to the U.P.
“I have property in the Eastern U.P., and my wife and I are regular visitors,” he added. “We love it up here. And if you’re in my business (hockey), it’s great because there’s plenty of Red Wings fans up here.”
His take on why hockey’s a great participatory sport…
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