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The overnight report: On the business of building bridges & rinks; on Larkin and charitable news

To put this indelicately would get me into a lot of trouble, so let's go with this: Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea posited an intriguing take on the naming of the Detroit-Windsor International Crossing the "Gordie Howe" bridge, with Anderson Economic Group's Patrick Anderson suggesting that the naming of said bridge after said person gives it an impetus to be built (on time and on budget, much like, oh I don't know, the Wings' follow-on rink?):

“From a political perspective, they found someone more popular than any current elected official on either side of the border,” wrote Anderson, a former deputy budget director for the state. “And from an economic perspective, they reminded all of us of the longstanding economic partnership between Ontario and Michigan — a critical benefit to a bridge that relies on expected growth in trade for future toll revenue.

“You have to get investors to build the bridge, and right now, those investors are taxpayers on both sides of the river. Naming an unbuilt bridge might seem unusual, but naming it after a legend is going to help get it built.”

I've been wondering whether "The Bowl," as it's called in its concept drawings, would be named after Mr. Ilitch to ensure that it's also built without delays, and I suppose that you could ask Wings CEO Tom Wilson that very question yourself, though it might be a little rude.

According to the Livonia Observer, Wilson will be unveiling some new details of the rink and economic development next Wednesday:

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Naming of new Detroit-Windsor bridge yields updates on Gordie Howe’s health

So the new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor will be named after Gordie Howe, and, as the Detroit News's Leonard N. Fleming and David Shepardson noted, this is a particularly appropriate for the Howe family:

Son Murray Howe, who spoke for the family, said it is "truly, truly an incredible honor." He recalled the story of his grandmother who came from Germany to Windsor for a better life.

"So Windsor is where it all began," he said. "How fitting that this is where the bridge begins. When I told my Dad that the bridge would be named in his honor, he said, 'That sounds pretty good to me.' He is deeply moved by this gracious gesture."

(It's not that unusual an occurrence--both my mother and father's family immigrated to North America through Kingston, Ontario)

If you want to read more about the announcement, the Free Press, Michigan Radio, WDET, CJME 980 News Talk Saskatoon, Crain's Detroit Business, Sportsnet, WXYZ, WDIV, Fox 2, MLive, the Globe and Mail, the Windsor Star (twice, and Bob Duff, too) and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose provide for your needs (apparently this name was the favorite from the start)...

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World Championship note/Griffins-IceHogs Game 4 open thread

Very briefly: Russia defeated Sweden 5-3 at the World Championships on Thursday, and they'll have Alex Ovechkin in the lineup when they battle Dylan Larkin and Team USA on Saturday's semifinal, which takes place at 1:15 PM EDT. The game should air on NBCSN...

And in the interim,

The Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Rockford IceHogs tonight at 8 PM EDT, hoping to rebound from yesterday's 4-1 loss and push their series lead to 3-1 instead of allowing Rockford to tie the second-round affair.

The game will air on Wood Radio and the AHL Live (legally). If you want to discuss the Griffins-IceHogs affair, here's an open thread to suit your needs...

And hopefully some streams that don't cost $45 for a few playoff games will magically appear in the comments section.

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It’s official: second Detroit-Windsor bridge will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge

So this is real and official:

Here's the live stream of the announcement from CBS Detroit:

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Team USA defeats Switzerland in World Championship quarterfinal (+ an interview)

Team USA turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead over the course of 57 seconds in the second period, taking a 2-1 lead that they wouldn't relinquish en route to an 3-1 win over the Swiss at the World Championships.

As a result, Team USA will play the winner of today's Sweden-vs-Russia game in Saturday's semifinal, and while the Americans will enter Saturday's game as significant underdogs, they've played that role to a tee thus far.

Dylan Larkin took 1 shot and took a penalty in 15:07 of ice time.

Quick update: Here's a highlight clip:

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‘What to do’ with Marek Zidlicky? Let him go back to Jersey

Yesterday, MLive's Ansar Khan's article about Stephen Weiss's future yielded quite the set of comments from Wings fans who believe that Weiss should be given one more chance to prove he belongs--as well as those who believe that Weiss should be traded or bought out to make room for younger legs--but I don't think that the subject of today's article from Khan will receive as much discussion.

Marek Zidlicky ended up being this year's David Legwand, starting off strong and ending his tenure with the Wings playing as nothing less than a lead-footed liability. After missing the final game of the Wings-Bolts series due to a concussion, Zidlicky expressed some interest in returning, but at 38 years of age, and with Alexey Marchenko and Xavier Ouellet pushing for playing time, Zidlicky might be the Wings' "Plan C" for improving the blueline via free agency at best:

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It is entirely possible that the new Detroit-Windsor crossing will be named after Gordie Howe

This is pretty damn cool:

WDIV reported that the bridge was likely to be named after Gordie Howe earlier this morning:

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Overnight napkin notes

Slow night = overnight napkin notes:

  • The World Championships' quarterfinals begin with Dylan Larkin and Team USA battling Switzerland today in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The game starts at 9:15 AM EDT, and it will air on NBCSN;
  • USA Today's Kevin Allen offered a set of "most attractive" coaching destinations for Mike Babcock, Todd McLellan etc;
  • And if you missed it, as Paul noted, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman told The Fan 590's Brady and Walker that it's more likely than not that the Edmonton Oilers will be signing McLellan;
  • As a result, the Free Press's Helene St. James posited this about the Wings' potential "Plan B" if Babcock bolts:

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Prospect playoff news: Walleye advance to Conference Final; Griffins lose; Kelowa wins WHL title

It was a case of excellent news, moderately disconcerting news for the Red Wings' prospects on Wednesday evenng.

The excellent news comes at the ECHL level, where Martin Frk registered an assist in the Toledo Walleye's 5-2 win over the Fort Wayne Komets, securing the Walleye a hard-fought seven-game series win over Fort Wayne and setting up an Eastern Conference Final match-up against the South Carolina Stingrays.

The Walleye's website posted a recap and a highlight clip:

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Griffins-IceHogs Game 3 live thread

The Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Rockford IceHogs tonight at 8 PM EDT, and the game will air on Wood Radio and the AHL Live (legally). If you want to discuss the Griffins-IceHogs affair, here's an open thread to suit your needs...

And hopefully some streams that don't cost $45 for a few playoff games will magically appear in the comments section.

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