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Red Wings to hold annual equipment sale on June 4th

From the Red Wings, via RedWingsFeed:

Red Wings to hold annual equipment and memorabilia sale on Saturday, June 4
Game-used jerseys, equipment & autographed items available for purchase


DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will hold their annual equipment and memorabilia sale at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (1845 E. Big Beaver Rd.) on Saturday, June 4, starting at 10:00 a.m. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase game-worn regular season jerseys from the team’s recently-completed 2015-16 campaign. Various game-worn jerseys from previous seasons will also be available at a discounted price.

This one-day-only sale includes Red Wings equipment bags, game-used hockey equipment such as sticks, skates, gloves, helmet visors, socks and various goalie equipment including catcher and blocker sets, leg pads and pants. Select game-used equipment from the 2016 NHL Stadium Series between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche will also be available for purchase.

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Pavel Datsyuk passes his Russian college exams

Via Sport-Express and the TASS news service (roughly translated):

Yekaterinburg, May 26. TASS. Detroit Red Wings forward and captain of the Russian national team, Pavel Datsyuk, passed his final exams at the Ural Federal Unversity's BN Yeltsin school in Yekaterinburg with an "excellent" Grade. This was reported to Tass by Leonid Rapoport, Regional Minister for Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy.

Datsyuk has been studding "Management in the sphere of physical culture and sport" via correspondence. "Datsyuk passed the state exams at Ural Federal University with 'excellent' grades and now he's preparing to defend his deploma thesis when the date is agreed upon," said Rapoport.

He noted that the theme of the thesis for the ice hockey world champion involves comparison of the management of youth hockey in Canada and Russia. Examines in this thesis work were taking from children's hockey schools in Detroit and Yekaterinburg.

"Pavel is a good analyst, and he compares the experiences of professional and amateur teams. The analysis of his thesis will undoubtedly be used in the preparation of players for the national team," said the regional sports minister.

 

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Savage speaks with Justin Abdelkader regarding the state of the Wings

MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader regarding #8's performance, the Wings' youth movement and possible personnel changes:

"I don't think there needs to a dramatic shakeup," Abdelkader said. "I think change can always be good. I think we still have a lot of good, core parts here. I think looking back at the series with Tampa ... we were really close. If we can get the third goal in a couple of those games, we probably win them.

"I think we're close in a lot of ways but at the same time we're still not there. Does there need to be change? I think there does but that's up to Ken Holland and what he does this summer.

"I think we've got a lot of good young guys that are coming up through the system and that showed this year, that they could be impact players on this team.  But anytime you lose in the first round like we have the last few years, there does need to be a shakeup."

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WXYZ’s Galli sits down with Henrik Zetterberg

WXYZ's Brad Galli conducted a sit-down interview with Henrik Zetterberg, discussing the Wings' playoff exit, Pavel Datsyuk and possible offseason moves:

The Lightning knocked the Red Wings out of the playoffs over a month ago, but Henrik Zetterberg still hasn't gotten over the frustration of another first round exit.

"It's still there. As long as the other teams are playing, you feel the frustration," he told WXYZ on Wednesday.

Zetterberg spoke about the important offseason facing his team, and the notion of playing without Pavel Datsyuk by his side.

"The situation with Pavel Datsyuk, we don't really know if he's coming back or if we have to go after someone else. It's a big offseason facing this club."

The Red Wings captain said he's excited for next season, but knows the story of early playoff exits has grown tired. Detroit hasn't advanced past the first round for three years, and failed to make the Conference Final each of the last seven postseasons.

"I understand the fans' frustrations too, because we want to go deeper. It's a lot of talk about the playoff streak and all that, and obviously we're proud about that, but we want to go deeper than we have the last couple years."

Galli continues, and here's the video of the interview:

 

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Afternoon news: Nyquist talks about the horse with his name, his season and Tweets of note

Updated 5x at 9 PM: Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist spoke with the Free Press's Carlos Monarrez about the horse with his name...

“Well, obviously, a bummer that he didn’t win at the Preakness,” Nyquist said. “I thought he raced hard, obviously. Great to see him win at the Kentucky. But now it’s looking like he won’t be able to go to the Belmont. It’s a shame, but hopefully, I’ll be able to catch him at a different event.”

On top of Nyquist’s tough Preakness loss, he also has a high white blood cell count that will keep him out of the Belmont.

So the meeting between horse and man — during which they could ask each other: “Why the long face?” — will have to wait.

But through the horse’s meteoric rise in racing world, Nyquist said he enjoyed having a tangential connection to a champion.

“It’s cool, it’s different,” he said. “I watched the race, and it’s different. They’re calling it a horse instead of my name on the ice. So that was different, for sure. But it was an honor to have him called after me. A lot of fun to follow him, for sure.”

And Nyquist addressed his own performance this past season and spring while speaking with the Detroit News's Matt Charboneau:

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Red Wings announce ‘red vs. white fantasy golf classic’

From the Red Wings:

RED WINGS ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER RED VS. WHITE FANTASY GOLF CLASSIC
… Fans Can Register for Three-Day, Three-Round Golf Tournament Alongside DRW Alumni from June 27-29 in Northern Michigan…

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the details for the first-ever Red vs. White Fantasy Golf Classic, presented by Bud Light, to give fans an opportunity to golf alongside their favorite Red Wings Alumni at three of the most pristine and beautiful golf courses in Northern Michigan from June 27-29.

The exclusive three-day, three-round golf tournament includes green fees, two nights of lodging at Boyne Highlands Resort, transportation, food, beverage, Red Wings golf apparel, accessories and much more for $3,750 per person.

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Wings’ beat writers investigate the Datsyuk situation

Updated 4x at 4:27 PM: The Red Wings' media corps, including MLive's Brendan Savage, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan and the Free Press's Helene St. James, have checked into the reports that Pavel Datsyuk is negotiating a contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL:

How a contract with a KHL team would work given the NHL's recent "memorandum of understanding" with the KHL regarding respecting valid contracts with each other's respective teams, I'm not certian.

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Tampa Bay Lightning chose Kalmazoo K-Wings as their ECHL affiliate

This is intriguing as the Kalamazoo K-Wings and the Toledo Walleye, the Red Wings' ECHL affiliate, play very regularly:

LIGHTNING ENTER INTO AFFILIATION AGREEMENT WITH ECHL’S KALAMAZOO WINGS

Affiliation to Begin With 2016-17 Season

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered into a one-year affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL today, the team announced.  Kalamazoo will serve as the Lightning’s primary ECHL affiliate starting with the 2016-17 season.

"We are very happy to welcome the Kalamazoo Wings to the Lightning organization today,” Lightning assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said.  “The Wings have maintained a strong commitment to success and we are proud to partner with them. We look forward to furthering the development of our prospects in the ECHL while helping the K-Wings win the Kelly Cup next season.”

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Sipple profiles Flint Firebirds coach Ryan Oulahen

From the Free Press's George Sipple:

Ryan Oulahen’s hockey path took him to Flint instead of Detroit.

A former Red Wings draft pick, Oulahen was introduced at news conference in Flint on Tuesday after being hired last week by the Ontario Hockey League as coach of the Firebirds.

Oulahen, a former captain of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Wings’ American Hockey League affiliate, suffered a career-ending hip injury during the 2008-09 season and began coaching in 2011.

He has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach for the Battalion, the team he once played for in the OHL. He returned to the Brampton Battalion for the 2011-12 season and stayed on when the team moved to North Bay before the 2013-14 season.

The OHL recently took control of hockey operations for the Firebirds after suspending owner Rolf Nilsen after he fired the coaching staff twice in the same season. The OHL hired longtime league coach and former Edmonton Oilers coach George Burnett as general manager, Oulahen as coach and former Philadephia Flyers forward Eric Wellwood as assistant coach.

“I want to create a hardworking environment where the opposition has to know the Flint Firebirds are going to give it all they got,” Oulahen said. “Hard work can win you a lot of games, and we have to create that right from the get-go. I’m a big believer in playing both sides of the puck. You gotta be able to be a 200-foot player. I want to be extremely aggressive, really, really fast and structured.”

Continued with commentary from Ken Holland and quite a bit about Oulahen's career-ending hip injury...

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Thinking of the Dark Canuck while he’s still here with us

I'm still left all but speechless by today's news that the Tragically Hip's lead singer and lyricist, Gord Downie, has terminal brain cancer, and, per The Score's Josh Gold-Smith, the CBC and Sportsnet kept Canada's band's frontman in their thoughts with a superb Hockey Night in Canada opener this evening:

TSN's Bob McKenzie shared a chapter from his book, Hockey Confidential, today, discussing Downie and the Hip's mutula love affair with hockey.

As an American born a few miles north of Canada in Detroit and as someone who grew up listening to the Hip--the only album I stayed up to buy at midnight at the old Rock of Ages was Phantom Power--I speak for more than a few of us two-flags-flying Michiganders in wishing Gord and his family the best at this incredibly difficult time.

Hopefully my cousin Dan and I will see you on the road, be it in Sarnia or Windsor, because it turns out that a Hip tour means as much to the band as it does to their fans.

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