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When last I left you, the boss kinda sorta worried you about the Captain when in fact, it was me that would return after my internet service provider, which just got “bought out,” decided that it would easily and simply “migrate” its servers to the new company’s hardware and software over the course of four hours on Tuesday morning. That didn’t happen, and somewhere around 32 hours after my net went out and six or seven hours were spent listening to the the equivalent of physiological warfare by the worst “on hold” music ever (I’ll post it online when I figure out how to do so), my internet was eventually, slowly and painfully restored.
On Tuesday morning, when everything went down, we were talking about the possibility of the Wings and Hurricanes duking it out for Zach Parise, and on Twitter, Mike Comodore was, and is, trying to trade his flat screen TV in Detroit for something special, and the Wings bafflingly sent their fan most likely to burn and/or auction off Red Wings stuff…A bunch of Red Wings stuff. For free.
From the Red Wings’ PR department, it’s time to rock the “EA Sports NHL 13 Cover Vote” for Pavel Datsyuk:
RED WINGS FORWARD PAVEL DATSYUK BATTLING FOR COVER OF EA SPORTS’ NHL 13
… Detroit Sports Fans can Score a Hat Trick by Casting Their Votes and Having All-Star Center join Verlander and Johnson on High-Profile Video Game Covers This Year …
Detroit, MI… All-Star Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is currently in the running to have his likeness adorn the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 13 – the most popular hockey video game on the planet. The last time a Red Wing made an appearance on the cover of the long-running franchise was in 1996 when Steve Yzerman earned the distinction.
This isn’t necessarily news for any fans who have a rooting interest in the World Championships, including Red Wings fans who have
eleven players participating in the Worlds: The IIHF announced this morning that they will stream each and every one of the World Championship’s 64 games on their YouTube channel, with games and highlights available live, in highlight form and on demand, but the fine print stinks:
*Geo-blocked countries include: Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and the USA.
The good news for U.S.-based Wings fans is that all games in which the U.S. (and Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader) participate, as well as the quarterfinals, semifinals and bronze and gold medal games, will air on the NBC Sports Network, as noted by the Detroit News a few days ago...
George asked that I tell you he has been having ISP issues for the last 20 hours or so and he may not be back online until tomorrow.
He has some customer service stories I am sure he will be sharing with you.
I believe it was the Detroit Free Press’s Helene St. James who suggested that someone like Jiri Hudler could earn “Martin Lapointe money” as an unrestricted free agent this summer because the UFA class of 2012 is so thin that extreme overpayment is all but guaranteed for anybody who can score, and along the, “Jeremy Jacobs decided to give Martin Lapointe $5.25 million a year because he was pissed off at Mike Ilitch for being called cheap at a Board of Governors meeting” line of thinking, it seems less than coincidental that one of Ilitch’s business rivals here in Metro Detroit may end up engaging in a bidding war for this summer’s biggest free agent prize.
Via the QMI News Agency, the Raleigh News & Observer’s Luke DeCock reports that the Carolina Hurricanes have two specific targets this summer: either Zach Parise via free agency or Jordan Staal via trade:
It’s not often that a news story from the
Houghton Mining Gazette tells the story of someone who you and I don’t know played a huge role in Red Wings team history, but here’s just that from the Mining Gazette’s Stephen Anderson:
Gordie Howe’s illustrious professional hockey career spanned five decades, but if it wasn’t for Baraga native Carl Mattson, Howe’s career may have lasted just five years. Howe fractured his skull during the 1950 playoffs, and Mattson, the Detroit Red Wings head trainer was the first one on the ice to attend to Howe, playing an influential role in treating Howe’s life-threatening injury, which required emergency surgery.
That’s one of many stories of the unheralded Mattson, who will be posthumously inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame today. He passed away in 1985, and he’ll be one of 11 people inducted during the 41st annual induction banquet at Danforth Place in Escanaba.
“The era in which Carl worked saw very little in the way of staffing compared to today’s NHL, thus increasing both the number of ways Carl affected the team’s performance and their importance,” read a letter from current Red Wings general manager Ken Holland addressed to Ron Tervonen, who wrote the nomination letter for Mattson.
Continue reading, because while the story of a man who passed away in 1985 being honored in 2012 isn’t an everyday occurrence, it’s still worth your time.
Updated 2x with in-retrospect quotes from Pleiness at 6:17 PM: Amongst this afternoon’s Red Wings stories:
• Jakub Kindl may have been bumped from the Czech World Championship team, but as several Czech readers noted on Twitter, the Czech Ice Hockey Association’s website suggests that Kindl was the one who chose to decline the team’s invitation to play in the World Championships, forcing the Czechs to replace him with 20-year-old Jakub Krejcik (while the team waits and hopes for higher-profile defensemen like Marek Zidlicky, Pavel Kubina, Andrej Meszaros, Michal Rozsival, Roman Josi or Roman Hamrlik to be eliminated from the second round of the NHL playoffs; something fishy’s going on, but my grasp of translated Czech isn’t nearly nuanced enough to figure out what’s up);
The gents over at Winging it in Motown reported fantastic news from Josh Howard, the person behind “Operation Eaves,” today: Patrick Eaves has received and had framed the portrait of him which Josh made from well-wishes for #17 as he recovers from a concussion, and Eaves sent his well-wishers a thank-you today:
“I want to thank everyone who sent a get well card or left a message on this website with such encouraging comments. I appreciate everyone keeping me in your thoughts during this tough year for me. Between the cool poster and all the kind words, I was blown away by the best fans in hockey. The cards and comments brought up my spirits and I just want to thank all of you for your support. I look forward to coming back next season.”
Red Wings overnight report: Kindl cut from Czechs’ Worlds team; Mrazek, Franzen gab about tournament
Updated 3x with more English and Swedish at 8:37 AM: The Czech national team’s program is a very, very…Political animal, with players who’ve gained the good graces of the team’s coaches and management currying favor in terms of “earning” spots on World Junior Championship, World Championship and even Olympic rosters, so it is with consternation but not surprise that I report a bizarre scenario to you this morning:
While the Czechs announced that Wings prospect Petr Mrazek would join their roster on Sunday evening, today, the Czech news agency CTK reports that Czech coach Alois Hadamczik and GM Slavomir Lener (who famously suggested that North American junior hockey leagues had all but destroyed the Czechs’ developmental hockey program at the 2010 World Hockey Summit) have chosen to drop Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl from the team, replacing him with Slavia Prague defenseman and 20-year-old Jakub Krejcik.
Red Wings afternoon news: Mrazek, Jarnkrok likely to crack Worlds rosters; a Byng ding and more Mule
Updated w/ “No Wings Swedes playing in Gavle, Sweden on Tuesday” news at 8:06 PM: Make it a dozen Red Wings taking part in the World Championships? The teams participating in the World Championships haven’t quite pared down their rosters to 25 players, but in addition to Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson (Sweden), Pavel Datsyuk (Russia), Valtteri Filppula (Finland), Tomas Tatar (Slovakia), Justin Abdelkader and Jimmy Howard (USA) and probably Jakub Kindl (Czech Republic), the Czech news agency CTK is reporting that Wings prospect Petr Mrazek will play for the Czechs after back-up goalie Tomas Popperle struggled during the Czechs’ World Championship warm-up games (according iDnes.cz)...
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