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Here's an attempt to summarize the Nashville and Swedish takes on the Legwand-for-Eaves-and-Jarnkrok trade:
The Red Wings' decision to trade top prospect Calle Jarnkrok to the Nashville Predators in the David Legwand trade may rank up there with the Federko-for-Oates deal in terms of the controversy it's stirred up amongst Red Wings fans, myself included, so you should know that while Aftonbladet's Linus Norberg, TSN's Bob McKenzie and myself have all heard rumors--from people that had no benefit in lying to us--that Jarnkrok was considering heading back to Sweden to play for his hometown team, Brynas IF in Gavle...
Jarnkrok spoke to the Grand Rapids media after last night's Griffins win over Chicago, as the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner noted...
Updated 3x at 4:39 PM: The Red Wings' morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Colorado Avalanche (8 PM EST, FSD/Altitude/NHL Network U.S. w/ Lidstrom retirement ceremony airing; Lidstrom retirement ceremony starts at 6:30 PM/97.1 FM; NHL.com and the AP have posited previews of the game) included some preparations for tonight's pre-game affair...
The Detroit Red Wings will retire Nicklas Lidstrom's jersey retirement ceremony at 6:30 PM EST this evening, a full 90 minutes before the Red Wings battle the Colorado Avalanche at 8, and the game will air on Fox Sports Detroit and Altitude sports locally, but the NHL Network U.S. has gobbled up the game's U.S. national TV rights.
It appears that the NHL Network will in fact air the pre-game ceremony:
Quoting the link:
Nick Lidstrom is not just a hero in Detroit but at the breakfast table too. #LidstromNight Tune-in to NHL Network (US) at 5PM for NHL Live AND to watch his ceremony before puck drop.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland addressed his decision to trrade Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a 3rd round pick (which becomes a second-rounder if the Wings make the playoffs) in an interview on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery today...
And ESPN's Pierre LeBrun also spoke to Dery as well, discussing the trade deadline from a wider perspective:
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Legwand did added that there were a few other teams interested in his services, but he didn’t want to elaborate on it.
“It was a long day, I can say that,” Legwand said.
Legwand, 33, has 10 goals and 30 assists this season for Nashville in 62 games.
“You just have to go out and play, do the right things and learn how they play as quickly as possible,” Legwand said. “I’ve played a ton against them in the past years. I played a lot of minutes in Nashville and Bab’s is going to count on me for big minutes here and in big times here. I’ve just got to be ready to help out the team.”
Legwand, who will wear No. 17, is in the final year of his contract, with a salary-cap hit of $4.5 million. There’s a good chance the Red Wings will re-sign him before he hits free agency in July.
“The hockey will take care of itself and the contract stuff will come after,” said Legwand, who added there was little talk about a contract extension to remain in Nashville. “We have to win some games here and get into the playoffs....
More will be added to this post as needed...
added 10:43am, via Khan tweet,
First power play unit has Franzen, Nyquist and Bertuzzi up front, Kronwall and Alfredsson at the points.
added 11:10am, Legwand talks a bit after practice...
It turns out that the last blog entry and/or video summary doesn't include everything regarding the Red Wings' trade deadline machinations...
Because, should you wish to do so, the Red Wings posted 28 minutes' worth of GM Ken Holland speaking with the media regarding the acquisition of David Legwand, the team's decision to "shut down" Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm's statuses, etc. etc.
Farewell, Cory, hope you enjoyed practice...
DETROIT RETURNS EMMERTON TO GRAND RAPIDS
… Center Has 32 Points in 41 Games with Griffins This Season …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Cory Emmerton to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
A native of St. Thomas, Ontario, Emmerton is tied for fourth on the Griffins with 32 points (12-20-32) in 41 games. The 25-year-old forward is tied for fifth on the club in goals, ranks fourth in assists and is tied for the team lead with two shorthanded goals. He has also skated in 11 contests for the Red Wings this season, recording two points (0-2-2). In 132 career NHL games since 2010-11, he has tallied 21 points (12-9-21) and 22 penalty minutes, in addition to two points (1-1-2) in 18 career NHL playoff games. The sixth-year pro has played 258 career games for Grand Rapids, recording 143 points (46-97-143) and 80 penalty minutes.
I'm still trying to make heads and tails of the David Legwand deal (for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a 3rd round pick that becomes a 2nd rounder if the Wings make the playoffs) and why the Wings traded what TSN's Bob McKenzie suggested might really have been--as I'd been told--a Calle Jarnkrok possibly intent upon returning to Sweden but also standing as one of the Wings' top-of-the-tip-of-the-top prospects to Nashville; I'm still stunned to have heard that Pavel Datsyuk's been shut down for 3 weeks (basically the rest of the month), that Darren Helm's dealing with "concussion protocol" and that Stephen Weiss might not be back until next week; I'm honestly a little floored by Mike Babcock's comments regarding the Wings' youth movement (a change of philosophy for the coach?), and while today's practice was sedate, the Ilitches' statement about Mr. I's health was scary.
I'm a ball of emotions having witnessed the Wings smartly ducked out of the Kesler sweepstakes but having sent one of my favorite prospects south in what the Windsor Star's Bob Duff is deeming a "panic move," but Duff did at least capture Holland speaking with the press...
From the Wings:
STATEMENT FROM MIKE ILITCH
The following statement is attributable to Mike Ilitch owner, Detroit Red Wings:
“While Marian and I would love to be there, we won’t be at tomorrow’s jersey retirement for Nick Lidstrom. This past year, I had a medical procedure that has kept me out of the spotlight for awhile. I feel much better now, and I’m stronger every day. While we may not attend every event, we never miss a game on TV and are very involved in all our businesses every day from home and the office.
“We want to congratulate Nick, his wife Annika, and their family on this honor. He’s very deserving and we’re so proud and fortunate to have had him as a part of the Red Wings family for more than 20 years. We thank him with all our hearts.”
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