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Updated 7x with another Ken Holland interview at 6:05 PM: So I've been gone for a while, but I'm back. One does not take a three-month hiatus from covering a sport they love for an extended period of time without extenuating circumstances occurring, and all I can offer you is the plain old truth: a nasty virus abated in October, but was followed by a severe, severe (I would add about twenty more "severes" if it wasn't redundant) depressive episode, one that I'm still recovering from thanks to tons of support from family members, friends and mental health professionals...But it was and is an incredibly difficult period of time.
I'm not necessarily back to abnormal at present, nor am I really fully ready to return, but as the Red Wings are about to begin their 2013 campaign, I have a responsibility to the Kukla's Korner and TMR communities to fulfill in terms of providing Wings-related information, and I'm going to do my best to meet said responsibility.
Anyway, I'm starting off slow and starting off slowly but surely rebuilding my background information, and as today's news stories are something of a mish-mash with physicals set to take place tomorrow and camp to begin Sunday, let's get some basics down before embarking upon today's roundup of stories and sound:
From MLive's Ansar Khan:
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose confirms that the Compuware portion of camp will be open to the public:
Updated with a letter issued to Red Wings fans in general at 2:51 PM: Via RedWingsFeed, WDFN's Doug Todd received a copy of the letter Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch sent to their season-ticket holders. Here's the text thereof:
In our now 30 years of owning the Red Wings franchise, we have experienced many ups and downs. No situation is more frustrating, though, than working through the process of establishing a new collective bargaining agreement. On behalf of the entire Detroit Red Wings organization, we would like to thank you for your continued loyalty throughout the recent NHL work stoppage. We are grateful for your commitment as a Season Ticket Holder. Every member of our team - both on and off the ice - is eager to deliver another memorable season of Red Wings hockey.
NHL.com's Dan Rosen offers a Red Wings preview in video form:
I don't know whether this will be open to the public, but MLive's Ansar Khan reports that the Red Wings found a more comfortable rink than the cramped and confined quarters of City Sports Arena, which is all but mashed into
Mount Olivet Mount Elliot cemetary in Detroit, to hold training camp in a more comfortable facility--and the Wings received assistance from a surprising benefactor in the Carolina Hurricanes' organization, as they will be holding most of their abbreviated 2013 season training camp at Compuware Arena in Plymouth starting on Sunday:
The Detroit Red Wings will be holding most of their training camp at Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth, home of the OHL's Whalers.
Camp will start Sunday with two sessions. They'll be at Compuware through Wednesday before moving back to Joe Louis Arena for the final two days, Thursday and Friday. Joe Louis Arena is not available through Wednesday due to a press event for the North American International Auto Show.
The Red Wings will open the season with games in St. Louis on Jan. 19 and Columbus on Jan. 21. Their home opener will be Tuesday, Jan. 22 vs. Dallas.
The Red Wings wrapped up their informal skates Friday at the Troy Sports Center. They will have their pre-camp physicals on Saturday but will not skate.
Update: Also, from the Free Press's Helene St. James:
And, from the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
From the Grand Rapids Griffins' PR department:
HE GREAT SKATE WINTERFEST RETURNS THIS WEEKEND
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Griffins players, sled dogs, snowboarders, ice sculptors, zoo animals, figure skaters, horse-drawn carriages, winter sport athletes, museums, libraries and local celebrities will all be part of the 2013 Great Skate Winterfest, which will run for 34 consecutive hours this Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan. 13 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.
Everyone is invited to join this celebration of winter in our city and help the Griffins Youth Foundation provide opportunities for more than 350 kids – many of whom are underprivileged, underserved, at-risk, physically challenged or have other special needs – to participate in the great sport of hockey at no cost.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
For those who haven't seen Damien Brunner play yet, Henrik Zetterberg gives a positive scouting report.
Zetterberg was on the ice Thursday, after arriving from Switzerland where he spent the lockout playing in the Swiss League with Brunner as a linemate.
Brunner, an undrafted free agent, signed with the Red Wings last summer.
"He's obviously a goal scorer, but he has more qualities than that," Zetterberg said. "He's a good skater and he sees the ice very well and he wants to win. He hates losing, and that's a good quality to have.
"We had a good team and the line we played with had good chemistry. It was a chance to play a lot of minutes, it was fun."
Via RedWingsFeed, well looky here...
Datsyuk's Facebook page confirms (with pics)...
TMR should also return shortly. Nasty virus had me trying to make a blocker save like Datsyuk on Turco, went top shelf instead.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Gary Greenstin, Datsyuk's agent, said the star center will fly to Detroit in a few days and should arrive for the start of training camp, likely on Sunday.
“He'll be on time,'' Greenstin told MLive.com on Tuesday. “Pavel is ready to play. In a few days, he'll be in Detroit. I talked to Ken (Red Wings general manager Holland) yesterday, everything is under control. Pavel is an honest player, honest person. He has an obligation to Detroit.
“Of course, (CSKA Moscow) wants him to stay, but my clients always oblige their contracts. The standard player contract says when the lockout is over they have to return.''
from Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News,
“There’s a lot of excitement in the air. I wish we had a chance to play a couple of preseason games, but everyone is in the same boat,” said Howard.
He spent the year in Detroit, training with his Red Wing teammates four to five times a week.
“We’d have 10-15 players every day,” said Howard.
He is currently training with other NHL players in Phoenix after receiving an invitation to attend the sessions.
“I jumped all over it. It’s another way to help myself get ready. We’re scrimmaging,” said Howard, who will begin his fourth season as the No. 1 goalie for the Red Wings after spending four seasons with Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League.
He said he was pleased with the terms agreed upon by the NHL Players Association and the NHL after the four-month, 113-day lockout.
“It’s fair. It’s what we were looking for from the beginning,” said Howard, who added that he is in good shape to start the season.
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