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Amongst this evening’s Red Wings-related stories, DetroitRedWings.com’s Andrea Nelson provides a recap of the Joey Kocur Foundation’s charity softball game this past weekend, and it sounds like a good time was had by all:
“It’s a small town country thing,” Kocur said. “Everybody comes out here, the kids have something to do, the adults have something to do, we have great raffle prizes, we have great silent auction items. We have so many donations within the community and I’ve lived in this community now for over 20 years and I have some great friends and a great network of people that help me.”
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
• From the Wings:
KRIS DRAPER VICTORIOUS IN OPENING ROUND OF OPERATION: BOBBLEHEAD – ALUMNI EDITION
… Online Balloting Recommences Tomorrow at http://DetroitRedWings.com …
Detroit, MI… The ballots have been tallied and Hockeytown fan favorite Kris Draper has emerged victorious from the opening round of voting in Operation: Bobblehead – Alumni Edition, an ongoing campaign charged with determining which former Red Wings greats will be immortalized in the form of a collectible 6 ½ inch polyresin figurine during the upcoming NHL season. Draper’s bobblehead will be distributed to 7,500 lucky Joe Louis Arena patrons at a select 2012-13 Red Wings home game.
Today’s crop of Red Wings-related news is pretty bloody sparse: the Free Press has mentioned the Red Wings’ decision to start a female-only fan club, and DetroitRedWings.com’s Zack Crawford relied on archival quotes to profile former Wing and Maple Leaf Danny Markov in another “Dual Citizenship” article (and file Markov under the long list of defensemen who either suffered career-ending injuries or simply chose to scoot from Detroit despite fitting in just fine), so today’s most noteworthy Wings-related article comes from the Oakland Press’s Pat Caputo, who argues that the battle between owners and players to carve up the proceeds of a $3.3 billion business in a different manner hurts the people who fork over chunks of their discretionary income to pay the owners, teams and players most severely:
The Red Wings have at least three personnel moves to take care of before the team reassembles for training camp and the exhibition season (whenever that may be): the team needs to address Tomas Holmstrom’s future, the Wings need to re-sign Justin Abdelkader, and the Wings’ front office needs to decide whether it will attempt to make a trade for a top-pair defenseman prior to the beginning of the regular season, or whether it wants to apply a free agent band-aid to the blueline. As the Free Press’s George Sipple notes, the free agent pickings in terms of offensively capable defensemen are relatively slim, and as such, he’s tossing an unfamiliar name into the mix:
Among possible free agents the Wings could roll the dice on are Michal Rozsival, Brett Clark and Carlo Colaiacovo.
Rozsival, who turns 34 on Sept. 3, has been plagued by injuries the past few seasons. He has 64 goals and 196 assists in 756 career games with the Penguins, Rangers and Coyotes. He had 13 goals and 25 assists in 80 games with the Rangers in 2007-08, but he had only one goal and 12 assists in 54 games last season with the Coyotes.
I didn’t need Jeff Riger or any of you to remind Red Wings fans that Sergei Fedorov remains an incredibly controversial player. On my second-to-last night in Grand Marais, I mentioned his inclusion in the Winter Classic Alumni Showdown, and one uncle talked about Fedorov as instrumental to the three Cups that the Wings won with a player “who could dominate like Bobby Orr,” while the other replied that Fedorov was an *#$%@& who deserved every boo he’d ever gotten.
I understand both sides of the arguments here, for a couple of reasons.
Once again it’s Paul and this time I have a question for you.
A Detroit fan at HFBoards proposed the following trade: Valtteri Filppula, Gustav Nyquist, Jakub Kindl and a 2nd round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft for Ryan Kesler.
Both Kindl ($833K) and Nyquist ($875K) will be RFAs after this season and Filppula ($3M) will have UFA status on July 1st, 2013. Kesler ($5M) is signed for four more season. (all salary numbers via CapGeek.)
Now on to some of the responses to the proposal…
• I dont think that even comes close to getting it done. When Kesler is healthy he is a top 20 centre in the league easily. Who would centre the 2nd line and why would the Canucks take that drop off? Most likely you would have a centre who isnt even remotely close defensively and then they have 2 centres who cant/dont/wont play defense.
• If Kesler is going to Detroit, Datsyuk is coming back to Vancouver. 1 for 1 deal
• If Filppula can play centre well, then him, Smith/Nyquist, 1st.
You can read about 130 more responses but I think you get the idea.
So, what do you think about the original trade proposal or do you have a better package to get Kesler to Detroit?
Paul here for George who should start his regular blogging routine the early part of next week…
from Jeff Riger of CBS Detroit,
I’m not one to tell fans what to do when they attend games. If they want to boo they should boo, if they want to heckle, they should heckle, if they want to do the wave, well I think you know where I’m going here. However when I heard the news that Sergei Fedorov was going to play in the Alumni Game at Comerica Park on New Year’s eve, I felt my silence should be broken.
I’m writing this blog to ask the thousands of Wings fans that are in attendance on December 31st not to boo Sergei Fedorov.
This was a hot topic yesterday on Detroit radio and I think the vast majority of fans will greet Sergei with a very warm round of applause.
Between this Saturday’s charity baseball game held by Red Wings Alumni Association president Joey Kocur, the Plymouth Whalers’ alumni game that’s also benefiting Gleaners on Saturday, a trio of Swedish charity hockey games first involving Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson and Gustav Nyquist, and then Henrik Zetterberg and a smorgasbord of NHL stars, and the simple fact that Russian hockey teams are already skating in exhibition games and Swedish teams are taking to the ice for training camp, one gets the feeling that NHL hockey—the CBA gods willing—isn’t that far off anymore.
Upper Michigan weather—it’s about 65 degrees here and we’ve got a chilly wind blowing in off Lake Superior at a good 20 miles an hour—has me wearing jeans and a flannel shirt a couple hundred miles north of a Metro Detroit area pushing 100 degrees, so I thought I’d wander into internet range and deliver you this Tweet from RedWingsFeed and then toss off some charity hockey news:
Yeah, not so much. As Paul just posted, the Red Wings have managed to get every member of the Russian Five not named the still-playing Slava Kozlov, including the incredibly estranged Sergei Fedorov, to sign up to take part in the Winter Classic. NHL.com tossed off the press release again…
George still on part-time vacation, his idea, not mine, so Paul here with your latest news…
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs® today announced the addition of nine total players that will participate in the festivities surrounding the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on December 31 at Comerica Park™, part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™. The Wings confirmed four members of Detroit’s famed ‘Russian Five’ with Viacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Fedorov. Toronto added 50-goal scorer Gary Leeman, Russ Courtnall, Bill Derlago, Bob McGill and all-stars Vincent Damphousse and Dave Ellett.
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