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Red Wings alumnus Joey Kocur's charitable foundation will be holding a charity softball game in Highland, MI this Saturday, August 24th, and fourteen Red Wings alums, celebrities like Jeff Daniels, Dave Coulier and Brian Vander Ark will tangle with police officers and firefighters from Milford, Highland and White Lake townships to raise funds for a slate of Southeastern Michigan charities.
The Free Press's George Sipple (via RedWingsFeed) spoke with Kocur about the event, and Kocur's looking forward to the triple-header and the activities accompanying the game itself:
The Joe Kocur Foundation for Children will host its fifth annual Charity Softball Series on Saturday at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland. Gates open at 10 a.m. with games scheduled at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
“The lineup this year is the best I’ve ever had,” Kocur said. “Dave Coulier just confirmed that he’ll be there. I’m going to have three separate autograph signings. I’ve got Darren McCarty, Chris Osgood and Ted Lindsay signing for an hour.We’ve got two full baseball fields of kids games with a midway and ferris wheel and dunk tanks and rock climbing walls. Everything is donated, so everything that is bought that day goes right back to the charities. My foundation is 100% give back. There is no person on our staff that gets a penny of this.”
Updated 2x at 4:41 PM: Paul duly noted that the National Post's Michael Triakos asked whether Stephen Weiss, who's taking part in the Biosteel Camp in Toronto this week, will live up to expectations with the Red Wings.
As Triakos suggests, a 30-year-old center is both coming off wrist surgery and will be returning a hockey-mad atmosphere and high-pressure environment for the first time since he was nickanmed "Weisserman" while playing for the OHL's Plymouth Whalers. As such, the supposed step-up from Valtteri Filppula will be have to rise to the challenges he faces:
The AHL has yet to release its 2013-2014 regular season schedule (though it should be released this week) but as a "teaser" of sorts, the Grand Rapids Griffins have posited their preseason schedule--and their pair of pre-season games will take place in Plymouth, MI and Windsor, Ontario:
GRIFFINS ANNOUNCE PRESEASON SCHEDULE
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The 2013 Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins will tune up for the 2013-14 AHL season by playing a pair of preseason games against the Lake Erie Monsters in the Detroit area in late September.
Grand Rapids will first battle the Monsters on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich., home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers. The rivals will square off again on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7:05 p.m. at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, home to the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires.
For those of you who'd been wondering whether the Russian Olympic orientation camp players will be willing to discuss Russia's anti-homosexuality laws, Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov asked Russian Hockey Federation spokesman Mikhail Zakharov about that topic, and while this is an incredibly rough translation of his response, you'll get his drift:
The Red Wings officially exceeded the salary cap (at least by Capgeek's estimations, to the tune of $637,879, with Daniel Alfredsson's $2 million in bonuses deferred to the 14-15 cap) and have 25 players (and 16 forwards) under contract after inking Gustav Nyquist to a 2-year, $1.9 million contract.
Assuming that the team remains healthy throughout training camp and the exhibition season, the team will have to clear at least $640K off their cap figure and at least two bodies to get under the "upper limit" and the 23-man roster rule, respectively, by 5 PM on September 29th (the day after the exhibition season ends).
This seems like an appropriate Tweet given Gustav Nyquist's re-signing by the Red Wings this morning:
Quoting WZZM 13:
Update: Wrong blog. Oh well.
Ouch. Forbes Michael Ozanian reports that the Minnesota Wild's minority owner ran afoul of the Securities and Exchanges Commission, and as such, he got dinged with a fine larger than Ryan Suter's signing bonus:
Billionaire Philip Falcone will not have to go to the penalty box, but he and his hedge fund, Harbinger Capital Partners, will pay $18 million to settle SEC charges over Falcone’s use of firm money and other accusations, regulators said Monday.
SEC: “Falcone and Harbinger engaged in serious misconduct that harmed investors, and their admissions leave no doubt that they violated the federal securities laws,” said Andrew Ceresney, co-director of the SEC’s enforcement division. “Falcone must now pay a heavy price for his misconduct by surrendering millions of dollars and being barred from the hedge fund industry.”
Updated 6x with weird Cleary news at 2:18 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news, first, hold your nose:
The Red Wings just announced the details of a new charitable partnership:
Via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner knows what's up:
Update: The Detroit Free Press confirms in article form:
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