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The KHL's offseason is like election season in the U.S.--many promises are made and bluster issued by both candidates for seats on the Russian Hockey Federation's board of directors, and everything from starting a KHL team in China to playing by NHL rules and sealing off KHLers' routes to the NHL have been bantered about over the past two weeks, with Slava Fetisov--who was recently reelected to the KHL board after several years off--leading the charge on the latter two issues.
At this time of year, it's really bluster as opposed to fact, and Fetisov was all but obligated to talk about cutting off the Russian window to the NHL after Phil Esposito suggested to the Russian press that such a course of action would be a "return to communism," so this Tweet from Sport-Express's Slava Malamud, provided by MLive's Brendan Savage (via RedWingsFeed), is really par for the course:
Of Twitter-related Red Wings note today:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned a Q and A with Dylan Larkin, and it's preceded by these statements from Larkin regarding his decision to turn pro with the Grand Rapids after his World Championship experience, as well as his goals for this fall:
“It was a major step up from college to the World Championship with the skill and speed and then coming back to the AHL was another step, jumping into the playoffs,” Larkin said. “It was a physical series and it was on a smaller rink and things happened a lot more fast. It was a long year but it was a good year.”
The Wings will take no fewer than 15 NHL-experienced forwards to camp in a few months. Many believe Larkin is ready for the challenge of making the jump to the NHL. But he’ll have to take someone’s spot, which won’t be easy.
“I want to make the jump (to the NHL),” Larkin said. “ I signed for a chance to play in the NHL and my time in Grand Rapids, I’m more than comfortable spending time there. The coaches they brought in and the players we have we’re going to have a good team again. I’m just going to training camp and having as much fun as possible and playing some games and having fun.”
As for the difficult challenges that await him in September, Larkin said he only focuses on what he can control.
“I just kind of worry about myself,” he said. “I know my game. I’m pretty confident with my game. I’m more worried about how I play.”
Roose continues with a lengthy Q and A...
2. In artistic news...
The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a short video discussing Tyler Bertuzzi's past season and summertime activities as Bertuzzi prepares for the 2015-16 season:
Among today's Red Wings-related news stories:
First and foremost, via the Red Wings:
Axel Holmstrom conducted a rather lengthy interview with Kuriren.nu's Jimmy Landstrom, and here's a rough translation thereof:
Holmstrom: Jersey number 96 was hung in my place
Ice hockey/Skelleftea. He broke through with a bang last season. Now, Axel Holmstrom discusses his earlier efforts, #96 in Detroit and Skelleftea's hard pre-season training.
The brthers Daniel and Henrik Sedin scored 14 points apiece in the 2000 playoff as juniors. 15 years ago, the record broke. By an 18-year-old from Moskosel outside Arvidsajaur.
Axel Holmstrom scored 18 points (7 goals and 11 assists) in 15 games in the SHL-finals when Skelleftea eventually lost the final series against Vaxjo 4 games to 2.
"There was a lot of talk, but I try not to get too comfortable or satisfied. I don't want to fall back and be safe, but instead, I want to find new goals to strive for. I try to put it behind me, but of course it was an extremely fun thing. Too bad we couldn't win in the end," says Holmstrom to Norrbotten's Kuriren.
“It’s just another day in what has been a very quick life, but and a wonderful life,” Lindsay said during a phone call last week from Harbor Springs. “I did everything that I love to do, played the greatest game in the world with some of the greatest players in the world, and against some of the greatest players.”
As a player, Lindsay was a showman, entertaining the multitudes as a charter member of the famed Production Line with Sid Abel and Gordie Howe. Lindsay is one of six players to have four Stanley Cup rings from the Wings’ dynasty of the 1950s. He also spearheaded a crusade to form the first NHL players’ association, which led to his trade to Chicago 58 years ago this month.
Lindsay finished playing in 1965, an 11-time all star, who won the Art Ross Trophy in 1950 as the league’s leading point producer, ahead of Abel and Howe, who finished second and third that year. He stepped into the front office as the sixth general manager in franchise history in 1976 and remained at the helm until 1980.
Hockey has given Lindsay a comfortable living, which now begins a 10th decade. He doesn’t dwell on the past. He lives for the here and now, though he says it’s fun to look back occasionally on the previous 89 years.
“I would say yes to that because to go into the twilight of your life, I guess, you never think of too many things,” Lindsay said. “Who thinks about 90 years of age? I played the greatest game in the world and never thought about it. But it’s one day at a time. That’s my philosophy, and now, even more so.”
Okay, this entry is a bit of a mishmash, so, we begin with multimedia:
If you haven't seen the "new rendering" of the Wings' follow-on rink, here it is, via MLive's Ian Thibodeau:
In the non-mandatory multimedia department, NHL.com's "Summer With Stanley" blog posted pictures from Brad Richards' day with the Stanley Cup...
And WOOD TV8 posted a clip of Luke Glendening working with the Grand Rapids Griffins' youth hockey campers:
Tomas Jurco engaged in one more interview with the Slovak media, this time speaking with Hokej.sk, and here's a very rough translation thereof:
This is a bit of a bummer, per Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:
USA Hockey announced today the five cities that are finalists in contention for hosting the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, but Detroit wasn’t one of them.
USA Today’s Kevin Allen (A Michigan native and resident) had reported in February that Detroit was one possible location for the prestigious international tournament, but per today’s announcement, Hockeytown is not in the running.
Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa are under final consideration by USA Hockey.
“We had interest of varying levels from more than a dozen entities,” said Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director of marketing, communications and events for USA Hockey in a release. “In the end, we’re extremely pleased with the group of finalists. The time and effort each put into the materials that were submitted is impressive and we look forward to continued conversations with each of the finalists.”
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