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Jim Bedard Named Goaltending Coach For The Windsor Spitfires

(Windsor, ON) – General Manager Warren Rychel is pleased to announce the Spitfires have added longtime NHL goaltending consultant Jim Bedard as the club’s new goaltending coach.

Bedard, 59, spent 18 years on the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff, winning three Stanley Cups, following a professional career that spanned 14 years across North America and Europe.

Bedard says he’s looking forward to a fresh start and building on relationships within the organization.

“The last couple years, I’d stop in on a casual basis, to help out a little in my spare time,” Bedard said. “These are good people I want to be around in a hockey atmosphere. They treat people the right way.”

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Trading Jimmy Howard And Pavel Datsyuk’s Contract

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“I’ve considered it, but we’ll see what happens,” Howard said at the end of last season on the possibility he might have played his last game with the Red Wings. “(Being traded is) part of the business. A lot of people go through it. If that were to happen, it happens.

“It would be disappointing. I’ve met a lot of great people in this city. But that’s the nature of this business. Sometimes you have to pack up and move on.”...

And, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has said a trade might be the best option for everybody.

“I can see on the one hand that having two goaltenders, it’s a nice luxury,” Holland said. “Certainly Jimmy Howard played an important role down the stretch in our team qualifying for the playoffs.

“It (a trade) might be good for some careers and good for the organization. I’ve thought about it lots.”


via Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

They’re probably still a forward or two shy of a full load but this is a start, especially if Bickell has anything to offer. And Francis still has more draft picks and cap space to offer. Could he, for example, offer to take the final, moot year of the retiring Pavel Datsyuk’s contract off the Detroit Red Wings’ hands? As has been pointed out elsewhere, would owner Peter Karmanos set aside his rivalry with Red Wings owner Mike Illitch to allow that to happen?

Some cap-friendly NHL team is going to get a pick or player from Detroit. Might as well be the Hurricanes, since their offseason is already off to an active start with the draft still a week away.

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Ron Mason Touched Many

from Chris Solari of the Lansing State Journal,

The impact Ron Mason had in hockey extended well beyond Michigan State.

The legendary coach put more than 50 players into the NHL. His coaching tree sprouted into every level of hockey. Many of those men returned to Munn Arena on Thursday to pay their final respects to their mentor, who died Monday.

“I put a lot of trust into him,” said Shawn Horcoff, who played for Mason at MSU from 1996 to 2000 and just completed his 15th NHL season. “I could just tell he cared. I could tell that he wasn’t just going to help me get to the NHL, but how to be a man and grow up. … He was such a big impact on me. I can’t express enough the gratitude I have.”

Anson Carter, who starred for Mason at MSU from 1992 to 1996, spent the past two weeks between Pittsburgh and San Jose as part of the NBC Sports broadcast crew for the Stanley Cup finals. The 12-year NHL veteran as a player said Mason made every person he talked to “feel like the most important person in the room.”


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Ken Holland On Sheahan Plus Updates On Datsyuk And Helm

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"The first half of the year he didn't play quite as well as we had expected from the previous year and then I thought the last 25 games he took a real jump in his performance," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "He's 24 years of age. A lot of times with younger players it's confidence and starting to understand that you can do some things that maybe you didn't know you could do when you were younger, and I'd like to think that's what's going on with Riley. He's a big man with skill."///

"His best years are still well ahead of him," Holland said. "We're excited to get him signed to a two-year contract and we think he's going to have a bigger role on our team going forward. Our hope is he can grow into a top (two) line center."

more on Sheahan, plus Datsyuk decision by Monday at the latest and Helm will test the market...

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Damien Cox Thinks The Wings Will Draft Charlie McAvoy

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,


Charlie McAvoy, D, Boston University (NCAA), 5-foot-11, 195 pounds: Wings will try to move up, but if McAvoy is there, Detroit is hoping to add a defenceman.

read the rest of his first round mock draft predictions...

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Red Wings Make Sheahan And Lashoff Signings Official

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings announced today that center Riley Sheahan has been signed to a two-year contract extension and defenseman Brian Lashoff has been signed to a one-year contract extension.

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Wings’ organizational meetings begin today with Datsyuk decision at forefront

The Red Wings' organizational meetings were delayed to accommodate the Gordie Howe visitation and funeral, but now that we're shifting into the second half of June, it's time for the Wings' front office--the pro and amateur scouts, coaches, executives, prospect mentors, everybody--to meet over the next three or four days.

During the organizational meetings, the team will discuss its strategy for the upcoming draft, its free agency outlook in terms of both re-signing current personnel and prioritizing targets outside the organization, and it will evaluate possible trade situations as well.

As the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan notes, there's a bit of an elephant in the room for the Wings to discuss:

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One more survey of Gordie Howe stories

I hope this is the last bunch of Gordie Howe stories for the next little while. The last week has been hard on fans as well as hockey luminaries, and we all need to breathe a little bit.


1. The Wings did a fantastic job in capturing both Murray Howe's eulogy and the funeral in full:

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Marty Howe expresses the Howe family’s thanks

The luminaries of the hockey world moved from Mr. Hockey's funeral to a reception in the owner's suite at Comerica Park, and at the reception, Marty Howe spoke with NHL.com's Dave Stubbs of his gratitude to the estimated 15,000 people who visited his father on Wednesday...

"It was 12 hours and 40 minutes," Howe said of the marathon visitation, thousands of fans streaming into the arena to pay their respects to arguably the greatest all-around player in hockey history. "I had to shut it off, at the end of the line, because we were going to be near 10 o'clock (13 hours from its start)."

This is so fresh to Marty Howe that in conversation he sometimes slipped from the past to the present tense while he spoke about his father.

"It just makes you proud to see the people coming and giving their respect to Gordie," he said. "He deserves it. He's a man of few words, but everything he says is good advice worth listening to. That's what we've learned. I've had no time to enjoy this tremendous outpouring of support. It has all happened so fast."

And the family's gratitude toward the Ilitches for ensuring that Mr. Hockey was remembered with so much dignity and class:

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Number 4 on Mr. Hockey

NHL.com's Dave Stubbs spoke with Bobby Orr regarding Mr. Hockey:

"I sit and look at Gordie's stats and I laugh," he said. "I actually giggle when I look at his stats. Twenty-two consecutive (NHL) seasons of 20 or more goals? That's outrageous. … His numbers are unbelievable, and he played in an era that was pretty tough."

Orr rolled his eyes and laughed as those words spilled from him.

"He was the guy, so you know they were going after him. You couldn't invent Gordie today. If he was playing with today's rules he might not be able to do anything at first. But he would adapt to the rules and guys wouldn't take liberties with him. The way he played, he'd do real well.

"But put all that aside. I obviously liked Gordie's hockey, but the man, well, he was one of the great individuals I ever met. When he was with my father he was so kind. I loved watching him tweak a kid's nose. I'd meet him at All-Star Games and I had him at Parry Sound for a benefit game years ago. He was just a gentleman. I never heard Gordie raise his voice.

"Watch him on the ice and then meet him off it, he was a different guy altogether. Gordie was a sweetheart off the ice. He was kind, and kind to everybody, whether it was a child or a grandmother. At All-Star Games he was the first one I'd want to bring to talk to my father and his friends."

Stubbs continues, and this is more than worth your time...

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