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Per the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:
The Grand Rapids Griffins will hold a Calder Cup celebration on Wednesday in downtown Grand Rapids.
Van Andel Arena will host a victory party 6 p.m., the team announced shortly after winning its first AHL championship Tuesday with a 5-2 victory against Syracuse in Game 6.
Players and coaches will speak and the Calder Cup will be on display.
The doors open at 5 p.m. The first 3,000 fans will received Calder Cup championship T-shirts.
The event is free.
In the interim:
It was close and sometimes a harrowing experience to watch, but the Grand Rapids Griffins rallied from a 1-0 deficit and took a 2-1 lead, surrendered a tying goal in the 3rd, and received the game-winner from stay-at-home defenseman Brennan Evans (and some ridiculous saves from Petr Mrazek)...
And Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson's empty-net goals sealed the deal, giving the Griffins a 5-2 win, capturing Grand Rapids' first Calder Cup championship over the course of 6 games against the Crunch and a total of 24 playoff games played (out of a possible 26!).
The Jack Butterfield Trophy, the AHL's playoff MVP award was given to Tomas Tatar, who scored 16 goals over the course of 24 games played (and registered 21 points).
Mrazek stopped 17 shots in the Griffins' win.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland addressed the team's re-signing of Pavel Datsyuk, other personnel issues and the Stanley Cup Final in an 11:49 interview with the Fan 590's Bob McCown and Stephen Brunt on Tuesday evening:
Update: Holland says that he and Datsyuk agreed on a 3-year contract extension in terms of, well, term, during their exit interview, and they just got it done.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland's still borderline giddy about the team's ability to retain Pavel Datsyuk's services for the next four seasons, and his praise for Datsyuk's skill, talent, leadership and longevity while speaking to MLive's Ansar Khan is must-read material in itself...
But Holland also gave Khan something of a blueprint as to what the Wings' next moves may involve, and it sounds like he's going to do much more than simply attempt to retain Daniel Cleary, Valtteri Filpula and the complicated situation that is Damien Brunner:
Holland said he is continuing talks impending unrestricted free-agent forwards Daniel Cleary, Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula, but roster space is scarce.
“We have big decisions to make,'' Holland said. “We got a push of kids. We got 14 forwards under contract now (including restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson). We'll only carry 14.
“We know we have compliance buyouts at our disposal. I'll explore trades.
A jury found Hockey Hall of Fame member Gordie Howe sustained $3 million in financial damages when former business managers destroyed sports memorabilia that was supposed to be returned under an agreement made to settle a previous lawsuit.
The 85-year-old Howe of Bloomfield Township was in attendance at Oakland County Circuit Court Tuesday in Judge Leo Bowman’s courtroom with his son Mark. The Howes, along with Power Play International Company, the company that handled Howe’s merchandise, sued Del and Michael Reddy, Aaron Howard and Immortal Investments, the former business partners.
The Grand Rapids Griffins will battle the Syracuse Crunch in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final tonight, and you have several viewing options:
1. If you live in Grand Rapids, WILX will air the game;
2. If you're a radio person, http://www.woodradio.com wiil air the game;
3. If you live in upstate New York, Time-Warner Cable will air the game;
4. If you're "elsewhere," http://www.ahllive.com will air the game (you still have to sign up as a user and use the promo code "CALDER2013");
5. And http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com will stream the game in Michigan--edit: This is the direct link: http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/nhl/detroit-red-wings/story/Live-streaming-video?blockID=912677&feedID=5540
Radko Gudas will probably play for Syracuse tonight, and it is entirely possible that Adam Almquist may return for Grand Rapids.
Updated 5x at 2:18 PM: Somewhat briefly: the Grand Rapids Griffins will attempt to avoid a winner-take-all Game 7 situation when they face off against the Syracuse Crunch tonight in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final (7 PM EDT start), and there was good news on the Griffins front from Fox 17's Steve Amorose (second Tweet excluded) as the team took to the ice around 11 AM (and Fox 17 posted a game preview video, too)...
Updated 21x at 2:44 PM, and FYI, Datsyuk's goal against Nashville's up in the second TSN Play of the Year showdown semifinal: the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan has the financial parameters:
as many have pointed out, it's technically $7.667 million oh hell with it, it's $7.5 million per the Tweets below)
The Free Press's Helene St. James summarized the situation nicely...
The deal has been a foregone conclusion since May 31, the day the Wings cleaned out their lockers two days after being bounced in the second round of the playoffs. Datsyuk said at the time he planned to stay in Detroit past the expiration of his current seven-year, $46.9-million deal. There had been chatter for much of the season that he might return to his native Russia, where he could make a mint playing in the KHL and be closer to his 10-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.
While the Grand Rapids Griffins attempt to avoid a winner-take-all situation by capitalizing on their 3-games-to-2 lead over the Syracuse Crunch in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final this evening (7 PM EDT, WOOD TV in Grand Rapids/FoxSportsDetroit.com across Michigan, AHLLive.com everywhere, Time Warner Cable in New York, and WOOD Radio), the Red Wings' roster picture will have gotten a bit clearer back in Metro Detroit.
The news that Pavel Datsyuk's going to ink a 3-year contract extension, and that Pavel Datsyuk's "big day" will involve sitting down to lunch with Ken Holland and Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin (so say MLive's Ansar Khan, Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness) to get the final details worked out so that Datsyuk can sign on the dotted line on July 5th (he still has a year remaining on his current contract, so a 3-year extension translates to 4 more seasons of play, knock on wood). The only thing Datsyuk needs to worry about losing, if anything, is his first of two TSN Play of the Year semifinals.
[edit/update: and Bob McKenzie knows "how big":
...Back to Khan /end edit]:
Pavel Datsyuk is close to agreeing to a multi-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings, his agent told MLive.com on Monday. The contract can't be officially signed, registered or announced until July 5, the first day of free agency, because Datsyuk has one year remaining on his current deal.
Gary Greenstin, Datsyuk's Los Angeles area-based agent, said he was flying to Detroit on Monday to meet with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. It sounds as if they will put the finishing touches on the deal.
“Me and Ken and Pavel (are) very close,'' Greenstin said.
Greenstin told Khan that things are...Well, "close":
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