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If the Red Wings do waive Ty Conklin, he’ll be headed to a Griffins team that needs goaltending help
I’ve spent quite a bit of my health and legal-issue-related absence refining my skills as a professional worry-wart, but as the Detroit Red Wings’ management begins to hedge toward a decision which MLive’s Ansar Khan and Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji hinted at, and the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff stated explicitly as a rumor bouncing around the press box like mad on Sunday afternoon…
Unconfirmed speculation is that #redwings will waive Conklin Monday in order to send him down. Could be reason why Howard not in today.
I have faith that the Wings will make the best of a difficult situation, both on the ice and in the locker room.
Paul subbing for George…
Not much to say except this win streak sure is fun.
Next home game is Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks (Detroit in Chicago on Tuesday) so another tough opponent.
But we will worry about that when the time comes. In the meantime, game highlights will be added below.
Paul here subbing for George who should be back very soon…
With 6 seconds left in regulation and the scored tied…
Wings win 2-1.
More video will be added below when available…
Paul again for George…
via FS Detroit,
He was a member of three Stanley Cup teams in Detroit and finished with 401 career victories, 10th overall in the NHL.
His 317 victories with the Red Wings is second only to Terry Sawchuk’s 352.
His career save percentage (.905) and goals-against average (2.49) were also solid.
All might eventually add up to a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame for Chris Osgood, who retired last summer after 17 NHL seasons, 14 with the Red Wings, and currently works as a goalie coach in Detroit.
But the Hall of Fame isn’t the ultimate exclamation point for Osgood when it comes to his playing career. He wants more than anything to see his No. 30 retired and raised to the Joe Louis Arena rafters.
“That would mean more to me than the Hall of Fame,” Ogsood, 39, said during a one-hour interview with FOXSportsDetroit.com’s Art Regner on Thursday.
Watch the hour interview below…
Paul here for George.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg will miss Friday’s game against Nashville (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) due to a lower-body injury, which he said is day-to-day.
Tomas Tatar has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Danny Cleary skated today but his left knee still is bothering him after having it drained a second time this week. He said he will miss at least two more games.
Goaltender Jimmy Howard will not play Friday, still planning on returning Sunday against San Jose from the broken right index finger he sustained on Feb. 2.
Per the Red Wings, this should be…Interesting…
DETROIT RED WINGS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER KEN HOLLAND AND USA HOCKEY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DAVE OGREAN ARE TODAY’S GUESTS ON “NHL HOUR WITH COMMISSIONER GARY BETTMAN”
NEW YORK (February 16, 2012) – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland and USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean will be the guests on today’s NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show, which encourages fans to call in with questions, airs Thursdays on NHL Network, NHL.com and on Sirius XM Radio at 6 p.m., ET.
Edit/update: Whoops, wrong blog. Was meant for KK hockey, not Wings consumption: We’ve gotten to the point where Rick Nash trade deadline frenzy has reached Pythonesque levels, with even reasonable media types throwing out team names—to the point that I half expect someone to say that Ak Bars Kazan will try to out-bid HIFK Helsinki for Nash’s services—so in lieu of asking what also floats in water (Small rocks! Gravy! Churches!), I’ll defer to defer to the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts and USA Today’s Kevin Allen. Both columnists duly note that while Nash may very well be in play, the Blue Jackets could and probably should wait for a few more months before pressing the franchise reset button:
Even in attempting to handicap the Nash-bidding field, the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts suggests as much…
It may be in the Blue Jackets’ best interest to wait until the off-season to trade Nash, as there may be more teams willing to make serious offers. Jackets general manager Scott Howson has already been told by some of his peers that is what they prefer since it’s easier to deal with the salary cap issue then.
However, Howson will still need Nash to waive his no-movement rights for any trade. Howson will be looking for a combination of young established players, top prospects and a first-round draft pick. His needs are greatest in goal and on defence.
And USA Today’s Kevin Allen agrees that a combination of CBA-related factors and the simple fact that the Blue Jackets have to offer more than a Joe Thornton deal’s bounty to the people who’ve paid good money for Nash and Steve Mason jerseys yield circumstances which make a summertime transaction much more palatable:
I can’t quote too much of this article because it’s one of those ESPN “Insider” specials, but Craig Custance did a fantastic job of discussing the Red Wings’ trade deadline plans, and with the inordinate amount of fluffernutter out there, it’s an incredible relief to read somebody of Custance’s surgical stainless steel-caliber credentials actually speak to Holland about his desire to spend some of the Wings’ Capgeek-listed $5.3 million in salary cap space shoring up the bottom half of his roster:
“There’s a little more chatter the last few days than there has been because the deadline is coming,” Holland said when we chatted on Tuesday afternoon. “Will we do something? We’re going to explore. We have cap space; we structured it at the beginning of the year that way. We’d like to give our team a bit of a boost.”
[T]here aren’t a lot of needs on the Red Wings right now. But we know Holland likes his veterans, especially those who know their way around a playoff series. He’ll be on the prowl to find the right one.
“We have kids and we think they’re OK,” Holland said. “You’re always looking for veterans who have that experience. I think that’s the hot commodity right now.”
This is pretty damn cool, per the Red Wings:
RED WINGS FAN DAY AT THE JOE SET FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 11
… Fun-Filled Event Presented in Partnership with Meijer and Coca-Cola; Free Tickets to be Given Away at Upcoming Events at Various Meijer Locations …
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings, Coca-Cola and Meijer have teamed up to present 2012 Red Wings Fan Day at Joe Louis Arena (Sunday, March 11, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). This year’s Fan Day at The Joe will feature photo opportunities with the Red Wings’ 2008 Stanley Cup championship banner as well as Al Sobotka’s famed zamboni, autographs from members of the Red Wings Alumni Association, multiple interactive hockey zones, an open skate on the main ice surface at JLA and a wide variety of prizes and promotions for fans of all ages.
I was writing this as a comment in Paul’s post noting that the Red Wings established a new NHL record by recording their 21st home win last night versus Dallas, but I am very regrettably paid to talk (I think fewer bloggers like to hear themselves talk than one might assume, and I’m one of those, “Blah blah blah, give me news, self!” people), so here goes:
If we’re going to talk about historical asterisks attached to the Wings’ achievement, I thought that Mike Babcock spoke very eloquently about the record when he told reporters that the league is so different from it was when he broke in as a coach 10 years ago, and would be so different ten years from now, that it’s pretty much impossible to take a historical achievement out of its context without ignoring that the game is constantly evolving and that its rules are constantly changing, shootouts and their “loser points” included.
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