The Malik Report
updated at 10:58 AM: Wednesday’s Red Wings news came fast and furious, and ran the gamut of subject matter, from touching tributes to Vladimir Konstantinov on the 15th anniversary of the crash that changed his life to news about the Wings’ 2012-2013 preseason schedule, a Grind Line reunion for the sake of a hockey camp, Red Wings GM Ken Holland offering some very cautiously-chosen words regarding his team’s off-season plans to the Darth Vader of hockey suggesting that a pan-European hockey league might one day fight back against the evils of the NHL, and even confirmation of the Michigan Legislature passing a waiver to allowthe sale of alcohol at Michigan Stadium during the Winter Classic…
But again and again, we came back to trying to read the lines of what New Jersey Devils Captain Zach Parise did and did not say to the media on his team’s locker room clean-out day.
Unless you’ve been waiting with baited breath to hear NHL Live’s EJ Hradek talk about Scotty Bowman’s curtain call ten years ago tonight, or perhaps hear Hradek suggest that Zach Parise should test the free agent waters, those of you who were on Twitter this afternoon probably know that Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke to NHL Live this afternoon, and here’s the video of his nine-minute interview:
Nothing earth-shattering here. He feels that the Wings can’t rely on one player to replace Nicklas Lidstrom, he says that the Wings will explore their options in free agency and via trades, hand he was disappointed in having to let Brad Stuart go, but he still believes in his team’s core. He doesn’t mention any target by name because he can’t do so—it’d be tampering.
As MLive’s Ansar Khan noted this morning, tonight marks the fifteenth anniversary of the limo crash which left Red Wings masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov paralyzed below the waist and partially paralyzed on the left side of his body, and, of course, Vladimir Konstantinov cognitively impaired all of seven days after the Red Wings celebrated their 1997 Stanley Cup championship.
While Khan’s article focused on the recollections of Konstantinov’s teammates, Yahoo Sports’ Eric Adelson spoke to Vladimir’s wife, Irina, about a player who was, at the time of the accident, a 30-year-old defenseman who was the viciously physical but no less-skilled foil to Nicklas Lidstrom:
From the Associated Press:
The Michigan Legislature has approved sale of alcohol at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day when the home of Wolverines’ football arena hosts a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Senate passed the proposal Wednesday, following up on the House’s action of May 24.
The league made alcohol sales a condition for holding the outdoor NHL Winter Classic game at the Ann Arbor stadium Jan. 1, 2013. AnnArbor.com (http://bit.ly/KVs4Qy ) says the NHL is paying the university $3 million for the stadium’s use.
Officials say the game could break a Guinness World Record as the most-attended hockey game ever. The record was set at Michigan Stadium in 2010 when 104,173 attended a Michigan State-Michigan game.
Updated 3x with exciting Parise video at 6:26 PM: I was out of the office for an intolerable period of time today, so I’m not exactly surprised that New Jersey Devils forward and captain Zach Parise did not in fact tell reporters, as Red Wings fans had perhaps dreamed, that his skates were out the door and that he was packing his bags to go to Motown.
During his locker room clean-out day comments, he told the Newark Star-Ledger’s Tom Gulitti and NHL.com’s Dan Rosen that he wants to remain a Devil, and I’m not sure what else he could have possibly said. Does that mean he’ll stay in New Jersey? Not necessarily. It’s June 13th, and he, Ryan Suter and all the players who have yet to sign with their current rights-holders tend to at least find out what other teams might offer them after 11:59 AM EDT on July 1st appealing, but it’s a coin flip, statistically speaking, and it’s up to him.
Per DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose, here’s the Red Wings’ 2012 preseason schedule, with the home games in bold:
Septempber 26 Wed Pittsburgh Penguins Consol Energy Center 7 p.m.
September. 28 Fri Chicago Blackhawks United Center 8:30 p.m.
September 29 Sat Chicago Blackhawks Joe Louis Arena 7 p.m.
September 30 Sun Washington Capitals Joe Louis Arena 5 p.m.
October 3 Wed Pittsburgh Penguins Joe Louis Arena 7:30 p.m.
October 5 Fri Toronto Maple Leafs Joe Louis Arena 7:30 p.m.
October 6 Sat Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre 7 p.m.
October 7 Sun Washington Capitals Verizon Center 5 p.m.
I’m about to embark upon a “three hour tour” of Metro Detroit’s freeways thanks to the fact that the trip between South Lyon and my mother’s doctor’s office in Sterling Heights is 95-mile round trip, so I’m heading out of the office for a couple of hours. Paul will cover anything that’s particularly important, but before I go, here are some mid-day “quickie” stories:
As the 15th anniversary of the Red Wings’ 1997 Stanley Cup win gives way to the Free Press positing a Mitch Albom story recalling the tenth anniversary of the Cup the Wings won in 2002, MLive’s Ansar Khan reminds us that, fifteen years ago today, a tragic event occurred that the franchise has never really recovered from.
On a muggy June night, Igor Larionov, Slava Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov had done the right thing in choosing to take a limousine ride home from a golf outing, but their driver fell asleep at the wheel and collided with a tree. The crash paralyzed Mnatsakanov below his waist and left him partially paralyzed on the left side of his body, and it left Konstantinov permanently cognitively impaired.
On a day when, in theory, anyway, Red Wings fans received more than enough substantiated, source-cited and credible news to sustain a day’s worth of discussion in Detroit’s front office’s show a little loyalty to Tomas Holmstrom by delaying their decision on his future to July—a courtesy the Wings have only extended to Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby since the salary cap was introduced—and perhaps offering an understated cheer that Chris Conner’s European agent told Jnytt.se that his client wants to remain in North America…
Updated 2x at 9:12 PM: Sorry I’m slow on this one, gang. I’ve been plain old sick today. Anyway, this evening’s crop of Red Wings-related news revisits the topics discussed in the overnight report and mid-day news thread, with one exception:
League exec told us last night he expects Preds to deal Suter rights around draft, ‘just like they did with Hamhuis, Hartnell and Timonen’
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