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I understand the palpable, "Holy crap, it's late July and we're starting to talk about the Olympics!" excitement surrounding the past couple days' worth of "orientation camp" news and Monday's announcement that the Red Wings coach Mike Babcock would helm Hockey Canada's entry at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia...
But the talk of "snubs" and "players who clearly aren't in their respective countries' Olympic plans" have gotten more than a little bit overblown of late, especially given that the Russian Hockey Federation may be the only one that can afford to insure its players against injury should their NHL'ers step on the ice (as Yahoo Sports' Sean Leahy noted, the Americans won't skate and the Canadians probably won't hit the ice, either; and yes, that's why the NHL ensuring that the International Olympic Committee would pick up the tab for insuring player contracts was such a HUGE make-or-break-the-deal point for the league)...
Sorry a little late with this...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday announced that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Tom McCollum to a one-year AHL contract.
McCollum, 23, set career bests last season in wins (18), goals against average (2.63), save percentage (0.904) and shutouts (2) and posted an 18-11-2 record in 31 appearances, helping the Griffins capture the Midwest Division title, en route to their first Calder Cup championship. The fifth-year pro ranks among the franchise’s all-time goaltending leaders with 113 games played (3rd), 6,320:02 minutes (3rd), 45 wins (T5th), 2,728 saves (3rd), three shutouts (T9th) and five shootout wins (7th).
Read all about it at USA Hockey...
It's officially official:
Here's the press release:
One of the hardest parts of taking part in the Red Wings' summer development camp from a Wings fan's perspective was watching Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer skate so elegantly, seamlessly and skillfully, leading the way in explaining some of Tomas Storm's skill development drills and Andy Weidenbach's power skating drills while displaying nothing less than technically perfect form.
Fischer still possesses an elite skill set at 32 years of age, and while Fox Sports Detroit's Art Renger noted that Fischer's answers are a little more measured as a member of the Wings' front office, he's still remarkably forthcoming, downright eloquent and incredibly passionate about his role as a hands-on player mentor.
As we await Hockey Canada's announcement that Mike Babcock will helm the team for the 2014 Olympics, and that Jimmy Howard will attend Team USA's summer orientation camp, joining a plethora of pinatas, I mean Red Wings players who have or will take part in said camps (Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Daniel Alfredsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist)...
The Red Wings' first season in the Aqua Divison, I mean Atlantic Division, will seriously test the loyalties of fans whose "other favorite teams" include Steve Yzerman's less-than-angelic Lightning and the trap-happy, viciously physical Boston Bruins. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an absolutely exhaustively thorough analysis of the Bruins this morning...
It's been a week since the Red Wings' summer development camp wrapped up in Traverse City, MI, and this week, Jared Coreau should receive medical clearance to finally take shots in game-like situations after undergoing shoulder surgery in Detroit this past April.
Watching Coreau work through drills with Wings goalie coach Jim Bedard was both fascinating and frustrating because 6'5" goaltenders aren't supposed to move nearly as smoothly and seamlessly as Coreau did. In individual drills and taking some simple shots, he looked downright elegant at times, and that's not how a big goalie's supposed to look.
This isn't officially official yet, but Sportsnet's John Shannon and Jamie Neugebauer are rolling with it (and Ken Holland will serve in an advisory role under GM Steve Yzerman, ironically enough):
Updated with a Lashoff interview at 2:52 PM: We've been talking about the fact that the Red Wings' arena plans will NOT be derailed by Detroit's filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy for a couple of days now, and today, Crain's Detroit Business provides both an explanation of the Chapter 9 process as it may affect Detroit businesses and, via RedWingsFeed, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea, who's been the rink expert for oh...The last...Eight years, I believe...Spoke with the City of Detroit's emergency manager's office to explain why the Ilitches' rink-related plans will NOT be disrupted in any way, shape or form:
This evening's crop of Red Wings-related news isn't paricularly lush, but it is somebody's 35th birthday today...
The release of the NHL's 2013-2014 schedule and the announcement of its participation in the 2014 Olympics have yielded numerous roster-pegging-downs (and news that the U.S. Olympic team and possibly even the Canadian one won't skate at their "summer camps" due to insurance issues).
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