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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).
I grew up as the son of a probation officer who worked for first the City of Detroit and then Wayne County and the State of Michigan in the baddest of the "bad old days" for the city, in the 70's, 80's and early 90's.
Back in the day, Detroit really was "the Murder City," and, governmentally speaking, Coleman Young's Detroit and Ed McNamara's Wayne County was where tax money went to die. The scale, breadth and pure brazenness with which literally billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars were redirected from projects supposedly designed to help the residents of a city where a thousand people were murdered every year and a county rife with poverty even during much better times...
The NHL's annual "schedule release day" is obviously designed to spur season-ticket sales and yield a middle-of-the-summer PR boost for the league and its respective teams, and for the Red Wings and their fans, the new schedule certainly serves as the most visceral reminder that the team is now an Eastern Conference one (though I'm a little puzzled as to how a division where four of the seven teams border parts of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway are somehow "Atlantic").
It was also something of a relief to know that the NHL will take part in the 2014 Olympics, though the IIHF's release read more like, "We're marginally pleased to be sending NHL players to the war-torn Caucasus Peninsula, though we're still pissed off at the NHL because we think they're giant dicks" than anything else.
One's "must-see" games depend on your priorities and personal preferences, however.
Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related stories:
- So the IIHF posited a press release and Olympic schedule after reaching an agreement with the NHL, NHLPA and IOC regarding NHL player participation in the 2014 Olympics, which will take place in Sochi, Russia. Given that Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco (Slovakia), Jonathan Ericsson (a probable but not "lock" candidate), Niklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg [and Daniel Aflredsson!] (Sweden) have already taken part in their countries' respective Olympic summer camps, and given that Pavel Datsyuk's going to take part in Russia's Olympic summer camp later this month, the Wings will obviously be well-represented at the Olympic games--and, as MLive's Brendan Savage notes, the Wings are likely to have other Olymmpic participants, too:
Updated 9x at 2:28 PM: The NHL has released its 2013- 2014 season schedule, and the Red Wings' schedule is available now. The NHL will be playing in the "Atlantic" Division; the other Eastern Conference division will be called the "Metropolitan" Division, and the Western ones remain "Central" and "Pacific."
Update: Here's the sked from the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
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