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Updated 2x at 1:09 PM: From the Red Wings, the Winter Classic Alumni Showdown will include more blasts from the past:
CONFIRMED: Dallas Drake, Petr Klima, Garry Unger, and Paul Ysebaert to participate in 2012 Alumni Showdown festivities. twitter.com/DetroitRedWing…— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 23, 2012
Update: From the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle:
Leafs add Sundin, Nieuwendyk, Salming and Mahovlich to Winter Classic alumni roster.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) August 23, 2012
Update #2: NHL.com confirms the whole dealy-o:
SWE Elitserien sticks to its rules: players have to stay entire season. Not about to sign NHLers in event of lockout. bit.ly/R3AxO5— Puckarinen (@puckarinen) August 23, 2012
And if you don’t want the translated version of Hockeyligan.se’s announcement (monetary issues, pushing home-grown players out of jobs, etc. etc.), Marie makes a hugely important point about a fact of life that will make finding part-time European employment difficult for each and every one of the NHL’s players—insurance issues:
Whether it’s on this side of the Atlantic or over in Europe, the vast majority of the Red Wings’ players have started to skate for the first time since either the Wings’ playoff loss to Nashville or, in slightly under half the team’s case, the World Championships.
At this point, as the many Wings fans who took part in that Pure Michigan commercial on Tuesday will tell you, the ice hasn’t been placed on Joe Louis Arena’s concrete concert floor yet, so those without NHLPA and cupcake-related responsibilities (Henrik Zetterberg) or kids to move back to Metro Detroit and/or enroll in school (see: half the roster) are taking part in “pro camps,” either where they make their offseason homes or, well, whichever locale served as their hockey-playing alma mater.
Updated 2x at 10:52 PM: Given the CBA gloom and doom of late, let’s count this as a positive: this afternoon, the Free Press’s Sylvia Rector revealed that Henrik Zetterberg is bringing Swedish “Snowballs” to Just Baked‘s Cupcake shops, and, via RedWingsFeed, WWJ Newsradio 950 shows us what these damn things look like.
And I quote, from their press release:
Amongst today’s Red Wings-related news: In addition to the whole remaining in Metro Detroit as he’s a member of the NHLPA’s negotiating committee thing, the Detroit Free Press’s Sylvia Rector reports that Henrik Zetterberg will be bringing a Swedish desert treat to Metro Detroit:
Detroit Red Wing Henrik Zetterberg is helping bring a traditional European treat — Royal Swedish Snowballs — to the United States in a cooperative arrangement with Just Baked, a Livonia-based specialty cupcake company.
The treats — sold for more than 100 years in Sweden — consist of a center of marshmallow-like vanilla crème covered in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut so they resemble snowballs. Zetterberg says they were one of his favorite childhood desserts.
Updated 2x with St. James’ assessment of Jakub Kindl’s worth at 3:12 AM: Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg is part of the NHLPA’s negotiating committee, so he doesn’t have the option of returning to Sweden if there is a lockout, but that didn’t stop Expressen’s Mattias Eriksson from posting a somewhat sensationally-titled article suggesting that Zetterberg’s being something of a jerk for doing what he has to do (roughly translated):
Zetterberg snubs Eliteserien in lockout
There’s hardly [going to be] an invasion of stars in the Eliteserien if there’s a lockout. Henrik Zetterberg’s snubbed games at home—and more will follow.
“I think that many of the older players will stay in North America until at least Christmas,” says Zata.
Updated 5x at 4:13 PM: If you are taking part in the Pure Michigan commercial being filmed at Joe Louis Arena today at 3 PM, the Red Wings offered a few more snippets of interest/usefulness:
If you’re coming to The Joe today for the— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 21, 2012
@puremichigan commercial around 3, parking will be available in the Riverfront Lot across from JLA
Pure Michigan is running early, so please make sure to BE AT JLA NO LATER THAN 3 PM- See you in a bit!— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 21, 2012
Fox 2’s Murray Feldman stated that the commercial will make its debut on YouTube on September 5th, and that it was part of a day-long shoot that was making stops at the Detroit Zoo and Fox Theatre, among other locales. The shoot itself will start at 4 PM, too, so be prepared for rush hour traffic on the way home…
Most Red Wings fans don’t need to be told who Ted Lindsay is, but ESPN’s Sarah Goldstein believes that it’s important for fans to know the name between the NHLPA’s member-voted MVP trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award. Especially given the fact that Lindsay was instrumental in the eventual founding of the NHLPA, this is a particularly well-timed article:
Playing for the St. Michael’s College junior team and the Oshawa Generals, Lindsay’s play got noticed by the Detroit Red Wings, and he was invited to their training camp and offered a two-year deal with a no-minor-league clause.
“Terrible Ted” soon established himself as a mean competitor, spending more time than anyone in the penalty box, but was equally recognized for his offensive skill.
Playing alongside Gordie Howe and Sid Abel, “The Production Line” dominated the NHL. In addition to scoring goals, Lindsay helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1952, 1954 and 1955.
Updated significantly with talk about Valtteri Filppula’s short and long-term value to the Red Wings at 3:50 AM: We haven’t even gotten to the “lockout” portion of the present-day CBA showdown between Gary Bettman, the Board of Governors and owners and the NHLPA yet, and I already found myself walking around the grocery store on Monday night with a scowl on my face.
I would think about the utter ridiculousness of the owners coming to the players and demanding a huge “bailout” without giving two shits about altering a business plan they burned a season to author with the remnants of their opposition nodding in agreement to what was supposed to constitute a dream CBA, and I’d get angry.
I’d think about the equally stupid fact that these owners are apparently trying to screw each other over regarding the cap hits of players on lifetime deals, and how that’d screw over fans as much as it would owners, and I got angrier.
Via RedWingsFeed, the Detroit Free Press’s David Ashenfelter reports that Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray was found not at monetary fault for injuries suffered by a Joe Louis Arena broadcaster during an incident in 2009—based upon a screw-up by the plaintiff’s former attorney:
A federal court jury this afternoon refused to award monetary damages to a woman who said Anaheim Ducks’ General Manager Bob Murray assaulted her with a chair at Joe Louis Arena when the Red Wings knocked the Ducks out of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs.
“I’m sorry beyond words,” Rachel Paris said outside the federal courthouse in Detroit after the eight-member jury deliberated for 45 minutes before concluding that Murray hadn’t assaulted her. She said the injuries she suffered in the episode “wiped out my life.”
Jurors told the Free Press they wanted to award damages to Paris because they thought she was injured in the incident. But they said they couldn’t do that without first concluding that Murray had intentionally assaulted Paris. They said many of the jurors felt her injuries were the result of an accident, not an assault.
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