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Updated ex with a Ken Kal interview from Calgary at 8:37 PM: Well scratch that suggestion: I had assumed that the Red Wings were approaching their try-out to Fabian Brunnstrom without many expectations other than giving the 26-year-old a chance to prove himself again, but Wings assistant GM Jim Nill offered a very different take on Brunnstrom’s situation while speaking about the try-out deal to the Free Press’s Helene St. James:
The Detroit Red Wings have told forward Fabian Brunnstrom—whom they pursued three years ago, only to see him sign with the Dallas Stars—that he’s welcome to come to training camp and try out for the team.
“He called us, and we told him to come on in,” assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “He’s had a disappointing two seasons in the NHL and knows this is his last chance.”
Brunnstrom, 26, spent last season with Toronto’s farm team. He has 19 goals, 40 points and is minus-11 in 99 NHL games. He’ll have to impress mightily to make the Wings, who are well-stocked up front.
And in a very different vein, Todd Bertuzzi told St. James that he’s less than delighted with Dan Cleary’s successful campaign to be immortalized in bobblehead form:
Of very brief Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
• According to DetroitRedWings.com’s Rick Bouwness, the Wings will continue sending prospects to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye…
The Detroit Red Wings today announced that the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) will remain the club’s official AA-level affiliate for the 2011-12 hockey season. The Walleye have served in this capacity since the team’s inaugural 2009-10 campaign.
“We’re very excited to have the Walleye back as part of our organization for the upcoming season,” says Red Wings Assistant General Manager Jim Nill. “Toledo’s been a great partner for us over the years and they’ve proven to be a strong ECHL franchise since reentering the league. We look forward to watching our prospects continue to develop in a city with a strong minor league hockey tradition.”
Between the time that Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros stated that the Red Wings had signed Fabian Brunnstrom to a try-out on Monday morning and Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill confirmed as much during the afternoon, enough, “Oh, how the mighty have fallen” lines were written either on blogs, hockey websites or Twitter to pave Brunnstrom’s way from Sweden to Detroit.
I’d prefer not to view Brunnstrom’s situation in that light—for me, it’s more like, “Boy, the situation’s really different now,” mostly because my cursory glances at over two dozen Swedish newspapers over the summer have involved so much eyelash-batting regarding Brunnstrom potentially signing with an Eliteserien team and polite rebuttals from Brunnstrom’s camp that I simply can’t say that I’m surprised that Brunnstrom latched on with an NHL team. Maybe if there’s any irony, it’s that he signed with his chief pursuer three years ago, but other than, that…
This morning, Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros reported that the Wings have signed Fabian Brunnstrom to a try-out (and again, thanks to Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy for the tip) as the 26-year-old forward attempts to regain his footing in the NHL, and Wings assistant GM Jim Nill has confirmed the news to the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema...
“Things just haven’t gone the way he wanted to. He actually approached us and said he’d like another opportunity,” Nill said. “He knows now what it takes to be a pro after it probably caught him a little off guard being a younger guy from Sweden. I think he just said, ‘You know what, if I’m going to have a chance to be a pro maybe I can do it in Detroit.’ We said, ‘You’re welcome to come and try out,’ and he accepted.”
The 26-year-old became just the third player in NHL history to notch a hat trick in his debut on Oct. 15, 2008 against Nashville, and tallied 17 goals, 12 assists and a minus-8 rating in 55 games as a rookie in 2008-09. But he had just two goals and nine assists in 44 games the following season and had trouble adjusting to NHL hockey. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound left wing was traded to Toronto last season for forward Mikhail Stefanovich, but never played for the Maple Leafs. Instead, he appeared in 35 games for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, where he had four goals and 10 assists.
Updated 3x at 2:33 PM, and MLive is confirming the Brunnstrom signing: Via Paul and Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy, Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros reports that the Red Wings have signed Fabian Brunnstrom to a try-out, with Brunnstrom having turned down a contract offer from HV71 Jonkoping (and Farjestads BK) in the process.
Brunnstrom’s been asked whether he’d return to the Eliteserien all summer long, but the former Dallas Star and Toronto Maple Leaf’s stated repeatedly that he wants to try to find an NHL job.
Here’s a rough translation of Ros’s article:
Red Wings overnight report: regional economic issues mean JLA’s successor will be difficult to build
My goal as a Red Wings blogger is usually pretty simple: I try to post as much Wings-related news as I’m able to find, suggest that you read the entire story for yourself and turn the discussion over to the more qualified people (i.e. my readers), and not that difficult to summarize an article’s thrust 99% of the time because it’s available for your perusal.
This morning I’m in a bit of a pickle as Crain’s Detroit Business’s Bill Shea displays astute timing (as Ilitch Charities’ golf classic takes place today, yielding a summit of “movers and shakers” in the business sense of the term) in discussing the Ilitches and Olympia Entertainment’s discussions with the City of Detroit regarding a short-term lease on Joe Louis Arena and the construction of its follow-on facility…
Via a Twitter message from TMR reader Fredrik Hilding, SVT conducted an interview with Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom today (they haven’t posted it to their hockey page yet, so I missed it on their main sports page) which includes a nearly four-minute long video interview with Lidstrom (including quite a bit of Lidstrom seemingly strutting around Vasteras and speaking Swedish with a Midwestern accent) and a print version thereof that’s much more optimistic in tone than the heartbreaker two weeks ago, when Lidstrom stated that he’s all but certain to return to Sweden when his career’s over.
Here’s a rough translation of the print portion of Johan Wahlin and Viktor Petrovski’s interview with Lidstrom:
For those of you who’ve begun to find the nexus of a lack of substantive content and reaching the two-month mark of no hockey games being played and no Red Wings playing, either making you “something something,” I can completely understand the concept that summer’s become all but intolerable for you. For those of us who still spend our days and nights looking for whatever tidbits of Wings or NHL-related news are out there, however…
I’ve learned to not complain when reaching a dry spell, lest an incredibly long interview in Finnish or Slovak pop up, and in terms of giving into the tendency to simply grumble about content others are posting when one disagrees with the assumptions made therein (and there’s quite a lot of that kind of stuff out there these days), well…
According to RedWingsCentral’s Sarah Lindenau, writing on her Left Wing Lock blog, the Detroit Red Wings’ decision to add two days to their training camp will yield a much bigger-than-usual roster for the festivities:
The Detroit Red Wings have announced their 2011 training camp roster to be held at Centre I.C.E. arena in Traverse City, MI. The main camp roster features this summers free agent signings – Ty Conklin, Ian White and Mike Commodore. Additionally, all prospects from the Red Wings prospect tournament roster will be participating in the main camp (including the seven free agent try outs) as well as players slated to play in the Red Wings farm system.
At present there are no free-agent try-out surprises, but we’ll see whether that changes over the course of the next month, and you can take a gander at the full roster here.
When the Red Wings announced the schedule and roster for the 2011 prospect tournament in Traverse City, Wings fans with internet service (I wasn’t among them), and I want to make sure I use this technical term correctly:“Googled the hell out of” the try-outs.
I can boast for once and say I hope they checked out my reports from the summer development camp TMR’s readers sent me to, because I can at least say that I’ve seen Zach Franko, Adam Estcolet, Evan Mosher and Artem Sergeev in person and can confirm that the two slightly-built centers, Quebec butterfly goaltender and slick Russian defenseman, respectively, can keep up and definitely displayed enough skill on the ice and determination off it to merit invites to the prospect tournament and chances to earn their way onto the main camp roster, if not earn contracts with the team.
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