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Red Wings evening news: more European player option news, Griffins stuff and a PA meetings roster

As noted by several Red Wings beat writers yesterday, after the Wings' players engage in their final practice at Joe Louis Arena tomorrow and pack their bags, we know that players like Jakub Kindl, Cory Emmerton and Jan Mursak will head to Europe, as they told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, with some of the Wings' equally young, single, inexpensive-to-insure and, well, interchangeable players sure to follow.

The decision to head to Europe isn't so simple for the vast majority of the Wings' players, however, for both family reasons, because of obligations to the NHLPA and, put simply...

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Red Wings mid-day news: on the inevitability of Colaiacovo, waiver and alumni news and a Kindl video

Updated at 2:05 PM: Today reminds me of the Parise/Suter Watch days: we're all essentially in, "Wait-and-siege" mode until the NHLPA's player meetings are breaking up presently, and the NHL's Board of Governors rubber-stamp an impending lockout later this afternoon, pondering the respective culpabilities of both sides (Sportsnet's Stephen Brunt and Yahoo Sports' Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski offer more on that subject this afternoon), there is some Red Wings-related news trickling in.

First and foremost, MLive's Ansar Khan spoke to WDFN's Matt Sheppard this morning, speaking of the potential signing of Carlo Colaiacovo as if it was just as inevitable as the Wings' eventual re-signing of Justin Abdelakder to a 4-year contract extension (see: the overnight report).

Khan also touches upon the Wings' potential ability to predate upon teams that may find themselves in personnel and cap trouble if there's an across-the-board salary cap rollback, the lockout's potential damaging effects and the state of the Wings' defense in a 12-minute interview...

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Red Wings overnight report: talking about the lockout, player mobility and keggers

If the Red Wings do sign Justin Abdelkader to a 4-year contract extension today, or Ken Holland closes a deal with as-yet-unsigned UFA target Carlo Colaiacovo prior to this weekend, he will do so in the most awkward of circumstances. One of the most player-friendly GM's in the game from one of the league's supposedly players-as-family-oriented organizations is in fact attending the Board of Governors' meetings today, where he will presumably rubber-stamp Gary Bettman's lockout on behalf of the Red Wings (whether they are doing so as a "good citizen," for the sake of pure profit and greed or due to circumstances beyond the team's control is unknown)...

While Abdelkader, Coaliacovo and half the team's roster are attending the NHLPA's final player meetings in a hotel not too far from the Mariott Marquis, which is hosting the Board of Governors.

So this morning, the Free Press's Helene St. James revisits some of the comments the players made before departing for New York...

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Are the Red Wings ‘close’ to signing Carlo Colaiacovo? Yes, no, maybe so, check back in the morning

Updated 4x at 12:12 AM on Thursday: A little over an hour ago, okay, more like 90 minutes ago, Andy Strickland Tweeted the following...


But I'm not allowed to go on one tip, so I waited. The Free Press's Helene St. James posited the following Twitter reply...


The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness suggests that things are...fluid...while speaking to On the Wings' Matt Saler...

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Khan: Red Wings will sign Justin Abdelkader to a 4-year contract

Good news for Justin Abdelkader? Probably, regardless of how much of his contract he'll actually be paid under the new CBA. MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Red Wings GM Ken Holland plans on signing Abdelkader to a 4-year deal:

"I anticipate we'll get something done before Saturday,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "We're down to the short strokes. We've been close for a few days, just finalizing some things.''

Holland confirmed that it will be a four-year deal, which buys into two years of Abdelkader's unrestricted free agency.

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Red Wings sound the players line before departing for NHLPA meetings; Holland to attend BoG meetings

Updated 3x at 2:14 PM: I know that we're talking about billionaires versus millionaires, arguing over how to divvy up $3.3 billion dollars of fans' money, but as the NHL prepares to announce that its Board of Governors has voted to lock out the players at a presser scheduled for 3:30 PM EDT on Thursday, and over half the Red Wings' players will later make comments to the media when 300 or more NHLPA members meet not too far from the Crowne Plaza Times Square (players will be at the Mariott)...

But the players are the ones who are essentially being told, "I'm altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further" despite the fact that the NHL and one Bill Daly essentially authored the current CBA by themselves (at least once Bob Goodenow left the room), so I for one understand where the Red Wings' presumptive captain-to-be is coming from when he spoke to the Free Press's Helene St. James about his take on what's to come:

"Everyone is hurting if there's going to be a lockout," Zetterberg said. "Us players really know that. A lot of us went through it in '04. And it's not just the players that are hurting -- the fans, everyone around the buildings, all the businesses that are around hockey, is going to hurt. That's what us, as a union, really tried to have not happen. We're really trying to solve the problem and find a fair deal."

Note to Wings players, btw: tell fans where you're practicing, at least occasionally. Charge $5. Donate to charity. Goodwill and all.

Anyway, Ian White agrees with Zetterberg, and he told St. James that the players are much more resolute about the concept that a second owners' "bailout" over the course of eight years makes no sense if the league isn't going to address the disparities between teams that stand to profit way, way more from lower payroll costs--like the Wings--and those that won't profit regardless of how low salaries go:

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Red Wings mid-day quickies: good news on Abdelkader’s contract, ‘a day in the life’ and multimedia

Updated 2x at 4:14 PM: Of brief Red Wings-related note from the land of fevers and lockout worries: MLive's Ansar Khan offers good news about Justin Abdelkader's status as a restricted free agent, and kinda good news if you're one for NHLPA solidarity:


The Freee Press's Helene St. James confirms the Abdelkader news...

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Belatedly: At least we’ll have the Griffins at Yost

This press release is five days old, but worth posting given what's likely to happen to the Red Wings' players and their training camp currently scheduled for September 21st in Traverse City (see: CBA rain delay): the Grand Rapids Griffins, who will probably hold their own training camp on the west side of the state in late September, have chosen to give Red Wings fans in both Northwestern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan the opportunity to watch the Red Wings' top prospects play without having to make a two-to-four-hour trek up I-96 (and boy, is this a savvy sales pitch):

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday announced their 2012-13 preseason schedule, which will consist of two neutral-site games against the Lake Erie Monsters.

Grand Rapids will first battle the Monsters on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, home of the Toledo Walleye, the ECHL affiliate of the Griffins and the Detroit Red Wings. On Sunday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., the rivals will square off again at Yost Ice Arena on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The two contests will comprise the Griffins’ first slate of preseason games since the 2005-06 season.

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Red Wings forward Darren Helm says he’s *mostly* recovered from his wrist injury

The vast majority of the Red Wings' players skated at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday (cue an awesome 22-image gallery of the Wings' players from the Detroit News's David Guralnick!), and Wings forward Darren Helm spoke to the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness about his recovery from lacerations to flexor tendons in his right arm, which were surgically repaired after he suffered the injury in Game 1 of last spring's Wings-Predators series...

“It feels good,” Helm said of his repaired right forearm. “It feels good shooting, passing, everything feels fine. I haven’t had any pain or trouble with it. My doctors have told me it’s on track. We’ve gotten past that troubled stage a long time ago. It’s been good.”


“I can still feel it when I do things I normally do,” said Helm, who added he would be ready if training camp starts on time a week from Thursday in Traverse City. “The weight isn’t quite there yet and I’m not lifting as much as I normally do at this time. It was a month before I got here before I could get going so I’m a little bit behind in that aspect. But everything I’ve done so far it’s felt good.”

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Bill Daly’s trying to cut a sympathetic managerial figure, and it won’t work

A day after delicately sending a barb toward player agent Ian Walsh that painted all hockey fans expressing their anger at a probable lockout with the same brush, during a conversation with ESPN's Craig Custance...

"We understood going into this that the landscape was going to be different with the prevalence of social media. But that fact has not and will not affect our approach to collective bargaining," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email. "Ultimately, our job is to negotiate an agreement that will make the league and the clubs stable and healthy, so that we can continue to invest in the business and grow the business for the benefit of all of the stakeholders in the game, including the players and our fans. We do not intend to abdicate that responsibility in reaction to uninformed ramblings on Twitter."

The NHL's deputy commissioner tossed off the sort of sniffly, woe-is-us-thanks-to-the-CBA-I-wrote commentary we should come to expect on an almost every-day basis in speaking to the Associated Press--prior to news breaking that the NHL and PA will be meeting today (while 350 players gather at the Mariott in New York for two days' worth of player meetings and the Board of Governors prepare to authorize a lockout on Thursday in NYC)

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