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Thoughts from Twitterjail

Updated at 11:17 PM w/ Rock Out the Lockout game talk and Cleary on the day's events: Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I've been attempting to slowly but surely crawl out from behind the depressive episode rock I've been under for the last two months. But as I'm in Twitter jail at present (I Tweet too much, imagine that!), here are a few thoughts about this evening's proceedings:

  • When Bettman and Fehr exchange chest-puffing presser comments, people go with Bettman for some reason. I don't think either lied per se. Fehr saw progress, saw actual negotiating and how close the sides were, and was like, "Holy shit, we're really close!" because he'd just gotten in the room. Bettman and Daly decided to remind everyone that their offers are not negotiable. That's been the whole God-damned problem. The NHLPA has tried to negotiate, and the NHL is only offering take-it-all-or-leave-it-all deals.
  • I still think that we've got about a month till the league puts the kibosh on the season, but I remain, "Hopeful but not optimistic." I think that one way or another, the nuclear commissoner's record speaks for itself, and his owners seem equally committed to crushing the union at all costs.

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The Ilitches’ arena announcement is expertly-timed for three reasons

The announcement that Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch's Ilitch Holdings business organization is backing legislation which would facilitate the construction of a massive "mixed-use" development which will include a follow-on rink succeeding Joe Louis Arena has everything to do with timing.

We should know more about the proposed rink, as the Detroit News notes, the residential space, commercial development which will include the "mall" Mike Babcock conveniently leaked ten months ago and, most likely, a practice facility of some sort over the next couple of days, as the details of said development will slowly but surely find their way into the online print and broadcast media's hands, but the timing of this news involves three critical factors in terms of timing, ease of legislation and fan impact:

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New Sports & Entertainment District Proposed By Ilitch

from Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press,

Officials from Mike Ilitch's Olympia Development Company are today outlining to state lawmakers plans for a $650 milllion-dollar mixed use development in downtown, anchored by a "new, state of the art, multi-purpose events center."

Eric Larson, non-executive president of Olympia Development, told the Senate Government Operations Committee the public-private development is expected to annually produce more than 1,000 jobs and $210 million in economic impact.

"The building of an events center district will create over 5,500 jobs for the events center alone and nearly 8,300 jobs for the first phase of the overall events district," Larson said.

He pegged the overall economic impact of the project at $1.8 billion.


added 3:41pm,

Read the press release from Ilitch Holdings.

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A Scorer In Scotland

from Andy Newport of the Paisley Daily Express,

Braehead Clan boss Jordan Krestanovich is praying striking NHL stars don’t patch up their differences with big-money owners just yet ... because he is desperate to keep hold of rink star Drew Miller.

Stanley Cup winner Miller has moved to Scotland to play for the Clan while he and the rest of his NHL colleagues refuse to take part in North America’s top league as a result of a pay dispute....

Miller bagged a hat-trick for the Clan in Thursday night’s 7-2 thrashing of Hull in England’s north east and, with the Stingrays making the return journey to the Braehead Arena tonight, player/coach Krestanovich is refusing to think about the consequences of the NHL dispute being settled.

He told Express Sports: “Drew has been awesome since he arrived in Scotland.

“On the ice, he’s put in some great performances and really showed what a star he is.

“His hat-trick against Hull was incredible.

“Off the ice, he’s been brilliant too. He’s a great influence on the other guys in the changing room.

more and according to the team's website, Miller has 8 goals and 18 points in 13 games.

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A little ranting and raving from crazy George

For discussion's sake thanks to a panic attack (still working on that stupid-ass depressive episode thing):

  • My pal Courtney wouldn't be happy if I chose to omit this: Perani's Hockey World gave all but last-second notice that Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson will be signing autographs from 12-1 tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 1st, at Perani's Livonia location;


  • Thank you for all your replies to yesterday's entry. Yes, for those of you who dug into me for my pro-NHLPA bias, I am the fat, bald, moustachioed straight male version of Rachel Maddow when it comes to NHL-NHLPA relations, and TMR is the CNBC of hockey blogs in terms of its openly pro-player bias. The owners have every right to make money and be filthy stinking rich. Hell, I don't know about you, but I'm frickin' desperate to go to Joe Louis Arena and happily give someone money to the Wings players be allowed to skate on that Al Sobotka's ice...

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The doomsday clock continues to tick toward the inevitable cancelation of the 12-13 season

I see that the lockout doomsday clock now reads 11:50 PM. After the Board of Governors meet to tacitly approve the cancelation of the 2012-2013 season, some progress may be made in a last-ditch effort to save the season...

But I doubt much will get done until the last bit of leverage Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and the Board can take off the negotiating table is gone, and we're talking about no NHL hockey taking place until October 2013 at the earliest.

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There are worse things than being known as ‘Tinky Winky’ for the rest of your hockey career

Both the Chief and I weighed in on Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan's arrest after what was most likely the Grand Rapids Griffins' team Halloween party on October 29th. Deadspin is making fun of him. Hockeysverige's Uffe Bodin's taking note of the Tinky Winky arrest. It was mentioned on the local news here in Detroit, too.

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On the Sheahan arrest and what it might mean for the Griffins’ players

As Paul noted, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner's FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to the Grand Rapids police produced a rather worrisome arrest report indicating that Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was severely intoxicated and attempting to use Brendan Smith's driver's license when he was pulled over "super-drunk" after the Grand Rapids Griffins' team Halloween party.

Here's my take on the situation:

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Arrest Report For Riley Sheahan

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Sheahan, the Red Wings top pick in the 2010 NHL draft, was wearing a purple Teletubby costume when he was pulled over shortly before midnight on Oct. 29 for driving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler the wrong way on Ottawa Avenue NW, near Pearl Street.

Police initially believed they had arrested Smith before learning later in the night that it was Sheahan.

The report reads:

“Riley had a Michigan driver’s license in the license window in his wallet, which is what Officer Dyer used as his ID. Deputies found Riley’s Canadian license in the wallet after it was turned in with his property and he kept telling them his name was Riley.

“Riley is only 20 and I asked him if he had Branden’s (sic) ID so he could get in the bars. He shook his head yes and stated ‘yea.’“

The report did not indicate how Sheahan got Smith’s ID.


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Mediation means jack and squat given that neither side really wants to negotiate

They're rather gloomy, but especially given Todd Bertuzzi's wise words about a season that I regrettably believe will be canceled shortly after the Board of Governors meet on December 5th, here's my take on the news that U.S. federal mediators will be taking part in an attempt to break the deadlock between the NHL and NHLPA.

There's something wrong with a country that might screw over everybody due to promises made to a man named "Grover," but still...

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