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Legendary Red Wings head coach Scotty Bowman reminisces his great days working for the late Mike Ilitch, who he says was a wonderful man, and much more than just a great businessman.
from the Detroit News,
The NHL All-Star Game is coming back to Detroit. We just don’t know when.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, in an interview on the “Stoney and Jamie” show on 97.1 The Ticket on Monday morning, said the league probably will wait until all the construction around the new Little Caesars Arena and the surrounding “District Detroit” is completed.
“We’re gonna wait until everything is up and running,” Bettman said. “I defintely see league events in the future and we’ve had preliminary discussions. We haven’t nailed down a date, but we want to make sure that everything, that the vision around the building and all the construction, that has to be done and completed so that everybody we bring to Detroit for the celebration will see the full experience and the full vision that Mike and Marian Ilitch have had for Detroit.”
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The Red Wings might end up moving just one or two players, with Thomas Vanek being at the top of the list. Vanek, an unrestricted free agent after the season, would draw much interest because of his offensively ability. He's bounced back after a disappointing two-year stint in Minnesota, tying for the team lead with 14 goals and collecting 36 points in just 43 games. He missed Sunday's game in Minnesota due to an ankle issue, which isn't considered serious.
The Red Wings should be able to acquire a second-round pick for him, and perhaps and an additional third- or fourth-rounder.
Brendan Smith is another player who could be dealt, since he's also unrestricted. Many teams seek defensive depth at the deadline and Smith could fetch a mid-round pick.
If the Red Wings opted to shop Mike Green and he agreed to waive his no-trade clause, he would also draw interest. He has one year remaining at $6 million.
Of prospect-related note:
From WXYZ's Brad Galli:
Update: Here's more from the Detroit News:
From noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, there will be a public visitation at the Fox Theatre Grand Lobby, where Ilitch will lie in repose. Ilitch and his wife, Marian, bought the historic Fox in 1987 and restored it, setting set the stage for an entertainment revival in downtown Detroit.
The family said it appreciated the outpouring of support and condolences.
“To everyone who has so graciously remembered Mike Ilitch, we extend a heartfelt thank you,” a statement Sunday said. “The volume of condolences and kind wishes overwhelms us, and we appreciate it more than words can express. We know that he would’ve been touched by the outpouring of support, especially from this community that he so loved ...”
Additional memorial dates and events are planned, according to the release from representatives of the family, including at Joe Louis Arena, the Lakeland Complex and the Little Caesars Arena construction site. Free parking will be available in the Fox Garage and surface lots in front of Comerica Park.
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness spoke with Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Scotty Bowman regarding Mr. Ilitch's ownership:
“Obviously, we had a good core of great players, starting with Stevie, Nick (Lidstrom) and Sergei (Fedorov) and trickling down through the trades, but as a player when you have ownership that will do everything within the rules to win … he wanted to win but I don’t think it was just for him and the players. I think he did it for the city,” Kirk Maltby said. “Everyone was excited beyond belief after that first Cup, but you really got a sense that as happy as he was for himself and all of us, and everyone involved with the Detroit Red Wings, I think, the way things went with the parade and how many people, I think he was so happy the city of Detroit was able to have a championship and he was just passionate about it from all levels.
“When you’re playing for an owner that will make a trade to give your GM the reins to do anything to bring in the best player, coach, it tells you you’re taken care of and you’re going to have a chance to win championships,” Maltby continued. “At the end of the day, that’s what happened. We were able to win.”
ESPN's Craig Custance spoke with Red Wings director of pro scouting Mark Howe about the legacy of Mike Ilitch:
"Everyone deserted downtown except for Mike Ilitch," said Hall of Famer Mark Howe, son of Detroit icon Gordie Howe. "I know what he did for the hockey club. The hockey club turned pretty successful after about eight years or so. He stuck it out in the city all those years and more. Honestly, for me, the last three years, I'm really starting to see the lifeblood of the city."
Howe, as part of that iconic hockey family, has a better perspective than most of what Ilitch meant to the sport and Detroit.
With his dad, Gordie, he'd drive downtown from their split-level home on Sunset Boulevard in Lathrup Village, taking the same route every time -- 12 mile road to Southfield Road, to the Lodge, to I-94 to Grand River to their destination -- Olympia Stadium. The Old Red Barn.
He looked out the window of that car and watched a deteriorating city speed by.
"In the '60s and '70s, there was nothing," Howe said. "Everybody moved out. But Mr. Ilitch kept the Red Wings down there."
In 1992, Howe joined the Red Wings as a player. His route was a little different -- so was the arena -- but the scene on the drive in wasn't.
"Everything looked identical to what it did 20 years ago, if not worse," Howe said. "I never saw any future to this city."
Custance continues, speaking with Neil Smith, Jim Rutherford and Ken Holland and Scotty Bowman about the Ilitches' transformative power upon the Red Wings' franchise.
There are two stories in the Red Wings' 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild: there's the story surrounding Gustav Nyquist's high stick on Jared Spurgeon and the story of the Wings' collapse in the 3rd period.
The first story is simple: Nyquist has been offered an in-person hearing by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for this play:
Nyquist told MLive's Brendan Savage that he didn't mean to do what he did:
Nyquist has been offered an in-person hearing with NHL Player Safety and could be could be facing disciplinary action. The in-person hearing allows the league to suspend him for five games, if it so chooses. The date and time of the hearing were to be determined as of Sunday night.
"That's not up to me," Nyquist said after a 6-3 loss to the Wild at Xcel Engery Center. "That's out of my hands. I don't know what to say. It's out of my hands.
"It was completely accidental. Obviously I didn't mean to do that. My stick gets caught. I'm trying to get body position. I'm happy he was out there again. I had no intention of doing that. My stick gets caught. It looks bad but I'm happy he's OK.
"I'm just trying to get over to the other side of him and my stick gets caught. You know, obviously I've got to have better control of my stick but completely accidental."
As far as the game is concerned, the Wings didn't get the goaltending they needed from Jared Coreau, but the Wings "played from behind" all game long, and it's incredibly frustrating that the game was 3-2 at one point in the 3rd period only to spiral away from the Wings the way it did.
According to the Wild, this afternoon's game was a different kind of "ugly," as they told the Pioneer Press's Dave Mizutani:
Watch the incident below...
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