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Via RedWingsFeed, Gordie Howe's son Murray spoke with the NHL Network's EJ Hradek and Steve Mears today, discussing Gordie Howe's health for over 13 minutes and providing a medical perspective on Gordie's stem cell treatment as Murray's a medical doctor (the director of imaging [radiology] at Promedica Toledo Hospital):
Gordie and Wayne Gretzky will be appearing at the Kinsmen's Club of Saskatoon's 55th annual celebrity dinner on Friday, and based on Murray's retelling of his father's stem cell treatment--Murray doesn't pull any punches--it's a medical miracle that Gordie's still kicking, never mind hearty and hale enough to take part in a public appearance.
Update: NHL.com's Jon Lane penned a transcript of the interview:
Mike Babcock met with the media today, the Wings did not practice because of the snow issues, and talked a few issues, including mentioning he had a meeting with Ken Holland to talk about the team going forward.
Watch it below, via the Detroit Free Press.
from Keith Gave of FoxSports Detroit,
With the clock ticking toward the NHL trade deadline one month from today, Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland stands ready to make a deal -- like he always is this time of year.
"My history as a manager has been that I'll pull the trigger and pay the price if there's a player out there that our scouts, (coach) Mike Babcock -- and we think will be a real good fit for us at a price we feel good about," Holland said in a recent conversation.
But as talks warm up -- and it was still very quiet even a week after the league congregated in Columbus for its annual All-Star debacle -- Holland finds himself in an enviable position with a relatively healthy team that has no critical needs sitting near the top of the NHL standings. He also sees more depth at every position than he's seen in years. And he's got plenty of space under the salary cap to make just about any kind of deal he sees fit.
In other words, despite the misguided headlines about the need for a right-shot defenseman the Wings aren't desperate like they were last year at the trade deadline, when Holland gave up promising center Calle Jarnkrok, with Patrick Eaves and a second-round pick for David Legwand.
Grand Rapids lost 4-0 to Milwaukee last night...
from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,
"It's been a long time since I played and so I was excited," said Gustavsson, who has been working out with the Red Wings for about a month. "The longer the game went on I felt better and better, and it was a good test for me."
The third shot he faced went through his legs just 90 seconds in. It also came with the Griffins short-handed after defenseman Nathan Paetsch went off on a slashing call. He allowed two more goals in the second - on a tip and deflection - and had a quiet third.
In all, Gustavsson faced 32 shots, including 27 through two periods. A fourth goal came on an empty net.
Gustavsson said he will be play with the Griffins on Wednesday in Toronto and then, if all goes well, catch a plane and join the Red Wings in Colorado for Thursday's game.
"He's had his injuries a little bit, but he's an NHL goalie," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I thought he did a good job."
According to Fox Sports Detroit, the Red Wings' 4-1 win over the New York Islanders was the Wings' 1,700th at Joe Louis Arena, and it wasn't exactly pretty--Detroit was out-shot, dominated in the faceoff circle and took almost 40 minutes to really shake off the defensive funk and turnover bakery that plagued the team in Tampa Bay...
But the Wings got their asses to work, Petr Mrazek was far better and far "stickier" than he was in the previous games, Alexey Marchenko was rock-solid and the Quincey-DeKeyser pairing and Helm-Datysuk-Tatar line were exemplary as the Wings out-ground a rather vicious Islanders team to rebound, to re-set and to out-work, out-hustle, out-smart and out-discipline an Islanders team that clearly dislikes Detroit, making the teams' rematch on March 29th an intriguing one to watch.
97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger will be speaking with Ken Holland during the 1st intermission of the Wings-Isles game (you can listen to the intermission report here), and Riger's broaching an intriguing subject:
Also: Leaf director of player personnel Mark Hunter is in the building, but:
No way, the Wings don't need a Franson (who's not that much of an upgrade), and Detroit doesn't need to pay a within-division premium to get a player that's not a major improvement.
Per MLive's Ansar Khan:
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff cleared waivers on Saturday and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Lashoff has appeared in 11 games this season (no goals, two assists, plus-4 rating), but none since Dec. 29.
The move allows the Red Wings to activate goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, who will start for the Griffins tonight in a conditioning stint against the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena (7 p.m.).
Lashoff has one year remaining on his contract at a $725,000 salary-cap hit ($850,000 actual salary). That likely factored in the club's inability to trade him.
Update: Here's the Red Wings' press release:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Mrazek has played well during spot starts the past three seasons. After Howard suffered a groin injury on Jan. 10, Mrazek stepped in and won three games in a row.
At that point he was sporting a 2.12 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. After allowing five goals on 15 shots through two periods in Thursday's 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay, Mrazek emerged with a 2.77 GAA and .904 save percentage.
"Of course I'm not happy with that," Mrazek said. "I let in a few goals I probably shouldn't have and made the game change. Just stay positive and battle hard.
"You have to flush it and not think about it and get ready for (Saturday) and stay thinking positive. Sometimes the pucks go in and you don't know why, so you just have to battle."...
Mrazek has a 5.36 GAA and .842 save percentage his past four games. He doesn't believe he's getting worn down mentally by having to carry the load in the absence of Howard and Jonas Gustavsson, who should return next week.
"When I played in Grand Rapids I played every game and now here it's the same process," Mrazek said. "I'm trying hard work, on the ice before the game and in the game."
more with comments from Mikc Babcock on Mrazek...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"Ken (general manager Holland) and guys who go watch him play and Blash have said is that he's a big body," Babcock said. "We think he's a good player and we're going to give him an opportunity to see what he can do as we try to figure out how to have the best possible lineup we can to help win every game."
Goaltender Petr Mrazek, who played with Marchenko in Grand Rapids, said, "Marchy is a great defensive player, smart guy, right-handed, so I think he's really good. He can jump in the (rush) and then be back on the D."
Marchenko's season ended in late February following surgery for a high ankle sprain.
"I think Marchenko has played well in the AHL," Holland said. "We need to give Marchenko an opportunity. We had the opportunity to look at (Teemu) Pulkkinen and Ouellet. We might take a look at one or two more kids so we know what we got."
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