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Via SI's Allan Muir, the Grand Rapids Griffins have been dropping strong Twitter and email hints that their 2014-2015 schedule will be released "soon," and there's a reason for that. The AHL's website posited a story explaining why the AHL a) has to wait for the NHL, NFL and NBA to release their schedules before getting down to schedule-making business, as well as b) why the AHL still believes that a human-authored schedule is better than a computer-generated version:
The AHL’s constitution calls for each member club to submit to the league, in February of the previous season, a list of "primary" and "secondary" dates on which they would be available to play at home, along with "blackout" dates when they cannot play at home because of other events in their arena.
In the spring, the AHL confirms for each team a list of guaranteed dates for the upcoming season -- dates on which the team is assured of playing a home game, albeit without a specific opponent just yet. This allows clubs to begin making preparations and drumming up interest in the coming year. Many teams have already announced their guaranteed dates, some including their home openers, for 2014-15.
Once a schedule format (who plays whom, and how often) is designed by and approved by the Board of Governors, the schedule can truly begin to take shape.
Big update: Via Paul and the CBC's Michael Drapack:
Less than three weeks from the start of what could have been a lengthy civil trial and after eight years of litigation, former Colorado Avalanche centre Steve Moore has reached a settlement with Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks.
Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed the case has been "settled in its totality" but said the terms are confidential.
"We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly."
Moore had been seeking $68 million in damages, and the civil lawsuit was scheduled to begin on Sept. 8, which originally was filed in 2006.
"We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email.
Every time I've posted an entry about it, TMR readers have said that it's "not news" they're interested in, but Paul noted that there's a report that Todd Bertuzzi's lawyers and Steve Moore's lawyers have reached an out-of-court settlement, CBS Sports, Pro Hockey Talk, the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, MLive, Michigan Hockey, WDIV, the Denver Post, the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star are all running with it, but TSN's Rick Westhead's Tweeting news that suggests one should not count chickens before they hatch (as is Sportsnet):
Updated substantially at 6:50 AM: The news that Red Wings GM Ken Holland is more than ready to give Daniel Alfredsson a try-out contract should his back hold up over the next month sparked a significant amount of discussion among Wings fans...
But said discussion involved debate as to whether Anthony Mantha's going to get a fair chance to make the team given Alfredsson's possible presence--should he "earn his spot" despite posting 19 goals and 48 points--and Daniel Cleary's status as a signed player who very few fans or bloggers believe will be anything less than a part of the roster, perhaps at Mantha, Mitch Callahan, Landon Ferraro or even Tomas Jurco's expense, come October.
The Free Press's Helene St. James duly notes that the Wings' cap situation (Capgeek estimates that the Wings have $5.27 million in cap space with Danny DeKeyser remaining unsigned as a restricted free agent) will necessitate that a healthy Alfredsson would command a low base salary, but we know that he's coming back to live in Detroit regardless of whether he plays hockey for this upcoming season, and his "fit" was pretty damn good:
This isn't Red Wings-related news any more, but I'm putting it in this blog hoping for the best. From TSN's Bob McKenzie:
Legal representatives for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are deep into discussions aimed at arriving at a negotiated (out of court) settlement.
Note: While some settlement sources suggest a Bertuzzi-Moore settlement may be close, no legal agreement is currently in place. Their civil trial is scheduled for Sept. 8.
Tim Danson, Moore's lawyer, is now asking for $68 million in compensation, suing Bertuzzi, the Canucks' former owners, Marc Crawford, the NHL, etc.
But multiple sources say a negotiated settlement to avert a trial is a possibility.
Talks are ongoing.
[edit: Let's try this: it's probably Red Wings-related because you could find no stronger sign that Bertuzzi's not getting any contract offers and is probably going to hang 'em up than this /end edit]
Just after I headed out the door (quite literally), the Red Wings issued their press release regarding single-game regular season tix going on sale Friday, and while I was gone ferrying the mom to her doctor's appointment, Paul snagged the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's report from MSU's pro camp (the article now includes an embedded photo gallery illustrating Jakub Kindl's presence and Justin Abdelkader's attempts to ditch the Bauer gear for Warrior stuff) and Nick Lidstrom's plaque being unveiled outside the Wings' locker room.
So what's left on a "quiet" day? First, again via Paul, Grantland's Sean McIndoe wondered aloud whether the Red Wings might be better off joining the NHL's "race to the bottom" for one season...
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
As probably could be expected Monday, there was a lot of huffing and puffing, straining for the water bottle, and getting a lot of kinks out as many players began to ratchet their conditioning, with NHL training camps beginning in about a month.
“This is kind of the first organized skate for a lot of guys,” said forward Justin Abdelkader, who was on the ice Monday along with Red Wings teammates Drew Miller and Jakub Kindl. “Do drills for an hour, scrimmage, it’s a real good skate and you get a lot out of it.
“At the same time, it’s fun being back here.”
Abdelkader and Miller are both former Spartans, and will be joined during the course of the week by former MSU players David Booth (Toronto Maple Leafs), Torey Krug (Boston Bruins), Jeff Petry (Edmonton Oilers) and Jim Slater (Winnipeg Jets), among others.
a bit more
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that single-game tickets will go on sale Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m., offering fans the chance to see the team chase its 24th consecutive playoff appearance and 12th Stanley Cup championship.
Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill's filled one of the holes caused by Jim Paek and Spiros Anastas' departures, and the Griffins' website reports that Blashill leaned upon an old colleague to do so:
The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday announced the addition of Pat Ferschweiler to their hockey operations staff as an assistant coach. He replaces Jim Paek, who served as the Griffins' assistant coach for nine seasons (2005-14) before being named director of hockey for the Korea Ice Hockey Association (KIHA) and head coach of the Korean Men’s National Team in July.
Ferschweiler, 44, recently concluded his fourth season behind the bench at Western Michigan University, where he helped the team to a 19-16-5 record. The Rochester, Minn., native served as an assistant coach with the Broncos from 2010-13 before being promoted to associate head coach for the 2013-14 season.
Updated with some Datsyuk stuff at 6:19 AM: I don't stare at the overnight report's batch of stories and wonder how to put them together but that's the case this morning, so:
Let's start with a reminder. Michigan State University's "Pro Camp" begins today at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing and continues until Friday, and every 10 AM-to-12 PM skating session is open to the public. The Free Press's George Sipple listed some of the camp's more prominent participants, and he revealed that two more non-MSU alums and a Wings alumnus will attend the camp as well:
Former Spartans Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller will join 18 other former Michigan State players in a pro hockey camp that runs today through Friday at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing. The players will skate from 10 a.m. to noon each day. The camp is free and open to spectators.
Abdelkader, 27, had 10 goals and 18 assists in 70 games last season for the Red Wings. Miller, 30, had seven goals and eight assists in 82 games last season for the Wings.
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