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The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Calgary Flames tonight (7:30 PM EST, FSD, Sportsnet West, 97.1 FM) hoping to rebound from an ugly loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets while continuing to withstand more injuries (Brendan Smith is going to miss a month with a shoulder injury, Darren Helm's got an "uh oh" of a medical test coming up in the form of a bone scan on his sore back, and the Wings recalled Petr Mrazek and Tomas Tatar from Grand Rapids because a) Jonas Gustavsson is nowhere near returning from a groin injury and b) the "bottom six" forwards have 1 assist between them)...
But the Red Wings will have anything but an easy oppnent in the Flames. As the Wings kick off a slate of four games over the course of six nights, Jiri "Happy" Hudler and the Flames hope to dig themselves out of a 1-3-and-2 hole while atttempting to assuage a 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago on Saturday which the Flames should have won seven ways from Sunday, out-shooting Chicago 47-19 and surrendering a 2-1 lead with 2.3 seconds left on the clock.
Before the Flames left Calgary for a three-game, "As far an 'East Coast Swing' as one can get while playing in the Western Conference" trip, they practiced in Calgary, and Flames coach Bob Hartley insisted that his team's 1-3-and-2 start was an aberration while speaking to the Canadian Press...
I'm trying to slowly but surely build upon Monday's gaggle of practice post news to fill up an early overnight report--for some reason, my body has decided that I need to go into my 35th birthday feeling like I lost a fight (I have been told that I felt similarly at Hutzel Hospital in 1978)--but given the awful news about Brendan Smith, and given that the Red Wings will face an incredibly motivated Calgary Flames team (including Happy Hudler) tomorrow night, you and I both need some good injury news for once, and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness provides just that...
As does the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
General manager Ken Holland said defenseman Ian White has been cleared and will likely play Tuesday against Calgary.
White suffered a deep leg laceration, just above the knee, Jan. 22 against Dallas when goalie Jimmy Howard’s skate sliced him during a play near the crease. White has missed the last five games but his return is timely, given defenseman Brendan Smith is now gone for about a month with a shoulder seperation.
I'd planned to keep things a little more businesslike than the Triple Deke at Winging it Motown (who ends up being downright eloquent) when it comes to welcoming the man who most certainly marched to the beat of his own jazz ensemble, one Jiri Hudler, back to Detroit...But even someone who's purposefully not plugged into the streams of player-related gossip and innuendo like myself can tell you that less than family-friendly rumors about Hudler's off-ice activities followed him around like nobody's business.
That being said, I don't believe that the Red Wings cut ties with Hudler over "hookers and candy," as the Twitter meme goes--a combination of estranged relations from his decision to bolt for Dynamo Moscow in 2009-2010 and the plain old fact that he was asking for the kind of money the team would ideally like to pay Valtteri Filppula ($4 million a season for 4 years) in a cap-is-going-down NHL world, so the Wings let Hudler chase his payday, and he took advantage of it.
Hudler's Calgary Flames come to town tomorrow with a 1-3-and-2 record and a chip-and-a-half on their shoulders after dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to a Chicago Blackhawks team they severely out-shot and out-played but surrendered a game-tying goal to with just over 2 seconds left in the third period, and while the team practiced in Calgary before flying to Detroit on Monday afternoon, Hudler told the Calgary Sun's Randy Sportak that he does indeed plan on illustrating the error of his previous employer's ways to the Wings and their fans while getting the Flames back on track:
from Mike Martindale of the Detroit News,
Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk is suing an Oak Park man he alleges has been selling hockey jerseys and other clothing containing his name, number and likeness without his permission.
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before Oakland Circuit Judge Martha D. Anderson in the lawsuit, filed against Pasha LLC, Pasha Sportwear and Terrance Sullivan. Pasha is Datsyuk's nickname.
Anderson has issued a temporary restraining order against the group from "using any word, name, mark, likeness or combination thereof which may be calculated to falsely represent" the products are being sold with the permission of Datsyuk.
The hearing will be to determine why Anderson should not make the action a permanent injunction.
There's a significant amount of on and off-ice news regarding the Red Wings thanks to today's practice and news regarding Brendan Smith and Darren Helm's injuries, and off the ice, Crain's Detriot Business's Bill Shea's following up his report about the potential 2013 ground-breaking upon the site that the Wings plan on building their new rink with an article discussing the possible naming options for the follow-on facility:
While a new hockey arena could be called something like Joe Louis V. 2.0, odds are the new Wings home will have a corporate name because naming rights deals are an easy source of cash to pay down construction debt.
One possible naming rights contender is Ada-based Amway Corp. In September 2011, the Wings inked a deal with Amway, the network-based direct-marketing giant, to become the team's first-ever presenting team sponsor. Financial terms were not disclosed, but that contract is thought to be a two-year, seven-figure deal.
Amway said last year it isn't involved in the project. That could change at any time. The company has a number of other pro sports investments, such as holding the naming rights of the Amway Center, home to the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic
The American Hockey League announced today that Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Petr Mrazek has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 3, 2013.
Mrazek stopped 53 of 54 shots in two games last week (2-0-0, 0.50, .981) as the Griffins extended their lead atop the Midwest Division.
Updated 4x with Helm news at 3:03 PM: MLve's Ansar Khan provides more bad news in the Red Wings' injury department:
Ditto for the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...
Updated 8x at 4:45 PM: The Red Wings officially recalled Tomas Tatar and Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids this morning, placing Brendan Smith (shoulder) on the IR to make room for Tatar and swapping out Tom McCollum for Mrazek, and while there is a modicum of good news in the injury department as the Wings' practice begins...
GM Ken Holland told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan that the team needed to recall a goaltender who the team feels comfortable playing in Jimmy Howard's place...
The Detroit Red Wings took Superbowl Sunday off after sustaining a blow to their collective confidence in the form of a 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, and the team's decision to recall both Petr Mrazek and Tomas Tatar on Sunday evening suggests that the team doesn't anticipate Jonas Gustavsson (groin), Mikael Samuelsson (groin), Jan Mursak (shoulder) or anybody else save perhaps Ian White (lacerated quadriceps) to return any time soon.
Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Samuelsson, Gustavsson and Darren Helm (back) are hoping to do little more than take small steps toward getting back into hockey shape this week, and Joey MacDonald (back) hoping to head down to Grand Rapids for a two-week conditioning stint soon (thus the goalie shuffle, with Tom McCollum heading back down to Grand Rapids on Sunday evening).
Worse, the Wings believe that Brendan Smith's going to miss at least two weeks after suffering a left shoulder injury in Columbus, with Smith likely to spend today hanging out in an MRI machine at the Detroit Medical Center, and the team's severely undermanned defense (again, White wants to return on Tuesday, but whether Dr. Douglas Plagens will allow White to jeopardize the sutures holding his muscles together is another story) will be facing a very angry Calgary Flames team on Tuesday.
Given the economic mess that the City of Detroit is in, the continued corruption investigations facing Wayne County and the still-somewhat-tenuous economic status of the State of Michigan's ability to broker just about anything these days, I and probably you have been assuming that the Detroit Red Wings won't begin to build Joe Louis Arena's follow-on facility for another 4-6 years at the earliest.
Crain's Deroit busness' Bill Shea has been pretty busy dropping bombshells regarding the Red Wings' follow-on facility of late, resulting in an estimation of the follow-on rink's location from the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar...
And this evening, Shea's back at work, suggesting that the Red Wings will break ground on a new rink within the next year, and that the rink itself may take under two years to build, with the rest of the Ilitch Holdings/Olympia Entertainment-proposed retail, corporate and residential-use construction taking a little longer to complete at the location between Cass and Woowdward Avenues just north of I-75:
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