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from Michale Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Maybe, the team that parity forgot has finally been sucked into the cycle. The Red Wings have not had a top-10 draft pick since 1991. It has been five years since they won the Cup, four years since they made it to the Finals, three years since they made it past the second round. That fits into a picture that shows seven different teams winning the Cup in the past seven years since the salary cap was instituted in 2005.
Detroit fans have been spoiled, like few others, for 20 years. They might be getting some comeuppance this season, but their team should not be dismissed. The Red Wings remain one of the best-run organizations on the planet, and they still have Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. They can make the playoffs. Or, if they miss, surely they will win the draft lottery.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White had surgery this morning to repair a deep laceration in his leg and will be out for two-to-three weeks, general manager Ken Holland said.
Holland said Jakub Kindl (groin) is expected to return for Friday's game against Minnesota, so the club will not sign another defenseman or recall anybody from the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Paul here for George who hopes to return by Thursay...
Lehtonen was brilliant tonight (40 saves), only giving up 1 goal to Damien Brunner with 4 seconds left in the game.
Jimmy Howard was very good, but the Stars made the most of their opportunities to defeat Detroit 2-1.
One stat stands-out to me, the Wings are 0-15 on the pp over their first three games (0-4 tonight).
They are getting chances but either misfiring or being stoned like the were Lehtonen.
No need to panic yet, but if the Wings don't start putting the puck in the net on the power play, it could be a long short season.
Watch below the best save Jimmy Howard made all night, robbing Reilly Smith with the glove hand.
Holmstrom will be announcing his retirement from the NHL at 4:30pm ET.
As long as the stream holds up, you can watch it below...
via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press this morning that he is working on signing a veteran and hopes to be able to use the defenseman in tonight's home opener against the Dallas Stars.
Holland didn't want to name the player until the deal is finalized. The contract has to be cleared by the NHL, and the player has to get to Detroit.
The Red Wings' injury bug is catching,and it caught Carlo Colaiacovo in a big way on Monday, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan:
Oft-injured defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo hurt his shoulder early in the third period of Monday's 4-3 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets ay Nationwide Arena and is out for an undetermined amount of time.
“Losing Colo isn't good news for us, but it's all part of the process,'' coach Mike Babcock said.
Asked if it appears Colaiacovo will be out for weeks, Babcock said, “Yeah, it doesn't look like it's any time soon.''
General manager Ken Holland said Colaiacovo will see a doctor in the morning to determine the extent of the injury.
The Wings may or may not have Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) back in the lineup on Tuesday against Dallas, but at this point, as Khan notes, Jakub Kindl (groin) won't be back until Friday. As such, Brian Lashoff will play against the Stars, and the Wings may have to sign someone like Nathan Paetsch to a 2-way contract.
I'll write up something momentarily, but...Do we call this progress? The Detroit Red Wings edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in a shootout, but the Wings also went 0-for-7 on special teams, gave up 2 power play goals, surrendered a 2-1 lead...
And when Carlo Colaiacovo's shoulder hit the glass on a heavy, heavy check, he dropped his left glove and headed for the locker room looking like he'd separated his shoulder, leaving Wings fans hoping that Brian Lashoff's first goal wasn't an anomaly, and that Jonathan Ericsson gets healthy in a hurry.
Was this progress? What do you think?
Here's Lashoff's first NHL goal...He's the 126th Griffin to score an NHL goal.
Update: According to Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating, the Wings will reassess the statuses of both Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) and Jakub Kindl (groin) in the morning. No word about Colaiacovo yet.
Update #2: Rut roh:
Update #3: Here's Brunner's shootout winner...
Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea broke down both the costs and benefits of the third owners' lockout upon the Detroit Red Wings, and as you might expect, the organization took a financial hit during the lockout, but they also saved money over the short-term by not holding games...and will win out over the long haul thanks to taking in an increased percentage of hockey-related revenues over the course of the new CBA.
While Shea says that the Wings sacrified $8.8 million in operating income for missing 17 home games, they also saved a significant amount of money in terms of operating expenses--and they've come out with nary a loss in the season ticket-holding or suite-renting departments:
Another cost off the books is the pay for about 1,000 part-time game-day staffers. If each part-timer was paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour for a five-hour shift, that would translate into just over $616,000 for 17 lost home games.
The Red Wings, thanks to making the playoffs for the past 22 seasons, are largely shielded from the worst of the lockout's financial aftershocks because a loyal fan base and corporate sponsorship roster protect the bottom line.
"Those teams and team owners that are in good markets and operated them well will have the least adverse impact from the lockout. They've built up good will over decades," Ganis said.
The Red Wings are believed to have 14,000 season ticket holders, some of which are seats split among different ticket holders who have partial season packages. Almost all of those fans renewed their season tickets for 2013, and no suite holders were lost, a source familiar with the situation said.
Continued at significant length, and She's article is worth your time...
And it should also be noted that Michigan Radio's Joseph Lichterman reports that Detroit-area businesses lost $2 million in fan spending per game.
Things one learns that surprise them: apparently, it is possible to get hypothermia while attempting to burrow under the covers in your bed. I learned that one thanks to a significant power outage in South Lyon, when it got down to the high 40's in TMR headquarters, and I'm still practically shivering--which is incredibly rare for this polar bear.
So that's why I was absent on Sunday and for part of Monday. As such, I missed a chunk of Red Wings news, and here's a summary of the MSM's articles from the past 20-something hours, posted in bullet-point form as there's a game taking place tonight (Detroit vs. Columbus, 7:30 PM on Fox Sports Detroit, the NBC Sports Network and 97.1 FM, and you can find practice and personnel updates here), given that tomorrow night, the Wings hold their home opener vs. Dallas (7:30 PM, FSD/97.1) and given that the team has officially announced that there will be a presser at 4:30 PM tomorrow in which a certain Tomas Holmstrom will make his retirement official:
Updated 4x at 6:11 PM: Finally, some good news regarding the Red Wings' injuries, from the Free Press's Helene St. James (inline because Twitter is acting weird):
Red Wings F Todd Bertuzzi does not have mononucleosis, could be back as soon as Friday. Original diagnosis was a false positive.
Update: MLive's Ansar Khan confirms (inline again)...
Wings' Bertuzzi expected to play Friday after tests for mono come back negative, GM Ken Holland said.
And Here's Holland, via St. James:
"It's great news," general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. "The tests must have reacted to something going way back, so we redid the tests. He can play tomorrow if Mike Babcock wants him to, and he feels he's able."
Bertuzzi was also dealing with a sore groin, but Holland said that likely has been taken care off thanks to three days of rest. Under any circumstance, the Wings expect Bertuzzi to be at Tuesday's optional skate, and possibly be ready to play in the home opener against the Stars.
"It really is great news," Holland said. "Over the weekend, we thought he'd be gone a month. Now he'll be back at the latest by the end of the week. No doubt he had the flu, and was really sick. But we thought it prudent to redo the tests, and they showed Bert does not have mono. He's cleared to play."
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