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Red Wings overnight report: regarding Frk, Abdelkader, the CBA, Swedish charity hockey games and OCD
Certain things have reminded me that I’m in the middle of an all-too-short vacation, including having to buy half a gazillion 12-packs of Diet Coke to last the mom for two days, my Uncle Joey proving that there’s no wood wet enough that a quart of lighter fluid can’t turn into a fire, staying up far too late at said fire, and having to tell the boss that this Tweet from RedWingsFeed and one of the Wings’ best employees means that he’s got to post something as I’ll be in the middle of a national park with no cell phone reception (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore) when this happens:
DRW Promotional schedule will be public tomorrow. 25 giveaway nights including 9— Ayron (@ayronatthewings) July 31, 2012
@fathead Fridays, 6 Bobblehead and 5 very cool kids nights
The Red Wings announced via Twitter that the team’s signed 2011 second-round pick Martin Frk to a 3-year, entry-level contract, and DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose spoke to Wings GM Ken Holland about the team’s decision to sign a player who’s been a member of the organization for all of five weeks:
“He came to camp and our guys liked him in Traverse City,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He competes hard and has a good shot and he has one year of junior remaining and then he’s pro eligible. So based upon his age, based upon what we saw in Traverse and what our scouts have seen out of him the last couple of years, we decided to sign him to a contract.”
The 19-year-old Czechoslovakian is the first Wings’ prospect signed to an entry-level deal a month removed from being drafted since goalie Thomas McCollum signed four months after he was drafted 30th overall in 2008.
Well that was fast, per the Red Wings’ Twitter account:
UPDATE: The Red Wings have signed forward Martin Frk to a three-year, entry-level contract. twitter.com/DetroitRedWing…— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 31, 2012
I absolutely despise doing this, but as a follow-up to the overnight report’s take on “Hockeyinsiderr’s” belief that the Wings are seriously bidding for Yandle, here’s your okay, folks, it’s official, this guy’s nuts—and the Wings would be nuts, too, to offer this kind of package for one player:
BREAKING NEWS: The #RedWings have offer on the table for #Coyotes Yandle: Filppula+Nyquist+2013 1st. #WOW Ball in PHX court.
That’s just ridiculous. Go vote for your favorite alumni bobblehead on the Wings’ official website instead, because those personnel “moves” are more likely to happen.
As Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner notes, however, despite fans’ displeasure with the Wings’ inability to land a top-name free agent or allow themselves to sell the barn to buy a horse…
Paul for George who is sunning in the great UP.
Detroit, MI… For the second consecutive year the Detroit Red Wings will be asking fans to help determine which players will be featured in their season-long bobblehead giveaway promotion in 2012-13. Following the success of last summer’s Operation: Bobblehead voting campaign, which saw nearly two millions ballots cast in selecting the current members of the roster to be immortalized in the form of a collectible bobblehead, this year the team will be asking citizens of Hockeytown to vote on which former Red Wings greats they’d most like to see the likeness of emblazoned upon a 6 ½ inch polyresin figurine.
A total of six players will be featured in the 2012-13 Operation Bobblehead - Alumni Edition. The exact games at which 7,500 bobbleheads will be distributed this season will be announced at a later date.
In theory, anyway, I’m supposed to be on vacation, but after a day spent mostly doing what one does after a long trip preceded by a longer couple of weeks—sleeping—I woke up and found that Alex Kovalevich wanted me to check out some rumors he’d found and posted on Red Wings Grinder, his blog.
So I looked immediately to something I have limited access to this week in Twitter, checking out the ever-helpful RedWingsFeed and what people had been asking me (go figure, over 3,500 people put up with my Tweets) to see what was up.
And here come a pair of disclaimers and an axiom:
Paul already posted Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s take on collective bargaining agreement negotiations in a conversation Holland had with the Vernon Morning Star’s Kevin Mitchell , and here’s his take on helping the Wings navigate a difficult transition period (sorry for the sloppy cutting and pasting of text—I’m writing this from my phone):
Looking at the Red Wings’ summer development camp in the rearview mirror, I find it somewhat ironic that news regarding the surprisingly large Jake De Haas’s trade to the BCHL’s Penticton Vees popped up on Friday, and that the Free Press’s George Sipple profiled Andreas Athanasiou today, because the pair of prospects almost prompted a delayed reaction in terms of the impressions the pair left upon me.
I’m heading on vacation for a week today, and as such, my availability will be limited for the vast majority of the next week. I’m heading to the U.P. and a location where internet access extends to a “clubhouse” but not the cabin I’ll be staying in—I will kinda sorta be on vacation—so if anything big breaks, Paul will cover it here, but I’ll only checking in a couple of times a day. I’ll return on Saturday, August 4th and will take things a bit slow due to the time of year (here’s hoping that it’s not too quiet). Before I embark on a 400-mile drive with the mom:
As you might expect in late July, the news cycle is a feast-or-famine one, and we begin with St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock’s assessment of the state of the Red Wings in a discussion of the Blues’ Central Division rivals, held with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford:
Via RedWingsFeed, I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but involves a member of the Red Wings and what is sure to be an incredibly difficult time for him. From the Denver Post’s Terry Frei:
Finally scheduled to begin on Sept. 24 in Ontario, the trial in the lawsuit of former Avalanche forward Steve Moore against Todd Bertuzzi, the Vancouver Canucks and Marc Crawford now has been “adjourned” to Jan. 28, 2013.
The defense requested and was granted the latest delay. It’s unclear how Bertuzzi’s still-playing status with the Detroit Red Wings would be handled, but I’m assuming it wouldn’t be shocking if it were pushed back again, to after the season.
The trial could last as long as three months.
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