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Sipple: Wings’ players frustrated by but still optimistic regarding CBA shenanigans

The Free Press's George Sipple spoke to some of the players participating in tomorrow's Rock Out the Lockout game (to be played at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, ON), and while the Red Wings' players offered usual notes of union solidarity and disappointment about yesterday's Kabuki theatre and/or CBA breakdowns, they still believe the sides should get back to the table--sooner or later, anyway--and get a deal done.

First, here's the solidarity stuff from the Wings' official labor voice, Danny Cleary...

"They have certain goals in their mind that they have to achieve," Cleary said of the NHL. "So do we."

The players who spoke to the media following a skate at the Troy Sports Center today said they are united in support of union boss Don Fehr.

"I'm not saying that because I toe the line with the PA," Cleary said. I-'ve been on calls with 200 players. Trust me, it's overwhelming. Yeah, you're going to have a few players that say, 'hey, let's just sign a deal.' You're entitled to your own opinion, but I'm telling you Don Fehr is as transparent as it gets. This guy tells us exactly what's going on."

Jimmy Howard offered a question as to why the league doesn't believe the PA's "givebacks" are satisfactory, especially given that everything in this "retrenching" involves the PA surrendering a little over a billion dollars of revenue promised to them under the supposedly legally-binding contracts agreed to under the previous CBA...

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Red Wings’ personnel to continue Salvation Army kettle bell-ringing tradition

From the Red Wings' PR department, it appears that the lockout won't prevent the Wings from engaging in their yearly tradition of competing for kettle bell-ringing bragging rights as the team hopes to give the Salvation Army a big assist:


… Babcock, Holland and Former Players to Bell Ring on Dec. 11 Across Metro Detroit to Raise Funds for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign …

Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings will compete for bragging rights on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to see which duo can raise the most money for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, as four teams bell ring at different Metro Detroit retail locations. Fans are asked to make a suggested $10 donation in exchange for an autograph at all four locations.

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Thoughts from Twitterjail

Updated at 11:17 PM w/ Rock Out the Lockout game talk and Cleary on the day's events: Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I've been attempting to slowly but surely crawl out from behind the depressive episode rock I've been under for the last two months. But as I'm in Twitter jail at present (I Tweet too much, imagine that!), here are a few thoughts about this evening's proceedings:

  • When Bettman and Fehr exchange chest-puffing presser comments, people go with Bettman for some reason. I don't think either lied per se. Fehr saw progress, saw actual negotiating and how close the sides were, and was like, "Holy shit, we're really close!" because he'd just gotten in the room. Bettman and Daly decided to remind everyone that their offers are not negotiable. That's been the whole God-damned problem. The NHLPA has tried to negotiate, and the NHL is only offering take-it-all-or-leave-it-all deals.
  • I still think that we've got about a month till the league puts the kibosh on the season, but I remain, "Hopeful but not optimistic." I think that one way or another, the nuclear commissoner's record speaks for itself, and his owners seem equally committed to crushing the union at all costs.

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The Ilitches’ arena announcement is expertly-timed for three reasons

The announcement that Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch's Ilitch Holdings business organization is backing legislation which would facilitate the construction of a massive "mixed-use" development which will include a follow-on rink succeeding Joe Louis Arena has everything to do with timing.

We should know more about the proposed rink, as the Detroit News notes, the residential space, commercial development which will include the "mall" Mike Babcock conveniently leaked ten months ago and, most likely, a practice facility of some sort over the next couple of days, as the details of said development will slowly but surely find their way into the online print and broadcast media's hands, but the timing of this news involves three critical factors in terms of timing, ease of legislation and fan impact:

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New Sports & Entertainment District Proposed By Ilitch

from Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press,

Officials from Mike Ilitch's Olympia Development Company are today outlining to state lawmakers plans for a $650 milllion-dollar mixed use development in downtown, anchored by a "new, state of the art, multi-purpose events center."

Eric Larson, non-executive president of Olympia Development, told the Senate Government Operations Committee the public-private development is expected to annually produce more than 1,000 jobs and $210 million in economic impact.

"The building of an events center district will create over 5,500 jobs for the events center alone and nearly 8,300 jobs for the first phase of the overall events district," Larson said.

He pegged the overall economic impact of the project at $1.8 billion.


added 3:41pm,

Read the press release from Ilitch Holdings.

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A Scorer In Scotland

from Andy Newport of the Paisley Daily Express,

Braehead Clan boss Jordan Krestanovich is praying striking NHL stars don’t patch up their differences with big-money owners just yet ... because he is desperate to keep hold of rink star Drew Miller.

Stanley Cup winner Miller has moved to Scotland to play for the Clan while he and the rest of his NHL colleagues refuse to take part in North America’s top league as a result of a pay dispute....

Miller bagged a hat-trick for the Clan in Thursday night’s 7-2 thrashing of Hull in England’s north east and, with the Stingrays making the return journey to the Braehead Arena tonight, player/coach Krestanovich is refusing to think about the consequences of the NHL dispute being settled.

He told Express Sports: “Drew has been awesome since he arrived in Scotland.

“On the ice, he’s put in some great performances and really showed what a star he is.

“His hat-trick against Hull was incredible.

“Off the ice, he’s been brilliant too. He’s a great influence on the other guys in the changing room.

more and according to the team's website, Miller has 8 goals and 18 points in 13 games.

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A little ranting and raving from crazy George

For discussion's sake thanks to a panic attack (still working on that stupid-ass depressive episode thing):

  • My pal Courtney wouldn't be happy if I chose to omit this: Perani's Hockey World gave all but last-second notice that Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson will be signing autographs from 12-1 tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 1st, at Perani's Livonia location;


  • Thank you for all your replies to yesterday's entry. Yes, for those of you who dug into me for my pro-NHLPA bias, I am the fat, bald, moustachioed straight male version of Rachel Maddow when it comes to NHL-NHLPA relations, and TMR is the CNBC of hockey blogs in terms of its openly pro-player bias. The owners have every right to make money and be filthy stinking rich. Hell, I don't know about you, but I'm frickin' desperate to go to Joe Louis Arena and happily give someone money to the Wings players be allowed to skate on that Al Sobotka's ice...

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The doomsday clock continues to tick toward the inevitable cancelation of the 12-13 season

I see that the lockout doomsday clock now reads 11:50 PM. After the Board of Governors meet to tacitly approve the cancelation of the 2012-2013 season, some progress may be made in a last-ditch effort to save the season...

But I doubt much will get done until the last bit of leverage Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and the Board can take off the negotiating table is gone, and we're talking about no NHL hockey taking place until October 2013 at the earliest.

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There are worse things than being known as ‘Tinky Winky’ for the rest of your hockey career

Both the Chief and I weighed in on Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan's arrest after what was most likely the Grand Rapids Griffins' team Halloween party on October 29th. Deadspin is making fun of him. Hockeysverige's Uffe Bodin's taking note of the Tinky Winky arrest. It was mentioned on the local news here in Detroit, too.

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On the Sheahan arrest and what it might mean for the Griffins’ players

As Paul noted, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner's FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to the Grand Rapids police produced a rather worrisome arrest report indicating that Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was severely intoxicated and attempting to use Brendan Smith's driver's license when he was pulled over "super-drunk" after the Grand Rapids Griffins' team Halloween party.

Here's my take on the situation:

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