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Red Wings overnight report: On Kris Draper’s legacy

A while after the cell phone email to Paul post (I can at least feel proud about that) and after just about every Red Wings columnist’s “source” confirmed it, the Red Wings posted the following press release:

The Red Wings have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday, July 26 beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT in the C.C. Olympia Club at Joe Louis Arena. Participants at tomorrow’s press conference will include Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and Red Wings center Kris Draper.

The press conference will be streamed live on DetroitRedWings.com.

We all know by now that Kris Draper will retire this morning, and that he’ll join the Wings’ hockey operations department, possibly, if not probably, as the team’s first strength and conditioning coach, completing a rather remarkable slate of summertime changes both in the locker room and behind the bench.

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Red Wings mid-day ramble: On Draper, Aaron Downey’s status with GR and more assistant coach talk

Updated repeatedly, most recently at 3:18 PM w/ news that the presser will take place at Joe Louis Arena with Ken Holland and Draper in attendance: MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms that Draper is retiring:

Forward Kris Draper will announce his retirement following 17 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday at an 11 a.m. news conference at Joe Louis Arena.

The team has announced the news conference. A source confirmed that Draper, 40, will announce his retirement.
Draper hoped to play another season with the Red Wings, but the club does not have an available roster spot, already having 23 players under contract. Draper was not interested in signing a two-way deal or coming to training camp on a tryout. He is expected to receive a job within the organization.

Update #4 or 5 or something: The Free Press’s James Jahnke and NHL.com’s confirming that Draper will retire, and via RedWingsFeed again, Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner is also confirming the news [edit: ditto for the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness] [edit/update #2: and the Free Press’s Helene St. James is now saying that Draper and Ken Holland will be taking questions from the press regarding Draper’s expected retirement, so there you go, and TSN is also confirming] [edit/update #3: Ted Kulfan says that the presser will take place at Joe Louis Arena].  Here’s NHL.com’s blurb:

The end has come for Kris Draper, and along with it comes the end of an era for the Detroit Red Wings. According to reports, Draper, 40, will announce his retirement Tuesday, ending a 20-year career, the final 17 of which were spent with Detroit. The Red Wings have scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference at Joe Louis Arena.

It has been a summer of seismic shifts within the Detroit organization. In May, defensive linchpin Brian Rafalski surprised almost everyone by calling it quits at 37, with a year still left on his contract. Then, earlier this week, goalie Chris Osgood announced his retirement, citing an uncertainty that his body can withstand another year of hockey.

Amongst all the inline updates above are various notes from the Free Press’s Helene St. James, the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan, the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness and Fox Sports Detroit’ Art Regner, but as of 3:18 PM, here’s the Wings’ official “tweet”:

The Red Wings have scheduled a press conference for 11 A.M. on Tuesday. Expected to attend are GM Ken Holland and Kris Draper.


The Wings’ website also will stream the presser...

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Looks Like Draper Retiring Tomorrow

Update the latest news regarding Draper can be found via my second post, and MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms that Draper is retiring:

Forward Kris Draper will announce his retirement following 17 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday at an 11 a.m. news conference at Joe Louis Arena.

The team has announced the news conference. A source confirmed that Draper, 40, will announce his retirement.

According to the captions on the Wings’ website photo gallery, Draper will announce his retirement tomorrow.


update: The link has been removed but you can see it was there by the screenshot.

Update #2 via George: This came from RedWingsFeed’s RSS reader around 12:20 PM. The gallery popped up stating that Draper would retire during a press conference on July 26th, I sent an email to Paul, people found it and poof, the gallery disappeared.

Update #3: Paul posted this Tweet from Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos in the comments section:

Congratulations to Kris Draper who will announce retirement as early as tomorrow. Not bad for guy sold from #Jets to #Redwings for $1

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Winnipeg Jets essentially license logo from Canadian Forces

Well this is plain old interesting: according to the CBC, the Winnipeg Jets’ ownership is more or less “leasing” the Royal Canadian Air Force’s “roundel” via a long-term charitable donation:

The new Winnipeg Jets logo is doing more for the Canadian Forces than just paying tribute. True North Sports and Entertainment, which owns the team, will give $1 million to military charities over the next ten years.

Maj.-Gen. Alain Parent, commander of 1 Canadian Air Division, said it was easy to partner with the new hockey outfit.

“Winnipeg has had a long association with the air force,” he said. “Blue Bombers and Jets are both aircraft that have served or are serving the air force.” In turn, we consider Winnipeg to be the heart of the air force,” he said.

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Red Wings overnight report: Chris Osgood’s Hall of Fame candiacy, the flavor of the month

Updated 2x with more Osgood interviews at 10:45 AM: I guess that if there’s one thing you can say for certain about Chris Osgood, he won more often than his competence was questioned, which is pretty good given that people questioned whether he was good enough to do the job from the moment he was called up from Adirondack way back in 1994. Now that he’s retired, the questions of the week involve Osgood’s lasting legacy and whether 401 wins and 3 Stanley Cups are Hockey Hall of Fame-worthy numbers for a goalie who was very, very good but never really considered among the greats of his generation.

Some very positive and incredibly negative arguments for and against Osgood’s candidacy have rolled in over the past three or four days, and two ever-present Sunday columnists weigh in this morning with varying degrees of subtlety. The Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons suggests that the arguments against Osgood’s candidacy aren’t personal…

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Subtle retaliation? Pleiness’s seven reasons why Chris Osgoods’s a Hall-of-Famer

Let’s just say that it’s entirely possible that the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness surveyed the interweb and felt it necessary to offer both teammate/general manager testimonials and seven very specific reasons why Pleiness believes that Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood is a very legitimate Hockey Hall of Fame candidate:

1. There are 32 players currently enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame who played exclusively as a goaltender in the NHL or its fore-runners (PCHL or NHA). Only seven of those 32 (Patrick Roy, Terry Sawchuk, Jacques Plante, Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall, Ed Belfour and Grant Fuhr) have won more games than Osgood.

2. Osgood currently has 50 regular-season shutouts to his credit. Only 15 of those HOF goalies have more.

3. Osgood had just one regular season in which he finished with a record below .500. That was 2009-10, when he posted a 7-9-4 record. Of those goalies in the HOF, only three can make that claim (Ken Dryden, Bill Durnan and Roy).

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Red Wings mid-day meander: on Datsyuk’s hockey school, revisited topics and prospects

According to the Hockey News’s Rory Boylen, Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk’s hockey school in Ekaterinburg, Russia wrapped up with an NHL-style game for its prospects to participate in, with the much attention paid to the details that can help youngsters feel like they’re professional hockey players, if only for a day or two…

Friday was all about NHL simulation. From being shown how to properly set up their equipment in the dressing room to the pep talk before the game, it was about as authentic as it could get for the kids. Just like in the NHL, the pucks were stacked and the kids stormed the ice to “Thunderstruck.” After a brief warmup, player introductions were carried over the loudspeaker. The parents lining the railing along the top concourse were amped up just as much as the youngsters who were suited up; there was even a “Torpedoes” sign posted on one end of the platform.

An air of excitement wafted through the Kurganovo Ice Complex and after the Russian National Anthem played, it was go time. In both games The Torpedoes jumped out to dominating leads: 5-0 in one, 3-0 in the other. Their faces awash with emotion, the kids showed this was one of the biggest games they’d play all year.

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Red Wings overnight report: organizational and player development are year-round occupations

Sentence edited for clarity’s sake:While we’ve spent the past few days discussing Chris Osgood’s retirement and legacy and the increasingly likely probability that Kris Draper will join Osgood in the Wings’ front office sooner than later—and it bears mentioning that GM Ken Holland’s suggestion that the team’s youth movement affords no sentimentality toward players with “diminishing roles” might be a bit of a tit-for-tat response to Kris Draper’s lobbying-through-the-media that he deserves a spot on the team based upon his workouts with the Lions a month ago…

The fact that the team’s essentially chosen to sit on its cap space for the time being, and let its current players and prospects determine who earns playing time and/or top priority in the team’s call-up pecking order, well…These facts emphasize the concept that the Wings’ front office never really kicks up its heels and says, “Okay, we’re done planning for contingencies and we’re done thinking about tomorrow until September rolls around.”

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Red Wings evening ramble: a bit more about Kris Draper’s future and the Osgood-Hall-of-Fame ‘topic’

Sure, I go on the pre-vacation haul that is the, “Accompany the parent to banking and then clothing, provisional and grocery shopping” trip of doom and the internet nearly blows up because of the usual, and here’s what I have to say about it:

If the Red Wings’ resident internet stalker has chosen to go off on Chris Osgood as not only no Hall of Famer-in-waiting, but also as a supposedly terrible, horrible, no good, very bad goalie…I don’t care. When you’re talking about somebody who lives to piss off Wings fans to the point that it’s creepy, man…You cannot argue with the infidel, never mind one who lives on lapping up your sweet, sweet tears of protest. Osgood probably won’t get in the Hockey Hall of Fame on the first ballot, but he’ll probably get in one day, and when that comes, it doesn’t matter what people who hate the Wings for a living think. 400 wins. 3 Stanley Cups. The people’s goalie. The rest is debatable.

There are more important things to talk about right now, like the gorgeous tribute to Winnipeg’s aviation history and the Canadian Forces that is the Winnipeg Jets’ logo, or the fact that Ken Holland’s reiteration to MLive’s Ansar Khan that his team is basically finished making moves save determining Kris Draper’s future has gotten particularly grim in tone regarding the fact that there just might not be a roster spot for #33, as Holland told the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness:

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Red Wings mid-day stuff: Ken Holland’s more or less finished making summertime moves

Updated 2x with an Abdelkader-flying-with-the-Blue Angels video and Mike Babcock on the Fan 590 at 12:48 PM: As noted in the overnight report, Red Wings GM Ken Holland told the Windsor Star’s Jim Parker that, aside from determining Kris Draper’s future, he’s content to allow his team’s current roster and its prospects to determine their present and future over the course of the regular season, saving up the cap space to address any needs in terms of a top-six forward or blueline bolstering nearer to the trade deadline. Holland reiterated his points of emphasis to MLive’s Ansar Khan:

“I think we can compete and I like our cap space,” Holland said. “If, after 60 games, we get to the (trade) deadline and are in a playoff position, we can make a deal. We haven’t had that (cap space) the last couple of years.”

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