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While he won't take part in tonight's game, Daniel Alfredsson's commitment to charitable endeavors remains very strong in the Ottawa area, and on Friday, DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson reported that Alfredsson's established an official charitable footprint in Southeastern Michigan (though you can be assured that he,the vast majority of his Wings teammates, is doing more behind the scenes):
Many Detroit babies received their first “wings” today as the Red Wings launched their brand new Baby Wings program in partnership with FirstMerit Bank.
Forward Daniel Alfredsson helped launch the program, which delivers a special goody bag to families who come to one of three hospitals in Metro Detroit for the birth of their child during the hockey season. The effort’s goal is to help foster lasting memories for local families, an experience Alfredsson, a father of four, is familiar with.
“I have been part of four births myself, I have four boys at home and it’s a very emotional and a very, if everything goes well that is, it’s probably the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Alfredsson said. “It’s one of feeling until you meet something that’s gone through it, you can’t explain it and I’m looking forward to obviously seeing the emotions of the new partners and share my story and congratulate.”
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock spoke with WBBL's Bill "Huge" Simonson on Friday, and while his interview wasn't as revelatory as Ken Holland's recent discussion on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, Babcock addressed Nyquist's recall, the Wings' slump-snapping win over Carolina on Thursday, the Wings' attempts to deal with the injuries to Stephen Weiss, Daniel Alfredsson and Danny DeKeyser, and his unwillingness to blame "the cap" for Nyquist's time spent in Grand Rapids, simply stating that the Wings had to make hard decisions in demoting three players who played for the Wings into the second round last spring.
Babcock seems to feel that the more stable the roster is going forward, the better the team will be.
Mickey Redmond also spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Drew Lane on Friday, but the audio's not embeddable.
Update: The Wings' gear auction to benefit breast cancer-related charities is still up and running on NHL.com, too.
The Detroit Red Wings will battle Daniel Alfredson's previous employer minus #11's services this evening (7 PM, FSD/CBC/1270 AM), and this press release from a few days ago is more than worth repeating:
Wings to collect winter gear for homeless
Fans who donate can win a Franzen autographed puck and photo at the Nov. 23 game
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and the DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital are asking fans to bring new or gently-used cold weather wear to the home game on Saturday, Nov. 23, as part of the 20th annual Motor City Mitten Madness (MCMM) program.
Volunteers from the DRH Burn Center will collect adult and children’s winter clothing wear and monetary donations at each of the four entrances of Joe Louis Arena to make this holiday season a little warmer for Detroit homeless shelters.
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
“We’re going to put the best team we can on the ice every night and as we have decisions to make on the cap we’ll make them,” Holland said. “We’ve done it in the past. We put (Jordin) Tootoo and (Patrick) Eaves on waivers. With the injury to (Danny) DeKeyser it allowed us to bring up Gus. We know he’s an NHL player.”...
“With Nyquist here we’re slowly looking like we’re going to put four lines together,” Holland said. “Hopefully we can get some scoring up and down the lineup. We haven’t had that.”
I will update this post as needed.
via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
If Nyquist plays one more game in the NHL, he would have to be put on waivers if sent down again, and the Wings aren’t risking that. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press after the game that “we are talking options.”
via Bill Roose of the Wings' website,
“He's obviously got skill, knows how to play and he can be an important guy going ahead,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “That's what I would have done if I was him. We'll see what happens. It's called money.”
The shortest recap of the season...
A three point night from Zetterberg (
1g, 3a), 2 goals from Nyquist, one by Franzen, Kronwall and the other by Helm as the Wings get a mucn needed 4-3 win.
Nyquist certainly gives the offense a little more balance and here is my suggestion, move Tatar up to the line with Datsyuk and Bertuzzi.
Here is the game winning goal by Nyquist.
“Well, his job, and no different tonight if I were him, he’s still allowed to go back to the minors, is be so good, tonight you put so much pressure on the coach and the manger that they have to do something about it,” Babcock said. “That’s what he’s done. That’s the only thing you can do as a player. The best players in the end get to play, they decide who gets to play because they play well enough to make it happen and he’s done a good job.”
-Mike Babcock on Nyquist, via Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front were you can read more on this topic.
WXYZ in Detroit filed a report on the benefit for Matt Sorisho (Twitter) last night. By the way, Matt returned home today.
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