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This report from the Detroit News's Mike Harrington is far more important than it appears to be:
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has issued an opinion that Detroit Downtown Development Authority funds can be used to develop a planned $450 million hockey arena in the city.
Schuette issued his opinion on the constitutionality of using the DDA funds early Thursday morning.
“This opinion builds upon existing state Supreme Court precedent, as well as previous AG opinions from as far back as Frank Kelley,” Schuette said in a press release. “The DDA Act was enacted to provide a tool to aid municipalities ... thereby benefiting the economic growth of a designed development area.”
The new home for the Red Wings is the center of a planned $650 million, 45-block transformation of a mostly gritty, undeveloped area on the northern edge of downtown.
The arena district will contain residential units, approved retail businesses and hotels.
Schuette could've made the rink project hell on wheels for the ilitches if he ruled that what the DDA was doing was unconstitutional. Lord knows Schuette's a holy terror if he disagrees with the constitutionality of
crazy things like two consenting adults being able to get married, I mean if he disagrees with the implementation of a law he feels invalidates the word or spirit of the constitution.
(And yes, I had to go there. I'd feel sick mentioning AG Schuette and not mentioning his Don Cherry-is-a-commie-by-comparison-style personal crusades)
Updated 5x at 4:05 PM: Yesterday, ESPN's Craig Custance had this to say about one Tyler Myers and the Sabres' desire to trade or not trade big #57...
Although his cap hit is at $5.5 million through 2018-19, his actual salary is less than that from this season forward -- a nice bonus for teams on a budget. He’s also a coveted right-handed shot.
There could be a deal if a team is willing to move a left-handed NHL defenseman along with a high-end prospect for Myers, but he’s not a player the Sabres have to trade. There’s a debate to be had as to whether it’s wise to trade him at all, considering the large number of picks and prospects the organization already has stockpiled.
And while I happen to believe that TSN's Darren Dreger's Mike Babcock talk and Babcock's latest jabs to both quash the rumors and at Bob Duff are very...predictable given the situation (for Dreger, could theoretically be making sure that TSN are still making waves sans national TV rights, for Babcock, who's definitely got his own narrative to lay out, and for the situation given the whole, "Wings play Toronto twice in four days" spiel, which makes this discussion nothing less than mandatory)...
It's also rather convenient that the Hockey News's Toronto-based Ken Campbell's suggesting that it's now absolutely imperative that we, "Forget Mike Babcock speculation [and] focus on Tyler Myers":
It has always been my belief whichever direction the Babcock talks go, all the media and us fans can do is wait and see how it plays out.
Only Mike Babcock knows what he wants and it is in his best interest to wait as long as possible.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Mike Babcock has maintained for months that he wants to remain coach of the Detroit Red Wings beyond this season and he believes a deal eventually will get worked out.
But it won't happen anytime soon, apparently. In fact, Babcock said on Thursday that he doesn't expect to sign during the season.
Babcock said he received "a ton of texts" Thursday morning regarding reports that he was close to a deal.
"My phone was blowing up just before practice," Babcock said. "Guys, that's like a fantasy world."
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
“There’s nothing to sign,” Babcock said. “We’ll work it out. We play Florida tomorrow.
“We’ve never negotiated once about it,” Babcock added. “They’ve come to me once in the summer and they came back the same way just before the season and that’s it.”
No Mike Babcock extension is imminent. Nothing has changed.
The Red Wings want Babcock back. They have offered multiyear deal to make him highest-paid coach. Team is playing well.
The Wings hope Babcock signs sooner rather than later. But it's up to him if that happens.
added 1:16pm, Cotsonika tweet,
Babcock said Wings came to him in summer and before season. "And that's it." No active negotiations right now.
Babcock calls reports of imminent deal fantasy.
added 1:29pm, Custance tweet,
Asked Babcock if a deal during the season was a possibility: "I don't think so."
Video- Babcock talking about contract below... vid via Dana Wakiji tweet...
Also, MSM report from practice Abdelkader not wearing gray, non-contact sweater.
added 1:24pm, Khan tweet,
Babcock said he doesn't think DeKeyser will play tomorrow and thinks Ouellet will play. Abdelkader might return on Tuesday.
Also, Howard starts tomorrow.
He is one of the most dynamic and exciting players to watch in the NHL. With undeniable skill, flair and ability, he has hypnotized opponents and brought fans to their feet. He is Pavel Datsyuk, also known as the Magic Man.
I'm getting a little tired of saying, "This isn't the kind of post I'd usually make," so let's go with, "It appears that the Ilitches aren't exactly planning on downsizing, as a certain Toronto radio host named Bob McCown is certain to suggest over the next two days, especially given that the latest real estate development involves the Ilitches' main moneymaker being expanded as part of the District Detroit rink-and-economic development," per the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar:
Little Caesars $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza is helping deliver some of the biggest plans to overhaul downtown Detroit in recent history, including Wednesday's announcement that the company will build a new eight-story headquarters on Woodward Avenue.
The large pepperoni pizza catapulted Little Caesar's company into the upper echelon of pizza chains and is the driver behind the Ilitch family's billion-dollar sports and entertainment empire.
"Little Caesars is by far the biggest, the fastest growing part of our business," said Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Inc. Wednesday.
The Toronto media hasn't been able to completely dominate the Mike Babcock conversation this week as the Wings both hosted Wednesday's game and host the Panthers prior to Saturday night's Wings-in-Toronto rematch, so the Detroit News's Bob Wojnowski wrote a helluva Babcock-contract essay this evening...
It's foolish to think this isn't about money, and also foolish to think it's only about money. When Babcock and Holland talked during the summer, the Wings were in flux, swept out of the playoffs in the first round after squeaking in to extend the franchise's streak to 23 seasons. Then they didn't land the free-agent defenseman they sought and didn't appreciably change the roster.
Holland is the master of crafty conservativeness, and it has made the Wings a model of stability. If he wasn't concerned about the team's direction before the season, maybe his coach was. I asked Babcock what he liked most about being here, and he didn't hesitate.
"I like the team, I like where I live, I like winning," Babcock, 51, said. "First and foremost, the thing that makes me the happiest in the world, outside my family, is winning. Hard to believe more than hunting or water-skiing, but it's the truth."
Paul noted what Nick Kypreos had to say about Pavel Datsyuk. He wasn't the only person talking about the Red Wings on The Fan 590 today.
Mike Babcock appeared on the Brady and Walker show to discuss the Wings' play (even with tonight's loss, the Wings remain atop the Eastern Conference)...
You could see it slipping away.
The Red Wings played a pretty damn solid game against the Maple Leafs, putting up 22 shots over the first 2 periods of play, getting a gorgeous goal from Gustav Nyquist late in the 2nd and firing 18 3rd-period shots on James Reimer, but as soon as Phil Kessel tied things up on a dim-and-dimmer set of pinches-and-not-cover plays by Jonathan Ericsson and Danny DeKeyser, it was Toronto's game.
Why did the Leafs dominate the shootout and win 2-1 in a game they trailed for 45 minutes? Well aside from the Wings having shootout-scoring problems and Jimmy Howard (who was superb otherwise) being his predictably beatable self, the Leafs built upon their confidence throughout the 3rd period and overtime, and the Wings...
Miss the *#$%@& out of Justin Abdelkader. The Wings' shots were either far too one-and-done or they were fired at or over Reimer or into Leaf shin pads--to the tune of another 32 blocked/wide shot attempts--because the Wings weren't planting their asses in front of Reimer's crease. At all. There was no jam in terms of making things ugly for Reimer or scoring muck-and-guck goals--instead, a Wings team that had won 3 straight games wanted to make things pretty, and we know what happens when the Wings get too cute.
So Toronto gets 2 points out of 3 in the opener of the back-to-backs, Toronto will rest while the Wings play the Florida Panthers on Friday, and the Wings will have to close out the season series on Saturday with a win on Hockey Night in Canada and/or "At the end of four days of lusting After Mike Babcock Night."
Here's the shootout...
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