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Dylan Sadowy signing officially official

From the Red Wings...

Here's the press release:

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Walleye’s Evan Rankin to hold hockey camp for kids with disabilities

From the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

A compelling encounter with an enthusiastic young fan planted the seed for Walleye forward Evan Rankin to help organize a fantasy hockey camp for players with developmental disabilities.

Rankin, Toledo’s outgoing and generous veteran, met Ryan Sly, an eager and energetic fan, before a game at the Huntington Center in March. Ryan’s mother, Marie Sly, videotaped the interaction.

“It was a special-needs team from Grand Rapids that had come to watch our game,” Rankin said. “There was this one young boy really cheering us on. I played along with him, and his mom sent me a video of it. We got to talking and I proposed this idea to her. She was on board and ran with it.”

Rankin will host the inaugural Professional Hockey Academy Special Hockey Fantasy Camp in Livonia, Mich., on June 4-5.

The camp is sponsored by the American Special Hockey Association, which was created in 2000 to give people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey.

Continued, and Rankin's camp still has open spots...

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Free Press discusses the Wings’ sticky cable TV revenue wicket

You may or may not have much interest in this, so I'll suggest that the Free Press's Joe Guillen offers a story of selective interest this morning:

The city of Detroit may have missed out on millions of dollars from Olympia Entertainment as part of revenue from the Detroit Red Wings cable TV agreements, according to documents obtained by the Free Press.

A 1999 sublease between Olympia and the Detroit Red Wings states that the Red Wings would be responsible for paying the city a 25% share of the team’s annual cable TV revenues, under certain conditions.

During years of contentious discussions before a 2014 settlement, Olympia consistently maintained that it owed the city no TV revenue, since the TV deals were with the Red Wings and not with Olympia. Legal experts say the existence of this sublease might have weakened Olympia’s claims.

Detroit officials may have never known about the sublease as the city and Olympia, for a period that stretched seven years beginning in 2007, debated cable TV revenue payments. The city in early May rejected a Free Press Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the sublease, stating that the city did not have a copy in its files. Olympia was required to file the sublease under its master lease of Joe Louis Arena with the city.

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‘Three Things’: A ‘Centennial Classic’ note, a Memorial Day reminisce and Tweets of note

To keep you busy in case watching the Penguins-Sharks Stanley Cup Final pains this blog's Red Wings-rooting partisans (see: two Stanley Cup Final engagements and four playoff series):

1. Of note from Gary Bettman's state-of-the-game speech, from the Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James issued a Memorial Day remembrance of a different kind...

With today's start of the Stanley Cup Finals between Pittsburgh and San Jose, let's look back 8 years to when the Detroit Red Wings had a game on Memorial Day.

On May 26, 2008, the Wings hosted the Penguins at Joe Louis Arena in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (The Wings also played on Memorial Day in 2013, but that was a second-round game because the lockout pushed the playoffs to a late start).

Two days earlier, the Wings had opened the series with a 4-0 victory. The best way to follow up on a shutout in Game 1?

How about a shutout in Game 2.

St. James continues...

3. Ted Lindsay made an appearance in the Saint Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade;

4. On Twitter...

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Viceland’s Vice World of Sports to examine hockey history in Michigan’s Copper Country

Michigan's Upper Peninsula was actually a hockey hotbed in the late 1800's and early 1900's as the lumber industry flourished and copper mining hit paydirt. Local lumber and mining companies sponsored some of the first professional hockey teams in the world throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and "Viceland's" Vice World of Sports will be airing a special about Calumet, Michigan's Gibson Cup this Wednesday at 11 PM EDT:

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‘Two Things’: Joe Thornton’s recollection of 97 and a quick interview with Sadowy

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. This story is not what you'd expect from Joe Thornton, but NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika relates a surprising tale about the one time Thornton's seen the Stanley Cup awarded on NHL ice...

It was 1997, and he was 17, a top NHL prospect. Agents Mike Barnett and Eddie Mio had an office in Detroit and season tickets in the lower bowl behind the net at Joe Louis Arena. Mio said he thought it would be a good experience for him to see the Red Wings face the Philadelphia Flyers in the Final.

He went to Game 4 with his brother John, a huge Steve Yzerman fan and the reason he started wearing No. 19. They witnessed the Red Wings end their 42-year championship drought, arena rocking, confetti falling. They saw Yzerman -- the guy critics had said couldn't win, the guy the team had almost traded -- lift the Cup for the first time at age 32.

John said they were "bawling" at the sight of it.

"I didn't know his struggles or anything like that at the time," Joe said. "I just thought, 'This guy's the man, and he won it.' That's all I thought, 'Wow, that's Stevie Yzerman, and he's hoisting the Cup. What a special moment.' "

Cotsonika continues...

2. And this comes to us via the Red Wings Redditors on Reddit: Dylan Sadowy gave a short interview to CTV Barrie, and both Sadowy (Sad-o-way) states that he went to the same high school with Andreas Athanasiou, he thanks the Barrie Colts for his time with them, and he looks forward to beginning his pro career.


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Questions For Ansar Khan

Question time for Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Q: What's your take on the defense? I feel we could shed some significant salary if we brought up Sproul, Ouellet and (Nick) Jensen followed by dumping Big E (Jonathan Ericsson) and Smith. Why aren't these guys up yet?

A: They weren't up because the club didn't believe they were ready or were better options than what they had.

Despite Ericsson's struggles, they like having a big body on defense, even though he doesn't play physical. I think it would be difficult to move his contract (four years remaining at a $4.25 million cap hit and a modified no-trade clause).

They have a decision to make on Smith before next season's trading deadline. He's entering the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent in 2017. They'll either lock him up to a long-term deal or move him. They've had other UFAs walk (Jiri Hudler, Valtteri Filppula) because they kept them for the playoff push, but I don't think they'll risk losing Smith for nothing.

Q: We all know the Wings need help on defense but we also have to get tougher up front and put up more points. What do you think the chances are the Wings trade for a defenseman like Kevin Shattenkirk (of St. Louis) or pick up a tough, gritty goal-scorer at a reasonable cap hit in a guy like Jamie McGinn?

A: Shattenkirk, by many accounts, will be moved. The question is whether the Red Wings can acquire him without moving Larkin, who is untouchable.

If you're going to deal a valuable asset to get Shattenkirk you're going to want to make sure you have him locked up to a long-term deal. He'll be entering his final season at a $4.25 cap hit and eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2017.

A highly skilled, right-shooting puck-mover, Shattenkirk is the type of player the Red Wings need.

McGinn is a free-agent forward option, maybe a Plan B or Plan C type. I think players like Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer are at the top of their wish list. If the Blues are unable to sign David Backes, he would certainly shoot to the top.

many more questions and answers...

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‘Three Things’: On Coreau’s long-term outlook, Glendening’s ‘numbers’ and Svechnikov’s advice

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings goaltending coach Jeff Salajko regarding the progress made by Jared Coreau given the team's likelihood of trading Jimmy Howard.

While Salajko believes that Coreau needs a little more time in Grand Rapids, he also told St. James that Coreau is likely the team's long-term solution behind Petr Mrazek:

Coreau, 24, has been in the Wings’ system since 2013, when he was signed after his third season at Northern Michigan (he was an undrafted free agent). At a time when big goaltenders dominate story lines, Coreau appeals as he’s around 6-foot-6, 220 pounds. He’s coming off his best season since turning pro, going 29-15-2 with a 2.43 goals-against average and .922 save percentage that earned high marks from Jeff Salajko, who earlier this month was promoted from goaltending coach in Grand Rapids to Detroit.

“He had a really good year for us in Grand Rapids,” Salajko said. “He took the job there for a while, while Tom McColllum had a bad ankle, played something like 21 of 22 games, and he wasn’t used to playing a lot of games in college.”

Coreau has been called up to Detroit in a reserve capacity, but is yet to see action in an NHL game, so he isn’t ready to serve as Mrazek’s backup. Another good season in the minors (Coreau is a restricted free agent this summer, and the team plans to re-sign him) would serve as persuasion he’d be ready for a bigger role in the future.

“In the big scheme of things, he’ll play in Grand Rapids for another year, but now we know he can play a lot of minutes if needed,” Salajko said. “Jimmy Howard played four years in the minors. We’re not rushing Jared, but he is going to be an NHL goalie, there is no doubt in my mind about that.”


2. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji looks back at Luke Glendening's 2015-16 season campaign "By the Numbers":

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Pavel Datsyuk’s Legacy

from Keith Gave at The Hockey News,

After helping Russia to a bronze medal finish at the World Championship – and presumably negotiating at the same time with some Kontinental Hockey League clubs while he’s under contract for another season with the Detroit Red Wings – Pavel Datsyuk went on vacation.

But before he causes irreparable harm to his legacy in Hockeytown, Datsyuk would be wise to take a moment and put in a call to Sergei Fedorov, who seems to regret his decision to leave Detroit before his time.

Datsyuk plans to meet with Red Wings GM Ken Holland in mid-June, and in all likelihood make official what has seemed like a foregone conclusion for months – that he will leave the NHL to finish his playing career in Russia. SKA Saint Petersburg appears to be his team of choice, though agent Dan Milstein insists no deal has been consummated and his client may still negotiate with other KHL teams.


No matter when it ends in the NHL for Datsyuk, this much is sure: With two Stanley Cup rings and seven individual NHL trophies on his mantle, he one day will be an Honored Member in the Hockey Hall of Fame, just as Fedorov was in November. But if Datsyuk expects the Red Wings to honor him along with the franchise’s other all-time greats by hanging his No. 13 from the rafters of their new arena, he can forget it.

Just like Fedorov can.


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Khan: Wings to interview potential picks at draft combine

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin regarding the team's presence at the draft combine this week in Buffalo:

Scouts and members of the front office meet with many prospects through the course of the season. The Combine offers a more formal setting with several members of the staff, including general manager Ken Holland, special assistant Kris Draper, director of player development Jiri Fischer, director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright, chief amateur scout Jeff Finley and scouts Len Quesnelle and Andrew Dickson, in addition to Martin.

"In some cases the players are well-rehearsed; most of them seem mature or professional beyond their years because of what they're exposed to and the spotlight that they're under all the time," Martin said. "But it's possible to put players in a little less than comfortable situations and see how they react in answering some difficult questions. I think that's when you learn more about players.

"If a player had some question marks about consistency or perhaps a label as a player that needed to work harder or train harder or maybe he had some issues away from the ice for immaturity reasons or otherwise had gotten in trouble, you get a chance to address that. It's nice to see how they react to that. Are they taking responsibility for their actions? Are they accountable? Are they making excuses? You can pinpoint them on specific areas of concern and force them to discuss those."

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