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A brief Red Wings overnight report: No fun time

I’m about to take my laptop into the local computer repair shop to have what I can best describe as some serious engine work (save files, wipe the hard drive, reinstall Windows), so here’s a very brief look at today’s Red Wings-related stories:

• The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, the Free Press’s Helene St. James, the Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa, MLive’s Ansar Khan and the Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell all took in the Red Wings’ informal skate at City Sports Arena on Monday, mostly focusing on Nicklas Lidstrom’s return and the team’s roster turnover due to the retirements of Brian Rafalski, Chris Osgood and Kris Draper;

• DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose focused on both Ty Conklin’s return and the fortunes of Grand Rapids Griffin-to-be Chris Conner;

• For some reason, this didn’t post on the Windsor Star’s website, but Dave Waddell also profiled Jan Mursak;

• In the multimedia department, the Detroit News’s Daniel Mears posted a 27-image gallery from Monday’s skate, and the Detroit News posted a video as well…

As did the Macomb Daily’s Pleiness…


And the Windsor Star’s Waddell posted clips of Nicklas Lidstrom…




And Holmstrom speaking to the press…


• Alyonka Larionov also posted a clip of Brendan Smith talking about his expectations for this upcoming season:


Smith is attending today’s “NHLPA Rookie Showcase” in Toronto as part of a photo shoot for Upper Deck and Panini America, and the latter trading card company is already covering the event via their blog; Upper Deck’s official blog is beginning to post news from the event as well, and you can expect the NHLPA’s website to offer content from the event, too;

• Also in the prospect department, the Vancouver Sun’s Elliott Pap profiled Wings prospect and Vancouver Giants forward Marek Tvrdon;

• RedWingsCentral’s Sarah Lindenau wrote a superb article about the players who face the most pressure to perform during training camp on her Left Wing Lock blog;

• The Montreal Gazette’s Red Fisher says that the Red Wings will be just fine this season, and the Hockey News’s Jamie McLennan says that Pavel Datsyuk’s got the best “hands” of any player he ever faced as a goaltender;

• This might be your next wallpaper, via 97.1 the Ticket’s Wings report for Monday;

• Again, the laptop’s taking a chunk of change out of my wallet because I’m just technically proficient enough to screw things up, so I’d rather have a professional take care of it for me, but I am still about I’m about 80% of the way to being able to pay my hotel bill for the Wings’ prospect tournament and main training camp in Traverse City, so if you can lend a hand, the savings account’s going to dry up by the time I pay for gas and lodging and all of that stuff, so it’d be greatly appreciated:

You’ll have to use my email address, rtxg at yahoo dot com, to donate, if you can/will/feel like it.


• And this will be public sooner or later, so I’ll just say that the pre-sale code for the Red Wings’ single-game seat sale going on from 10 AM till 10 PM today involves one of Igor Larionov’s most famous post-Stanley Cup proclamations.

I’m going offline for the next day or two and I’ll try to sneak to the library to update the blog as my other computer is on its last legs, too, but I’m really sorry for any inconveniences.

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Alan's avatar

Sorry to hear about your laptop problems. If I were a little (...well, a lot) more local, I’d help you with the laptop.

Technology is great, but you never really realize how much you need it when it’s not there.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 08/30/11 at 12:27 PM ET


You can get an excellent laptop for 300-350 at dellauction.com.  I’ve bought my last two there, state-of-the-art machines, refurbished.  My first one lasted 7 years (still works, just old, heavy and slow) and I replaced that with one three years ago and have had no issues with the “new” one.

Probably cheaper than having it fixed.

Posted by jkm2011 on 08/31/11 at 04:24 PM ET

cowboycoffee's avatar

i’d contribute to a laptop fund. anyone else?

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 08/31/11 at 08:48 PM ET


Probably cheaper than having it fixed.
Posted by jkm2011 on 08/31/11 at 02:24 PM ET

Not really. How much is your data worth to you? Now imagine you are a blogger and all of your past stories, unpublished stories and future story ideas are on that failing hard drive. Sure, the published blog entries are available on KK, but that’s not everything he has ever written. I hope I’m wrong, but I fear that GM did not back up his hard drive, and now that fact is biting him in the behind.

Posted by Ask Me How I Know from Lost 6 months of work because I failed to backup on 08/31/11 at 09:09 PM ET

babymachine's avatar

Get a Mac, George!

Just kidding.

Sorry to hear about your troubles. Backups are your friend!

Posted by babymachine from Portland, Oregon by way of Macomb, Michigan on 08/31/11 at 09:45 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

What I needed to salvage was salvaged…the rest can be rebuilt.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/31/11 at 09:52 PM ET

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