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Belatedly: Coffey, Dandenault and Lapointe will participate in Winter Classic; more Bouwmeester talk
by George Malik on 08/10/12 at 12:40 AM ET
Sorry about my absence today—I literally collapsed from exhaustion—so let’s knock these two out of the way before I work on the overnight report:
• The Red Wings confirmed what RedWingsFeed‘s search engine robots discovered on Wednesday evening:
THREE MEMBERS OF RED WINGS’ RECORD-SETTING 1995-96 SQUAD ADDED TO ROSTER FOR ALUMNI SHOWDOWN WITH MAPLE LEAFS
… Paul Coffey, Mathieu Dandenault and Martin Lapointe to don the Winged Wheel Once Again; Toronto Adds Bryan McCabe, Gary Roberts and Lanny McDonald …
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs® today announced the addition of six total players who will participate in the festivities surrounding the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on December 31 at Comerica Park™ as part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™. Detroit has added defensemen Paul Coffey and Mathieu Dandenault as well as forward Martin Lapointe; all three players were members of the Red Wings during the team’s record-setting campaign of 1995-96 during which Detroit won a total of 62 games – still the highest single-season total in NHL history. Toronto , meanwhile, has announced the addition of former star wingers Gary Roberts and Lanny McDonald as well as defenseman Bryan McCabe. Between the three of them, McDonald, Roberts and McCabe recorded 2,443 points (1083G-1360A) in 4,470 combined career NHL games.
Detroit’s top choice (first round, 10th overall) at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Lapointe spent ten years with the Red Wings franchise, winning two Stanley Cups (1997 and 1998) and appearing in 552 games for the club (108G-122A-230P). He is currently tied for 25th place on the team’s all-time playoff scoring list with 39 points (17G-22A) in 86 games. The speedy two-way winger was also a member of Team Canada at the 1991, 1992 and 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships, capturing Gold in his first and final appearances at the tournament. Lapointe also represented his country at the 2001 IIHF World Championships in Germany . In addition to the Red Wings, Lapointe also played for the Bruins, Blackhawks and Senators in his 991-game career, retiring in 2008 with 381 points on 181 goals and 200 assists.
Arguably one of the best pure skaters in league history, Coffey put up truly astounding numbers during his esteemed NHL career. The Weston, Ontario , native tallied 1409GP-396G-1135A-1531P over the course of 20 seasons with Edmonton , Pittsburgh , Los Angeles , Detroit , Hartford , Chicago , Carolina and Boston , winning three Norris Trophies as the league’s top blue-liner as well as four Stanley Cup championships en route to earning a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame (inducted in 2004). The 48 goals Coffey scored for the Oilers in 1985-86 remains an NHL record for defensemen as does his
28-game point streak from the same season.
Selected by Detroit in the second round (49th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Dandenault spent nine seasons in Hockeytown between 1995 and 2004 and was a part of three Stanley Cup championships with the club (1997, 1998 & 2002). The 6’1”, 200-lb. rearguard registered 48G-101A-149P in 616 career games with the Red Wings. In 2003, Dandenault helped Team Canada capture Gold at the IIHF World Championships in Finland , tallying 9GP-2G-3A-5P in the tournament.
Updated alumni rosters for Toronto and Detroit can be found below. Further roster for both teams will be announced in the coming weeks.
DETROIT RED WINGS ALUMNI:
FORWARDS DEFENSEMEN GOALIES
Dino Ciccarelli Chris Chelios Chris Osgood
Alex Delvecchio Paul Coffey Mike Vernon
Kris Draper Mathieu Dandenault
Sergei Fedorov Viacheslav Fetisov
Joe Kocur Mark Howe
Martin Lapointe Vladimir Konstantinov
Igor Larionov Larry Murphy
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS ALUMNI:
FORWARDS DEFENSEMEN GOALIES
Dave Andreychuk Dave Ellett Johnny Bower
Wendel Clark Jim McKenny Curtis Joseph
Russ Courtnall Bryan McCabe Mike Palmateer
Vincent Damphousse Bob McGill Felix Potvin
Fans are currently able to register for a chance to win an opportunity to purchase two (2) tickets to the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ by visiting DetroitRedWings.com/Legends and filling out an online form. 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ GLI, AHL and OHL tickets will go on sale in early September at DetroitRedWings.com, ticketmaster.com or by calling 313-396-7575. Fans should register at DetroitRedWings.com/2013winterclassic to receive all the latest information on these events.
A feature story from Andrea Nelson...
The last time Martin Lapointe, Paul Coffey and Mathieu Dandenault skated together, they helped the Detroit Red Wings win an NHL-record 62 regular season games.
Seventeen seasons later, the trio will proudly wear the winged wheel again as they join Detroit’s growing roster of alumni playing in the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown.
Lapointe was Detroit’s first round, 10th overall pick of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. The two-time Stanley Cup winner played in Hockeytown for ten years, scoring 108 goals and adding 122 assists for 230 points. Lapointe had a successful postseason career with the Red Wings, scoring 39 points in 86 games. His playoff numbers are still in the record books, as the forward is currently tied for 25th place on the team’s all-time playoff scoring list. Three of those points came in Game 2 of a 2000 playoff series, where Lapointe had a hat trick in Detroit’s first round sweep of the L.A. Kings.
Internationally, Lapointe made his mark representing Team Canada at the 1991, 1992 and 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships. He brought home gold medals in his first and final championship appearances. The forward also played for the Bruins, Blackhawks and Senators during his 16-year NHL career. In 991 total NHL games, Lapointe scored 381 points on 181 goals and 200 assists before retiring in 2008.
Hall of Fame inductee Paul Coffey enjoyed three and a half successful seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. In the lockout-shortened 1994-95 NHL season, Coffey led all Red Wings in scoring for the first and only time in his career, earning his third Norris Trophy. Coffey also led all defensemen in shorthanded goals during the 1994-95 playoffs, helping Detroit reach the Stanley Cup finals.
The 20-year hockey veteran tallied 396 goals and 1,135 assists for 1,531 points while playing for Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Detroit, Hartford, Chicago, Carolina and Boston. He won four Stanley Cup championships and scored an NHL-record 48 goals for defenseman while playing for the Oilers. The Weston, Ontario native played in 1,409 career NHL games before retiring in 2001. As arguably one of the best pure skaters in league history, Coffey was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.
Three-time Stanley Cup champion Mathieu Dandenault was Detroit’s second round pick of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He spent nine seasons in Detroit from 1995-2004 after converting from a forward to a defenseman. In 616 career games wearing the winged wheel, Dandenault scored 48 goals and contributed 101 assists for 149 points. In addition to his three Stanley Cup championships, Dandenault helped Team Canada capture a gold medal at the 2003 IIHF World Championships in Finland. He had two goals and three assists for five points in nine total tournament games.
Dandenault spent the last four years of his 13-year NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens. He retired in 2010 having played in 868 NHL games, scoring 68 goals and 135 assists.
Lapointe, Coffey and Dandenault join many former Red Wings who have confirmed their participation in the Alumni Showdown as part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival, including Dino Ciccarelli, Alex Delvecchio, Sergei Fedorov, Mickey Redmond, Chris Chelios, Chris Osgood and many more.
The Toronto Maple Leafs also added three names to the Alumni Showdown roster. Defenseman Bryan McCabe and star wingers Gary Roberts and Lanny McDonald will join many former Maple Leafs at Comerica Park to take on the Red Wings alumni. In 4,470 combined games, McDonald, Roberts and McCabe scored 1,083 goals and added 1,360 assists for 2,443 points.
And yes, of course, the aforementioned photo gallery.
After striking out on two top defensemen in the unrestricted and restricted pool, the Wings have turned their sites on acquiring one by trade. A source confirmed that Detroit has been in contact with the Calgary Flames about trading for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.
The Wings’ interest in Bouwmeester, who turns 29 next month, was first reported by mlive.com.
The Wings are in need of a top four defensemen, which there are none left on the open market and therefore a trade may need to be made in order to fill that void.
The Wings currently have six defensemen under contract — Niklas Kronwall, Ian White, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl.
However, Bouwmeester comes with a hefty price tag, $6.68 million for each of the next two seasons. Pavel Datsyuk is the highest paid Wing at $6.7 million a season.
Despite not producing much offense like many thought he would, Bouwmeester does gobble up the minutes on the blue line and is durable. He has played in 588 consecutive game.
The Flames have been hinting of dealing Bouwmeester since signing Dennis Wideman to a five-year, at $5.25 million deal a season. That took Calgary, which signed former Wing Jiri Hudler to a four-year deal with $4 million a season, close to hitting the $70.2 million salary gap. The Flames currently are at $66.6 million.
The Wings are $13 million under the salary cap.
• And, for the record, from the Wings:
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