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Devellano Talks New Rink For The Wings

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Detroit Red Wings senior vice-president Jim Devellano believes that a new home for the National Hockey League club isn’t merely necessary, it’s mandatory if the Wings want to continue to operate as one of the elite franchises in the league.

“For the hockey team, to sustain the Red Wings, to get them back to where they once were, the ability to attract free agents, a vibrant building in downtown Detroit would be a plus,” Devellano said, admitting that outdated Joe Louis Arena played a role in the Wings’ inability to land Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the top two unrestricted free agents available last summer.

The Michigan state legislature last week passed Bill HB5463, which would provide public funds to help develop a downtown Detroit complex that would include a new facility to replace Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings’ home rink since 1979.

“What a wonderful thing this would be for the City of Detroit,” Devellano said. “When you think of Comerica Park, Ford Field, the Fox Theatre and now the possibility of a new state-of-the-art arena and new people moving downtown, new residences, it really would be fantastic thing for the City of Detroit.

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RedMenace's avatar

Gotta have a new pen for all those cattle, right Jimmy?

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 12/21/12 at 04:38 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Are there any rules against this new pad being Olympic sized?

Posted by Hank1974 on 12/21/12 at 04:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh cool.  More bathrooms.  Maybe they’ll have fun urinals, too

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 12/21/12 at 04:51 PM ET

Paul From Cali's avatar

There is no NHL and it could literally be years before the Dead Wings play another game.  Does this really matter?

Posted by Paul From Cali on 12/21/12 at 05:11 PM ET

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There is no NHL and it could literally be years before the Dead Wings play another game.  Does this really matter?

Theoretically, it could be built for the very next Wings home game.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/21/12 at 06:15 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Posted by Paul From Cali on 12/21/12 at 05:11 PM ET

What a dumb thing to say.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/21/12 at 06:22 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

Are there any rules against this new pad being Olympic sized?

Posted by Hank1974 on 12/21/12 at 04:45 PM ET

I’m pretty sure Gary(ass) instituted rules about NHL standardized rink dimensions, but I think you’ve got the right idea.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 12/21/12 at 06:29 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Too funny.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 12/21/12 at 06:52 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I really like Jimmy D, as he was/is a big part of the Wings organization since Mike bought the team 30 years ago.However, with all due respect, the only thing that played a part in the Wings not signing Parise or Suter was about $100 million dollars that Minnesota gave them. Joe Louis locker rooms may not be as large as some new arenas, but I’m guessing the private plane they fly on makes up for that.

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/21/12 at 07:11 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

There is no NHL and it could literally be years before the Dead Wings play another game.  Does this really matter?

Posted by Paul From Cali on 12/21/12 at 05:11 PM ET

Paul Coffey, is that you? I didn’t realize you moved to California. Still bitter, huh?

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 12/21/12 at 07:15 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

It sounds like it will be a beautiful facility to close once every 8 years for nonsensical refusals to negotiate.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/21/12 at 09:00 PM ET

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The Joe’s only flaw in the Suter/Parise hunt is its distance from their homes in Minneapolis and Wisconsin. Jimmy D really needs to stop talking publicly.

Posted by mc keeper on 12/21/12 at 09:55 PM ET

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Joe Louis Arena played a role in the Wings’ inability to land Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the top two unrestricted free agents available last summer.

I wonder if he actually thinks anyone believes that.

Posted by Garth on 12/21/12 at 10:30 PM ET

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Any quotes from Jimmy calling the new rink a barn?

Posted by CallMeJerry on 12/21/12 at 10:34 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Happy holidays, George and all my TMR friends!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 12/23/12 at 09:20 AM ET

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