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by George Malik on 04/27/13 at 10:08 PM ET
Somewhat ironically: the CBC's Hotstove Tonight crew on Hockey Night in Canada confirmed that the Red Wings will lose Jim Nill to Dallas "after the season" (whether that means before or after the NHL Draft that Nill tends to run for the Wings, nobody seems to know yet), but in revealing as much, the CBC's Elliotte Friedman stated that the Wings and Stars were trying to keep the news Tweeted by TSN's Darren Dreger quiet out of respect for a) Nill and b) the Wings-Stars game that Dreger chose to precede by FOUR minutes...
And in a not-so-subtle dig, Friedman stated that he asked Wings coach Mike Babcock about the Dreger Tweet suggesting that Babcock would end up leaving the Wings to join the University of Michigan, and Babcock was apparently upset by the insinuation that he'd leave the team--and he stated that he's not going anywhere until his daughter graduates high school in 2 years (assuming he's not a coach for life or nearly so, which he really is at this point).
Otherwise, the Hotstove crew talked about the fact that the NHL, the IIHF and the IOC are still attempting to hammer out the details of NHL participation in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, during the World Championships (the Worlds begin in Stockholm and Helsinki on May 3rd, and Glenn Healy reports that the security in Sochi is what you'd expect from a location about 200 miles west of Grozny, Chechnya, but the facilities aren't finished); they talk about Team Canada's roster for the Worlds; Healy states that the Rangers aren't particularly happy about being the visitors in two outdoor games for the 2013-2014 season; and they discuss Anschutz Entertainment Group president Tim Leiwicke joining Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
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