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Red Wings afternoon news: Griffins release latest ‘Between the Benches’ video; Weiss on Ice

Updated 3x at 1:49 PM: "Slow?" Yes. "Dead?" Far from it. This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related news stories isn't deep, but it's still worth watching and reading:

First, the Grand Rapids Griffins posted their 4th video chronicling the Griffins' 2014 playoff run, and there's over 32 minutes' worth of content across three videos now. Here's part 4...

And here are parts 1...

Two...

And three...

The Griffins' YouTube channel also includes oodles of prospect interviews from the summer development camp, and as you probaby know by now, the Red Wings' YouTube channel covered the summer camp in significant detail, and they posted prospect profiles of Xavier Ouellet...

Ryan Sproul...

Teemu Pulkkinen...

And Petr Mrazek...

As well as this now-classic video of Jeff Blashill talking to the prospects about "earning it every day":

The Red Wings have posted a total of THIRTY videos since the draft, and the Griffins have posted twelve videos, so if you feel like it's a "slow day" and you've got time to burn, there's at least two hours of content available for viewing.

 

Today, on the Red Wings' YouTube channel, the Red Wings focus on Ilitch Charities' scholarship luncheon awarding scholarships to high school graduates who took part in the Little Caesars hockey program...

 

And Paul found that "Some Hockey Videos" posted all of Pavel Datsyuk's goals from the 2013-14 season:

 

 

 

In "print news," the Stoufville Sun-Tribune's Michael Hayakawa reports that Stephen Weiss will be taking part in a charity hockey game this August, held in coordination with Member of Parliament Paul Calandra,--and it's a game that takes place right before the Joe Kocur Foundation's charity softball game on August 23rd...

Current and former NHLers along with a bevy of local sports celebrities will have some fun on the Stouffville Arena ice Aug. 21.

It’s all for a good cause when the fourth annual Hockey Night in Stouffville takes place with the puck to drop at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Oak Ridges-Markham MP Paul Calandra, proceeds from this year’s event will go to Markham Stouffville Hospital and Stouffville Markham Girls HockeyDe Association.

Among those scheduled to appear include: Stephen Weiss, a Stouffville resident and forward with the Detroit Red Wings; Will Acton, a Stouffville resident and Edmonton Oilers’ forward along his father Keith, the associate coach with the Oilers; Sam Carrick, a Stouffville resident and Toronto Marlies’ forward and his younger brother Trevor, a member of the Ontario Hockey League Sudbury Wolves and 2012 draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes; Michael Del Zotto, a Stouffville native and former Nashville Predators defenceman; Brad May, a Stouffville native and former NHL forward; Joe Bowen, a Markham resident and long-time voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Nick Kypreos, a former NHL forward and current Sportsnet hockey analyst; Jeff Marek; a Stouffville resident and Sportsnet hockey analyst; Mike Gartner, former NHL forward from Richmond Hill; Becky Kellar-Duke, former Canadian women’s hockey team member and Sean Pierson, a Stouffville resident and UFC welterweight competitor.

(I hope Weiss doesn't wreck his groin...again...)

 

In "free agent" news, I'm...bemused...by the surprise with which the greater hockey community is reacting to something Wings fans already know--that Daniel Alfredsson's going to take until the fall, or nearly so, to determine whether he's still able to play.

Sportsnet's Ryan Dixon lists Alfredsson as the best-available free agent remaining on the market, and he discussed Alfredsson's situation thusly:

1. Daniel Alfredsson
Age
: 41
Team: Detroit Red Wings
Position: Right wing
2013-14 cap hit: $3.5 million
Why he’s worth a shot: Even at his advanced age, Alfredsson led all still-available UFAs in goals per game in 2013-14, and his leadership and work ethic were appreciated in Detroit.
Latest dirt: Alfredsson has told the Red Wings that he will take some time to assess his back pain and decide to either return to Detroit or retire from the game. He does not want to uproot his family again and go to another team. On July 24, The Detroit News reported that Alfredsson will wait until late August to make his decision.

 

In business news, the M-1 Rail line's construction began today, and Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reports that the rail line connecting the immediate Downtown area to Midtown, a stop at Sibley Street included, has yet to award the contract to build the rail cars needed for the project to work:

The long-delayed contract for M-1 Rail’s streetcars should be awarded within the next two weeks, project CEO Matt Cullen said this morning. Cullen, along with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and M-1 Co-Chairman Roger Penske, were on hand Monday morning for a media briefing to herald the start of 27 months of construction to install a 3.3-mile streetcar loop at a cost of approximately $140 million on Woodward Avenue between Larned Street and West Grand Boulevard.

Talks are wrapping up with the final bidder on the streetcar bid, Cullen said after the news conference.

Under the original timeline, bids for design, engineer and manufacture of six streetcars were due Oct. 21, and a preferred vendor was to be chosen by November. A contract was supposed to be done by Dec. 21.

Negotiations have extended the talks with a vendor, project organizers have said. Neither the details of the discussions nor the identity of the vendor have been disclosed.

Streetcars typically cost between $2 million and $6 million apiece, depending on size and options, and delivery is supposed to take between 18 and 24 months.

Again, oodles of Detroit business leaders have spearheaded the project, including the Ilitches:

M-1 Rail is led by Penske Corp. founder Roger Penske and Quicken Loans Inc. founder Dan Gilbert, the project’s co-chairmen; Peter Karmanos Jr., founder of Detroit-based Compuware Corp.; and the Ilitch family, owners of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesar Enterprises Inc.

Major construction commitments of $3 million have been secured from Wayne State University, Quicken Loans, the Ilitch companies, Penske Corp., Compuware, Chevrolet, Chrysler Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, Wayne County government, the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Hudson Webber Foundation has pledged $1 million.

The $3 million commitments are for the display advertising rights to a station along the route. The Troy-based Kresge Foundation has pledged $35.1 million, part of which already has been spent, and it gave an additional $3 million as a “backstop” grant.

 

On Twitter...

 

And finally, I'd like to wish my Muslim readers a very happy Eid--albeit a few hours early (in the words of Adam Sandler, "You can doo eet!). Given Metro Detroit's Muslim population, TMR has a strong Muslim readership, and in general, we're a diverse bunch in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, nationality, socioeconomic status--you name a "difference" and there's probably a Red Wings fan out there who cares about hockey and is a proud literal, figurative or adopted Detroiter. We're not always a big happy family, but we are a community of like-and-different-minded inviduals who are "on the same team," and that's pretty dang cool.

 

Update: Via Chris Nichols of Nichols on Hockey, this is...different...

Jason Spezza joined Sportsnet 590 on Monday morning.

It sounds like Daniel Alfredsson will play with the Detroit Red Wings again, or retire. He probably already would have announced he was not coming back if he wasn’t?

“I don’t know," Spezza began. "It’d be a little premature to say that, I guess. I haven’t talked to him this summer yet. I know Alf is always a guy that wants to play at a high level. So if he’s taking his time, it’s because he wants to make sure that he’s healthy and can help out. I’d imagine he’s going to play. Had a great year last year. He’s a heck of a hockey player. But if his body doesn’t feel like it, he’s not going to put himself out there in a situation where he’s not going to succeed. So I would think he’ll play, but if he doesn’t it’s because of health and he doesn’t feel like he can play at the high level he’s used to.”

And I'm going to go with, "Duh!" here:

Update #2: MLive's Brendan Savage is trumpeting his website's soon-to-be-open polls that will allow fans to pick the "Ultimate Detroit Red Wings starting lineup."

Update #3:

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