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by George Malik on 09/15/12 at 03:27 PM ET
Updated 2x at 8:02 PM: This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related news involves a predictable subject. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke to Danny Cleary about the impending lockout on Friday...
Via RedWingsFeed, WXYZ posted a teaser as to Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall's thoughts on the impeding lockout, with a longer interview Brad Galli conducted with both players to come on the Sunday Sports Update:
Jakub Kindl suggested that he's not going to stick around...
According to the Detroit Sports Site's Chris Burke, Fox Sports Detroit's considering its lockout programming options...
FOX is in the process of developing “contingency plans” for Fox Sports Detroit and other regional networks in preparation for an NHL lockout, Fox Sports Networks VP of Communications Chris Bellitti told The Detroit Sports Site via email Friday.
“Nothing’s been finalized,” Bellitti said. “In the meantime, we hope both sides come to agreement and no games are missed.”
Fox Sports Detroit remains the main broadcast partner of the Red Wings and could show up to 76 regular-season games plus the first two rounds of the playoffs in 2012-13 — the Wings currently have six games scheduled for NBC’s national coverage.
The first move toward filling the gaps created by having no NHL season likely would be for FSD to move any Detroit Pistons games slated for FSD-Plus to the main Fox Sports Detroit channel.
Other options could include airing more college hockey games (though those are mostly limited to Friday and Saturday) or picking up additional national shows.
A potential long-shot possibility may be for Fox Sports Detroit to air some Grand Rapids Griffins games during the lockout. The Griffins, Detroit’s AHL minor-league team, will employ a roster that features several promising Wings prospects, including Tomas Tatar, Brendan Smith, Damien Brunner, Petr Mrazek and Tomas Jurco.
Incoming netminder Petr Mrazek picks up the #34 worn last season by Ty Conklin during his AHL demotion, making him one of two Griffins wearing the same number as they are assigned by the Red Wings.
Nathan Paetsch takes the #4 vacated by Travis Ehrhardt. Adam Almquist switches from the #6 he got at the end of last season to the #5 that had been worn by Riley Sheahan, who takes the #19 from outgoing Mike Thomas.
Luke Glendening gets Jamie Johnson's old #10. Chad Billins claims the #14 last worn by Chris Minard after having shared #23 with Ryan Sproul last year, with #23 going to Triston Grant.
Fabian Brunnstrom's #17 goes to Max Nicastro and Chris Conner's #25 goes to Damien Brunner.
Tomas Jurco claims #28 from Alan Quine, making him the second Griffin with the same number he's currently assigned with the Red Wings, pending Carlo Colaiacovo's number selection. Colaiacovo wore #28 with the St. Louis Blues and could request it in Detroit.
Finally, Brennan Evans will wear the #44 of the deceased Bryan Rufenach.
(Colaicovo wants to wear #28)
If you're interested, NHL.com's Tal Pinchevsky took a look at the present statuses of prominent players from the 1987 Canada Cup, including several Wings alums...
Dominik Hasek: After starting out with the Czechoslovakian national team, Hasek enjoyed one of the most impressive NHL careers in recent memory, winning six Vezina trophies, two Hart trophies, Olympic gold, and two Stanley Cups. Since leaving the NHL in 2008, he has played sparingly in European leagues and was rumored to be considering an NHL comeback as recently as May.
Viacheslav Fetisov: Generally regarded as among the greatest athletes in Russian history, the national team captain won two Olympic golds, two Stanley Cups, and every honor his home country has been known to offer. After briefly serving as an assistant coach with the Devils, Fetisov is a member of Russia's federal assembly, chairman of the board of directors of the World Anti-Doping Agency, as well as club president of CSKA Moscow of the KHL.
Igor Larionov: Another highly decorated national-team player, Larionov was a dominating center who played 14 NHL seasons and won back-to-back Stanley Cups in Detroit alongside Fetisov. He serves as an agent for Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk.
But he doesn't mention Larry Murphy, and as we all know, he won four Stanley Cups, two with the Wings, is a Hockey Hall of Famer, and as we all know, Murph will be mourning each and every one of the lost dollar hot dog nights at the Joe in a big way.
(Hey, I had to go out on a semi-positive note, even if it's a mediocre one)
Update: Here's more from Cleary (and Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall) via the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
“Another full year, the implications would be … I don’t know what they’d be,” Cleary said. “I’d like to say catastrophic, just devastating, but I mean last time, they weren’t. Maybe early on it was, but as we’ve seen, the league has really grown well. I think hockey’s in a better place now.
“We owe it to ourselves not to have a full season wasted,” Cleary added. “We need to come to an agreement. That’s pretty much going to be up to Don (Fehr), but someone’s going to have to move at some point, us or Gary.”
Both sides traded proposals Wednesday, but neither new offer moved the sides any closer to a deal.
“I hope that both sides can realize that the longer we go, the uglier it’s going to get,” Cleary said. “Nobody wants to not start the season on time. My way of thinking is that eventually, we’re going to come to an agreement. We’re going to have hockey at some point, so let’s try to reach that point as quickly as we can.”
“It’s going well for the players and it’s going well for the league,” Cleary said. “We’ve both grown a hell of a lot in the last seven years. Look at this year, at least 12 or 13 teams have got a real good chance at winning the Stanley Cup, maybe more. That’s a pretty good thing, and I don’t think you could have said that in ‘04.”
“For guys in Europe, it was a huge difference from '04,'' Zetterberg said. “Back in '04, you really didn't know what was going on, except what you were reading in the papers. This time, as soon as we have a meeting or something happens, we have it on our app or on our emails.''
No formal meetings between the sides are scheduled. Barring a breakthrough, the NHL is expected to cancel training camps (the Red Wings are scheduled to start Friday in Traverse City) and at least a portion of the preseason schedule next week.
The start of the regular season (Oct. 11 for some teams, Oct. 12 for Detroit), seems likely to be pushed back indefinitely. Zetterberg is not surprised that the sides are not close.
“If you look at the last bargaining in '04, nothing really happened until it felt like we were a month into it,'' he said. “Now we’re here again. So it’s not a big surprise that they are doing the same thing now.''
The NHL wants to reduce players' share of revenues to between 47 percent and 49 percent. The union is seeking a deal that would assure players at least the $1.8 billion in salaries paid out in 2011-12. Bettman said the league's latest offer will be off the table once the current CBA expires because the NHL would begin losing revenue immediately.
Revenues grew to $3.3 billion last season.
“I think the frustrating part is that the league wants us to do all the work again,'' Zetterberg said. “In our proposal, we want to partner up and help each other. If we’re in this together, we have to solve the problems together, not just one side being asked to do everything.''
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