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by George Malik on 06/18/14 at 05:48 PM ET
Okay, this afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related and marginally Red WIngs-related news represents a disparate crop, so prepare for significant amounts of Tweets and some slightly random "stuff":
First, regarding the NHL's 2014-2015 schedule, which comes out on Sunday, June 22nd, it appears that pre-season schedules will leak out first, via a retweet from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
Second, regarding the NHL's Awards Show (presenters included; Danny DeKeyser will be one of them!), which takes place on Tuesday, June 24th, the Red Wings reminded us that an actual member of the organization is up for an award, though the "safe betting" is that he won't walk away with the Jack Adams Award because
the press is really fickle, I mean Mike Babcock didn't enter the best-coach-of-the-season discussion until late in the season:
Regarding Jordin Tootoo's buyout (great guy, good human being, I hope all goes well for him; the Nunatsiaq News reports that Tootoo is currently touring Nunavut as part of a youth outreach program), the AP's report regarding the buy-out proves that the more things change, the more they stay the same (I think somebody let Jimmy Devellano speak to the AP's Larry Lage, too):
A person familiar with the move has confirmed to The Associated Press that the Detroit Red Wings have placed forward Jordin Tootoo on waivers with the intention to buy out the final year of his contract.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity on Wednesday, because the Red Wings have not announced the move. TSN first reported the move earlier the day.
The Red Wings did announce the move. But old tricks are the best tricks...
Tootoo is set to make $2 million next season. Should he clear waivers on Thursday, Tootoo would be in a position to become an unrestricted free agent once the Red Wings buy out the remainder of his contract for $1.33 million.
Regarding a "hot rumor"...
Which Pro Hockey Talk, Puck Daddy and a certain Ryan Lambert bit upon, the Miami Herald's George Richards threw a little water on the suggestion that the 35-year-old Campbell, who has 2 years remaining on a contract which pays him $7.142 million per season, "wants out"...
Never mind the theory that the Panthers might want to trade Campbell at all:
Regarding a possible free agent target, I can't deny that this report from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun has me saying, "*#$%@& it, Kenny, go out and get this guy's rights, you're probably going to be out-bid for Niskanen anyway":
The New York Islanders were aggressive in trading for the rights to blueliner Dan Boyle, but after failing to get his signature on a contract, the NHL club is now shopping him before he walks away as an unrestricted free agent.
"I don’t know if we’ll get anything done, but we'll see what's out there," Islanders GM Garth Snow told ESPN.com early Wednesday afternoon. "We've talked to a couple of teams, we'll see if anything comes to fruition here."
The San Jose Sharks will get a fifth-round pick in 2015 in exchange for trading Boyle’s rights to the Islanders earlier this month. That pick would have changed to a fourth-rounder had Boyle signed with the Islanders.
Snow is smart to cut bait now because there's less than week a left before other teams can reach out to any UFAs.
New to the CBA is a talking period when clubs can contact pending UFAs from other teams, which this year is as of 12:01 a.m. ET June 25, five days out from the official opening of free agency on July 1.
No formal offers can be tabled but the ground can certainly be set.
The Islanders made their best pitch to Boyle and give him plenty to consider.
"Garth's done a great job, he's kept us abreast of everything along the way, we understand he's got to protect his interests," Boyle's agent, George Bazos, told ESPN.com. "That being said, we haven't closed the door on talking to them. The Islanders gave Dan a lot to think about."
LeBrun believes that the soon-to-be-38-year-old might back off his demand for a 2-year deal, but TSN's Darren Dreger reports that Boyle wanted just that from the Islanders:
For what it's worth, this tidbit from LeBrun is arguably just as important as anything he's posted of late:
The NHLPA's annual summer player meetings, presided over by Donald Fehr, will be held July 14-17 in Pebble Beach, California, to discuss issues raised during the season. An official agenda has yet to be set.
Slowly but surely meandering our way back toward more directly Red Wings-related news, Slava Fetisov lost his bid to unseat Vladislav Tretiak as the president of the Russian Hockey Federation on Wednesday, and the electoral process was particularly heated in the, "Tretiak is doing it wrong" department, so it's rather ironic that the Moscow Times reports that the pair will likely be reunited on the Moscow Film Festival's red carpet tomorrow:
The Moscow Film Festival opens Thursday with a showing of "Red Army," a critically acclaimed documentary about the great 1980s CSKA hockey team.
Executive produced by Werner Herzog, the film, directed by Gabriel Polsky is "a playful documentary about … an all-conquering machine schooled under military training-camp conditions as an ideological propaganda weapon" according to Hollywood Reporter.
The film is told through the eyes of Vyacheslav Fetisov, who would late go to the NHL and win the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings and is now a senator in the Federation Council.
The Moscow Film Festival does not have the cache of the big European film festivals like Cannes, Berlin or Vienna but there is always something to interest film fans, The competition section has some interesting entries including "A Most Wanted Man," an adaptation of the John Le Carre spy thriller about a half-Chechen, half Russian immigrant, which stars the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright plus the latest film of Valeriya Gai Germanika, "Yes and Yes" about a love affair between a painter and a teacher, the enfant terrible of the Russian film world.
In almost equally-litigious matters, the National Law Review's Bryan R. Walters weighed in on the court decision levied against former Wing Kevin Miler:
In a 17-page opinion issued on June 5, 2014, the Honorable Gordon J. Quist of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan entered an order recognizing a judgment entered in Switzerland against former NHL hockey player Kevin Miller. The case is of particular local interest in that Miller was born and raised in Lansing, played college hockey for Michigan State University, and played professional hockey for a number of teams, including the Detroit Red Wings.
The underlying judgment against Miller arose out of an on-ice incident on October 31, 2010, between Miller and Andrew McKim during a Swiss hockey league game. Miller checked McKim from behind, hitting McKim in the head and neck and causing McKim to fall on the ice and hit his head. McKim suffered a concussion and other injuries and was hospitalized for several weeks. The Swiss hockey league determined that Miller's check was intentional and suspended Miller for eight games.
In addition, McKim brought a civil lawsuit against Miller for injuries resulting from the incident. At the conclusion of the civil proceedings in Switzerland, judgment was ultimately entered in the amount of 1 million Swiss Francs against Miller, which, when converted to United States dollars, and adding interest, costs, and attorneys' fees, resulted in a current judgment amount of approximately US $1.6 million.
Miller challenged recognition of the judgment under the Uniform Foreign Country Money Judgments Recognition Act ("FCMJRA"), which Michigan has adopted. Miller raised two arguments: (1) that the Swiss judgment was repugnant to public policy and violated due process because Miller was not allowed to cross-examine the independent expert who provided opinion testimony about Miller's intent at the time he checked McKim; and (2) that it was repugnant to public policy and violated due process for the Swiss civil tribunal to consider as evidence the determination by the Swiss hockey league that Miller's check of McKim was intentional.
The district court was not persuaded that either of these objections rose to the level of the Swiss judgment being repugnant to public policy. The court noted that the fact that Swiss law does not allow for cross-examination of expert witnesses "is a mere difference of procedure that does not trigger the public policy exception." Op. at 11. The district court also noted that the civil tribunal's consideration of the hockey tribunal's disciplinary determination was not repugnant to Michigan public policy in that the hockey tribunal's determination was only one of numerous sources of information, and the "Swiss civil court did not accord preclusive effect to the National League proceeding that determined that Miller intentionally injured McKim." Id. at 12.
In much less litigous but still slightly-contested news, Sportsnet posted its rankings of draft prospects 30 to 21, and they used Ye Olde Infographic to do so. Sportsnet's Gare Joyce also explained why several players didn't make the cut...
And in prospect news of a different kind, from the Wings:
In charitable news, part 1, from the Grand Rapids Griffins:
Two hundred local children will receive a new bike helmet at no cost when the Grand Rapids Griffins and Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids host the seventh annual “Lids at the Library.”
The event will take place on two separate days at branches of the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Kent District Library. GRPL's Main Library (111 Library St. NE) will be the site on Tuesday, June 24 at 3 p.m., while KDL's Kentwood branch (4950 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood) will host the event on Wednesday, July 2 at 10 a.m.
Volunteers from the Griffins, Safe Kids and several program sponsors and supporters will be on hand to properly fit these free helmets for the first 100 kids at each location. Helmets for kids ages 1-12 will be distributed (subject to availability), and a parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to receive a helmet. Griff will be on hand to entertain patrons, and a variety of information from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be available for pickup.
“Lids at the Library” represents the start of the 11th summer of the Griffins’ award-winning “Put A Lid On It!” (PALOI) helmet safety program, which is presented by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Since the program’s founding in 2004, the Griffins have worked with countless local organizations – including police departments, pediatricians, schools, libraries, bike shops and sporting goods stores – to encourage helmet usage during wheeled sports, prevent head injuries, and reward kids who wear their helmets.
PALOI, which earned the Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s 2007 prevention award, targets elementary and middle school students in a seven-county region of West Michigan. Children age 17 or younger who visit griffinshockey.com/putalidonit with parental permission and sign a pledge to always wear their helmet will be rewarded with a voucher for two free tickets to a 2014-15 Griffins game, and they’ll be registered for a drawing to win a new bike. Numerous local police departments, including Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Grandville and East Grand Rapids, traditionally participate in the voucher program as well, distributing them to helmet-wearing kids they encounter in their communities.
Ever-present at local bike races throughout the summer, the Griffins will co-sponsor the kids race at the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium for the sixth straight year, providing helmets to the first 150 kids who register at the June 28 event. The Griffins will also provide their annual grant to Safe Kids, enabling that organization to purchase approximately 100 additional bike helmets and distribute them through its programs and events.
2014 PALOI posters will soon be displayed and distributed by hundreds of schools, libraries, medical offices and businesses throughout West Michigan, while themed T-shirts will be given away to kids during PALOI events.
Information for parents, including tips for choosing a helmet and getting their child to wear it, is available at griffinshockey.com. For more information about the program, call (616) 774-4585 ext. 3046.
The “Put A Lid On It!” program is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Centennial Securities, Gatorade, Huntington and Macatawa Bank.
2014 PALOI Event Schedule
June 24 - Lids at the Library* - GRPL Main Library (3 p.m.)
June 27 - Zeeland Criterium Kids Race - Downtown Zeeland (6 p.m.) - Tentative
June 28 - Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium Kids Races* - Downtown Grand Rapids (1 p.m. registration, 3 p.m. races)
July 2 - Lids at the Library* - KDL Kentwood Branch (10 a.m.)
Aug. 17 - Delta Subaru Gaslight Crit Kids Race - Downtown East Grand Rapids (11:30 a.m.) - Tentative
In charitable news, part 2: This event was incredibly important to Budd Lynch:
And finally, we'll close this Twitter-based entry out with some not-so-charitable-but-still-good news and a visit from the WayBack Machine:
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