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Red Wings afternoon tidbits: DeKeyser takes flight, chat chatter and Jimmy Howard in Maine

Updated 3x with DeKeyser stuff via MLive's Ansar Khan at 5:18 PM: Amongst a whole bunc of tidbits on a relatively quiet afternoon: The scattered thunderstorms that have been skittering across Southeastern Michigan let up enough for Danny DeKeyser to hop onto an F/A-18D at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and fly along with the Blue Angels:


Via RedWingsFeed...

ESPN's Katie Strang also discussed the Red Wings during an ESPN.com chat (for what it's worth, ESPN's Craig Custance is going to issue an Atlantic Division preview tomorrow, too, Insider-only style):

Robin (MI) [via mobile]: Katie, how true are the rumors that players don't like playing for Babcock? I'm really sick of Detroit not being able to lure players in anymore. It blows my mind Holland got resigned bc if we are all being honest since 2009hia decisions have been very poor, starting with signing Franzen before Hossa

Andrew (East Islip): Do you think the Rangers will win the Metropolitan division? If not, who's deep enough on D and in Goal to beat them?

Katie Strang: Sorry, having some computer issues. Let me answer Robin's question first: Babcock definitely runs a tight ship and there is no doubt he has pretty high standards to meet as a coach. Players might not like it, but if they at least respect him, then he is doing his job. And for any doubt when it comes to Ken Holland, look at the team's outstanding organizational depth. That's no accident. This is a franchise that scouts, drafts and assesses talent well. That's why the Wings have been able to keep that playoff streak intact


Grant (Tampa): Is Detroit taking a step further this year with guys back from injuries? I was surprised by the resigning of Quincy and several others. Detroit seems like a long shot to be a contender

Katie Strang: Being healthy would go a long way, especially when you look at the caliber of guys they had hurt last season, including their two biggest stars in Datsyuk and Zetterberg. If those guys can stay healthy and produce, and they can continue to get key contributions from their young players, Detroit will be a dangerous team. Add in a bounce-back season from Jimmy Howard and I think they are a club other teams would like to avoid next spring.

Speaking of Mr. Howard, he will be signing autographs at the Maine Savings in Old Town, ME  as part of a promotion launching the University of Maine Black Bears' official...debit card...on Friday, September 5th:

Friday, September 5

Meet and Greet with Jimmy Howard! (1:30-4:30 pm)

Former UMaine standout and current Detroit Red Wings goaltender—and Maine Savings Member!—Jimmy Howard will sign autographs and chat with fans about hockey, Maine, and more!

Don't miss this opportunity to meet perhaps the greatest Black Bears' goaltender to ever wear the mask!

He's an NHL All-Star, member of the United States National Team, and UMaine and NCAA record holder!

And I'll let you decide whether the Hockey Writers' Tom Mitsos summarizes Ryan Lambert's lastest asshattery with enough emphasis. Tuesday must be troll Wings fans day for that sick and twisted prick (Lambert). Honestly, I find that the best way to combat Lambert is to ignore him, and as such, that's all I've got to say about that.

Sorry for all the tidbits, but there was enough content to merit not "sitting on it" for the sake of adding a DeKeyser Story anchor to the mix. I don't like sitting on stuff if I think you might be interested in discourse and/or news of player availabilities. I don't believe in posting entries to post entries sans the content to justifying them, but there's a fine line between, "Too little to post" and, "Hell, it ain't a work of art but there's information that shouldn't have to sit and wait to be posted at 8 PM when things are 'cleaner.'"

Update: FYI:

Update #2: I hope he didn't lose his lunch!

Update #3: Via RedWingsFeed, MLive's Ansar Khan posited a write-up of DeKeyser's trip, accompanied by a photo gallery from Mike Mulholland. DeKeyser did apparently keep his lunch down:

"It was awesome," DeKeyser said at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, minutes after stepping off a jet that's capable of reaching speeds of 1,400 miles per hour. "I'm still feeling a little woozy right now. I've never experienced anything like that."

The Blue Angels are in town this week for the Selfridge Open House and Air Show Saturday and Sunday. They asked the Red Wings if anyone was interested in a demonstration. DeKeyser, who grew up a few miles from Selfridge, eagerly accepted.

"You don't really get an opportunity to do something like this too often, so I figured why not?" DeKeyser said. I didn't do anything to prepare. They put you through a little tutorial before and kind of tell you how to tighten your legs, and you got to squeeze certain muscles so you don't pass out. You just got to do it to know what it feels like."

He described taking off at what felt like a 90-degree angle as a "weird feeling."

"(The pilot) guns it off the end of the runway, straight up and you're gone," DeKeyser said. "We're up to Port Huron (about 30 miles away) in about two minutes."

Khan continues, and he posted a short video of the flight, too:

As for DeKeyser's contract status...

"I think we're going to talk again here soon and hopefully get something finished up," DeKeyser said. "I'm pretty confident."

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MoreShoot's avatar

Tell me that DDK is actually going to sign. I grow less confident by the day.

Posted by MoreShoot on 09/02/14 at 04:38 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

He’s going to sign. There’s no reason for him to not sign before training camp begins. He didn’t go to arbitration and I’m sure his agent has been asking for $4+ million, but the Wings will work out a bridge deal with DeKeyser within the next seven to ten days.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 09/02/14 at 04:44 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

They asked the Red Wings for volunteers and an unsigned RFA goes?

Justin said the same thing about learning to tighten leg and abdominal muscles to keep the blood from draining out of his head and passing out.

Posted by RWBill on 09/02/14 at 06:46 PM ET


I’m sure his agent has been asking for $4+ million

Factor in Ken Holland’s negotiating abilities of late and we’re thinking DeKeyser gets, what, $5.3M?

Posted by Garth on 09/03/14 at 09:28 AM ET


Hes built like Gumby.

Are you thinking of a different Gumby, because the green clay character has maybe the exact opposite of chicken legs.

Posted by Garth on 09/03/14 at 09:29 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Factor in Ken Holland’s negotiating abilities of late and we’re thinking DeKeyser gets, what, $5.3M?
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      on 09/03/14 at 09:28 AM ET

That would be funny if it wasn’t true.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 09/03/14 at 09:53 AM ET

Tracy from T-Town Hockey 's avatar

Big E has chicken legs too!  Must be something about our tall D men.

Posted by Tracy from T-Town Hockey on 09/03/14 at 10:13 AM ET

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