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by George Malik on 09/17/12 at 05:15 PM ET
Updated with news about Martin Frk and Jan Mursak at 6:47 PM: The Detroit Red Wings' players didn't practice on Monday--they probably won't reassemble in Troy for another week--and instead, they went golfing, but not for the hell of it: they were taking part in the Ted Lindsay Foundation's celebrity golf outing to raise funds for autism research, as Lindsay's official Twitter account noted (Tweets after a jump cut due to embedded photos)...
In actual hockey news, WXYZ's Brad Galli annotated his interview with Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg...
Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall are prepared to carry the torch in Hockeytown, but thanks to the NHL lockout, the new era of leadership in Detroit must wait.
"I doesn't really matter what position the team is in. Things like this is a place you don't want to be in," Kronwall says of the stalemate between the owners and players.
For the past 27 seasons, the Red Wings have seen only two players wear the coveted "C" on their jersey. Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom are considered two of the best captains in the history of the game. Whenever the season begins, it will likely be Zetterberg next in that line of storied winged-wheel leaders.
"I think ever since Hank's been, even 17 or 18, when we started playing together, he's always been one of the leaders on the team," Kronwall says of Zetterberg.
Being a vocal leader is something Zetterberg has evolved into, and Kronwall attributes that to learning from osmosis.
"That's something that's gradually come over the past few years, seeing how Nick and Stevie handled themselves. I think that Hank learned a lot from that," Kronwall explains.
But the Wings also talked about the politics of hockey recently, and they did so in conversations with MLive's Ansar Khan. Especially given the near-insane comments NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly's making as he's trying to garner fan support during his Grand Tour of the North American media today--because, ya know, renege on their promises to players and lock out fans because the split of revenues the league locked fans out to achieve in 04-05 is no longer "fair"--stating that they've done their best to prepare for the lockout's immediate financial shock, knowing this will be a long war:
“We'll be able to withstand it financially,'' defenseman Ian White said. “Most guys are pretty smart with their money, as opposed to maybe some other sports.''
Still, it's a bigger pill to swallow for those who lost a full year's wages during the cancellation of the 2004-05 season.
“It's tough,'' White said. “You only have so many years to play. Every game and week you lose is a game and week you're not going to get back. Hopefully, the owners don't have the mindset that, 'If we lock them out a full year, we'll get what we want,' like they did the last time.''
It has been quiet on the labor front since last Wednesday, and no talks between the league and players union are expected until at least this Wednesday. Training camps (the Red Wings were scheduled to start Friday in Traverse City) likely will be canceled in the next few days. Players won't start losing paychecks until next month (their first payday was scheduled for Oct. 15; they're paid twice a month). But, losing money isn't likely to create any more urgency for either side to get a deal done, particularly the billionaire owners.
“I'm pretty prepared,'' said Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, who last week signed a four-year, $7.2 million contract. “I don't spend my money or live a crazy lifestyle. I'm prepared for something like this, which I think most of the guys in the NHL are.''
Said goaltender Jimmy Howard: “It was very important to prepare for this and realize you can't be blowing through a lot of your money. You just got to be fiscal and pick up the things you need. Don't overspend, I guess.''
“Financially, that started last year,'' Henrik Zetterberg said. “You have to prepare that we will lose games, so you’ve got to save up a little bit.''
My apologies for going slowly today. I'm still battling a virus, and it's moved down to my tummy, so the last few days have been...pretty bad.
Update: Not so good news about a Wings prospect from Metro Halifax and Capgeek and RedWingscentral's Matthew Wuest:
The Halifax Mooseheads will be without Martin Frk for the opening game of the QMJHL regular season.
The 18-year-old right-winger was suspended last week for the Mooseheads’ final two pre-season games for a spearing incident in their Sept. 8 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at the Halifax Forum.
But because the team’s final two pre-season games were cancelled this past weekend after nasty flu virus hit the team, Frk didn’t get to serve the suspension as administered, and the league adjusted it on Monday to a single game.
Frk, selected in the second round, 49th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in last June’s NHL draft, had an assist in his only pre-season contest after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last month.
He had 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points in 34 games last season while missing more than three months with a concussion.
Update #2: Via Paul, Eliteprospects is posting a "rumor" that Jan Mursak may end up playing for Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia. That seems highly likely at this point.
Update #3: I don't know what to make of this, but via Drew Behringer on Twitter, EV Zug's website is suggesting that Damien Brunner will be staying in Switzerland past the Griffins' training camp opening on October 1st, with Zug expecting Brunner to return to Grand Rapids at some later point during the lockout.
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