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Red Wings evening news: early Worlds participants, Sheahan/Jurco in the AHL and ‘DK’s’ rookie season

Updated 2x at 7:17 PM: The Red Wings' locker room clean-out day may not in fact take place until tomorrow at noon, but Wings news has trickled in at a steady pace despite the slight delay.

Tomas Tatar's revealed that he plans on taking part in the World Championship for Slovakia, and if we are to believe the Slovak press, the Slovakian team will make a hard push to bring Tomas Jurco into the fold (not gonna happen);

Given Par Marts' comments to Aftonbladet, it apperas that Gustav Nyquist and possibly Jonas Gustavsson (depending on what Henrik Lunqvist's plans include) may head to Minsk to play for Sweden, though Per Bjurman reported that Niklas Kronwall's already given a, "Tackar, nej" due to the birth of his first child.

As Paul noted, Henrik Zetterberg's also experiencing some predictable post-surgical symptoms that will prohibit him from participating, and we know that Pavel Datsyuk won't represent Russia due to possible knee surgery to come.

In Grand Rapids, the Griffins may have a 2-games-to-none lead on the Abbotsford Heat, and the team's hoping to close out the best-of-five first-round series Wednesday--with the aforementioned Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan in the lineup--but the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that reacclimitzation to AHL hockey and a locker room that's no longer familiar might not be easy as pie for either player...

Coach Jeff Blashill expects them to play well on the ice, but it’s off the ice that may determine success. Neither is a locker room problem, but they have been in Detroit since Feb. 22. So some timely integration on both sides is needed.

“There’s real plusses in that they are two players who have, since they left us, improved I’m sure to a greater degree,” Blashill coach. “They can really help us. But chemistry is a huge part of success, and they’re going to have to adapt back down here quick and our players are going to have to adapt back to them quick. That will be the biggest challenge we’ll face.”

Sheahan said the biggest challenge will be, “Being in a whole new locker room setting and little bit of a new system.”


Player movements have been especially common this year with the Griffins. But unlike the regular season, Blashill said arrivals during the playoffs also come with a risk.

“You have no room for error,” he said. “During the regular season, there are times were you get guys down and you think it will help you and find there are a couple games were there’s an adjustment period before they can help you. We don’t have that time now. They need to come in and play great right away.”

I've already posted the audio of interviews MLive's Ansar Khan gave to WDFN's Matt Sheppard and Chris Osgood gave to Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery, and I'm presently waiting for 105.1 FM to upload Mickey Redmond's chat with Drew Lane from earlier this afternoon, but in the interim, the Wings have posited their own "recap" in video form...

If you're in the mood for self-flagellation with a wet noodle, the dear, those dear assholes, I mean folks at Stanley Cup of Chowder penned Yahoo's Wings Eulogy, which I like to call the annual 15-team slate of, "HEY CAN'T YOU TAKE A JOKE?" insult-fests in the form of "roasts," but that's just me (and it's mild compared to some "eulogies" I've read; frankly, the stuff that's still coming out of the Boston press is worse)...

But the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness got something of a crib sheet as to what Wings GM Ken Holland plans on stating tomorrow afternoon, and Holland made sure to praise the play of a player the team plans on locking up as a restricted free agent this summer in Danny DeKeyser, all while emphasizing the "learning experience" aspect of the team's first-round ouster:

“We had higher hopes than going out in five games in the first round,” Holland said. “Hopefully, we accomplished some things that can lead to future success.”


“DK had a very good rookie season,” Holland said. “He played a lot of big minutes against the other teams’ best players. When (Jonathan) Ericsson went down, Brendan Smith played well with (Niklas Kronwall) in the Boston series. The young forwards came on strong for us in the second half of the year when we needed offense.

“We had some real good things happen to our team,” Holland added. “We’re disappointed we didn’t finish higher in the standings and do better in the playoffs. We are trying to be a playoff team, trying to compete and advance in the playoffs and trying to be a Cup contender.”

Holland also reiterated his news regarding Pavel Datsyuk's knee issues...

“It has to be determined whether four months off and a commitment to the gym will give him the power and the quickness we’re used to,” Holland said. “He was still a good player.

“It’s the ligament,” Holland added. “It’s minor surgery, but it takes three months to heal. There’s a question if there’s dead tissue in there. They take the dead tissue out and get the blood flowing in the ligament.”


“A lot depends on what Pav wants to do,” Holland said. “He doesn’t seem to feel he has the power. We gave him January off, waiting for it to heal and it never did.”

And if you missed it, Holland said this to MLive's Ansar Khan yesterday evening:

Center Stephen Weiss last week had what Holland called minor surgery to release scar tissue. It was performed in Philadelphia by the same doctor (William Meyers) who performed sports hernia surgery on Weiss on Dec. 23.

“He needs a big summer,” Holland said.

Update: Here's Mickey Redmond speaking with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Drew Lane:

Update #2: From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

Zetterberg said the back feels fine two months after surgery for a herniated disc, but he needs more rest and rehabilitation.

“We have a lot of players who have bumps and bruises and need time to heal,” general manager Ken Holland said Monday. “Hank is one of those players.”

Forward Tomas Tatar has committed to play for Slovakia, which also wanted forward Tomas Jurco, but Jurco will be sent to Grand Rapids by the Red Wings to play for the Griffins.

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser and forward Justin Abdelkader are possibilities to join Team USA at the World Championships. Holland said Team USA also asked for Jimmy Howard, but Howard’s wife is expecting a child soon, so Howard will not play.

Forwards Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson and goalie Jonas Gustavsson are possibilities to play for Sweden.

Niklas Kronwall turned down Sweden because of the the recent birth of his son. Pavel Datsyuk will not play for Russia because of his lingering knee issues.

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