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by George Malik on 08/17/13 at 07:35 PM ET
The Detroit Free Press has posited a pair of "emptying the notebook"-style articles regarding Red Wings GM Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock's appearances on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM this past Tuesday. On Friday, Brian Manzullo noted that Holland is unconcerned about the Wings' relative lack of size as they move East, and today, Manzullo notes that Babcock was plain old floored by Daniel Alfredsson's desire to come to Detroit--mostly because Babcock got involved in the "wining and dining" process after Alfredsson had already made up his mind:
“He was telling us he was coming,” Babcock told ‘Ryan and Rico’ on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM last week. “It was unbelievable how it worked out. Great for us.”
Babcock unloaded plenty of praise on Alfredsson, who joined the Wings along with center Stephen Weiss earlier this off-season. Alfredsson, from Sweden along with Zetterberg, played his previous 17 NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators and, as captain, led them to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007.
“We are so lucky and thrilled to have him, it’s not even funny,” Babcock said. “Three things jump out at me right away. No. 1, an ultra competitve guy. Just unbelievable how he raises his game, he’s been a captain in the league for a long time. An elite competitor who brings it every day.
“No. 2, a high, high hockey IQ. Very, very smart. Smart like (Pavel) Datsyuk and Zetterberg. That kind of elite mind in the game which you can never have enough of.
“And then the third thing, for me, is the right-hand shot. We haven’t had a bomb like that on the power play since (Brendan) Shanahan left, from the right side. He’ll make us way better.”
Manzullo also notes that Babcock plans on tapping Alfredsson's knowledge to help both those on the bench and behind it:
“He’s been around a long time, he’s going to have theories on how things should be done, he’ll be comfortable enough to share them with you, and I think that makes your staff better and, therefore, makes your team better.”
If you want to hear the interviews with Holland and Babcock, here they are:
Otherwise, the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons made sure to get his digs in on the Alfredsson situation, suggesting that Bill Daly and the NHL shouldn't have backed off of punishing the Senators for attempting to circumvent the CBA and salary cap by giving Alfredsson a final year on his 4-year contract that he didn't plan on fulfilling...
There is absolutely no doubt now, as if there was ever doubt, that the last contract Daniel Alfredsson signed with the Senators was not intended to be fulfilled. In the he-said, he-said finger-pointing press conference of Thursday, Alfredsson said he had no intention of playing the final year of his contract for $1 million and the Senators knew that as well.
These were the kind of deals Brian Burke screamed so loudly — and rightly — about.
The kind of deal that cost the New Jersey Devils a first-round draft pick next season for signing a player who was later allowed to bolt his contract and return to Russia.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL wants to look forward, not back, at salary cap management. But something seems wrong when New Jersey gets penalized for a similar crime while the NHL looks the other way on the Ottawa misstep.
But fear not, Simmons made sure to mock Alfredsson for suggesting that the was "owed" a better contract for playing out that final year at a below-market-value amount, too:
So I find this annoying: Alfredsson agrees to sign a contract that circumvents the cap, knowing he won’t play the final year for $1 million, but will instead retire. And when he changes his mind on a contract he agreed to, he wants to be further compensated for changing his mind and in fact living up to the terms of the deal he signed. Kid, you sign a smelly deal, the stink sometimes follows everybody around .
Otherwise....Good on ya if you can spot Kirk Maltby, Jiri Fischer and Dallas Drake in this picture...
And in Belarus, Championat's Paul Panyshev reports that Spartak Moscow and Amur Khabarovsk will battle it out to win the Ruslan Salei Memorial Tournament tomorrow in Minsk.
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