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by George Malik on 08/28/12 at 01:02 PM ET
Updated 7x at 7:13 PM: Xavier Ouellet has been named the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada's captain for the second year in a row: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings stories of note:
- Sports Illustraed's Al Muir offers a predictable offseason "grade" for the Red Wings while assessing the moves of each and every Western Conference team:
Detroit Red Wings
Used to be that Detroit was the destination of choice for top free agents. Not anymore. Faced with a gaping hole left by the retirement of Nick Lidstrom, the Wings sent flowers and chocolates to every defender on the market but ended up watching from the sidelines as Ryan Suter, Matt Carle and even Sami Salo picked other dance partners. The Wings have spun blueline gold out of straw before, but when you hear they're chasing Carlo Colaiacovo, you know they're in desperation mode. Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson add some depth up front, but the Wings clearly regressed over the summer. Their 21-year playoff streak is in jeopardy. GRADE: D
- Speaking of panning the Wings, the National Post's Sean McIndoe, a.k.a. Down Goes Brown, offers this take on the Wings as an off-season "loser":
Losers Detroit Red Wings — May not have added any big names but also didn’t lose anyone important, according to your friend who is a Red Wings fan as he casually scans the “trade,” “draft” and “free agency” section of the transactions page before arriving at “retirements” and immediately turning into the guy from Munch’s The Scream.
- In another flight of fancy, from the Red Wings:
- As an FYI, from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
- In the multimedia category, part 1: The Wings' website also posted a 28-image gallery from the team's youth hockey camp;
- In the multimedia category, part 2, from the NHLPA:
- And finally, via RedWingsFeed, this is pretty dang cool:
Update: Via RedWingsFeed, Expressen's Mattias Ek is reporting that Hockey Allsvenskan, the Swedish pro league a step below the Eliteserien, is considering barring NHL'ers from playing for their teams, just as the Eliteserien has chosen to deny players a spot unless they commit to a whole-season contract, but Ek says that several Allsvenskan teams--Mora IK, Sodertalje SK, Vasteras IK (Nicklas Lidstrom's old team) and Tingsryd are interested in inviting NHL'ers to play for them, as is Niklas Kronwall's alma mater, Djurgardens IF (and all that follows is roughly translated):
Charles Berglund, Djurgarden's general manager and coach, wouldn't confirm that his team wants to have locked-out NHL players in the headilnes. But he admits that he's had contact with NHL defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Douglas Murray, and has told HockeyExpressen.se that Djugarden may ask them to play if there are games in Sweden.
"I've talked to Patric Hornqvist, Kronwall and even Douglas, who will update me regularly about what's happening over there. But then we'll see what the hockey headlines say on Tuesday, I will say neither yes or no. We'll wait," says Berglund.
Ek also reports that Red Wings forward/retread Mikael Samuelsson has taken a tack that most of the Wings' players with multiple children and/or family issues (Pavel Datsyuk tends to feel a patriotic call, thus the possibility of playing for a KHL team, and I don't know why his daughter stays in Yekaterinburg to go to Russian primary school, but that's how it works for him, thus the rumors about Datsyuk being divorced because his daughter and wife stay in Russia for most of the regular season) will take, turning down an offer from Sodertalje SK to skate for them during a lockout-shortened season (and no, I don't know why the comment's repeated):
"Samuelsson has said he will remain in Detroit," says SSK's general manager, Maria Andark, to HockeyExpressen.se.
NHL veteran Mikael Samuelsson signed with his former team, Detroit, during the summer. Samuelsson played in Detroit from 2005 to 2009, and won a Stanley Cup in 2008.
During the last NHL lockout, he played for Sodertalje, which went to the Swedish Eliteserien finals.
Samuelsson has been training with Sodertalje in the pre-season, but informed the team that he won't play there in the event of another NHL lockout.
"He has a family and children about to start school [in Detroit]," says SSK's general manager, Marian Andark.
Samuelsson has been training in Södertälje in the preseason, but informed the club that he did not play there in the event of another NHL lockout.
- From the Wings:
- RedWingsFeed, ever helpful, directs us to Dobber Hockey's take on fantasy hockey "stars and sleepers at center," adding the following about Red Wigngs players:
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings - No longer 90-point guys, but good for 70.
- And NHL.com's Brian Schiazza points us toward a list of free agents still available that/which underscores two facts about Wings prospects: Travis Ehrhardt may be practicing with and playing for TPS Turku of the Finnish SM-Liiga, but they have yet to sign him to a contract, and nobody knows where Logan Pyett signed. nobody seems to know where Jordan Pearce will play this season, either.
Update #3: From Red Wings TV's Will Posthumus:
24 images, looks pretty bad-ass.
Update #4: Via the Free Press's Helene St. James, new Wing Jordin Tootoo is commemorating a rough anniversary today, the tenth anniversary of his brother's passing...
And on a lighter note, from the Wings:
Update: If you're interested in this sort of thing, from DetroitRedWings.com's Kevin Wilson and Bill Roose:
The fearsome finishing holes at Oakland Hills Country Club have proved disastrous for some of the biggest names in the game. But on Monday, a Michigan State student didn’t have any problems taming The Monster's toughest holes during the fifth annual Ilitch Charities Celebrity Golf Classic.
There are few things cooler than making a hole-in-one on a PGA championship course, but that’s exactly what Alex Lyall did in helping his group – led by former Red Wings center Kris Draper – to a second-place finish in the event’s scramble format.
“We saw the ball land and saw it rolling back,” said Draper, of Lyall’s tee shot onto the elevated green on the South Course's No. 17. “ ‘It’s in man, it’s gotta be in!’ And sure enough we got up there and were yelling. It was pretty cool.”
Lyall, who qualified for the USGA Junior Amateur Championship in 2007, and played at the University of Louisville before transferring to East Lansing last year, used a 9-iron on the 175-yard par 3 hole.
“I just tried to hit it and hoped to get it close,” he said, “and I hit it just like I wanted and sure enough … dink.”
The hole-in-one, the second ace of Lyall’s golfing career, made Monday’s event extra special, and earned him a free trip to Las Vegas for his shot on the closest-to-the-pin hole.
“With the company and playing at this great course,” he said, “the whole event was just so much fun. It was awesome.”
Update #6: According to KDKA's Sarah Arbogast, Larry Murphy took part in the Pittsburgh Penguins' annual alumni golf tournament today;
And Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager offers the following take on Wings prospect Andreas Athanasiou's move from the London Knights to Barrie Colts:
Wing: Andreas Athanasiou, Barrie Colts (Detroit Red Wings, 110th overall) — What can the skilled speedster do over in the Eastern Conference after falling out of favour with the London Knights?
Athanasiou could not abide London's emphasis on checking and close coverage and shuffled between the lineup and the press box as last season wore on, even when he was being touted as a high NHL pick. Now he's with a team which probably has heightened expectations after an 85-point season but which needs scoring after having Tanner Pearson drafted by the Los Angeles Kings and having captain Colin Behenna graduate.
Update #7: According to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, Xavier Ouellet will be the team's captain during his final QMJHL season, wearing the "C" for the second year in a row.
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