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by George Malik on 08/23/13 at 12:03 PM ET
Updated 6x at 5:07 PM: I have a more than slightly disjointed slate of Red Wings-related news for you this afternoon, so let's start with fan-participatory news (and again, Wings single-game tickets go on sale tomorrow, and the Wings will lower the 1997 Stanley Cup banner at the Joe for fan photo opportunities):
(105.1 is giving tickets away every hour on the hour...)
This Tweet comes to us via Michigan Hockey...
And this one comes from RedWingsFeed:
Ditto for this non-fan-participatory one...
And in this situation, "There was much rejoicing"...
Is the rejoicing sincere in this case?
Or this case?
In news of a very different kind, from Reality Today's Kevin Goodwin...
Former American ice hockey player and recently appointed Fox Sports 1 television analyst Chris Chelios has put his Malibu beach house up for rent for $25,000 a month.
The beautiful property is located in Paradise Cove, a sandy oasis known for its celebrity pedigree. According to the listing, the former Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings star is asking $40,000 a month for the months of June, July and August. However, the better deal would be renting the house on a long term basis, during which, the rent would fall down to $25,000 a month.
The house covers an area of 3,800 square feet and includes four bedrooms and five bathrooms. The property also includes a detached guest house, perfect for beach activity with numerous decks, a rooftop patio and a Jacuzzi.
Unobstructed ocean views from Point Dume to Palos Verdes. This is the best location in Malibu within the prestigious Paradise Cove area with the sandiest beach. Located behind gates on the sand with a main house and a detached guest house.
Cue, "Hold your nose" for this assessment of a "shifting of the balance of power" from one Yahoo Sports' resident Red Wings' critic:
Yes, with the shift of the Red Wings to the Eastern Conference, the West lost one of its giants, but more importantly it seems that the teams in the East which are truly good have finally and definitively passed their Western counterparts. While it's not necessarily fair to base such a seismic shift on results from last season, which featured no interconference games, there was an even split among top-10 teams in the league between the East and West.
Five apiece may not sound like a large amount, and indeed that's the same number as the two previous seasons, but with the Red Wings moving East and potentially pounding on the weaker siblings in its new division (getting Toronto, Florida and Tampa five times a year each all but guarantees the Wings another playoff appearance).
Oh look, Lambert's going to spend this upcoming season insisting that the Wings are only going to make the playoffs because they're in the 2013 version of the old Central Division.
In out-and-out list-making, you may also either raise an eyebrow or not raise an eyebrow at this assessment of the Red Wings as one of ten teams with "questionable depth in the crease, as deemed by ESPN's Neil Greenberg (in an Insider-only entry):
Detroit Red Wings: Detroit has one of the league's best goaltenders in Jimmy Howard, who went 21-13-7 with a .923 save percentage in 42 regular-season games in 2013 and played every minute of the playoffs. The Red Wings inked Howard to a six-year, $31.8 million deal earlier this year.
But when the Olympic hopeful is on the bench, Jonas Gustavsson is between the pipes. In Gustavsson's four NHL seasons, he has yet to post a save percentage better than .902 and has just a 41-47-16 record in 114 games.
Sportsnet's Luke Fox agrees with the Neue Luzerner Zeitung's Nicola Berger--who suggested that Damien Brunner will find NHL employment in short order--as Fox deems Brunner to be the best unrestricted free agent left on the market:
1. Damien Brunner. Carrying over his Swiss-league chemistry with Henrik Zetterberg to the Red Wings, Brunner scored 26 points in 44 games as an NHL rookie. The 27-year-old added another nine points in the Wings’ two-round playoff run. Not bad for a rookie making $1.35 million (prorated). Now he wants a raise and a new sweater. Brunner’s agent, Neil Sheehy, has said his client is willing to wait as long as it takes to find the right NHL deal. Sheehy told a Swiss newspaper that NHL teams are interested, and now that Grabovski is off the market, expect Brunner to find a home before camp opens. It’s been rumoured Brunner is seeking a multi-year deal worth more than $3 million per season.
And in Olympic news, via RedWingsFeed again, Sportsnet's Jamie Neugebauer pondered how Sweden's Olympic roster might stack up:
Forwards: Ottawa Senators fans aside, Swedish fans should be excited at the prospects of Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg forming a regular unit (or at least being teammates) in Detroit, as that ready-made chemistry could be a tantalizing second option behind Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
Defence: For the first time since the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, the Swedes will have to make do without the retired Nicklas Lidstrom in a best-on-best tournament.
Erik Karlsson is the undisputed top dog and although Alexander Edler will miss the first two games of the tournament, his emergence as one of the NHL’s top two-way defenders means that it is highly likely the Vancouver Canuck will be there anyway.
This group is extremely deep after that as Lidstrom’s old partner, Niklas Kronwall, will have to play himself off the team to not make it. He will likely be joined by surging youngsters Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Victor Hedman.
There are so many other quality options on the list, including Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Calder Trophy candidate Jonas Brodin, that picking only seven (or eight) before seeing the NHL season is extremely difficult.
Update: MLive's Brendan Savage penned an "empty the notebook" article about one Mattias Janmark-Nylen:
[H]e was totally bypassed in the draft twice before the Red Wings finally called his name in July after he bagged 14 goals and 17 assists in the Swedish Elite League last season. In 2011-12 he led Sweden's J-20 SuperElit League in scoring with 23 goals and 38 assists in 40 games.
"The first draft, I didn't have a good year so I wasn't even remotely close," said Janmark-Nylen, 20. "I didn't think that much about it. The second year, I thought I had a really good year. I talked to two teams maybe and had a small chance of getting drafted. I had a good year this year and more teams talked to me. I was hoping to get drafted and obviously I did. Otherwise, I would have kept on going. Since it's now, the work has started. It's great to be drafted (but) drafted or undrafted, I would have done the same thing this year."
The Red Wings drafted Janmark-Nylen based on the recommendation of their European super scout Hakan Andersson, the guy who found Pavel Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Holmstrom and Franzen. Andersson says Janmark-Nylen is confident with the puck, has decent speed, very good hands and plays with a high level of intensity all the time.
"He really believes Mattias is a late bloomer," said Jiri Fischer, the Red Wings director of player personnel. "Obviously, he was two years older when he was drafted. Everybody matures at their own pace. He's already played in the Swedish Elite League for a year-and-a-half. He can really skate and he likes to hold the puck. We'll see if he transitions to the North American game one day and how he's going to manage everything on the small ice."
Janmark-Nylen, who said July's Development Camp in Traverse City marked the first time he has skated on the smaller North American ice surface, describes himself as a player who likes to have control of the puck, skate it up the ice and go get it when the opposition has possession.
Janmark-Nylen (6-1, 191) has one season remaining on his contract in Sweden and has no illusions of joining the Red Wings this year. He understands that's almost the equivalent of winning the lottery and isn't planning on beginning his North American pro career for another year.
"I haven't talked really to the Red Wings about anything," he said. "We don't have an NHL clause in our (Swedish) contracts so if the Red Wings want to sign me, they can. But I'm not expecting it.
Update #2: Via RedWingsFeed, the Ottawa Sun's Tim Baines reports that...Well, you already know:
Maybe Daniel Alfredsson was in denial. Or maybe he just couldn't get any Detroit Red Wings gear in time.
But when Senators fans saw photos of him twirling around the ice at the Bell Sensplex wearing a Seantors jersey last week, they went into a tizzy.
Really, it was much ado about nothing. There was no need for fans to get their Senators undies in a knot.
Anyway, those fans, stung by Alfredsson's departure to the Red Wings, will be relieved to know that Alfie is finally Winging it.
The former Senators captain, who spent the first 17 seasons of his NHL career in Ottawa, was wearing Red Wings pants and gloves during a player skate on Friday.
Alfredsson will likely head to Detroit next week to begin preparation for the NHL season.
It will be weird, a bit awkward, seeing Alfredsson in a different uniform. But Senators fans had better get used to it in a hurry. The Senators will visit Detroit for a game against the Red Wings on Oct. 23.
There was no credit for the photo, so I'm assuming that Baines took it.
Update #3: FYIs:
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