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by George Malik on 08/07/13 at 01:58 PM ET
Updated 2x with another Andersson interview at 3:09 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news...
Joakim Andersson spoke with GT.se's Mattis Wikstrom--albeit very, very briefly--about re-signing with the Wings...
Made the NHL, signed dream deal with Detroit
Frormer Frolunda center Joakim Andersson, 24, made the Red Wings' roster last season. Now he's been rewarded with a brand-new NHL contract worth ten million Swedish Krona.
"It's nice to have it done," says Joakim Andersson to GT.se.
Joakim Andersson left the Indians to join the Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit's farm team, in 2010. During his second [AHL] season, he played in 5 NHL games, and during his 3rd [AHL season]--2012-2013--he played in 38 regular-season and 14 playoff games. He was called up from the AHL when Darren Helm was injured, and firmly took hold of a spot on the team. He ended up registering a total of 18 points (4 goals + 9 assists [over the course of his regular season and playoff games]).
Signed two-year contract
Last night Detroit announced that it signed a new contract with Joakim Andersson. The agreement is for two years and is worth about ten million Swedish Krona.
"I'm very happy that I'll be able to play for the Red Wings," he tells GT.se.
In other news, I've suggested that the Red Wings' long list of, "Maybes" and, "Well, but's" in terms of potential number retirements all but cries out for the concept of a "ring of honor" to pay tribute to the contributors to the team's 1997, 1998 and 2002 Stanley Cups, but MLive's Brendan Savage reports that MLive readers believe that the team should not retire Chris Osgood's #30, Sergei Fedorov's #91 or any other number in the near future (though there were calls of support for Tomas Holmstrom's #96, Larry Aurie's #6 and Vladimir Konstantinov's #16 to be retired eventually):
Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 will become the seventh number retired by the Detroit Red Wings when it's to the Joe Louis Arena rafters next season before a March 6 game against the Colorado Avalanche.
And according to MLIve.com readers, that's the last number the Red Wings should retire for the time being.
Sure, there are other candidates but the majority of MLive readers don't think they're deserving enough of having their numbers put out of circulation for good.
Also in the reader participation department, the Red Wings' logo is vying for "the best sports logo in Michigan" title in the Free Press's latest bracketed reader-voted-upon contest;
In the Twitter department...
See also: no Seabrook goal in regulation = it's okay for David Bolland to board Gustav Nyquist on the game-winning goal in overtime by...Brent Seabrook.
Via Marie Hallman:
Read: Niklas Kronwall and 12 other NHL pros are taking part in a charity hockey game to raise funds for Jarfalla HC at 6:30 PM Swedish Time on Friday, August 9th, and admission is free!
And this speaks for itself:
Looking back, part 1: Sometime today, TSN says it will posit a video discussing the fact that former Wing Jimmy Carson was the non-money "centerpiece" of the players heading to Edmonton in exchange for one Wayne Gretzky:
Under any circumstances, it would have been difficult to justify trading Wayne Gretzky in hockey terms.
Today, SportsCentre takes a look at the man tasked with being the centrepiece of Edmonton's return for trading its greatest asset.
"The Kid In The Shadow: The Story of Jimmy Carson" airs on SportsCentre as part of the continuing look at the 25th anniversary of the trade that sent Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings.
Jimmy Carson came to Edmonton with great pedigree as one of the five pieces the Oilers obtained in the trade. Arriving hot on the heels of a 55-goal season, Carson - just 20 years old - was supposed to be a building block to keep the on-ice juggernaut that had already won four Stanley Cups rolling. In fact, he still holds the NHL record to this day for most career goals scored before the age of 20 with a total of 92.
Carson, however, would not last long in Edmonton.
His numbers were excellent - posting 49 goals for the Oilers in 1988-89 - but the young American was unable to withstand the pressure of replacing Gretzky. He would be dealt by the Oilers just four games into the 1989-90 season for a package that included soon-to-be Stanley Cup Final hero Petr Klima.
Looking back, part 2: Via RedWingsFeed, the Red Wings' YouTube channel posted five new highlight clips on its YouTube channel, including a Gustav Nyquist goal...
A Niklas Kronwall goal...
A Jimmy Howard save from the regular season...
As well as one from the playoffs...
And finally, the Wings posted Henrik Zetterberg's playoff-berth-sealing goal against Dallas:
Looking forward, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose scouts one of the Wings' new divisional opponents in the Buffalo Sabres...
What’s in the water in Michigan that has recently produced a handful of NHL head coaches?
“That’s a good question,” said Ron Rolston, a 1984 graduate of Flint Powers High School, who was named head coach of the Buffalo Sabres in May.
Rolston is among three Michigan natives currently coaching NHL clubs. The others are Pittsburgh’s Dan Bylsma, of Grand Haven, Mich., and Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper, who coached Lansing Catholic Central while earning a law degree in the capital city in the late 1990s.
“Obviously, it’s a great hockey state with the level of hockey there with both college and major junior hockey, and then you have great minor league programs across the state and in the Upper Peninsula,” Rolston said. “I think that and the fact that you’re close to Canada so as we grew up playing we were immersed in hockey, and if you have a passion for it I think that helps drive some of these guys.”
Rolston, 46, will need to be driven if he hopes to return the Sabres to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Buffalo has missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons – four of the past six – and not won a playoff series since 2007. As the interim coach last season, Rolston went 15-11-5 and had the Sabres in playoff contention entering the final week even though the team dealt three key players – captain Jason Pominville, Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr – in separate moves leading up to the trade deadline.
Rolston doesn’t have a lot of veteran pieces to work with other than goalie Ryan Miller and forward Thomas Vanek. However, the futures of the veteran pair are uncertain with both entering the final season of their contracts, and general manager Darcy Regier has made it known that both are expendable if the right offer comes along.
Cody Hodgson was effective in his first full season as the Sabres’ No. 1 centerman, notching 15 goals and 19 assists. The former first-round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, Hodgson was one of two Sabres (Steve Ott was the other) to appear in every game last season.
Besides feisty Tyler Ennis and versatile Kevin Porter the Sabres are thin up the middle, which is why they hope youngster Mikhail Grigorenko can quickly blossom into a dominant contributor. The 19-year-old Russian had an up-and-down rookie season, producing just five points in 25 games. Though the 2012 first-round draft pick (No. 12 overall) is still eligible to play at the Canadian junior level, the Sabres intend to have Grigorenko develop with the big club this season.
And if you're interested in working for the Wings...
Update: The Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan spoke with Red Wings prospect and Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson about his desire to make Team Canada's World Junior Championship team:
Jake Paterson just wants a shot. The goaltender didn’t get one last winter at the world junior championship in Russia, relegated to third string as Canada stumbled and finished fourth, ending a 14-year streak of capturing a medal.
Paterson and 32 other players have gathered in Lake Placid, N.Y., as Canada participates for the first time in USA Hockey’s world junior exhibition tournament through Saturday. And not surprisingly, Paterson, a native of Mississauga who tends goal for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, is not in the group that thinks Canada is experiencing a dearth of solid goaltending.
“A lot of people ask me that, and I don’t think there is a crisis,” Paterson said during a telephone interview with QMI Agency. “We haven’t had the success in the past couple of tournaments that we’ve wanted to as a team (it’s four years without gold for Canada at the world junior), but it’s not just the goalies to blame.”
Paterson watched seven months ago as Malcolm Subban and Jordan Binnington couldn’t help Canada win. Through observation came experience for Paterson, as Canada lost to the host Russians in overtime of the bronze-medal game.
“One of the things I learned is just how hard it is to win and that in a one-game elimination, one bounce can really turn your tournament around, so it’s difficult,” Paterson, a Detroit Red Wings prospect, said. “Canada expects nothing but gold and we would like to bring one home next year.
“Nothing is written in stone, but I think being part of the team last year will kind of give me a bit of an edge as far as getting a spot. It’s good to be back here at the summer camp. Being part of the team last year definitely helped me for this. I didn’t get very much playing time, but being around the program and seeing how it works was great.”
Former Frolunda center Joakim Andersson, 24, has become a member of the Detroit Red Wings for once and for all. Now he's been rewarded with a brand-new two-year contract.
"Once we started negotiating it went really fast. Of course I was impatient," says Joakim Andersson.
The burly center played a pair of SHL seasons before he made the jump to North America to play for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.
There the 19-year-old Munkedal native found life to be stressful.
"Of course it was tough. The AHL is a tough league. You play just as many games as the NHL but you travel by bus instead of flying. It was often said that you had to gobble down a piece pizza and get on the bus to the next place," says Joakim Andersson.
"But when I was there it was fun. Over the last few years I received a larger role, played as the first-line center and had over 20 minutes of ice time per game, gained confidence in the power play and everthing else. Developmentally, it was perfect."
Last season he managed to earn an NHL spot for once and for all, after only playing a few games [in the NHL] previously. Jocke was called up when veteran Todd Bertuzzi was injured, and then he never left.
It went so well that on Monday night, he signed a brand new contract.
"I've been impatient"
"Although I haven't been personally involved it was nice; I've been impatient. A two-year contract felt just right, so I won't have to worry about this process next summer and can just focus on training."
The new contract gives him, rounding up, a ten-fold increase of the salary he earned in the AHL.
"It's going to be a hell of a difference," admits Joakim Andersson.
In early September, he'll return to the U.S. to take part in Detroit's training camp. He won't be training with pals Loui Eriksson or Henrik Lundqvist--as he did at Frolunda's gym yesterday afternoon--but instead, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
"They're two of the smartest two-way players in the entire league. You can learn from them every day. I can't do half of what Datsyuk does for the team, but positional play, defensive and checking games, you can learn a few things [there]."
Next season Jocke will most likely play as a third or fourth-line center, and he may play on the penalty-kill. In time, he hopes to earn a role equally prominent to the one he had with the Grand Rapids Grifins.
"Well, at some point in the future, I'd obviously like to have that kind of role with Detroit. But they've got some guys ahead of me there. For now I've at least proved that I can play at this level, so I'll start by establishing myself on the third or fourth line," said Joakim Andersson.
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