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by George Malik on 06/20/13 at 11:31 AM ET
Updated 3x at 1:20 PM: Amongst this afternooon's Red Wings-related news:
We're still talking about the follow-on rink that serve as the Red Wings' next arena, and I hate to agree with this point by the Free Press's Helene St. James, but she's spot-on:
MLive posted a series of articles about Joe Louis Arena's successor this morning, including a list of 10 locations and/or areas (mostly in the Cass Corridor, which is still a dangerous place) that could stand to benefit from the rink and surrounding development from Eric Lacy, some reader reactions and a Lacy-penned profile of the architects who will hopefully channel Joe Louis Arena's sightlines, Olympia's elegance and the practicality of a rink with important things like parking, restroom, windows and, quite frankly, a place for fans to gather together outside the rink:
The Sports Business Journal reported more than a year ago that Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch hired HKS, co-designer of Dallas' American Airlines Center, and Chan Krieger NBBJ, a Boston architect specializing in urban developments.
Few details about a proposed design plan for the Detroit development have emerged since; the Sports Business Journal cites three unnamed industry sources confirming the hirings.
But both architecture firms have website that display their work and could give clues to what might possibly surface in a district that encompasses 45 blocks roughly bordered by Charlotte Street to the north, Grand River to the west, Grand Circus Park to the south and Woodward Avenue to east.
HKS says on its website it is in the business of "enhancing the human experience."The website lists a Detroit office in the suburn of Northville and includes an impressive portfolio of built projects including the new state-of-the-art Cowboys Stadium and a renovation of Dodger Stadium.
The Chan Krieger NBBJ website includes the following message: "Design lifts the spirit, unleashes the human potential and transforms our world."
That company's portfolio, according to its website, includes the University of California's Pauley Pavilion renovation and expansion effort in Los Angeles.
In "the spirit of the thing," from the Huffington Post of all places, one Ashley Woods recalls her favorite memories of the Joe, and as you might imagine, Field of Schemes' Neil deMause thinks that the public funding part of the rink's construction is a crock.
In the multimedia and/or fan participation department, Pavel Datsyuk's running away with one TSN Play of the Year showdown semifinal against Cody Hodgson, in which Datsyuk's goal through the entire Nashville Predators team is winning by a huge margin, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Holleman reports that Datsyuk beat St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen in the other semifinal, so it's going to be Datsyuk vs. Datsyuk in the Play of the Year final!
Regarding the Grand Rapids Griffins, as an FYI, the Red Wings' Facebook page happened to post over 40 images from Games 5 and 6 of the Grand Rapids Griffins' Calder Cup Final series against the Syracuse Crunch, celebrations included;
And this story from the Nottingham (England) Post is pretty cool:
FORMER Nottingham Panthers' double Stanley Cup winner Jim Paek is celebrating again.
As the longest-serving coach in Grand Rapids Griffins history, the club's assistant coach capped his eighth season with the tier two American Hockey League side by helping them win the Calder Cup for the first time. The Calder Cup is the AHL equivalent of the legendary Stanley Cup which Paek lifted with Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992.
Paek was also part of the Detroit Red Wings backroom staff in 2008 during the Griffins' parent club's Stanley Cup triumph.As the first Korean-born player to win the Stanley Cup, his shirt now hangs in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The defenceman joined Panthers in 2000, playing 110 SuperLeague games over three seasons – one of those years was alongside Jamie Leach, another Penguins' Stanley Cup winner. He is still in regular contact with Panthers general manager Gary Moran, who said: "I am thrilled for one of my favourite players.
"Alongside my family, Jimmy was the quickest to congratulate us in Belfast when we won our first league title. He's always interested in how Panthers are doing and was also one of the first to ring me when we completed the grand slam. Quite simply, he's a class act on and off the ice and I couldn't be happier for him. It couldn't happen to a nicer bloke."
Regarding the parent club, MLive's Brendan Savage notes that the NHL's desire to make spin-o-ramas illegal in shootouts will essentially remove Todd Bertuzzi's main weapon of skills competition choice from his arsenal, and Ansar Khan discussed the possibility of the Wings going after New Jersey Devils forward David Clarkson as an unrestricted free agent.
Clarkson is a 29-year-old, 6'1," 200-pound winger who earned $3 million this past season, registering 15 goals and 24 total points over the course of 48 games played for New Jersey, and those numbers followed a breakout 30-goal 11-12 season for the former enforcer. Here's Khan's take on Clarkson:
Strengths: He has scoring ability, leading the Devils with 15 goals this season and scoring 30 in 2011-12, and is dangerous on the power play (14 goals in past two seasons). Add to that his agitating, in-your-face style and fighting ability and you have a player who is hard to play against. He has had 76 fights in six seasons, according to hockeyfights.com.
Weaknesses: He doesn't have a lot of skills. He has been a minus player through most of his career. Has a tendency to take bad penalties while trying to get under the opposition's skin.
Notable: Undrafted player from Toronto who signed with the Devils as a free agent in 2005. … Scored 10 goals in the first 15 games in 2012-13 and only five in the final 33 games.
Why he would interest the Red Wings: They need a goal-scorer. They could use some more size and abrasiveness. His fighting ability would also help a team making a transition into a more rough-and-tumble Eastern Conference. And his right-handed shot would be valuable to a team dominated by lefties.
How he could fit in with the Red Wings: He would play on a top-two line and on the power play.
What it might take to get him: His combination of finishing and fighting ability in a thin market will drive up his price if he doesn't re-sign with the Devils. He should have no trouble getting a 50-percent raise to $4.5 million a season, maybe more when teams start throwing money around.
Regrettably, as Khan suggests, Clarkson can score goals and is abrasive, but he's not a net-crashing forward, he's not a great passer, he's not super defensively, he's not overly big and his skating is choppy. Justin Abdelkader's a more well-rounded player, and so is Bryan Bickell, frankly. He's the poorest-man's goal-scorer out there, 30-goal season included.
The Ted Lindsay Foundation is once again on the hunt for a member of the community who has an exceptional amount of courage.
The foundation is dedicated to raising the money needed to find a cause and a cure for autism. It works closely with local charities and organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Beaumont Health System’s HOPE Center, which provides hands-on education to parents with autistic children and other developmental disabilities.
In keeping with that mission, the Ted Lindsay Foundation is now taking nominations for its annual Sergei Fedorov Courage Award, which honors a local person who demonstrates great character and perseverance in the face of living with the disorder.
Lynn Lindsay LaPaugh is the daughter of the foundation’s namesake, Ted Lindsay, local philanthropist and former hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings. LaPaugh said her father’s effort to help those with autism is just one of the ways he’s chosen to give back over the years.
“Dad’s been such a role model. He’s always been very generous with his time throughout his life, as far as donating to different charities. That’s how we grew up, by giving back. And we’ve been very fortunate to have healthy children and grandchildren in our family,” she said. “It’s so rewarding to see the difference you can make and see the progress, I think especially with the HOPE Center. You can see from point A to point B, not only the difference in the children, but in their families. They can experience a better life because they know how to handle their situation better.”
The recipient of the Courage Award will receive a $2,000 prize, to be presented during the foundation’s annual golf outing Sept. 9 at Wabeek Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. Any person living in Oakland, Macomb or Wayne County who has been diagnosed with a type of autism spectrum disorder is eligible to be nominated.
That’s where the community comes in. To nominate an outstanding individual with autism spectrum disorder for the 2013 Sergei Fedorov Courage Award, visit http://www.tedlindsay.com to download the nomination form.
The completed forms must be returned by June 29 either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Mrs. Marlo Moeller, 6328 Elsey Dr., Troy, MI 48098.
Update: MLive's David Muller spoke to economists regarding the potential impact of the new rink and its surrounding development:
The DEGC says the new development is anticipated to create roughly 5,500 jobs for the arena alone, and about 8,300 jobs for the entire mixed-use district. The agency says it will have a statewide economic impact of $1.8 billion.
[University of Marylad in Baltimore County economic professor Dennis] Coates called those numbers “way inflated.” He said that because there are typically about 50 home hockey games per year (42 regular season games plus possible playoffs), that “it’s hard to imagine 5,000 full-time employees being needed to operate and run and manage a place that’s used 50 times a year.”
Current positions at the Joe Louis Arena also need to be taken into account, Coates said, as those will either be shifted to the new space or lost altogether.
Rod Fort, a professor of Sports Management at the University of Michigan, said it is important to focus on what the public is paying for the arena and district - and then subsequently getting out of it.
“The only reason this is interesting is they’re asking for public money,” Fort said, roughly estimating the net public investment from Michigan tax payers at $250 million. “If they weren’t asking for public money we wouldn’t care one iota. So the real question, is what is the public going to get for 250 million?”
Fort said much of what the new arena and entertainment district will offer already exists in Detroit by way of the Joe Louis Arena, the Cobo Center and the Fox Theatre, which means the new development would have to add value over and above that, and it will have to be worth $250 million.
Like Coates, Fort said he suspects the estimated number of jobs that the project will add – 5,500 for the arena and 8,3000 total- is not only inflated, but should be factored in as a cost when speaking about what state taxpayers are getting in return for their investment.
Many of the jobs that will be created in building the new complex would have existed somewhere else in the state, Fort said, and that’s not to mention the jobs that are transferred or lost from the Joe Louis Arena. Fort also noted that the public money being used to build the arena could have otherwise been spent on something else.
“And the Final nail in that coffin is, when it is all built, when people actually come and spend money there, where is that spending going to come from?” Fort said, echoing Coates sentiments. “It has to be money that won’t be spent any other way in the entire state of Michigan. Now that’s really tough to find. You have to argue that those people are either pulling it out of savings so that they can go watch a Red Wings game, or they have to be coming from outside of Michigan. Neither seems very likely.”
And 3 of the Wings' 4 most recent Stanley Cup titles made the quarterfinals of the Free Press's "best Michigan sports title" bracketed voting...Thing.
Update #2: Hockey's Future's Adam Schnepp's penned a Red Wings draft preview:
Detroit has taken a decidedly less European path to prospects since the locked-out season of 2004-05. Over the past three years, the Red Wings have selected only five European players who were playing in a European league at the time they were drafted. Compare that number to the twelve players selected by Detroit over the past three drafts from the CHL and the newly emerging trend in where prospects come from begins to gain clarity.
Trading draft picks is nothing new for the Red Wings, who traded their first round pick for a second and later round pick in both 2009 and 2011. Though the allure of having the highest pick the organization has had in 22 years is strong, do not be surprised if the Wings trade the pick in order to move down and add depth to the prospect pool.
Though Detroit typically takes a forward with its first pick (they have done so for each of the past four drafts), the depth of the 2013 defensemen class does not preclude the selection of a defender with the 18th overall pick. One thing that you can, however, bet on not happening is the Red Wings drafting a goaltender. They have selected a netminder every other season since the 2006 NHL Draft, and the Wings drafted Jake Paterson in 2012.
The Red Wings have seven picks in the 2013 NHL Draft: 1st round (18), 2nd round (48), 3rd round (79), 4th round (109), 5th round (139), 6th round (169), and 7th round (199).
Hockey's Future Staff Mock Draft Results:
Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
The Red Wings' system is fairly well-stocked with defensemen, but it is hard to pass when a talent like Pulock falls. Scouts seem to love his shot, and he plays the sort of two-way game with an offensive tint to it that Detroit loves. He also possesses a high hockey IQ, which is also looked upon fondly by Detroit's management. Although the Red Wings do not have any positions of great need at the draft, the team would relish the opportunity to add to their deep defensive group by drafting a player with excellent hockey sense and the puck skills to contribute to the team's possession numbers.
Update #3: For the record, the Syracuse Post-Standard's Lindsay Kramer reports that Syracuse Crunch forward Phillipe Paradis and Griffins forward Francis Pare arepals.
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