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by George Malik on 07/22/14 at 10:49 AM ET
Amongst today's Red Wings-related news stories:
Via TMR reader Stephan Held, Tomas Tatar spoke with "Plus One Day's" Marian Korbel, and after a decent string of Slovak press stories saying, "ZOMG Tatar hasn't been re-signed yet what will happen?" Tatar cleared the air regarding his contract negotiations with the Wings. What follows is very roughly translated:
Tomas, what's the current situation in terms of your future overseas?
"For some time, together with my agent, we've been negotiating a new contract with Detroit. But it's not easy; it's a business, and both sides want to have the best conditions."
Do you already have a specific proposal on the table?
"Yes, I have three options. The team's offered me two, three and five-year contracts. Of course the offers have other financial circumstances."
Which one of the alternatives do you prefer?
"It looks like I'll sign a two or three-year contract. We're close to an agreement, but a few things need to be resolved."
Do you have a red line deadline, or do you have some time to think?
"No, we're not in a rush. It doesn't matter whether I'll sign today or in two weeks."
"Detroit has my rights until I'm 27, so I can't negotiate with any other NHL team, so I have time" (Tatar says, and laughs).
But could it possibly happen that Detroit would sign you to a new contract and then let you go?
"It might. Especially because hockey and the NHL are a big business. But I don't think that will happen."
Now what are you doing?
"I'm recovering from a short weekend trip to Croatia, but I'm training fully and preparing for the new season."
In the "For Further Reading" department, Championat's Alexander Rozhkov reports that Pavel Datsyuk's second hockey school, which is taking place in Yekaterinburg, is already underway this week, and he states that the media-vs-Datsyuk-and-coaches game that was held at Datsyuk's Moscow-area hockey school went well.
According to Rozhkov, Datsyuk and the coaches decided to make the game a no-contact affair and they used a floor hockey ball as none of the coaches had shin guards (and Datsyuk took a bit of a spill earlier that day, but was fine), but the coaches raced out to 3-0 and 4-1 leads before letting up a bit and winning 6-3.
Back over on this side of the Atlantic, NBC Sports released its 2014-2015 regular season broadcast schedule, and it's never clear whether games are "NBCSN exclusives" this early on, but the Wings' NBCSN appearances and possible NBC appearances will include
13 appearances in total--make it 15, via the Detroit News:
Wed Oct 15, 2014 Boston vs. Detroit at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game
Wed Oct 29, 2014 Detroit @ Washington at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game
Wed Nov 5, 2014 Detroit @ NY Rangers at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game
Wed Nov 26, 2014 Philadelphia vs. Detroit at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game
Wed Dec 10, 2014 Toronto vs. Detroit at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game
Mon Dec 29, 2014 Detroit @ Boston at 7:00 PM ET on NBCSN
Sun Jan 18, 2015 Buffalo vs. Detroit at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN
Thu Feb 5, 2015 Detroit @ Colorado at 9:00 PM ET on NBCSN
Wed Feb 11, 2015 Detroit @ Pittsburgh at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game
Wed Feb 18, 2015 Detroit @ Chicago at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game
Wed Mar 4, 2015 NY Rangers vs. Detroit at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" Game
Sunday March 8 2015 Detroit @ Boston at 7:30 PM ET on NBC or NBCSN <--This game might be on NBC and might be on NBCSN
Sun Mar 15, 2015 Detroit @ Pittsburgh at 7:30 PM ET on NBC or NBCSN <--Ditto
Sun Mar 22, 2015 St. Louis vs. Detroit at 12:30 PM ET on NBC
Thu Apr 2, 2015 Boston vs. Detroit at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN
If you're interested in an at-large opinion, MLive's Joe Lapointe suggests that the Pistons should move downtown to share the Red Wings' follow-on rink, difficult logistics included:
Q – Should the Ilitches entice the Pistons to come, would basketball fans follow them back to Wayne County?
A – Probably. Suburbanites support the other three teams downtown already and there's plenty of crossover among those groups. If they feel safe, they'll come, especially to see a winner.
Q – What would happen to the Palace?
A – A concert venue, perhaps?
That's where the concept doesn't hold water to me. I don't see the Ilitches building this new facility for sports alone--without a separate practice facility for the Wings or Pistons anywhere nearby to avoid, "The court's on the ice, I mean the ice is on the court" conflicts--and the non-hockey events are huge moneymakers...
Q – What about Joe Louis Arena?
A – Knock it down, the sooner the better. Sell the seats as souvenirs and develop a valuable piece of riverfront real estate next to expanding Cobo Center.
That's part of the rink deal...
Q – What should they name the new building?
A – Joe Louis Arena II, although most new places sell naming rights to financial corporations.
Ha ha ha no, it's going to be corporately-named, that's a fact...
Q – Don't people care anymore about traditions in sports buildings?
A – Joe Louis was shabby the day it opened in 1979 and is deteriorating. The Pontiac Silverdome, opened in 1975, is in ruins. Some buildings change names every few years. The Atlanta Braves, in Turner Field only since the 1996 Olympics, have announced plans to move to the suburbs. There aren't many Fenway Parks anymore.
Huh? Tradition = no new rink needed? I understand that Joe's relatively "new" to the beat since he returned from the New York Times, but methinks he hasn't drank two beers in the first period and then had to use the restroom during the first intermission, finding himself waiting in line until halfway through the second period as a result...
And finally, two not-so-little birdies Tweeted these Wings job opportunities out earlier this morning:
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