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Red Wings Monday practice news: Red Wings demote Nyquist, send Mrazek to GR, Emmerton clears waivers
by George Malik on 09/30/13 at 11:38 AM ET
Updated 23x at 4:32 PM: And now we wait for the Red Wings' medical evaluations during/after today's practice to determine the team's remaining cap-and-23-man-roster-compliant moves...
This is not super news:
The Wings kind of had to make this move to hedge their bets as Nyquist's waiver-exempt status expires in 2 games. But it still sucks.
I guess the other "Gus" is close to returning...
The Detroit Red Wings have assigned forward Gustav Nyquist and goaltender Petr Mrazek to the Grand Rapids Griffins, general manager Ken Holland said Monday.
Nyquist's demotion has nothing to do with his performance, it's all about getting cap compliant.
Even after putting center Darren Helm on long-term injured reserve and waiving center Cory Emmerton, the Red Wings needed to clear some cap space, because of backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson's groin injury.
Nyquist clears $950,000 off the cap. His stint in Grand Rapids could be short, however.
Nyquist was the Wings' best player during training camp and the exhibition season. He's too valuable to bury in GR.
I thought the Wings demoted Coreau?
Nyquist could be back as soon as this afternoon, assuming that Tootoo and/or Eaves hit the LTIR.
Update #1.5: Here's St. James on Nyquist:
Faced with balancing their budget by this afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings took the option of sending Gustav Nyquist to the minors.
General manager Ken Holland said goaltender Petr Mrazek also was sent down, though that was expected.
Holland also said forward Darren Helm will be put on long term injured reserve. Helm makes $2.125 million, and Nyquist makes $950,000, enough to trim the roughly $3 million the Wings needed to come in under $64.3 million by 3 p.m.
Cory Emmerton was put on waivers Sunday; if he clears, he'll be sent to Grand Rapids. That also will clear the three roster spots the Wings needed to be compliant.
Update #2: Is the CBC Windsor pissed off at the Wings for targeting Ontarian hockey fans?
A growing number of Canadians are becoming Detroit Red Wings season ticket holders. The Wings vice president of marketing, Robert Mattina, said 10 per cent of the team’s season ticket base is Canadian.
“It has increased over the last four or five years. We made a concerted effort to develop more marketing and promotion through the Canadian triangle,” he said. “We made a concentrated effort to expand.”
That triangle includes Windsor, Sarnia and London. The combined population of the trio of cities is approximately 638,000 — slightly less than the 703,000 people that call Detroit home.
“It’s strictly that we have a whole market that is hockey fans. It just made great sense to market where the fans are,” Mattina said. “If you look at London, it’s halfway between Detroit and Toronto. We have lower priced tickets, we have a great product and when you include traffic it’s easier to come to Detroit than it is to Toronto.”
There may be the odd Montreal Canadiens or Chicago Blackhawks fan living in Windsor, but for the most part, the city that is a five-minute bus ride from Joe Louis Arena is split between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
For the first time in 15 seasons, the two teams are in the same conference. NHL realignment has moved the Wings and Leafs into the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The two teams haven’t been in the same division since the 1997-1998. The Leafs and Wings split a pre-season home-and-home series on the weekend.
“The energy in this building seemed not quite like a playoff game, but close to a playoff game,” Mattina said of a Friday night meeting the Wings won at the Joe.
Update #2.25: it's official?
Update #3: Ugh.
And Emmerton apparently cleared waivers:
Farewell, Cory Emmerton.
And Olympia Entertainment made a big shake-up today:
Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. announced today veteran real estate development and management executive Steve Marquardt has been named Vice President of Olympia Development of Michigan and John Hahn, former Senior Director of Communications for the Detroit Red Wings, has been named Vice President of Corporate Communications at Ilitch Holdings, Inc. Both appointments are effective September 30, 2013.
Marquardt brings 25 years of industry experience in development and management of global real estate portfolios to his role at Olympia Development of Michigan. He most recently was Vice President of Real Estate, Facilities and Administration at Compuware where he managed 100 properties in 35 countries and led the design, construction and leasing of the $400 million, 1 million square foot headquarters building in downtown Detroit and the subsequent development of Campus Martius Park. Prior to Compuware, Marquardt was Director of Facilities for Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute in Ann Arbor where he tripled the organization's real estate footprint and led human resources, finance and IT functions.
"We are a growing organization with a long history of notable investments in the community including the renovation of the Fox Theatre, development of Comerica Park and now the proposed Detroit Events Center and surrounding district. Steve is a proven, highly experienced real estate professional who has successfully led and managed several large-scale development projects in downtown Detroit. His experience aligns well with the historical and future development work of our company—investing in projects that have a positive and lasting impact on our community. We've got a great team at Olympia Development and Steve will be a terrific addition to it," said Christopher Ilitch.
Hahn brings 29 years of public relations experience, including 16 with various Ilitch companies, to his new role as Vice President of Corporate Communications at Ilitch Holdings. As Senior Director of Communications for the Detroit Red Wings, he managed communications and community relations activities for the team through three Stanley Cup Championships, as well as serving dual roles at the Detroit Tigers in 2001 and Olympia Development in 2013.
His name is Drew *#$%@& Miller. Or Gustav *#$%@& Nyquist. Sheesh.
Update #5.75: Khan on Emmerton's demotion:
They will place center Darren Helm (back) on long-term injured reserve. Right wing Patrick Eaves and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson also will be placed on IR, either long-term or short-term.
Emmerton filled the Red Wings' fourth-line center spot the past two seasons, but he would not have had a place in the lineup once Helm returned because Joakim Andersson solidified his place in the lineup with a strong rookie season. He will center the third line until Helm returns.
Emmerton, 25, was the club's top pick in the 2006 draft (41st overall in second round). He is a decent checker and penalty killer but has limited offensive potential.
Emmerton had five goals, eight points and a minus-1 rating in 48 games last season and appeared in all by one playoff game (one goal, one assist, minus-1). He has appeared in 121 games over parts of three seasons, with 12 goals, 19 points and a plus-1 rating.
And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan states the obvious:
The Red Wings must make decisions Monday on goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin), and forwards Patrick Eaves (ankle, groin) and Jordin Tootoo (bruised shoulder) -- whether to put them on long-term (10 games) or short-term (seven days) injured reserve.
Update #11: The Free Press's Helene St. James posted the first quotes from Ken Holland:
"We like Gus, and he'll be with the team sooner or later, but unfortunately, we've got some difficult cap issues, and we're going to start out the way we're going to start out, and we'll sort it out as we go," general manager Ken Holland said.
Forward Darren Helm, who is still battling a sore back dating to last season, in addition to being bothered by a pulled groin, has been put on long-term injured reserve. Helm makes $2.125 million, and Nyquist makes $950,000, enough to trim the roughly $3 million the Wings needed to come in under $64.3 million by 3 p.m.
Forward Cory Emmerton cleared waivers after being placed there Sunday and was sent to Grand Rapids. That adds up to three forwards removed from the roster, putting the Wings at the maximum of 23 men.
Nyquist was the only forward who could be sent down without being exposed on waivers. It's not ideal — Nyquist clearly belongs in the NHL — but it also isn't permanent. Forwards Patrick Eaves (knee) and Jordin Tootoo (shoulder) and backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) are all expected to start the season on short-term injured reserve. Gustavsson won't be ready by Wednesday, when the Wings open the season against Buffalo, so either Jared Coreau will serve as the backup or Petr Mrazek will be recalled from the minors.
"They all go on IR effective to when they were hurt," Holland said of Eaves, Tootoo and Gustavsson, "so we could take them off Wednesday morning if we want."
Holland said the goalie situation is a little tricky — Coreau is staying on the roster for now because his $925,000 salary cap hit is higher than Mrazek's $790,000. However, Mrazek could well end up being the backup to Jimmy Howard when the season begins.
"The way Coreau played in camp, we're OK putting Coreau on our roster tonight at 5 o'clock," Holland said. "We'll reassess as the week wears on."
Meanwhile, in the life of Darren Helm...
And here's Pleiness on Tatar:
“I know the chance is coming, so just have to wait for a spot and when it’s open just grab it and hold it,” Tatar said after practice.
It appears Wings coach Mike Babcock will sit Tatar in the season opener, opting to go with a more veteran look as Joakim Andersson will center Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Cleary.
“I’m out of the lineup right now, but I don’t know what will happen to the Wednesday, so just wait for a chance,” Tatar said. “I’m the youngest guy in the locker room, so I wait and when chance comes I’m going to grab it and hold it.”
Tatar, 22, was the American Hockey League MVP last season, scoring 16 goals to go with five assists in 24 games.
“I like him,” Babcock said. “I think he’s a good player. He’s a very usable player, has a knack for the net. But early going in the season, tie goes to the veteran not to the kid. That’s just life. It’s amazing how that works. We’ll get it worked out.”
Update #18: Per the Wings' Facebook page:
Only 2 more days til we start our run at the Cup, Hockeytown!
JUST RELEASED: A very limited amount of tickets for Opening Night have just become available! You can purchase them at the JLA Box Office or by calling 313-471-7575. Come rock The Joe at our first game in the East!
Update #19: The Free Press's St. James posted a video interview with Helm:
Update #20: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan added quotes to his report:
Goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin), and forwards Patrick Eaves (knee, ankle) and Jordin Tootoo (bruised shoulder) will go on the short-term injured list (seven days), while Darren Helm will start the season on the long-term injured list (10 games).
"I don't know when I'll be ready," Helm said. "This takes the pressure off and I can get better at a slower pace."
And Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika believes that the Wings are one of the ten teams most likely to earn a Cup:
8. DETROIT RED WINGS: The Wings had to win four straight to make the playoffs last year. But they made it for the 22nd straight season, and they took the eventual champions to overtime of Game 7 in the second round. They added Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, and now they’re headed to the East, a move that should invigorate them with easier travel and more Original Six matchups.
Some think the Wings will have to adjust. The Wings are built on skill; six of their seven division rivals were among the top 11 teams in fighting last season. But the Wings feel the rest of the new Atlantic Division will have to adjust to them, and a player from a former Western Conference rival said: “They’ll win that division – easily.”
Maybe. The youngsters will have to keep growing the way they did last season and in the playoffs – guys like Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith and Joakim Andersson.
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