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Red Wings morning news: Babcock discusses past/future assistant coaches, prospect talk & Brownov III
by George Malik on 07/15/14 at 08:42 AM ET
Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related news stories:
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock made an eyebrow-raising comment to the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan regarding his contract status and his desire to either wrap up an extension prior to the regular season or to wait until the conclusion of the 2014-2015 campaign to talk contract turkey:
"By that time (regular season), it’s hockey,” Babcock said. “It’s about the team. It’s not about Mike Babcock.”
Babcock doesn’t expect any extension until general manager Ken Holland, who also has one year left on his deal, works out his own contract.
“I’m not concerned,” Babcock said. “I’ve always been of the belief that if you do your job, do your job well, people want you.”
And Babcock shared a very positive assessment of the departing assistant coaches in Tom Renney (who will be named Hockey Canada's president today) and Bill Peters (who's heading to Carolina to coach the Hurricanes)...
"When you're losing Tom Renney and losing Bill Peters, maybe some people don't think so but we believe our team maximized its potential the last two years big time," Babcock said. "With the kids we had and the development we had, Tom and Pete were big parts of that. We're real excited in Detroit for Tom and the opportunity he's getting and we're really excited for Pete."
Savage continues, and he receives this conclusion from Babcock regarding his now-busier-than-expected summer:
"We've got to run a program here," said Babcock, who is in the final year of his contract. "We've got to keep finding and hiring good people to be successful. We've had a good run with coaches and the proof in the pudding is people keep hiring them. The summer plans change in a hurry when your coaches leave."
Shifting gears, Hockey's Future's Adam Schnepp posited an article which examines the Red Wings' 2014 draft class, mentioning a pair of players who didn't receive that much coverage due to the fact that neither attended the summer development camp in Chase Perry and Alexander Kadeykin:
Chase Perry, G, Wenatchee Wild (NAHL)
5th round, 136th overall
Height: 6-2 Weight: 175
Detroit rarely selects players from the NAHL, but they saw a combination of athleticism, skill, and size in Chase Perry that was too difficult to pass over in the fifth round. Perry had a 15-12-6 record for the Wild in 2013-14, along with a .905 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average. Perry’s game took a step forward in the playoffs, where he posted a minuscule 1.83 goals against average to go with a .933 save percentage.
Perry will begin his freshman season with Colorado College of the NCAA in the fall. He has four years to sign an entry-level deal, giving him plenty of time to adjust to the college game before turning professional.
Perry spoke with Hockey’s Future at the NHL Combine, with his comments captured in this HF video.
Kadeykin's definitely a "dark horse" prospect, and as of this morning, Slava Kozlov's joined Kadeykin on Atlant Mytischchi's roster:
Alexander Kadeykin, C, Atlant Mytishchi (KHL)
7th round, 201st overall
Height: 6-3 Weight: 213
The Red Wings may have pulled off quite the steal with the selection of Alexander Kadeykin, especially considering that the pick with which he was selected was a throw in from San Jose in the trade that sent Brad Stuart to the Sharks after the 2011-12 season.
Kadeykin fits the bill as far as the type of player Detroit leaned towards in the 2014 Draft; he is a strong two-way center with offensive upside that is just beginning to develop. In 54 KHL games in 2013-14, Kadeykin notched 23 points. This is not an earth-shattering total, but it is more impressive when considering that Kadeykin was only getting the minutes of a third line center. Kadeykin will play one more season in the KHL in 2014-15.
Schnepp continues at significant length, providing both profiles of and interviews with the Wings' new prospects....
And this player isn't a Red Wings prospect, but Birmingham Observer & Eccentric's Marty Brunder reports that Doug Brown's son Chris became the second NHL-drafted "Brownov" progeny this past June:
With the 151st pick in the sixth round of the of the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Brown was selected by the Buffalo Sabres. Even though he was notified by cell before witnessing it live on the NHL Network, the realization of being selected still resounded like a slap shot to the end boards for the recent Cranbrook Kingswood graduate.
“I was very, very honored to be drafted by that organization,” Brown said. “I’m glad that they had the faith in me to take me. (Being drafted) wasn’t a sure thing so I wasn’t going to be disappointed if it didn’t happen, but it happened and hopefully it works out for the best.”
Chris Brown is the latest in the fine lineage of family hockey players.
Chris’ father Doug, a Boston College alumnus, earned two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings with whom he ended his career in 2001. His brother Patrick recently was signed by the Carolina Hurricanes after a stellar college career at Boston College. His uncle Greg is currently an associate head coach for BC’s hockey team.
Brown is honored to uphold that tradition.
“I’ve been to Boston College quite a few times. It’s in the family and I love the organization and I’m very excited to get there,” said Brown, whose mother, Maureen, and sister, Anna, graduated from Boston College and sister, Kaitlin, currently is a junior at the historic Catholic University. “It was my number one choice for sure when I was growing up. I was always around it and it grew on me every single year. I’m just excited to have the opportunity to play at Boston College and prove myself,” he said. “They seem to make it to the (NCAA hockey) tournament every year. I have some big shoes to fill when I get there.”
And finally, this isn't necessarily Red Wings-related, but the Detroit News's Tom Greenwood reports that a business initiative aimed at brining "expat" Detroiters back to the city includes the Red Wings' co-president and CEO:
Call them expats or members of the Detroit diaspora, but the city’s business community is looking for business leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities and movers and shakers with ties to the city to come back and help rebuild the D.
A host of local leaders, including Mayor Mike Duggan, Chris Ilitch of Ilitch Holdings and Keith Crain of Crain Communications, announced their Detroit Homecoming event at an early Monday morning press conference at the Lowe Campbell Ewald advertising agency by Ford Field.
“Detroit needs jobs and investment,” Duggan said. “But until today, no one has focused on a key resource: people who call Detroit their hometown but now live elsewhere.
“Detroit Homecoming will provide exactly the right motivation our city needs to bring native Detroiters back home to be a part of the city’s revitalization.”
The invitation-only Detroit Homecoming will be held Sept. 17-19 with a pull-out-all-the-stops agenda that includes tours throughout the city, a concert at Chene Park, dinner at the David Whitney Building and the Globe Building Outdoor Adventure & Discovery Center.
According to Detroit Homecoming speaker Jim Hayes, more than 400 influential expats — “people who started here and then went on to fame and fortune elsewhere” — have been identified so far.
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