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Red Wings morning news: Niklas Kronwall’s hit deemed okay; Wings-Wild tailings, Nyquist talk

Updated 2x w/ trade talk at 11:36 AM: Doubly redirected: Via RedWingsFeed and Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford, Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall's ill-timed hit on Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle apparently won't receive an NHL review. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo reports that the hit was deemed to be aimed at Coyle's body, not his head:

The fact that Kronwall received a 4-minute penalty for high-sticking instead of a 2-minute head-checking penalty (as wisely noted by Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski) probably played into the league's decision.

Given Kronwall's own take on his heavy hits--that he's trying his best to aim lower with his shoulder, body and stick, but is a work in progress--he'd probably agree that he got off a little lucky here, but we won't know what he thinks for a bit as the Wings are scheduled to fly out to Anaheim at 11:41 AM and won't land till about 4 PM EDT (no word as to whether the Wings will practice in Anaheim today, though I'd weigh the odds of the team doing so as 60-40 against).

Also: The Detroit Free Press didn't update their website until after 6 AM EDT, so I made the executive decision to go to bed without including the Free Press's George Sipple's stories in my wrap-up at sometime around 4 AM.

The Free Press posted a 25-image photo gallery from the game, and in terms of Sipple's coverage, he noted Wings coach Mike Babcock's disappointment with his team's effort...

"We spent a lot of the night chasing the game," Babcock said. "We knew what kind of game it was going to be before we started. We knew they were going to play tight. We knew we had to get through it and get on top of them. It was going to be hard to get to their net. In the end, their specialty teams got two and we didn't. I guess we got one on an empty-netter."

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"The first (power-play goal) is a real gift," Babcock said. "They're going to score power-play goals, but you can't give them a gift."

Gustav Nyquist, recalled earlier in the day to play in place of Patrick Eaves (jaw), scored unassisted on a breakaway at 9:09.

"I think we lost, 4-1, so that puts everybody in the same position, but Gus showed good speed going through the neutral zone there," Babcock said.

The Wild answered with a goal by Mikko Koivu at 10:49, before Setoguchi's power-play goal put the Wild ahead by three. On Setoguchi's second goal, Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made the initial save on a shot by Heatley. Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff couldn't find the puck at his skates. Setoguchi gained control and shot in a quick rebound.

"Tonight was a disappointing night for us," Babcock said. "We're getting ready to go on the road again. We thought we'd be pretty fresh. We've had some time off and some practice time, and we thought we'd be better than we were."

Amongst Sipple's notes and quotes...

Ovation for Vlady: Fans at Joe Louis Arena gave Vladimir Konstantinov a standing ovation when he was introduced on the scoreboard during the first period. Konstantinov turned 46 on Tuesday. Several Wild players joined in by tapping their sticks on the ice.

Overheard: "I think we had enough (shots) to score, more than they did," said Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. "Unfortunately they got the first one early. I don't think they had much in the first. I think we played better. Unfortunately we weren't effective enough."

And Gustav Nyquist's breakaway goal was perhaps the highlight of the game...

 


Nyquist told Sipple that he was happy about scoring, but that he felt that the goal didn't necessarily mean all that much given that it came in a losing efffort:

"It was kind of a broken play on the blue line," Nyquist said. "Got it behind the (defenseman) and kind of skated around him and was in all alone and tried to make a move and fortunately it went in."

Nyquist had played for the Griffins in Peoria on Tuesday night. Wings coach Mike Babcock joked that after a 6-hour bus ride, Nyquist would get a chance to get some sleep before having to face the Wild.

"It's fun to be up here," Nyquist said of being with the Wings. "You're always excited. I'm still young, so I've got pretty fresh legs. I was good."

Nyquist, 23, has proven he can score at the AHL level, but had not been able to carry that over when he has had opportunities to play in NHL. He has 23 goals and 37 assists in 58 games for the Griffins this season. With his goal Wednesday, Nyquist has two goals and six assists in 23 career NHL games. He has one goal and one assist in five games with the Wings this season.

"It's a tough loss, that's what matters," Nyquist said when asked about the confidence he'd get from his goal. "Of course it's nice to get a goal. I haven't had too many in this league so far. So it's always nice to get my confidence up a little bit."

Again, Babcock issued a challenge to Nyquist regarding playing more demonstratively, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan:

“He’s got some skill, he’s obviously a real good player,'' Babcock said. “He’s led everywhere he’s ever played in scoring. The problem with the NHL is you have to come up and grab hold of something.We called Andy up for a game. He’s still playing, just because he grabbed hold of something. That’s what Gus has to do.''

Nyquist is leading the AHL in scoring with 60 points (23 goals, 37 assists).

“So, if you’re Gus and you get in there tonight and you do great things, guess what happens?'' Babcock said. “I think Cal Ripken played shortstop for 22 straight years, or something like that, didn’t he?”

Close. Ripken played a Major League-record 2,632 consecutive games during a 17-year stretch with the Baltimore Orioles.

Anderson, who has seven points (three goals, four assists) and a plus-6 rating in 19 games, has maintained hi spot for a variety of reasons.

“His hockey-sense,'' Babcock said. “He competes hard, he understands the game and he’s a big body. Knows how to play. You can put him on the ice, you’re not scared. He seems to get points. He’s just a hockey player.”

Mission accomplished for one game, anyway.

Update: FYI:

And FYI #2:

FORMER RED WINGS KRIS DRAPER AND CHRIS OSGOOD TO VISIT WESTDALE ELEMENTARY ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON
... Wings School Assembly Program set to Make 115 Visits During 2012-13 Season ...

Detroit, MI… Former Red Wings Kris Draper and Chris Osgood will visit Westdale Elementary in Saginaw, Mich., on Friday, Mar. 22, as part of the Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The Kroger Company of Michigan. The program will take place from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Draper, Osgood and the Red Wings School Assembly Team will introduce more than 400 elementary students to the sport of hockey through a youth street and floor hockey initiative. The Wings will provide equipment and hands-on instruction to familiarize kids with the sport of hockey and to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.

The School Assembly Team opens every program with an interactive lesson on exercise and healthy eating, followed by an energetic hockey shootout competition pitting students against teachers. Each school receives two full sets of floor hockey equipment complete with hockey sticks and nets courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, as well as a Red Wings folder and a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan keepsake magnet that lists five fun afterschool activities.

Last season, the Red Wings School Assembly Team visited 100 local schools, reaching more than 40,000 students and providing 200 sets of equipment to physical education departments throughout southeastern Michigan. Notable players and alumni such as Niklas Kronwall, Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi and Kirk Maltby have each attended an assembly.

A special fundraising initiative administered by the Red Wings School Assembly Program in 2011-12 helped local students raise more than $75,000 for a variety of charitable endeavors by selling tickets to Red Wings home games. In addition, more than 1,000 students who sold at least four tickets as part of the initiative were invited to attend a special open skate event at Joe Louis Arena last season.

This season, the Red Wings School Assembly Team plans to make 115 appearances. The most up-to-date schedule can be found at http://www.DetroitRedWings.com/schoolassemblyschedule

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Update #2: ESPN's Scott Burnside offered an answer to a question about the Wings' potential trade deadline moves that summarizes my gut feeling about what we're going to see on or before April 3rd:

Jim (Grand Rapids, MI) Good morning Scott, 2 quick questions: Do you think Kenny Holland will make some noise come trade deadline, and really other than the travel, how does the realignment help Detroit?

Scott Burnside: Jim; Tough spot for the Wings who are in that great mass of teams that one day look like playoff-ready and the next (as in last night versus the Wild) look ready for an early tee time. Having spent futures in recent years (Kyle Quincey for instance) I would be surprised if Ken Holland makes a major move. Important for the Wings to see just how their young group of players is going to develop and bringing in another veteran or two doesn't help that process especially when they're not really a Cup team (in my opinion). And the realignment will be a boon for ticket sales with historic rivals like Toronto and Montreal making more frequent visits and the local television ratings should take a jump with fewer late-night games which helps generate more revenues. In short, a good thing all around for the Wings.

Between the fact that so many GM's and team executives spent the GM's meetings suggesting that the trade deadline will yield diddly squat because there are no real "sellers" thanks to the tightly-packed standings, and the fact that the Wings' braintrust (please remember that Ken Holland, Jim Nill, Ryan Martin, Kris Draper and the pro and amateur scouts work as a team) seems willing to allow this injuries-yielding-youth-movement year to play out to "see what they've got" before having a better and cheaper opportunity to bolster the team's ranks via dipping into the pool of cap-compliance buy-out players this summer...

I don't see the Wings making a move unless it falls into their laps. This is essentially a "rebuilding year" for the Wings, and its current players appear to be on their own.

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w2j2's avatar

George:  Dumb Question:

Do the “Deep Diggers” (media) ride on RedBird 1 with the team?

What about the broadcasters (Ken Kal, Mickey Redmond, et al)?

Thanks,

wj

Posted by w2j2 on 03/21/13 at 11:30 AM ET

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Ken Kal, Paul Woods, Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond are technically employees of the team, and just work for FSD, so they fly on Red Bird III. I believe that Daniels is actually the de-facto TSA agent for the team!

The reporters aren’t team employees, so they fly commercial flights.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/21/13 at 11:40 AM ET

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@W2j2 TPL went on a trip with the Wings on Red Bird II

It is a pretty neat story that you might like http://theproductionline.us/part-i-shutouts-security-screening/

Posted by mtuwingsfan on 03/21/13 at 11:52 AM ET

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please remember that Ken Holland, Jim Nill, Ryan Martin, Kris Draper and the pro and amateur scouts work as a team

But Holland’s in charge.  Let there be no doubt about that.  And the Wings inactivity since Hossa left is directly in his line, exclusively.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 03/21/13 at 12:30 PM ET

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But Holland’s in charge.  Let there be no doubt about that.  And the Wings inactivity since Hossa left is directly in his line, exclusively.

Is Mr. I going to accept this teams continual slide to mediocrity?
I know he wants a World Series Ring and all, but someone’s gotta reignite the fire here.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/21/13 at 12:48 PM ET

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@W2j2 TPL went on a trip with the Wings on Red Bird II
It is a pretty neat story that you might like http://theproductionline.us/part-i-shutouts-security-screening/
Posted by mtuwingsfan on 03/21/13 at 11:52 AM ET

Thanks for sharing. I’ll be forwarding this to some of my buds *big thumbs up*

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/21/13 at 12:48 PM ET

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Is Mr. I going to accept this teams continual slide to mediocrity?
I know he wants a World Series Ring and all, but someone’s gotta reignite the fire here.
Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/21/13 at 12:48 PM ET

I think Mr. I is fine with it. He is occupied with the Tigers. A look at the front office structure of the Tigers shows that Mr. I is the only Ilitch involved. Not even Marian is listed as a co-owner

Glance at the Wings front office structure, and, of course, Mike and Marian are listed as owners, but Christopher Ilitch is listed at the top of managament for the Wings.

The Tigers are the flagship. The Wings are just another subsidiary of Ilitch Holdings. Been that way for years now. Can’t really blame him. Mr. I was a ballplayer and he played minor league ball for the Tigers and others.

He’s still the best owner in the NHL. But maybe that’s not saying much.

 

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/21/13 at 03:45 PM ET

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That came out wrong. I Think Mr. I has been a great owner for the Wings. It is his fellow owners I think little of.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/21/13 at 03:52 PM ET

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And the Wings inactivity since Hossa left is directly in his line, exclusively.

Inactivity.  People shouldn’t use words whose meaning is unclear to them.

Did Holland not make huge offers to Suter and Parise?  Did he not make a pretty big offer to retain Hossa?  Did he not trade for Quincey, sign Brunner, sign Sammy, sign Gustavsson, sign Tootoo, extend Helm, extend Abby, etc?  Was he not the GM who has been the GM since every single one of the 14 former Detroit prospects who are currently playing on the team were drafted?

It’s possible to not like Holland’s activity of late.  Moderately stupid given the realities of the NHL on a macro-level, but ignorance of those larger issues is possible.  It’s really, really, really stupid to say he’s been inactive.

I get that fans like the Chief are pouty-lipped because Holland hasn’t yet managed to do twice what no other GM in the NHL has done once, namely replace multiple elite losses without any hiccups in performance.

I understand that.  I do.  I just think that they, as a group, are acting like spoiled idiots.  What we’ve seen the past few years is a lot like what we saw post-2002’s Cup and those assorted departures and diminished players who remained but aged.  4-5 seasons of structural realignment of the team.

For most teams, that 4-5 years looks like it looked in Pittsburgh, or Chicago, or Philly, or Boston, or Tampa, or Calgary, or pretty much insert-name-of-franchise-here.  If those clubs ever get back to a consistent level it’s after a handful of seasons where they sit at the freaking bottom of the league.

But, yeah, let’s watch while some dopey fans bleep all over Holland because the Wings stay playoff-competitive when he rebuilds rather than burning to the ground in a bleepfire and smoking darkly while he loads up a few years of top 5 picks.

All this in the middle of a goofy shortened season that’s six kinds of an awful crucible in which to judge a team, and while the Wings have missed between 4-5 players every night for most of the season.

I’ll give fans like the Chief this: when they decide to go Full Stupid they push the pedal to the metal and give the total Thelma & Louise experience.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/21/13 at 03:56 PM ET

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Far be it for you to take a semantic error and spin it into another bloated, long-winded, condescending and moronic post.

I’ll give fans like the Chief this: when they decide to go Full Stupid they push the pedal to the metal and give the total Thelma & Louise experience.

And you would know more than anything about Full Stupid.

Posted by Garth on 03/21/13 at 04:04 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/21/13 at 03:56 PM ET

Now THAT, was a cool story.  And I’ll even leave it with a “Brah”.

I think Mr. I is fine with it. He is occupied with the Tigers.

Add that to the long list of fuching reasons that I hate baseball.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 03/21/13 at 04:06 PM ET

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Add that to the long list of fuching reasons that I hate baseball.

Make that MLB and I’d agree, I love watching my kiddo play tournaments all weekend all spring and summer.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/21/13 at 04:47 PM ET

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Kenny Holland can stand pat for the trade deadline but it’s obvious that this team defensively is average at best with it’s current defenseman corp. Got confidence in Smith improving and Ouellet arriving in the future and perhaps Sproul but this team is years away from serious contention without another top pairing defenseman.

Watched bettman interview on NHL Network and almost puked listening to that weasel whine about coach challenge flag idea. Guess he is against it because there is as much scoring in the NHL as there is in his past employer gig the nba and it would be ridiculous to waste time reviewing so many goals. Ah lawyers, gotta love ‘em. They should rule all businesses and political offices shock

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 03/21/13 at 05:10 PM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

blu blah blah. bluh blah blah. pharmacist language. blah blah blah. typing, still typing, typing. i can hear my fingers typing and i’m typing and typing while i fill this cortisone prescription with my other hand because i can tyyyyyyyyyyyype.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/21/13 at 03:56 PM ET

Got it.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 03/21/13 at 06:24 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I’m gonna be interested to see what KH does as well.  His entire tenure as GM he’s never had to be a seller.  There’s a skill in getting what you want from somebody for the cheapest price you can.  It’s another skill to have something someone wants and to maximize the return on it.  KH may be good at listening to scouts but he’s not that great at trades to begin with and I don’t think he’s got the chops on this end of things to make an aggressive move, like dealing Flip to a contender.  This could be a great opportunity to stockpile some draft picks and/or prospects.  Rebuild on the Boston model, rebuild on someone else’s draft picks.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/21/13 at 06:25 PM ET

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@HockeytownOverhaul

Not everyone can be as stupid as the Maple Leafs, unfortunately.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 03/21/13 at 06:48 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

blu blah blah. bluh blah blah. pharmacist language. blah blah blah. typing, still typing, typing. i can hear my fingers typing and i’m typing and typing while i fill this cortisone prescription with my other hand because i can tyyyyyyyyyyyype.
Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/21/13 at 03:56 PM ET
Got it.
Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 03/21/13 at 06:24 PM ET

LOL  LOL  LOL

But, yeah, let’s watch while some dopey fans bleep all over Holland because the Wings stay playoff-competitive when he rebuilds rather than burning to the ground in a bleepfire and smoking darkly while he loads up a few years of top 5 picks.
Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/21/13 at 03:56 PM ET

A first round exit preceded by two second round exits is playoff competitive? I call that heading in the wrong direction.  I call a first round elimination playoff un-competitive.

And you may not have noticed this little thing called the Salary Cap. It prevents KH from making deals like those that brought in Hasek, Cheli and Shanny. The draft is where most of the cap-era champs built their squads. As we get farther from the pre-2004 free spending days, the percentage of Cup winners that were built through the draft will continue to increase. The other fact that seems to slipped past you is that the Wings european scouting machine no longer has that continent to itself. Which is why Jonas Brodin was drafted #10 by the Wild and not in the third or fourth round by the Wings. Damn, Brodin really does look like a young Lidas, but I digress. The sport is changing. Try and keep up.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/21/13 at 07:11 PM ET

Crater's avatar

KH may be good at listening to scouts but he’s not that great at trades to begin with

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/21/13 at 06:25 PM ET

Kidding me? What about the Avery for for Mathieu Schneider deal?

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 03/21/13 at 07:13 PM ET

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haha, the same Avery Lidstrom was just praising for his ability to agitate in the playoffs?  The Schneider we picked up after 1 cup and didn’t win another until he left?

There’s a thread on HFBoards on ALL of Hollands deals.  Signing, resignings, trades, everything.  There’s a lot we as Wings fans forget about from the past because we were winning, but Hollands made some crazy trades and very few were for impact players.

You also notice he keeps trading to get guys back who weren’t exactly elite guys.  But we’d just keep throwing whatever it took to get them back.

When you put all the transaction in linear order, every one.  It makes you wonder why were so surprised 4 years later and the only FA signing we made was Hossa.  Only trade was for a prospect we let go on waivers initially.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/21/13 at 08:12 PM ET

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And Crater, Holland hasn’t made a trade since Brad Stuart in 08.  Bowman left that July for Chicago.  Holland hasn’t made a move since.

I maintain the Brain Trust became the Trust after Bowman left.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/21/13 at 08:20 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Holland and his gang needs to figure out how to build a team in the salary cap era.

Posted by gt500x on 03/21/13 at 09:50 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

And Crater, Holland hasn’t made a trade since Brad Stuart in 08.  Bowman left that July for Chicago.  Holland hasn’t made a move since.

Quincey?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/22/13 at 03:11 AM ET

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Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/21/13 at 08:12 PM ET

It was sarcasm you nitwit.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 03/22/13 at 01:51 PM ET

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