The Malik Report
by George Malik on 09/22/12 at 05:11 AM ET
Aside from a brief mention, what should be today's main Red Wings-related topic got lost in Devellano's bluster, Winter Classic worries and at one bit of inspiring news about Jim Nill's motivation for running in the Chicago marathon:
Today, the Detroit Red Wings--as in Chris Chelios, Jim Bedard, Kris Draper, Keith McKittrick and Bill Peters--will be holding a youth clinic at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan. In a sane world (see: the Canadian Auto Workers and GM/Ford/Chrysler "working through" working out labor deals), the Red Wings would be starting their 2012-2013 season today at training camp, and the Wings' coaches and management would be making player personnel decisions instead of scouting while they wait for the Grand Rapids Griffins' training camp to begin on October 1st.
Instead, the front office, coaches and players are locked out, and Centre Ice's volunteers remain on watch as the Wings never officially canceled camp, but instead, simply chose to allow the league's cancelation of September pre-season games to serve as its "CBA delay." As such, MLive's Ansar Khan spoke to Centre Ice Arena director Terry Marchand about the literal and figurative impacts losing both the 8-team prospect tournament and training camp have yielded for both Centre Ice and Traverse City as a whole:
“We figure between the NHL prospects tournament, the golf outing and training camp, it brings between $3 million and $5 million to our community in a two-week period,'' Centre I.C.E. executive director Terry Marchand said. “At Centre I.C.E., we get hit the hardest, but everyone in the community gets hit. Traverse City is a nice, touristy area. At this time of the year, it's a nice shot in the arm for our community.''
The first big hit the facility and the area took was the cancellation of the eight-team prospects tournament, scheduled for Sept. 15-19, due to the lack of a new NHL collective bargaining agreement.
The Red Wings' annual golf tournament at the Grand Traverse Resort, which was slated for Friday, also was scrapped due to the labor unrest. The golf outing helps pay for arena improvements, including the construction of two NHL-sized dressing rooms and a mezzanine. These events bring a lot of revenue to the hotels, restaurants and bars in the area.
It's also an emotional loss, Marchand said, for the 200 volunteers, many of whom sacrifice their vacation to work during the prospects tournament and training camp.
“It's more than financial for us, it's pride,'' Marchand said.
Khan continues, and frames today's roster situation--with Tomas Tatar in Europe on a short-term basis, Damien Brunner, Jakub Kindl, Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula playing in Europe for the duration of the lockout, and those who remain in Metro Detroit likely to resume skating on Monday--as well as offering more from Marchand, and the clinching statment...speaks the truth...
“We're hoping the owners and the players look back to the effects of the 2004 lockout and how it hurt hockey for an extended time,'' Marchand said. “It's really a shame.''
Regarding the Wings' European-playing locked-out personnel, things are...complicated.
In Sweden: As you probably know by now, Niklas Kronwall may or may not return home to play for Allsvenskan team Djugardens IF at some point, if the Eliteserien were to allow all of its teams to sign long-term deals with locked out players, Jonathan Ericsson would like to play for Skelleftea AIK as his brother Jimmie plays there, and Henrik Zetterberg would only consider playing for Timra IK if there were to be a full-season lockout.
Things got curiouser on Friday as an antitrust suit against the Eliteserien forced the teams to accept NHL players, but as that suit remains in litigation, Aftonbladet's Tomas Ros and Kristoffer Bergstrom report that the Eliteserien (that's Sweden's top pro league; the Allsvenskan is the Swedish equivalent of the AHL and the North American equivalent of the ECHL, and that league is accepting and signing NHL players) took a vote, and 10 teams--including Skelleftea AIK--chose to uphold the ban, while Expressen reports that the Frolunda Indians (Dick Axelsson and Fabian Brunnstrom play there) and Modo Ornskoldsvik have chosen to openly court NHL'ers;
In Russia: Sportbox reports that Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Bryzgalov may or may not make their KHL debuts when CSKA Moscow plays Yugra today, and given that CSKA's official website states that Datsyuk and Bryzgalov will formally be introduced to the media on Sunday, I'd guess that they'll sit out the weekend;
In Finland: Jokerit Helsinki's website posted a photo of a V. Filppula #51 jersey on its website as Valtteri's brother Ilari also plays for Jokerit, and Jatkoaika reports that Filppula will make his debut for Jokerit on Tuesday; on Friday, Teemu Pulkkinen didn't score in Jokerit's 5-1 victory over TPS Turku;
In the Czech Republic, Jakub Kindl pointed fans toward a story on HC Pardubice's website stating that he'll make his debut on Sunday. The Wings don't have any prospects other than Kindl playing in the Czech Extraliga, but if you're interested, Hockey's Future's Radoslav Vavrina posited a superb Czech league preview;
In Slovakia, Sport.sk reports (slick photo gallery included) that Tatar registered an assist on SHK 37 Piestany's first goal and then scored one of his own in an 8-1 rout over Skalica, and Tatar told the Slovak news agency TASR that while he felt jet-lagged, fan support pushed him along, and between now and October 9th, when he has to head back to Grand Rapids, he wants to do all he can to help PIestany win;
And in Switzerland, Damien Brunner and EV Zug will face off with Ambri-Piotta this afternoon.
Or, in shorthand, from someone who's doing this better than I can:
I need you to tell me how in-depth you want me to try and cover European stuff, because when the Wings start skating again, they and the CBA negotiations over here are going to be my main priority, and when the Griffins and Walleye get going, I'll be "working" that beat as best as I can, too, so I don't know if I'm going to be able to keep up with the hype machine in four non-English languages.
For now, it's easy to cover every step, but as time goes by, in theory, anyway, it's going to get more and more difficult.
The same can be said for the Wings' North American prospects playing Major Junior, USHL and NCAA hockey. For the moment, I can do box scores, but this kind of stuff sucks up more time than you might imagine, and I'd prefer to leave it to the experts. As DRW Prospects was out of the office on Friday night (and as you know, I can relate to that in a big way) here's what I've got from the Major Junior world:
QMJHL: Xavier Ouellet registered 2 assists in the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada's 5-3 win over Rouyn-Noranda;
Martin Frk sat out the Halifax Mooseheads' 4-3 OT win over Cape Breton as he's serving a 2-game suspension;
And Phillipe Hudon was held off the scoresheet in the Victoriaville Tigres' 4-3 OT loss to Val-d'Or.
OHL: Andreas Athanasiou was held off the scoresheet in the Barrie Colts' 3-1 loss to Kingston;
Jake Paterson stopped 29 of 33 shots as his Saginaw Spirit dropped a 4-3 loss to Guelph;
And Ryan Sproul registered a goal and two assists in the Soo Greyhounds' wild 6-5 OT win over Plymouth.
Alan Quine and the Peterborough Petes did not play on Friday, and Quine's got mono, so he's out for a bit (as DRWProspects notes--hint hint, give 'em a follow);
WHL: Richard Nedomlel registered an assist but also took 6 minutes in penalties during the Swift Current Broncos' 4-3 OT loss to Moose Jaw;
And Marek Tvrdon registered an assist in the Vancouver Giants' 6-4 loss to the Victoria Royals.
As it wouldn't be a TMR entry without TMI, I brought a hacking, coughing mom home from the doctor's office on Friday (yay, no pneumonia!), suffering from the same "viral syndrome" that my aunt and I still have lesser versions of (see: me missing 12 days of work) a month after the mom brought it home from a different doctor's office, and the ever-wise Paul suggested that I ought to stay away from the Wings' practices until I and/or the family feels better.
He's got a point there. I don't want to make this lockout any worse for 'em, and I don't want to be on the "univite" list once they get a PR person to manage their relations with the media. I'm too easy to spot, goatee or no goatee.
I don't know about you, but just a week into this business, I feel like it's been forever, and I think we've got a long road ahead of us before the owners whose "break the union!" opinion Jimmy Devellano represents and the players who rather understandably don't want to "give at the office" for the second time in two owner-started lockouts reach a solution as to how they will split the money those of us who stick around will still be willing to give them.
Assuming we stick around, and assuming that there's a season to save. I was supposed to be reporting for you in Traverse City this morning, and the fact that I'm not doing so due to a billionaires' cash grab is incredibly frustrating...
And again, as the Canadian Auto Workers and the Big 3 displayed, completely unnecessary.
Update: Coming soon, I suppose, from Ilta Sanomat's Juha Hiitela:
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