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Red Wings overnight report: on the schedule, City of Detroit bankruptcy crap, etc.

The NHL's annual "schedule release day" is obviously designed to spur season-ticket sales and yield a middle-of-the-summer PR boost for the league and its respective teams, and for the Red Wings and their fans, the new schedule certainly serves as the most visceral reminder that the team is now an Eastern Conference one (though I'm a little puzzled as to how a division where four of the seven teams border parts of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway are somehow "Atlantic").

It was also something of a relief to know that the NHL will take part in the 2014 Olympics, though the IIHF's release read more like, "We're marginally pleased to be sending NHL players to the war-torn Caucasus Peninsula, though we're still pissed off at the NHL because we think they're giant dicks" than anything else.

One's "must-see" games depend on your priorities and personal preferences, however.

I know that just about everybody suggests that the Red Wings' December 1st visit to Ottawa (marking Daniel Alfredsson's return to the city from which he "defected") is the second-biggest day on the Wings' calendar save the Winter Classic on January 1st, to the point that the Senators' president said the following to the Ottawa Sun's Tim Baines...

Circle the date: Sunday, Dec. 1 ... Daniel Alfredsson's return to Ottawa as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.

The return of Captain Alfie will be one of the highlights for Senators fans in the 82-game schedule, which was finally released by the NHL on Friday.

"I expect and hope (Alfredsson) gets treated with the respect he deserves (from the fans)," said Senators president Cyril Leeder Friday. "I hope people will be happy to have him back in the building."

And yes, whether you want to talk about Jimmy Howard possibly playing for Team USA (Justin Abdelkader is a "dark horse" candidate as well), Pavel Datsyuk and the host Russians facing tremendous pressure to win what the Russian government is essentially billing as the "perfect" Olympics (as the Russian Hockey Federation is an inherently political beast, expect Datsyuk to not receive a letter on his jersey; we'll see Kovalchuk wear the "C" and KHL'ers get the "A's"), the Slovaks possibly utilinzing both Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco, the Czechs probably employing Jakub Kindl and possibly bringing Petr Mrazek along as a 3rd goaltender, the incredibly high likelihood that most of Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Alfredsson (the probable Swedish team captain) and Swedish summer camp invitee Gustav Nyquist will be playing for Sweden, the inevitable announcement that Mike Babcock will coach the Canadians and that all of the Wings' likely Olympic participants may yield significant post-Olympic burn-out, the dates noted by SI's Allan Muir are incredibly important, as does the Olympic schedule itself...

Training camps open: Sept. 11
Exhibition games being: Sept. 13
Regular season opens: Oct. 1
Hall of Fame Game: Nov. 8
Hockey Day In Canada: Jan. 18
Olympic Break: Feb. 9 – Feb. 25
Last day of regular season: Apr. 13
Stanley Cup Playoffs begin: Apr. 16

But the Wings' other "must-see dates"...Well, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness posted the schedule in an easy-to-digest format...

2013-14 Detroit Red Wings schedule (all times eastern)

Wed. Oct. 2 vs. BUFFALO, 8 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 4 at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 5 at Boston, 7 p.m.
Thu. Oct. 10 vs. PHOENIX, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 12 vs. PHILADELPHIA, 7 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 14 at Boston, 1 p.m.
Tue. Oct. 15 vs. COLUMBUS, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Oct. 17 at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 19 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 21 vs. SAN JOSE, 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 23 vs. OTTAWA, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 26 vs. N.Y. RANGERS, 7 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 30 at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 1 at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 2 at Edmonton, 10 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 4 at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 7 vs. DALLAS, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 9 vs. TAMPA BAY, 7 p.m.
Tue. Nov. 12 vs. WINNIPEG, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 15 vs. WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 16 at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Tue. Nov. 19 vs. NASHVILLE, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 21 vs. CAROLINA, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 23 vs. OTTAWA, 7 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 24 at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 27 vs. BOSTON, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 29 at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 1 at Ottawa, 5 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 4 vs. PHILADELPHIA, 8 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 6 at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 7 vs. FLORIDA, 7 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 10 at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Dec. 12 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 14 vs. PITTSBURGH, 7 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 15 vs. TAMPA BAY, 5 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 17 vs. ANAHEIM, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Dec. 19 vs. CALGARY, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 21 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 23 vs. N.Y. ISLANDERS,7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 28 at Florida, 7 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 30 at Nashville, 8 p.m.
x-Wed. Jan. 1 vs. TORONTO, 1 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 4 at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Thu. Jan. 9 at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 11 at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 12 at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thu. Jan. 16 at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 18 vs. LOS ANGELES, 7 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 20 vs. ST. LOUIS, 7 :30 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 22 vs. CHICAGO, 8 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 24 vs. MONTREAL, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 26 vs. FLORIDA, 5 p.m.
Tue. Jan. 28 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 31 vs. WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 2 at Washington, 12:30 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 3 vs. VANCOUVER, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 6 at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 8 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 26 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 27 at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Tue. March 4 at New Jersey, p.m.
Thu. March 6 vs. COLORADO, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. March 7 vs. NEW JERSEY, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. March 9 at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Tue. March 11 at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Fri. March 14 vs. EDMONTON, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. March 16 at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Tue. March 18 vs. TORONTO, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. March 20 vs. PITTSBURGH, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. March 22 at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Sun. March 23 vs. MINNESOTA, 5 p.m.
Tue. March 25 at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
Thu. March 27 vs. MONTREAL, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. March 29 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Sun. March 30 vs. TAMPA BAY, 5 p.m.
Wed. April 2 vs. BOSTON, 8 p.m.
Fri. April 4 vs. BUFFALO, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. April 5 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tue. April 8 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wed. April 9 at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
Fri. April 11 vs. CAROLINA, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. April 13 at St. Louis, 2 p.m.

x-Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

I look at the home opener against Buffalo on the 2nd as an exciting date, the fact that there are no games when my friend Mark gets married on October 9th as nothing less than a huge relief, the Wings' game against Chicago on January 22nd--as part of a 5-game home stand--as something of an obvious time for Nicklas Lidstrom to come to town to retire #5 (the Free Press's Helene St. James stated the obvious in noting that the date has yet to be determined)...

But seeing the Wings knock out most of their Western U.S. and Canadian road dates in October and early November--including what is an exciting day for me in the Wings' first visit to Winnipeg since 1996 on November 4th--playing those six on-and-after-January 1st dates against the team I've loved to hate forever in the Maple Leafs, the first home game against Tampa Bay on November 9th, knowing that the one California trip between January 9th and 12th is the other time to stock up on caffeine and Visine, and noting that the Wings' longest road trips are 5-game affairs wrapped around the Olympic break and directly after the Winter Classic. All of that stuff is what I "circle on my calendar."

That, and while the Winter Classic may not feel as "special" because it's the first of half-a-Goddang-dozen outdoor games, it's going to mark both the end of a very busy couple of weeks in Hockeytown, and, given the number of international Wings fans descending upon the town, the end of a week of hanging out with friends I haven't met "IRL" yet as well as probably ten days of being the designated driver!

As the Detroit News's schedule notes, the Wings' appearances on NBCSN, the CBC and the NHL Network were released, and given the Wings' awful record during nationally-televised games, we've got many, many dates to cringe about (and at least 13 games in which GameCenter Live and Center Ice subscribers will have to find quasi-legal means with which to watch games they theoretically paid to watch)...

And the local folks penned their "must-see" dates, including WXYZ's Brad Galli...

Highlights on the schedule start with the home opener against the Sabres on October 2. On January 1, the Bridgestone Winter Classic will feature the Red Wings and Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium.

Old rivalries will take shape again, as Detroit will play each of its seven Atlantic Division opponents at least four times, including twice at home against each. That means Original Six games against Boston, Montreal, and Toronto will be regular occurrences.

The Red Wings will face the Blackhawks twice this season, at Joe Louis Arena on January 22 and in Chicago on March 16. They host the Penguins twice, on December 14 and March 20. The Red Wings visit Pittsburgh April 9.

NHL players will participate in the Olympics in February. The league will break on February 9 and return February 26. The Olympics run February 12-23 in Sochi. Because of the break, Detroit will host only one home game in February, against Vancouver on Feb. 3.

MLive's Ansar Khan...

The newest Red Wings will be making homecomings nine days apart in early December. Longtime Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson will return to Ottawa on Dec. 1 and again on Feb. 27. Former Panthers center Stephen Weiss will make three return trips to Florida (Dec. 10, Dec. 28 and Feb. 6).


The Red Wings host the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, their long-time Original Six rival, on Jan. 22 and visit the Blackhawks on March 16. The Blackhawks play in the Central Division, along with Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg. The Pacific Division features Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Vancouver.

The Red Wings will be traveling much less in the East, with only 14 games outside of their time zone. They'll knock off their lone trip to Western Canada fairly early, a four-game swing to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4.

It will be their first game in Winnipeg since the Atlanta Thrashers relocated there in 2011. The Red Wings haven't played in Winnipeg since April 28, 1996, when they eliminated the Jets in Game 6 of the opening round of the playoffs. It was the Jets' final game before relocating to Phoenix.

The Red Wings' lone trip to California (San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim) runs from Jan. 9-12. It's sandwiched between road games against Dallas (Jan. 4) and the New York Rangers (Jan. 16).

The Red Wings wrap up the regular season on April 13 in St. Louis.

Who notes that the playoff format's been tweaked to help assuage for the imbalanced conferences, which is good for the Wings in that seven-team...Uh..."We're All Near Massive Bodies of Water" division...

The top three teams in each division qualify for the playoffs. The clubs with the next two-best records make it as wild cards. So it is possible for five teams from one division to make the postseason.

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness (this is only part of a much longer slate of highlights)...

– Valtteri Filppula returns to Joe Louis Arena as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 9 (7:30 p.m.).

– Stephen Weiss will face his former team, the Florida Panthers, on Dec. 7 (7 p.m.) at Joe Louis Arena. A couple days later, Dec. 10 (7:30 p.m.) he plays at Florida, where he had played his entire career before signing a five-year deal with the Wings on the first day of free agency.

– Detroit hosts Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 14 (7 p.m.).

– The Wings’ first game with the Maple Leafs will be in Toronto on Dec. 21 (7 p.m.).

– Detroit will take part in its second Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. The game will be at the Big House in Ann Arbor against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

– The Wings have a pair of five-game road trips on the schedule, the longest of which is from Jan. 4-16. They play on the road in Dallas (Jan. 4, 8 p.m.), San Jose (Jan. 9, 10:30 p.m.), Los Angeles (Jan. 11, 10:30 p.m.), Anaheim (Jan. 12, 8 p.m.) and close at the New York Rangers (Jan. 16, 7 p.m.).

Who also reminded us about the events surrounding the Winter Classic...

The Winter Classic’s festivities might include two alumni games on New Year’s Eve at Comerica Park in Detroit, along with American Hockey League, college, high school and youth hockey games over a two-week period leading up to the Winter Classic.

This will be the sixth time the Winter Classic has been played and second time the Wings have played in one.

Detroit faced the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009 at Wrigley Field before a crowd of 40,818. The Wings beat their hosts 6-4.

This will be Toronto’s first Winter Classic.

The biggest benefit the Wings have moving to the Eastern Conference will be their limited trips to the West Coast, just seven of their regular season games will begin at 9 p.m. or later.

Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples (ditto)...

Mar. 7 vs. New Jersey – Martin Brodeur plays his last game against the Detroit Red Wings – and we get one last chance to see him play in person.

The Wings and Blackhawks will renew their rivalry in January and March. (Jen Hefner/MiHockey)

Mar. 16 at Chicago – The Wings return to the Madhouse on Madison for their one road game with the Blackhawks in the 2013-14 season.

Mar. 18 vs. Toronto – Maple Leafs return to town – this time, they will play it inside.

Apr. 2 vs. Boston – In the home stretch, the Wings welcome the Bruins to Hockeytown, with the possibility of the points on the line being crucial to both squads.

Apr. 5 at Montreal – Seven days out from their final regular-season contest, the Red Wings head up to Montreal for a date with the Canadiens.

Apr. 13 at St. Louis – The Red Wings conclude the 2013-14 regular season with a team that they are very, very familiar with, but won’t see too much of in the coming years.

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, who offered an explanation of the way the schedule works...

Red Wings players will see a difference, too, with only one trip to western Canada (Oct. 30-Nov. 4) and one trip to California (Jan. 9-12). Only four games on the schedule begin after 10 p.m. Detroit time.

The Red Wings open the season Oct. 2 against Buffalo at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings will be in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division along with Boston, Buffalo, Toronto, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Florida and Montreal.

In the Eastern Conference schedule matrix, the Red Wings will play five games against two teams in its division and four games against five teams.

The Red Wings will play three games against each of the eight teams in the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division. They'll play two games — one home and away — against all 14 Western Conference teams.

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose offered highlights in both an article on the Wings' website...

The Red Wings will open the first week of the season against three conference opponents with the home-opener against the Sabres on Oct. 2, followed by first road games against Carolina on Oct. 4, and the defending Eastern Conference champion Bruins on Oct. 5.

There isn’t much of a history between the Red Wings and Sabres, however, the October game will mark the third time that the two franchises have faced-off in a season-opener. Goals by Kris Draper and Tomas Holmstrom helped the Wings claim a 2-0 victory over the Sabres at Joe Louis Arena in 1999. The Sabres opened the 1975-76 campaign with a 4-0 win over Detroit at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

Other key dates on the schedule are the Red Wings’ annual Thanksgiving Eve game (Nov. 27 vs. Boston), and five afternoon matinees, including 1 p.m. puck-drops on Columbus Day (Oct. 14) at Boston and Black Friday (Nov. 29) at New York Islanders. The Wings will also play afternoon games at Washington (Feb. 2), at Minnesota (Mar. 22), and at St. Louis (Apr. 13).

The league schedule will go on a two-week hiatus in February to allow players to compete in the Olympic in Sochi, Russia. While suspending the regular season isn’t ideal for the league, it’s conceivable that some Red Wings – most likely Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Daniel Alfredsson, Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader – could represent their countries in the Olympics.

The Olympic break will keep the Red Wings away from Joe Louis Arena for more than a month with just one home game (Feb. 3 vs. Vancouver) scheduled for February. The Wings will return to The Joe March 6 when they host Colorado.

A downside to the schedule is that more than a third of the Wings’ season will be played on consecutive dates. Detroit will play 30 back-to-back games, including home games against Pittsburgh (Dec. 14) and Tampa Bay (Dec. 15), and Colorado (March 6) and New Jersey (March 7).

(Excuse me while I say this out loud: *#$%@&!)

And on Twitter...

(close enough to the birthday Don Cherry and I share on February 5th--and speaking of birthdays, Happy 35th to Pavel Datsyuk...)

(Somebody's a Lions fan...)

(Martin Brodeur might have something to say about that...)

And and we can all smirk in unison as Red Wings VP Jimmy Devellano offers his take on the Wings' move to the East in a conversation with the Free Press's George Sipple:

"Well, it’s exceptionally good when you consider what we’ve done in the past,” Red Wings executive vice president Jimmy Devellano said of schedule, which was released Friday by the NHL. “The fact that we move east, that in and by itself makes it so much better. It’s a good schedule when you look at it. You see that we go out to western Canada just one time and we clean up all four teams in one trip.”

Highlights include home and away games against every team in the NHL, the Winter Classic against the Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, and a two-week break in February to allow for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The Wings will benefit from the move to the Eastern Conference. They will play only seven regular-season games this season with a start time of 9 p.m. or later.

“Overall, on balance, it’s as good a schedule as we’ve ever had,” Devellano said. “I think for the fans it’s wonderful because there will be very, very few games out of town late, late at night. Just a small handful.”

Moving the Wings from the Western Conference to the East was part of the NHL’s geographic realignment into four divisions. The names of those NHL’s four divisions — Atlantic, Central, Metropolitan and Pacific — also were revealed on Friday. The Red Wings will compete in the eight-team Atlantic Division along with Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto. The Wings will play Florida and Tampa five times and the other division foes four times.

While the Wings lose Chicago as a division foe, they gain more by competing in their own time zone in a division that includes three other Original Six teams.

“People will enjoy Boston, Montreal and Toronto — and this isn’t to put these teams down — rather than Columbus, St. Louis, Nashville. I don’t mean that with any negativity. It’s just a fact of life,” Devellano said.





In other news...Let's get a few things straight here regarding the City of Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing and how it may affect the Red Wings going forward:

1. It will not have any effects upon where the Wings play. The Wings are not going to move to the Palace or anywhere else. No one wants to buy Joe Louis Arena to begin with, and the city isn't going to have to sell off all its assets. That's Chapter 11, not Chapter 9;

2. The subsidy the Downtown Development Authority plans on allocating to the Ilitches for their new rink won't stop flowing. That $12.8 million per year is collected from downtown businesses (see: GM, Compuware, Rock Financial, etc.) as property taxes. That money has been diverted and directed toward downtown development by the DDA for a long time now, too, so it's not being "taken from schoolchildren," as some have suggested.

Obviously, any amount of money that's going to any corporate interest to subsidize development could be better-utilized in a city like Detroit to, oh, I don't know, pay firefighters, but the world regrettably doesn't work that way.

3. The Ilitches are not "tax cheats" because the City of Detroit declared that, all of a sudden, the Wings owed the City up to $25 million in back-taxes for broadcast rights. That was a tax that could have been collected since the 80's but was never enforced by the City, so the team didn't mail it in. This is more like a, "You know you can pay state taxes on online purchases, but do you really feel the need to send six percent of the value of your purchase to the State of Michigan, for example? Or would you only pay it if the State of Michigan made you do so?" issue.

4. That, and the whole investment in the rink and development project = investing in craptons of business and tax revenues going forward, so the development isn't going to be nixed.

The AP's Noah Trister confirmed point #4:

[T]hat $650 million arena planned for the Red Wings? That can still become a reality, according to Brian Holdwick, an executive vice president for the Detroit Economic Growth Corp.

Plans for an 18,000-seat arena were announced by the team's owners and local economic development officials last month, although the new proposal still needed to be approved by the City Council and a handful of state and local agencies. The Red Wings said there will be $367 million in private investment and $283 million in public funds in the complex, which would also include residential, retail and office space.

Spending that kind of money on an arena -- in a city where bankruptcy could mean laying off employees and scaling back basic services -- could draw some public resistance. Holdwick said funding for the project would come from tax increment dollars that can't be used by the city's general fund anyway, so it's not necessarily a zero-sum game between building an arena and easing Detroit's financial pain.

Ding ding ding ding.

Holdwick says money for the arena would go back to the state if not used for development downtown.

"I think there's a lot of reasons why the city should be supportive," Holdwick said. "I can't, obviously, predict what they'll vote."

The City Council is currently a clusterf*** whose president was removed after fleeing the state (seriously) and its members have been spontaneously "retiring" or quitting because they've realized that the city's status as having an Emergency Manager = the City Council no longer serves as a politburo-style dictatorship that can override the mayor's decisions and line its own pockets and the pockets of their friends in line to receive city contracts, so that vote may take until the eleventeenth of never....

Or it might actually happen because shit's starting to get done in the City of Detroit, which is downright scary after 30-some years of largesse and tax money finding its way into the pockets of the people governing and their cronies and contractor pals instead of being used to do things like build rinks and actually have functioning streetlights and basic city services.

Long story long, yes, there are more important priorities for every governmental entity, regardless of whether their city is undergoing the largest municipal bankruptcy process in U.S. history, but not much will change for the Red Wings given that they're privately owned, given that the Joe's paid for...

And given that people always forget that about 750,000 people live IN the City of Detroit and the REST of the 4-5 million people that live in the Metropolitian Detroit Area (depending on where you draw its borders) live OUTSIDE of the City of Detroit, oh, say, Sovetsky Sport's suggestion that bankruptcy = fans can no longer afford to buy tickets = Pavel Datsyuk going back to Russia because Russians would buy the Red Wings to "bail out the city" is just idiotic.

Mr. Ilitch's business interests are doing just fine, and I'm sure that the Red Wings' ticket office's phones were ringing off the hook with season-ticket renewals and partial and full season-ticket sales after the schedule was released on Friday afternoon.



Otherwise...In case you didn't already know:

Via RedWingsFeed, this is pretty spiffy:



In Swedish, Niklas Kronwall told Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom that the NHL made "the right decision" to participate in the Olympics, and Henrik Zetterberg stated that he's looking forward to participating in the 2014 games...

In Russian, I'll let you read Championat's Alexander Rozhkov's collection of "10 compliments for Pavel Datsyuk" on his 35th birthday on your own via a Google translation of the article (though you may not know that a knee injury almost derailed Datsyuk's professional career before it started)...

I think we'll have to ask Alexei Kovalevich of Red Wings Grinder to offer a better translation of his Championat article on the first season for the post-Lidstrom Wings, however...

If you have $30,000.00 laying around, you can buy Dominik Hasek's 2003-2004 season Wings helmet...Or you could have Gary Warwick build you a custom-made composite helmet and have Ray Bishop paint it with Hasek's design on it for under five grand...

And finally, the Wings posted two videos on their YouTube channel on Friday. The first looks at Jimmy Howard's 2013 season...

And the second speaks for itself:


Update: Not-so-surprisingly, R-Sport conducted an interview with Igor Larionov, who said that he's a) not afraid living in a suburb of Detroit and b) that the city itself's getting better, not worse, in terms of safety and economic development;

And I would argue that calling something a "DESPY" sounds a little strange, but the Free Press's Jamie Samuelssen awarded Detroit ESPY awards (for the record, Windsor holds a "WESPY Awards" event), or "DESPYs," and he gave one to Jimmy Howard:

Breakthrough athlete

The nominees:

Andre Drummond, Pistons

Devin Gardner, Michigan

Jimmy Howard, Red Wings

And the ‘DESPY’ goes to … Jimmy Howard

Drummond arrived as the cornerstone of anything that the Pistons will do in the future. And Gardner went from being an afterthought at wide receiver to the starting quarterback for Michigan. But Howard finally had the postseason that the Red Wings hoped he would. He justified the 32 million dollar contract that the team handed him and nearly led the Wings to a stunning second round upset of the eventual Cup champion Blackhawks.

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Bugsy's avatar

given the Wings’ awful record during nationally-televised games, we’ve got many, many dates to cringe about

Note that the NBC main network games except for the Winter Classic are all on the ROAD for the Wings, so that doesn’t help.

I know that just about everybody suggests that the Red Wings’ December 1st visit to Ottawa (marking Daniel Alfredsson’s return to the city from which he “defected”) is the second-biggest day on the Wings’ calendar save the Winter Classic on January 1st

At this rate, this game will be a sign of the Apocalypse by September,...

the Wings in that seven-team…Uh…“We’re All Near Massive Bodies of Water” division…

At least were not in the metrosexual, I mean Metropolitan division.

though I’m a little puzzled as to how a division where four of the seven teams border parts of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway are somehow “Atlantic”

If Birmingham Chrysler-Plymouth can advertise for years that “Birmingham’s in Troy”, this is just a step up. Heck, the Dallas Cowboys are in the NFC EAST in football….

as well as probably ten days of being the designated driver!

They’d better be paying gas money for you…

And and we can all smirk in unison as Red Wings VP Jimmy Devellano offers his take on the Wings’ move to the East

I think Jimmy D is the trial-balloonist of the Wings at this point. Want to say what the Wings really feel but don’t want to embarass yourself? Send out Crazy Jimmy to the media. About anything he says, especially because he is so accessible for the media, will get more benefit of the doubt from the writers (and only an occasional expensive fine).

Sovetsky Sport’s suggestion that bankruptcy = fans can no longer afford to buy tickets = Pavel Datsyuk going back to Russia because Russians would buy the Red Wings to “bail out the city” is just idiotic.

I feel sorrow for Detroit, but I don’t know what’s worse: being made North America’s punching bag or getting unneeded “pity”. People wonder why (ex-)Detroiters get a bit defensive about the media salvos?

Thanks again, George.

Posted by Bugsy on 07/20/13 at 06:03 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

We’ve been North America’s punching bag forever. It’s nothing new.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/20/13 at 06:19 AM ET

Bugsy's avatar

We’ve been North America’s punching bag forever. It’s nothing new.

My sense of history may be off (since I wasn’t old enough to know), but wasn’t Detroit in its heyday (still?) in the 50’s and 60’s?

Posted by Bugsy on 07/20/13 at 06:24 AM ET

Bugsy's avatar

I do realize that I take things too literally/seriously though in general,....

Posted by Bugsy on 07/20/13 at 06:41 AM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Happy Birthday Pavel Datsyuk!

Best. Player. Ever.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 07/20/13 at 08:17 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Training camps open: Sept. 11
Exhibition games being: Sept. 13

Ouch. Two days of practice (with the first probably being “administrative” stuff) and then exhibition games start? I’d sure prefer seeing more practice and fewer games. Seems like this is a good way to get guys hurt.

2. The subsidy the Downtown Development Authority plans on allocating to the Ilitches for their new rink won’t stop flowing. That $12.8 million per year is collected from downtown businesses (see: GM, Compuware, Rock Financial, etc.) as property taxes.

I was surprised to learn that the city of Detroit has some of the highest corporate property taxes in the nation. And they wonder why businesses leave for the suburbs (or for other cities/states).

In general, I have zero sympathy for Detroit. It’s been poorly managed for decades, with Kwame’s reign being the epitome of self-destructive rule.

Personally, I think Dave Bing is a great guy. But, in spite of his success in the private sector, he doesn’t seem capable of leading the city out of the mess they’re in. Kudos to him for trying, but the city’s only hope is to break the stranglehold the unions have on everything that happens there. Hopefully, bankruptcy will be the first step in doing that.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/20/13 at 11:18 AM ET

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In Russian, I’ll let you read Championat’s Alexander Rozhkov’s collection of “10 compliments for Pavel Datsyuk” on his 35th birthday on your own via a Google translation of the article (though you may not know that a knee injury almost derailed Datsyuk’s professional career before it started)...

The author of that article posits that Datsyuk is the Lionel Messi of hockey.


Messi only scores highlight goals like Kovalchuk.  Datsyuk is a whole ‘nother level of hockey.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/20/13 at 12:38 PM ET


You think the winter classic had any part in alfredssons decision to join the wings?

Posted by Diggler from Marquette, MI on 07/20/13 at 04:12 PM ET

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You think the winter classic had any part in alfredssons decision to join the wings?

Posted by Diggler from Marquette, MI on 07/20/13 at 05:12 PM ET

Absolutely zero impact on his decision.

Posted by RWBill on 07/20/13 at 04:38 PM ET

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Yeah George I was a little taken back if not miffed at the Division name “Atlantic”.  The B1G got it right the most recent time around by going with East and West.

I don’t know what a better name would be, but there must be many better than “Atantic” given where the teams are located, you know, inland.

Posted by RWBill on 07/20/13 at 04:40 PM ET

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I still wish they had gone back to Norris, Smythe, Adams, and Patrick divisions.  Or come up with new ones, like the Howe, Orr, Hull, and Plante divisions.  At least something with character, not dull and unexciting Atlantic and Central et al.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 07/21/13 at 10:39 AM ET

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