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by George Malik on 02/19/14 at 04:15 PM ET
The Red Wings' non-Olympians and some Grand Rapids Griffins call-ups (who appear to have been recalled to flesh out a very lean practice squad as the Wings' players slowly filter back into Metro Detroit after taking vacations during the NHL's 10-day mandated no-practicing-for-healthy-players break) skated at Joe Louis Arena today, and here's what went down:
We still don't know what's going on with Henrik Zetterberg's back, and we won't until Zetterberg sees a back specialist next week, nor do we know whether Pavel Datsyuk will be back right after the break, so any personnel guesses at this point are shots in the dark as opposed to educated guesses both in terms of the NHL's 23-man roster limit and the Wings' cap situation.
Also of brief Red Wings-related note:
- The Metro Times' Ryan Felton attempted to figure out what the $200-or-so million in retail development accompanying the Red Wings' follow-on rink might entail;
- Darren McCarty took part in a podcast on WDET today;
- The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner asked Mike Knuble to weigh in on Team USA's Olympic showing thus far;
- Fox 47 reminded us that Kevin Miller's holding a charity hockey game in East Lansing on Friday, February 28th...
The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association and the Michigan State Hockey Alumni announced they will play a charity hockey game on Friday, Feb. 28 at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.
“I am thrilled to organize this event that benefits three incredible charities. The Steadfast Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, and United Way 2-1-1 have been doing wonderful things in our community for years, and we look to keep that going,” said Kevin Miller, former Red Wings and Michigan State player.
The game will feature former greats from both organizations. Notable names announced so far
include, Brian Smolinski, Brad Fast, Kip Miller, Jimmy Carson and Joe Kocur.
“This is a tremendous way to support three wonderful foundations all while having a little fun in the process,” said Michael Kosloski, Marketing Director for Quality Dairy, one of the event’s sponsors.
Attendees will also be able to get their memorabilia autographed by the players during the game.
“Both of these hockey organizations have a rich history and we can’t wait to share that with those that attend. But more importantly, the money we raise will go to three deserving charities, and that’s what it’s all about,” said Miller.
According to Miller, tickets for the game can be purchased at all 31 Quality Dairy locations and.
online at http://www.thesteadfastfoundation.com Game .information and sponsorship opportunities can be found at http://www.spartanwingsgame.com
- And Daniel Alfredsson had this to say about Slovenia after his Swedes took a 5-0 decision that was 1-0 until the 3rd period, as noted by the Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott:
The Swedes, who advanced to the semifinals against the winner of Wednesday’s quarterfinal matchup between Finland and Russia, felt they got a good test from Slovenia.
“I was really impressed. I didn’t know what to expect. Never played against them,” said Swedish winger Daniel Alfredsson of the Detroit Red Wings. “We scouted them pretty good and we knew that they were a feisty team. ... We knew they could play defense and solid through the neutral zone. I can see them getting better and better, especially if guys get experience on the big stage.”
Sweden will play Finland at 7 AM EST on Friday on TSN and NBCSN; team USA and Team Canada will battle at 12 PM on the CBC and NBCSN.
Update: Here's MLive's Ansar Khan's text report:
Johan Franzen was back on the ice Wednesday, practicing with many of his teammates, feeling good and confident that he’ll be ready to play in the Detroit Red Wings’ first game following the Olympic break.
“Definitely,” Franzen said. “If everything goes smoothly, yeah, I’m planning to be there.”
The Red Wings’ next game is Wednesday at Montreal. Franzen has missed 22 of the past 23 games due to a concussion. He returned for one game, on Jan. 26, only to experience a setback.
Franzen joined the Red Wings’ non-Olympians for their first practice at Joe Louis Arena during the break. He said it was his second time on the ice since Jan. 26, a 5-4 shootout loss to Florida, his only game in the past two months.
“It’s a first practice at full speed so you know I feel a little off no matter what,” Franzen said. “But I need to get a few practices in and see where I’m at.”
Center Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery on Dec. 23) said he expects to be cleared to play and be available for next Wednesday's game. He's not sure if he'll play a couple of games this weekend on a conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Defenseman Jakub Kindl, who missed the two games before the Olympic break due to a lower-body injury, practiced Wednesday and is expected to be ready to play he next game.
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