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by George Malik on 07/27/12 at 04:50 PM ET
Given my personal schedule for the day (running errands and packing for tomorrow’s trip “up north” for a week), and perhaps for all of our nerves’ sake after the no Semin/no Doan bummerfest that was Thursday, today’s crop of Red Wings news is relatively sparse and spartan—at least by this incredibly busy July news cycle’s standards (knock on wood).
• Well, okay, we’re not out of the Semin/Doan woods yet, via RedWingsFeed:
Shane Doan wants $30-million over four years if he leaves Phoenix Coyotes, source says. That will scare off more than Detroit Red Wings.— David Shoalts (@dshoalts) July 27, 2012
That’s crazy, frankly. That’s about
[edit/update: Dear Gord, $7.5 million a season /end edit], for four years, for a 35-year-old forward whose cap hit, under this CBA, counts against the cap regardless of whether he plays until he’s 39.
Doan’s stats suggest that he’s a 20-25 goal-scorer and a 50-to-70-point player, and those numbers are most certainly elite by today’s standards, but expecting that kind of payday is Ales Semin ludicrous, and I understand why the Wings begged off now.
• In head-shaking news of a different kind, I asked a member of the Wings’ management about the status of Patrick Eaves, and received a simple reply: “There is nothing new to report at this time.” The team appears to have decided to allow Eaves to rest and recuperate this summer and will ask for an update as to how he’s feeling next month at the earliest. I would imagine that he’s kept the Wings’ medical staff appraised of his ability to work out, but at this point, no news is good news.
• In the crossing our fingers department, Sportsnet’s Patrick Hoffman believes that Brendan Smith is one of 10 NHL’ers “due to break out” this upcoming season:
Brendan Smith, Detroit Red Wings: With Nicklas Lidstrom retired, it is time for a new defensive era for the Detroit Red Wings.
This means that it is time for 23-year-old Brendan Smith to have a breakout season on the Red Wings’ blueline. In 14 games with the Red Wings last season, Smith scored a goal and picked-up seven assists.
Smith has a lot more offensive potential and with the Red Wings set to go into an era without Lidstrom, a breakout season for Smith might be in the cards for 2012-13.
• At the other end of the spectrum, via RedWingsFeed, the Wings’ website has posted a photo gallery of Scotty Bowman and Barry Smith’s tenures with the Wings, and the NHL posited the following video regarding Bowman and Smith splitting duties at the Winter Classic:
Thus far, the Wings’ website hasn’t posted any accidentally-leaked leaked galleries of Tomas Holmstrom retiring, which is probably a good sign for those of you, and me, who are hoping that Homer either delays his retirement to a time when we’re all a little less collectively freaked out, or perhaps that he’s allowed to go out on his sword by trying out for the team during training camp.
I have mixed feeling about Holmstrom’s future with the Wings if he does choose to try to out-compete Cory Emmerton, Jan Mursak and Gustav Nyquist for a roster spot, but given everything he’s given to the Wings over the past sixteen years, including the knees he’ll have to have replaced at some point, I’d suggest that he deserves to go out whichever way he chooses as long as it’s in Red Wings red and white.
• My only “bummer news” of the day involves the fact that the Winnipeg Jets locked up the one player I had hoped the Wings could snag via a trade in Tobas Enstrom;
• But building upon the touching news about Jeff Blashill’s son, the Wings offered the following Tweet…
And story by DetroitRedWings.com’s Christy Hamond, who’s taken her blogging talents to the Wings and has become a remarkable community relations manager for a team that used to be remarkably good at interacting with fans in need, and is now nothing less than, as Mike Babcock would say, fantastic under Christy’s helm:
The Red Wings joined Mojo in the Morning and Angels of Hope on Friday morning to celebrate Christmas in July with a special family. Just less than a year ago, six-year-old Gracie Ford was rushed from Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., when she was diagnosed with medulloblastoma. Doctors found a brain tumor the size of an egg during surgery, which then required radiation and later chemotherapy.
Due to job difficulties and medical bills, the family was not able to really celebrate Christmas. The Mojo in the Morning show on Channel 95.5 got involved and decided they wanted to do something special for this well-deserving family.
“About two weeks ago, Mojo read an article online about the Ford family and he was just so touched by it,” explained, Spike, a co-host on the radio show. “He used this to bring positivity to his own life and then he thought maybe we could do something for them.”
The morning show threw a Christmas in July celebration on Friday outside the family’s house complete with a Christmas tree, décor and fake snow for the kids to play in. Gracie and her two brothers, nine-year-old Garrett and 11-year-old Gage, waited anxiously in the house, trying to catch a peek by pulling the shades until they were allowed to go outside and see their lawn transformed into a winter wonderland.
Upon hearing Gracie’s story, the Red Wings attended the party where radio play-by-play announcer Ken Kal invited the Ford family to go to a 2012-13 Red Wings’ practice, meet a player afterward and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the arena. Gracie and her brothers each received a goody bag stuffed with a plethora of Wings items such as a Nicklas Lidstrom superhero cape and bobblehead, autographed Kris Draper 8x10 photo, T-shirt, mini hockey stick and much more.
“Of course we know that the Red Wings do so much community outreach all summer long in the offseason,” Spike said. “We knew you guys would love to be on board as well.”
Gracie’s mom, Tabitha, went out Thursday night and purchased a Red Wings T-shirt to wear during the festivities without knowing that the Wings would surprise her family with such a unique opportunity. Tears sprung loose when she heard that Gracie and her boys, who couldn’t keep their eyes off the ice when they attended their first Wings game last season as guests in the Henrik Zetterberg Foundation Suite, would get to meet a Wings player.
Again, that’s what this professional sport we pay to watch and follow is really about—connecting people and, when we are able, giving back to each other simply because we can.
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