The Malik Report
by George Malik on 06/09/12 at 04:04 PM ET
On what remains a somewhat quiet Saturday in terms of Red Wings news…
The biggest story of this afternoon’s news cycle involves the Wings’ most likely Zach Parise back-up plan in one Alex Semin. Via a heads-up from Sports.ru, Semin spoke to Sport-Express (the article lists no author some reason), and if you’re a fan of the streaky scorer, especially given his chemistry with Pavel Datsyuk during the World Championships, there’s good news of a sort.
The following translation’s a bit rough, but has been ran through both Google and Promt:
Alexander Semin: “Regarding continuing my career, no one has contacted me”
Two-time World Champion Alexander Semin was on the air in one of the radio stations [in his hometown of] Krasnoyarsk, and he spoke about the rumors surrounding him regarding his employment:
“It’s difficult to talk about any deals. I’m looking forward to July 1st, then we’ll know something already, which teams are out to sign me, and what conditions they’ll offer. Now I can’t tell you anything as nobody’s contacted me,” Semin said.
Question: If you go to the KHL, is that a step backwards?
“I think that there’d be no change in terms of moving downwards or upwards—I’m not thinking about that, just going out and playing.”
I know that SKA St. Petersburg and obviously CSKA Moscow are interested in acquiring Semin’s services, but they seem to be stuck waiting to find out whether he would prefer to remain in the NHL instead when he tests the free agent marketplace on July 1st—and he is at least guaranteed to do so—so we’ll find out whether his agent, Mark Gandler, plans on ensuring that his client hits a “home run” contract in the KHL, or whether he and Semin are willing to take a slight haircut off his 6.7 million 2011-2012 salary (per Capgeek.com) to remain in the NHL.
In international news if a different sort, if you’ve ever wondered what kind of cash some European teams earn by capturing their respective leagues’ championships, Arbertarbladet’s Stisse Atkins reports that, in terms of total revenues over the course of the regular season, playoff run and compensation for signed NHL players, Brynas IF Gavle, Calle Jarnkrok’s team, landed a net profit of 14 million Swedish Krona, with Hockeysverige’s Uffe Bodin pointing out that Jakub Silfverberg joining the Ottawa Senators, the Wings signing Jarnkrok and the Boston Bruins signing goalie Niklas Svedberg (per Eliteprospects.com) yielded a couple hundred thousand bucks apiece.
14 million in Swedish Krona translates to about $1.95 million U.S., and given that Brynas’s star-studded ineup has yet to include signing a starting goalie, doing more than breaking even gives the team a much better chance of attracting star players (Swedish salaries are more than the AHL cap max of $105,000, more like the $500,000-700,000 range for stars, if not more in some instances) and defending their Eliteserien title;
In very sad news, the Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner reports that Bryan Rufenach’s family has set up a Facebook memorial page whose message to fans, from Bryan’s brother Mark, reads as follows;
On behalf of our entire family, we would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. Knowing how much Bryan meant to everyone has touched our hearts. We are still working to bring Bryan home so information regarding his visitation and funeral service will follow as soon as the details are finalized.
Additionally, friends have created a memorial fund on his behalf to help the family offset the cost of bringing him home and of honouring his memory. Any excess funds will be put toward the Bryan Rufenach Memorial Skills Camp, building upon the hockey camp my brother started last year, but offering it free of charge to local house-league kids. Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so in one of the following ways:
Thanking everyone again for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers,
Doug, Eileen, Michelle & Mark
Shifting gears to an incredibly different slate of topics regarding Wings alums, Sportbox.ru is holding a Q and A with Igor Larionov today;
• And given that the Edmonton Oilers are in search of a new head coach after firing Tom Renney, the Edmonton Journal’s David Staples provides an in-depth profile of former Wing and current Saint John Sea Dogs coach Gerard Gallant.
And in a purely selfish vein, regarding the whole Winter Classic ticket info post and its preceding initial discussion thereof—and, really, every blog entry I write—I tried to give due credit to the sources which I cited as so many years of writing classes in college hammered the “cite your sources!” concept into this English degree-holder to the point that I sometimes fear getting struck down by lightning if I don’t thoroughly ensure that readers know where info that I’ve found elsewhere comes from.
In terms of the ticket pricing news, Winging it in Motown reader Jaclyn brought it up, Josh Howard (who you may be familiar with on Twitter as he designed that fantastic Nicklas Lidstrom tribute poster, and does that kind of thing regularly) sent me the Grand Rapids Griffins’ email to their season ticket-holders suggesting that there would be no public sale of tickets, and Kukla’s Korner reader Steve Brooks was the person who both kindly sent me those gigantic images of the “pricing zones” for the Winter Classic Alumni Game and the main event itself.
Given that the ticket pricing webpage on the Wings’ website is public knowledge now, the fact that the Detroit Free Press and MLive’s Brendan Savage just steered Wings fans toward said site is fine and dandy, but I was really impressed and flattered by the fact that Birky on Pension Plan Puppets actually cited my report—which, again, was an composite built from the efforts and kind contributions of Winging it in Motown and TMR readers.
As we’re reaching a summer news cycle where one blogger’s hard work, or, just as often, his or her audience’s contributions will mysteriously appear on MSM websites on a more and more regular basis, those who cite their sources earn major points and credibility in my book, because as someone who more or less attempts to offer a different spin on others’ work to begin with, I believe that it’s absolutely essential that if a story is not your own, you should do your absolute best to cite your sources and give them credit and/or thanks for doing what they do.
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