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by George Malik on 05/30/11 at 02:30 PM ET
Thanks to my ISP clunking out after some severe thunderstorms rolled through the Metro Detroit Area, this is essentially an “overnight report” in belated fashion…which is annoying as all hell get out for someone who wants to remain on top of the news. It could have been much worse, however, so my apologies for the delay.
Anyway: Jonathan Ericsson talked about his desire to remain a member of the Red Wings in Swedish on Sunday, and the Free Press’s George Sipple basically offered an English equivalent of his interview this morning:
When the Wings’ players cleaned out their lockers for the season a couple weeks ago, Ericsson made it clear he wasn’t all that excited about testing the waters as an unrestricted free agent. “I really like it here, and my first choice is to be here,” Ericsson said then.
And until he hears from his agent, he said he planned to be back in his native Sweden working on a new summer home.
“We just got a new house back in Sweden,” Ericsson said. “Do a lot of things around the house, remodeling and stuff. It’s a property on an island.”
Ericsson said it takes a couple minutes by boat to get to the island.
“You can live there all year,” he said. “But obviously I’m just going to use it for the summer.”
• As previously noted, the Red Wings signed Andrej Nestrasil to a 3-year, entry-level contract, and they’re going to have Nestrasil turn pro with the Grand Rapids Griffins this fall. The Wings’ amateur scouts will spend this week in Toronto with barf bags in hand as the NHL will hold its scouting combine from today till June 4th, and the combine famously combines quirky player interviews with brutal and often sickness-inducing fitness testing. Not fun;
• At the other end of the spectrum, DetroitRedWings.com’s Dave Burke looks at significant figures from what might have been Kris Draper’s final NHL season:
200: Number of career assists reached on January 15 vs. Columbus in a 6-5 overtime win. Assisted on Drew Miller’s third goal of the season with 40-seconds left in the first period at Joe Louis Arena.
220: Career playoff games played in as of May 4 in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals vs. San Jose. Had an assist with a plus-1 rating in 8:53 of ice-time in the 4-3 overtime loss.
160th: Career goal scored against Boston in a 4-2 win by the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 13. The game, assisted by Patrick Eaves and Darren Helms, at 12:44 of the second period was the eventual game-winner against the Bruins.
• Red Wings social media coordinator Jake Duhaime picked a fitting game as the Wings’ best of the 2010-2011 season:
May 10, 2011
Red Wings 3, Sharks 1
The Red Wings came out and dominated play through the first period, but were unable to solve Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi until the third, as Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula scored just minutes apart in yet another impressive comeback to force a Game 7 in San Jose.
Darren Helm added an empty netter, setting off sheer bedlam at Joe Louis Arena. Jimmy Howard also made 24 saves and picked up the victory.
Major props to the crowd, who made Joe Louis Arena shake during the third period. Who will ever forget 20,000 strong singing ‘Journey’ as the clock wound down on an epic evening of hockey.
• Sportsnet’s Mike Brophy earns the, “Yeah, no foolin’” comment of the day award via the following quip:
You could make the case the best player in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs isn’t even in the running for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
That would be Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings who bowed out in the second round.
• In the player/alumni/etc. appearance category, the Sagina News’s Hugh Bernreuter notes that Mickey Redmond will appear at Thursday’s Great Lakes Loons (minor league baseball) game;
• In the “everything is about politics” category, part 1: Crain’s Detroit Business’s Bill Shea reports that the partially Ilitch-backed Woodward light rail line‘s status is a bit messy due to conflicting operational plans between the project’s private and public supporters;
• In the “everything is about politics” category, part 2: Click at your own risk, but some nut claims that the Wings will sign two middling defensemen instead of one big name. Ken Holland’s suggested the latter, that the Wings will spend some, most, or possibly all of Brian Rafalski’s $6 million cap hit (probably most but not all) on a #2/3 free agent defenseman. The nut in question probably would have predicted sunny skies for Michigan on Sunday and snow showers for today;
• And you might want to keep this name in your back pocket. He’s no longer a star player, but Michael Nylander told Expressen’s Tomas Bjorklund that the 38-year-old center is working out in Chicago while harboring hope of making an NHL comeback now that his contract with the Washington Capitals has expired and he’s returned to health after suffering what was essentially a broken neck.
He’s not a star player anymore, but Nylander spent part of the 2009-2010 season playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins as he was on loan from the Capitals, earning rave reviews in the process, and he is at least in theory someone who could center a team’s second or third line and post 40 or so points while on an affordable contract. I think the Wings might give him a look later in the summer.
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