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by George Malik on 08/19/11 at 02:33 PM ET
Updated with more tidbit-style news at 6:23 PM: Because three tidbits of Red Wings-related news and a reference to the overnight report are better than nothing on what seems to be shaking up as a quiet day news-wise:
• Let’s just say that when Lyle Richardson suggests that the Red Wings have a player who’s already a “candidate” to be traded if he struggles, it’s not hard to figure out which player he picked:
Jiri Hudler, Detroit Red Wings: A year ago, the Red Wings were looking forward to Hudler’s return from the Kontinental League, anticipating a possible career-best performance. Instead, he put up the worst numbers of his NHL career since 2006-07, with only 37 points. Hudler will be expected to rebound from that poor performance, but a recent report out of Detroit suggested if he struggles early, he’ll end up on the trade block.
Again, some Wings fans have talked about moving Valtteri Filppula instead, but Hudler’s got 1 year and $3 million in real-world dollars left on a contract with a $2.78 million cap hit, while Filppula’s both a little more important to the team in terms of his status as a second-line center in waiting and a player whose $3 million cap hit belies 2 years at $3.5 million per season in real-world dollars remaining on his contract. In an ideal world, Hudler bounces back and proves his critics (me included) wrong, and I’ll be rooting for him, too, but if he continues to display an inconsistent work ethic, he’s outta here…
• According to the Toledo Mud Hens and Sports Page Magazine’s Jason Griffin, Toledo was named the 13th-best minor league market in the country by SportsBusiness Journal, which the Mud Hens and the Wings’ ECHL affiliate, the Toledo Walleye, are absolutely delighted to hear (and this quote is from Griffin’s article):
Toledo Mud Hens and Walleye General Manager, Joe Napoli added, “This is yet another feather in the cap for the Toledo region. What a wonderful honor to be considered one of the top minor league markets in the country. We have top notch facilities, terrific support from our corporate partners, and the best fans in the country. All of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan should celebrate this news. It is something we can all be proud of.”
“The Mud Hens organization is an integral part of the Greater Toledo area on a year-round basis,” said Mud Hens Board Member Shirley Timonere. “Participation in community charity benefits, providing family-friendly ballpark and hockey venues, and a genuine interest in enhancing the community, have brought the recognition which is well-deserved”
“Undoubtedly, two of the crown jewels in our community are the Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye,” said Dean Monske, President and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership. “Growing communities are ones that adequately address quality of life issues, and our minor league sports teams are assets which enhance our region. This recognition for Toledo is certainly something the RGP can use in selling the benefits of living and working in this region.”
• And we already know that the Wings have Amway patches on their practice jerseys, so it should come as no surprise that Red Wings TV posted a clip of Wings trainer Piet Van Zant heading to California to learn about the benefits of Amway’s “Nutrilite” supplement as it is personally tailored to athletes by the “Amway Nutrilite Center for Optimal Health”:
Update: These are really random….
Like a year ago, Kovalchuk and Ovechkin will play in a charity game “From a pure heart.” August 31, Moscow. #NHLDevils #Washcaps
A year ago Kovy and Ovy raised about 0,5 million dollars. Kovalchuk wants to see this game as a tradition at the end of summer.
Vyacheslav Kozlov will also play, Zharkov ... All money will go to help children with cancer.
Kovalchuk said me - Datsyuk promised to come. Malkin will play. Money will go to the orphanage for blind, deaf, dumb child #DetroitRedWings
• In the popularity contest department, Todd Bertuzzi is still leading “Operation Bobblehead’s” last voting period, which ends on Monday;
• In multimedia, the Free Press finally picked up on the fact that Gordie Howe was named the last of the NHL’s “Legends” for EA Sports’ NHL 12;
• In prospect news, RedWingsCentral’s Sarah Lindenau’s posted the St. Louis Blues’ roster for this September’s prospect tournament in Traverse City, MI, joining the confirmed rosters of the Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers and the Wings, and for some reason, the OHL posted a press release acknowledging that Erie Otters goalie Ramis Sadikov will join the Wings as a try-out this evening;
• And you can thank TheDanban123 on YouTube for a little Summer Babcock:
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