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Red Wings off-day-off-day tidbits: Ken Daniels on fighting; Ilitch back in Pistons hunt?

Updated at 4:04 with April in the D finalists: Of Red Wings-related note on a practice-free Monday: Fox Sports Detroit play-by-play commentator Ken Daniels engaged in an intriguing interview with The Fan 590’s Greg Brady this morning, discussing the unlikelihood of the Wings moving to the Eastern Conference, the Wings’ struggles on their road trip, Detroit’s decision to not dress an enforcer, the possible end of fighting and Todd Bertuzzi’s personality. Daniels argues that fighting will eventually disappear from the game, though he’s not sure whether the Mickey Redmonds of the hockey world are willing to admit as much:

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• According to Forbes’ Michael Ozanian, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch might be back in the mix as a serious bidder for the Detroit Pistons, but only at the $360 million price he’d offered for the team prior to Tom Gores’ bid;

• For Your Information: the AHL requires its teams to submit a 22-man playoff roster by 3 PM today, and it will be interesting to see whether the Grand Rapids Griffins include goaltender Thomas McCollum on their roster as Joey MacDonald’s slated to head back down to GR later this month;

• Speaking of the Griffins, the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema posted a profile of a dark horse Wings prospect in Travis Ehrhardt, and he reports that Cory Emmerton’s sidelined for the present moment with a shoulder injury;

• According to the Globe and Mail’s Tim Wharnsby, the Wings’ Cup odds, per Bodog, stand at six to one;

• And I don’t post my power rankings post till later this evening, but the Wings, for the record, are listed in fourth place (down from 3rd) in ESPN’s rankings and holding steady in third place in Sportsnet’s rankings.

Update 4:04 PM: The Wings finished second in TSN’s rankings and occupy Fourth place in The Hockey News’s rankings…

And the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema reports that the three “April in the D” song finalists have been announced:

Online voters have chosen songs and videos by three Detroit-area acts as finalists in Fox Sports Detroit’s annual “April in the D” song contest.

With more than 212,000 votes cast in the contest, funk/hip-hop/rock group B-Dab, rapper Johnny Lawrence and rock band Panic Trigger finished in the top three, beating out seven other bands and artists which had been picked as semi-finalists from 50 entries, according to the Detroit sports station.

West Michigan semi-finalists had included Rockford singer Mary Laraway and Kalamazoo-area rock band Johnny Icon. Popular beach-music act Don Middlebrook of Haslett, a regular performer in Grand Rapids and Saugatuck, also made the Top 10.

Additional online fan voting will now determine the grand prize winner, who will receive $5,000 and have its song featured in Fox Sports Detroit’s “April in the D” advertising campaign for broadcasts of Red Wings, Tigers and Pistons games.

Update 4:09 PM: Jamie Samuelssen also weighs in with a slate of sports documentaries he’d love to see hit the silver screen, including a Wings-Avs documentary:

The Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry

No mystery here. No unanswered questions. In fact, the best part of the rivalry was that it all played out on the ice and in the postgame handshakes and interviews. Darren McCarty and Claude Lemieux even have been interviewed together in recent years, and both have a twinkle in their eye when they talk about the height of the rivalry.

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I got to see Travis Ehrhardt quite a bit when he played his last two seasons of juniors here in Portland.  High character kid, he captained the team in his 20 year old season, always seemed really sound in his own zone, with slightly better than average puck moving skills. 

Overall, he moves well enough, but really seems more comfortable as a stay-at-home type defenseman with limited offensive ability.  If he plays at all at the NHL level I doubt his game is dynamic enough to ever become much more than a number five or six D-man.  Nice to read that his game seems to be progressing at the AHL level though.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/07/11 at 06:34 PM ET

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