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by George Malik on 07/15/11 at 07:41 PM ET
If you check out tonight’s FSD/FSD+ dual telecast of the Tigers-White Sox game, it’s entirely possible that you’ll see the Red Wings’ prospects taking in the game from Mike Ilitch’s suite at Comerica Park.
The prospect tournament has ended and, for better or worse, we’re all on Chris Osgood watch until at least Monday—and longer in Kris Draper’s case—as GM Ken Holland’s chosen to not make during-the-weekend announcements regarding his powwow with Osgood in Vernon, British Columbia or any conversations with Draper.
As for me, I just got back to South Lyon after a relatively uneventful drive from Traverse City, and while I’m a bit bummed out about the tournament ending, I haven’t slept for more than six hours at a time since the fourth of July, nor have I been doing anything less than puling 12-to-16-hour workdays over the past…erm…when did Nicklas Lidstrom decide to return again?
So I’ll have to apologize in advance (must be proof that my relatives on both sides of the family immigrated to the U.S. through Peterborough and Kingston, Ontario, instead of New York) for admitting that I’m planning on taking things relatively easy this weekend—but again, I’ve got a good hundred-and-some-odd pages of notes regarding the Wings’ summer development camp and the final impressions I posted on Thursday, so I could use some feedback as to what or whom you’d like to read and/or discuss in greater detail.
• Speaking of which, Nick on Sports’ Nick Barnowski posted a recap of Thursday’s scrimmage and shootout;
• If you missed its mention during the morning report, MLive and the Free Press’s George Sipple confirm that Justin Abdelkader will take a flight in the Blue Angels’ #7 F/A-18D hornet next Wednesday, July 20th, as the Blue Angels prepare for, per Sipple, “Thunder Over Michigan Air Show on July 23-24,” which the Yankee Air Museum is hosting;
• In news of a somewhat substantive vein, ESPN’s Victoria Matiash suggests that new Red Wings defenseman Ian White might be a good fantasy hockey pick-up in the fall…
Ian White, Detroit Red Wings (up 10 spots): By no means a true replacement for Brian Rafalski, White will still benefit from playing minutes on the Red Wings’ second power-play unit. It’s no more complicated than that.
• In news of a not-so-substantive variety: Fox Sports Detroit’s Mike O’Hara just found out about the Commodore 64 saga (My pet peeve? NHL.com’s customizer doesn’t do a good job of capturing the actual arched font the Wings’ jerseys employ—and frankly, their customization in real life ain’t great, so go local with places like Detroit Athletic or Fanatic U if you want jerseys that are customized with the official font, stitched on, as well as the correctly-sized number on the back [pro tip: even Hockeytown Authentics uses the equivalent of a 10-point font for the jersey numbers on a jersey that’s supposed to be 14-point]), and the Free Press’s Jamie Samuelssen’s “Detroit Sports ESPY’s” are not awarded to any Wings;
• And we’re ending with two shout-outs before I clunk out:
1. Chris from Nightmare on Helm Street offers a very nuanced take on the goaltending options available to the Red Wings if the team does not decide to bring Chris Osgood back, and I have to agree with Chris’s assessment—from a plain old, “Who’s the best goaltender available out there?” point of view, Marty Turco’s hiccups with Chicago included, he’s better than Conklin, but like Ray Emery and even the chronic injury waiting to happen that is Pascal Lecalire, Turco might be more interested in waiting to sign with a team that would give him a legitimate chance to reestablish himself as a #1 goaltender. As such, I’d suggest that the best options in terms of an affordable back-up who’d be content to spell Jimmy Howard, there are only two options—either Ty Conklin or trading for Philadelphia’s Michael Leighton;
Goodnight, quite literally, for now.
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