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by George Malik on 07/10/12 at 05:34 PM ET
Before I head off to to Bryan Rufenach day at the Red wings’ summer development camp—which you’ll be able to follow via the Wings’ Twitter account, the Red Wings Camps account run by Sarah Lindenau and I’m sure several others…
The Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings are now officially on the clock in terms of coming to a contract agreement with Kyle Quincey:
July 25 set as arbitration date between #RedWings and RFA D Kyle Quincey. Can continue to negotiate up till then.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 10, 2012
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is going to make its 2012 induction class announcement tomorrow, and St. James believes that a former Wing, at least for a short time, anyway, and a native Michigander will make tomorrow’s cut:
Mike Modano, former Detroit Red Wings forward and one of hockey’s all-time greats, is expected to be among the names announced Wednesday, when the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame reveals its class of 2012.
Modano, 42, is the all-time goal-scoring and points leader among American-born NHL players. The No. 1 overall selection by Minnesota in the 1988 draft, Modano began his NHL career that fall, finishing as a Calder Trophy finalist. He won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999. He retired in 2011, having produced 561 goals and 813 assists for 1,374 points in 1,499 NHL games.
He played for Team USA starting in 1988 at the world junior championships, with highlights including a gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, and a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Modano played for the Wings in 2010-11, after 20 seasons with the Minnesota/Dallas franchise. Born in Pontiac, he lived in Highland till he was 13, then in Westland until he was 15. Westland is home to the Mike Modano Ice Arena.
In somewhat speculative news, via RedWingsFeed, ESPN’s Scott Burnside pondered the Wings’ future and Shane Doan and Alex Semin’s landing spots while going “Inside the NHL”:
And shifting focus to where it should be for me today, the developmental department, via RWF again, Griffinshockey.com’s Kyle Kujawa penned an interview with new Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill for Michigan Hockey Now…
“Having been with the Red Wings for the past year, this transition can be much smoother,” he said. “It allows me to say with absolute, full confidence that I know what it takes to be a Red Wing, and what it takes to thrive under Mike Babcock. I know that because I’ve seen the type of preparation Nick Lidstrom puts in, I’ve seen the work and competitiveness that Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have, I’ve seen the selflessness of Niklas Kronwall and Danny Cleary. Those are valuable lessons that I can pass on to our players here.”
All of the Red Wings hockey operations department hope that instilling a winning tradition in Grand Rapids will lead to more players making the jump to a full-time NHL position – a philosophy that Blashill understands well.
“Every year, every place I’ve been a head coach, the goals have been the same,” said Blashill. “First, we want to maximize player development. My promise to our players is that I’m going to do everything possible to maximize their development. Secondly, we want to win championships.
“I believe those goals go hand in hand,” he continued. “The more our players improve over the course of the season, the better equipped we will be at the end of the year. And the more our players experience winning, the more they’ll be ready to help Detroit in their goal to win a Stanley Cup.”
Winning is something that Blashill has experienced at every level. As a collegiate assistant, he helped build the CCHA’s Ferris State Bulldogs and Miami RedHawks into annual contenders, mentoring and recruiting three Hobey Baker Finalists, as well as current NHLers Chris Kunitz, Andy Greene, Ryan Jones and recent Stanley Cup champion Alec Martinez.
In his first year as a head coach with the USHL’s Indiana Ice, he captured a franchise-record 39 wins and a Clark Cup championship. In his lone season at Western Michigan, he doubled the team’s win totals and led the Broncos to the CCHA championship game for the first time since 1986.
“I don’t think winning takes rocket science, however, I do think there’s a simple formula,” said Blashill. “It takes more commitment, work ethic and attention to detail on a daily basis than most people are willing to give. Our players are going to have to give that special commitment, make those special sacrifices and give that attention to detail for us that champions do for us to have success.
“It takes having a talented group of players, whose character is defined by their inner drive to be great, defined by their highly competitive nature, and defined by their selflessness. I know those are the ingredients it takes to be successful – I saw it in Detroit. It was prevalent there, and it needs to be prevalent here.”
And Lindenau offered two interesting tidbits about one of Wings prospect Mike McKee’s future teammates:
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