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by George Malik on 07/26/12 at 06:32 PM ET
Updated with actual news at 4:51 PM: Bad things happen when I go to community mental health and get stuck waiting…and bad things are probably going to happen in this thread. Those of you who have already attempted to hurl yourselves off the Red Wings’ bandwagon may very well want to speak to my psychiatrist or take some of my medication now that Alex Semin’s signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Free Press’s Helene St. James doesn’t believe that Ken Holland whiffed on this one, especially given the cost involved…
Hurricanes take $7M 1Y chance on Alexander Semin.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 26, 2012
And while the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness is simply confirming the news, MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that Ken Holland and Mike Babcock weren’t swayed by the performance Semin put on while playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk Fox 2 News Headlines
On July 26, the former Michigan State Spartan and Grand Rapids Griffin served as a guest coach at the Detroit Red Wings Youth Hockey camp at Joe Louis Arena.
“For us, we’ve been given so much and we know how important role models are—especially at a young age,” Abdelkader said. “So it’s good to be here to help the kids out and hopefully be a positive influence on them.”
Abdelkader, along with former Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby, goaltending coach Jim Bedard and assistant coach Keith McKittrick are serving as instructors for the camp which runs from July 25-27.
“It’s been real good,” Abdelkader said. “Just to see the excitement on the kids’ faces and they are all having a good time, working hard. It’s good to be back out here at the Joe.”
Players from ages 6-16 are allowed to participate in the event, but Abdelkdader said the message does not change that much between age groups.
“The big thing is to have fun, enjoy what you’re doing. Being able to come out here and play hockey, and do what you love, I think it’s really exciting. You just got to work hard and take the game as far as you can and if you keep those two things in line, everything else will take care of itself.”
And although Abdelkader is helping the players improve on their hockey skills at the camp, he also stressed the importance of academics.
“For me, academics was always a big thing. You always have to have something to fall back on. At a young age, you have dreams and aspire to play in the NHL, and you maybe could one day, but at the same time you have to have something to fall back on and education was always important for me.”
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