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From the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
Nyquist won’t be meeting Nyquist at the Belmont Stakes after all.
The results of bloodwork done on the Kentucky Derby winner named after Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist revealed a high white cell count, which can be an indication of an infection, and will require antibiotic treatment, preventing the colt from training.
Because of that the horse owned by Windsor’s Paul Reddam will skip the June 11 third jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.
Nyquist finished third in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes and on Sunday came down with a fever, leading to the decision by his team to have the horse undergo blood tests....
Reddam already has a stud deal in place for Nyquist to stand as a stallion at Darley’s America in Lexington, Ky., following the conclusion of his racing career.
There is also a plan in the works to somehow recognize the horse and his connection to the hockey player Nyquist at a Red Wings game next season, and Reddam already has something in mind.“You know what would be kind of cool, assuming the rest of the racing season goes well — to go to the Joe with the Derby trophy and have Nyquist the hockey player kind of hold it up in the air,” Reddam said. “A little photo session at centre ice there.”
From Sport-Express's Igor Eronko, where there's smoke...
Gennady Timchenko, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SKA Gennady, revealed that the St. Petersburg team is negotiating a contract with Pavel Datsyuk, the forward from Detroit and the Russian national team. The Petrograd boss stated that the 37-year-old Russian citizen has been in contact with other teams.
"I think that Datsyuk will play in Russia," said Timchenko, on the evening of the KHL's end-of-season awards in Moscow. "We (SKA) are negotiating with Datsyuk, but other teams are trying. However, we have a good chance." (Igor Eronko)
So Datsyuk is "playing the field" in the KHL.
"With regard to the addition of Datsyuk to SKA, it's most likely going to happen. Surely there are more proposals to Pasha, but we'll gie him a good environment. Plotkinov and Tikhonov? They're interesting to us, we'd like to see them as part of our team," reports Timchenko to Championat correspondent Victoria Shmelev.
How exactly this would work is still unclear. The NHL and the KHL have a "memorandum of understanding" regarding not signing players who have valid contracts with another league's team, so it's entirely possible that the Red Wings would have to loan Datsyuk to SKA to allow him to actually play there. It's possible that the Wings could suspend him as well, but I believe that even under that circumstance, the $7.5 million cap hit would stay on the books.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Several Detroit Red Wings who either struggled late in the season or were banged up or scratched from the lineup performed well at the World Championship.
It was encouraging for general manager Ken Holland.
Alexey Marchenko led the bronze medal-winning Russian team in plus-minus rating. Dylan Larkin tied for Team USA's lead in points. Sweden's Gustav Nyquist tied for the tournament lead in goals. Tomas Jurco led Slovakia in points and tied for the team lead in goals.
They didn't face the stiffest competition, but it was valuable experience on the world stage.
"A big part of player development is experiencing a lot of different things," Holland said. "Two years in a row Larkin has been on Team USA and they played their way into the top four (winning bronze in 2015 and losing in bronze-medal game in 2016). It's a fabulous experience for these young players in their development."
continued including Holland on Larkin playing in the middle...
Corey Masisak of The Sporting News suggests what it would take for every NHL team to acquire P.K. Subban.
Here is Detroit's...
The Red Wings have lots of interesting young players to tempt the Canadiens with. Even if Dylan Larkin and Gustav Nyquist are off limits, there are still about a dozen intriguing players for the Red Wings to build a package around. Maybe something like Danny Dekeyser, Xavier Ouellet and Anthony Mantha or Martin Frk would be a good starting point with another young player or a second-round pick involved. As a bonus, there are some ex-QMJHL stars in there who are quite familiar with La Belle Province.
This was an easy choice, methinks:
DYLAN LARKIN NAMED RED WINGS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BY THE DETROIT SPORTS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION
… Waterford, Mich., Native Was Unanimous Selection by DSBA Voters …
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has been named the 2015-16 Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association in a unanimous decision.
The 19-year-old Larkin made an immediate impact with the Red Wings this season, becoming the first teenager to play for the team since Jiri Hudler in 2003-04 and the first to crack the opening night lineup since Mike Sillinger in 1990-91. Larkin notched his first NHL goal and assist during his debut on Oct. 9 vs. Toronto and went on to be named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month in November. He ultimately finished among the league’s rookie leaders with 23 goals (T3rd), 22 assists (11th), 45 points (6th), a plus-11 rating (T5th), five game-winning goals (T2nd), 221 shots on goal (2nd) and 16:32 average time on ice (5th among forwards).
From the Free Press's George Sipple:
Gustav Nyquist said he knows he has to be better. He knows the Detroit Red Wings are paying him to score goals, something he didn’t do enough this past season.
After scoring 28 goals and 48 points in 57 games in 2013-2014 and 27 goals and 54 points in 2014-15, Nyquist signed a four-year, $19-million contract last July.
He and Tomas Tatar were supposed to take pressure off Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk this season. Instead, Nyquist and Tatar both underachieved.
Nyquist scored 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points in 82 games. He added one goal and no assists in five playoff games in a first-round elimination by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“I want to score goals, obviously,” Nyquist said last month. “That’s what I’m supposed to do out there, along with other things. But goal scoring is a big thing, for sure.
“Wasn’t able to do that enough this year. That’s disappointing. Disappointed that I haven’t been able to do that this year. I’m just going to have to have a real good summer and work hard, get stronger, as always. I think there’s always room for improvement on that side in the summers. Come back real motivated to have a good season.”
1. According to the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, Nyquist the man and Nyquist the horse are scheduled to meet on June 11th at the Belmont Stakes race:
“Apparently that’s the plan,” said [Nyquist's owner, Paul] Reddam, a devout Detroit Red Wings fan who has named eight of his racehorses after Red Wings players. “(Gustav Nyquist) texted saying that he was going to come (to the Belmont) with his fiancée.”
Though Nyquist’s team almost immediately after Saturday’s Preakness loss announced that their horse would run in the Belmont, Nyquist came down with a fever not long after the race and has yet to ship to New York, though trainer Doug O’Neill reported Monday via Facebook that the horse’s temperature was back to normal and that if his bloodwork returned OK, they would be headed to the third jewel of the Triple Crown.
“That’s really kind of a trainer’s recommendation or decision,” Reddam said. “I would be 50-50 about the Belmont but (O’Neill) felt the horse came out of the race fine and I think he’s anxious to take another crack at Exaggerator. That plan could change but at the moment he’s planning to run him.”
2. The Red Wings posted a video of Chris Chelios making the first pitch at tonight's Tigers game...
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
McCarty said he’ll miss the Joe, but that its useful life has likely come to an end.
“The analogy I use is that it’s like having to put down your old dog. How many years old is it?” McCarty said. “It’ll be sad, but it’ll be happy. Out with the old, in with the new. It’ll definitely always be remembered.”
Among the more notable moments of McCarty’s career was “Fight Night at the Joe,” a major brawl between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche in March 1997 that ended with McCarty scoring the winning goal in overtime.]
The Red Wings went on to win their first Stanley Cup since 1955 later that season.
“Obviously, I have great memories and great highlights (in that building), definitely with the Stanley Cup wins,” McCarty said. “Definitely, 1997 comes to mind.”
Facher continues, speaking with Kevin Miller and John Ogrodnick...
2. The Free Press also posted a summary of the World Championship exploits of players with Michigan ties;
3. At the very end of Sunday's Sportsworks roundtable, John Niyo, Sean Baligian and Dan Miller discussed Pavel Datsyuk's decision-making process...
via Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
In other news, sources also say former interim coach John Torchetti, who has another year left on his contract as coach of the Iowa Wild, is a candidate for assistant coaching positions with the Florida Panthers and Detroit Red Wings. He has been granted permission to pursue other jobs. If he doesn’t get one, Torchetti and Fletcher are expected to speak again regarding a job within the Wild.
Among questions fielded by MLive's Ansar Khan:
Q: Will Drew Miller be back? The PK missed him terribly. If he is healthy again, his quiet contributions are immeasurable. – Kathy.
A: General manager Ken Holland said he has spoken to Miller about a new contract. My guess is he will be back. I think he can still be an important fourth-line player and penalty killer.
Q: Am I the only one who hopes the Wings don't sign any of their UFAs? Miller is the only one I'd be OK with, but only because his PK is so strong, but (Darren) Helm is going to be far too expensive for his lack of offense. Why not take a look at guys like Vern Fiddler, Kyle Chipchura or Chris Kelly instead? Or take looks at top-six guys like Milan Lucic, Radim Vrbata, Mikkel Boedker, Andrew Ladd or bring back (Jiri) Hudler? – Patrick
A: I think Ladd and Troy Brouwer will be their top targets in free agency. They don't need Hudler again. They have enough smaller forwards.
I think they'll re-sign Miller (see above). Helm would need to take less than he could get on the market to return. I think it's 50-50 whether he's back. Being able to unload Datsyuk's $7.5 million cap hit (assuming he returns to Russia) would help immensely.
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