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Red Wings’ ‘Joe Moments’ challenge underway; team hits 1 million Twitter followers

From the Red Wings:

... Team Surpasses 1 Million Twitter Followers and Launches “The Vault” …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced details surrounding the “Joe Moment Bracket Challenge,” presented by FOX Sports Detroit. Red Wings fans will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite moment at Joe Louis Arena in a bracket-style format featuring 32 of the top moments in Red Wings history at The Joe.

For the rest of the regular season, memorable moments will go head-to-head in the bracket challenge, giving fans an opportunity to relive the top moments in Joe Louis Arena history. Fans can then cast a vote for their favorite memory, with the moment receiving the most votes advancing to the next round. Additionally, a custom hashtag has been created for each moment to allow fans to share their vote via social media.

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To Trade Or Not

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Holland indicted last week only rentals (players who will be unrestricted free agents after the season) figure to be in play.

Here is a look at some Red Wings trade possibilities, a couple who are certain to be moved and why others likely will not be dealt.

Thomas Vanek

Staying or going? He has had a good bounce-back season after two disappointing years in Minnesota, leading the Red Wings in goals. He is certain to be dealt as a rental. Several teams could use his offense, including the Chicago Blackhawks. The Red Wings should be able to get multiple picks for him, if not a first-round selection then at least one second-rounder with perhaps a mid-round choice or a prospect.

Brendan Smith

Staying or going? He is likely to be traded as a rental. If the Red Wings wanted to sign him to an extension they probably would have started the process much sooner. He will probably fetch a mid-round pick since Mike Stone, a somewhat comparable player, was dealt from Arizona to Calgary for a third-rounder and a conditional fifth. Smith is a good skater with some offensive upside, but hasn’t developed like the club expected after selecting him in the first round in 2007 (27th overall). Pittsburgh appears to be one of several teams interested, as depth defensemen are usually in demand at the deadline.

more on Vanek and Smith plus other names mentioned...

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A bit more about the ‘Celebration of Life’ ceremony for Mr. I

As noted this afternoon, the "Celebration of Life" ceremony for Mike Ilitch included comments from Ken Holland, Mickey Redmond, Mitch Albom and President George W. Bush, and Fox 2 Detroit posted a video report about the ceremony and President Bush's remarks:

The Detroit News and Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea also covered the ceremony.

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Discussing the trade deadline and ‘tanking’

Of Red Wings-related note this evening (and boy, is it disparate stuff):

1. Paul was kind enough to post Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts as they related to the Red Wings this evening, but you might guess that I have some "thoughts" of my own. I think it might be most appropriate to utilize the Free Press's Helene St. James' suggestions as to the Red Wings' post-"Bye Week" plans--to quote St. James, "Start selling, and then start losing"--as a plot device:

The Wings have two unrestricted free agents who should garner interest in forward Thomas Vanek and defenseman Brendan Smith. Both become unrestricted free agents this summer.

General manager Ken Holland has talked to half of his NHL colleagues over the past few days, with a handful more calls to come in the coming days. If a good offer emerges for Vanek – say a first-round pick, high-end prospect, or two second-round picks, expect Vanek to have a new home soon. Holland has talked to Vanek’s agent, and there is interest on both sides in Vanek being brought back this summer, as he has been more than the Wings hoped for when they signed him last July for one season at $2.6 million.

Smith should attract interest because teams eyeing a Stanley Cup run always are eager for defensive depth, and Smith is mobile and plays with an edge. It’s possible there could be inquiries about Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, too, from teams looking for scoring depth.

The uglier side of deciding the playoffs are out of reach is realizing it's better to finish as low as possible (the Wings are currently 26th in the league, and Colorado and Arizona have a good lead on finishing in the bottom two spots).

St. James continues, and, put bluntly:

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Open For Business

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Heard through the gossip line that a few teams had reached out to Detroit about Andreas Athanasiou when there were some battles over his ice time. Red Wings GM Ken Holland wouldn’t comment, but another team indicated he told them not to even bother asking unless “a 22-year-old top-pair defenceman” was part of the conversation. The Wings have told clubs they are “open for business,” but won’t consider moving any of their young offensive cornerstones unless that kind of player is potentially available. My sense is the same goes for Petr Mrazek. Thomas Vanek likely goes (and could come back in the summer). They will discuss re-signing Brendan Smith in the next few days before a decision on trading him.

more Wings talk, specifically Mike Green...

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Fox Sports Detroit posts Mickey Redmond, Ken Holland’s tributes to Mr. Ilitch

The Ilitch companies' ceremony honoring Mike Ilitch's lifetime was well thought-out and superbly executed, and the event held at the Fox Theatre included two tributes to Mr. Ilitch from members of the Red Wings organization, as posted on Fox Sports Detroit's YouTube channel:


Fox Sports Detroit also posted videos of Mitch Albom, President George W. Bush and Little Caesars CEO David Scrivano's comments about Mr. Ilitch.

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‘Celebration of Life in Honor of Mike Ilitch’ live stream

Fox Sports Detroit is airing the "Celebration of Life in Honor of Mike Ilitch" from the Fox Theatre today at 2 PM, and the Red Wings are streaming the event as well:

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Afternoon news: On the ‘Bye Week,’ Jimmy Howard and Brendan Smith

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Red Wings head into both an unknown in approaching the trade deadline as an organization, and as a team and coaching staff, the 5-day break from practices and games present unique challenges to the players and coach, as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan noted:

As much as the time off is nice, it’s easy for teams to lose their edge, and it’s not easy to recapture that physical and mental state needed to play sharp hockey.

“You come off the break, and other teams are still in training, and it’s hard to get back in it,” forward Tomas Tatar said. “Everybody has to stay ready during the break and focus and do something extra, something to keep your pace and that’s what we have to do.”

What makes coming off the bye for the Red Wings even a bit more challenging is the fact they will be traveling to the West Coast, and battle with the time change on top of everything else.

“It’s going to be a tough stretch for us,” Tatar said. “But we have to be ready.”

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Jared Coreau Assigned To Grand Rapids For Conditioning

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Jared Coreau to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

Coreau has appeared in 13 games during his first NHL season, posting a 5-3-3 record, 3.27 goals-against average, 0.893 save percentage and a team-best two shutouts. The Perth, Ontario, native made his NHL debut on Dec. 3 at Pittsburgh and earned his first NHL win in his second career start on Dec. 23 at Florida. The victory kicked off a stretch of eight consecutive decisions for Coreau without a regulation loss (5-0-3), including a season-high 45 saves on Jan. 24 at Boston. Coreau has also made 17 appearances for the Griffins this season and ranked among the league’s top goalies at the time of his call-up with 11 wins (T3rd), a 2.18 goals-against average (T10th) and a 0.924 save percentage (T9th).

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Fox Sports Detroit to air ‘Celebration of Life’ service for Mr. Ilitch

Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond stated that the following ceremony would air on FSD today at 2 PM, so: according to WXYZ Channel 7, there will be a special service honoring Mike Ilitch today at 2 PM:

A special Celebration of Life service will be held today at the Fox Theatre to honor the legacy of Detroit's champion Mike Ilitch.

It's a special, two-hour tribute for Olympia employees as well as those friends and others who are close to the Ilitch family.

Guests expected to pay tribute include Paul W. Smith,  Mitch Albom, Kenny Holland, and Mickey Redmond.

Many others will offer taped messages to also pay tribute to "Mr. I."

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