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Amongst this afternoon's somewhat sparse crop of Red Wings-related news, I believe we still have to take this rumor of a Datsyukian European playing option with salt...
And I would suggest the same regarding NT.se's Ulf Strahle's reiteration that Jonathan Ericsson wants to play with his brother Jimmie on Skelleftea AIK, a Swedish Eliteserien team that can't sign NHL players at this point. Strahle reports that Ericsson's option to play with vita Hasten of the Swedish first division, two steps below the Eliteserien, would also be prohibitively expensive given the cost of insuring his salary:
Via RedWingsCamps on Twitter, and per the Red Wings' website, the Wings are all but certain to cancel training camp over the course of the next day or two, but they plan on at least holding a youth hockey camp at Centre Ice Arena this weekend, and assistant coach Bill Peters, former Wings Chris Chelios and Chris Osgood, video coach Keith McKittrick and goalie coach Jim Bedard will be taking part in said camp:
The Detroit Red Wings will hold a free youth hockey clinic presented by ITC this Saturday, Sept. 22, at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., as part of the Detroit Red Wings' ongoing ‘Hockeytown Thanks' initiative. More than 200 young hockey players between the ages of seven and 14 will have the chance to take hockey instruction from members of the Red Wings' coaching staff and former Red Wings players.
"The Centre ICE management and staff is very excited the Detroit Red Wings organization and ITC are offering this free youth hockey clinic to our hockey association and the Grand Traverse area," Centre ICE Executive Director Terry Marchand said. "After sending out the word of this free clinic, we filled it within hours."
Updated 2x at 4:42 AM: I've been saying this for a while now, and I'm sticking to it: while a good third to 40% of the Red Wings' roster probably plans on playing overseas at some point during the lockout, the younger, more interchangeable and most importantly cheaper-to-insure are the only ones who will find gainful employment, at least with a Datsyukian KHL exception. Jakub Kindl kind of let it slip that he's heading over to play for Oclari Trinec of the Czech Extraliga on Twitter...
Though he had quite the adventure on the flight over...
But ESPN's Pierre LeBrun offered a fine example as to why the same recession that has the NHL demanding a "retrenching" makes it prohibitively expensive for players on long-term contracts to find work:
Via Centre Ice Arena's Anne Reeves (on Facebook), Traverse City's 9&10 News reports that the Wings haven't canceled training camp...Yet...
Uncertainty is weighing on the minds of organizers at Centre Ice Arena. Everything depends on a new collective bargaining agreement to settle the labor strife. Organizers are waiting on a phone call to confirm the Wings visit to Traverse City; but, that hasn't happened yet, and there's a chance it won't.
The potential loss has a far-reaching financial impact on not only the arena and the fans in the stands, but the community; hundreds of hotel room reservations now in limbo.
The camp draws thousands of spectators, boosting sales at everything from gas stations to restaurants. Even still, organizers are staying optimistic that the camp will happen.
There's a video following the jump:
Updated with news about Martin Frk and Jan Mursak at 6:47 PM: The Detroit Red Wings' players didn't practice on Monday--they probably won't reassemble in Troy for another week--and instead, they went golfing, but not for the hell of it: they were taking part in the Ted Lindsay Foundation's celebrity golf outing to raise funds for autism research, as Lindsay's official Twitter account noted (Tweets after a jump cut due to embedded photos)...
From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
The Red Wings will inform season-ticket holders later this week regarding refund policies for any potential canceled games.
The NHL locked out its players Saturday when no new collective bargaining agreement was agreed on.
Training camps — the Red Wings were scheduled to begin Friday — will likely be cancelled around the league within the next couple days.
Although a few minor wrinkles need to be ironed out, for all practical purposes the Convention and Arena Authority has a new lease with West Michigan Hockey Inc., which owns the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.
The new agreement is a renewal of the original lease the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority negotiated with the hockey club in 1995, a year before Van Andel Arena opened. Under this contract, which is retroactive to Sept. 1, 2011, the Griffins will pay more to play in the only home the team has known.
“The team is very happy with the outcome. Chris (Machuta) and I are very happy with the outcome,” said Rich MacKeigan, SMG regional general manager and CAA executive director. Machuta is SMG’s finance director.
Red Wings mid-day news: more talk about overseas moves; Babcock’s lockout plans and business chatter
Updated 4x at 2:07 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news, as the Free Press's Helene St. James has just wrapped up a chat with readers on Freep.com:
- You're going to have to color me skeptical regarding European player news after the Pavel Datsyuk-to-Kazan report was nixed (Datsyuk did display some anticipatory smarts by not leaving his hometown of Yekaterinburg to skate with his teammates in Detroit), but Blick.ch and Sport.ch are claiming that Damien Brunner will be playing for EV Zug for the duration of the lockout, and not just until the Grand Rapids Griffins' training camp begins on October 1st. Cue the Detroit's Ted Kulfan on this one:
Via Championat and RIA Novosti, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's report that Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk's lockout trip to sunny Kazan was premature is an understatement. It turns out that Sport-Express's report was plain wrong, per the Ak Bars' website (roughly translated):
Because of the NHL lockout, many Russian media [sources] reported transactions of a number of players from North America to the Ak Bars.
Because there's no certainty in terms of the timing of the lockout, the Ak Bars is not negotiating and does not plan on entering into short term contracts with players from the NHL.
Update: Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov is confirming:
Updated 2x with news about Jonathan Ericsson's playing plans at 3:07 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning: WXYZ's Brad Galli spoke to Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg about the post-Nicklas Lidstrom era of Red Wings hockey being placed "on hold" by the lockout, as well as the ramifications thereof, before the players left Joe Louis Arena on Friday, and while most of the interview's light in tone, the pair become very serious very quickly when talking about the lockout, with Kronwall saying, "The last few years, the people in th stands, it's just crazy, the whole state of Michigan just breathes hockey," and both expressing dismay with the current state of affairs
Zetterberg also spoke about the lockout during a Q and A with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
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