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Over the past few days, we’ve engaged in an incredibly spirited discussion regarding whether the Red Wings should pay a $3.5-4 million premium to match the kinds of offers Jiri Hudler might garner on the open market, which, as the Free Press’s Helene St. James and MLive’s Ansar Khan suggest, might be a bit too steep for the Wings given that the Wings would probably prefer to add some skating speed and/or size, grit and tenacity to the lineup, which Hudler doesn’t necessarily bring on a nightly basis…
On a day when the comments section has gone a little crazy regarding whether the Red Wings should attempt to retain Jiri Hudler’s services, or whether there really is a Zach Parise/Ryan Suter “package deal” in the offing, I’d rather not post this on a night that we don’t have hockey on TV because I hate even thinking about posting an entry that might provoke discussion for the sake of provocation..
But dueling banjos are dueling banjos, and the Pioneer Press’s Tom Powers believes that one Zach Parise has a higher chance of signing with another team if the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup, and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan does not.
Here’s Powers’ take on Parise’s desires…
Via RedWingsFeed, it won’t necessarily warm fans up, but the most important fan lubricant to be sold at the Winter Classic is halfway to becoming kosher with the State of Michigan, as reported by the Detroit News...
The Michigan House has voted to let hockey fans buy booze at Michigan Stadium when the home of Wolverines’ football hosts a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day.
Scio Township Republican state Rep. Mark Ouimet sponsored the bill that won House approval Thursday. It now goes to the state Senate.
The outdoor NHL Winter Classic game is scheduled Jan. 1, 2013. The league made the sale of alcohol a condition of approving the venue.
This is rare: According to Iltahleti’s Pekka Jalonen, the Red Wings and Teemu Pulkkinen’s agent, Krister Kaukinen, are working out the details of Pulkkinen’s three-year, entry-level contract with the Wings, but as Iltahleti’s a bit of a tabloid, Kaukinen’s being given a platform to “talk tough” about said contract. Here’s an incredibly, incredibly rough translation of what Pulkkinen’s agent had to say:
The Red Wings and their fans worked hard to spread the word regarding the only NHL player that literally makes video game plays in real life, but the NHL and EA Sports report that Pavel Datsyuk didn’t win his semifinal against John Tavares in EA Sports’ NHL 13 cover athlete vote:(
Giroux Faces Malkin, Tavares Meets Rinne in EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Vote Semifinals
Sponsored By BlackBerry And Hosted On NHL.com, More Than 19.5 Million Fan Votes Cast To Date in the First Ever EA SPORTS NHL Cover Athlete Campaign
May 24, 2012 – EA SPORTS™ and NHL.com announced today that the semifinals matchups for the EA SPORTS NHL®13 Cover Vote, sponsored by BlackBerry®, will be Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux versus Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and New York Islanders forward John Tavares against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. Fans have cast more than 19.5 million votes to date.
Updated with Parise/Suter talk at 1:16 PM: The comment section went a little crazy after I posted an article in which the Free Press’s Helene St. James suggested that, despite the Wings’ need for a goal-scorer, they may not retain Jiri Hudler’s services, and MLive’s Ansar Khan provides a corollary to St. James’ argument:
Put simply, given the incredibly thin crop of goal-scorers available in this summer’s free agent class, Hudler will probably be able to earn much more than the Wings could slot him in for, and that’s why Khan believes that Hudler will leave the Wings to cash in
Perhaps it got lost amidst the leak‘s worth of news regarding the Red Wings’ hiring of an architectural firm to help design their Joe Louis Arena follow-on rink and whatever will be built around it: my eyebrow, at least, rose half a foot when I read that the Wings are looking at an 18,000-seat arena, which would fit in nearly 2,000 fewer fans per night.
The Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell allows Wings VP Jimmy Devellano to explain why that is while surveying the various comments Mike Ilitch, Mike Babcock and Devellano have made to the media over the past year—especially regarding the Joe’s status as a building whose amenities for its players aren’t exactly spectacular:
Nicklas Lidstrom freak-out talk included—and Lidstrom won’t be making a decision until the middle of the month, so the whole Twitter/Facebook misunderstanding boondoggle was nothing more than that—we do know that the Red Wings’ brass will be meeting, according to MLive’s Ansar Khan and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan, from June 2nd to 4th to formulate their roster plans going forward, with the futures of Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom, Brad Stuart and Jiri Hudler uncertain at best.
This afternoon, the Free Press’s Helene St. James wonders whether Hudler, who acrimoniously left the team to sign with Dynamo Moscow as a restricted free agent two summers ago, and who could obviously earn more on the open market than he can in Detroit, will be part of the team’s future plans, especially with the Wings looking to add a forward who can do more than score the 25 goals Hudler registered this past season as something of a perimeter player:
Updated repeatedly: According to the Red Wings, the TC camp account simply misunderstood a joke on the Red Wings’ Facebook page. and the TC account is confirming. All is OK!: I’m not too worried about this, but I am slightly concerned: the Red Wings’ Twitter account is going into overdrive today to promote the last day of voting for Pavel Datsyuk in EA Sports’ NHL 13 cover vote semifinals, and the Wings revealed that Nicklas Lidstrom was at Joe Louis Arena today.
The NHL news cycle is like Chuck Norris at this time of year: it doesn’t sleep, it waits. Over the past few days, we’ve learned about a potential deal with an architectural firm that may or may not design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on facility, the fact that the Wings’ brass will weigh the futures of Tomas Holmstrom, Brad Stuart, Jiri Hudler and probably start to press for Nicklas Lidstrom to come up with a play-or-not-play answer while formulating its free agency plans at its organizational meetings next week, all over the past two days.
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