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Edit/update: Whoops, wrong blog. Was meant for KK hockey, not Wings consumption: We’ve gotten to the point where Rick Nash trade deadline frenzy has reached Pythonesque levels, with even reasonable media types throwing out team names—to the point that I half expect someone to say that Ak Bars Kazan will try to out-bid HIFK Helsinki for Nash’s services—so in lieu of asking what also floats in water (Small rocks! Gravy! Churches!), I’ll defer to defer to the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts and USA Today’s Kevin Allen. Both columnists duly note that while Nash may very well be in play, the Blue Jackets could and probably should wait for a few more months before pressing the franchise reset button:
Even in attempting to handicap the Nash-bidding field, the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts suggests as much…
It may be in the Blue Jackets’ best interest to wait until the off-season to trade Nash, as there may be more teams willing to make serious offers. Jackets general manager Scott Howson has already been told by some of his peers that is what they prefer since it’s easier to deal with the salary cap issue then.
However, Howson will still need Nash to waive his no-movement rights for any trade. Howson will be looking for a combination of young established players, top prospects and a first-round draft pick. His needs are greatest in goal and on defence.
And USA Today’s Kevin Allen agrees that a combination of CBA-related factors and the simple fact that the Blue Jackets have to offer more than a Joe Thornton deal’s bounty to the people who’ve paid good money for Nash and Steve Mason jerseys yield circumstances which make a summertime transaction much more palatable:
I can’t quote too much of this article because it’s one of those ESPN “Insider” specials, but Craig Custance did a fantastic job of discussing the Red Wings’ trade deadline plans, and with the inordinate amount of fluffernutter out there, it’s an incredible relief to read somebody of Custance’s surgical stainless steel-caliber credentials actually speak to Holland about his desire to spend some of the Wings’ Capgeek-listed $5.3 million in salary cap space shoring up the bottom half of his roster:
“There’s a little more chatter the last few days than there has been because the deadline is coming,” Holland said when we chatted on Tuesday afternoon. “Will we do something? We’re going to explore. We have cap space; we structured it at the beginning of the year that way. We’d like to give our team a bit of a boost.”
[T]here aren’t a lot of needs on the Red Wings right now. But we know Holland likes his veterans, especially those who know their way around a playoff series. He’ll be on the prowl to find the right one.
“We have kids and we think they’re OK,” Holland said. “You’re always looking for veterans who have that experience. I think that’s the hot commodity right now.”
This is pretty damn cool, per the Red Wings:
RED WINGS FAN DAY AT THE JOE SET FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 11
… Fun-Filled Event Presented in Partnership with Meijer and Coca-Cola; Free Tickets to be Given Away at Upcoming Events at Various Meijer Locations …
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings, Coca-Cola and Meijer have teamed up to present 2012 Red Wings Fan Day at Joe Louis Arena (Sunday, March 11, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). This year’s Fan Day at The Joe will feature photo opportunities with the Red Wings’ 2008 Stanley Cup championship banner as well as Al Sobotka’s famed zamboni, autographs from members of the Red Wings Alumni Association, multiple interactive hockey zones, an open skate on the main ice surface at JLA and a wide variety of prizes and promotions for fans of all ages.
I was writing this as a comment in Paul’s post noting that the Red Wings established a new NHL record by recording their 21st home win last night versus Dallas, but I am very regrettably paid to talk (I think fewer bloggers like to hear themselves talk than one might assume, and I’m one of those, “Blah blah blah, give me news, self!” people), so here goes:
If we’re going to talk about historical asterisks attached to the Wings’ achievement, I thought that Mike Babcock spoke very eloquently about the record when he told reporters that the league is so different from it was when he broke in as a coach 10 years ago, and would be so different ten years from now, that it’s pretty much impossible to take a historical achievement out of its context without ignoring that the game is constantly evolving and that its rules are constantly changing, shootouts and their “loser points” included.
Paul here once again instead of George, who hopes to be back within a day or two.
Highlights will be posted shortly but let’s start with some of the key plays in the 20 home wins leading up to tonight’s 3-1 win over Dallas.
Paul here again filling in for the ill George.
20 in a row at home, impressive now get one more against Dallas.
Highlights coming as they roll in..
The Mule with the game winner…
Paul here filling in for George who is under the weather.
You won’t get update after update from me, but below you can find some of the highlights of the game between the Ducks and Wings with the Wings winning in a shootout.
Detroit will attempting to tie the NHL record of 20 consecutive home wins when the
my mistake, the Flyers visit Joe Louis Arena on Sunday night.
Red Wings legend and Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman supposedly put his skates in his garage shortly after he retired, and hasn’t skated on that cartilage-free right knee since, so as I begin to delve into what’s going to be a late evening’s worth of work relating the MSM’s news from today’s Red Wings-Maple Leafs Winter Classic pressers, let’s get this out of the way: Yzerman does not plan on taking part in the alumni game, as he told MLive’s Ansar Khan...
“It will be a fantastic event with two great organizations at a storied venue. The perfect location and matchup, this is wonderful for the NHL. At this time, I don’t plan on participating in the alumni game but hope to watch the Outdoor Classic on TV.”
And the Detroit News’s Eric Lacy, who reports that Kris Draper—who just happens to be taking part in his first game as a member of the Wings’ Alumni Association this weekend in Muskegon—plans on at least attempting to convince Yzerman to lace up his skates for one more game:
Slightly belated and not-so-super news in the injury department, though it’s not surprising, per MLive’s Ansar Khan: Due to the Wings’ lack of practices and the early 14-day prognoisis for Jimmy Howard’s broken index finger to stabilize, Howard won’t be taking shots until next week—if Holland has his way—and the Wings will be without Danny Cleary’s services for at least the weekend as well:
“It’s a four-to-six week injury to heal, the longer we can wait the less risk you take,’’ Holland said today at Michigan Stadium, during the Winter Classic news conference. “He’s been practicing, it’s really up to him. Does he feel any pain. Probably not this weekend. I’m assuming by next week he’ll be practicing and we’ll see where he’s at.’‘
The soonest Howard is likely to return is Tuesday at home against Dallas. Howard said he is day-to-day.
“Hopefully Friday I’ll be able to take some shots,’’ he said. “Every single day it’s feeling better and better. I can’t stand watching the games. I get too nervous. I can’t wait to get back out there. I just love competing and stopping pucks for the guys.’‘
Updated 9x with more chatter at 1:18 PM: Howard will be back within 7-10 days and Cleary’s out for at least two games and there’s an official site, http://www.2013winterclassic.com (which may or may not work), as well as a sign-up website for Priority access to Winter Classic tickets:: The Red Wings and the NHL will shortly make an announcement regarding the 2013 Winter Classic in the first of 2 press conferences to be held today. The NHL will make an announcement at Comerica Park today at 10:30 AM and at Michigan Stadium at 1:15 PM. This live stream should work:
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