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On Joey MacDonald stealing Ty Conklin’s job as the Red Wings’ back-up goaltender

Catching up after a day whacked out on an uber-antibiotic called Levaquin (seriously, somebody just take a Roto-Rooter to my nose…): No, he is not a conventionally efficient goaltender, nor do Joey MacDonald’s surprisingly short legs, low thigh rises on his pads and tendency to scramble around the crease and “fight off” shots make him look as imposing as the layers of lightning-fast toes, leg pads, stick, glove, blocker and still-crouched chest and shoulders that Jimmy Howard bristles and efficiently brandishes toward would-be scorers, but “Joey Mac” has won the Detroit Red Wings’ back-up goaltender’s spot for the remainder of the regular season, and Wings GM Ken Holland was nothing less than eloquent in explaining why the Red Wings chose to take the risk of exposing Ty Conklin on waivers all of a week before the trade deadline:

“[Conklin] hasn’t played a lot and hasn’t had a really good chance to get it going,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “It opened a crack and Joey MacDonald grabbed it. Things change. It’s pro sports.

“From an organizational standpoint, coaching standpoint, we really don’t care who does the work as long as the work is getting done. It’s the (NHL) it’s day-to-day. It’s not that way for superstars, but it is day-to-day for a lot of players in the league. It’s the old, ‘What have you done for me lately,’ and Joey MacDonald has been an incredible story for us the last two weeks.”

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Oh boy…Red Wings prospect Max Nicastro is in serious trouble

Very disturbing news regarding Red Wings prospect Max Nicastro from a TMR reader and Boston University Today’s Art Jahnke:

Max Nicastro, a defenseman on the BU men’s hockey team, was arrested on the Charles River Campus early Sunday morning by the Boston University Police and charged with sexual assault. BU Police Chief Thomas Robbins says his department is working with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, which is investigating the allegations. He says the incident is alleged to have happened on campus. Nicastro was accused of sexual assault by a female student. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail, and will be arraigned in Brighton District Court on Tuesday.

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If the Red Wings do waive Ty Conklin, he’ll be headed to a Griffins team that needs goaltending help

I’ve spent quite a bit of my health and legal-issue-related absence refining my skills as a professional worry-wart, but as the Detroit Red Wings’ management begins to hedge toward a decision which MLive’s Ansar Khan and Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji hinted at, and the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff stated explicitly as a rumor bouncing around the press box like mad on Sunday afternoon…

Unconfirmed speculation is that #redwings will waive Conklin Monday in order to send him down. Could be reason why Howard not in today.

I have faith that the Wings will make the best of a difficult situation, both on the ice and in the locker room.

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Can You Say 23 In A Row At Home?

Paul subbing for George…

Not much to say except this win streak sure is fun.

Next home game is Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks (Detroit in Chicago on Tuesday) so another tough opponent.

But we will worry about that when the time comes.  In the meantime, game highlights will be added below.

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Wings Keep Winning At Home, 22 In a Row

Paul here subbing for George who should be back very soon…

With 6 seconds left in regulation and the scored tied…

Wings win 2-1.

More video will be added below when available…

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An Hour With Osgood

Paul again for George…

via FS Detroit,

He was a member of three Stanley Cup teams in Detroit and finished with 401 career victories, 10th overall in the NHL.

His 317 victories with the Red Wings is second only to Terry Sawchuk’s 352.

His career save percentage (.905) and goals-against average (2.49) were also solid.

All might eventually add up to a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame for Chris Osgood, who retired last summer after 17 NHL seasons, 14 with the Red Wings, and currently works as a goalie coach in Detroit.

But the Hall of Fame isn’t the ultimate exclamation point for Osgood when it comes to his playing career. He wants more than anything to see his No. 30 retired and raised to the Joe Louis Arena rafters.

“That would mean more to me than the Hall of Fame,” Ogsood, 39, said during a one-hour interview with FOXSportsDetroit.com’s Art Regner on Thursday.

Watch the hour interview below…

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Zetterberg Day-To-Day, Will Not Play Friday

Paul here for George.

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg will miss Friday’s game against Nashville (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) due to a lower-body injury, which he said is day-to-day.

Tomas Tatar has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Danny Cleary skated today but his left knee still is bothering him after having it drained a second time this week. He said he will miss at least two more games.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard will not play Friday, still planning on returning Sunday against San Jose from the broken right index finger he sustained on Feb. 2.

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Red Wings GM Ken Holland to appear on Gary Bettman’s radio show today

Per the Red Wings, this should be…Interesting…

DETROIT RED WINGS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER KEN HOLLAND AND USA HOCKEY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DAVE OGREAN ARE TODAY’S GUESTS ON “NHL HOUR WITH COMMISSIONER GARY BETTMAN”

NEW YORK (February 16, 2012) – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland and USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean will be the guests on today’s NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman.  The show, which encourages fans to call in with questions, airs Thursdays on NHL Network, NHL.com and on Sirius XM Radio at 6 p.m., ET.

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If Rick Nash weighs the same as a duck…

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:

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Actually substantiated Red Wings trade talk

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.”
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[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.”

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