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Grand Rapids Griffins to hold ‘Great Skate’ this weekend

From the Grand Rapids Griffins' PR department:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Griffins players, sled dogs, snowboarders, ice sculptors, zoo animals, figure skaters, horse-drawn carriages, winter sport athletes, museums, libraries and local celebrities will all be part of the 2013 Great Skate Winterfest, which will run for 34 consecutive hours this Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan. 13 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.

Everyone is invited to join this celebration of winter in our city and help the Griffins Youth Foundation provide opportunities for more than 350 kids – many of whom are underprivileged, underserved, at-risk, physically challenged or have other special needs – to participate in the great sport of hockey at no cost.

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Zetterberg Talks Brunner

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

For those who haven't seen Damien Brunner play yet, Henrik Zetterberg gives a positive scouting report.

Zetterberg was on the ice Thursday, after arriving from Switzerland where he spent the lockout playing in the Swiss League with Brunner as a linemate.

Brunner, an undrafted free agent, signed with the Red Wings last summer.

"He's obviously a goal scorer, but he has more qualities than that," Zetterberg said. "He's a good skater and he sees the ice very well and he wants to win. He hates losing, and that's a good quality to have.

"We had a good team and the line we played with had good chemistry. It was a chance to play a lot of minutes, it was fun."


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Dangling and dekeing in 140 characters or less

Via RedWingsFeed, well looky here...

Datsyuk's Facebook page confirms (with pics)...

TMR should also return shortly. Nasty virus had me trying to make a blocker save like Datsyuk on Turco, went top shelf instead.

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Datsyuk’s Agent Says Pavel Will Return To Detroit

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Gary Greenstin, Datsyuk's agent, said the star center will fly to Detroit in a few days and should arrive for the start of training camp, likely on Sunday.

“He'll be on time,'' Greenstin told MLive.com on Tuesday. “Pavel is ready to play. In a few days, he'll be in Detroit. I talked to Ken (Red Wings general manager Holland) yesterday, everything is under control. Pavel is an honest player, honest person. He has an obligation to Detroit.

“Of course, (CSKA Moscow) wants him to stay, but my clients always oblige their contracts. The standard player contract says when the lockout is over they have to return.''


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Jimmy Howard Ready For The Action

from Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News,

“There’s a lot of excitement in the air. I wish we had a chance to play a couple of preseason games, but everyone is in the same boat,” said Howard.

He spent the year in Detroit, training with his Red Wing teammates four to five times a week.

“We’d have 10-15 players every day,” said Howard.

He is currently training with other NHL players in Phoenix after receiving an invitation to attend the sessions.

“I jumped all over it. It’s another way to help myself get ready. We’re scrimmaging,” said Howard, who will begin his fourth season as the No. 1 goalie for the Red Wings after spending four seasons with Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League.

He said he was pleased with the terms agreed upon by the NHL Players Association and the NHL after the four-month, 113-day lockout.

“It’s fair. It’s what we were looking for from the beginning,” said Howard, who added that he is in good shape to start the season.


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Miss Those Hands?

Pavel Datsyuk will be back shortly.


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Wings Head To Arizona

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Amid a few months of fairly intense, self-directed workouts at local rinks, several of the Red Wings leave Sunday for Arizona, where they will work out with some of the Phoenix Coyotes and other players from around the NHL.

As they hope for an end to the owners' lockout and a settlement on a collective bargaining agreement, the Red Wings are eying the calendar, realizing there is a lot of time to be made up.

They want to be in the best condition and as well-practiced as possible before the prospective start of an abbreviated training camp leading directly into a likely 48-game schedule, that will put great demands on them.

"Me, Horc, Howie, Kroner and maybe Ericsson and Monster are going," Danny Cleary said.

Translated from players' speak, that is Cleary; Shawn Horcoff, the former Spartan and current captain of the Oilers, who works out with the Red Wings in the offseason; Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson and Jonas Gustavsson, the Wings' new backup goalie, who played for the Maple Leafs last season.

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Riley Sheahan Talks About His Arrest

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Riley Sheahan hopes his latest scoring surge and temporary promotion to the No. 1 line on the Grand Rapids Griffins is a sign 2013 will be a better year.

The 21-year-old Detroit Red Wings prospect said he is “embarrassed” about his "superdrunk" arrest after a traffic stop in downtown Grand Rapids last fall.

“I have two wonderful parents and I was brought up in a great home, so to embarrass them and embarrass the organization, I think that was the worst part,” Sheahan said Thursday, Jan. 3, in his first public comments following a well-publicized October arrest in Grand Rapids for drunken driving while wearing the purple Tinky Winky Teletubby costume.


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Goodbye Drew Miller

from a Braehead Clan press release,

As you may be aware, Braehead Clan have been lucky enough to have NHL player and Detroit Red Wings star Drew Miller on the Clan Roster for the last few months, thanks to the NHL lockout. As talks around the table between NHL owners and the NHL Players Association continue, it looks like a resolution may be on the cards, and the NHL season will soon get underway.

Braehead Clan would like to thank Drew for joining us during the lockout period. It has been a pleasure to have him and his wife Coleen join the Clan and we are sure that both fans of the Clan and EIHL fans in general have enjoyed watching Drew ice for the Clan over the last few months.

With talks between the NHL and NHLPA continuing, Clan will be saying goodbye to Drew and wife Coleen soon, and we are sure that you the fans would like to see him ice for the Clan whilst he is still here. We have games on Thurs 3rd Jan and Sat 5th Jan, so if you want to see Drew Miller ice in that famous purple jersey just one last time, then get to the games!


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Cleary On The CBA Negotiations

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"Both sides are meeting together and exchanging proposals and getting closer, but in regards to where we are and how close we are and what issues are locked down on, I don't really know," Cleary said. "They're working hard and going back and forth."

Commissioner Gary Bettman has set the Jan. 11 deadline as a way to get back on the ice around Jan. 19 and play a 48-game regular season.

Cleary and several other Wings, along with some other NHL players, are headed to Arizona next week for an intense week of conditioning, similar to what they've done several times during this three-month lockout.

NHL teams would likely start training camps late next week if a new CBA can be reached by the end of this weekend.

more and I have no idea why the Detroit News used the headline they have attached to this article

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