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When I fell head-over-heels in love with hockey back in 1991, the Colorado Avalanche played in Quebec, the Anaheim Ducks weren't even a movie yet, the San Jose Sharks had just plucked a crapton of players from the Minnesota North Stars in a "dispersal draft," Larry Murphy was winning Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Wings had a bench-clearing brawl against a Boston Bruins team whose ranks included Cam Neely, Ray Bourque, Adam Oates and Andy Moog.
In 1991, the Red WIngs had two main rivals in the Norris Division, the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. Even then, going into Toronto was more than all but a guaranteed fight between Probert and somebody and a tough game; it also meant dealing with a massive press push, knowing that Hockey Night in Canada's Bob Cole, Harry Neale, and of course Ron MacLean and Don Cherry would invoke epithets regarding the dastardly presence of Swedes (Nicklas Lidstrom and, for a while, Per Djoos) and Russkies (Sergei Fedorov and Vladimor Konstantinov) on the team from De-TROY-it.
Red Wings prospect news: Kadeikin adds a helper; Hicketts to play in Super Series; on another Mantha
The Toledo Walleye open their regular season tonight against Cincinnati, the Grand Rapids Griffins will kick off a road set against the Charlotte Checkers tonight, and if you live in Southeastern Michigan, you might be able to take in Dylan Larkin's official debut as a Wolverine as U of M hosts New Hampshire tonight and on Saturday.
In the interim, in terms of Thursday's game action:
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin made his return to SKA St. Petersburg's lineup and made an impact, registering an assist on the game-winning goal and playing 8:30 in SKA's 4-3 win over CSKA Moscow;
In the SHL, Mattias Janmark didn't register a point but played 15:00 in the Frolunda Indians' 2-1 win over Leksands IF;
The rest of the world is just catching on to this whole, "Joe Louis Arena is going to be demolished after the Red Wings leave it" situation, finally realizing that this is so via the bankruptcy deal struck between the City of Detroit and Financial Guarranty Insurance, a.k.a. FGIC, to settle the last outstanding debt the City owed.
So for those of you who aren't familiar with the situation, here's how the local TV stations are reporting the news, starting with WDIV...
In the spirit of last night's "Hands off my Man-tha" entry, here's your daily Tyler Myers-and-or-Brian Campbell-and-or-Jeff Petry to Detroit rumor round-up.
Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika addressed the rumors in text form:
You probably already know that former and possibly future Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson is experiencing setbacks in terms of his attempts to continue his NHL career despite lingering back and leg pain. Today, ESPN's Katie Strang sheds a little more light on Ken Holland's perspective regarding Alfredsson's future:
"I'm giving him his space. I'm trying to show him the respect that I think he's earned throughout his career," Holland told ESPN.com when reached by phone Thursday afternoon.
Whether Alfredsson, who led the team with 49 points last season, will continue his career remains to be seen, with the 41-year-old veteran still trying to assess whether his body can endure the rigors of another NHL season.
Alfredsson wants to play in Detroit. But he has previously stated that he only wants to suit up if he feel he can actually contribute. Holland understands the difficulty of such a decision and knows that Alfredsson will treat that with the utmost care. That's why he's more than willing to be patient.
"Alfie's not coming back if he can't help. I think Alfie understands we're trying to win games," Holland said. "I respect that he isn't going to put us [in a tough position]. I'm giving him all the time he needs."
Strang continues, and she notes that while Alfredsson may want to make a decision on his future sooner than later, Holland is suggesting that Alfredsson ride his back issues out and wait to see whether things improve before choosing to retire:
Updated 10x at 5:43 PM: The Red Wings took to the ice just before noon on Thursday, hoping to build a practice foundation allowing them to rebound from last night's 3-2 shotoout loss to Boston ahead of a set of away-and-home games against the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow in the Centre of the Hockey Universe and/or Mike Babcock Coach Boner Land (7:30 PM on FSD/Sportsnet Ontario) and Saturday at the Joe (7 PM on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S.), respectively.
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness noted a lineup tweak and a practice tweak due to Pearl Jam's concert at the Joe this evening:
Stephen Weiss is out Gray today. He's wearing White. He could be in Friday at Toronto. Cleary in Gray along with Datsyuk. Nestrasil in White
Wings are practicing at University Liggett today before heading to Toronto for the game Friday against the Maple Leafs.
Abdelkader not at practice. Per Ken Holland, it's a maintenance today. Says he should be good to go Friday. That means probably no Weiss.
From the Red Wings:
RED WINGS EXTEND PARTNERSHIP WITH VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE FOR HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT
... Oct. 23 Contest Between Detroit and Pittsburgh Penguins Includes Cancer Research Fundraising …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings have extended their partnership with Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community in an effort to raise money for cancer research when the Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena for Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Thursday, Oct., 23 at 7:30 p.m. This is the second year that the Red Wings and Van Andel Institute (VAI) have partnered to deliver VAI’s mission of biomedical research and science education throughout Michigan.
Fans can purchase an upper-level seat to the game for $40 or $55. Proceeds from each ticket sold through this special offer will be donated back to VAI, where their research center helps to develop treatments and therapies for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. One hundred percent of funds raised will go directly to cancer research at VAI.
Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related stories:
In the overnight report I suggested that the Red Wings looked "very young" during last night's shootout loss to Boston, and ESPN's Katie Strang offered a similar take regarding the Wings' sophomore players--focusing upon Gustav Nyquist's strong performance thus far--in ESPN's "Pucks Central" round-up:
The Detroit News's Robert Snell, David Shepardson and Christine Ferretti report that the Red Wings' soon-to-be former home will play a role in the City of Detroit's bankruptcy settlement [edit: though the Joe was always scheduled to be demolished under the Wings' follow-on rink deal]:
The last major holdout creditor in Detroit's bankruptcy case will get to redevelop the Joe Louis Arena site under terms of a deal struck early Thursday aimed at speeding the city's exit from bankruptcy court.
Under the deal, holdout bond insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. will replace the longtime home of the Detroit Red Wings with a hotel, riverfront condominiums and retail. The development, which includes the Joe Louis Arena parking garage, has the potential to transform a stretch of the riverfront west of Cobo Center and complement earlier redevelopment efforts along the Detroit River.
"This will be hopefully another turning moment for this area of Detroit," Detroit bankruptcy attorney Corinne Ball said.
The deal flips FGIC from being the last major creditor fighting Detroit's debt-cutting plan into a partner in the city's revitalization. Another partner includes a fellow bond insurer, Syncora Guarantee Inc., which reached an earlier development deal with Detroit involving the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, cash and a parking garage in Grand Circus Park.
Pardon the lack of filter (yes, I have a filter, it's just not very good) at almost 4 AM, but it's late and this is something I realized didn't belong in the overnight report:
Now I'm resigned to the fact that the next three days will involve chasing down coverage of not only the Red Wings as they head to the Centre of the Hockey Universe, but also several days' worth of "Coach Boner" scuttlebutt from the Toronto media in "print," "on video" and on Toronto's all-hockey-all-the-time sports talk radio stations.
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