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If you live on the West Side of the State of Michigan, WHTC 1450's Gary Stevens reports that the Stanley Cup will be making a rare-for-the-summer stop in Western MI this weekend:
For the second time in seven years, hockey's Holy Grail comes to the Lakeshore, and in both instances, it wasn't because the Detroit Red Wings were champions.
Paul Goodman is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the three-time Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. As a way to say thanks to his adopted off-season "refuge" and part-time hometown, he's spending his allocated three days with the Cup in Saugatuck this weekend, capped with a cameo public appearance as part of the Labor Day afternoon boat parade from Kalamazoo Lake through the mouth of the Kalamazoo River to Lake Michigan. Goodman is also supporting a fund-raising effort for purchasing a large "Holiday Tree" that would be permanently planted in the community.
From the Red Wings:
PRELIMINARY LINEUP FOR HOCKEYFEST ANNOUNCED
… Kronwall, Howard, Nyquist Highlight List of Current Players Set to Appear at Fun-Filled Event at The Joe on Sunday, Sept. 13 …
DETROIT – The 2015 edition of Red Wings HockeyFest, presented by Coke Zero and Meijer, is set to take place at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday, Sept. 13 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), featuring an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players and Red Wings Alumni. A preliminary list of past and present members of the Red Wings set to attend this much-anticipated event can be found below. Additional players will be added to this list at a later time.
Updated 4x at 11:57 AM: The Red Wings and their Detroit-based pals took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena for what is likely their last pre-Labor Day practice on Friday morning, and DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji Tweeted from said practice...
The CBC's Elliotte Friedman dropped this bit of knowledge...
And then Wakiji resumed Tweeting:
"[Blashill] was great as an assistant but I think all along, Blash might feel that he’s a head coach and I think he wants things done a certain way,” said Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. “And I think it’s great. He went down to Grand Rapids, got the opportunity there, did great, and now he’s got an opportunity here.”
Plus, Blashill hasn’t received anything but good reviews from the former Griffins players.
“He’s had most of the guys in here, most of the younger guys, play for him in GR when they won it and they have nothing bad to say about him,” Kronwall said. “They all got positive things to say about him which is encouraging and it’ll be exciting with a new voice, we’re looking forward to the opportunity.”
Nelson continues, and here's what Kronwall has to say about Mike Green:
“Really an offensively gifted defenseman, another thing we haven’t had in years,” Kronwall said of Green. “So we’re hoping for him to just come in here and do his thing. Contribute offensively, join the rush when you can and I thought it was a great addition and excited to get to see him and get to meet him and play with him.”
Update: FYI: NHL.com released its Top 250 fantasy hockey rankings, and Henrik Zetterberg (37), Pavel Datsyuk (55), Gustav Nyquist (87), Tomas Tatar (97), Mike Green (111), Jimmy Howard (153), Petr Mrazek (158), Niklas Kronwall (160), Justin Abdelkader (176) and Brad Richards (231) made the cut.
from Helene St. Kames of the Detroit Free Press,
Looking ahead: Once Datsyuk (ankle surgery) is healthy and, presumably, on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader --with a second line likely consisting of Gustav Nyquist, Brad Richards and Darren Helm -- Tatar could find himself on the third line (plus power-play minutes). In theory, that should give Tatar plenty of open space and, in turn, give the Wings a considerable third-line punch. If not, Tatar has proved he can handle being a top-six forward and is capable of being, at the very least, a 20-goal scorer. He's a great locker room guy, too, because of his aura of irrepressible delight.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2015-16 outlook: The Red Wings filled their biggest need of the past couple of seasons by signing this right-handed shooting offensive defenseman.
He'll provide a much-needed scoring boost to a blue line that has relied essentially on Niklas Kronwall as its lone offensive threat. Green is a good skater who will frequently join the rush and has a terrific wrist shot. He'll also quarterback the top power-play unit.
Green has defensive deficiencies, which is why coach Jeff Blashill intends to pair him with Danny DeKeyser, who should help erase some of his mistakes. The other concern regarding Green is his durability, as he's been injury-prone in recent seasons.
Key question: How big an offensive boost will the Red Wings' defense get with Green?
Of Red Wings-related note this evening, continuing the post-practice scrum theme:
MLive's Ansar Khan took note of Henrik Zetterberg's comments about one Mike Babcock's decision to leave the team, and while the move surprised some Wings, Zetterberg told Khan that he knew change was in the air:
"I want to thank Mike for the time he had here, but I think both him and us probably decided it was time," Zetterberg said.
He wasn't surprised Babcock bolted for an eight-year, $50 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs or the enormous buzz the entire process created.
"I kind of figured that out, that he was moving on and obviously the media attention all along was big," Zetterberg said. "But for us players who weren't playing – we were kind of on vacation already -- we didn't really get that effect of it, but I heard from the guys who were around here still that it was a big deal."
Zetterberg also spoke with NHL.com's Paul Harris about the changes afoot...
Sergei Fedorov's former financial manager, Joseph Zada, has been convicted of embezzlement in Michigan, and the Free Press's Katrease Stafford reports that Zada has also been found guilty of fraud in Florida:
A former Grosse Pointe Shores man who swindled ex-Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov out of $43 million -- and millions from dozens of other unsuspecting victims -- was convicted in Florida today of 15 counts of fraud and two counts of making a false statement on a loan.
Joseph Zada, Fedorov's ex-financial manager, was charged in 2013 with scamming 28 investors, including Fedorov. Federal documents show that Zada was also found not guilty on one count of making a false statement on a loan.
Fedorov ,45, won three Stanley Cups and a Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player while a Red Wing from 1990-2003.
Zada swindled the money by pretending to be a rich and successful businessman with ties to Saudi Arabian oil ventures. Zada told potential investors that he could quickly turn investments into large profits.
According to Stafford, Zada was supposed to pay Fedorov $60 million back in 2009, but he's never paid Fedorov or the other victims, so he's going to jail for up to 20 years.
From the Red Wings:
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR RED WINGS ‘LITTLE WINGS’ YOUTH HOCKEY PROGRAM
... Youth Hockey Initiative Returns Following Sold-Out First Year to Provide an Affordable Way for Children Between Five & Eight Years Old to Learn How to Play Hockey Throughout Metro Detroit …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that registration is now open for the ‘Little Wings’ youth hockey initiative designed to create an affordable way for children between the ages of five and eight to learn how to play hockey and develop a life-long passion for the game. After selling out in its first season, ‘Little Wings’ returns for a second year effectively doubling its size from four to eight rinks in Metro Detroit to match the increased demand for the program.
Every participant will receive four, one-hour sessions of introductory practices at one of eight rinks across the Metro Detroit area in October and a full set of ‘Little Wings’ branded hockey equipment, courtesy of the Red Wings and Perani’s Hockey World.
Among the news stories from today's informal Red Wings practice, and elsewhere:
WXYZ's Brad Galli penned an article about a certain new dad's son's name and fame...
Zetterberg skated with his teammates at Joe Louis Arena for an informal practice on Thursday. He explained naming his baby Love.
"I understand the confusion if you see the spelling in an American way," Zetterberg said with a smile.
He said the pronunciation in American is (Lou-vee). In Swedish, it's (Lou-vay).
"We knew if it was going to be a boy, that Love was going to be the name. It's an old Swedish name. It's kinda getting popular again."
While DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji discussed Zetterberg's take on the Wings' coaching changes:
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