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I've been gritting my teeth and preparing for the Red Wings to sign Alex Radulov based on nothing more than gut feeling for a month now, and according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman--via Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols--the Red Wings may in fact sign the 29-year-old problem child who also happens to be big, mean and goes to the front of the net and stays there to score goals:
[Friedman] On his thoughts on the word that Pavel Datsyuk may be departing for the KHL: “Well, I think we’re all expecting it, right? That he’s going to end up in Russia. Even Ken Holland this week, I saw one of his quotes was, ‘Would I like it if he came into my office and said, I’ve changed my mind and I’m going to stay. But do I expect him to say that, no.’ And Saint Petersburg was always the team.
“I do think Detroit will try to trade the contract. I think depending on what they’re willing to do as part of that, they will be able to find a partner. But I would them to try to trade the contract.
“I also think that right now, if I had to pick where Radulov was going in the NHL, I’d say Detroit is the most likely team. I’m not saying for sure 100 percent it’s going to happen, but it sounds like that there’s an attempt being made for him to go there, and to sign him.”
As soon as Calgary's The Fan 960 posts the Friedman interview, I'll post it here...
And regarding Radulov, at 29 going on 30, he's at least grown up a bit, and again, he's a stocky 6'1" and 205 pounds, he's posted 20-plus goals and 60-plus points in 50-ish games per season for four of the past five KHL seasons, and he's become a surly, nasty net-front goal scorer. I'm not a huge fan of his off-ice shenanigans, but if he keeps his head on straight, he's an asset.
International hockey federations are naming the balance of their World Cup of Hockey rosters today, and:
Teemu Pulkkinen didn't make Finland's roster, which isn't surprising given his status as a spare part on the Finns' World Championship team;
The balance of today's announcements are as follows:
Team Sweden 11 a.m. ET
Team Europe 6:09 p.m. ET
Team USA 6:13 p.m. ET
Team North America 6:16 p.m. ET
It's expected that Gustav Nyquist will be named to Sweden's roster at 11 AM EDT.
Justin Abdelkader (USA), Tomas Tatar (Europe), Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall (Sweden) and Dylan Larkin (Team North America) have already been named to their teams' rosters, as have Datsyuk (Russia) and Mrazek (Czech Republic).
As such, a total of 9 Red Wings could take part in the World Cup of Hockey.
Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. I know that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game is the high point of late summer for many of you, so:
The Red Wings acquired Dylan Sadowy in a trade with the San Jose Sharks today, sending a 3rd round pick in 2017 (not the pick the Wings get for Toronto signing Babcock away) for Sadowy, the Sharks' 3rd round pick in 2014.
Sadowy is a 6'1," 185-pound, left-shooting left winger, and Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin gave the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts forward a thumbs-up while speaking with MLive's Ansar Khan...
Sadowy, 20, is a left wing who spent three-plus seasons with the OHL Saginaw Spirit before being dealt to the Barrie Colts midway through this past season. In 64 games combined with Saginaw and Barrie, Sadowy had 45 goals and 70 points. He added two goals and five points in eight playoff games.
"We like his combination of grit and competitiveness and scoring touch," Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. "He's got to continue to work on his foot speed and his body strength but we really like his upside."
Martin said the Red Wings were eying Sadowy during his draft year.
"We saw him play quite a bit being in Saginaw, not only because of the proximity but we had (goaltending prospect) Jake Paterson there at the time," Martin said. "We followed him closely over the last few years."
Martin said Sadowy projects as a top-nine forward in the NHL.
"He can kill penalties, block shots, go to the hard areas," Martin said. "He scored 42 and 45 goals in the OHL He gets a lot of his goals in the hard areas in front of the net."
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff...
added 3:50pm, Bob McKenzie tweet,
Sadowy has agreed to terms on his entry-level contract with DET:
added 3:58pm, Press release is below...
Red Wings to hold annual equipment and memorabilia sale on Saturday, June 4
Game-used jerseys, equipment & autographed items available for purchase
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will hold their annual equipment and memorabilia sale at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (1845 E. Big Beaver Rd.) on Saturday, June 4, starting at 10:00 a.m. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase game-worn regular season jerseys from the team’s recently-completed 2015-16 campaign. Various game-worn jerseys from previous seasons will also be available at a discounted price.
This one-day-only sale includes Red Wings equipment bags, game-used hockey equipment such as sticks, skates, gloves, helmet visors, socks and various goalie equipment including catcher and blocker sets, leg pads and pants. Select game-used equipment from the 2016 NHL Stadium Series between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche will also be available for purchase.
Yekaterinburg, May 26. TASS. Detroit Red Wings forward and captain of the Russian national team, Pavel Datsyuk, passed his final exams at the Ural Federal Unversity's BN Yeltsin school in Yekaterinburg with an "excellent" Grade. This was reported to Tass by Leonid Rapoport, Regional Minister for Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy.
Datsyuk has been studding "Management in the sphere of physical culture and sport" via correspondence. "Datsyuk passed the state exams at Ural Federal University with 'excellent' grades and now he's preparing to defend his deploma thesis when the date is agreed upon," said Rapoport.
He noted that the theme of the thesis for the ice hockey world champion involves comparison of the management of youth hockey in Canada and Russia. Examines in this thesis work were taking from children's hockey schools in Detroit and Yekaterinburg.
"Pavel is a good analyst, and he compares the experiences of professional and amateur teams. The analysis of his thesis will undoubtedly be used in the preparation of players for the national team," said the regional sports minister.
MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader regarding #8's performance, the Wings' youth movement and possible personnel changes:
"I don't think there needs to a dramatic shakeup," Abdelkader said. "I think change can always be good. I think we still have a lot of good, core parts here. I think looking back at the series with Tampa ... we were really close. If we can get the third goal in a couple of those games, we probably win them.
"I think we're close in a lot of ways but at the same time we're still not there. Does there need to be change? I think there does but that's up to Ken Holland and what he does this summer.
"I think we've got a lot of good young guys that are coming up through the system and that showed this year, that they could be impact players on this team. But anytime you lose in the first round like we have the last few years, there does need to be a shakeup."
WXYZ's Brad Galli conducted a sit-down interview with Henrik Zetterberg, discussing the Wings' playoff exit, Pavel Datsyuk and possible offseason moves:
The Lightning knocked the Red Wings out of the playoffs over a month ago, but Henrik Zetterberg still hasn't gotten over the frustration of another first round exit.
"It's still there. As long as the other teams are playing, you feel the frustration," he told WXYZ on Wednesday.
Zetterberg spoke about the important offseason facing his team, and the notion of playing without Pavel Datsyuk by his side.
"The situation with Pavel Datsyuk, we don't really know if he's coming back or if we have to go after someone else. It's a big offseason facing this club."
The Red Wings captain said he's excited for next season, but knows the story of early playoff exits has grown tired. Detroit hasn't advanced past the first round for three years, and failed to make the Conference Final each of the last seven postseasons.
"I understand the fans' frustrations too, because we want to go deeper. It's a lot of talk about the playoff streak and all that, and obviously we're proud about that, but we want to go deeper than we have the last couple years."
Galli continues, and here's the video of the interview:
Updated 5x at 9 PM: Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist spoke with the Free Press's Carlos Monarrez about the horse with his name...
“Well, obviously, a bummer that he didn’t win at the Preakness,” Nyquist said. “I thought he raced hard, obviously. Great to see him win at the Kentucky. But now it’s looking like he won’t be able to go to the Belmont. It’s a shame, but hopefully, I’ll be able to catch him at a different event.”
On top of Nyquist’s tough Preakness loss, he also has a high white blood cell count that will keep him out of the Belmont.
So the meeting between horse and man — during which they could ask each other: “Why the long face?” — will have to wait.
But through the horse’s meteoric rise in racing world, Nyquist said he enjoyed having a tangential connection to a champion.
“It’s cool, it’s different,” he said. “I watched the race, and it’s different. They’re calling it a horse instead of my name on the ice. So that was different, for sure. But it was an honor to have him called after me. A lot of fun to follow him, for sure.”
And Nyquist addressed his own performance this past season and spring while speaking with the Detroit News's Matt Charboneau:
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