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I guess we'll start here: As noted yesterday, the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau conducted a very blunt and candid interview with Tomas Tatar, who was not thrilled to hear that the Wings had re-signed Daniel Cleary--which all but assures that the Wings will move 2 of their 17 forwards until Darren Helm's healthy and ready to play, and a third forward whenever Helm is finally healthy--and Tatar pulled the, "If the Wings don't want me, they can trade me or I'll play in the KHL" card out of his hat again:
Follow along if you will as I posit a post of "whimsy" after a very long day...Uh, make that eight days...
I think that my and other folks' reactions to a wrinklethat transpired regarding Daniel Alfredsson's first official day as a Red Wing may have summarized why Daniel Alfredsson chose to join Detroit, other than the whole wanting to win the Stanley Cup thing:
TSN and the Toronto Sun sent people here just to cover Daniel Alfredsson? All this way?
TSN's Matthew Scianitti and a camera crew were at Centre Ice Arena to shoot a nearly 4-minute-long feature about Alfredsson's first day as a Red Wing, a 46-second note about Alfredsson's number and the reason he's surrendering #11 to, well, #11...
The Wings have been split into three teams--teams Lindsay, Delvecchio and Howe--and depending on who figuratively gets the short end of the stick, their days break down as follows:
The first team to practice takes part in a pair of practices from 9:30-10:15 AM and then 10:20-11, with 5-to-10-minute video sessions preceding each practice;
The second team to practice skates for 40 minutes, from 11-11:40 (preceded by a 5-to-10-minute video session) and then takes part in a scrimmage consisting of 2 30-minute periods of running time (with goalies playing one period out of two);
Updated 2x at 6:05 PM: I just wanted to go down to Centre Ice Arena, watch the Wings' players and prospects skate during the first day of training camp, etc. etc. I headed to Centre Ice an hour early, planted my butt at the north end of the rink, where the media is supposed to go to watch practices...
When my phone blows up. Cleary's signing. Cleary's signed. Cleary's in Traverse City. Ken Holland's talking with the media about Cleary.
So, with Paul doing triple time to help me out as I've got a notebook as opposed to a tablet PC, and as I just felt that it wouldn't be proper for me to skip the vast majority of what was going on on the ice for the sake of what has to be the most ridiculous set of dramatics over a 34-going-on-35-year-old third-line forward in NHL history, I watched drills, feeling like the biggest boob in the world.
Just checking in from Traverse City...I'm about to head back to the hotel to post what the MSM'ers are currently writing about Cleary, Alfredsson and the first day of the Red Wings' training camp, and all I can tell you is that even here, even having listend to Ken Holland, Babcock and Cleary speak about the decision...
The media seem as genuinely, "WTF just happened?" baffled by the strange twists and turns in events as anyone else is right now. I sure as *#$%@& don't know how Ken Holland's going to make the cap math or roster math work, despite his insistence that it's what he's paid to do, and my answer to you as to why the Wings would bring back the consummate "glue guy" who Holland and Babcock insist has better knees than we have been led to believe at the expense of playing time for Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist and especially Tomas Tatar may yield an, "Um, uh..."
The situation's utterly baffling, and I don't understand it, either. The only good news I have for you is that you and I are not alone here in being confused as all *#$%@& get out.
Well I just spent my first day at the Red Wings' training camp, and I wish that I could have seen all the practices in their entirety, but I needed to skidaddle from Team Howe's practice to engage in some media availabilities.
I was in fact part of the scrum in which Ken Holland spoke with the non-early-arriving media (honestly, when the MSM'ers first got to him about Cleary, I was just watching the drills, being myself), and Holland spoke about the cap crunch that Cleary's addition creates, the additions of Alfredsson and Weiss, training camp, the Wings' move East and the push from below for nearly 18 minutes...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“We think we’re a better team with Clears,'' Holland said. “He’s a versatile on the wing, he’s good in the locker room. In the end, he flew up (Wednesday) to meet with (coach Mike Babcock) and I at the airport and his message was he wanted to be a Red Wing and he wanted to work with us.
“He hopes to play until he's 38, 39 years of age. He’s 34, let’s take a one-year deal and trust that things will work out based on the coach knowing him, based upon the people that he knows in the locker room and the history of the ownership in Detroit.''
He added, “Over the last 72 hours as this thing as heated up and Dan Cleary wanted to make a decision … we all felt we’re a better team with Dan Cleary and we’ll sort this out.''
Holland said he would like to trade a player before the season opener Oct. 2 vs. Buffalo, but has other options.
added 1:54pm, Cleary talks to the mass of media, watch below and thanks again to Chuck Pleiness for the video...
via Chuck Pleiness at Tout.
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