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Many thanks to my friend Courtney for the heads-up on this one: WDET's Stephen Henderson engaged in an intriguing conversation with Heritage Development Services' Doug Diggs regarding the awarding of contracts for the construction of the Red Wings' new arena, and while WDET outlines Diggs' main points about the Ilitches' "commitment to Detroit"...
- Commitment to Detroit and Michigan: Diggs says the Ilitch family is committed to hiring Detroit and Michigan companies. He says Chris Ilitch made it very clear that if out-of-state firms want to work on the project, they must partner with Detroit-based firms to do so.
- Olympia Development event: Diggs says that the Olympia event today is about many of the smaller contracts for the stadium, such as drywall, doors, landscaping, and acoustical treatments.
- 51% Detroiter employee goal: A caller says that Detroit-based businesses are not necessarily hiring Detroiters or connecting to communities, so she does not know if hiring Detroit firms is important. Diggs says that each company that makes a bid for a contract on the project has to present a plan to hire at least 51% Detroiters to work on the project. He says that due to skilled trade limitations, this goal might not be possible for every contract, but companies must try to reach it.
- No dearth of Detroit resources: Diggs says there is no dearth of qualified businesses in Detroit. He says the key is for businesses to know what opportunities are coming their way, and to partner with other firms if necessary to participate in the project.
The interview's a bit stilted and a little more blunt, corporate-speak included:
From the Red Wings:
Here's the team's press release:
Earlier today, it was announced that Nicklas Lidstrom, Mats Sundin and Daniel Alfredsson will serve as consultants for Team Sweden's 2016 World Cup of Hockey team, and Lidstrom gave a short interview to the Swedish news agency TT about his role. Here's a rough translation of said interview:
Nicklas Lidstrom is going to help the Swedish national ice hockey team as a consultant for the 2016 World Cup, and in an interview with the Swedish news agency TT, Lidstrom sounds like his pragmatic self regarding his, Daniel Alfredsson and Mats Sundin's respective roles as sounding boards for coach Rikard Gronborg's team:
"I received an inquiry last summer to be a sounding board. It felt right and I'm very interested. We will listen to the coaches, what they want to help and [give] feedback," says Lidstrom.
He now lives in Vasteras, but travels several times to North America in the winter, and has an eye on NHL hockey.
"I know how the NHL works, and I have a decent idea of how it goes for the Swedes," he says.
You may take this critique of Johan Franzen's "upside," penned by the Hockey News's Jared Clinton, for what you will:
Before signing his big money, long-term deal with the Red Wings, Franzen was on pace for what would become consecutive 25-plus-goal seasons. In 2008-08, the year he signed his current deal, he was in the midst of a monster 34-goal, 59-point campaign. But since his career year, Franzen has dealt with a laundry list of injuries that have forced him out of game action for more than 150 contests.
While he’s been a frustrating player for Red Wings fans at times — with his goal scoring ability, many see him as a consistent 30-goal player but he’s been unable to muster 30 markers since 2008-09 — most of his offensive “struggles” aren’t due to inconsistency but rather due to injury. Three of his past six seasons, he has scored at a 30-goal pace. In two of the past three, he has been on a 25-tally clip, which is still great production from a power forward outside of his prime.
Michigan State University's pro camp is already underway, but the Red Wings' players took part in the Ilitch Charities for Children's Golf Classic yesterday, so they're making their debuts at Munn Arena today:
Why does Paul McCartney have a Red Wings sticker on his guitar...where did he get it? (You'll see it and Sir Paul at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 21st - tickets on Tickets ($29.50, $69.50, $99.50, $168 and $253) go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online at OlympiaEntertainment.com or LiveNation.com. They can also be bought at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000. )
From a Q&A last year with Sir Paul: "We were on a Wings tour quite a while ago and when we played Detroit somebody gave me a Red Wings sticker, which I liked the look of, so I stuck it on my guitar and I have kept it there ever since. It does make it a little awkward when I go to places like Pittsburgh and the Mayor of the town offers me a Penguin sticker to put alongside!"
As for the guitar itself, McCartney has said it's the one he used to write "Yesterday" back in the mid-1960s and was made in Kalamazoo.
The concert he received the Red Wings sticker at was reportedly at the old Olympia Stadium in 1976 during his Wings Over America tour.
MLive's Ansar Khan evaluates Tomas Tatar's outlook for the 2015-16 season today, and in Tatar's case, keeping the good times rolling is in order:
2015-16 outlook: This gifted offensive player followed his strong first full NHL season with a better second season, showing he can be consistently productive. He plays with confidence and is highly motivated to keep improving his all-around game. "Tuna," as he's been tabbed by teammates, is not deterred by his size; he goes to the net and scores many goals from in tight when his good hands. He has good open-ice moves, capable of making highlight-reel plays. He spent much of the season on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm.
Tatar would like to be a two-way forward in the mold of team captain Henrik Zetterberg, but he lacks defensive acumen. He can improve his puck management. He has a knack for committing turnovers in the offensive zone by holding onto the puck too long, trying to make a skilled play instead of a simple play.
He's young and has tremendous upside.
Key question: Can Tatar become a consistent 30-goal scorer?
Khan continues, and "Tuna" will need to simplify his game just a wee bit more to consistently score 30 goals. His overhandling of the puck can become his worst enemy.
From MLive's Ansar Khan:
Detroit Red Wings trainer Piet Van Zant went to see Pavel Datsyuk last week "at some place warm" and liked what he saw, general manager Ken Holland said.
Datsyuk is rehabbing from surgery on June 26 for ruptured tendons in his right ankle.
"Piet watched him work out, told me he's in good spirits," Holland said. "He's had no setbacks. He's doing lots of training. He's excited. He wants to feel 100 percent. He's happy about the surgery, what he's able to do at this point."
Datsyuk will be re-evaluated in mid-September by Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the procedure in Charlotte, N.C. The club will know more at that time.
Former NHL players Nicklas Lidstrom, Daniel Alfredsson and Mats Sundin have been named to Sweden's advisory board for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Lidstrom, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 9 in Toronto, won the Norris Trophy seven times. He was a First-Team All-Star 10 times and played in the NHL All-Star Game 11 times. He had 264 goals and 1,142 points, all with the Detroit Red Wings. In 20 NHL seasons, he never missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs and won four championships and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs in 2002. He became the first European captain to hoist the Stanley Cup in 2008.
We've talked about Drew Miller before, and this morning, the Free Press's Helene St. James analyzes Miller's value to the Wings.
As Miller goes into a "contract year" along with Justin Abdelkader, Joakim Andersson, Darren Helm, Kyle Quincey and Brad Richards as unrestricted free agents-to-be, and with Riley Sheahan, Danny DeKeyser and Petr Mrazek to re-sign as restricted free agents (per War-on-Ice.com), I still wonder whether this is Miller's last season in Detroit due to the limited offense that he provides:
Looking back: During his first few seasons in Detroit, Miller looked like a bargain bottom-six forward by contributing in the 10-goal/20-point range. The past two have been more mundane, but then Miller isn't counted on for offense, so any he provides is a bonus. He is a good grinder and penalty killer, and he turned it up in the playoffs.
Looking ahead: Miller is entering the last year of his contract, one that might be his last with the Wings. He is 31, and the Wings have a handful of prospects ready to challenge for jobs. He is a good veteran, though, one who can be trusted to play well in his zone. He's also a top-notch penalty killer, second on the team in shorthanded minutes per game to Luke Glendening. For the young guys trying to earn minutes, Miller will be tough to oust.
Otherwise, it was all smiles at the Ilitch Charities For Children golf classic today, as WXYZ's Brad Galli reported...
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