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I've updated the "Locker Room Clean-Out Day" post 18 times now, and there's quite a bit of multimedia available there, but I think that Ken Holland's 53-minute press conference, posted by the Red Wings, merits its own topic. He gave quite the lecture as to his take of the state of the Red Wings and the state of the Red Wings among other NHL teams:
Via RedWingsFeed, Gustav Nyquist is the seventh Red Wing (Datsyuk, Marchenko, Jurco, Glendening, Larkin, Pulkkinen) to commit to play in the World Championship. Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom reports that Nyquist will play in St. Petersburg and Moscow next week. What follows is roughly translated:
Gustav Nyquist ready for the World Championship with the Tre Kronor
He's recognized as a good scorer and won a bronze medal with the Tre Kronor two years ago in Minsk. Now Gustav Nyquist, 26, will strengthen the Tre Kronor's World Championship team in Moscow next week.
"Hockey season ended much too late in Detroit, so I'm excited about getting to go play in the World Championship," says Nyquist.
If you missed it, during the Red Wings' locker room clean-out-day post, this was updated...
And this just came out:
Update: From the Free Press's Helene St. James:
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Red Wings prospect Evgeny Svechnikov regarding the possibility of turning pro with the Red Wings next season, as well as his impressions of the Grand Rapids Griffins thus far:
Svechnikov, a left winger, is one of the "Black Aces," players from juniors and invitees we are with the Griffins for the postseason. The group includes second choice (third round) defenseman Vili Saarijarvi and fellow defenseman Joe Hicketts, from the WHL's Victoria Royals who is expected to be with the Griffins next season.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound 19-year-old, who played the past two season for Cape Breton in the QMJHL, admitted he was tired from traveling overseas before arriving late Sunday to join the team, but ready to learn.
"This is pro hockey and a lot of older guys and more experience," he said. "There are more details to learn, how they prepare and just learning a lot."
Even if he doesn't play, Svechnikov thinks he can contribute with hard practices.
"I think I can bring some power and play hard and, again, it's a lot of improving for me," he said. "I going to work on getting quicker and working in the corners and a lot to account for."
Wallner continues, discussing the possibility of Svechnikov playing with Griffins coach Todd Nelson, and Wallner posted a video of Svechnikov's comments as well:
Updated 22x at 8:21 PM: The Red Wings cleaned out their lockers and spoke to the media on Monday, and articles and videos from the locker room clean-out day will be hitting the wires for the balance of the afternoon and evening.
The Free Press's Helene St. James kicks us off with this about Pavel Datsyuk:
General manager Ken Holland noted that, based on "past conversations" with Datsyuk and agent Dan Milsten, "I guess I would expect news that he's not coming back."
Longtime friend Henrik Zetterberg said he had "a good idea" of Datsyuk's decision. So did Niklas Kronwall. Neither would reveal what they believe, out of respect for Datsyuk, but Zetterberg especially sounded like he knows Datsyuk is gone.
Players signed a Datsyuk jersey while cleaning out their lockers. Many took pictures with him.
Datsyuk leaving with a year left on his contract would put the Wings in a hard spot. Because he signed his last deal after he turned 35, the $7.5-million salary cap hit would remain if he retires. The best the Wings can do is hope to trade the contract to a team that needs the hit to make the minimum payroll requirements, but Holland said that is only realistic if the price is reasonable. If it involves "lots of futures," then Holland said that doesn't make sense to give up given the importance of development from within in today's NHL.
I'm still updating the Locker Room Clean-Out-Day Tweets post, but this Tweet deserves its own entry. Per Fox 2's Jennifer Hammond:
The Detroit Red Wings posed for their team picture and cleaned out their lockers today at Joe Louis Arena, speaking with the media in a formal setting for the last time this season.
In Finland, Teemu Pulkkinen's already arrived to train with the Finnish National Team ahead of the World Championships...With a big dog...
At Joe Louis Arena, per Fox 2's Jennifer Hammond...
Uncharacteristic there's No sign yet of #Wings owner Mike Ilitch so far at the Joe as the team takes its annual end of the season photo.
And in the land of rumors, from Sportsnet's Eliotte Friedman:
‘Two things’: Definitive explanation of cap recapture &, ‘Who’s staying, who’s going and who’s iffy’
Two things as we wait for locker room clean-out day to begin:
1. I strongly, strongly recommend that you read Winging It in Motown's J.J. from Kansas' article about the salary cap recapture penalty as it might apply to Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen going forward. J.J. took a complex topic and made it easily understandable;
2. The Free Press's Helene St. James posted a "roster picture" discussing which players will return, which players will leave, and those who merit "iffy" status...
In recent years, as many as 10 members of the Detroit Red Wings have taken part in the World Championship, and we're already up to 4 players heading to St. Petersburg and Moscow next week (Dylan Larkin, Teemu Pulkkinen, Pavel Datsyuk and Alexey Marchenko), with more likely to come, but it doesn't appear that the Wings' Swedes will join the fray.
According to Aftonbladet's Erik Karlsson, Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson have joined the injured Niklas Kronwall in declining invitations to play for Sweden, leaving Gustav Nyquist as the only Wing likely to play for the Tre Kronor ("Three Crowns").
It's still possible that Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco (Slovakia), Nyquist (Sweden), Jimmy Howard (USA) and a few more Wings may take part in the Worlds (I could see Mike Green and Darren Helm play for Canada, for example). We'll find out more in the next few days.
In the interim, Sport-Express is reporting that Datsyuk and Marchenko will join the Russian national team on Wednesday or Thursday...
Two Red Wings alumni spoke with WJR AM 760 recently to discuss the Red Wings' ouster from the playoffs.
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