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Datsyuk-Holland meeting to take place later due to Howe funeral

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

The big meeting between the Detroit Red Wings and Pavel Datsyuk has been postponed in order to pay respects to Gordie Howe.

Dan Milsten, the agent for Datsyuk, told the Free Press Saturday that Datsyuk is returning to the Detroit area on Tuesday. Originally the two were to meet with Wings general manager Ken Holland on Wednesday, but that "will be pushed back to next week so Pavel, Ken and I can pay respect to Gordie and attend his funeral scheduled for Wednesday," Milstein said in a text message.

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Update: MLive's Brendan Savage confirms:

"The meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday at noon but now it's been canceled," said Dan Milstein, Datsyuk's agent. "We're going to reschedule after Gordie's funeral. I said 'Let's pay final respects on Wednesday and right after we'll resume conversations.'"

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Detroit Red Wings Announce Visitation Service For Gordie Howe

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and the Howe Family will hold a public visitation for Gordie Howe on Tuesday, June 14 at Joe Louis Arena from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., honoring Howe’s iconic sweater number while allowing fans to pay their respects to Mr. Hockey and the Howe Family.

Though the Howe Family has made it a priority to allow the public to pay tribute to the hockey legend, the organization would like to emphasize that all media and fans continue to respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

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Thoughts On The Wings

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- There’s a lot of expectation Tyson Barrie gets traded, but would Colorado move him if it cannot add some significant defensive help first? The Avalanche are hot for Jacob Trouba, but that’s easier said than done. Talented, young defencemen are a hot commodity and the price would not be cheap.

Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff proved last season he will be patient until he gets his specific ask. Also, it’s unlikely Colorado would be alone in this pursuit. I could see Detroit thinking about this, too, especially with a local boy. As for Barrie, if the Avalanche can’t find a potential replacement, they could always buy time, going to arbitration and seeing where that lands on a short-term basis.

- Detroit’s meeting with Pavel Datsyuk was scheduled for Wednesday, but has been postponed for Gordie Howe’s funeral.

The Florida Panthers/New Jersey Devils trade involving Marc Savard’s contract removes the Devils from the Datsyuk derby should the Red Wings need to move his deal. That leaves two likely scenarios: Arizona and Carolina.

Knowing the history between Peter Karmanos and Mike Ilitch, will the Hurricanes help the Red Wings?

more including Friedman on Gordie Howe and talk around the league....

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‘Roughly Translated’: Mrazek says his representatives are talking contract turkey with the Wings

Petr Mrazek recently attended a beach volleyball tournament in the Czech Republic to support his girlfriend, Sara, and Mrazek spoke with iDnes's Michael Beren--albeit briefly--regarding contract negotiations with the Wings:

After the season, Mrazek rested with his girlfriend Sarah in the High Tatras Mountains, and how he's focusing on negotiations for a new contract.

"The agents have begun to deal with Detroit's management. Thus far I'm not stressing, I'm more calm, but when it's done, I'll be completely calm," said Mrazek. "Anyway, I don't think I'll be walking away from the team."

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St. James posts Gordie Howe memorial plans

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

St. James confirms in text form, via RedWingsFeed:

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Morning Gordie Howe news and general stuff as well

Of Gordie Howe-related note this morning:

  • Fox Sports Detroit is re-playing its Gordie Howe special:
  • FYI:

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The handshake

This is one person's remembrance of Gordie Howe. It's not meant to be much more than an invitation to share your remembrances of and stories regarding Mr. Hockey.

I never needed a Google News Alert for Gordie Howe. Half the town of Saskatoon is named after him, and the truth of the matter is that everyone's Gordie Howe story is a variation of the same one:

Inevitably, someone would meet Gordie Howe somewhere around Metro Detroit. For the greatest player of all time, Gordie was like any Red Wings player or alumnus--he was most easily spotted in the grocery store, at the mall, at church, in a restaurant, at the Joe, at an autograph-signing--and regardless of the circumstances, Howe would greet whoever meet him with humility and humor, he'd give an elbow or a jab, relate a story from his legendary playing career, and the gob-smacked kid (or adult) would emerge with a perfectly-penned autograph and a memory for life, sometimes repeatedly.

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Gordie Howe link compilation 2

Here's a second round of media regarding Gordie Howe's passing, on a source-by-source basis:

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Statement from the President regarding Gordie Howe

From the White House:

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2016

Statement from the President on the Passing of Gordie Howe

The list of hockey players who suited up in six different decades, including returning to the ice after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, is a short one: it starts and ends with Gordie Howe.  But the list of kids who skated around the pond until dark, picturing themselves passing, scoring, and enforcing like Howe, dreaming of hoisting the Stanley Cup like him – that one comprises too many to count.  Howe’s productivity, perseverance, and humility personified his adopted hometown of Detroit, to which he brought four championships and which he represented as an All-Star more than 20 times.  The greatest players define their game for a generation; over more than half a century on the ice, Mr. Hockey defined it for a lifetime.  Michelle and I send our condolences to his sons and daughter, his family, and his loyal fans from Hockeytown to Hartford to Houston and across North America.

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Ted Lindsay on Gordie Howe

From the Ted Lindsay Foundation:

"The hockey world has lost Gordie Howe, the greatest all around hockey player that has ever played. It's been a sad week in professional sports as we have lost two of the greatest athletes in their respective sports, Gordie Howe and Muhammad Ali"-Ted Lindsay

Here's more from Lindsay from the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

The news of Gordie Howe’s death only compounded what was already shaping to be a dreary day for Ted Lindsay.

Lindsay was spending most of the day Friday at the hospital with his wife Joanne, who was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Lindsay, 90, was in the waiting room for an update on his wife.

“I’m a believer,” Lindsay said. “My wife, that’s who I’m thinking about.”

But Lindsay also had a moment to reminisce about his former teammate Howe, who died Friday morning at the age of 88.

The last time Lindsay really talked to Howe, said Linday, was about three years ago. And there’s a reason when Lindsay says that.

“The last few years, that wasn’t Gordie, that wasn’t him,” said Lindsay, of Howe’s dementia. “It was about three years ago when I remember talking to him. It was Gordie.”

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