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Simmons: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s Jack Adams Award-worthy

Our blogging software is remarkably stable here at KK, but if you forget to save your entries in progress, it can be pretty unforgiving, so I accidentally hit the "back" button on my browser after spending 40 minutes lamenting the fact that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock hasn't even been in the discussion for the Jack Adams Award despite having enjoyed a healthy roster on perhaps five occasions out of the Wings' 70 games played, including Saturday's 3-2 win over Minnesota, despite having lost players like Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson and the ever-essential Darren Helm in addition to the regularly broken Mikael Samuelsson and Daniel Cleary...

And despite having been hamstrung in terms of personnel available by the salary cap and his own stubbornness.

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Teemu Pulkkinen’s heading back to Grand Rapids as Darren Helm’s returned to Detroit’s lineup

The Red Wings no longer have a "roster emergency" because Darren Helm was fit to play today, so the team had to send someone down to Grand Rapids. They chose to send the Griffins' leading goal-scorer back to the AHL as the Griffins attempt to defend their Calder Cup Championship, and playing on the fourth line wasn't necessarily in Teemu Pulkkinen's job description. From the Wings:

… Winger Skated in Three NHL Games During Stint with Detroit …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

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A kind-of-sort-of replay of the Franzen ‘incidental contact’ call

If you were wondering about the no-goal call via "incidental contact " against Red Wings forward Johan Franzen, whose team still defeated Minnesota 3-2, the Wild's full-game highlight clip shows the call and its replay around 3:45. Hopefully the clip's set up to play from that point onward:

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Dean, Jake Chelios begin chasing their pro hockey dreams in Toledo

The nicest way I can say this is that while Dean and Jake Chelios have both stood out at times during their visits to the Red Wings' summer development camps...It was evident that the pair would...Require some seasoning in minor pro leagues if they were to realize their dreams of playing in the NHL.

The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reports that the pair of graduating Spartans will indeed receive some pro seasoning, starting this evening:

The Toledo Walleye signed the sons of former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios today.

Forward Dean Chelios and defenseman Jake Chelios both have signed contracts with the Walleye.

Both Dean and Jake Chelios wrapped up four-year college careers at Michigan State last Thursday. The Spartans lost to Ohio State in the Big Ten quarterfinals.

Dean Chelios had 14 points with two goals and 12 assists in 34 games as a senior. Jake Chelios had two goals and 19 assists for 21 points in 36 games for the Spartans.

Chris Chelios played in 26 seasons in the NHL, including 10 with the Red Wings. He played in the most games by any defenseman in NHL history (1,651).

The Walleye host the Gwinett Gladiators tonight at 7, and they've needed to sign some warm bodies given the ripple effect of the Wings' injuries upon the Griffins and Walleye.

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Red Wings-Wild quick take: Smith, Legwand, Kindl, Howard lead Wings over Wild

It was anything but pretty, and just as Dean Morton and Steve Kozari made the standard of officiating...interesting...during the Red Wings' win over Pittsburgh on Thursday, the Wings and Wild enjoyed free rein to clutch, grab, grope and even grab pucks as well as players during some points, and at others, Johan Franzen's pull-down of Charlie Coyle at the FACEOFF dot was deemed a penalty shot, but Franzen being pushed into Darcy Kuemper and then exiting the crease before Kuemper STOPPED a shot that Jared Spurgeon put into the net was "incidental contact"...

The Red Wings overcame the temporary loss of Niklas "The Motherfucking Pterodactyl" Kronwall and overcame their customary allowance of a game-tying third period goal to defeat Minnesota 3-2...

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Red Wings lose Kronwall vs. Wild


Niklas Kronwall and Mikko Koivu got tied up heading toward a puck in the Red Wings' zone, and this happened:

Kronwall was woozy going off...I will update you regarding his status as updates roll in.

Update: The Sporting News's Sean Gentile posted a .gif of the incident:

Update #2: Here's a different angle from The Score:

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Legwand, Neal Fined For Their Actions Last Night

NEW YORK – Detroit Red Wings forward David Legwand has been fined $5,000 for butt-ending Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin in NHL Game No. 1046 in Detroit on Thursday, March 20, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:14 of the third period. Legwand was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for butt-ending.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


NEW YORK – Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal has been fined $5,000 for cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening in NHL Game No. 1046 in Detroit on Thursday, March 20, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 5:19 of the second period. Neal was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

added 3:38pm, if you missed the incidents, you can watch both below...

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Helm Considered A Game Time Decision, But Ready To Go

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“I’m excited to get back in,” Helm said. “I’ve done this (return from injury) a few times. I want to get back out there and get going with the team.

“A bunch of good skates, cleared by the doctor, did my concussion test; did well on that and I feel good and ready to go.”

Helm described his season as painful, not physically but mentally. He has missed a total of 40 games with four separate injuries (14 due to his groin/back, then 11 due to his shoulder, then seven due to his groin and then the concussion).

He has seven goals and 12 points in 29 games. He is anxious to help during the team’s playoff drive.

“I’ve been watching this team do a lot of good things,” Helm said. “Last night, the night before, last couple games I really wanted to be a part of seeing what the guys did, how they laid it on the line, how excited everybody was with those wins, myself included.

“Felt a little left out, but get a chance to be a part of it now and hopefully keep a good thing going.”

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Your Friday Practice Update

via Chuck Pleiness tweets,

All the Wings that dressed in Thursday's 5-4 win over Pittsburgh are on ice for practice. Haven't heard that in awhile.

Andersson. Helm. Cleary. Also at practice. No Weiss or Datsyuk.

added 12:07, via Pleiness,

Helm appears like he's close to returning. He's on a line with Emmerton with Farrero and Pulkkinen subbing for each other.

added 12:28pm, Khan tweet,

Helm practicing on the PK with Glendening, another good sign that his return is near.

added 12:52pm, via Khan,

Helm confirms he is playing tomorrow at Minnesota.

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A Look At Brendan Smith

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Learning a trade on the plant and shop is difficult enough. But when it is done live in front of 20,066 folks and one intense coach, and on television, where replays reveal mistakes made shaving let alone while playing the game on the huge white sheet. It might unnerve some.

Confidence, however, is one of Smith’s strengths.

Asked about a whirlwind of a week, he said, “It’s been a little bit of a roller-coaster, but I think I can do that just because of my versatility.

“I’m a good skater.”

Asked for a self-evaluation of the season, Smith said, “I think it’s been picking up, I think just continuing to get better. Every year it’s continued to get better.

“And, yeah, you could use that thing as ‘the young defenseman,’ or whatever, what a young defenseman needs is just to get better.”


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