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The District Detroit’s about more than a rink

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel of all publications examined the Wings' rink-and-entertainment district "from afar," and the Journal-Sentinel's Don Walker penned the article to serve as a compare-and-contrast situation to the Milwaukee Bucks' push for a new, partially publicly-subsidized arena.

This part, we haven't talked about, and yes, it's worth posting on a hockey blog:

Once the housing and other development is built, will people come?

Robert Gibbs, president of Gibbs Planning Group, an urban retail planning consulting firm in suburban Birmingham, Mich., says there is a strong market in the downtown area for entertainment, restaurants and what he calls community service retail outlets like Target.

"Within five miles of the project, there are 300,000 people," he said. "A lot of people who live in that area have to drive to the suburbs for shopping," Gibbs said.

"There is no doubt Detroit is on a roll," added [Olympia Development's Steve] Marquardt. "The city and district are well positioned for growth in the years to come. People will be drawn to the district because they have high interest in the area."

"In general, it's a desert there for certain services," said Castaneda-Lopez.

Walker continues, and while the rink is most likely to be the one part of the project built by the summer of 2017--mostly because the surrounding economic development will probably be delayed due to City, County and State finaggling--but it's that surrounding development and the realization of the "neighborhoods" promised when Comerica Park was built that will tell us whether the $650 million investment is really worth it.

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Hello out there, we’re back on the air

Today is both a practice day for the Wings and the first day "back at work" for me in three-and-a-half weeks. I know that some of you aren't thrilled when I talk about my health, but I weathered one of the worst depressive episodes I've had in a couple of years (and don't worry, you can scroll on down to actual hockey talk).

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This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch this week

1. Florida sliding out of playoff contention

The New York Rangers, Washington and Boston have distanced themselves from Florida in recent weeks. The Panthers (20-14-10) are winless in four (0-3-1) and are seven points behind the Capitals and Bruins for the final wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Panthers have won both meetings this season from the Red Wings (4-3 and 3-2 in a shootout, both at Joe Louis Arena). Florida is 5-2-0 vs. Detroit since the start of last season, winning three times in a shootout.

Florida has difficulty scoring, with only two players in double figures in goals - Nick Bjugstad (15) and Jimmy Hayes (13).

2. Division lead on the line in Tampa Bay?

Thursday's game at Tampa Bay could be for the Atlantic Division lead, at least temporarily.

Tampa Bay (30-14-4) has won three in a row and is 10-3-0 in its past 13, but leads the Red Wings by only one point.

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Gave: Wings don’t expect Howard or Gustavsson to return until early February

The Red Wings' situation in goal isn't particularly complicated over the short haul. According to Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave, Jimmy Howard (groin) and Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder) are at least a week or two out, so Petr Mrazek and Tom McCollum will continue to take the reins for the next week or two...

"With Gustavsson, the plan right now is for him to practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and then we'll sit down on Thursday and have a conversation about what to do," [Red Wings GM Ken] Holland said, acknowledging that if Gustavsson is cleared to play there's a good chance he'll get a game or two with Grand Rapids before returning to the Detroit roster.

"With Howard, we're hoping he's to a point where he could do some off-ice work with our trainers," Holland said. "He just had five days off for the All-Star break. If he didn't go to Florida, he'd be looking at 9-10 days by himself. I would think he'd come with us so we can slowly start ramping him up."

And as such, Jared Coreau and Pat Nagle will tend the net in Grand Rapids. That works for now, as Gave notes...

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Red Wings TV posts parts 2 and 3 of Western Canadian chronicle

The Red Wings posted an "opener" of a behind-the-scenes set of videos that will chronicle their Western Canadian road trip on Friday...

Yesterday, they posted a behind-the-scenes clip of the team's visit to Vancouver...

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AHL All-Star festivities cap off a busy week for Teemu Pulkkinen

The AHL is holding its All-Star skills competition tonight at 8 PM EST and its All-Star Game tomorrow at 7 PM. The AHL will stream both events online, and Fox Sports Detroit (click for all the AHL ASG's TV options) will air the ASG live and tape delay the skills competition to 10 PM on Monday night.

Teemu Pulkkinen's the Grand Rapids Griffins' lone representative due to Xavier Ouellet nursing a sore wrist, but Pulkkinen will start for the Western Conference on Monday, and even after spending a week and a half in Detroit, he sits 2nd in AHL scoring with 21 goals, 22 assists and 43 points registered over the course of only 36 games played.

His sojourn with the Wings ended with Mike Babcock promising to send video to Jeff Blashill to ensure that Pulkkinen graduates to the NHL on a full-time basis having remedied his few deficiencies, and Pulkkinen telling Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave that he knows he has room for improvement, and tonight and tomorrow's activities represent the end of a particularly grueling schedule for Pulkkinen, as the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner noted:

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Talking deadline trades or the lack thereof

My involuntary hiatus has continued due to a medication change, but I've been thinking about the Wings as much as I usually think about the Wings--most of the time--and the more I look at TSN's Darren Dreger's list of trade deadline targets, the Myerses and Yandles, Petrys and Michaleks included, and the Greens, Sekeras, and Zidlickys...

And then I weigh the cost of adding said players against the Red Wings' current stable of on-the-roster Xavier Ouellet, then Alexey Marchenko, Nick Jensen and Ryan Sproul in Grand Rapids, the steps forward that Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith and even Kyle Quincey have made in Detroit...

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Gary Bettman Confirms Stadium Series Game Between Detroit And Colorado

The game will be played at Coors Field on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in prime time.

Who's going?

added 1:24pm, Colorado Avalanche relese below...

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‘Goin’ out west’ with the Wings

The Red Wings posted the first part of what will be a 4-part video series chronicling the team's Western Canadian road trip, and I hope this video is a harbinger of more things to come:

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Questions For Ansar Khan

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

There also were questions about the goaltending situation and prospects with the Grand Rapids Griffins:

Q: Seems everyone still wants to have a top-four defenseman who shoots right but I can't see it happening because the asking prices are high on what appears to be a shallow market. Can't see the Wings paying a lot for a rental. I still think they trade (Jakub) Kindl, a roster player such as (Joakim) Andersson and a pick for a good forward. This makes room for (Xavier) Ouellet on the D. He's your D upgrade. I've been hearing the Wings checked in on Arizona's Antoine Vermette and Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly. Are either possible options for the Wings? If they opt to trade for a forward and make room for Ouellet, who else might they target?

A: You're right in that the Red Wings aren't going to pay a lot for a rental. In fact, I don't think they'll pay a lot even for a player who's locked up for several years. As I've said in recent weeks, don't expect the Red Wings to part with a top prospect, any of their good, young roster players or a first-round pick for that right-handed shooting defenseman.

There's no urgency to make such a move. If the Red Wings acquire a defenseman by the March 2 trade deadline I think it'll be third-pair, depth guy.

I don't think there's any need to acquire a forward. And trading Kindl, Andersson and a pick wouldn't get them a top-six forward anyway. I don't believe Vermette or O'Reilly are realistic trade possibilities for the Red Wings.

The 23-man roster limit is lifted at the trade deadline, so they wouldn't need to make room for Ouellet.


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