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Sportsnet ponders what Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has to offer as a HBO 24/7 ‘character’

I will readily admit that I'm not exactly "a fan" of the ways in which Sportsnet's setting up their list of the "Top 10 ’24/7′ Characters," mostly because the network that happens to have the Canadian rights for distribution of the HBO series is treating real people like Todd Bertuzzi, Henrik Zetterberg, Daniel Alfredsson etc. as characters who somehow must owe their audience the status of "providing entertainment" instead of allowing the 24/7 cameras to simply reveal aspects of their personalities that we may not yet know.

Today, Sportsnet's Ryan Dixon offers the following hopes for what 24/7 may reveal about Mike Babcock the "character" as well as the Wings' coach:

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Kerry Fraser suggests that the NHL should’ve disciplined Cowen for elbowing Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk

Via RedWingsFeed, you can sure as hell believe that TSN's Kerry Fraser's decision to weigh in on the NHL's non-suspension-and-non-disciplining of Jared Cowen's hit on Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, who's going to miss tonight's game against Boston and will probably miss both of the Wings' weekend games with a concussion, is going to touch a nerve...

But the good news is that Fraser believes that the NHL's Department of Player Safety whiffed on this one:

By describing Jared Cowen's extended elbow on this play as 'accidental,' we are led to believe that Cowen didn't intend to make contact with Pavel Datsyuk's chin/head. That might be the case, since no one other than Jared Cowen knows his true intention. The penalty was most likely missed by the referee since the hit was late and well after Datsyuk had dished the puck up the wall to Brendan Smith at the point. This resulted in a natural shift in the ref's focus of attention.

A more detailed explanation of the incident and utilizing language from Rule 48.1 (iii) to describe why a suspension did not result from the play might go something like this:

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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s speech at McGill University’s fall graduation ceremony’s ‘fantastic’

Via RedWingsFeed, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock received an honorary doctorate of laws degree at McGill University's Fall Convocation this past Monday, and McGill University's, well, PR department issued both a profile of Babcock and his during-the-graduation-ceremony speech.

Mike Babcock, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

A former co-captain of the McGill Redmen hockey team, Mike Babcock (BEd ‘86) is known worldwide for coaching winning teams, whether it is in the National Hockey League as Head Coach of the Detroit Red Wings or on the international stage. Since he began his coaching career in the NHL, his teams have won more regular season and playoff games than any other team in the league. Mike Babcock is the only coach among the members of the prestigious Triple Gold Club, having won the World Championships in 2004, the Stanley Cup in 2008, and an Olympic gold medal in 2010.

Above all, Mike Babcock’s name is synonymous with the achievement of excellence, the subject of his 2012 book, Leave No Doubt, highlighting the theme that one cannot accomplish great things without facing great adversity and making peace with uncertainty. For over a decade, Mike Babcock has brought this message on countless visits to children’s hospitals where he spends time getting to know cancer patients and their families.

Inspirational and powerful? You'd better *#$%@&' believe it:

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Red Wings-Bruins game-day updates: mixed news about Datsyuk ahead of a ‘Rivalry Night’ game

Updated 13x at 3:37 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will have their hands full when they battle the Boston Bruins this evening (7:30 PM, NBCSN nationally, FSD and NESN in Detroit and Boston, 97.1 FM), and MLive's Ansar Khan delivered good news of a sort...

Optional skate for Wings. Datsyuk and Bertuzzi are skating. Neither is playing tonight, however.


Datsyuk left the ice. Wasn't out there long, maybe 10 minutes.

As well as unsurprising news regarding a superstitious and somewhat beleaguered goalie:

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Red Wings announce signing of Jonathan Ericsson to 6-year contract extension

Updated 13x at 3:04 PM: Red Wings fans will breathe a sigh of relief to hear this, and I don't think that would've been the case three or four years ago, but that was then...

That'll lock up "Big E" until he's 35 36, and TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that the average accrued value would be around $4 million per season.

Update: A $4.25 million cap hit is fine by me. Defensemen who can skate in a straight line earn $4.5 million these days, and players who can make plays in addition to skating in a straight line get upwards of $5 million these days.

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US Hockey Hall of Fame inductee-to-be Peter Karmanos discusses Compuware hockey’s roots

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame's inductions are being held in Detroit this upcoming Monday because Warren's Doug Weight and one Peter Karmanos are part of the 2013 induction class.

Karmanos, whose Compuware hockey program's helped shape the face of developmental hockey in Metro Detroit, and whose Plymouth Whalers are nothing less than a Major Junior powerhouse, poke with NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale about both estabishing the Hurricanes as thriving NHL team and the roots of his passion for hockey-buidling in Metro Detroit:

After graduating Wayne State University in Detroit in 1973, he founded Compuware with partners Thomas Thewes and Allen Cutting. He eventually co-founded the Detroit Compuware Hockey organization in the late 1970s with Thewes. Detroit Compuware still includes all levels of hockey from recreational to AAA and Junior A. The program has produced many NHL stars over the years, including Pat LaFontaine, Al Iafrate, Mike Modano, Eric Lindros and Kevin Hatcher. To this day, Karmanos still considers his involvement in building Detroit Compuware hockey from the ground up his greatest achievement.

"I really feel very strongly that starting our Compuware youth teams was one of the catalysts of getting American kids past the point of saying, 'I can't compete with the Canadian kids,'" he said. "Compuware, along with the other Detroit program, Little Caesars, were able to really put youth hockey on the map in America. People started saying, 'Wow, something is going on.'

"Being a part of that was an accomplishment, and we didn't get a lot of encouragement about doing that and I knew at that point in time we had some very special kids that certainly would be able to play at the NHL level. I take a lot of pride in putting together that type of program."


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Red Wings-Bruins set-up and overnight report: shorthanded Wings hope to tame ‘beasts of the East’

Ahead of tonight's tilt between the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins (7:30 PM, FSD/NESN/NBCSN "out of market" as it's a "Wednesday Night Rivalry Game"/97.1 FM), I can only summarize the state of the Wings as Henrik Zetterberg did while speaking with the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

[Pavel] Datsyuk suffered a concussion when hit Saturday by Ottawa defenceman Jared Cowan and will also miss his second straight game.

“It’s tough to see him when he wants to go but knows he can’t go,” Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said of Datsyuk. “When it is your head like that, you’ve got to be cautious and wait it out.”

Angered that the NHL took no disciplinary action for the shot against Datsyuk, Zetterberg took his own shot at the league.

“He gets an elbow to his chin, he goes down, gets a concussion, and there’s no suspension,” Zetterberg said.

The Red Wings aren't saying that Datsyuk's got a concussion, but they're definitely saying that he "can't go," and that a) sucks and b) is ridiculous, NHL, seriously. The Wings won't have Todd Bertuzzi's services due to an upper-body ("It's Not My Back!") injury, but they're coming off a win against the Sabres and having won...Two of their past three games?...

While the Bruins defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 in OT on Monday and have won...Four of their past five games and...Eight of their last ten. Oh, *#$%@&.

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Hank delivers a hug

The Red Wings visited Children's Hospital on Tuesday as part of an annual pre-Thanksgiving-or-Christmas tradition, and this video from WXYZ explains why the visit matters so much:

Alicia Yon was excited the Red Wings were visiting her at DMC Children's Hospital. What unfolded next was beyond her wildest dreams.

WXYZ photographer Thom Pavlichek handed Alicia the microphone, and sent her to interview her hero, Henrik Zetterberg.

Tom Leyden has the story, which aired on WXYZ.


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Red Wings prospect news: on Sheahan, a Walleye move and the Griffins’ weekly press release

The Red Wings' prospects weren't particularly busy on Tuesday--in the SHL, Mattias Backman played 19:51 and finished at +2 in Linkopings HC's 5-4 OT loss to Vaxjo, and as far away from Sweden as one can get, in the BCHL, David Pope had an assist in the West Kelowna Warriors' 3-2 loss to Penticton--but the ECHL's Toledo Walleye play a home game this evening (featuring a...Turkey Hat Drop? For real?), the Grand Rapids Griffins will play in a home-and-still-at-home series on Friday and Saturday, and there is no "American Thanksgiving" break in the CHL, so the vast majority of the Wings' prospects are working this weekend.

RedWingsCentral's prospect report for this week focuses on Riley Sheahan's maturation into something other than a scoring forward--as suggested by Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright:

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Red Wings make annual trip to Children’s Hospital

The Red Wings made their annual pre-holiday visit to Children's Hospital today, and DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson penned an article about the team's trip:

[Coach Mike] Babcock and the Red Wings make their annual visit to the hospital to bring holiday cheer to the children and families, but often leave with smiles on their faces as big and genuine as the ones they inspire.

“It’s like when you give presents to somebody on Christmas or on their birthday, their whole face, their whole heart lights up and just for them to see us, it’s like that same reaction so it’s unbelievable actually,” [Brendan] Smith said. “It’s quite an experience and I love how we set it up like this. It’s pretty impressive.”

The organization’s support of Children’s Hospital of Michigan over the years is greatly appreciated by everyone at the Detroit Medical Center.

“I can tell you that there is no team, no community organization, no group of human beings that have been more supportive, more kind to the children of this hospital than the Ilitch family and the Detroit Red Wings,” said Herman Gray, president of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “And we are really grateful for it. You have stood up when things were going great, you have stood up when things were going not quite as great but you’ve always been there for us.”


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