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Matheson on Datsyuk and Brouwer (again)

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson must know something, because this is the second time he's mentioned the Red Wings possibly trading Pavel Datsyuk's cap hit plus one of Teemu Pulkkinen or Tomas Jurco to the Carolina Hurricanes, and the third time he's suggested that the Wings should sign Troy Brouwer as an unrestricted free agent:

• With Pavel Datsyuk, 37, going back to Russia, the Detroit Red Wings need a team to take his $7.5 mil cap hit off their cap books in a trade and it’s obvious they’re looking around for a team with lots of cap room. Maybe Carolina. If I’m a team willing to take Datsyuk’s contract, I have to get a prospect forward not a draft pick along with Datsyuk, who could go and play for Sergei Fedorov’s CKSA team in Moscow. Say Tomas Jurco or Teemu Pulkkinen. One other thing on Datsyuk: He’s a Hall of Famer in my books, almost a point-a-game NHLer..


• One team that will go hard to sign UFA Troy Brouwer this summer is Detroit. Other than Justin Abdelkader, they are painfully small up front. Detroit needs help on the back-end, too, because Niklas Kronwall’s body is beat up. UFA Alex Goligoski (Dallas) is a possibility.

Matheson also mentions this:

• So how much is Steve Stamkos worth now that the Tampa Bay Lightning have won two playoff rounds without him as he works on clearing up that blood clot in his arm? Can’t imagine it would be any more than $9 million. He’s going to see what the Toronto Maple Leafs or maybe the Red Wings offer if Datsyuk’s off the books, but that blood clot would scare the bejeebers out of me if I was trying to sign him long-term as a UFA.

The Red Wings are surprisingly consistent when it comes to signing players that those who have the scoop know about (see: Stephen Weiss, who was talked up for half a damn year, as one of many examples), so you heard it from Matheson first, I suppose. And second and third.

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Red Wings At The World Championship- Russia Advances, Sweden Is Out

Russia (no goals from Datsyuk) defeated Germany 4-1 and will play Finland in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Canada beat Sweden 6-0 and will play the USA on Saturday in the other semi-final game.

Game times will be 9:15am ET and 1:15pm but a this point not sure which of the games will be the early one.

added 3:34pm, NBCSN just announced the early game will be Russia/Finland with the late game being USA/Canada.  Both games along with the finals will be played in Moscow.

Update: Datsyuk had 2 shots in 15:23 of ice time for Russia; Marchenko had no shots in 14:52 played;

Nyquist had a shot for Sweden in 18:47 played.

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Finland, U.S. advance to semifinals

At the World Championship's quarterfinals, in the "early" games...

The Teemu Pulkkinen-including (he played as the "extra forward," playing a whopping 0:00) Finns defeated Denmark 5-1  to advance to the semifinal round, where they will play the winner of Russia-Germany (1:15 PM EDT on NBC Sports Live Extra)...

And Dylan Larkin didn't register a goal or an assist, but Team USA defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 in a shootout to advance to the semifinal round, where they will play the winner of the Canada-Sweden game. Larkin had 2 shots in 19:07 played.

NBCSN is going to air Canada-Sweden at 1:15 PM.

Update: Here are the U.S.-Czech highlights:

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Griffins post a ‘Thank You Fans’ video

The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a video thanking their fans for their contributions during the team's 2014-15 season:

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St. James, Kulfan, Khan: Wings will bid adieu to Richards, Quincey

Updated 4x at 12:11 M: From the Free Press's Helene St. James, via RedWingsFeed:

At least two players won't be back with the Detroit Red Wings next season.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that he told "Brad Richards and Kyle Quincey that I definitely won't sign them before July 1, if at all." Both will be unrestricted free agents come July.


Among the other pending UFAs, Holland said he has talked a few times with forward Drew Miller, whose season ended with an injury in January, and wants to do the same with Darren Helm to see whether the sides see a fit going forward.

Update: St. James also spoke with Holland regarding the coaching search:

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The St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints join Metro Detroit’s hockey market

The Free Press's Carlos Monarrez reports that there's a new hockey team in town:

Detroit's new minor league hockey team will be called the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints and will play its first game at the city's Civic Arena on Stephens Road in early November.

The team's name, logo and colors were released at a news conference [Wednesday] afternoon.

The Fighting Saints become the latest member of the Federal Hockey League, which has teams in the Northeast and Midwest, including the Port Huron Prowlers, who captured the Commissioner's Cup championship in April.


Former Michigan hockey standout Dave Debol, a St. Clair Shores native, has been named head coach and director of hockey operations of the Fighting Saints. The franchise will be run by Global Hockey Management and headed by Ontario businessman and former Czech player Michael Kolarik.

"We are here to stay, but we need to build a fan base," said [general manager Brandon] Contratto, 25, who played hockey at Michigan-Dearborn and then in the Czech Republic. "I think we'll be good, but there are plenty of challenges ahead of us."

Contratto said the 2016-2017 FHL schedule will be complete in a couple of weeks. But he's already hearing from players who want to join the Fighting Saints.

"I've had agents and players call me," said Contratto, who lives in West Bloomfield and coached as far away as New Zealand. "A lot of local metro players from high school and interest from players in the Czech Republic, Hungary and France. I've got some prospects in mind in New Zealand and Australia, too."


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The annual Bob Probert Ride will take place on June 26th

According to the Windsor Star's Miriam Katawazi, the annual Bob Probert Ride is near:

Former NHLer Ryan VandenBussche will be this year’s road captain at the sixth annual Bob Probert Ride on June 26.

The ride commemorates the passing of Bob Probert, the Windsor-born NHLer who died of a heart attack in 2010. Over the last five years, his family has organized the ride through Windsor-Essex County, raising money for local cardiac care initiatives.

The funds raised this year will support the development of a proposed new satellite rehabilitation (cardiac) wellness program at an east end location, Probert’s widow Dani said Wednesday at the kickoff.

“My No. 1 hope is that we have decent weather — anything but rain — and a good turn out,” said Dani. “This is year six and the support has been amazing. You can hear all the roars of the bikes when they fire up. It’s pretty amazing.”

Over the past five years, the event has raised more than $500,000. The money raised supported the cardiac cath lab and the angioplasty program at the Windsor Regional Hospital. It also helped purchase patient equipment for the new rehabilitation (cardiac) and wellness program at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Prince Road campus.


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Morning news: On a Wings sponsor, the practice rink, alumni-on-Larkin, Datsyuk and Svechnikov

I took a bit of a dirt nap after attending the Griffins' season-ending loss and staying up all night to watch the World Championship's final day of round robin play on Tuesday, so I'm catching up this morning.

Of Red Wings-related note over the past 36 hours:

1. The Red Wings named their, "First Cornerstone Sponsor" on Wednesday:


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Wings will interview Todd Richards for assistant coaching vacancy

From the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline:

Former Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards, fired only two weeks into the 2015-16 season, is a candidate to join the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff as an assistant to coach Jeff Blashill, The Dispatch has learned.

The Red Wings have requested permission to interview Richards for the job and the Blue Jackets granted it. Sources said the interview won't happen until Richards returns from Russia, where he's an assistant coach for Team USA in the IIHF World Championships. The tournament runs through May 22.

Richards, 49, was 127-112-21 with the Blue Jackets, leading them to a playoff berth - and the franchise's only playoff wins -- after the 2013-14 season. But he was fired when the Jackets started 0-7 this season.

The Red Wings cleaned house on Blashill's coaching staff earlier this month, but have already filled two of the spots.

Former Red Wing Doug Houda was hired to coach defensemen and oversee Detroit's penalty kill, while Columbus resident -- and former Columbus Chill goaltender -- Jeff Salajko was hired to replace longtime goaltending coach Jim Bedard.

That leaves one assistant's spot open.

Continued, and MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed:

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Jeff Hoggan, Tom McCollum’s futures focus of Grand Rapids Griffins’ locker room clean-out day

From the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:

Grand Rapids Griffins mainstays Jeff Hoggan and Tom McCollum left their exit interviews Wednesday still uncertain of their futures with the organization.

Another veteran, Daniel Cleary, had similar remarks after the meetings, though he also hopes to play next season.

Players funneled through brief 10 to 15-minute interviews with Red Wings brass in General Manager Ken Holland and Assistant GM Ryan Martin and, in another room, with Griffins coach Todd Nelson.

Both Hoggan and McCollum will wait until late June when contract offers usually come through before they'll know what direction the organization will go for certain.

McCollum, a former No. 1 pick who has been with the Griffins seven seasons, said there is little else to prove in Grand Rapids, but that didn't necessarily mean he won't return.

"I understand I need to be patient but that's what I need to decide over the course of the summer if where I'm going to get the best opportunity to move up in my career."

Wallner continues at extended length, and Fox 17 filed a locker room clean-out day report...

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