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The story goes something like this, and this is "how I know it" to go: a year-and-a-half ago, Vladimir Putin, who proudly claims the KHL as his creation, duly noted that the KHL's marquee teams, like SKA St. Petersburg, the Ak Bars Kazan, Avangard Omsk, Metallurg Magnitogorsk and (at the time) Salavat Yulaev Ufa are almost completely located outside of Moscow, with Dynamo Moscow only having captured the Gargarin Cup after merging with HK MVD, the Ministry of Internal Affairs' club.
In the Russian capital, Spartak operated as with a smaller-market budget, Vityaz Chekhov (now Vityaz Podolsk) was the renegade team full of scrappers, and CSKA Moscow, once the jewel in the Soviet professional hockey crown, was a middling-at-best franchise. CSKA was struggling mightily, and worse, Fetisov announced that he was resigning from the club in disgust during KHL president Alex Medvedev's "State of the League" All-Star Game speech.
Inspired to reinvigorate the capital, and at Putin's request, the Russian oil and natural gas giant Rosneft suddenly became CSKA's main sponsor, and soon after, it was announced that the newly-retired Sergei Fedorov would take over as the club's GM around the time of the 2012 World Championships.
The Grand Rapids Griffins' PR department sent out a press release regarding the activites slated to take place at the home opener and Calder Cup banner-raising ceremony on Friday, October 18th:
GRIFFINS READY TO RAISE CALDER CUP BANNER
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Opening Night presented by Huntington Bank
Time: 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena (doors open early at 5:30 p.m.).
Be a part of history as the team celebrates its 2013 Calder Cup victory by raising its championship banner prior to the game.
In case you missed it there is a staffing change up tonight here on The Malik Report as George was busy and thus I have stepped in.
The Coyotes are in Detroit as the Red Wings have their first Western Conference match up since moving to the East with the new alignment.
Tonight there is a slight change to the traditional line up here on The Malik Report as George wont be joining us tonight.
George will not be covering tonight's Red Wings game vs. the Phoenix Coyotes and I will be stepping in. For those that do not know me my name is Monica and I have been a freelance hockey writer since 2009. Over the summer Paul and I talked and I decided to join the crew here at Kukla's Korner and have been slowly making my name here.
Per the Troy, MI Patch's Jessica Nunez, here's a pretty solid reason to keep your phone in your pocket when you're driving:
AT&T and the Detroit Red Wings are teaming up this season to promote the “It Can Wait” campaign and spread awareness about the dangers of texting and driving.
From today through Oct. 24, Detroit Red Wings fans can enter AT&T’s Why I Pledge contest through the website http://www.WhyIPledge.com/hockey to submit personal stories about their decision to never text while driving. Winners will be announced on Oct. 30.
Via Paul, the Ted Lindsay Foundation is holding a "Beerfest" on Saturday, October 12th at the Freedom Hill Ampitheatre in Sterling Heights--with 200 beers on tap--with the proceeds benefiting autism research.
Lindsay spoke with Fox 2's Deena Centofanti spoke with Lindsay about the event this morning:
The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa reported that Lindsay will bring some hardware along:
Updated 11x at 3:10 PM: The Red Wings begin a difficult stretch of 5 games in 7 nights against an angry Phoenix Coyotes team this evening (7 PM EDT, FSD/FS Arizona/NHL Network/97.1 FM), and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa reports that the Wings took to the ice early for their morning skate:
Normally I'd leave this in the game-day post, but DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose offered a very significant update regarding Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves' status via Twitter, and given the Wings' cap situation, this is worth its own entry:
Update: MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Jonas Gustavsson's getting better, too:
Gustavsson, who pulled his groin in his lone preseason appearance on Sept. 21, has been practicing as the third goalie for the past several days, pushing himself 100 percent, he said, without any pain
“I’ve been feeling good the last 5-6 days, so progress has been great; it’s just a matter of days before I’m in the lineup,’’ Gustavsson said. “I feel like I’m going 100 percent. It’s just a matter of getting your timing back. It’s just a matter of getting a few practices in before I’m ready to go.’’
Once Gustavsson, who is on short-term injured reserve, is cleared, Petr Mrazek can be reassigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Mrazek has not appeared in any games.
Former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov has signed a remainder-of-the-year contract with CSKA Moscow, playing for what Sovetsky Sport reports is a league-minimum 3 million rubles ($92,650), and the 43-year-old center will begin his comeback soon.
He told Championat's Maria Rogovskaya that he's feeling healthy and hale despite having battled back issues in the past, but he does not anticipate playing tomorrow against Metallurg Magnitogorsk;
And Sports.ru reports that Fedorov will platoon his managerial duties between Ildar Muhometov, Alexander Kharlamov and Almaz Garifullin.
Update (and the KHL's English-language website is confirming): per Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov:
But the schedule-making computer is a twisted beast, and in exchange for four days off, the next couple of weeks are going to hurt. The Red Wings resume their 2013-14 campaign against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight (7:30 PM, FSD/FS Arizona/NHL Network U.S. 97.1 FM);
Then the Wings will host the Philadelphia Flyers for their "Pink the Rink for breast cancer awareness" game on Saturday (7 PM, FSD/CSN Philly), and then the Wings head to Boston for a Columbus Day matinee (1 PM start).
Detroit return home to play the vexing Blue Jackets on Tuesday the 15th, and then the Wings head West for road games in Colorado on the 17th and Phoenix on the 19th before returning home to play the Sharks on the 21st and host Daniel Alfredsson's former employer on the 23rd.
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