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With two full days' worth of Red Wings catching-up to do for this blog and two days' worth of CBA rhetoric to catch up on for the job that's probably going to become my main occupation when the Red Wings go on "hiatus," and none of that work getting done tonight...
I'm going to try to put this in a way that won't cost me my job.
I am, first and foremost, a fan of the Detroit Red Wings and their players. Even though I'm strongly supporting the NHLPA in this labor dispute, as I did in 2004 and as I did in 1994, I think it's pretty bloody important for most every NHL and NHLPA member to understand the point of view that the backbone of their $3.3 billion industry generally comes from:
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke to several Red Wings players about the NHL's second CBA proposal to the players, and the players spelled the proposal out in plain English:
“It (the proposal) was a pig with lipstick on, instead of a pig,'' Detroit Red Wings forward Danny Cleary said on Thursday.
Cleary, who has been active in union matters for years and has attended a couple of meetings in New York this summer, said the league's second proposal wasn't much different than the first, even though it did not include the 24-percent rollback of salaries the NHL proposed in July.
“They're not calling it a rollback, but they'll take it through escrow,'' Cleary said.
Justin Abdelkader, who told Khan that he'll be re-signed by the Wings next week, agrees with Cleary's assessment, pointing out that it does little other than put PR pressure on the NHLPA to offer a response...
I'm more than a little under the weather, thus the lack of posts (sorry), but these two press releases from the Red Wings are noteworthy and, in the case of the first one, invole something you can enjoy this weekend:
RED WINGS EXPERIENCE PRESENTED BY COKE ZERO TO APPEAR AT 15th ANNUAL ARTS, BEATS & EATS FESTIVAL IN ROYAL OAK
… Event Patrons set to Enjoy Interactive Games and Enter-to-Win Raffles …
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings Experience presented by Coke Zero will be a part of this weekend’s Arts, Beats & Eats Festival – an annual event celebrating the quality of life in Oakland County . Taking place in downtown Royal Oak , this year’s Arts, Beats & Eats Festival will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31, and wrap up at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, September 3. The Red Wings’ mobile entertainment complex will be stationed in the event’s Meijer Kids Zone from 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
Updated 3x with a Gustavsson translation at 3 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings news:
- The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness offered several contractual updates regarding Wings moves to come early this morning, but Pro Hockey Talk's Joe Yerdon noted that an iteration of Pleiness's article for his blog, Red Wings Front, is worth revisiting as it raises an eyebrow...
Last Friday, a source confirmed that Detroit had offered often-injured Carlo Colaiacovo a two-year deal worth $2.7 million a season.
Colaiacovo, who reportedly is looking for a three-year deal and was originally offered a one-year deal by the Wings, hasn’t played more than 67 games in any season.
“We’re not close to signing anybody,” said [Red Wings GM Ken] Holland, who didn’t know if they would be able to sign one or two defensemen before Sept. 15.
And Pleiness's numerical breakdown of the kind of salary Justin Abdelkader might command is worth repeating, too:
Okay, let me get this out of the way first: after spending three and a half hours reading up on Tuesday's CBA negotiations and the NHL's "meaningful" proposal: It's lipstick on a pig and a PR push by Bettman to insist that the NHL moved off its initial proposal, which it did not. This time, the 24-percent-ish rollback and cut down to about 45% of revenues is achieved through massive escrow withholdings, and it guarantees a round of dispersal draft-style buyouts.* The two sides can't agree on how to define hockey-related revenues, never mind how to split the HRR pie, but at least the sides are talking and exchanging proposals, even if they're window-dressing.
Anyway, as MLive's Ansar Khan reported, Red Wings GM Ken Holland may not attempt to engage in contract extension talk with Jimmy Howard or Valtteri Filppula until the new CBA's ground rules have been established, but Holland is actively searching for some sort of defensive help, and he confirmed as much to the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...
A small roof fire broke out Tuesday night at Detroit's Hockeytown Cafe.
Firefighters were working to contain the fire at the downtown restaurant. The restaurant's interior did not appear to have extensive damage, if anything.
There were no reports of injuries.
It is not clear if Hockeytown Cafe will be open Wednesday.
The HTC is a bit of a spiritual home for Wings fans., so this is indeed gnus, if only loosely so.
Update: Rut-roh, per Fox 2:
“We're talking to a few people,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “There's some veteran defensemen looking for an opportunity. We need to sign another defenseman, maybe two. Will we do something before Sept. 15? Maybe.''
The Red Wings made a two-year offer to Carlo Colaiacovo worth about $2.5 million a season. They also have expressed interest in Michal Rozsival, Brett Clark and Mark Eaton.
Khan says that the Wings will probably wait out CBA negotiations before exploring the trade market...
Updated 7x at 7:13 PM: Xavier Ouellet has been named the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada's captain for the second year in a row: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings stories of note:
- Sports Illustraed's Al Muir offers a predictable offseason "grade" for the Red Wings while assessing the moves of each and every Western Conference team:
Detroit Red Wings
Used to be that Detroit was the destination of choice for top free agents. Not anymore. Faced with a gaping hole left by the retirement of Nick Lidstrom, the Wings sent flowers and chocolates to every defender on the market but ended up watching from the sidelines as Ryan Suter, Matt Carle and even Sami Salo picked other dance partners. The Wings have spun blueline gold out of straw before, but when you hear they're chasing Carlo Colaiacovo, you know they're in desperation mode. Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson add some depth up front, but the Wings clearly regressed over the summer. Their 21-year playoff streak is in jeopardy. GRADE: D
On Saturday, Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk told R-Sport and Sovetsky Sport that he may play in the KHL if there is a lockout, and MLive's Ansar Khan provides a follow-up regarding Datsyuk's situation via Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin:
Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin, told M-Live.com that the star forward “will have to play somewhere'' if there is a lockout and said he has a plan in place for him. But Greenstin said he wasn't prepared to share any details until Sept. 15, saying he hopes a new CBA is in place by then.
Datsyuk is practicing with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. Greenstin said Datsyuk will arrive in Detroit next week and continue preparing for the start of Red Wings training camp (the first on-ice practice is scheduled for Sept. 22 at Centre I.C.E. In Traverse City).
Datsyuk played for Dynamo Moscow during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. If he ends up playing in Russia again, his deal likely will include an escape clause enabling him to return to Detroit during the KHL season if the NHL and the players settle on a new CBA.
The Red Wings' players will have to formulate some sort of plan to find a place to skate and practice if a lockout takes place. The Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, won't have to compete with youth hockey teams for ice time at other rinks if they don't open training camp with the Wings on September 22nd, but the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that Griffins coach Jeff Blashill already has a back-up plan ready to go:
One [plan] is to join with the Detroit Red Wings in Traverse City from Sept. 22-27 before reporting to Grand Rapids about Oct. 6. The other is to have players report to Grand Rapids about Sept. 28. It all depends what happens in talks between the league and union over a new collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires Sept. 15, and talks between the two have been generally acrimonious, raising fear of a lockout.
“From there, whatever happens, if the preparations are made, we can handle whatever comes to us,” said Blashill, who played Monday in the 18th annual Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic at Egypt Valley Country Club.
Blashill didn't take part in the Wings' summer development camp due to a familial issue, but Blashil told Wallner that he's not particularly concerned about beginning relationships with some of the Red Wings' top prospects without having seen them play since last year's prospect tournament (given that the Wings cancelled this year's event due to lockout worries), either:
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