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This isn't Red Wings-related, but it's pretty spiffy: SportsBusiness Journal's David Broughton named Toledo, Ohio the best minor-league sports market in the U.S., and the co-owned and city's two marquee teams, the co-ran Toledo Mud Hens baseball team and ECHL's Toledo Walleye, are absolutely delighted by the news, as Mud Hens and Walleye GM Joe Napoli told the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:
“It's great because it's something that is unbiased,” Napoli said. “It uses methodology that goes beyond a good story. Some of the sports publications will do stories about the most popular sports markets and it usually revolves around the team's performance. This is from a purely business perspective. Their analysis is based on the size of the market place. We have followed this very closely.”
Via Winging it in Motown as Bruce Garrioch's blocked me on Twitter, and he refuses to un-block me: Red Wings forward and former Ottawa Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson will indeed speak with the Senators' press corps this week:
Update: Yes, wrong blog, I know.
Awful news from Yahoo Sports' Sunaya Sapurji:
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan have confirmed the news:
Here's their report:
Updated 5x at 3:53 PM: The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation's holding an Olympic orientation camp in Stockholm today and Tuesday, and Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson are all taking part in the event (so none of the players can take part in Pavel Datsyuk's mushroom hunt today).
Aftonbladet posted a slate of Swedish-language video interviews which include a few quips from "Carl Henrik," and Aftonbladet's Linus Norberg transcribed some of Zetterberg's comments (and what follows is roughly-translated Swedish):
FYI, from the Red Wings:
For the vast majority of the summer, no news regarding one Darren Helm's status has been good news, but as we're approximately a little over a month from the beginning of NHL training camps, fans (myself included) have begun to get a little antsy about Helm's status.
The Free Press's George Sipple happened to ask Red Wings GM Ken Holland about Helm's recovery from persistent back issues, and he received good news--albeit good news with a caveat given that Helm hasn't been engaging in physical "battling" yet:
“Everything’s good,” Holland said. “He feels good. He’s training. I know he trained very hard last week. He’s in Detroit. He’s very happy where he’s at. He has no issues. Obviously, the challenge is physical play. I’m cautiously optimistic.”
The ECHL is a professional sports league that pays a living wage ($30,000-40,000), but it isn't necessarily a sports league whose primary purpose involves developing players for NHL affiliates. The Toledo Walleye, for example, take up to six players from the Red Wings' pipeline and six from the Chicago Blackhawks' pipeline, but they tend to carry fewer players, and as such, usually a third-or-so of their roster is made up of NHL prospects, and the rest are Walleye-contracted players.
And as players can earn more money in the AHL or in Europe, leagues like the ECHL, the currently-constructed IHL and the Central Hockey League have to find different ways of finding "diamonds in the rough." The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe notes that the Walleye are holding a camp for any and all try-outs that pay a registration fee, and the Walleye have some local hopefuls in attendance:
Paul noted that Daniel Alfredsson told the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch that he will in fact hold some sort of press conference this week, but the balance of Garrioch's article involves Senators owner Eugene Melnyk repeating his talking points from his Friday conversation with the Ottawa Citizen's James Gordon, though Garrioch paraphrases much of it.
By now, it's the official story: Alfredsson wanted too much money for the Senators to both re-sign him and acquire Bobby Ryan, the team has a budget and no player's above it (intonation: not even a "franchise player" in the twilight of his career), and hopefully the Senators are a "better" team than the Wings. Cue the, "Well, I've moved on, and you should too" pandering...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Alfredsson, who returned to Ottawa Monday to get his affairs in order before heading to Detroit at the end of the week, said in a text message to the Sun Saturday he would give his side of the story during a press conference this week.
“Will talk sometime next week,” wrote Alfredsson. “Will let you know.”...
People are waiting with bated breath to hear what Alfredsson has to say. He hasn’t spoken publicly since July 5 when he signed the one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Wings. Melnyk said he had a tough time with the departure and knows some fans aren’t happy.
more, mostly from Eugene Melnyk...
The Red Wings' front office is still most likely rebounding from the mostly expected loss of long-time assistant GM Jim Nill and the surprising losses of director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell and eastern Canada scout Mark Leach to Dallas.
The team knew that Nill would eventually leave, and they promoted McDonnell to essentially the director of their draft operations and co-assistant GM, along with capologist Ryan Martin, but the day that McDonnell jumped ship to join the man he'd been reporting to for all those years with Detroit seemed to stun and ultimately annoy Ken Holland, who ended up hiring Tyler Wright to helm the amateur scouting department, and McDonnell's defection at least temporarily forced the Wings' GM to take on some of Nill's roles during the development camp.
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