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It Will Be Hard To Replace Franzen On Team Sweden Roster

via Expressen (link not translated),

This announcement was submitted by coach Pär Mårts Thursday.

- I talked to him for four or five minutes ago, and they have decided that he will say no and his'll lay down now to be refreshed properly, he says to Cmore.

- It is sad. He has been looking forward to being with and charged for it and it's a darn good guy and a great hockey player as it is tragic for him. But he is also human and he will live long after this.

According Mårts is Franzen's properties that can not be replaced:

- Johan is unique. It is a tank, a tank but its like who will stop at nothing, who has good hockey sense and great hands.

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Zetterberg Had A Good Day, Datsyuk Still Skating On One Leg

Ansar Khan after practice today...

Zetterberg skated for the second day in a row, his first practice with the team since he tweaked his back last Friday against Montreal.

“Had a good day today; it’s fun to skate again,” Zetterberg said. “Hopefully I’ll feel good tomorrow after the morning skate and we’ll go from there.”

He said this back injury is a little different than the slightly herniated disc that forced him to miss 11 games in December.

“We’ve done everything we could so it doesn’t get worse and now just hopefully stay on this path and it keeps getting better,” Zetterberg said.

He said he’s not concerned that it will keep reoccurring.

Datsyuk will miss his 12th consecutive game due to an unspecified lower-body injury. He practiced again on Thursday, after which coach Mike Babcock said, “He was still one-leg skating today.”


added 1:30pm, Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front has more...

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The Wings Are Skating Now

Chuck Pleiness informs us via Twitter both Zetterberg and Datsyuk are on the ice.

More will be added to this post as needed.

added 11:01am, Khan tweets saying no Franzen but Weiss on the ice.

added 11:22am,. Khan,

Based on how they're skating it doesn't look like Datsyuk is ready. And it looks like Bertuzzi will be scratched again.

Lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Andersson-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Eaves. Emmerton skating, too.

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Buyer, Seller Or Stay The Course For The Detroit Red Wings?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland indicated on Wednesday that nothing is brewing, so it doesn’t appear as if the club will make a move anytime soon.

“The phone is ringing a little bit; I’m calling a little bit,” Holland said. “With the Olympic break coming, I don’t sense a lot of activity.

“I talked to a few managers the last few days; there’s not much going on.”

The Red Wings are on the fringe of a playoff position in the Eastern Conference, one of several teams competing for two wild-card spots. They could be anywhere from seventh to 13th in the conference depending on the day’s results. They have five games until the Olympic break and three more after the break before the trading deadline.

“We have to play our way into being a buyer,” Holland said. “There’s no use spending assets unless we play our way into a buyer position.”


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Ken Holland Speaks At Public Hearing For New Arena

from Joe Guillen of the Detroit Free Press,

A representative of the Ilitch family’s business organization vowed on Wednesday to support the creation of a neighborhood advisory committee to give input on a wide range of development issues related to the proposed Red Wings arena downtown.

The advisory committee’s structure and its responsibilities have not been finalized, but Gregg Solomon of Olympia Development of Michigan told members of the Detroit City Council at a public hearing Wednesday that the committee would be involved in issues such as parking, the arena’s design, vending and security.

“Olympia is excited to pledge to work with City Council on the creation of a neighborhood advisory committee,” said Solomon, whose company would operate the new arena for Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch....

Several others spoke in support of the project, including Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland.

Holland noted the team’s success and the downtown parades that followed the Wings’ Stanley Cup championships. Holland said Joe Louis Arena is outdated.

“We are recruiting and retaining talent and it’s important that we have a competitive facility in order to compete in the National Hockey League,” Holland said. “We need your support on this project to keep our team competitive.”


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A Few Wings Skating Today, A Few Are Not

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Wings Still In The Race

So true, but the return needs to happen quickly.

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Expect more yelling and some discussion regarding the Red Wings’ follow-on rink today

Yesterday, the Free Press's Joe Guillen reported that Detroit's City Council will be reviewing the land transfer deal the City has to sign off upon for the Downtown Development Authority to expand the "downtown" footprint to include the Red Wings' follow-on rink, and as such, a coalition from the Cass Corridor area where the rink will be built will put forth its concerns as public comments are heard (cue the yelling and scene-making soundbytes on the evening news) at today's meetings. Per Guillen:

As the proposal for a new Red Wings arena forges ahead, several community stakeholders are pursuing a deal to help ensure the $450-million project provides jobs for Detroiters and does not disrupt neighborhoods surrounding the arena site near downtown.

They want the arena’s developer, Olympia Development of Michigan, an Ilitch family company, to reach a community benefits agreement that could include provisions to regulate hiring practices, protect homeowners near the arena from being displaced and set environmental standards.

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Red Wings-Flyers quick take: goalposts, dumb luck and an egg-laying effort

Oh, boy. Where do I start?

It was better than the State of the Union and its rebuttal?

The Red Wings just laid an absolute egg en route to a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, looking like a rudderless team minus Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen (and Jimmy Howard not in net, Cory Emmerton and Stephen Weiss also injured, Todd Bertuzzi still scratched, etc. etc.), but the beating came while the Wings were down 3 goalposts and a crossbar, too.

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Red Wings’ demotion of Mrazek, reassignment of Samuelsson yields Griffins moves

From the Griffins, the Red Wings' reassignment of Mikael Samuelsson and the team's returning of Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids yielded a trio of Griffins roster moves:

The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to the Grand Rapids Griffins and reassigned goaltender Jared Coreau from the Griffins to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. In addition, the Griffins announced that forwards Alden Hirschfeld and Travis Novak have been released from their professional tryouts, returning them to Toledo.

Mrazek, 21, has appeared in 13 contests with the Griffins this season, posting a 10-2-1 record, a 2.09 goals against average and a 0.927 save percentage. The Ostrava, Czech Republic, native won a career-high nine consecutive games with Grand Rapids before being recalled to Detroit on Dec. 11. Mrazek has earned two shutouts this season, including a 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers with Detroit on Nov. 2 and a 5-0 blanking of the Milwaukee Admirals with Grand Rapids on Nov. 20. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound netminder has played in seven games with the Wings this season, registering a 1-3-0 record, a 1.64 GAA and a 0.924 save percentage.

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