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Kris Draper, Dino Ciccarelli, Steve Yzerman and Mitch Albom (times two thanks to a reprint of an 1990 article) are among the Red Wings and pundits who've paid tribute to Shawn Burr over the past 24-or-so hours, and this morning, former Free Press Red Wings writer Keith Gave penned a tribute to Burr...
[W]hile so many recent stories focused on his charismatic personality, let’s not forget that Burr was an important part of the Detroit franchise for many years. He was one of the early building blocks of a franchise that would become a dominant team in the NHL for nearly two decades.
The first player drafted after Mike Ilitch bought the team was Steve Yzerman in 1983. The following year, the Wings used their first-round pick (seventh overall) to take a high-scoring center from Sarnia, Ontario, who scored goals in bunches for the Kitchener Rangers.
This is one of those "tiptoeing through a minefield" topics that makes me cringe to talk about, but...The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch noted that a certain Mr. Daniel Alfredsson was at the Ottawa Senators' practice facility today, and it's likely that Alfredsson's returned to North America to find an abode in Metro Detroit and schooling for his sons in Metro Detroit, so his time in Ottawa will be limited.
Does Alfredsson "owe" the Senators and their fans a press conference to explain his line of thinking in leaving the team to join the Wings? I don't know. But Garrioch certainly believes that now's the time for Alfredsson to clear the air:
Updated 2x at 6:25 PM: Okay, more than a little Red Wings news has been floating around over the past day or so, so let's consolidate things a bit:
1. Joakim Andersson has indeed been locked up with a 2-year, $1.465 million contract with a $732,000 cap hit (stats per MLive's Brendan Savage), giving the Wings with about $313,000 in Capgeek-estimated cap space.
The Wings can exceed the salary cap by up to 10% of the $64.3 million upper limit until the "last day of training camp," so they'll have no problems re-signing the team's last restricted free agent in Gustav Nyquist, but the team will need to shed salary and bodies to get under both the upper limit and the 23-man roster limit by September 29th.
The Free Press's George Sipple's confirming the deal and its details:
This morning, Kris Draper and Johan Garpenlov addressed the passing of Shawn Burr, and this afternoon, the Red Wings posted both a photo gallery commemorating Burr's career and a video tribute to Burr:
The Detroit News's Terry Foster spoke with Dino Ciccarelli about Burr's tenure with the Wings, too:
Oh, this should be interesting, per RedWingsFeed as the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch continues to block me on Twitter...
Update: Here's the Wings' press release (and we'll have to wait about an hour for the $$ to leak)...
RED WINGS SIGN JOAKIM ANDERSSON TO A TWO-YEAR DEAL
… Swedish Center Skated in 38 Games for Detroit in 2012-13 …
Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent forward Joakim Andersson to a two-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Red Wings prospects Anthony Mantha and Jake Paterson are heading to Lake Placid, New York today as Hockey Canada's World Junior Selection camp team (which Mantha and Paterson are part of) will spend the next five days battling WJC selection camp teams representing the U.S., Finland and Sweden.
Paterson's considered something of a long-shot candidate to represent Canada at the WJC in Malmo, Sweden in December, but the Saginaw Spirit goalie insisted that he'd much prefer missing the Spirit's outdoor game at Comerica Park for the sake of playing for his country, and MLive's Brendan Savage took note of Paterson's comments:
This morning, a pair of former Red Wings forward Shawn Burr's former teammates remembered "Skippy," with Wings executive Kris Draper speaking with the Fan 590's Joey Vendetta, bluntly addressing both the circumstances of Burr's passing and Burr's legacy (Draper talks about the City of Detroit's municipal bankruptcy and the team's hope that the follow-on rink will open three years from now, too)...
I started following the Red Wings during the 1991-92 season, and my favorite line consisted of Sergei Fedorov, Paul "Rocketman" Ysebaert, and a pudgy grinder who essentially made room for his more-skilled teammates to do their thing in one Shawn Burr.
For a young kid who found himself standing six feet tall and 250 pounds (no matter how much or little I ate or exercised) at 13, Burr was someone to model myself after, as both a hockey player with little to no athletic skill and even a soccer player who'd spent seven years learning how to "make space" for people who were blessed with grace, skill and poise.
Updated 5x at 10:33 PM: On my goodness, this is awful. MLive's Brendan Savage says that former Red Wing and former Red Wings Alumni Association president Shawn Burr has passed away:
Former Detroit Red Wings forward Shawn Burr has died after suffering a fall at his home, television station WDIV is reporting.
Burr had been battling cancer for three years. He was 47.
The Red Wings' first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 1984 NHL entry draft, Burr spent all of parts of 11 seasons with Detroit while also playing for Tampa Bay and San Jose during his 16-year NHL career.
In 2010, he was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia and was in remission for several months after undergoing chemotherapy.
But the disease returned and last year he teamed with the Michigan Dental Society and Leukemia and the Lymphoma Society to try and help build up the state's bone marrow registry.
Here's WDIV's Dave Bartowiak's report:
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