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DETROIT – The Red Wings today recalled center Andreas Athanasiou from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and placed defenseman Kyle Quincey on seven-day injured reserve.
Athanasiou, 21, has skated in 65 games with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins since 2013-14, recording 37 points (18-19-37) and 29 penalty minutes. He played his first full professional season in 2014-15 and posted the best point-per-game average (0.58) among Griffins rookies, recording 32 points (16-16-32) in a campaign that was limited to 55 games played due to a broken jaw. The Woodbridge, Ontario, native finished 10th on the club in scoring, while tying for fifth with a plus-17 rating and ranking third with two shorthanded goals. Athanasiou finished fifth on Grand Rapids in postseason scoring, picking up nine points (5-4-9) in 16 postseason games. The 6-foot-2, 200-lb., forward led Detroit this year in preseason scoring and tied for seventh in the NHL with seven points (4-3-7) in five games.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The run by the Detroit Red Wings as the most dominant team in the NHL for the better part of two decades gained its momentum in 1989 on the floor of an arena that is no longer in service. It is a tale combining enough good fortune, skill, conviction and intrigue to power a best-selling page-turner.
Looking back on it now, 26 years later, Hockey Hall of Fame executive Jim Devellano, the Detroit general manager at the time, keeps coming back to the same thought about the historic draft that moved the Red Wings indelibly forward.
"I don't think there was a better draft in the history of hockey than our draft, the Red Wings' draft, in '89," Devellano said. "I'm also here to tell you there was some luck involved."
It's all part of the story of how Devellano, the rest of the Detroit front office, and his scouts changed the fortunes for a historic franchise and sketched the blueprint for a two-decade run as the NHL's most dominant team from the draft floor at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minn., on June 17, 1989.
The Free Press's Helene St. James penned two superb stories for the Free Press's Sunday sports section, discussing the legacies of Nicklas Lidstrom....
The last, enduring chapter of Lidstrom’s amazing career unfolds Monday, when he will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He enters with four Stanley Cups and seven Norris Trophies, as a member of the Triple Gold Club, and as a player so great even the man who has coached more great hockey players than anyone doubts that there can be another Lidstrom.
“Nick was so consistent and durable, I don’t know if it will ever be duplicated,” Hall of Fame member Scotty Bowman said. “He always played against the best players in the league, and his stats were terrific. He was just a consummate, consummate pro, and he will go down in history for his durability and performance.”
Lidstrom produced 1,142 points in 1,564 NHL games, all with the Wings, all while playing against the best opposing forwards. In 20 seasons, he missed just 42 games, and a dozen of those were in his last year, 2011-12. The Wings never missed the playoffs while he was on the team. In 2006, Lidstrom scored the goal that won his native Sweden a gold medal in men’s hockey at Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. In 2008, he became the first European to captain a team to the Stanley Cup.
“From the minute he played his first NHL game, he looked totally comfortable,” former teammate and Hall of Fame member Steve Yzerman said. “I never saw him get rattled. He never had a bad day at the office, never reacted or acted inappropriately on or off the ice. He was the most low-maintenance player I have ever seen.”
The 7-5-and-3 Detroit Red Wings take on a sudden juggernaut in the 8-and-3 Dallas Stars this afternoon (3 PM on FSD/FS Southwest/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), with the Red Wings hoping to earn a 4-game winning streak in Mike Green's return from a shoulder injury, and the Stars hoping to keep the good times rolling.
When the Red Wings were defeating the Maple Leafs on Friday, the Stars were winning their 2nd straight and 5th of their past 6 games in Raleigh, North Carolina, taking out the Hurricanes by a 4-1 tally.
That's where the Stars' biggest injury question for today comes into play: Patrick Sharp injured himself on the game-winning goal, and he didn't practice on Saturday as a result, as DallasStars.com's Mark Stepneski noted in his game preview:
Of prospect-related note:
Angela Ruggiero is one of my hockey heros, and as a rugged, gritty defenseman for Team USA, she won 4 Olympic medals (one gold) and numerous World Championships while blazing a trail for female hockey players. The Free Press's Jo-Ann Barnas spoke with Ruggiero about her hockey career and post-hockey life:
She was in the middle of preparing for it when her cell phone rang. The speech.
It was shortly after 6 p.m. on a recent Thursday, and Angela Ruggiero was about to pursue an enormous challenge, somehow condensing a lifetime of gratitude into a 5-minute speech for Monday night's Hockey Hall of Fame induction in Toronto.
"I've been kind of skimming the different speeches, like Chris Chelios (2013), Mark Messier (2007) and Peter Forsberg (2014)," said Ruggiero, a four-time Olympic medalist for Team USA, who will become the fourth woman inducted. "When Cammi Granato got inducted a few years ago (2010), I was sad that I missed that historical dinner for her. But I've been able to read her speech, and Angela James' and Geraldine Heaney's — the three women who came before me."
A California native raised in Harper Woods, Ruggiero, 35, spent more than 15 years as the top defender on the U.S. women's national team. She helped the U.S. win the first gold medal in women's hockey at the 1998 Olympics.
Her success in hockey gave her confidence to succeed in academics as well: She graduated cum laude from Harvard and later completed a master's degree in sports management at Minnesota. In May 2014 — three years after she retired from the national team — she earned her MBA at Harvard.
Hockey Night in Canada's George Strombolopoulos spoke with Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Pronger about a whole bunch of topics over the course of a nearly 9-minute-long roundtable, discussing what it felt like to be called by the Hockey Hall of Fame, at the other end, the draft (for Pronger), the Soviet era (for Fedorov), playing against Pronger, career highlights (mostly winning the Stanley Cup), etc.:
The Hockey Hall of Fame held its Fan Forum today, and Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski, NHL.com's Dan Rosen, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa and the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno listend to the players' answers.
From NHL.com's Rosen...
What is the role of a captain in the NHL?
"You have to back up your words from the locker room," Lidstrom said. "If you say we are expected to do things out there, you have to lead by example. You have to rally the troops. You have to get everyone on the same page. And you have to have good communication with the coaches to get a feel for how the group is doing."
The question, and Lidstrom's answer, gave master of ceremonies Gord Stellick the window to ask the inductees about the best leader they ever played with.
Fedorov's answer should have been obvious.
"I think Nick would agree, it's Steve Yzerman," Fedorov said.
When Pavel Datsyuk becomes a little playful, it's a good sign, and Datsyuk spoke rather playfully regarding his health (it's assumed that he'll return by the end of this upcoming week), per the Windsor Star's Bob Duff...
“Not bad,” Datsyuk said of how he’s feeling. “Think positive.”
Datsyuk believes he’s on pace to meet his original prognosis of a mid-November return to action.
“We’ll see,” Datsyuk said. “But it’s probably another week. It’s coming slowly, but at a good pace.”
Datsyuk playfully declined to reveal what aspects of his game were still lacking.
“You think I just tell you my secrets?” he asked, while admitting his anxiety to suit up for real grows with each day he’s absent.
And MLive's Brendan Savage:
awood40 has you covered with 40 minutes of Henrik Zetterberg goals...
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