The Malik Report
Even awesome jobs can be very difficult, and sometime after I penned my mid-day update from the Red Wings’ summer development camp, the effects of a) having missed all the juicy tidbits that Ken Holland revealed after the Winter Classic Alumni Game presser and b) more importantly, running on two-and-a-half hours of sleep were taking their toll. I was almost nodding off during the middle of the Wings prospects’ afternoon session, and I was all but ready to go back to the hotel and crash.
But after thinking about it, I knew that I’ve got a job to do, and that with Thursday and Friday remaining, my opportunities for interviews are dwindling, so I kinda owed it to the people who’ve paid my way to stick with it and worry about crashing when the day was done.
As such, below the jump cut you’ll find an eight-and-a-half interview with Wings assistant GM Jim Nill, who’s been maddening to try and pin down, Wings first round draft pick James De Haas, Brendan “Captain Fun” Smith, Riley Sheahan and Michael Babcock III:
Updated 3x at 7:13 PM: Paul here for George who is deep-digging in Traverse City…
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
The writing seems to be on the wall for Tomas Holmstrom and it’s all saying it may be time to retire.
However, Wings general manager Ken Holland isn’t ready to close the book on Holmstrom until the two of them actually sit down and meet.
“We’re going to talk, if not in the next couple of days for sure next week,” Holland said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park to unveil a few of the players that will participate in this year’s Winter Class Alumni game. “I wanted to give him a lot of time. It’s been tough for him. His best friend was Nick Lidstrom. And he sees a lot of the players he grew up with have retired.
“He’s battled,” Holland added. “He’s played a hard 1,000 games. I think he wants to make sure that the decision that he makes, if he’s going to play, that he’s passionate about coming back, especially with the loss of Nick.”
continued and more on the Wings…
Update from George: Via RedWingsFeed, Holmstrom’s agent, Howard Gourwitz, told Expressen’s Oscar Brostrom that “several teams” are interested in Holmstrom, but as you and I know, he’s not playing anywhere but Detroit.
If I am to believe what I was told by Jim Paek, the Red Wings development camp’s skill development specialists and drill coaches “dumbed things down” a bit to account for the fact that the prospects were more than a little tired and, gauging by the number of ice bags worn as fashion accessories by so many players, banged-up after last night’s scrimmage.
That being said, you can imagine what the Red Wings’ version of “dumbing it down” involves.
Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings® Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland and Toronto Maple Leafs® Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin today announced preliminary rosters for the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on December 31 at Comerica Park™, part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™. Holland also announced that due to overwhelming response from the Detroit and Toronto Alumni Associations, as well as the challenges each franchise faced in narrowing down a multitude of hockey legends on to one roster, fans will now be treated to two alumni games featuring close to 100 players from these two storied franchises for just one ticket price.
Paul here for George who is keeping himself busy in Traverse City.
I’ve posted the live stream of the Hockeytown Winter Festival press conference below which scheduled to begin at 12:30pm ET.
I will also post any related press releases in this post and then George will follow up later in the day.
update 12:49pm, The press conference has concluded.
update 1:06pm, Press release on the event was too long to post here, so a new blog was created.
added 3:59pm, If you missed the press conference, you can watch it below…
I will be turning TMR over to Paul around 12 as being here and having to write about the Wings’ summer development camp = I won’t be in the best position to posit rosters for the two Winter Classic Alumni games that will be played between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs Alums (as season ticket-holders have stated, there will be two games), but while we await the following…
Press Conf. at 12:30 EST for the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival inc partial line ups for TOR/DET Alumni Game. bit.ly/MWTbeH— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 11, 2012
This bleary-eyed blogger (2.5 hours of sleep, yay…Not) was a little anxious in the locker room today, but I did snag three interviews. The first was conducted alongside the Free Press’s George Sipple and Michigan Hockey’s Nick Barnowski, and we all had a long conversation with Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek:
Of Red Wings-related note on a very bleary-eyed morning for a blogger running on…Two or three hours of sleep:
Following up on last night’s slate of observations from the Red Wings summer development campers’ scrimmage, the Free Press’s George Sipple offers articles about Landon Ferraro’s particularly strong performance in the scrimmage, as he registered a goal, an assist and a shootout goal of the top-shelf variety:
MLive’s Brendan Savage drops the first bombshell on a day certain to bring a star-studded cast of Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs legends to the fore as the Wings and Leafs will announce their Winter Classic Alumni Game(s) rosters at 12:30 PM EDT (and DetroitRedWings.com will stream the event), all while framing the Hockeytown Winter Festival. Savage reports that the only proper coach for the Wings’ alums will grace Comerica Park with his presence:
Scotty Bowman has committed to coaching the Red Wings alumni team for the Red Wings-Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, MLive.com has learned. It is the last event before the Jan. 1 Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto at Michigan Stadium.
Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history was an obvious choice.
Updated with Doan shenanigans at 1:26 AM: As the Red Wings’ prospects lay their heads down after a 6-5 shootout victory for Team Lidstrom at the Wings’ summer development camp, this blogger feels like he drew long straws all week and is now getting the short one.
The prospects played a fast and furious game after honoring the memory of Bryan Rufenach both outside (where Mitchell Callahan got dunked repeatedly in the dunk tank, by me included, and players and team personnel mingled with fans to raise funds for Rufenach’s hockey school) and prior to the game—once all was said and done, the puck dropped at 7 and the game was over around 9:05, 15-minute intermissions between periods included…
And I got to watch the game from a fantastic spot, sitting at a high table pressed right against the glass, halfway between Centre Ice’s north net’s goal and the intersection of the boards and the goal line. Pucks bounced off the glass a foot from my ear and players smeared each other into the slightly curving panes.
Hello from Centre Ice Arena, where the Wings’ prospects are warming up prior to their first scrimmage!
I’ve got a couple of interviews to share if you’re interested after the jump…
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