The Malik Report
The Red Wings held their first open-to-the-media Captain's Practice at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday, and the media made up for lost time in a big way. Daniel Alfredsson discussed his situation,;as Paul noted, Mike Babcock came as close to stating that he's not leaving Detroit as he's going to get, and we found out that Babcock's annual crazy line combination will involve Darren Helm starting on Pavel Datsyuk's wing--among many topics not involving Danny DeKeyser's flight with the Blue Angels, nor the restricted free agent's contract status.
Let's start our survey of Wednesday's practice storylines with Babcock's comments. Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner noted Babcock's comments...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"If we get something done in September, great," Babcock said Wednesday, after watching players at an informal skate at Joe Louis Arena. "But if we don't -- and I've said this and no one believes me, I have a real good relationship with the general manager and I'm real confident in my own ability and confident in the ability he has to put together a team -- we'll find a way to work something out over time.
"But I'm not all wound up about this one bit. I'm real comfortable. I'm not selling my house or anything like that. Life's good for me."
Babcock won't negotiate during the season, so if a deal isn't in place by the opener on Oct. 9, talks will be tabled until after the season.
Could that become a distraction for the team, since Babcock would be linked to just about every coaching vacancy or potential vacancy?
"I don't know how," Babcock said.
more from babcock...
I'll continue to update the "Captain's Practice" post with post-locker room scrum interviews, but I'm an aviation geek, and I believe that this video from the Red Wings (via RedWingsFeed) merits its own entry as it both depicts Danny DeKeyser's flight with the Blue Angels and some of the projects and initiatives taking place at Selfridge Air National Guard Base:
Updated 7x at 2:42 PM: As Paul noted, the Red Wings took to the ice a little earlier this morning at Joe Louis Arena, and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reports that the "Captain's Practice" was well-attended:
Today is the first day that the locker room will be open to media following the #RedWings captain skate at JLA. Stay tuned for the coverage.
There are 18 #RedWings on the ice at captains skate, including Alfredsson and Kronwall.
Forward Kevin Porter is wearing No. 22 with the #RedWings.
The #RedWings on the ice today are: Forwards (40, 43, 93, 18, 14, 57, 22, 11, 41, 20); D-men (2, 48, 4, 55, 65, 47); and Goalies (35, 50).
(57 is Mitch Callahan, and 48 is Ryan Sproul)
Yes, Daniel Alfredsson skated, as the Windsor Star's Bob Duff Tweeted...
via Ted Kulfan tweets,
Holland says situation with Alfredsson will play itself out over next few weeks....will assess where Alfie is at in 2 weeks
Plan is to talk with Babcock at some point this month about new contract. ...Babcock just got into town and is wAtching today's workout
Alfredsson is on the ice today with about 18-20 other players.
Content drives the form that one's writing takes when you're in the "news-monitoring" business, and this morning's overnight report is decidedly...ecclectic. "Welcome to the aviation and film corner" ecclectic.
I was hoping that Danny DeKeyser's ride with the Blue Angels would be part of a signing bonus for the still-restricted free agent, but instead, we got a fantastic, "Whoooooaaaaaahhh" picture from the Wings and a little bit of jealousy from the aviation enthusiasts who dream of taking the ride that DeKeyser and who WDIV reported were two high school prinicpals in the Blue Angels' #7 jet, an F/A-18D Hornet.
DeKeyser completed the two manly person tasks required of their first experience in a fighter plane (and the Blue Angels will be performing at Selfridge ANGB near Mt. Clemens this weekend): 1. He didn't lose his lunch, though he came close; 2. And he enjoyed himself despite post-flight fatigue.
DeKeyser spoke about his experience with the Windsor Star's Bob Duff...
Updated 3x with DeKeyser stuff via MLive's Ansar Khan at 5:18 PM: Amongst a whole bunc of tidbits on a relatively quiet afternoon: The scattered thunderstorms that have been skittering across Southeastern Michigan let up enough for Danny DeKeyser to hop onto an F/A-18D at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and fly along with the Blue Angels:
ESPN's been positing sets of off-season assessments of NHL teams as viewed through the eyes of notable alumni, and today, Katie Strang spoke with former Wings goaltender and Fox Sports Detroit commentator Chris Osgood about the Wings' status.
Osgood tells Strang that he fully believes the Wings are "reloading"...
“They’re not rebuilding like people say,” Osgood told ESPN.com in a recent telephone conversation, instead insisting, “I think it’s a nice transition.”
The luxury of having that core group of veterans (which could also include Daniel Alfredsson, should his health allow him to play this season) and such a strong crop of prospects is what has made the Red Wings such a model franchise.
And he discusses the Wings' depth in terms of prospects, as well as what Anthony Mantha needs to do to make the team...
Updated with a note about the Plymouth Whalers' "Try Hockey For Free" clinic on Wednesday, September 3rd.
From the Plymouth Whalers:
PLYMOUTH WHALERS, SAGINAW PLAY FOR PCEP ON SEPTEMBER 6
All proceeds of preseason game go to Plymouth-Canton Education Park
PLYMOUTH – Over the years, the Plymouth Whalers have forged a unique partnership with the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.
The younger Whalers attend high school at the 305 acre campus site in western Wayne County which houses three high schools - Plymouth, Salem and Canton - at the same campus. Plymouth Whalers Educational Consultant John Seidleman is a retired PCEP professional who has done an outstanding job as a liaison between the Whalers and the PCEP.
Several Red Wings-related stories hit the wires early this morning, so I'm up a little early to note them, as well as this (it looks like the weather's holding up for Danny DeKeyser's flight with the Blue Angels):
In terms of news stories, MLive's Ansar Khan examines Henrik Zetterberg's "outlook" for the 2014-15 season, and I certainly hope it's a healthy one. Zetterberg will turn 34 in October, and he's signed for 7 more seasons at a Capgeek-listed $6.08 million cap hit.
About The Malik Report
The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.