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I cannot deny that it feels more than a little "weird" to be a Red Wings fan knowing that the great Daniel Alfredsson Returns to Ottawa Game is imminent. With the Canadian media maelstrom already beginning to simmer and boil, the Most Important Game On The NHL Schedule Ever Thus Far Anyway's already casting a long shadow.
Grantland's Sean McIndoe delves into the psychological aspect of the imminent reunion affair by pondering how Senators fans should react to Alfredsson's return to the team from which he divorced himself this past July, and something tells me that "Option 5" will win out:
Option 5: We are not sure how we feel right now (i.e., the Mats Sundin)
The backstory: By 2008, Sundin had spent 13 seasons in Toronto and made a strong case for himself as the best player in franchise history. But the Leafs were drifting badly in the salary-cap era, and when general manager John Ferguson Jr. was fired in February, it was clear that the team planned to hold a fire sale at the trade deadline.
Updated 14x at 5:19 PM: Okay, so the Red Wings will be without Pavel Datsyuk when they play against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday as the NHL is on the "Rob Ford Plan" when it comes to supplemental discipline (i.e. they're on crack).
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk will miss a second straight game as a result of experiencing concussion symptoms.
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Datsyuk will not play Wednesday, when the Wings host the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m., FSD, NBCSN). Datsyuk didn't practice today but did ride a stationary bike.Datsyuk has been held out since being hit in the head by Ottawa's Jared Cowen on Saturday. Datsyuk remains day-to-day. The Wings are treating Datsyuk as if he has a concussion and "until he is symptom-free for a few days, he won't play," Holland said.
Forward Todd Bertuzzi will also miss Wednesday's game because of an upper-body injury.
St. James Tweeted more news from practice...
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock received an honorary doctorate in law at McGill University's Fall Convocation on Monday, and as you might expect, the McGIll Reporter's Neale McDevitt reports that Babcock delivered a...Babcockian message:
Over three years of my undergrad [in Education at McGill] I had a professor who cared for me. I visited him regularly. He was a great man.” Babcock told the audience that filled Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, as he accepted his honorary Doctor of Laws. “When I went to his office to get my final grade he said to me ‘Mike I’m going to give you the highest grade I’ve ever assigned. That means you’ve got potential but… potential is a dirty word unless you do something with it.’
“Life for me is about squeezing every ounce out of yourself, out of your potential. It’s a journey. It takes time,” said the Detroit Red Wings’ head coach “When you embrace what McGill stands for, when you embrace lifelong learning there’s lots of room for growth.
Babcock received his Doctor of Law, honoris causa in the afternoon Convocation ceremony. Calgary philanthropists and McGill benefactors Richard A. Walls and Carolina J. Walls each received a degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa at the morning ceremony.
McDevitt continues, as did Babcock:
Updated 6x at 1:47 PM: This is about the worst news I can deliver you this morning regarding one Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, from MLive's Ansar Khan...
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...
The Detroit Red Wings took an "off day" after playing back-to-back games over the weekend (losing to Ottawa on Saturday and winning against Buffalo on Sunday), and no practice meant a little trip to Montreal for Wings coach Mike Babcock, who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by McGill University (and fielded a few Canadian Olympic team roster queries) but no practice meant little to nothing in the way of updates regarding Pavel Datsyuk's status.
The Wings will get back to work today, preparing to spend Thanksgiving Evening battling a Boston Bruins team that surrendered a literal last-second game-tying goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins but took a 4-3 OT decision on Monday.
The Wings will also make their annual pre-Christmas trip to Children's Hospital today, and after Wedneday night's game and an "American Thanksgiving" spent in Metro Detroit, the Wings will play a Black Friday matinee on Long Island (4 PM EST start), and they'll then head into the media maelstrom ahead of Daniel Alfredsson's return-to-Ottawa game on Sunday.
Detroit News’s Aguilar: Land to be used in Wings follow-on rink, surrounding developent cost $48 mil
As the Ilitches have amassed land behind the Fox Theatre and are now gobbling up mostly empty lots southeast of the Masonic Temple, Michigan sports fans have been asking a question for a good twenty years now: "I wonder what they're going to build here, and I wonder how much all of this stuff cost them?"
We know the former answer--the Wings' follow-on rink will stand north of I-75 near Woodward Avenue and Temple Street, but the heart of the Cass Corridor and the vast tract of empty properties behind the Fox Theatre will be developed as part of the bargain, and this morning, the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar reports that there's a tally for the real estate:
Owners of the Detroit Red Wings have paid at least $48 million in land deals and own nearly half of the 45-block area where the Wings’ new home ice and an entertainment district are planned, according to a city document.
It’s the first time a price has been revealed in the years-long acquisition of property by Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) for a project that could reap huge financial rewards. It’s also the first time Olympia has divulged how much land it has bought; many land deals in the area have been shrouded in mystery, their buyers in question.
The Russians tend not to send their best Major Junior prospects across the pond for the CHL's Subway Super Series, and as such, it's something of a toss-up as to whether the six-game battle between the Russian major-junior-aged representatives and a trio of QMJHL, OHL and WHL All-Star teams are competitive or whether they're something of a rout.
This year's a little different. Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha scored goals in the QMJHL's 3-2 and 4-3 wins over Russia, but what is supposedly a very middling Russian lineup has turned the tables on the Ontario Hockey League, first taking a 5-2 decision over the OHL team that included Zach Nastasiuk last Thursday.
On Monday, Red Wings prospect and prospective Canadian World Junior Team starting goalie Jake Paterson stopped 21 of 23 shots but was bested by his Russian goaltending competitor, Ivan Nalimov. Nalimov stopped 50 of 52 shots in regulation and OT and stopped 7 shootout shooters to Paterson's 6 of 8 as the Russians won 3-2 in a shootout.
Sportsnet posted a highlight clip from the game:
I can only suggest that the Montreal Gazette's Stu Cowan's report about an assessment made by the Hockey News yields a sound endorsement:
The Hockey News has come out with a new book titled Biggest of Everything in Hockey and there is some Canadiens content in it.
Former Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman earns the Biggest Brain title after winning nine Stanley Cups as a coach with three different teams. No other NHL coach has won more than two.
Wayne Fish of The Hockey News asked Pierre McGuire, who was an assistant under Bowman with the Pittsburgh Penguins when they won the Stanley Cup in 1992 and is now an analyst with NBC, what he learned from Bowman.
Cowan continues and notes the Canadiens' connections
from Beill Beacon of the CP at the Lethbridge Herald,
Coach Mike Babcock never forgot McGill University and his alma mater certainly never forgot him.
On Monday, McGill bestowed an honorary doctorate of laws of one of its best known graduates, who often wears a university tie behind the bench for big games with the Detroit Red Wings or Canada’s Olympic team.
Babcock was a star defenceman for the McGill Redmen from 1983 to 1987, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education and doing some postgraduate work in sports psychology before going on to be one of the world’s top hockey coaches.
“I grew up in a family with three sisters,” the 50-year-old said before accepting the degree at the university’s fall convocation ceremonies. “I never had any brothers, but when I left McGill I had brothers for the rest of my life.
“The opportunity for me to grow as a human being and get a foundation – that to me is what McGill is. It provides a foundation and sets you up for the rest of our life. I’m thankful for that. I’m fortunate to be tied to the school ever since. I feel it’s important to give back as much as you can.”
Given the Forbes report regarding the Red Wings' and every other team's present valuations, as well as Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea's article about the "succession plans" of teams like the Wings given that Mike Ilitch is 83 years old, Sportsnet's Ryan Dixon offers something of a timely article about the ways in which Mr. I helped transform the Red Wings franchise from an $8 million investment into a $470 million powerhouse that will break ground on a $650 million rink-and-real-estate development sooner than later:
Ken Holland’s earliest understanding of the Detroit Red Wings’ organizational dynamic was enhanced by a visual aid. Now the team’s GM, Holland first joined the Wings as a journeyman goalie on a three-week call-up from the American Hockey League in 1983, about one year after local businessman Mike Ilitch had purchased the moribund club for $3 million and the rights he held to three Chuck E. Cheese’s franchises.
Holland quickly got the lay of the land in Detroit, including a strong sense of how much Ilitch was invested in the club beyond his initial stake. A proper owner’s suite was among the many things Joe Louis Arena lacked at the time, so Ilitch viewed the games from a makeshift box that was rolled into the Zamboni entrance. “He was right behind the net, on top of the action,” Holland says.
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