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From MLive's Aaron McMann:
Support for the Flint Firebirds seems to be coming in every which way these days, and now Detroit Red Wings broadcaster Mickey Redmond is lending his endorsement.
The color commentator for Red Wings games on Fox Sports Detroit recently filmed a 30-second radio spot for the Firebirds that has began airing on more half a dozen stations in Flint and the mid-Michigan region.
"Hey folks, Mickey Redmond here," the 67-year-old starts. "Congratulations on your new Ontario Hockey League franchise, the Flint Firebirds."
Redmond, who played six seasons for the Red Wings and 10 in the National Hockey League, uses the opportunity to promote season tickets for the team, declaring it "the foundation for Flint's OHL success."
NBC Sports has released its TV lineup for the 2015-16 season...
And the Red Wings will be featured in the following games:
I reported this last week as something of a napkin note, but MLive's Brendan Savage offers news regarding the Red Wings' summer World Junior campers in headline form:
Seven Detroit Red Wings prospects have been invited to evaluation camps for the 2016 World Junior Championship, which will be held at Helsinki, Finland next winter.
Forward Dylan Larkin and Dominic Turgeon will be in Colorado Springs for the Team USA camp, which opens Saturday. Defenseman Joe Hicketts will be at Canada's camp, forwards Christoffer Ehn and Axel Holmstrom will suit up for Sweden, forward Evegeny Svechnikov has been invited to tryout for Russia's team and forward Julius Vahatalo will be in Finland's camp.
The U.S. team will eventually take part in exhibition games against Finland and Sweden in Lake Placid, NY, and as Savage notes, the Americans' camp will include another member of the Wings organization:
The Americans open camp Saturday. Their roster will be broken into teams – Larkin and Turgeon will be on opposite sides – and will play Sweden and Finland in games Aug. 2-3 before the roster is trimmed to one team that will again face Sweden and Finland.
Larkin will play for the USA Blue Team, which will be coached by Chris Chelios, a Red Wings advisor to hockey operations.
FYI, from the Red Wings:
RED WINGS 2015 HOCKEYFEST TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY
… Autographs, Interactive Games & Locker Room Tours Highlight Fun-Filled Event Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13 at Joe Louis Arena …
DETROIT – The Red Wings today announced that tickets for the 2015 HockeyFest at Joe Louis Arena set for Sunday, Sept. 13 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) will go on sale Thursday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. This year’s HockeyFest, presented by Coke Zero and Meijer, features an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players and Red Wings Alumni. General admission adult tickets for this family-friendly event are priced at $20 apiece, while kids tickets (12 & under) are available for $10 each.
Nicklas Lidstrom spoke with Expressen's Linus Sunnervik about his decision to join a financial asset management company recently (Lidstrom is already part of a real estate firm in Vasteras and helps out with his youngest son's youth team, and he scouts for the Wings as well, so he's very busy!). Here's a rough translation of his interview:
"Lidas" about the deaths: "The NHL could do more."
Bastad, Sweden. Despite all his great awards, Nicklas Lidstrom feels like a rookie again.
Sportexpressen met the 45-year-old for a conversation about his new life in the financial world, his similarities with partner Stefan Edberg, the deaths in the NHL--and a possible job with the Tre Kronor [Swedish National Team].
"It might come into my thoughts in a few years, but at the moment I don't feel up to it," says Lidstrom.
Tennis week in Bastad has been taken over by Swedish NHL players. At the beach, Hampus Lindholm, Gustav Nyquist and Andre Burakowsky are taking part in a volleyball game. On center court's honorary bleachers, Henrik Lundqvist's tennis games will follow.
And in the sponsor's stands, in the barn with the "pressure case," stands Nicklas Lidstrom.
Among foreign-language-Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Tomas Jurco spoke with Sport.sme.sk's Marian Korbel about his new contract with Detroit (and what follows is very, very roughly translated)...
The Slovak hockey player was the last free agent on Detroit's team, and the team finally agreed on further cooperation. "Although the agreement didn't come until now, I wasn't nervous at all. I knew that the team was interested in my services, and that ultimately we'd sign a new contract," said the forward Tomas Jurco to Novy CAS, who will earn 1.65 million Euros over the course of two years. "Moreover I couldn't get much more, this is a maximum deal, so I'm happy. I have a one-way contract, meaning that the team won't send me to the farm and lower competition of the AHL," said the Kosice natigve who's played in 99 games with the Red Wings. In the new year he'll be wearing a Detroit jersey together with his compatriot Tomas Tatar. "We haven't spoken [to each other yet], but I'm glad I have a contract and now I can concentrate on summer training. I hope to fly to America in late August," added Jurco.
2. And both Sports.ru's Cyril Novokschenov and Sport-Express report that Pavel Datsyuk visited the locker rooms of the soccer teams Ural Yekaterinburg and Zeint St. Petersburg after the teams played in Yekaterinburg today, swapping jerseys/sweaters with Zenit's Oleg Shatov and "Hulk."
I reported last week that Red Wings prospect Chase Perry left Colorado College to rejoin the BCHL's Wenatchee Wild due to a lack of playing time at Colorado College (he barely started and was generally used in mop-up duty behind starter Tyler Marble), and the Free Press's George Sipple confirms that Perry did in fact choose to leave Colorado Springs for that reason:
Asked about Perry's move back to juniors, Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said: "We're supportive of that decision, because at the end of the day he's gotta find a place where he's going to play and develop. It did not appear that was going to be Colorado College."
The Wild is moving from the North American Hockey League to the British Columbia Hockey League, and Perry will be reunited with his former coach and former billet family.
Martin said Perry would likely get a lot of playing time for the Wild next season and plans to transfer to another college in 2016-17, where he'd have three years of eligibility remaining.
That's the good thing about the BCHL--it's an amateur Junior A league, so players who participate in the league can retain their NCAA eligibility.
The Wings drafted Perry (6-feet-3, 189 pounds) after he went 15-12-6 with a 2.34 GAA and a .905 save percentage as an NAHL rookie in 2013-2014.
"His size, his athleticism," Martin said of why the Wings selected him. "Good technical skill."
Via Allhockey.ru, the Komsomolskaya Pravda Kazan's Kristina Gizatulina engaged in an interview with Pavel Datsyuk during his hockey camp in Kazan this past week, and here's a rough translation fo the interview:
We're going to talk about Tomas Jurco's contract a bit and then get into snippet-tidbit territory.
So Jurco did end up re-signing with the Wings for two years, at a cap hit of $900,000 per season, and while we don't have Capgeek any more, General Fanager, Hockey's Cap, CapFriendly and War-on-Ice estimate that the Wings are somewhere between $675,000 and $1.4 million above the salary cap, and MLive's Brendan Savage suggests that the Wings are somewhere below Hockey's Cap's estimate but still above both the cap and the 23-man roster limit (and he provides a list of salaries as well):
The Red Wings have 24 players signed at a cap figure of $71.6 million (that includes players projected to make the roster plus $1.066 million from Stephen Weiss' buyout). That is slightly more than the $71.4 million salary cap and is one player over the 23-man roster limit.
However, Pavel Datsyuk is expected to start the season on injured reserve following ankle surgery on June 25. And if Johan Franzen (concussion) isn't cleared by doctors he'll go on long-term injured reserve, giving the Red Wings up to $3.95 million in cap relief.
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff has the Wings $1.5 million over the cap...
added 7:23pm, Detroit release is below...
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