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The fact that new Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill didn’t attend the Red Wings’ summer development camp raised some eyebrows among Wings fans, but I tried to tread very gently in that area because I knew what was happening: Blashill’s 2-year-old son, Owen, was slated to have surgery to repair a hole in his heart at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and it was one of those rare situations where the best thing you can do to respect someone’s family is to respect their privacy. According to the Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner, all went well:
“There was some stress, some unknown that goes along with it,” he said. “But when you go through something like this, you’re very thankful to be part of an organization that has the perspective that family comes first.”
Blashill, during his June 28 introduction, spoke of the family-orientated atmosphere of the Detroit organization, and thanked his family – wife Erica, Owen and other children Teddy, who’s 6 and Josie, who’s 4 – for their understanding.
“Without their total commitment to hockey and to this lifestyle, I certainly wouldn’t be standing here today,” he said.
Updated with more “overnight report” type stuff at 4:44 AM: On a tumultuous day for Red Wings’ fans collective and individual emotional well-being, I’d usually stuff this into an overnight report, but we might as well shake the bad news out of the bad news tree while it’s giving: MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that Aaron Ward’s suggestion that the Red Wings have chosen to step out of the bidding for Shane Doan is indeed true, but it’s true for the right reason:
An acute and consistent case of CBA insanity preying upon the minds of general managers and owners who seem to believe that they can spend as much as they want for the few top-flight free agents out there because they’ll claw a quarter of it back from the players (as Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien noted, Jim Rutherford dropped $7 million on Alex Semin after sitting in on CBA negotiations).
Anyway, here’s Khan’s last bit of bad news for the day:
What the title says, given what TSN’s Aaron Ward is reporting regarding the Red Wings and the Shane Doan sweepstakes:
Clearly, I can’t go on vacation. I made preparations today and the Wings chose not to bid on Alex Semin, and now this—mind you, Doan’s not going to sign with a Western Conference team unless it’s Phoenix, but still…
Updated with actual news at 4:51 PM: Bad things happen when I go to community mental health and get stuck waiting…and bad things are probably going to happen in this thread. Those of you who have already attempted to hurl yourselves off the Red Wings’ bandwagon may very well want to speak to my psychiatrist or take some of my medication now that Alex Semin’s signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Free Press’s Helene St. James doesn’t believe that Ken Holland whiffed on this one, especially given the cost involved…
Hurricanes take $7M 1Y chance on Alexander Semin.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 26, 2012
Updated with some quotes from Scotty Bowman at 12:38 PM: From the Red Wings’ PR department:
COACHES FOR MAPLE LEAFS AND RED WINGS ALUMNI SQUADS ANNOUNCED
… Bowman and Smith, Kelly and Quinn to Reunite Behind the Bench on New Year’s Eve at Comerica Park™ …
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs® today announced that former Detroit coaches Scotty Bowman and Barry Smith will be behind the bench against former Toronto coaches Red Kelly and Pat Quinn at the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on December 31 at Comerica Park™, part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™.
Updated with some middle-of-the-night Swedish at 3:32 PM: I prefer to spend a little extra time on the “overnight reports” to proffer opinions that the day’s news cycle sometimes prevents me from stating—put simply, sometimes the news moves so fast that if you’re going to stay on your skates while trying to tip pucks down into the net, you might want to leave also attempting to balance on a soapbox for other times—but this morning a line of severe thunderstorms that’s making a slow southward trek across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is starting to bear down upon the immediate Metro Detroit area, so I’m gonna rush through this one…
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing given that this is more of a “tidbit” morning than one full of main courses. So, without further adieu:
The Detroit Red Wings are expected to announce soon, perhaps Thursday, that Scotty Bowman will coach in the Winter Classic’s Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park on Dec. 31. M-Live.com reported on July 10 that Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history, had committed to coaching in the game.
Bowman’s longtime assistant, Barry Smith, also will be coaching in the event. The Red Wings announced on July 11 that there will be two alumni games against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s uncertain whether Bowman will coach in one and Smith in the other or if the pair will be behind the bench in both games.
As is the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, who reports that Bowman will helm one alumni team and Smith will coach the other:
My apologies for the lateness of this entry. The mom and I are starting to prepare in earnest for going up to the U.P. for a one-week vacation with her side of the fam on Saturday, and, well…You can imagine that son with anxiety disorder needs to talk to mom with anxiety disorder about both of us freaking out about making something that’s supposed to be easy way too hard. I will also be in and out tomorrow and Friday, so there might be interruptions in service, and I apologize for that in advance.
Anyway, with what shoudl have been an addendum first, there’s good news regarding the Winter Classic and the man who will be behind the Wings’ bench during the Alumni Showdown, per WXYZ’s Brad Galli:
This news comes from Malik Report reader DrewBehr: The Red Wings sent out the following email to members of their Winter Classic website’s ticket list, and it appears that a limited sale of tickets to the general public will be taking place soon. It should be noted that this email sends its recipients to the same pricing chart for both the Winter Classic itself and the Alumni Showdown that season ticket-holders have known about for several months:
Updated 3x at 2:25 PM: Fabian Brunnstrom’s headed back to Sweden to play for the Frolunda Indians: Given a news cycle that’s consistently drawn the ire of Red Wings fans because the Red Wings’ management team has yet to make a significant post-July 1st move to improve the team beyond adding Jordin Tootoo, Mikael Samuelsson, Jonas Gustavsson and associate coach Tom Renney—mostly because it appears that the team’s waiting for Shane Doan to make up his mind before perhaps pursuing Alex Semin, and because the free agent “band-aid” defensemen are still likely asking for the kind of compensation “Plan B” defensemen tend to command despite the remaining free agent crop’s statuses as plans “C” or “D”...
Maybe it’s a good thing that this crop of mid-day news has very little to do with the strikeouts in terms of pursuing Suter, Nash or Weber. The Wings’ Twitter account took note of its youth camp starting today before encouraging fans to take part in a Q and A with equipment manager Paul Boyer…
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