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I don't plan on covering the lead-up to Daniel Alfredsson's retirement in Ottawa in significant detail. He was a Red Wing for a year (though he still lives in Metro Detroit, and I really hope that the Red Wings beat the Sens to the hire-the-guy punch), this will most certainly Sens fans' "moment," so I don't want to step on toes, and mostly, the Red Wings play four times between today and next Thursday's official announcement in Ottawa--with the Wings hosting Dallas on that date--so I've got a day job to worry about as well.
If you are interested in the circumstances of Alfredsson's "discovery" by the Senators, however, TSN's Darren Dreger reveals said details in his latest Dreger Report, which states that Alfredsson really is going to retire "as a Senator":
Updated 6x at 2:42 PM: This post actually takes 60-90 minutes of watching and waiting and at first (while looking all over the damn place for Wings stories), I was very relieved that there was a pretty solid assumption as to what the New Jersey Devils' lineup will look like against the Detroit Red Wings this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM), because the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti and the Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere reported the same thing:
Optional morning skate for Devils today.
Ditto for NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale:
Devils have an optional skate this morning at The Rock in preparation for the Red Wings at 7pm ET.
But was it really optional? Of course not! Was the lineup that shook out of said skate consistent? Of course not!
From the Detroit Red Wings:
Red Wings team up with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for annual Toys For Tots Collection
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are hosting their annual Toys for Tots collection during two home games this week at Joe Louis Arena. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals) to home games on Tuesday, Dec. 2, against Florida at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 4, versus Dallas at 7:30 p.m.
Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be on hand at each entrance of Joe Louis Arena to collect toys, which will then be distributed to needy children throughout Metro Detroit during the holidays. All monetary donations will be used to purchase additional toys.
The first 20 fans to make a monetary donation or donate a new toy will receive a hockey puck autographed by a member of the Red Wings.
Drew Miller's the player whose gloves and sticks you're most likely to find at Hockeytown Authentics.
Because he blocks so many shots (to the point that he's got plastic "shot-blocker" inserts in his gloves after breaking his hand two springs ago) and kills so many penalties, you'd think that he goes through a lot of sticks, but the sticks you'll find at HTA, whether it's at the Joe or in Troy, are actually in pretty good condition, so he must be one of those players who believes in a stick for each period (a la Nicklas Lidstrom).
That's a little amusing given that Miller's inherited Luke Glendening's status as having Depleted Uranium Hands this season, but DetroitRedWings.com's Craig Peterson reports that as a result, Miller's chosen to give significant funds to charity by focusing on "scoring" something other than goals:
The importance of food bringing families together is not lost on Red Wings forward Drew Miller, whose efforts during this season will help make a donation to the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Truck program. Miller wants to have a positive impact on the Detroit community with his efforts on and off the ice, which is why he plans to donate $75 (U.S.) for every blocked shot he records this season.
“The food bank is something that I thought would be (a good cause),” he said. “A lot of people are not eating out there, especially in Detroit. The city is making a comeback but there’s still people out there that need some help and I think that’s something myself and my wife want to be a part of.”
When asked about the unique statistic he chose to contribute his efforts with, Miller said he wanted to make a worthwhile donation that would have an affect on people.
“That’s probably the one stat I have the most in. You want to pick a stat that is prominent for myself and I don’t really have a lot of goals and assists in the season …you want to donate and help out.”
Peterson continues, explaining that even one blocked shot delivers a ton of charitable bang for Miller's buck...
It would behoove the Red Wings to take advantage of any possibility that the New Jersey Devils take as much note of the first day of Martin Brodeur's tenure as a St. Louis Blues try-out as their media corps are at present.
On Thursday, the Wings tried to maximize their American Thanksgiving home time before taking a 6 PM flight to Newark, where tonight, the 12-5-and-5 Wings hope to earn their 3rd straight win for the 1st time this season, building upon Wednesday night's 4-2 win over Philly as they take on the 9-10-and-3 Devils (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM).
The Devils most recently dropped a 2-0 decision to Vancouver on Tuesday, wrapping up a 5-game West Coast swing in which they went 1-3-and-1, and the Devils are 3-7-and-1 in their past 11 games, so there's quite a bit of concern about New Jersey's fortunes, as the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti noted:
Prospect and alumni news: Kadeikin breaks through with SKA; on McCrimmon, Howe, Chelios and Shanahan
The prospect catch-up post of doom had to wait for sleep and turkey on Thursday, and I apologize for that, but it's coming sooner than later. In the interim, two of the three Red Wings prospects who played on Thursday had big games, the Wings' AHL affiliate was queried regarding an article about the AHL's 3-on-3 OT tweak, and three alumni stories of note popped up.
First, in game action: In Russia, Alexander Kadeikin, who's been bouncing in and out of SKA St. Petersburg's lineup, scored the 3-1 and 6-1 goals in SKA's 6-1 win over Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Kadeikin/Kadeykin (depending upon how you transliterate Cyrillic phonetic letters) scored his 2nd and 3rd goals, took 4 shots, and won 8 of 9 faceoffs in 11:51 of ice time.
If you want to watch 6-and-a-half minutes of Russian highlights, the KHL's YouTube channel provides for your needs:
This is as close to, "I'm officially retiring on December 4th" as it gets:
Update: The Senators posted a video confirming the event:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Two games is a small sample size, but the Detroit Red Wings are encouraged by what they have seen from Stephen Weiss.
Jimmy Howard called him a great addition. It's like adding a potential top-six forward one-quarter of the way through the season without relinquishing anything.
"Once he gets his confidence and game shape ... you have to remember he hasn't played that many games in the last year or so," Howard said. "Right now it's baby steps, but he's doing a great job for us. Hopefully he can keep going and then slide over to that center spot."...
"It's a lot easier with (Datsyuk) in the middle," Weiss said. "He can take care of mistakes that Helmer and I make. But certainly as a first game together it wasn't anything spectacular in terms of possession. But we got some bounces. It was nice to contribute."
Oh, in case you keep track of early rankings, Sportsnet has the Wings at 18th in their power rankings.
added 4:51pm, Nicholas J. Cotsonik of Yahoo takes a look at Weiss too...
The more I think about the Red Wings' 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, and the more that I look at the standings with interest for the first time this season, the more I think that being 12-5-and-5 on American Thanksgiving--a.k.a. Ken Holland's, "If you're in the playoff picture now you're probably going to make it, and if you're not, you're probably not" mark--the more I think that the Wings are where they should be.
I'm still a believer in the concept that the Red Wings needed two full seasons to realize their full post-Nicklas Lidstrom potential and forge an identity as a younger, faster, more potent and yet slightly "thinner" team, and on Wednesday, I thought that the Wings' performance was reflective of a team in the process of finding its edge.
The fact that the Wings took advantage of the struggling Flyers and their absolutely dreadful road record, at this point in the year at least, felt more like something that had to be done as opposed to something to hang one's hat upon.
Wings coach Mike Babcock made a particularly intriguing set of comments after the game, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan...
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