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The Red Wings hit the ice for practice around 10:45 AM this morning, per MLive's Ansar Khan...
#RedWings Vanek, Ott, Smith all practicing today. So no deals yet. Team travels to Vancouver this afternoon for game vs. @Canucks tomorrow.
...#RedWings defense pairs:
Mrazek in starter's net, as expected. Coreau and Howard rotating at other end. #RedWings
And the Free Press's George Sipple:
From the Red Wings:
Here's the press release:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch this week:
More recalls from Grand Rapids?
The Red Wings recalled Drew Miller Sunday from Grand Rapids, giving them 13 healthy forwards (excluding Gustav Nyquist, whose suspension ends Saturday) and seven defensemen.
They might need to recall more players if, as expected, they do more dealing.
Possibilities up front include Martin Frk (39 points, including team-leading 20 goals), Tomas Nosek (14 goals, 38 points) and Red Wings' 2015 top pick Evgeny Svechnikov (15 goals, 32 points), who is riding a 12-game points streak.
The Red Wings got a look at Tyler Bertuzzi (nine goals, 26 points in 32 games for the Griffins) earlier this season for seven games.
On defense, Robbie Russo (six goals, 29 points, team-leading plus-14) would seem to be the next in line to get a look.
The 23-man roster limit is lifted after the trade deadline, but the salary cap remains in effect.
Of disparate Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. The Red Wings have a pretty brutal schedule over the next two months, so April is going to be here before we know it, as Ken Kal noted:
The Free Press's Helene St. James took note of the Red Wings' schedule ahead while discussing the team's recalling of Jared Coreau and Drew Miller from Grand Rapids:
Of prospect-related note:
In the ECHL, Shane Berschbach and Tyson Spink had 2 goals apiece, Tylor Spink had 3 assists and Jake Paterson stopped 19 of 20 shots in the Toledo Walleye's 8-1 win over the Indy Fuel. The Walleye's website posted a recap:
Ansar Khan continues MLive's series on "memorable moments and games at Joe Louis Arena" with Brendan Shanahan recalling the "Brawl in Hockeytown," and Shanahan reminds us that most important part of the whole game wasn't the brawl--everybody forgets that the Red Wings won the game:
"That was the real switch for us and Colorado, where we gained a psychological advantage and carried that into the playoffs and really played well against them in the playoffs," Shanahan said. "I would say that regular season game was probably the most important one to our era, as far as growth as a team. Not just because of the fights, not just what it did to galvanize us -- we were already pretty tight together -- but to be able to do that against Colorado and then come back and win. It wouldn't have been the same if we didn't come back like we did and win the game."
McCarty, who many were surprised wasn't ejected for instigating a fight, scored in overtime as the Red Wings prevailed 6-5.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings, with only 12 active forwards after the Jurco trade, recalled Drew Miller from the Grand Rapids Griffins. He'll join the club for practice Monday, prior to its three-game trip to Western Canada that starts Tuesday in Vancouver.
Miller had two goals and one assist in seven games with the Griffins, after being waived on Jan. 22 due to a lack of roster space. He has five goals and one assist in 35 games for Detroit.
The Red Wings also recalled goaltender Jared Coreau from his weekend conditioning stint. He went 1-1.
Khan with Sheahan and Smith talk, most of which we already know...
Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill gave a pre-trade deadline Q and A to the Dallas News's Mike Heika, and Nill touched upon Mike Ilitch's legacy:
Q: You were recently at the funeral for Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch. What did you learn from him?
Nill: He was a businessman and he was tough and demanding, but he was a real people person and a family man and he just balanced everything perfectly. He was always about what can I provide you with to make us better. It was the same way in the pizza business, what can I do to help you make us a success.
Q: It seems he had a real drive to do things "the right way."
Nill: That was just his personality, and it does spread throughout the organization. There is just a feeling that you do things like this, not like this. I was 20-plus years with him and I got to learn from one of the best: How to treat people, how to react when things are going bad. Everyone thinks about all of the great times they have had there, but they had some tough times, and he got them through that.
Heika continues, mostly disussing Stars-related topics with Nill...
Two weeks after Mr. Ilitch's passing, Christopher Ilitch has made an appearance at the Tigers' Spring Training facility, but it's not likely that we'll see him making a post-season State of the Wings address. I'd suggest that a sit-down with Mitch Albom for a "getting-to-know-you" story is even less likely.
As such, I highly recommend that those of you who want to get to know the man who now has final say and full sway over the Tigers and Red Wings' moves give the Free Press's John Gallagher's profile of a methodical man:
Christopher Ilitch would never claim to be the flashiest member of his large family.
"I have a business school background," he told a Free Press reporter in a 2005 interview. "I'm very methodical. I'm very analytical."
No one among a wide range of business associates and acquaintances disputes that self-assessment. The sixth of seven kids born to Mike and Marian Ilitch, Christopher Ilitch has earned a reputation as a careful, deliberative business leader who takes a data-driven, analytical approach to solving problems and who won’t be rushed in his decision making.
Some who know him say Christopher is more like his mother, long the behind-the-scenes overseer of the family’s finances, than his more flamboyant father, who reigned as the public face of the family's pizza, sports, entertainment, and real estate empire. But low-key works: Christopher Ilitch has used that deliberative approach to rise from managing a single Little Caesars store in Walled Lake nearly 30 years ago to the job of CEO of his family’s vast holdings since 2004.
And with the passing of his legendary father, Mike, on Feb. 10, Christopher, 51, seems likely now to emerge even more as a public figure in Detroit and as the next-generation face of his family’s efforts.
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