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Updated 4x at 12:54 AM: It's time for the Final Traverse City Post Or Something Like it (yay!). I'm still going to be very quiet over the next two days (finally driving home tomorrow and hopefully resting on Friday), but if it's OK with you, I'd like to weigh in on the "news of the day."
You already know by now that Pavel Datsyuk's going to be out anywhere between 2 and 5 weeks with a separated shoulder (way to blame the victim and then ramble on about "rebuild time," the Hockey News's Ken Campbell; Rob Scuderi's the idiot that ran him into the glass/bench stanchion, and yes, 8 exhibition games in 13 nights is loony, but you can't just not play veterans), you know that we may or may not find out that Daniel Alfredsson's skating at the Joe tomorrow, and you know that the Wings signed Joe Hicketts to an entry-level contract that was earned.
After tomorrow's rink groundbreaking ceremony, the Red Wings have an actual game to play tomorrow evening--though they did not practice today. They host the Blackhawks (7:30 PM, no TV, no radio save Chicago's The Game 88.7; the annual Zetterberg smoke detector collection begins tomorrow), and after the Hawks took a 2-1 OT decision from the Wings on Tuesday evening, it sounds like the Hawks will be bringing a slightly-less-stacked lineup to the Joe (with no possibility of a Teuvo Teravainen vs. Teemu Pulkkinen reunion, either):
Hello, George here up for a moment. The Red Wings are breaking ground on their new arena tomorrow. In terms of fan-friendly activities, the team's hosting a "block party" that will take place on Thursday and during this upcoming weekend, and if you want to see the ceremony, Fox Sports Detroit will live stream it:
FOX Sports Detroit will televise the groundbreaking ceremony for the Detroit Red Wings new arena, titled "The Launch," on Thursday, Sept. 25 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The hour-long coverage will also stream live on foxsportsdetroit.com.
The Launch will replay at 5 pm on Thursday as well as 8 am on Friday, Sept. 26.
"We are ecstatic for this new Sports and Entertainment District and for what it will bring to Detroit," said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager of FOX Sports Detroit. "The Ilitch family's commitment to the Red Wings and Detroit continues to inspire us to bring our best effort each and every night."
Oh hey, there's a season preview in the works, too:
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The Datsyuk injury, which looks as though it will keep him out of the first two weeks of the season, is disturbing. Four minutes left in a meaningless pre-season game and Datsyuk is on the ice and gets taken into the stanchion. Now the Red Wings, who face an uphill climb even with Datsyuk in the lineup, will have to try to get through the first two weeks without him. Making matters worse is the fact that the Red Wings play seven games in the first 14 days of the season.
(If I were running an NHL organization, I’d keep my star players out of these money-grab games and play them in perhaps the last one or two of the pre-season. Let the third- and fourth-line guys fill out the quota of NHL players each team must ice for these games. Sure, fans don’t get to see the stars in the exhibition games and they might grumble about that, but you’d have to think Red Wing fans would have rather seen Datsyuk suit up for the start of the season instead of playing in a meaningless game in September.)
Datsyuk has never before missed the start of the season and has, with the exception of last season, been a pretty durable player for them. Even when you factor in the fact that he missed 37 games last season, he has still played in 75 percent of the Red Wings games over the past four seasons.
added 4:17pm, Press release is below....
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The latest bad news came Wednesday, when an MRI revealed that Pavel Datsyuk has a second-degree separation of his right shoulder. General manager Ken Holland said Datsyuk is expected to miss approximately four weeks.
"The good news is our home opener is (Oct. 9 vs. Boston), so the first two weeks of the healing process are while we're in training camp and he won't miss regular season games (in the next two weeks)," Holland said. "He's out four weeks, give or take. It might be a little less, it might be a little more. We won't know until we get down the road and see how the healing process is going."...
Holland said Daniel Alfredsson, who hasn't skated in nearly three weeks due to back pain, is feeling better and should be at the rink Thursday morning. But nobody knows when he'll be on the ice. Holland said they'll give him time to decide on his future.
more on the Wings...
Key 2014 Additions: C Kevin Porter
Key 2014 Subtractions: RW Daniel Alfredsson, C David Legwand, RW Mikael Samuelsson, RW Jordin Tootoo
This Is Now: General manager Ken Holland didn't do much shopping over the summer. But if he has a healthy group this time around, the Red Wings should be competitive.
Datsyukand Weiss are all expected to be healthy to start the year. The next generation of Red Wings regulars are coming on strong, with Gustav Nyquist (28 goals, 20 assists last season) and Tomas Tatar (19 goals, 20 assists) up front and a blue line maturing with Danny DeKeyser and Brendan Smith.
I put the strike thru Datsyuk's name.
and from Khan...
The Red Wings put in an underwhelming performance against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, with the "B team" (Zetterberg, Nyquist, Franzen, Weiss, DeKeyser, Smith, Gustavsson et. al.) dropping a 2-1 OT decision.
For the Wings, the game represented the team's second in two nights; for the Blackhawks, the exhibition-opener was the opportunity to debut their stacked squad after holding scrimmages at the United Center and previously the University of Notre Dame; it'll be interesting to see who the Hawks bring to Joe Louis Arena for Thursday's "home exhibition opener" (7:30 PM, no TV, no radio).
The AP got down to the nuts and bolts of the game...
The Red Wings dropped a 2-1 OT decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, spliting their first two preseason games (Detroit won 2-1 in Pittsburgh on Monday night) and...
Meh. Meh. I fought my way through some terrible hotel net connections and a realy pathetic effort by a disintersted Blackhawks broadcast corps (Stan Bowman droned his way through the 2nd period and Eddie Olczyk talked about taking part in the American Top Prospects Game in Buffalo) to watch as much of the game as I could, and nobody who hasn't already impressed me during training camp--and it should be noted that the Wings played their "B Team" against a stacked Hawks squad--did any sort of impressing on Tuesday night.
Luke Glendening did score a gorgeous goal 5:59 into the
3rd 1st period, continuing to lead me to believe that he's stolen one of Tomas Jurco's hands--the tip of the Danny DeKeyser shot was superb...
Updated 2x with some big Alfredsson news at 7:13 PM:
Over the past two days, it's been absolutely impossible to figure out where Joe Hicketts has been. The Wings plain old wouldn't say where he was, and so ahead of tonight's game against the Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 PM on CSN CH+ or The Game 88.7 FM; I wouldn't freak out about the lineup as the Hawks were going to stack it for their home opener and 2 games in 2 nights = Babcock wants to see as many different players as he can), I'm as stunned as anybody to find that Victoria's The Zone 91-3 found Hicketts back in Victoria, BC, back with his WHL's Royals and more than willing to talk about his starring roles in the prospect tournament and main camp--as well as the fact that he may or may not be offered a contract by the Wings:
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