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Like everything else that transpired over the course of the NHL's third and most unnecessary lockout, things went ass-backwards on Saturday, and involved a delay that could only involve lawyers trying to rack up as many billable hours as possible. First came the CBA's ratification (with more than a few abstentions) by the NHLPA, and, late on Saturday evening, the NHL and PA finally reached a "memorandum of understanding," even yielding a, "Man, that's bizarre, in other businesses, it's always the other way around" from my 70-year-old aunt(!).
When the news dam broke, however, news came cascading down the information pipeline, with the Red Wings officially releasing their 2013 season schedule, unveiling both the date when single-game tickets will be made available for sale (Thursday) while offering perhaps the most refreshing and honest post-lockout slogan in, "Thanks for sticking with us," and the Wings also confirmed the details of their open-to-the-public training camp, which begins with a slate of practices from 12-12:45 PM and then 1-1:45 PM at Compuware Arena this afternoon.
Updated 2x w/ background news on Knuble and other stuff at 12:12 AM: From the Red Wings' PR department, here are the details regarding the Wings' training camp sessions at Compuware Arena, which start tomorrow, and then their Wednesday and Thursday skates at the Joe. As reported by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness, Fox Sports Detroit will air Tuesday's scrimmage (between Wings and Griffins players) at 6 PM:
RED WINGS 2012-13 TRAINING CAMPFEATURES RED-WHITE GAME AT COMPUWARE ARENA
…All Skates at Compuware Arena and Joe Louis Arena Free and Open to the Public…
Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings will open their 2012-13 Training Camp at Noon on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, MI. The camp will be highlighted by a special Red vs. White Game on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:00 p.m., as the Red Wings American Hockey League-affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins will combine with the Wings NHL players. The event will feature general admission seating. Doors to Compuware Arena will open at 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday’s Red vs. White Game and all practices leading up to the season opener at St. Louis on Jan. 19, are open to the public and free of charge. The Red vs. White contest also will be carried live by both Fox Sports Detroit, with Ken Daniels, Mickey Redmond and Larry Murphy, and on 1270 AM with Ken Kal and Paul Woods
From the Red Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS ANNOUNCE 2012-13 SCHEDULE… Fee-Free Single Game Tickets On Sale Thursday …
Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2012-13 schedule that has the Wings playing 48 games in 99 days as Detroit looks to extend its 21-season playoff streak, the longest current streak in professional sports.
Detroit’s first home game is scheduled to be played on Tuesday, Jan. 22, versus the Dallas Stars. Tickets to this match and all 24 of the Red Wings’ 2012-13 home games are set to go on sale this coming Thursday, Jan. 17, beginning at 1:00 p.m. As part of the Red Wings ‘Thanks for sticking with us’ initiative, the club and Ticketmaster have teamed up for 35 hours of no fees for any regular season ticket purchased. From 1:00 p.m. on Thursday through midnight Friday, tickets purchased at Detroitredwings.com, Ticketmaster.com, the Joe Louis Arena Box Office or by calling 313-396-7575 will be Fee-Free.
Full season ticket packages as well as Six and 12 Game Plans are on sale now. For more information, contact the Red Wings Ticket Sales & Service Office at 313-396-7575 or visit DetroitRedWings.com.
Here'st he sked, again:
Updated 7x at 12:53 AM on Sunday: As it turns out, DetroitHockey.net's Clark Rasmussen had it down pat. The Red Wings just released their 2013 regular season schedule (per Stephen Brooks on Twitter, the Wings' "calendar view" has national TV info up already) and, as the Free Press's Helene St. James duly noted, this is a 48-games-in-99-nights marathon.
I can assure you that the enormous number of back-to-back games, the fast-and-furious level of injuries, personnel moves, the ups and downs of huge wins and devastating losses combined with no emotional recovery time and the intensity of competition will be just as mentally and emotionally exhausting for fans as it is for players and the media, and the mad dash for 8 playoff spots will probably go down to the season's final days for the vast majority of the league's teams, Detroit included, even if the Wings do a fantastic job of bolstering the lineup at or slightly before the April 3rd trade deadline.
In any case, here's the schedule, which includes 11 sets of back-to-back games, an away-and-still-away pair of games against the Ducks, five "West Coast Swings" and a pair of four-game road trips in late March and the middle of April:
Updated at 10:14 PM: Good evening. How was your afternoon? Did you enjoy the weather if you live in Michigan? Or watch football? I tried to wait out the ridiculously appropriate delays in the passage of the "Memorandum of Understanding," the NHLPA's ratification of the CBA (I think that many of those abstentions were de-facto "no" votes), and then I took a nap.
A couple hours and two panic attacks later, it appears that the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's news regarding tomorrow's training camp session t Compuware Arena slated to start at
1:45 PM make that 12 PM with doors open at 11 M, parking free and concessions stands open are as certain as can be, it remains incredibly likely that DetroitHockeynet.'s Clark Rasmussen's 2012-2013 schedule is as right as rain, Pavel Datsyuk was himself at the KHL's All-Star Skills Competition, and the Wings have invited Mike Knuble to camp*...
And the Free Press's Helene St. James reports today's most important piece of information: while Darren Helm is banged-up, everybody passed their physicals. Given what happened with Greg Johnson a couple of years ago, that's great news.
Here's St. James' status report regarding the Wings' collective health and the fact that Pavel Datsyuk has to take a physical when he comes back to Detroit on Monday:
Updated 2x w/ lots of analysis at 9:55 PM: MLive's Ansar Khan reports that the Red Wings have decided to give 40-year-old Mike Knuble a thank-you for helping out the Grand Rapids Griffins...and they're giving him a chance to finish his career with the team he wanted to finish his career playing for:
Veteran forward Mike Knuble, 40, will be attending Detroit Red Wings training camp on a tryout.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound right wing had six goals and 12 assists in 72 games for the Washington Capitals last season.
He is longshot to earn a spot on a crowded roster that includes 14 healthy forwards, plus Patrick Eaves, who will start the season on injured reserve due to a concussion. The Red Wings also have a few apparently NHL-ready forwards with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
But Knuble believes he still has some hockey left in him.
Good for him, and I hope he makes the roster!
Update: Okey dokey, here are some thoughts about the invite:
Updated with a Jordin Tootoo profile at 3:42 PM: As TSN's Bob McKenzie suggested a little earlier this morning, once the NHL and NHLPA reach their "memorandum of understanding" (perhaps better defined as a North Korea-vs-South Korea-style "detente" as opposed to a peace treaty) today, there's no doubt that player personnel moves will be coming down the pipe in fast and furious fashion, but until the NHLPA doulbe, triple and quadruple-checks its votes...
We're kind of at a standstill in terms of finding out about the NHL's 2013 season schedule--or, on this blog, as the 2013 schedule as it applies to the Red Wings--and the Wings' plans regarding training camp, as outlined by the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, will remain "tentative" and "preliminary."
In the interim, here are a few stories to tide the news-ravenous Wings fan over, starting with an update regarding the Grand Rapids Griffins' Great Skate:
The KHL's All-Star Game skills competition took place today in Chelyabinsk, and if you're interested, a little birdie sent Paul and I a video of the shootout event--with Red WIngs forward Pavel Datsyuk showing up around the 7:45 mark...
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan offers news regarding the Red Wings' training camp plans, and updates will follow Kulfan's report:
Nothing announced officially from the Red Wings yet, that will come later today, but details regarding the team's Compuware Arena have emerged.
The Red Wings will take the ice Sunday from noon to 1:45 p.m. at the NHL rink with doors opening at 11 a.m.
Monday they'll skate from noon to 1:45 p.m. at the NHL rink with doors opening at 11 a.m., followed by a intra-squad scrimmage Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., again at the NHL rink, with doors opening at 5 p.m. (with three 20-minute periods during the scrimmage).
In the words of my father, I feel like an "old fart" for saying this, but a month short of my 35th birthday, I'll let those of you who are too young to remember the 1994-95 season know the best and worst parts of a truncated 48-game schedule:
The best part is that it is a seemingly endless 3-month run of games, games, more games, injuries galore thanks to the condensed schedule and a rush of personnel moves between the ratification of the CBA and the trade deadline, all with a heavy dose of a full playoff run from May to the end of June heaped on top.
The worst part is that there's no recovery time from the ups, downs, injuries, personnel moves or anything else, so neither player nor fan can keep up with all that's going on, nor can they really emotionally digest it. It's great short attention span theatre, but it's also surprisingly emotionally draining, because it's like three months spent in the hockey fan mosh pit.
On Friday (and before we begin, don't forget about the Grand Rapids Griffins' "Great Skate" event tonight!) we learned that:
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