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from Bill Shea of Crain's Detroit Business,
The Detroit Red Wings, who plan to move into a state-of-the-art arena in 2017, saw a 21 percent increase in value to $570 million, according to annual estimates released today by Forbes.com.
That ranks Detroit ninth in the 30-team National Hockey League, the same spot at last year.
The rate of value growth for the Red Wings actually slowed in the current Forbes estimates. From 2012 to 2013, the growth rate was 36 percent to $470 million.
Chuck Pleiness tweets,
Babcock has team running through a short-sided 3 on 3 drill. Interesting line combo is Datsyuk with Weiss and Helm.
Tomas Jurco could be the odd man out Wednesday against Philadelphia if Datsyuk can play.
Brendan Smith (hand infection) returned to practice today. He's eligible to come off IR tomorrow but probably needs more practice time.
Updates as needed will be added to this post.
added 12:14pm, Khan tweet,
added 12:40pm, Khan tweets,
We all know Stephen Weiss has had a tough thirteen months with the Wings, but if he can remain healthy, he could be a huge factor for Detroit moving forward.
Here is Weiss post-game...
Below, Mike Babcock post-game...
The Red Wings' 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators wasn't a textbook performance--unless you're reading the Wings,' "How to struggle in the first game back from a road trip" paperback. The Wings were damn strong and dominant at some points and downright lay-down-and-put-up-the-welcome-mat sloppy in front of Jimmy Howard at others, and the third-period let-down was painfully predictable to watch and equally terrifying, but Howard was up to the task, and on a night when Stephen Weiss rightfully stole the spotlight, the Wings at least got the two points and got to say they scared themselves while living to fight another day.
Yes, Kyle Quincey made some boneheaded plays (and took a dumb penalty), but he was mostly solid; Weiss showed the kind of scoring promise that the Red Wings hope he'll be able to deliver on a long, healthy basis;
Xavier Ouellet's been surprisingly shaky at times, but he's learning on the job, and his teammates aren't making it an easy job;
via the Wings' YouTube channel,
Featuring - Ken Kal, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar, Stephen Weiss, Mike Babcock, and Justin Abdelkader with Pavel Datsyuk.
Nice jab from Datsyuk on Abdelkader too...
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg says everyone should tap the brakes over those unconfirmed reports.
“So far it’s just rumors,” he said. “I know he’s trying to get his back better, doing his rehab part, skating a little bit. I won’t say that its over until it’s over.”
Even though back pain limited him to 68 games last season – his only campaign in Detroit – Alfredsson led the team in scoring with 18 goals and 49 points.
Zetterberg remains in contact with Alfredsson, and believes the six-time All Star has something left in the tank.
“Absolutely, just the way he played last year, his presence here in the locker room and on the ice, on the power play,” Zetterberg said. “He’s one of the best players and one of the best leaders that we’ve had, and we all hope that he has one more run in him.”
read on for more including Mike Babcock on Pat Quinn and Pavel Datsyuk on Viktor Tikhonov...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo./PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The USA Hockey Foundation and Compuware Arena have an agreement in place, that subject to due diligence, could result in the Foundation acquiring the Plymouth, Michigan, facility by the first half of 2015.
“Both parties felt it best to make public that there is intention to move forward with a sale, however, there are many steps in the process left to complete and nothing is final at this point,” said Mike Vellucci, representing Compuware Arena on behalf of owner Peter Karmanos. “It’s important to note that the Compuware youth program would remain at Compuware Arena and be supported by Mr. Karmanos. Further, Mr. Karmanos will continue to own the Plymouth Whalers. While there are likely to be questions, out of respect for the on-going process and confidentiality involved, we’ll have no further comment.”
“Our intention is to relocate the National Team Development Program to the facility and also use it to host and showcase other USA Hockey programs and international events,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of The USA Hockey Foundation and USA Hockey, Inc. “In addition, keeping the current users of the building is important to both us and Pete Karmanos. There are a number of issues we’re still working through, and while I know people will have questions, we’ll have nothing further to say until a final resolution is reached.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Stephen Weiss and Jakub Kindl return to the lineup tonight for the Detroit Red Wings against the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit), but Pavel Datsyuk still needs more time for his groin to heal.
This will be the fourth game in a row Datsyuk will miss. He has sat out six of the past eight games.
"I feel much better, but I think I need more full practices with team to make sure it feels good and it does not come back every second game," Datsyuk said.
Asked if he might return before the weekend, Datsyuk said. "Hard to say, but I just hoping to be back in the lineup to help team."
"It's hard for me because it's the first time with these symptoms. After two games, I think I'm fine and I come back and it just comes right back. Now I am more careful and want to be more ready, more energy, more exciting. But I'm happy to see you guys a lot."
continued with more on Weiss and Kindl returning to the lineup.
via Chuck Pleiness tweets,
Stephen Weiss appears to be in tonight. Skating with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco
Cleary, Datsyuk and Lashoff appear out tonight against Ottawa.
Numerous media reports state Datsyuk is skating but it appears he will not play tonight.
added 10:45am, Pleiness tweet,
Weiss on second power play unit. Along with Kindl.
added 10:47am, Khan tweet,
First power play:
Zetterberg-Nyquist-Franzen, Abdelkader, Kronwall
Sheahan-Tatar-Weiss, Jurco, Kindl
from Helen St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Red Wings have reached the quarter pole of their season and have several positives to take into a hectic schedule in which they play every other day for the next two weeks.
They host the Ottawa Senators tonight with a 10-5-5 record, good for 25 points, the same amount as Stanley Cup favorite Chicago. All 10 victories have come in regulation or overtime (a positive come playoff time, as it's the first tiebreaker). A goal differential of plus-six is in the middle of the pack, close to that of defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles.
One of the brightest spots is Jimmy Howard, who has responded to off-season pressure from management to rebound from last year's subpar performance. After 16 games he has a 2.03 goals-against average that ranks seventh in the NHL and a .922 save percentage that ranks 11th.
The penalty kill — 4-for-4 in Saturday's 4-1 loss at Toronto — ranks first in the league at 90.1%. Much of the time, the skaters are so efficient the goaltender doesn't have to make a save.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
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