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New York Times: Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert was suffering from traumatic encephalopathy

Updated at 10:10 with a parallel article from the Globe and Mail: The New York Times has posted a pair of articles discussing the possibility of the NHL banning fighting as part of the league’s crackdown on blows to the head, and, as the Times’ Jeff Z. Klein notes, the crux of their argument surrounds Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert:

Efforts to outlaw fighting in hockey go back decades. But though the number of fights in the N.H.L. has dropped significantly in recent years, fighting persists, preserved by the idea that it is a deterrent against cheap shots, a safety valve against more serious mayhem and something that fans like to watch.

This core belief in the value of fighting may prevent the league’s general managers, when they meet this month in Florida, from reacting decisively to the latest research findings, including the determination announced Wednesday that the longtime enforcer Bob Probert had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease of brain tissue associated with repeated concussions. Probert, who retired in 2002 after a 16-year career with the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, died last year at 45.

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Red Wings-Ducks game-day updates: Perry in the lineup vs. inspired Franzen, WIngs

Updated 3x at 9:15 PM with USA Today’s Kevin Allen on WDFN, Wings-Sharks hype and other notes: According to the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens, the Detroit Red Wings will face an Anaheim Ducks lineup including Corey Perry when the two teams tangle tonight in Anaheim (10 PM, FSD/FS West/WXYT):

Corey Perry said he will play against Detroit after coming off the ice early during Tuesday’s practice due to an apparent lower-body injury. Though banged up, Perry has played in all 63 games this season and hasn’t miss one dating back to 2008-09.

The Ducks will not, however, have Saku Koivu in the lineup…

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Hockey-playing army men? Cool!

Via Greg Wyshynski jogging my memory: Paul sent this press release to me probably knowing that I still peruse the toy aisles at Wal-Mart and Meijer and may purchase the occasional GI Joe or Hot Wheels car from time to time…

thenewtoy.com Gears Up To Release NHL®-Licensed Version of the Award-Winning Hockey Guys Sports Action Figures

Paying homage to hockey’s history with teams sporting the uniforms of the six original NHL®Teams

CHICAGO, IL— From the “Miracle On Ice” to its disappearance as a national sport during the 2004/2005 season, ice hockey has had a storied history in the United States. Now experiencing a resurgence, what better way to commemorate part of this sport’s history than with a set of sports action figures bearing the colors and logos of the six original NHL® teams: Chicago Blackhawks®, Detroit Red Wings®, New York Rangers®, Boston Bruins®, Toronto Maple Leafs®, and Montreal Canadiens®.

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Wings still in the Pistons mix?

What happens when your interweb goes down due to “scheduled maintenance” for half an hour into your “substitute for Paul” stint: per SB Nation Detroit’s Sean Yuille, Ilitch Holdings executive Tom Wilson told WXYZ that, should the Pistons’ negotiations with Tom Gores fall apart, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch is still interested in bidding for the Pistons, the Palace of Auburn Hills and Palace Sports & Entertainment:

Wednesday morning, Tom Wilson said the Ilitch family is still interested in purchasing the Detroit Pistons and Palace Entertainment.

Wilson says the Ilitches are still in a legal non-disclosure period in their effort to complete a deal.

Wilson made the comments at Wednesday morning’s reveal of renovations of Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

WXYZ posted a video of Wilson’s comments as well:

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Not cool: Gordie Howe’s 300th goal puck up for auction

I’m not a fan of the concepts of cutting up Original Six legends’ equipment and/or sweaters to place little swatches thereof on hockey cards, nor am I a big fan of the fact that so many of the NHL’s most important historic pieces of memorabilia tend to find their way into private collectors’ hands these days, and WWJ reports that a significant milestone puck from one Gordie Howe is on the auction block:

Hockey Nuts, here is your chance to own a piece of Detroit history! Actually, it’s your chance to own a piece of a legend. On Friday, March 11, the DuMouchelle Gallery in Detroit will auction off the Gordie Howe 300th Goal signed puck.

The puck has had the same owner for the last 50 years, Bill Whiting of Rochester Hills. His mom won the puck at a school auction in 1960 when Bill was 14. Gordie Howe, he says, was his hero. Now, he says it’s time for the puck to find a new loving home. DuMouchelles says the puck will likely see an auction price of $5,000 to $6,000.

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On healthy Red Wings forwards, Jakub Kindl, Norris Nick, Wings-Ducks and a pair of prospects

Updated 1:16 PM: As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the Anaheim Ducks tonight (10 PM EST, FSD/FS West/WXYT), MLive’s Ansar Khan notes that the Wings have a bit of a conundrum on their hands as they now have 13 and will soon—knock on wood—have 14 forwards, necessitating that the team scratch players who’ve served as valuable contributors during the Wings’ spate of injuries. Wings coach Mike Babcock acknowledges that the situation isn’t ideal for the players who end up sitting out...

“Everybody wants to play and we want everyone to play. We got an appreciation for what they do,” Babcock said. “What can you do? You can’t play everyone.”

And he very specifically addressed the status of Drew Miller, who Babcock chose to scratch last Saturday against Buffalo, despite the fact that Miller’s family was attending the Drew-vs-Ryan showdown:

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Red Wings-Ducks set-up and overnight report: wounded fowl versus road warriors

The Detroit Red Wings face off against a particularly dangerous opponent in the Anaheim Ducks tonight (10:00 PM EST, FSD/FS West/WXYT) due to plain old worrisome luck—the Wings are 3-and-0 against the Ducks this season—and the fact that the 35-25-and-5 Ducks sit in eleventh place in the Western Conference, but their 71 points are only four out of sixth place and nine behind the Wings’ 80.* The Ducks’ 3-2 win over Colorado on Tuesday also snapped a five-game losing streak, so the Ducks will be rip-roaring to crash and bang the Wings into next week…

And the final regular season match-up between two teams who simply don’t like each other very much is particularly likely to be a physical affair as the Ducks acquired Jarkko Ruutu, Wings-pain-in-the-butt Brad Winchester and scrapper Brian McGrattan who’s in the AHL but may be called up as the Ducks have one big problem, despite also bolstering their lineup by reacquiring Francois Beauchemin and adding tonight’s starting goaltender, Dan Ellis to the mix—they’re banged-up, with starter Jonas Hiller on the shelf, and, as the Orange County Register’s Curtis Zupke noted, possibly Corey Perry on the shelf for tonight’s game.

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All about Herm 2 Hockeytown 2, part two

Last week I spoke to Jen MacRostie about the Herm 2 Hockeytown 2 phenomenon, and this week, one of the other driving forces behind the charitable initiative started by our beloved Chief, Ellen Manuszak from Big Red Machine, talks about H2H2:

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Red Wings pre-Ducks off-day update: Rafalski still out for Wednesday

Updated at 9:43 PM: Fiddlesticks. According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Wings will battle the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday sans Brian Rafalski:

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski will miss his third game in a row Wednesday in Anaheim (10 p.m., FSD) due to back spasms.

Rafalski skated today at the Honda Center and said he feels better. He thinks he might play Thursday at San Jose.

Johan Franzen is scheduled to arrive tonight from Detroit, where his wife gave birth to a boy on Sunday. Franzen will be in the lineup against the Ducks.

As for the Ducks, who added Brad Winchester, Joel Perreault and Brian McGrattan prior to the trade deadline, the Orange County Register’s Curtis Zupke reports that Several Ducks are banged-up:

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Red Wings in the power rankings, first week of March, and other Wings/Griffins tidbits

On an afternoon that’s a little too quiet from this waiting-for-an-off-day-report blogger’s perspective: A few Wings tidbits of note have popped up on the radar screen, but as they’re of the scattershot variety, the best way to tie them together into a coherent entry involves discussing my least favorite subject.  Power rankings, the much-discussed and hand-wringing-inducing slates of low-hanging fruit that cause more trouble then they’re worth, in my humble opinion.

In any case, we’ll start with TSN’s Scott Cullen, who pushed the Wings up to first place in this week’s rankings:


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