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The Detroit Red Wings have earned a "result" for the 24th time in 33 games--as in they earned a point--but the Wings' sterling record now stands at 15-9-and-9 (15 and 18) after the team seemed to lurk in the weeds during the first, sneak out of the period with a goal, surrender a game-tying marker and then do nothing on the power play, fritter away time and lose their ELEVENTH STRAIGHT SHOOTOUT WHAT THE HELL.
I mean they lost 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Jeebus Monkey Pants, this is unbelievable.
Since the Wings defeated Ottawa on December 1st, they've gone 1-1-and-2, and will head home to the Joe to host the Penguins on Saturday, the Lightning on Sunday, the Ducks on Tuesday and the Flames on Thursday before heading to Toronto on the 21st and then hosting the Islanders on Monday the 23rd to close out the pre-Chrismtas schedule...And I'm sure things have gone fine at the Joe, right?
Especially now that Howard and Weiss are gonna be out or a little bit, right?
When the Red Wings used the second-round pick they acquired in their "drop down" draft deal with the San Jose Sharks (who picked Mirco Mueller 18th; the Wings picked Anthony Mantha with the 20th pick) to draft Tyler Bertuzzi 45th overall, the reaction from both hockey fans and draft experts was, to put it indelicately, "What the hell?"
When the 6,' 178-pound left winger and nephew of Todd Bertuzzi made his unofficial Red Wings debut at the team's summer development camp by breaking the team's one summer development camp rule--"don't fight to try to impress us, because somebody might get hurt"--and his battle with Nick Jensen resulted in shoulder surgery for Jensen, the, "What the hell?" line of thinking seemed to prove itself.
Given the way Stephen Weiss's tenure with the Red Wings has gone thus far, it's particularly frustrating for Wings fans to hear that yet another player that chose to sign elsewhere for very similar money to the Wings were offering him in one Valtteri Filppula's having so much success with the Tampa Bay Lightning (following in the footsteps of Tomas Kopecky, Jiri Hudler, Marian Hossa, and when he was in Los Angeles, Kyle Quincey)...
But it certainly appears that Filppula's another player who's "graduated from the Harvard of Hockey" and has found so much success after making a new start. NHL.com's Lonnie Herman noted that the Lightning feel incredibly fortunate to have Filppula on their side...
Signed as a free agent in the offseason, the Finnish-born center already has 10 goals and 10 assists, exceeding his point total from last season, when he appeared in only 41 games because of injuries. Filppula is considered an essential part of the Lightning, especially with Steven Stamkos out indefinitely because of a broken tibia.
"I can't say enough about what he has done for us," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We'd be in big trouble without him."
According to the Free Press's John Gallagher, the organizations which will help fund, build and eventually own-and-lease the Red Wings' follow-on rink to Ilitch Holdings and Olympia Entertainment plan on having a chat with the Ilitches to ensure that Detroit's City Council approves an expansion of Detroit's "downtown" footprint to make the proposed arena district eligible to receive Downtown Development Authority funding:
The Detroit Downtown Development Authority will meet in a special session Friday afternoon and could deal with final details of a deal with the Ilitch family for a new hockey arena.
The Detroit City Council won’t vote on legislation to finalize the proposed $650-million project until it sees the details of a concessions-management agreement that spells out how the project will benefit Detroit. The project financing could include up to $45 million in city dollars, according to council staff. The council is to take up the issue at a special meeting Dec. 17.
Representatives from the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., which is involved in talks to reach the concessions-management agreement, told council members that negotiations are ongoing and a deal will be ready for their review in about two weeks.
Again, the Ilitches' representatives finally made some public comments yesterday regarding the use of public funds to help subsidize the project.
From the Red Wings' PR department:
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE AND DETROIT RED WINGS TO UNVEIL 2014 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® LEGACY INITIATIVE
Clark Park’s Outdoor Rink Undergoes Renovations, Including Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Upgrades
Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock and Players to Lead Outdoor Hockey Clinic
NEW YORK (Dec. 12, 2013) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and Detroit Red Wings will unveil their donation to the Clark Park Coalition recreation center’s outdoor rink as a legacy for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1.
Updated substantially with articles and videos at 6:20 PM: via Mlive,
Updated 10x at 2:42 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to rebound from a stretch in which they've gone 1-1-and-2--including Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers--when the injury-depleted Wings battle the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening (7:30 PM, FSD/Sun Sports/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM).
TampaBayLightning.com's Missy Zielinski offered updates from the Lightning's morning skate...
After not skating in Washington (illness) P.C. Labrie is on ice, will see after practice if he's cleared to play. #TBLightning.
Ben Bishop first off the ice for the #TBLightning at today's morning skate.
As did the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson...
Red Wings-Lightning set-up and overnight report: banged-up Wings hope to get back on track vs. Bolts
Ahead of tonight's game between the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 PM EST, FSD/Sun Sports/NHL Network U.S. with the cursory Center Ice/GCL blackout/97.1 FM), I have one piece of advice for Red Wings fans concerned about Henrik Zetterberg's status as on the LTIR until December 28th, Jimmy Howard's "dinged up" knee, Stephen Weiss's groin (okay, there aren't many of you), Danny DeKeyser's shoulder (the Free Press's Helene St. James first issued a freaky-out-headline-update on Howard and then revealed that DeKeyser should be back on the 28th) or any other of the Red Wings' asundry injury issues:
The Michigan Chronicle's Donald James did something interesting on Wednesday, and his work's worth a stand alone-entry because he chose to speak with the Ilitches' representatives regarding their take on the public funds which will help build the Red Wings' follow-on rink project:
“There will be no taxpayers dollars going to fund this project,” said Susan Durgan, director of communication for Olympia Development of Michigan. “The state is actually funding the majority of the public sector piece of the project through economic development funds that have been available for years. The money can only be used for economic development.
“The city of Detroit in bankruptcy is very unfortunate, but it’s drawing a line in the sand, basically,” Durgan said. “However, the city must move on. This is a ‘move on’ project. This is something that will create revenue.”
Amongst Wednesday's Red Wings-related prospect news: Bear with me. The Wings have been up-and-down of late, and the injury bug is running around like a bad gastrointestinal virus, so let's go with some unmitigated joy to start things off.
In the QMJHL: Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha's heading to Toronto to take part in the Canadians' pre-World Junior Championship "selection camp" (he's made the team, as has Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson), and then he and the Canadian WJC team will head to Malmo, Sweden to play in the World Championships from December 26 to January 5.
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