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In post-Soviet Russia, government shuts down RIA Novosti ahead of Olympics

Those of you who know me decently know that I may have chosen to pursue German in high school and college, but I am most certainly fascinated by the strange goings-on in the unique media environment that is "Russia today," and ahead of some sort of moderately-important athletic competition on the Caucasus' Isthmus whose name I cannot recall, the Russian government is very conveniently "streamlining" what is its equivalent of the Associated Press. Per RIA Novosti's English-language arm:

The Kremlin announced Monday the dissolution of RIA Novosti, the country’s major state-run news agency, amid a significant reorganization of state-owned media assets.

News agency RIA Novosti and the state-owned Voice of Russia radio will be scrapped and absorbed into a new media conglomerate called Rossiya Segodnya, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin.

The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia’s news landscape, which appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.

In a separate decree published Monday, the Kremlin appointed Dmitry Kiselyov, a prominent Russian television presenter and media manager recently embroiled in a scandal over anti-gay remarks, to head Rossiya Segodnya.

Head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov said the changes were about saving money and making state media more effective.

“Russia has its own independent politics and strongly defends its national interests: it’s difficult to explain this to the world but we can do this, and we must do this,” Ivanov told reporters.

Continued, and of course I'm sure that there's no sort of clamping down upon the freedom of the press ahead of the "Perfect Olympics"--oh, Olympics, that's what it was!--here...

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Red Wings pre-practice news: on Commodore, Nyquist & Tatar, Datsyuk’s Sauce and a Draper interview

As we await a late-starting practice that was supposed to reveal updates on the statuses of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny DeKeyser...

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NHL’s ice-making truck for the Winter Classic to hit road on Tues, stop in Troy on Wed.

According to the NHL, the league's mobile refrigeration truck will hit the road on a two-day trip from Toronto to Ann Arbor, MI starting tomorrow in Oakville, ON:

DECEMBER 9, 2013 ROAD TO THE 2014 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® PRESENTED BY YORK TOUR BEGINS WITH SPECIAL FAN EVENT NEAR TORONTO

Photo Opportunity of the 53-foot Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Ice Truck Presented by York

Photo and Interview Opportunity with Alumni Darryl Sittler and Tomas Holmstrom

TORONTO / NEW YORK (December 9, 2013) – The world’s largest mobile refrigeration unit measuring at 53-feet will start its road trip near Toronto at the Canlan Ice Sports facility in Oakville, Ont., before making its way to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Jan. 1. The outdoor game, less than one month away, will see host Detroit Red Wings face division rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Crain’s Detroit Business’s Shea: expansion of downtown district to rink footprint is a sticky wicket

Via Deadline Detroit, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reports that Detroit's City Council still has some questions regarding the City's benefits if the Council and Mayor decide to expand Detroit's official "downtown" footprint to include the area behind the Fox Theatre and the Cass Corridor near the Masonic Temple--a.k.a. the area in which Olympia Entertainment plans on building a $450 million rink and another $200 million in "economic development" investment.

If the Foxtown and Cass Corridor districts were officially deemed part of "downtown Detroit," they'd be eligible for funding from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation's (the DEGC) "Downtown Development Authority," which would make the Ilitches' rink/economic development footprint eligible to receive the property taxes that the DDA diverts from downtown businesses toward economic development.

Earning that kind of status from a City Council that's never been anything less than primarily concerned with its own bottom line and friends and contractors' pockets requires a stiff admission fee--according to Shea, the City Council wants to see nothing less than a formal concession agreement between the Ilitches and the DDA as the DDA will own and lease the rink to the Ilitches...

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Fatigue Or Lack Of Desperation?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said this loss had little to do with playing at home; it was more about having to play 24 hours after a game in New Jersey – while the Panthers were off and already in town waiting for the Red Wings.

"I thought it was lack of energy, for sure,‘‘ Babcock said. "We had a game last night, they sat in our building, hung out and waited for us.

"There’s no excuse for anything; you got to find ways to win games. But also the way we have to play right now is grinding for 60 minutes. They skated better in the second and third, we didn’t make many plays. That’s from not being there quick enough and not executing good enough. So the bottom line is the schedule-maker wasn’t friendly to us on this one."...

Opinions were divided on just how much this performance could be blamed on fatigue.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with energy,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “We have to be a lot more desperate and determined than that. We stopped skating and started watching hockey instead of playing.”

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Wings Fall To The Panthers 2-1

On their sixth shot of the game, the Wings scored their only goal of the night plus it was from an unlikely source, Dan Cleary.

The Wings finished with 9 shots in the 1st perid and only had 5 in the 2nd period.  After going down 2-1 early in the 3rd period, the Wings could only fire 9 shots (that includes 4 minutes of power play time) in the 3rd period at Tim Thomas.  Florida finished the game with 37 shots while the Wings had 23.

End of story, end of game, Wings lose another home game, 2-1 to the Florida Panthers.

If you want to watch Cleary's go, you can watch it below...

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Gustavsson Again Tonight

added 11:44am,

 

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A Win Is A Win

32 shots, that's 32 shots combined (11 for New Jersey, 21 for Detroit) and that should tell you what kind of game this was.

But, the Wings will take and fly home to face the Florida Panthers tomorrow night.

NHL.com is a little slow with goal videos tonight, so I will ad them below as they come in.

update 9:48pm, All three Detroit goals are now posted below...

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Datsyuk Back On Tuesday

FoxSports Detroit announced on the air tonight Datsyuk will return on Tuesday when the Wings travel to south Florida to take on the Panthers.

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Stephen Weiss Knows He Is Struggling

The Panthers play the Wings in Detroit on Saturday night...

from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,

... while Weiss is relishing his newfound relevance just by playing for the New York Yankees of hockey, he admits his slow start of four points in 23 games has made for a tougher transition.

"You guys know why I came here, to win games and be on a good team,'' Weiss told the Sun Sentinel via cellphone Thursday en route to New Jersey where the 14-8-7 Red Wings played the Devils Friday night.

"It's awesome to be at the top of the standings and nice for a change for sure. Personally, it's been a struggle. … You try not to read the newspapers and keep all that stuff out of my head. It's been tough.''

"When I was out of the lineup we had some lines that were really playing well so it was tough to creep your way back up,'' said Weiss, who missed six games with a groin injury. "With the injuries, now I have a chance to move up and play more minutes.

"Hopefully, I can keep playing better and gain more trust from the coach [Mike Babcock] and find my game. It hasn't come as easily as I would've liked.''

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