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Updated at 7:22 PM: A rainy day in Grand Marais yielded a nap and an afternoon of packing up the car instead of a post-storm beach day, so I’m up and about and there is indeed Red Wings-related news. Pavel Datsyuk stopped by Sovetsky Sport’s offices in Moscow to pick up the Kharlamov Trophy as the Russian player-voted MVP, and Yahoo Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov (via RedWingsFeed as usual) fired off the following English-language Twitter updates from the ceremony:
Chris Chelios was named to the US Hockey Hall of Fame’s 2011 induction class on Monday, and while the official press release from USA Hockey offers what we’ll call an economical take on Chelios’s first call from a hockey-related Hall of Fame…
Chris Chelios, Mike Emrick, Ed Snider, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk will be enshrined as the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011 it was announced today by USA Hockey. The five-member class will be formally installed into the Hall in Chicago this fall, with a date to be announced in the near future.
“It’s an extraordinary class,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “The varied contributions to the landscape of hockey in our country is truly amazing and, collectively, this class has positively impacted every level of hockey.”
A from-the-phone post: according to the Free Press’s Helene St. James, former Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios has been included in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame’s 2011 induction class. Chelios will ve inducted alongside former defensive parted Gary Surer, among others, including Mike Emrick, Ed Snider and Keith Tkachuk.
Update: NHL.com’s Mike G.Morreale posted a bit more from a conference call in which Chelios participated….
Today may very well mark the nadir—or more colloquially, the rock bottom—of the NHL’s summer news cycle. Of the few arbitration hearings that remain, Shea Weber’s shindig with the Nashville Predators wasn’t scheduled for today because it’s August Long Weekend in Canada, most NHL’ers are a week or two from venturing back onto the ice for the first time since their teams were eliminated in the playoffs, and unless you don’t mind reading the garbled language that comes out of online translators from European hockey websites (European teams actually begin their training camps and endless pre-season “tournaments” in early August), the next seven-to-ten days should be…quiet…In theory, anyway, because there are always surprises.
The Production Line’s Michael Petrella gives us an intriguing bit of speculatory information this evening by noting that Shop.NHL.com happens to list Wings summer development camp try-outs Adam Estcolet (a forward from Dartmouth College), Zachery Franko (Mitchell Callahan’s center with the Kelowna Rockets) and PEI Rocket goaltender Evan Mosher as members of the organization’s jersey-customizable prospects.
Over the last week, I may have stepped away from my computer a little too often for my liking, but I haven’t been removed from constant talk of the Red Wings’ present and future given the retirements of Brian Rafalski, Kris Draper, Chris Osgood (and probably Mike Modano), the additions of Ian White, Mike Commodore and Ty Conklin in the player personnel department or the swapping out of assistant coaches Brad McCrimmon (now coaching Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) and Paul MacLean (now the Senators’ head coach) for Jeff Blashill and Bill Peters.
My family’s as hockey-crazy as they come, and whether one of my uncles or cousins has raised concerns about the Wings’ ability to either replace Rafalski or simply apply a band-aid till the trade deadline (where we all assume Ken Holland will use his cap space to make a big addition or two), whether we’re talking about the fact that the Wings’ assistant coaches must restore the commitment to defense that got away from a team giving up goals off the opposition cycle or porous penalty-killing unit, or who’s going to step up and be the next big thing on defense and up front (where just about everyone believes that the Wings could use more size, if not snarl)...
Updated with a “morning report’s” worth of news at 3:18 AM: I received a press release from the Wings while I was at the beach (windy and wavy on Lake Superior, but once I was out over my head, the current disappeared), so if you’re interested, several members of the Red Wings will take part in an event held by the Urban Harvest Ministries and the Clark Park Coalition on Saturday:
RED WINGS TO TAKE PART IN UHM FAMILY DAY IN DETROIT TOMORROW
… Fun-Filled Event Goes Saturday Afternoon; Brian Rafalski and Jim Nill Set to Appear at Ball Hockey Tournament …
DETROIT, MI… The Detroit Red Wings will be teaming up with Urban Harvest Ministries and the Clark Park Coalition to present the 2nd Annual Family Day in Detroit, scheduled to be staged on Saturday, July 30 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Taking place at southwestern Detroit’s Clark Park (between Vernor & I-75) and featuring fun activities galore, this event is open to the public.
A via-the-phone post: according to Defending Big D’s Brad Gardner, former Wing Mike Modano told Dallas’s The Ticket that he’s leaning toward retirement again. Paul will keep you posted if anything becomes official, because it’s just more talk at present.
If there ever was a reason to spend the entire day away from the laptop, only checking in on Red Wings-related news via one’s smart phone, it involves the fact that Lake Superior makes up for its permanently below-75-degree-temperature status by being remarkably clear. On a glass-calm Thursday in Grand Marais, being in 25 feet of water allowed me to watch my shadow and the ripples in the water as my hands kept me afloat. No current, no wind, no one within fifteen hundred feet, just me in the lake, assuming that after witnessing two integral parts of the Red Wings’ roster choose to retire and a slew of personnel changes at the NHL and AHL levels over the first four weeks of July, nothing else was left to happen that could bring me out of the water, racing back to my laptop.
The Wings-related news over the past 24 hours presents a scattershot pattern to someone who’s not used to being away from the web, so let’s take care of the important stuff first and get to the event-planning and promotional news later:
Now that it’s over, it should be said: Mike Commodore may turn out to be nothing more than a #6/7 defenseman for the Red Wings, pushing Jakub Kindl for ice time and adding some bulk to the lineup while playing limited minutes, but he displayed an All-Star’s amount of aplomb in delicately declining to wear #64 while promising to make good on matching Puck Daddy’s charitable drive and supporting the modern version of the computer company whose owner’s comments gave Commodore good reason to stick with #22.
Through a series of Twitter posts about what had become a testy issue, a professional athlete managed to offend almost no one while getting his message across in a sincere manner. That’s pretty damn impressive in this day and age.
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