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Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star takes a shot at predicting the Atlantic Division...
Detroit Red Wings
Projected finish: Second
Key Additions: F Daniel Alfredsson, C Stephen Weiss
Key Subtractions: F Valtteri Filppula
Relationship issues: Welcome back to the neighbourhood, old friend. With four Stanley Cup championships since we last met in the playoffs, something says you’re over the whole “Nik Borschevsky” thing. Word of warning: Leaf Nation isn’t.
The Skinny: Oft written off as too old, the Wings seem to embrace life after 40. So Daniel Alfredsson will fit right in, giving the team some much needed scoring punch up front. Stephen Weiss fills a role behind Pavel Datsyuk at centre. He may accomplish more as a No. 2 on the Wings than he ever would as a No. 1 with the Panthers.
read on for the other six teams in the division...
The Red Wings may not be able to move any of their "surplus" players at present, but Ken Holland and Mike Babcock sounded optimistic tones about the state of their team on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM on Tuesday. This morning, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan kicked off a slate of 3 articles looking at the Wings' forwards, defense and goaltending by talking to an optimistic general manager who believes that Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss give the Wings a much more balanced offensive outlook:
“We felt we had some needs we wanted to fill,” Holland said. “We wanted to get more scoring. We were challenged last season to score some goals.”
The "Why did Daniel Alfredsson leave Ottawa for Detroit?" blame game keeps shifting. First, we were told that Alfredsson was presented with a "blank check" but chose to leave anyway. Then, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk repeatedly suggested that the team chose to acquire Bobby Ryan over retaining Alfredsson's services because the team could not accommodate both players' salaries (at least with Alfredsson not taking a hometown discount).
This afternoon, via RedWingsFeed, Senators GM Bryan Murray claimed to NHL.com's Apron Basu that the Senators could have afforded both players if they really wanted to do so--seemingly shifting blame back onto Alfredsson's shoulders ahead of his press conference with the Ottawa media on Thursday:
The Grand Rapids Griffins are employing a unique installment plan for season-ticket packages:
The Grand Rapids Griffins and Lake Michigan Credit Union have partnered for the 2013-14 season to bring back the LMCU Puck Pass, allowing fans to buy season tickets now and pay later.
The option is available to both new and renewing season-ticket holders. Fans can purchase their full-season, 20-game or 10-game ticket plans and delay payment with a low interest loan over equal monthly installments.
Ansar Khan of Mlive had a chat with Ken Holland today...
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland made a concerted effort to clear some roster spots and shed salary by making a trade this off-season, but had no luck.
It doesn't appear as if anything will materialize before the season.
“Things are pretty quiet,'' Holland said Tuesday. “There's not much going on.
“At this stage, lots of teams will go to camp feeling their kids will fill holes for them.''
That will force the Red Wings to seek other means to trim up to two players before the start of the season.
“If we have to go to training camp with what we have I feel OK,'' Holland said. “There will be more talk in camp. There's moves to be made to get ourselves cap compliant.''
continue for more on the Wings including Nyquist contract talks...
This one worked out better: Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM this afternoon, and here's his conversation with Ryan Ermanni and Rico Beard. Holland addressed the Wings' "size" issues going into the East and their status as a team that remains in transition in a six-and-a-half-minute interview:
I tried recording Red Wings coach Mike Babcock's interview on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, and it came out a little clunky (you can hear Tweetdeck updating and a Skype message coming in) as this is the first time I've ever recorded anything on my computer, but I snagged the vast majority of the interview (Babcock started the interview being asked about the Tigers' management, I believe), and Babcock emphasizes the importance of adding Daniel Alfredsson (as well as the recruitment process) and his hopes that Darren Helm will return to health in a six-and-a-half minute interview:
Upated 4x at 1:26 PM: Last night's crop of Red Wings-related news was very thin, so if you missed it, the Wings are selling preseason tickets this morning, and the Wings will begin selling regular season single-game tickets on August 24th.
Otherwise, MLive's Ansar Khan examines a team that the Wings will play much more often in the Eastern Conference in the Pittsburgh Penguins...
Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings today announced that tickets for all 2013-14 preseason home games will go on sale tomorrow morning (Tue., Aug. 13) at 10:00 a.m. Detroit’s four preseason home games will feature three weekend tilts against Original Six rivals including the Boston Bruins on Sat., Sept. 21, the Chicago Blackhawks on Sun., Sept. 22 and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Fri., Sept. 27. A showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins is also slated for Joe Louis Arena on Wed., Sept. 25.
This isn't Red Wings-related, but it's pretty spiffy: SportsBusiness Journal's David Broughton named Toledo, Ohio the best minor-league sports market in the U.S., and the co-owned and city's two marquee teams, the co-ran Toledo Mud Hens baseball team and ECHL's Toledo Walleye, are absolutely delighted by the news, as Mud Hens and Walleye GM Joe Napoli told the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:
“It's great because it's something that is unbiased,” Napoli said. “It uses methodology that goes beyond a good story. Some of the sports publications will do stories about the most popular sports markets and it usually revolves around the team's performance. This is from a purely business perspective. Their analysis is based on the size of the market place. We have followed this very closely.”
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