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Updated 2x at 11:59 AM: As the NHL's "Media Tour" continues in New York today, Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika asked one of Daniel Alfredsson's pals, Erik Karlsson, about #11's future...
Karlsson worked out with Alfredsson this summer and speaks to him twice a week. He said Alfie's back seems in good shape to him.
Karlsson on Alfredsson: "I think he wants to play. He's trying to figure it out."
And via Kyle McIlmurray, the Canadian Press's Chris Johnston Tweeted something that makes me want to say, "Pro try-out, pro try-out, pro try-out":
From the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau:
On September 13, 2014 Hall of Fame defenseman Mark Howe will sign his book Gordie Howe’s Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey. The book signing will be held from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at Centre I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, MI. Books will be available onsite at a cost of $16 (unsigned) and $30 (signed) with a limit of two signed books per person. No other memorabilia will be signed at this event.
Mark Howe is a three-time NHL first-team All-Star defenseman and three-time Norris Trophy Finalist who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011, becoming only the third son of a Hall of Famer to also be inducted. Howe helped the Philadelphia Flyers to two Stanley Cup Finals and had a 22-year professional career that ended with his father’s former team, the Detroit Red Wings. Howe totaled 197 goals and 545 assists in 929 games throughout his NHL career. He is currently the director of pro scouting for the Red Wings.
Red Wings overnight report: waiting on #13; prospect tourney talk; Kronwall & Nyquist’s ‘media tour’
Updated 3x with prospect talk and Babcock on his assistant coaches at 3:31 AM: Aside from Mayor Mike Duggan suggesting that he might convince the Pistons to come to Detroit to share the Red Wings' follow-on facility--which is far more wistful and wishful thinking than any sort of possible option given that both the Ilitches and Tom Gores want to ensure that their respective venues compete for concerts and entertainment events, never mind the fact that no planned practice facility = having two sports teams in the new rink would be a logistical nightmare--the Tigers and Lions ruled Detroit for one Monday evening, but hockey season remains "just around the corner."
On Monday, Stephen Weiss and Pavel Datsyuk joined the Wings' "Captain's Practice," with Weiss addressing his recovery from "core muscle" surgery at extended length with DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, who may have set off some alarm bells with fans who'd hoped that Pavel Datsyuk would provide a "State of the Knee" statement:
If you happen to be a construction company or contractor who wants to get your "foot in the door" regarding the Red Wings' rink-and-entertainment-district project, per a press release from PR Newswire...
Michigan Made, Detroit Built Event To Ensure Local And State Suppliers, Contractors, Play Major Role In New Sports And Entertainment District
Ilitch Organization to Goal: a New, Michigan-made Arena in Detroit
DETROIT, Sept. 8, 2014
DETROIT, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) invites Michigan-based construction contractors and suppliers from across the state, as well as Detroit-based contractors, to learn about supply, joint venture and construction opportunities available through the construction of the Detroit Sports and Entertainment District and its new arena.
So Red Wings coach Mike Babcock spoke with The Fan 590's Brady and Walker Show this morning...
And as you might imagine, Sportsnet's Luke Fox annotated the interview, including a quote that pour napalm on the whole, "Babcock might leave Detroit!" rumor mill:
The ECHL announced on Monday that 11 ECHL on-ice officials, including three that attended the NHL Officiating Exposure Camp in Buffalo, N.Y., along with Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst and ECHL Supervisor Mike Pearce, will work the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. from Sept. 12-16.
Debuting in 1988 with four teams, the NHL Prospects Tournament has expanded to now include eight clubs – Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Teams are divided into two divisions for a three-day round robin tournament, then ranked by their win-loss records for final placement in seventh, fifth, third and Championship games on the final day.
Updated 14x at 6:19 PM: While the Red Wings resume their "Captain's Practices" at Joe Louis Arena today, ESPN's NHL reporters are speaking to players at the NHL's front office in New York, NY today, and they started by having a conversation with one Gustav Nyquist...
Detroit Red Wings star Gustav Nyquist got a big smile on his face when asked if Daniel Alfredsson would return next season.
"I hope so," Nyquist told ESPN.com on Monday. "He’s a great, great hockey player and unbelievable leader as well."
Meanwhile, at Joe Louis Arena, via the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...
Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss on the ice today at Red Wings skate
And DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
Update: Unofficially official per MLive's Ansar Khan:
Update #2: The Sporting News's Sean Gentille played up the "ZOMG NO RIGHTIES" angle:
Today represents the start of the last "quiet" hockey week for the Red Wings. After this morning's "Captain's Practice," more than a few Wings will take in tonight's Monday Night Football match-up, and as the week progresses, more and more of the Wings' European players (like Tomas Jurco and Pavel Datsyuk, who was still skating in Yekaterinburg this past weekend) will join increasingly intense "informal" practices.
With the Wings' prospect tournament starting on Friday, the "next wave" will be going through physicals, gearing up and heading to Traverse City to prepare to defend the Wings' first prospect tournament title, and the NHL'ers and Grand Rapids Griffins' players will make the trek up to Northwestern Michigan next Wednesday ahead of the start of training camp on Friday, September 19th.
Danny DeKeyser's likely to sign a contract within the next week-and-a-half, we'll find out whether Daniel Alfredsson feels that his back's good to go; a week from now, the Wings' prospect campers will be playing their third of four prospect tournament games, and two weeks from tonight, the Wings' exhibition season begins with back-to-back games in Pittsburgh and Chicago (preceded by morning skates in Traverse City).
On September 7th, 2011, a plane carrying Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's team crashed on takeoff, killing 44 people, including former Red Wings player Ruslan Salei, Wings prospect Stefan Liv and assistant coach Brad McCrimmon (who played for the Wings, was Nicklas Lidstrom's defensive partner during his tenure in Detroit and served as Vladimir Konstantinov's first roommate).
The KHL's Facebook page states that the league no longer plays games on September 7th to honor all the players, coaches, staff and crew who passed away that terrible day.
This morning, I'm reminded of a wonderful picture that Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples took of Henrik Zetterberg's stick a year later. Each and every stick that Zetterberg uses has the numbers 24 and 1 and McCrimmon's nickname, "Beast," printed on the underside of the shaft.
Their memories do live on:
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