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Updated 4x with pictures of Jonas Gustavsson's "Monsters' Hall of Fame" mask at 2:58 AM: This may or may not end up constituting the overnight report. Preparing for trip = a weird, jittery and very busy couple of days, and as the mid-day post and "afternoon news" post covered a "lot of stuff," this entry might constitute the vast majority of this evening's "Red Wings-related news." So we'll see.
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Pavel Datsyuk regarding the status of what might be the most important knee on the team this side of Jimmy Howard's, and Datsyuk reported that all was well (Khan included a video clip of Datsyuk speaking with the media, too)...
"Just rehab for the whole summer, more conditioning and more workouts," Datsyuk said Tuesday. "It was much better in a few games of the Boston (playoff) series. I could push my knee, but I lost a lot of muscle. Now everything has come back. I felt better at the end of the playoffs; now it's much better and comfortable."
Is he close to 100 percent?
"At my age, oh, yeah," the 36-year-old said.
Datsyuk began skating briefly in Russia two weeks ago. He's picked up the pace since joining teammates on the ice Monday at Joe Louis Arena for informal workouts.
"I didn't skate much, but I started staking now and it feels much better," he said. "Nothing bothers me."
And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan reports that Datsyuk was in good spirits...
Preliminary lineup for HockeyFest announced
Kronwall, Howard, Lindsay highlight list of current players and alumni set to appear at fun-filled event at The Joe on Sunday, Sept. 14
DETROIT – The 2014 edition of Red Wings HockeyFest, presented by Coke Zero and Meijer, is set to take place at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday, Sept. 14 (11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), featuring an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players, Red Wings Alumni and FOX Sports Detroit television personalities. A preliminary list of past and present members of the Red Wings set to attend this much-anticipated event can be found below alongside their designated appearance times. Additional players, as well as members of the Red Wings Alumni Association, will be added to this list at a later time.
Red Wings afternoon news: a strange Bertuzzi comparison, predictions and Datsyuk discussing his knee
Updated 2x at 3:41 PM: I will allow you to decide whether Todd Bertuzzi and Ray Rice committed similar acts--which Sportsnet's Damien Cox suggests--on your own, but there's certainly a significant amount of "fresh outrage" in Cox's suggestion that what Bertuzzi did was worse because he was allowed to continue playing:
His actions against Moore (was he frustrated even more that night because he was minus-4 in 14 minutes of playing time?) didn’t make him a pariah in the sport. He made millions and millions of dollars while playing for various teams and heard the cheers of the fans countless times over the 10 years that Moore didn’t get to play or even have the chance to scratch out any kind of career at all.
Wayne Gretzky, Pat Quinn and Kevin Lowe tried unsuccessfully to use the 2006 Canadian Olympic team to enhance Bertuzzi’s rehabilitation, but like all the teams who chose to employ and include Bertuzzi over his career, it didn’t result in winning. To me, the Detroit Red Wings stopped being the NHL’s most interesting and admirable team the day they picked Bertuzzi up.
A decade after the fact, nobody but the lawyers really won. Moore is now rich, we believe, but his dream was stolen from him, and his team and his union abandoned him, and maybe his ability to hold down a job and live a healthy life and trust that people will do the right thing are all gone forever, too. To many in the hockey industry, sadly, he became the reviled outsider, not Bertuzzi.
Otherwise...If you are in Toronto this evening, the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle notes that the documentary about the Soviet hockey system as viewed through the eyes of Slava Fetisov, Red Army, is airing at the Toronto International Film Festival...
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.
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