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Evening news: On Abdelkader, Richards and Datsyuk’s return

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness penned an article about Justin Abdelkader's extension:

“I know the person, I know his passion and I know his commitment,” [Ken] Holland said Thursday at Joe Louis Arena. “I’m with him every day. If you’re outside the organization you might have some hesitation but I know what he’s all about. So I think at the end of the day if it’s too long, you worry about it six years from now. The most important thing was to get him signed up.

“I know I’ve talked to some people in the industry that think it’s a fabulous deal for us,” Holland added. “I think it’s a fabulous deal because we’ve found a way to keep him signed and we couldn’t afford to lose him.”

The deal with Abdelkader, who would have been an unrestricted after this season, has an annual salary cap hit of $4.25 million.

“I wanted to make it clear in negotiations that I wanted to stay here and be here long term,” said Abdelkader, who’s in the final year of a four-year deal with a salary-cap his of $1.8 million. “I’m gonna keep fully committing myself to this team, this organization on and off the ice, and do what I can to be a leader.”

2. MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Brad Richards about his recovery from a back issue:

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WXYZ posts video of Ken Holland discussing the Abdelkader contract

Via RedWingsFeed, WXYZ posted a 4:55 video of Red Wings GM Ken Holland speaking with the media about the Justin Abdelakder contract:

Update: WXYZ posted an evening report on Abdelkader as well:

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Bob McKenzie On The Justin Abdelkader Extension

via Hope_Smoke tweets,

McKenzie on TSN Radio "the reaction on twitter have not been kind to Abdelkador & Det"

McKenzie "the Wings like Abdelkador and, while he's probably a 3rd liner, he can play up in their lineup and didn't want to lose him"

McKenzie "there is a bit of an overpayment but you always do for UFA & they didn't want to lose him."

Mckenzie "Wings may not like final few years of deal but looking more at next 4 years & they didn't want to lose him"

Mckenzie "Abdelkador would get same on open market"

Mckenzie "the Wings are paying a premium to make sure Abdelkador doesn't walk out the door and leave a hole in their lineup"

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Ties To The Military

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

It's one of the most famous events in world history, the day that Western allies invaded northern France, landing on the beach in Normandy.

D-Day happened on June 6, 1944, and Justin Abdelkader's great-uncle, Garrett Bass, was among the troops that landed there that day.

Abdelkader said he once did a school project on Bass for a ninth-grade class.

"I got to interview him.," Abdelkader said. "I want to say he shook hands with General (George) Patton at one point when they moved forward to Normandy on the beach. Obviously it was a touchy subject so he didn't like talking about all the details but just pretty special. It was neat I got to bring his uniform and everything in."

Most people have seen the iconic photos taken that day when the troops arrived on the beach.

"It's truly amazing, one of the biggest events in the last 100 years, for the whole world," Abdelkader said. "For him to be a part of it, for him to go and fight for the freedom of our country and allies, it's pretty special."

Brad Richards' grandfather also fought in World War II.


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Post-practice articles: Datsyuk to return Friday; Abdelkader discusses contract extension

Updated 6x at 3:20 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

Practice was chock full of news regarding Pavel Datsyuk, Brad Richards, Kyle Quincey and a little dust-up between Teemu Pulkkinen and Brendan Smith. The Free Press's Helene St. James covers all the bases in her practice report:

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Red Wings posit ‘There’s More to the Story’ video about Drew Miller

The Wings are posting videos about their Michigan-made Red Wings, and here's their feature on Drew Miller:

The Wings have also posted videos spotlighting Luke Glendening and Danny DeKeyser:

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Kyle Quincey will be out longer than expected (9-12 weeks)

This is not good news:

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Practice Tweets: Datsyuk on the top line, Richards skating, Howard in starter’s net

Updated 3x with bad news about Quincey at 12:31 PM: The Red Wings returned to practice after a day off, preparing for a nasty stretch in which the Wings will play 6 games over the course of 9 nights.

The Wings host the Sharks on Friday, head to Boston on Saturday and Ottawa on Monday, host the Capitals (again) next Wednesday and wrap things up with back-to-backs against LA and St. Louis on the 20th and 21st.

Anyway, MLive's Ansar Khan reported from practice...

Wings on ice for practice. Richards (back) taking part but not ready to play. Ferraro (knee) remains out.




Richards rotating in with top six. Andersson and Jurco likewise with bottom six.


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Red Wings to hold Military Appreciation Night on Friday

From the Red Wings:

… Red Wings to Honor Military Members Throughout Game, Hold Care Package Collection & Wear Camo Jerseys During Warm-Ups on Nov. 13 …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host their eighth annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by Applebee’s, on Friday, Nov. 13, when the team takes on the San Jose Sharks at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket). The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a Military Appreciation Night T-shirt.

“We are excited to be a part of Military Appreciation Night with the Red Wings,” said Mark Schostak, whose family owns 67 Michigan Applebee’s locations, “and we are proud to continue to honor servicemen and servicewomen year-round with Military Monday, when veterans and active duty military will receive a 30-percent discount on their food purchases all day every Monday at Applebee’s.”

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Quickie catch-up commentary

Here's a super-brief catch-up post as I took a much-needed dirt nap yesterday:

  • Andreas Athanasiou's speed and forechecking abilities yielded his first goal on Tuesday, and the Free Press's Helene St. James, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan praised Athanasiou while wondering how long he might stay up here. I believe that the Wings' most-needed asset is speed, so I would quite frankly waive Joakim Andersson to keep Athanasiou up. Hell, I'd waive Ferraro, and he's fast;
  • We all knew that Kyle Quincey was leaning toward ankle surgery, but he made it official on Wednesday, as the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and MLive's Khan noted;
  • The Free Press's Jeff Seidel is one of many reporters who chronicled the Flint Firebirds' walk-out on their owner, and Seidel's article is a good read;
  • My take on the now-official Justin Abdelkader deal is simple: fair salary at $4.25 million, term unreasonable by at least 2 years. Abdelkader provides a net-front presence that the Wings don't have otherwise in the organization, and he's very physical, but he's also tremendously inconsistent offensively. I also worry about the $ making it harder to re-sign Danny DeKeyser, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan, Petr Mrazek and Darren Helm, who are restricted (first 4) and unrestricted (Helm), respectively (per the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan).
  • The Plymouth-Canton Observer reports that the Wings' alums will play the NTDP on Tuesday, November 24th, and that's a game worth attending, folks;
  • And finally, NHL.com's Rob Vollman praised Henrik Zetterberg's production as part of a fine "over-35 team":

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