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Of brief Red Wings-related note on a "quiet" June afternoon:
1. Red Wings broadcasters Ken Kal and Ken Daniels received quite the honor from Hour Detroit today:
2. If you want to listen to tonight's Pens-Sharks game on the radio, Fox Sports Detroits' Darren Eliot is taking part in the broadcast:
From General Fanager:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. The NHL's draft combine is underway in Buffalo, NY this week, and the Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding the team's strategy as Holland, Kris Draper, Ryan Martin, Jiri Fischer and the amateur scouts attempt to interview about half of the 100-plus players invited to the combine:
By this time of year on the hockey calendar, teams have extensively observed players’ performances on the ice. The interviews with the mostly 18-year-olds are an opportunity to discover something about their personalities and maturity.
“We usually ask them to tell us about their family, tell us about where they’re from,” Holland told the Free Press. “We like to know about their training regimen, whether they have a plan for the summer.”
The Wings’ first pick in the June 24-25 draft is at 16th overall, then 46th, 106th, 136th, 166th and 196th. The 76th overall pick, in the third round, belongs to New Jersey because of the March 2015 trade for defenseman Marek Zidlicky.
At last year’s combine, a favorable interview impression left by Evgeny Svechnikov helped persuade the Wings to draft him 19th overall. More than 100 players generally attend the event, and teams request 20-minute interviews through the NHL, which then sets up schedules. Every team does not interview every player. There would be no reason for the Wings to interview players such as Auston Matthews or Patrik Laine, who will go within the first two picks.
St. James continues, as does Holland;
2. The usual rule for draft evaluations is that it takes 3 to 5 years to begin to evaluate how a team's draft haul has turned out. Today, Hockey's Future's Ryan Womeldorf takes a look at the Red Wings' 9-player haul from the 2011 draft, and the most successful players the Wings picked were taken in the second and seventh rounds:
From USA Hockey:
NHL Coaches to Speak at National Hockey Coaches Symposium
NHL head coaches Peter Laviolette (Nashville Predators) and Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) will headline an impressive roster of high level coaches speaking at the 2016 National Hockey Coaches Symposium in St. Louis, Aug. 11-14.
The bi-annual event is for coaches looking to attain their Level 5 coaching certification, the highest offered by USA Hockey. In addition to general sessions, coaches will explore innovative approaches to coaching through intensive breakout sessions dedicated to age-specific teaching and techniques.
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with newly-acquired Red Wings prospect Dylan Sadowy regarding the 6'1," 195-pound winger's strengths:
"I'm a two-way player that can play both ends of the rink," Sadowy said. "I can score goals, but I'll sacrifice my body for the team. I'll block shots and take hits to make a play and I'm a good PK guy that can be counted on in the last couple minutes of the game."
That grit also appealed to the Red Wings, who signed Sadowy to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday. They acquired the 20-year-old left wing's rights from the San Jose Sharks on Thursday for a third-round pick in 2017.
Sadowy (6-1,195) scored 45 and 42 goals, respectively, in his final two juniors years, the last of which was split between the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts. The Red Wings like his grit and knack for scoring from around the net.
"That's an area a lot of players don't want to go and that's where I scored most of my goals, going hard to the net and getting rebounds and greasy goals," Sadowy said.
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
HOME OPENER SET FOR OCT. 14
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins will begin the home portion of their 2016-17 season with Opening Night presented by Huntington Bank on Friday, Oct. 14 at Van Andel Arena, one of six home dates that have been confirmed by the American Hockey League.
In addition to their home opener, the Griffins will host their 20th annual New Year’s Eve game on Saturday, Dec. 31. Girl Scout Night and the first Cross-Ice Jamboree will be on Saturday, Jan. 7. Grand Rapids’ home contest on Saturday, Jan. 21 will accommodate Boy Scout Night and serve as part of the 2017 Great Skate Winterfest, one of the team’s annual fundraisers for the Griffins Youth Foundation.
The second Cross-Ice Jamboree will be held prior to the Saturday, Feb. 4 game while a Polar Plunge benefiting the Special Olympics is set for Saturday, Feb. 25.
From the Red Wings...
Here's the press release:
From the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:
A compelling encounter with an enthusiastic young fan planted the seed for Walleye forward Evan Rankin to help organize a fantasy hockey camp for players with developmental disabilities.
Rankin, Toledo’s outgoing and generous veteran, met Ryan Sly, an eager and energetic fan, before a game at the Huntington Center in March. Ryan’s mother, Marie Sly, videotaped the interaction.
“It was a special-needs team from Grand Rapids that had come to watch our game,” Rankin said. “There was this one young boy really cheering us on. I played along with him, and his mom sent me a video of it. We got to talking and I proposed this idea to her. She was on board and ran with it.”
Rankin will host the inaugural Professional Hockey Academy Special Hockey Fantasy Camp in Livonia, Mich., on June 4-5.
The camp is sponsored by the American Special Hockey Association, which was created in 2000 to give people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey.
Continued, and Rankin's camp still has open spots...
You may or may not have much interest in this, so I'll suggest that the Free Press's Joe Guillen offers a story of selective interest this morning:
The city of Detroit may have missed out on millions of dollars from Olympia Entertainment as part of revenue from the Detroit Red Wings cable TV agreements, according to documents obtained by the Free Press.
A 1999 sublease between Olympia and the Detroit Red Wings states that the Red Wings would be responsible for paying the city a 25% share of the team’s annual cable TV revenues, under certain conditions.
During years of contentious discussions before a 2014 settlement, Olympia consistently maintained that it owed the city no TV revenue, since the TV deals were with the Red Wings and not with Olympia. Legal experts say the existence of this sublease might have weakened Olympia’s claims.
Detroit officials may have never known about the sublease as the city and Olympia, for a period that stretched seven years beginning in 2007, debated cable TV revenue payments. The city in early May rejected a Free Press Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the sublease, stating that the city did not have a copy in its files. Olympia was required to file the sublease under its master lease of Joe Louis Arena with the city.
To keep you busy in case watching the Penguins-Sharks Stanley Cup Final pains this blog's Red Wings-rooting partisans (see: two Stanley Cup Final engagements and four playoff series):
1. Of note from Gary Bettman's state-of-the-game speech, from the Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger:
2. The Free Press's Helene St. James issued a Memorial Day remembrance of a different kind...
With today's start of the Stanley Cup Finals between Pittsburgh and San Jose, let's look back 8 years to when the Detroit Red Wings had a game on Memorial Day.
On May 26, 2008, the Wings hosted the Penguins at Joe Louis Arena in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (The Wings also played on Memorial Day in 2013, but that was a second-round game because the lockout pushed the playoffs to a late start).
Two days earlier, the Wings had opened the series with a 4-0 victory. The best way to follow up on a shutout in Game 1?
How about a shutout in Game 2.
3. Ted Lindsay made an appearance in the Saint Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade;
4. On Twitter...
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