The Malik Report
Between this Saturday’s charity baseball game held by Red Wings Alumni Association president Joey Kocur, the Plymouth Whalers’ alumni game that’s also benefiting Gleaners on Saturday, a trio of Swedish charity hockey games first involving Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson and Gustav Nyquist, and then Henrik Zetterberg and a smorgasbord of NHL stars, and the simple fact that Russian hockey teams are already skating in exhibition games and Swedish teams are taking to the ice for training camp, one gets the feeling that NHL hockey—the CBA gods willing—isn’t that far off anymore.
Upper Michigan weather—it’s about 65 degrees here and we’ve got a chilly wind blowing in off Lake Superior at a good 20 miles an hour—has me wearing jeans and a flannel shirt a couple hundred miles north of a Metro Detroit area pushing 100 degrees, so I thought I’d wander into internet range and deliver you this Tweet from RedWingsFeed and then toss off some charity hockey news:
Yeah, not so much. As Paul just posted, the Red Wings have managed to get every member of the Russian Five not named the still-playing Slava Kozlov, including the incredibly estranged Sergei Fedorov, to sign up to take part in the Winter Classic. NHL.com tossed off the press release again…
George still on part-time vacation, his idea, not mine, so Paul here with your latest news…
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs® today announced the addition of nine total players that will participate in the festivities surrounding the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on December 31 at Comerica Park™, part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™. The Wings confirmed four members of Detroit’s famed ‘Russian Five’ with Viacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Fedorov. Toronto added 50-goal scorer Gary Leeman, Russ Courtnall, Bill Derlago, Bob McGill and all-stars Vincent Damphousse and Dave Ellett.
Regardless of whether I’ve had to miss chunks of time due to health issues or more pleasant distractions like the vacation that’s two days from its conclusion on a windswept morning in Grand Marais, I’ve found that the most difficult aspect of choosing to step away from the computer—or anywhere with a cell phone tower, as Wednesday’s trip to the Hurricane River campground entailed—involves losing context.
I lost a ton of context while first swimming and then avoiding being fly dinner at the Hurricane.
Paul here for George who is looking at some rocks today.
(TOLEDO, OH) – The Toledo Walleye and the Detroit Red Wings have signed a two year affiliation agreement. The new deal is through the 2013-14 season.
Toledo Walleye President and General Manager Joe Napoli, “I’m really happy to have the relationship continue through 2014 with one of the most respected franchises in the NHL. We have a long history with the Red Wings and they have been a great partner. ”
The Walleye have served as the Detroit Red Wings AA affiliate since its inaugural 2009-10 campaign. Toledo first aligned with the Red Wings in 1991 through 1999, then again from 2000-2007.
Red Wings overnight report: regarding Frk, Abdelkader, the CBA, Swedish charity hockey games and OCD
Certain things have reminded me that I’m in the middle of an all-too-short vacation, including having to buy half a gazillion 12-packs of Diet Coke to last the mom for two days, my Uncle Joey proving that there’s no wood wet enough that a quart of lighter fluid can’t turn into a fire, staying up far too late at said fire, and having to tell the boss that this Tweet from RedWingsFeed and one of the Wings’ best employees means that he’s got to post something as I’ll be in the middle of a national park with no cell phone reception (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore) when this happens:
DRW Promotional schedule will be public tomorrow. 25 giveaway nights including 9— Ayron (@ayronatthewings) July 31, 2012
@fathead Fridays, 6 Bobblehead and 5 very cool kids nights
The Red Wings announced via Twitter that the team’s signed 2011 second-round pick Martin Frk to a 3-year, entry-level contract, and DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose spoke to Wings GM Ken Holland about the team’s decision to sign a player who’s been a member of the organization for all of five weeks:
“He came to camp and our guys liked him in Traverse City,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He competes hard and has a good shot and he has one year of junior remaining and then he’s pro eligible. So based upon his age, based upon what we saw in Traverse and what our scouts have seen out of him the last couple of years, we decided to sign him to a contract.”
The 19-year-old Czechoslovakian is the first Wings’ prospect signed to an entry-level deal a month removed from being drafted since goalie Thomas McCollum signed four months after he was drafted 30th overall in 2008.
Well that was fast, per the Red Wings’ Twitter account:
UPDATE: The Red Wings have signed forward Martin Frk to a three-year, entry-level contract. twitter.com/DetroitRedWing…— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 31, 2012
I absolutely despise doing this, but as a follow-up to the overnight report’s take on “Hockeyinsiderr’s” belief that the Wings are seriously bidding for Yandle, here’s your okay, folks, it’s official, this guy’s nuts—and the Wings would be nuts, too, to offer this kind of package for one player:
BREAKING NEWS: The #RedWings have offer on the table for #Coyotes Yandle: Filppula+Nyquist+2013 1st. #WOW Ball in PHX court.
That’s just ridiculous. Go vote for your favorite alumni bobblehead on the Wings’ official website instead, because those personnel “moves” are more likely to happen.
As Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner notes, however, despite fans’ displeasure with the Wings’ inability to land a top-name free agent or allow themselves to sell the barn to buy a horse…
Paul for George who is sunning in the great UP.
Detroit, MI… For the second consecutive year the Detroit Red Wings will be asking fans to help determine which players will be featured in their season-long bobblehead giveaway promotion in 2012-13. Following the success of last summer’s Operation: Bobblehead voting campaign, which saw nearly two millions ballots cast in selecting the current members of the roster to be immortalized in the form of a collectible bobblehead, this year the team will be asking citizens of Hockeytown to vote on which former Red Wings greats they’d most like to see the likeness of emblazoned upon a 6 ½ inch polyresin figurine.
A total of six players will be featured in the 2012-13 Operation Bobblehead - Alumni Edition. The exact games at which 7,500 bobbleheads will be distributed this season will be announced at a later date.
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