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It's not quite feast or famine--the Red Wings summer news cycle has been ridiculously busy--but this morning's crop of Wings-related news is slowly shifting back toward "summertime news."
The Detroit News wasn't lucky enough to reap the "exclusive" scoops Ilitch Holdings provided the Free Press and Crain's Detroit Business on Sunday morning, but they've caught up over the past 36 hours, and today, they've posited an editorial regarding the "District Detroit." Given that the News has a red banner for a reason, they're bullish on the construction jobs, the business and real estate boosts the project could provide to the City:
Pavel Datsyuk's hockey school in the Moscow suburb of Zelenograd wrapped up on Saturday, but AllHockey.ru posted a quintet of post-school articles today. Both Allhockey and Datsyuk partnered with the Russian cell phone comapny Megafon--and Ilya Bryzgalov--to hold a centralized skater and goaltender-blended school.
Allhockey's Alexander Shapiro first discusses the school as a whole, reporting that the KHL's TV network plans on releasing a 7-part series of 7-minute vignettes this fall, and Shapiro states that CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov visited the school during its second day;
I would generally just update the afternoon rink post to keep things in one place (see: Sunday morning's post about the rink proposal and the overnight report regarding the balance of the "District Detroit" project), but this trio of stories/interviews merit their own "update" entry.
First, Olympia Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Neal Ruhl and Mark Champion on Monday afternoon, and Wilson hasn't really weighed in on the project yet--a project that's "his baby" to some extent--so this is a must-listen...
Amongst this evening's Red Wings-related news stories:
Is it a little weird that Fox Sports Detroit's Darren Eliot addressed the Red Wings' free agency strikeouts, the team's lateral re-signings, Jimmy Howard's need to bounce back this upcoming seasonand Mike Babcock and Ken Holland's respective contract situations on July 21st, all over the course of a 14-minute interview with WDFN's Art Regner?
Not this summer. I keep waiting for things to "slow down," and from a personal perspective, I keep waiting to hear which cocah will flank Mike Babcock's left (toward the defense) shoulder, how much money and term the team will end up giving Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar, and whether Daniel Alfredsson will continue playing (sorry, Nashville, he's not coming to Tennessee)...
You might expect that the "rest of the world" is discussing the Red Wings' rink-and-economic-development plans today, and that is indeed the case. Curbed Detroit, Deadspin, Field of Schemes, Arena Digest, The Hockey News and reports posted on the CBC, it's all over the place today, and the opinions are just as varied (again, as you might expect).
In the immediate Metro Detroit area, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea spoke to WDFN's Art Regner, discussing the rink plans for over 26 minutes...
Updated 3x at 8:06 AM: The Red Wings unveiled their plans for a new rink and a surrounding development that has a solid chance of dramatically changing the City of Detroit on Sunday, but Art Regner spent his time on the 7 Sports Cave talking about Mike Babcock's would-be "inevitable" departure from Detroit, and the Detroit News's Terry Foster and ESPN 96.1 FM's Sean Baligian sounded similar tones regarding Babcock's last-Thursday radio interview on Fox 2's Sportsworks (nobody seems to understand that Babcock wants GM Ken Holland to be re-signed before he re-ups):
The summer of Wings fan (and media) discontent continues, and prior to heading out on his summer vacation, the Hockey News's Ken Campbell offered this take on the state of the Wings and Babcock's, "If you don't want to be coached, don't come here" message:
Sunday's unveiling of the Red Wings' rink plans yielded what was very literally an all-night "vigil" for me. The Free Press usually publishes its next-day stories between 12 and 2 AM, and on "old-school" nights, between 3 and 4 AM. The rink stories weren't posted until after 5 AM; Crain's Detroit Business's stories hit around 7:30, and the Wings didn't post their official release until 8 AM.
After waking up from what I guess we'll call a nap, I woke up and thought, 'That's going to cost way more than $650 million."
The Sports Cave on Channel 7 talked some Wings and Mike Babcock this monring.
The video starts at the point of the Wings' talk...
Updated 4x at 9:32 AM, updated incredibly substantially with Crain's reports and official renderings, and then with the gist of a Petr Mrazek interview: Sometimes doing this blogging thing is like waiting for battle, especially when the Free Press decides to delay its anchor stories until 5 AM (as per usual on Sunday). You try to keep yourself busy, you try to look for any ancillary hockey news that might pop up (happy 36th birthday to Pavel Datsyuk and happy belated wedding day to Jordin and Jennifer Tootoo)...
And you wait for the deluge. In this morning's case, it's a deluge of stories regarding the Red Wings' follow-on rink and the surrounding economic development, first provided by the Free Press; Crain's Detroit Business will publish its stories about the rink sometime after I go to bed, and I'm sure that this officially official unveiling of the plans will echo through MLive, the Detroit News, Macomb Daily and the local TV stations over the next week or two.
The most important confirmation comes simply via the Freep's "Ilitch Development Timeline," confirming that Joe Louis Arena has two or three seasons to live:
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Red Wings fans--and it's been a couple of rough weeks for me--so I'm hoping that news slows down a little bit to give us a break from what I will delicately describe as a pair of unpopular free agent signings and a coach who addressed some issues that, on my part, hit too close to home.
Anyway, one would think that the middle of July would yield little news, but every time I scroll through my "Core Wings" Twitter list, I find a solid chunk of "there's still stuff going on" content.
In the prospect department, via RedWingsFeed, OHL Prospects' Brock Otten examined the Wings' Ontario Hockey League-playing prospects as part of his "30 Teams in 30 Days" series. He looks at a pair of OHL graduates in Andreas Athanasiou and Jake Paterson, as well as a pair of strong prospects who will be spending this upcoming season in the OHL:
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