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The Hockey Hall of Fame will make its decisions as to who will make the cut for its 2014 Induction Class on Monday at 3 PM EDT (on TSN2), and there's no doubt that one former Red Wings goalie will receive a call from the Hall's Selection Committee--Dominik Hasek's a shoo-in, and the only reason he'll be inducted this November involves the fact that Hasek un-retired for a third time to play one season with Pardubice HC and another with Spartak Moscow between 2009 and 2011. In fact, after taking the 2011-2012 season off, Hasek had hoped to make yet another comeback at 47, but he received no offers to play as a starting goaltender.
As time fades on Hasek's three tenures and two Stanley Cup wins in Detroit, more hockey observers are willing to use a slightly less delicate term to describe Hasek's myriad eccentricities (from meticlous nail-clipping to allowing exactly one person to lace his catch gloves to laying all his gear out in front of him in a beat reporter-unfriendly heap after games) as "nuts," but those who played with and put up with Hasek also insist that he was a consummate professional.
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Kris Draper, Jiri Fischer, Kirk Maltby and Ken Holland about Hasek's tenure(s) with the Wings, and they all suggested that Hasek was nothing less than a tactician
I missed a couple of days due to sinus bug, and my immune system picked the wrong days to miss!
Between Thursday and this morning, the Red Wings released their preseason schedule and the date of the team's home opener--the rest of the 2014-2015 season's schedule will be released today (the Free Press's Helene St. James Tweeted that it will be released at 4 PM EDT)
On Thursday, the Wings unofficially re-signed Jonas Gustavsson to a 1-year contract extension in the $1.5 million range;
The Wings also officially bought out Jordin Tootoo;
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings quest for the 12th Stanley Cup in franchise history begins on Thursday, Oct. 9, when the Boston Bruins, the defending Presidents’ Trophy winners, pay a visit to Hockeytown for a 7:30 p.m. showdown at Joe Louis Arena.
In conjunction with Opening Night, all fans in attendance will receive a 2014-15 Red Wings magnet schedule, courtesy of Belle Tire, as Detroit and Boston meet in a rematch of last year’s opening round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
One of Brogan Probert’s fondest memories involving her father has nothing to do with hockey.
It was the day he decided to give her an impromptu driving lesson.
“We were out in the county in our 454 Chevelle SS,” recalled Bob Probert’s oldest daughter.
She got out of the car and switched seats with her dad, taking the wheel.
“He told me to floor it,” Brogan said. “I was 12 years old.
“That’s one of my favourite memories. It was a great one.”
Preserving the memory of their father, the former Detroit Red Wings tough guy who died of a heart attack at the age of 45 in 2010, is of paramount importance to the four Probert children – daughters Brogan, 19, Tierney, 17 and Declyn, 14, and twin brother Jack – and their mother Dani.
Ken Daniels joined Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon show and the interview started off with some Bill Peters talk but quickly turned into Wings talk.
Worth a listen as Daniels joined Jeff Marek, Doug MacLean and Brad May.
The link takes you to the full podcast but the Daniels segment starts at the 15:45 mark.
via Mike Stone of CBSDetroit,
According to Pierre Lebrun of TSN’s hockey insiders the Red Wings are among the teams that have called the San Jose Sharks about the possibility of acquiring Joe Thornton.
He will be 35 next month and is due to make $6.75 million for each of the next three seasons.
I would only be interested in him if the Wings did not have to give away any of their young talent. He is coming off an 11 goal season, and his goals per game was 0.13 which is the third straight season it has dropped. In fairness his assists per game of .079 was the highest since the 2009-2010 season.
Thornton would definitely help this team, but I do not think he is worth the price in both salary and what the Wings would have to give up to get him.
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
“Mike Babcock’s done a good job in finding replacements when we’ve lost people,” Holland said. “I’ll talk to him in the next day or two. We’ll start out by exchanging ideas. I’m sure some people will reach out to us and tell us that they’re interested in the job in Detroit and we’ll slowly find a replacement.”...
“I’m sure Mike is thinking about it right now,” Holland said. “I’m in no rush. There have been so many people let go in the industry the last month I’m sure there’s a few looking for another opportunity. And I’m sure there are people with real good experience in the American League or juniors that would like an opportunity. We’ll have some good candidates and we’ll eventually find somebody.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Jonas Gustavsson will be back with the Detroit Red Wings for a third season.
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that "it appears we've agreed to a one-year deal."
Gustavsson, 29, was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but both sides were interested in extending a relationship that began in the summer of 2012. Gustavsson is coming off a two-year, $3-million deal. His extension is expected to be in the same $1.5-million ballpark.
Holland said Gustavsson has returned to Sweden, but paperwork should be sorted out within days.
Detroit, MI – The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2014-15 preseason schedule. The Red Wings will skate in a total of eight preseason games, including four games at Joe Louis Arena, highlighted by three matchups with Original Six rivals in the Chicago Blackhawks (Thu., Sept. 25), Boston Bruins (Sat., Sept. 27) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Mon., Sept. 29). A home showdown against the Pittsburgh Penguins is also slated for Wed., Oct. 1. Tickets for all Red Wings home preseason games will go on sale Fri., Aug. 15 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office (313-471-7575), all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) or online at DetroitRedWings.com. The complete 2014-15 preseason schedule can be found below.
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Detroit comes out of this pretty much unscathed. Gustav Nyquist made the most of his sophomore campaign, picking up a ton of offensive slack when Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg went down with injuries and now all three will be raring to go in the fall. Tomas Tatar showed that he too could be a full-time contributor, while Danny DeKeyser was great on the blueline until his own shoulder malady cut into his rookie campaign. And Brendan Smith finally got to play a full season with the Red Wings, proving he belonged during an effective year.
The Wings still have some big-name free agents to deal with, notably Daniel Alfredsson, who led them in scoring during that bizarre 2013-14 campaign. And Jordin Tootoo has already been put on waivers. But for a team that has always been super-patient with its youth, Detroit now has several kids who really took advantage of their opportunities when the Wings needed them.
Now Detroit no longer needs Bertuzzi, Samuelsson or Tootoo – and the Wings can probably jettison a veteran or two more. If anything, they’ll be even more dangerous in 2014-15 now.
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