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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland indicated on Wednesday that nothing is brewing, so it doesn’t appear as if the club will make a move anytime soon.
“The phone is ringing a little bit; I’m calling a little bit,” Holland said. “With the Olympic break coming, I don’t sense a lot of activity.
“I talked to a few managers the last few days; there’s not much going on.”
The Red Wings are on the fringe of a playoff position in the Eastern Conference, one of several teams competing for two wild-card spots. They could be anywhere from seventh to 13th in the conference depending on the day’s results. They have five games until the Olympic break and three more after the break before the trading deadline.
“We have to play our way into being a buyer,” Holland said. “There’s no use spending assets unless we play our way into a buyer position.”
from Joe Guillen of the Detroit Free Press,
A representative of the Ilitch family’s business organization vowed on Wednesday to support the creation of a neighborhood advisory committee to give input on a wide range of development issues related to the proposed Red Wings arena downtown.
The advisory committee’s structure and its responsibilities have not been finalized, but Gregg Solomon of Olympia Development of Michigan told members of the Detroit City Council at a public hearing Wednesday that the committee would be involved in issues such as parking, the arena’s design, vending and security.
“Olympia is excited to pledge to work with City Council on the creation of a neighborhood advisory committee,” said Solomon, whose company would operate the new arena for Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch....
Several others spoke in support of the project, including Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland.
Holland noted the team’s success and the downtown parades that followed the Wings’ Stanley Cup championships. Holland said Joe Louis Arena is outdated.
“We are recruiting and retaining talent and it’s important that we have a competitive facility in order to compete in the National Hockey League,” Holland said. “We need your support on this project to keep our team competitive.”
So true, but the return needs to happen quickly.
Yesterday, the Free Press's Joe Guillen reported that Detroit's City Council will be reviewing the land transfer deal the City has to sign off upon for the Downtown Development Authority to expand the "downtown" footprint to include the Red Wings' follow-on rink, and as such, a coalition from the Cass Corridor area where the rink will be built will put forth its concerns as public comments are heard (cue the yelling and scene-making soundbytes on the evening news) at today's meetings. Per Guillen:
As the proposal for a new Red Wings arena forges ahead, several community stakeholders are pursuing a deal to help ensure the $450-million project provides jobs for Detroiters and does not disrupt neighborhoods surrounding the arena site near downtown.
They want the arena’s developer, Olympia Development of Michigan, an Ilitch family company, to reach a community benefits agreement that could include provisions to regulate hiring practices, protect homeowners near the arena from being displaced and set environmental standards.
Oh, boy. Where do I start?
It was better than the State of the Union and its rebuttal?
The Red Wings just laid an absolute egg en route to a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, looking like a rudderless team minus Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen (and Jimmy Howard not in net, Cory Emmerton and Stephen Weiss also injured, Todd Bertuzzi still scratched, etc. etc.), but the beating came while the Wings were down 3 goalposts and a crossbar, too.
From the Griffins, the Red Wings' reassignment of Mikael Samuelsson and the team's returning of Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids yielded a trio of Griffins roster moves:
The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to the Grand Rapids Griffins and reassigned goaltender Jared Coreau from the Griffins to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. In addition, the Griffins announced that forwards Alden Hirschfeld and Travis Novak have been released from their professional tryouts, returning them to Toledo.
Mrazek, 21, has appeared in 13 contests with the Griffins this season, posting a 10-2-1 record, a 2.09 goals against average and a 0.927 save percentage. The Ostrava, Czech Republic, native won a career-high nine consecutive games with Grand Rapids before being recalled to Detroit on Dec. 11. Mrazek has earned two shutouts this season, including a 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers with Detroit on Nov. 2 and a 5-0 blanking of the Milwaukee Admirals with Grand Rapids on Nov. 20. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound netminder has played in seven games with the Wings this season, registering a 1-3-0 record, a 1.64 GAA and a 0.924 save percentage.
The Red Wings weren't particularly keen on talking to Brian Rafalski until he proved he could play at at least the AHL level at age 40, and MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Rafalski has decided to halt his comeback after his back issues flared up:
Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski has ended his comeback attempt with the EHCL’s Florida Everblades, retiring for good.
“I’m done,” Rafalski told the Fort Myers News-Press. “My back is no good. That was one of the hurdles.”
Rafalski, 40, played only three games with the Everblades, picking up one assist. He told the News-Press that his back acted up after his first game on Jan. 10 and experienced more back pain after playing on consecutive nights, Jan. 17-18.
“After playing two games, it inflamed the nerves in my back so I’m done,” Rafalski said. “I felt like I played pretty well the last game. I was getting my timing and the game seemed to slow down.”
Update: The Detroit Free Press reprinted the Ft. Myers News-Press's Craig Handel's article:
Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet was just on with Matt Dery of Detroit Sports 105.1 to talk abou the injured Wings playing in the Olympics.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Franzen was placed on short-term injured reserve (seven days minimum) and will miss at least a few more games.
“Any time it’s a head injury -- we’ve been through it a number of times -- they’re hard things,” coach Mike Babcock said. “Obviously, Mule thought he was ready and then found out he wasn’t.
“He’ll be out a few (games) for sure, anyways, and he continues to work with doctors at U-M; they’ll figure out when he’s available.”
General manager Ken Holland said Franzen made the trip to Philadelphia but did not feel well this morning.
“He’s been in constant communication with (the specialist),” Holland said. “He’s got to have a lot of days of being healthy before he plays.”
Tonight will be the first time that Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen have been out for the same game.
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