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Among the storylines immediately leading up to tonight's game between the Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators (7:30 PM, FSD/TSN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM):
Via RedWingsFeed, there's good news regarding Niklas Kronwall...
Updated with "five reasons why Daniel Alfredsson made the right choice when he left the Senators" at 2:03 PM: I'm trying to keep as much of the hubbub surrounding tonight's "reunion game" between the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings (7:30 PM, FSD/TSN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM) in the game-day entry and the Ouellet recall entry, and I'd prefer to not post every dang Alfredsson story on its own given that Monday night, Tuesday afternoon and evening and even this morning have been littered with Alfredsson stories.
That being said, Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned an Alfredsson story that stands on its own, discussing the Wings' "free agency wining and dining period" wooing of Alfredssson, the Alfredsson family's acclimation to a new hometown in Birmingham and a new experience entirely in living in the U.S. for the first time, and especially Alfredsson's in-progress "fit" with the Wings on the ice--in both present and future tenses:
Niklas Kronwall took a puck to his chin and teeth this morning, and as such...
RED WINGS RECALL DEFENSEMAN XAVIER OUELLET
… 2011 Second-Round Pick Has Played One Game with Detroit This Season …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Ouellet, 20, logged 17:15 of ice time against the San Jose Sharks during his NHL debut with Detroit on Monday. A native of Bayonne, France, Ouellet has also played in five games with the Griffins this season, showing two assists and a plus-one rating. Prior to turning professional, Ouellet skated in four QMJHL seasons with the Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, registering 160 points (41-119-160) and 177 penalty minutes in 223 games. In 2012-13, he finished ninth on his club with 41 points (10-31-41) in 50 games during the regular season and ranked second among QMJHL defensemen with 16 points (7-9-16) in 15 postseason games. He represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, notching three points (1-2-3) in six games.
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness all report that Ouellet was recalled as insurance in case Kronwall cannot play:
Red Wings-Senators game-day update post: the circus comes to town; Kronwall ‘nicked,’ Helm improving
Updated 18x with video at 2:49 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face off against Daniel Alfredsson's former employer in the Ottawa Senators tonight (7:30 PM, FSD/TSN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and toes have already been stepped upon:
The Ottawa Senators' website has a running game-day update page rolling, and the Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan arrived early:
From DetroitRedWings.com's Christy Hammond, here's a friendly reminder about the charitable thrust of Saturday's game against the New York Rangers:
The Detroit Red Wings will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Van Andel Institute - Purple CommunitySM this Saturday, Oct. 26, when the Wings host the New York Rangers at 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket).
The Red Wings are one of seven NHL teams that will celebrate their Hockey Fights Cancer Night game this month with all-lavender dasherboards, which is the color that represents awareness for all forms of cancer. All fans in attendance will receive a purple rally towel courtesy of the Van Andel Institute, and fans are encouraged to wear purple to Saturday’s game.
Other Hockey Fights Cancer Activities:
The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Ottawa Senators tonight (7:30 PM, FSD/TSN/97.1 FM, and this game is one of all of 2 on the NHL schedule for Wednedsay, so everybody who's not watching the Bruins-Sabres game will be weighing in on this one) hoping to snap a two-game winless streak and make something ouf their 3-game home stand, which began with a 1-0 shootout loss to San Jose (and a difficult loss to Phoenix last Saturday).
In all honesty, if we're not talking about the whole Daniel Alfredsson Reunion Game storyline, which has resulted in oodles of "exclusives" and some honest-to-goodness good reads about Alfredsson's decision to leave Ottawa, as well as his superb fit with and comfort level as a member of the Detroit Red Wings...
I'm still trying to get a bead on the Senators as an "opponent."
Red Wings evening news: Kronwall on McLeod suspension, injury stuff, Sens talk & learning from Homer
If you're not into Senators-Alfredsson reunion stuff, if you missed this afternoon's practice post or the news about Jonathan Ericsson being out for 3 weeks, I've got some a) new news and b) repetition.
The new stuff starts with Niklas Kronwall speaking with 97.1 FM's Jeff Riger (via RedWingsFeed) about Cody McLeod's 5-game suspension:
As you already know, the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators will tangle tomorrow night in the first game between the teams since Daniel Alfredsson signed with the Red Wings, and while the Red Wings' press corps spent Tuesday addressing the statuses of Jonathan Ericsson (out 2-3 weeks with a shoulder sublaxion), Darren Helm (not coming back Saturday as his groin is an issue), Niklas Kronwall (should return tomorrow) and Ericsson's status as a father...
Alfredsson was the flavor of the day.
He spoke with Sportsnet's Arash Mardani for a six-minute interview, and a similar feature will air on TSN at 6:30 PM EDT (update: You can watch the interview here, and the CP posted 1-minute clip as well)--but Sportsnet allows video embedding, so enjoy:
The CBC's Michael Drapack reports that Steve Moore's civil suit against Todd Bertuzzi will go to trial next year, but until Bertuzzi retires, you can expect the trial date to continue to be rolled back:
It will be more than 10 years since Todd Bertuzzi attacked Steve Moore, but a new court date for Moore's civil suit against Bertuzzi has been set.
The trial will begin on Sept 8, 2014, and is scheduled to last three months before a jury.
On March 8, 2004, Bertuzzi, then playing for the Vancouver Canucks, drove Moore, then playing for the Colorado Avalanche, to the ice with a punch during an NHL game. Moore suffered three fractured vertebrae and hasn't played since.
Bertuzzi is in his fifth season with the Detroit Red Wings.
Moore filed this lawsuit in 2006. He's seeking $38 million.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
With the trading of the NHL’s best stache, Mike Brown, to San Jose — let us hope Brown packed more than one suit because the Sharks are on a five-game road trip, with four left, and the Oilers are just winding up a 12-day six-gamer — the Edmonton Oilers opened up a spot on their 50-man max reserve list....
There’s been some discussion that the Oilers should now take a run at Tootoo as a fourth-liner because he has some ability with the puck (he has 133 points and 49 career goals). The Wings really have no room for Tootoo on their salary cap and he’s been in and out of their lineup this season, since they signed him to a three-year free-agent deal in the summer of 2012 to give them some fourth-line energy and a willingness to drop the mitts. They’ve certainly been making phone calls on Tootoo, a healthy scratch for almost all of the playoffs last spring and with only five games this season to see if anybody’s interested.
Tootoo’s cap hit of $1.9 million for this year and next would seem a problem however, if he is going to play on the fourth line and get fewer than seven or eight minutes a night. You can get somebody in the $1 million range for that job. Then again, he is an emotional guy–31 in February– who likes to hit like Cal Clutterbuck likes to hit. He can stir a dead building or team to life.
Tootoo, to me, seems a longshot pickup, though.
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