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As I prepare to enjoy and/or endure my dear friend's wedding, here's a slate of press releases and Red Wings-related notes to fill up a Friday night.
You already know that the Wings demoted Cory Emmerton and Petr Mrazek (with Jonas Gustavsson getting healthy just in time for the Wings' stretch of 5 games in 8 nights), recalled Luke Glendening and significantly shook up their lines in anticipation of tomorrow's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, who are tangling with the Phoenix Coyotes right now (again, somewhat ironically, Tuesday's now 8 PM-starting home game's opponent, the Blue Jackets, will be "warming up" the Wings' Columbus Day matinee foe in the Boston Bruins tomorrow afternoon).
Tomorrow night is the Red Wings' "Pink the Rink" game, and the community relations department posted a press release regarding activities at a game in which Jimmy Howard's going to don pink gear and a pink mask to help raise awareness for breast cancer research:
Red Wings broadcaster Mickey Redmond mentioned this on last night's broadcast, but I was surprised that no one else mentioned it. Per Regina, Saskatchewan's News Talk 980 CJME's Lisa Schick, Red Wings legend Metro Prystai passed away on Thursday.
You may remember Prystai because the three-time Stanley Cup-winner was absolutely gobsmacked when Mike and Marian Ilitch ensured that all living Red Wings alums would receive rings for their respective Stanley Cup wins in 2008, and Prystai received his ring in the mail. Schick notes that Prystai had a helluva career:
Metro "Meatball" Prystai made it to the Stanley Cup series three times in his career and also played in three all-star games. He spent 11 years in the NHL but it all started in Saskatchewan. The Yorkton native first played with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the SJHL before entering the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1947.
He was with the Red Wings for all three Stanley Cup runs.
"It was terrific," Prystai recalled in an interview recently posted online by the author of a forthcoming book about his life. "If I could do it all over again I would," he laughed.
The Red Wings don't want to conflict with Tuesday's 4 PM-scheduled the Tigers-Red Sox game, and as such...
RED WINGS ANNOUNCE GAME TIME CHANGE
The National Hockey League and the Detroit Red Wings announced today that Detroit’s home game on Tuesday, October 15, vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets, originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m., has been changed to an 8:00 p.m. start.
Of schedule-quirk-y note preceding this game: tonight, the Phoenix Coyotes battle the Wings' Saturday night opponent in the Philadelphia Flyers, and on Saturday, the Blue Jackets will battle Monday's opponent, the Boston Bruins.
Updated 8x at 3:09 PM: The Red Wings were very unhappy with their individual and collective performances in their 4-2 loss to Phoenix on Thursday, and they continue their stretch of 4 games played over the course of 6 nights and 6 in 10 with tilts against Philly tomorrow (the Wings' "Pink the Rink" game), in Boston at 1 PM on Columbus Day, a home tilt against Columbus on Tuesday and a road trip to Denver and Phoenix next weekend, all before returning home to entertain the Sharks and Senators.
As such, as Paul noted, the Red Wings made quite the shake-up in the personnel department today--both in terms of call-ups/demotions and line changes. Per the Wings' PR department....
EMMERTON AND MRAZEK ASSIGNED TO GRAND RAPIDS
… Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson Removed from Injured Reserve …
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Cory Emmerton and goaltender Petr Mrazek to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and removed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson from injured reserve.
Somehow, this didn't get "opened" by me last night, so here's a VERY belated Wings-Coyotes recap:
Here's what I thought about the game (before we get into the formal recap and stuff):
added 12:02pm, And here come the changes, per Khan tweet,
Wings on ice for practice. Alfredsson skating in third line. Bertuzzi, Samuelsson and Tatar all wearing red as potential top 6 forwards
added 12:15pm, Pleiness tweet,
Samuelsson and Tatar appear to be scratches for Saturday's game with Flyers.
added 12:58pm, Khan tweet,
Wings recalled Luke Glendening from Grand Rapids. He'll center fourth line and make NHL debut tomorrow.
added 1:15pm, via Khan tweet,
Babcock said Tootoo is playing tomorrow, on line with Miller and Glendening.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The season is barely one week old, but Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has seen enough to conclude something needs to be changed.
Perhaps a couple of lines will be shuffled. Maybe there will be one or two lineup changes.
Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena set off an early season alarm.
“That’s not good enough for us. We weren’t good enough in any way,'' Babcock said. “We’ll have to look at our power play and everybody and what we’re doing. Obviously, we didn’t do a very good job as a coaching staff, because we weren’t prepared tonight.''
added 9:25am, from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
From the Plymouth Whalers...
PLYMOUTH WHALERS GET IN THE PINK FOR BREAST CANCER
Whalers play in distinctive pink jerseys on Oct. 26 against Sarnia
PLYMOUTH – The primary colors of the Plymouth Whalers are blue, white and green, with a little bit of black.
But the Ontario Hockey League team will change its’ color scheme on Saturday, October 26 at 7:05 pm at Compuware Arena against the Sarnia Sting for a special cause.
Red Wings rallying around Catholic Central forward who suffered a broken back, and this is a follow-up to an earlier story from the Free Press's Perry A. Farrell. Per DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
Mike Babcock has known high school hockey player Matt Sorisho for a few years. The senior was a linemate with Babcock’s son at Novi Detroit Catholic Central last season.
Last Friday, Sorisho, who was the Shamrocks’ top-leading scorer from last year’s state finalist team, shattered a lumbar vertebra in his back while playing hockey in a Michigan Development Hockey League game in Farmington Hills, Mich. The spinal cord injury required Sorisho to undergo a seven-hour surgery to remove the shattered disk.
Babcock has visited Sorisho a couple of times this week in the hospital, and said that the 17-year-old is in good spirits despite a long recovery.
“Obviously, his life is going to be different, but he can still have a significant impact on the community and be a significant leader,” Babcock said. “He’s a strong, competitive kid with a great family. They’ve surrounded him with love now it’s time for him to grab his life back.”
Phoenix Coyotes forward David Moss visited Sorisho on Thursday, and Roose reports that the family may need aid to pay for Matt's medical expenses:
The story goes something like this, and this is "how I know it" to go: a year-and-a-half ago, Vladimir Putin, who proudly claims the KHL as his creation, duly noted that the KHL's marquee teams, like SKA St. Petersburg, the Ak Bars Kazan, Avangard Omsk, Metallurg Magnitogorsk and (at the time) Salavat Yulaev Ufa are almost completely located outside of Moscow, with Dynamo Moscow only having captured the Gargarin Cup after merging with HK MVD, the Ministry of Internal Affairs' club.
In the Russian capital, Spartak operated as with a smaller-market budget, Vityaz Chekhov (now Vityaz Podolsk) was the renegade team full of scrappers, and CSKA Moscow, once the jewel in the Soviet professional hockey crown, was a middling-at-best franchise. CSKA was struggling mightily, and worse, Fetisov announced that he was resigning from the club in disgust during KHL president Alex Medvedev's "State of the League" All-Star Game speech.
Inspired to reinvigorate the capital, and at Putin's request, the Russian oil and natural gas giant Rosneft suddenly became CSKA's main sponsor, and soon after, it was announced that the newly-retired Sergei Fedorov would take over as the club's GM around the time of the 2012 World Championships.
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