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Updated 2x at 4:42 AM: I've been saying this for a while now, and I'm sticking to it: while a good third to 40% of the Red Wings' roster probably plans on playing overseas at some point during the lockout, the younger, more interchangeable and most importantly cheaper-to-insure are the only ones who will find gainful employment, at least with a Datsyukian KHL exception. Jakub Kindl kind of let it slip that he's heading over to play for Oclari Trinec of the Czech Extraliga on Twitter...
Though he had quite the adventure on the flight over...
But ESPN's Pierre LeBrun offered a fine example as to why the same recession that has the NHL demanding a "retrenching" makes it prohibitively expensive for players on long-term contracts to find work:
Via Centre Ice Arena's Anne Reeves (on Facebook), Traverse City's 9&10 News reports that the Wings haven't canceled training camp...Yet...
Uncertainty is weighing on the minds of organizers at Centre Ice Arena. Everything depends on a new collective bargaining agreement to settle the labor strife. Organizers are waiting on a phone call to confirm the Wings visit to Traverse City; but, that hasn't happened yet, and there's a chance it won't.
The potential loss has a far-reaching financial impact on not only the arena and the fans in the stands, but the community; hundreds of hotel room reservations now in limbo.
The camp draws thousands of spectators, boosting sales at everything from gas stations to restaurants. Even still, organizers are staying optimistic that the camp will happen.
There's a video following the jump:
Updated with news about Martin Frk and Jan Mursak at 6:47 PM: The Detroit Red Wings' players didn't practice on Monday--they probably won't reassemble in Troy for another week--and instead, they went golfing, but not for the hell of it: they were taking part in the Ted Lindsay Foundation's celebrity golf outing to raise funds for autism research, as Lindsay's official Twitter account noted (Tweets after a jump cut due to embedded photos)...
From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
The Red Wings will inform season-ticket holders later this week regarding refund policies for any potential canceled games.
The NHL locked out its players Saturday when no new collective bargaining agreement was agreed on.
Training camps — the Red Wings were scheduled to begin Friday — will likely be cancelled around the league within the next couple days.
Although a few minor wrinkles need to be ironed out, for all practical purposes the Convention and Arena Authority has a new lease with West Michigan Hockey Inc., which owns the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.
The new agreement is a renewal of the original lease the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority negotiated with the hockey club in 1995, a year before Van Andel Arena opened. Under this contract, which is retroactive to Sept. 1, 2011, the Griffins will pay more to play in the only home the team has known.
“The team is very happy with the outcome. Chris (Machuta) and I are very happy with the outcome,” said Rich MacKeigan, SMG regional general manager and CAA executive director. Machuta is SMG’s finance director.
Red Wings mid-day news: more talk about overseas moves; Babcock’s lockout plans and business chatter
Updated 4x at 2:07 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news, as the Free Press's Helene St. James has just wrapped up a chat with readers on Freep.com:
- You're going to have to color me skeptical regarding European player news after the Pavel Datsyuk-to-Kazan report was nixed (Datsyuk did display some anticipatory smarts by not leaving his hometown of Yekaterinburg to skate with his teammates in Detroit), but Blick.ch and Sport.ch are claiming that Damien Brunner will be playing for EV Zug for the duration of the lockout, and not just until the Grand Rapids Griffins' training camp begins on October 1st. Cue the Detroit's Ted Kulfan on this one:
Via Championat and RIA Novosti, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's report that Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk's lockout trip to sunny Kazan was premature is an understatement. It turns out that Sport-Express's report was plain wrong, per the Ak Bars' website (roughly translated):
Because of the NHL lockout, many Russian media [sources] reported transactions of a number of players from North America to the Ak Bars.
Because there's no certainty in terms of the timing of the lockout, the Ak Bars is not negotiating and does not plan on entering into short term contracts with players from the NHL.
Update: Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov is confirming:
Updated 2x with news about Jonathan Ericsson's playing plans at 3:07 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning: WXYZ's Brad Galli spoke to Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg about the post-Nicklas Lidstrom era of Red Wings hockey being placed "on hold" by the lockout, as well as the ramifications thereof, before the players left Joe Louis Arena on Friday, and while most of the interview's light in tone, the pair become very serious very quickly when talking about the lockout, with Kronwall saying, "The last few years, the people in th stands, it's just crazy, the whole state of Michigan just breathes hockey," and both expressing dismay with the current state of affairs
Zetterberg also spoke about the lockout during a Q and A with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
Updated with a little Griffins talk at 5:53 PM: Pardon the repetition, because this afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related news includes a) swearing and b) more of the same in terms of the substance of news stories.
As previously noted, Pavel Datsyuk will play for the Ak Bars Kazan--his first pro team--during the lockout, but the Free Press's Helene St. James notes that the vast majority of the Wings' players don't plan on leaving Detroit,with the exceptions of Jakub Kindl, Cory Emmerton and probably Valtteri Filppula (Damien Brunner will head back to EV Zug in Switzerland for a week or two, but then he'll join the Griffins at the end of this month, and as St. James noted this morning, Jonathan Ericsson may end up playing for Vita Hasten in the Swedish first division, which would be the equivalent of an NHL player signing with a semi-pro team):
Pavel Datsyuk opted to stay in his native Russia and signed Sunday with his former club, AK Bars Kazan. Most of the veteran Wings are staying in town, reflecting hope a new accord will be reached before the end of November.
MLive's Ansar Khan stated that the Wings' players will take a week off before resuming skating in Troy or wherever else they can get ice time, and I believe Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg will state as much when WXYZ airs Brad Galli's interview with the pair (hopefully they'll post the video online as well) during tonight's Sunday Sports Update (and the lockout's gotten top billing on all our local newscasts over the past three or four days, with talk about its effects upon fans, local businesses and other hockey leagues all being discussed within the first five minutes of every broadcast).
Per the Free Press's Helene St. James, it didn't take long for Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk to sign with a KHL team (and sorry about being late on this one, I was very ill this morning)...
Which Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnkov says comes from a report from Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov...
And the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness is confirming:
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