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TMR reader Bjorn Broden tipped me off to this one:
Earlier this morning Expressen's Henrik Sjoberg reported that former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson was going to sign with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish SHL, and Djurgardens IF's website confirmed the signing. He's gainfully employed at least...Still waiting to find out whether Jordin Tootoo will latch on with an NHL team (or Todd Bertuzzi for that matter).
Quick update: Good news travels quickly?
Updated with a second video and a note at 11:56 AM, and yes, the hit was awful--Abdelkader left his feet, he launched himself into Sobotka's head and he deserves the suspension--George's note:
The IIHF Disciplinary Committee recently dealt with several cases from the past championship season. Among the suspended players are Justin Abdelkader and Nikolai Antropov following incidents occurring at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
Team USA forward Justin Abdelkader was suspended three games for a check to the head and neck area of Czech player Vladimir Sobotka at 6:41 of the second period in the teams’ quarter-final encounter on 22nd May.
Supported by the video and the report of the championship’s disciplinary panel, the Deciding Panel of the IIHF Disciplinary Board concluded that after Sobotka had shot the puck, Abdelkader did not alter his path nor attempt to play the puck but followed through with what appeared to be a lunge, leaving the ice with his feet and delivering a very forceful check striking Sobotka in the head and neck area with his shoulder. Sobotka immediately fell to the ice. He was escorted from the ice by his team’s medical staff and did not return for the remainder of the game but did return to play in the two following games.
Watch the hit below [edit: and if you don't recall the incident, George wrote about it in February]
You've seen the protests; angry residents demanding that the Detroit water shutoffs come to an end. They say clean water is a human right whether you can pay the bill or not.
This edition of The Americans with Charlie LeDuff is a tale of two cities: One where the poor see their taps go dry and the other where the rules may not apply to the super rich.
watch the video below...
The Red Wings checked an extremely important item off their offseason to-do list in signing Tomas Tatar to a 3-year, $8.25 million contract (at present, Capgeek only knows that Tatar's contract's cap hit is $2.75 million per season), and you and I found that the team has yet another assistant coach to replace as the Free Press's Helene St. James reported that video coordinator/assistant coach Keith McKittrick's leaving to join the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.
So, in terms of player personnel, the Red Wings have a Capgeek-estimated $5.75 million in cap space, which the team will use to re-sign restricted free agent Danny DeKeyser and to possibly sign Daniel Alfredsson to a moderate-base-salary-and-bonuses deal if his back's feeling up to snuff in September...
And in the coaching department, at the NHL level, Mike Babcock now needs to find both an assistant coach to replace Tom Renney and a video coordinator to replace McKittrick, and at the AHL level, Jeff Blashill has to find a pair of assistant coaches to replace departing Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coaches Jim Paek and Spiros Anastas.
Updated with a Mattias Backman interview at 7:32 PM:
So Tomas Tatar has been signed to a 3-year deal at an average value of $2.75 million per season (that particular blog entry's been updated with quips and quotes, and it's a solid "bridge" contract for someone who will, per Winging It in Motown, remain a restricted free agent after this deal expires), the Red Wings expect to have no issues re-signing Danny DeKeyser, as DeKeyser told Fox 17 and Ken Holland told MLive's Brendan Savage...
"I don't see any problem," Holland said. "We're going to want to get him signed. I talked 3-4 times with his camp in June and a little bit shortly after the draft. We haven't talked in a little bit. But again, I'm motivated to get him signed. I think Danny wants to get signed. Once you get into early July, everybody's focus is free agency for a couple of weeks. Going forward, now we can find a solution. I'm confident we can get him done."
And with--as Savage noted in an earlier article--22 players signed, the Wings now have $5.27 million in Capgeek-estimated cap space, which should be enough money to re-sign DeKeyser (I'd estimate that DeKeyser's going to get a $2.5-3 million deal, but the Free Press's Helene St. James believes that DeKeyser could get a Quincey-like $4 million AAV deal) and possibly give this guy a decent base salary:
Updated 3x at 5:05 PM:
From the Red Wings...
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Updated 3x at 1:49 PM: "Slow?" Yes. "Dead?" Far from it. This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related news stories isn't deep, but it's still worth watching and reading:
First, the Grand Rapids Griffins posted their 4th video chronicling the Griffins' 2014 playoff run, and there's over 32 minutes' worth of content across three videos now. Here's part 4...
And here are parts 1...
Mike Babcock's "advanced stats"-related conversation with NHL.com's Dan Rosen ruffled quite a few feathers as some assumed that the Red Wings weren't employing "analytics" at all, but Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin sets the record straight via a conversation with the Free Press's George Sipple this morning: no, the Red Wings don't have a dedicated number-cruncher, but the team's not exactly been operating in the dark ages:
The Wings have attempted to be ahead of the curve for a while, poring over advanced data from different providers to glean information.
“We’re using it; it’s one piece of the puzzle,” said assistant general manager Ryan Martin. “It’s meant to supplement what your scouts and your staff see. The same way doing your due diligence on the players’ character and work ethic and what your scouts see with their own eyes. We’re in the information gathering business and advanced stats or analytics are one more piece of the puzzle that will hopefully help you make a better, more informed decision. We look at it and we certainly use it, but I don’t know that there’s a team that would say it is the be all and the end all.”
Martin tells Sipple that the Wings won't necessarily hire a dedicated advanced stats person this summer--they have to hire an assistant coach first--but the team will hire one sooner than later, and in the interim, the Wings are in the same boat as most every other NHL team; they're doing their best to sort through information-providers who may or may not be selling hills of magic beans:
This isn't Red Wings-related, it's a George's Pet Interest post: Surveying the Russian sports newspapers, you get used to the concept that the KHL's preseason begins in late July, so I wasn't surprised to read the Windsor Star's Bob Duff's report that Michael Leighton had to nix a contract with the Sochi Leopard because Leighton contracted an illness that prevented him from taking part in Sochi's mid-July training camp.
Duff also asked the former Philadelphia Flyers goalie whether his 2013-14 campaign for Donbass Donetsk--the Ukrainian team that's suspended operations because the Eastern Ukraine is currently engulfed in political turmoil--may have given Leighton second thoughts about continuing to play in the KHL...
“Where I was last year, it was fine all year until close to the end of the year and into the playoffs,” Leighton said. As troubles mounted in the area, the Donbass club moved to a base in Bratislava, Slovakia, playing its playoff games on the road. It did get kind of scary, because we weren’t playing at home,” Leighton said. “Teams didn’t want to travel to the Ukraine. When the season was done and I was home, I was happy that I was home.”
(Slovan Bratislava was willing to host Donbass Donetsk's 14-15 season games for a Euro per game, but Donbass chose to cease operations for the year instead)
This evening's crop of Red Wings-related news is a little "scattershot" in nature, but that's the nature of the late-July beast:
First, speaking of "late June," it's not often that a Sunday TV sports show talks about the Red Wings at all, but WXYZ's 7 Sports Cave's" "Fast Five Minutes" led off with Wings talk, and Matt Sheppard, Mike Stone and WXYZ's Brad Galli spent a minute discussing the Wings' likely 2014-2015 season-to-come:
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