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The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek picked Red Wings GM Ken Holland on one of his favorite topics--parity in the salary-capped NHL--and Holland (as well as several players who've played on parity-driven Cup champions in Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi and former Hurricanes Erik Cole and Mike Commodore) was more than willing to help Duhatschek frame the abbreviated 48-game 2013 season as one in which the only thing which separates a Cup favorite from an also-ran is a razor-thin margin:
“Somebody asked me the other day, ‘who are the Cup contenders?’ and my answer was, ‘the Cup contenders are the 16 teams that make the playoffs,’” Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “If you make the playoffs, you’ve got a chance to win the Stanley Cup. In ’05, when the salary-cap world came into being, part of that was for economics, but part of it was for parity – to give everybody an opportunity. That’s the beauty of the league right now. It’s wide open.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock gave nothing less than a revelatory and downright fascinating interview to Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond last night--as Babcock took in the Red vs. White game from the press box--and, via RedWingsFeed, Fox Sports Detroit has uploaded the interview to its website.
It follows the jump, and the 5-and-a-half minute clip gives significant insights into the coach's plans for his team and approaches to coaching it during the 48-games-in-99-nights demolition derby to come:
Updated at 2:42 PM: Red Wings GM Ken Holland and special assistant to the GM Kris Draper took part in a luncheon held by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association today, and Holland and Draper's comments are way too important to simply squeeze into the mid-day news post. Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji offered Twitter-based highlights of Holland's comments...
Red Wings mid-day news: pondering adding Redden, Helm/Samuelsson status updates, Mrazek the All-Star
Updated 7x with Griffins talk at 3:47 PM: Paul already posted this in KK hockey, but it's worth repeating for TMR readers: the New York Rangers have placed Wade Redden on waivers with the intention of buying his contract out, and as the Detroit Red Wings must avail themselves of all their options to attempt to bolster their defense, the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Wings are at least considering signing the 35-year-old when the Rangers buy him out....
The Detroit Red Wings want to improve their defense and are looking at Wade Redden as a possible solution. The decision is being discussed internally, especially with assistant coach Tom Renney, who coached Redden in 2008-09 with the New York Rangers.
The Rangers made a big splash signing Redden to a six-year, $39-million deal in 2008, but things got so sour after two seasons that Redden spent 2010-11 and '11-12 in the minors. The Rangers have until Saturday's start of the 2013 season to buy out his contract, which would give Redden, 35, a shot at finding a new employer.
As will become very, very typical after a Red Wings game in Detroit this upcoming 48-games-in-99-nights NHL season, Red Bird III left Metro Airport on Tuesday night, but this time around, it was carrying the Grand Rapids Griffins (and suspended White Team goal-scorer Trevor Parkes) to Charlotte, North Carolina for an AHL game on Thursday.
The Red Wings were able to head to their homes and sleep soundly in their beds after a particularly busy day, which included a morning skate in which Pavel Datsyuk made his Wings return, the official announcement of Henrik Zetterberg as the Wings' new captain and a spirited, if a little sloppy, Red vs. White Game in which the red team of Griffins players, prospects and Red Wings regulars defeated the White team 4-2 at Compuware Arena (which was so well-attended that some fans weren't able to squeeze into the 3,400-seat rink)
While the Griffins embark in a slate of games in Charlotte tonight and tomorrow, and then in Rockford, IL on Saturday--a very Red Wings-like schedule--the Wings will be able to rest whatever bumps and bruises they've accumulated over the last four days before resuming practice on Thursday, when the scene shifts to Joe Louis Arena.
Updated 4x at 10:24 PM with more multimedia, and FYI: After Thursday's 7 PM practice, there's going to be an open skate on JLA's ice from 8-10 PM: The Red Wings' Red vs. Whtie scrimmage just wrapped up, concluding their training camp activities at Compuware Arena.
Wings coach Mike Babcock told Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond that the team would have a full day off tomorrow--no practice and no workouts--due to worries about sore groins or backs popping up, but the team will finish up training camp with what appears to be one practice at Joe Louis Arena scheduled for Thursday, at 7 PM (there were originally two scheduled as open to the public, one at 10 AM and one at 7 PM, and now the Wings have only the 7 PM one listed), and one on Friday at 12 PM.
Admission and parking will be free at the Joe, and the Wings are asking fans to "Pack the Joe" for the Thursday night practice.
As for Tuesday's scrimmage, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose has already penned a succinct recap of the Red team's 4-2 win...
NHL.com posted a teaser of this interview earlier today, and here is Red Wings coach Mike Babcock dishing details about his personnel and coaching plans for the season with NHL Live's EJ Hradek and Bill Pidto:
Update: Via RedWingsFeed, NHL Live spoke to Niklas Kronwall as well...
Updated 12x at 9:53 PM: Zetterberg presser video up, and Khan says only Datsyuk and Kronwall will wear "A's" this year: The Red Wings just made things official. More Tweets and stuff to come between now and the scrimmage at 6 PM (on FSD and WXYT AM):
Update: Officially, officially official:
Red Wings pre-Zetterberg announcement mashup: Datsyuk muses about Russian return, injury updates etc
Updated 2x at 4:36 PM: As you and I wait for official confirmation that the Red Wings have named Henrik Zetterberg their new captain, and we either make our way to Compuware Arena for tonight's 6 PM scrimmage (on Fox Sports Detroit and WXYT AM), I thought I might try to offer you some tide-you-over observations and comments regarding the news stories that got stuck in the practice post and were otherwise not mentioned:
- First, I don't know if you caught this, but the Wings' $9 ticket announcement also suggested that the only event open to the public on Thursday will be the Wings' 7 PM scrimmage at Joe Louis Arena. I don't know if they're still planning on opening the rink up for the 10:30 AM practice on Thursday, and I'll have to check that out;
- Second, he's not our "Happy Hudler" anymore, but it was very sad to hear that Jiri Hudler's father passed away. Hudler's dad had a liver transplant during the last lockout, so he'd been battling some severe health issues for an extended period of time.
- In the "sensational news" department, Pavel Datsyuk won't be taking part in today's scrimmage, but he did practice with the team this morning, and then he suggested to the media that he would consider ending his hockey career in Russia, as noted by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings will once again afford fans the opportunity to attend a home game for the low price of just $9 a seat this season. These specially-priced tickets for all 2012-13 home games will go on sale this coming Saturday, January 19 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office only. Fans electing to take advantage of this offer will be able to purchase a maximum of four (4) tickets to a maximum of four (4) games while quantities last.
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