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Here's a super-brief catch-up post as I took a much-needed dirt nap yesterday:
- Andreas Athanasiou's speed and forechecking abilities yielded his first goal on Tuesday, and the Free Press's Helene St. James, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan praised Athanasiou while wondering how long he might stay up here. I believe that the Wings' most-needed asset is speed, so I would quite frankly waive Joakim Andersson to keep Athanasiou up. Hell, I'd waive Ferraro, and he's fast;
- We all knew that Kyle Quincey was leaning toward ankle surgery, but he made it official on Wednesday, as the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and MLive's Khan noted;
- The Free Press's Jeff Seidel is one of many reporters who chronicled the Flint Firebirds' walk-out on their owner, and Seidel's article is a good read;
- My take on the now-official Justin Abdelkader deal is simple: fair salary at $4.25 million, term unreasonable by at least 2 years. Abdelkader provides a net-front presence that the Wings don't have otherwise in the organization, and he's very physical, but he's also tremendously inconsistent offensively. I also worry about the $ making it harder to re-sign Danny DeKeyser, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan, Petr Mrazek and Darren Helm, who are restricted (first 4) and unrestricted (Helm), respectively (per the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan).
- The Plymouth-Canton Observer reports that the Wings' alums will play the NTDP on Tuesday, November 24th, and that's a game worth attending, folks;
- And finally, NHL.com's Rob Vollman praised Henrik Zetterberg's production as part of a fine "over-35 team":
Updated 7x at 11:50 AM: It's official:
This is rather disappointing news from the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday, Fedorov was honoured in a brief – very brief – pre-game ceremony prior to Tuesday’s 1-0 win over the Washington Capitals.
If the Wings were thinking about retiring his number, this would have proven to be perfect timing.
But the truth is, they aren’t thinking about it. A source within the Wings organization insisted that there have been no serious talks about taking Fedorov’s number of out service.
Fedorov is also in management as general manager of CSKA Moscow of the KHL, the same club team he played for when the Wings spirited him away from the Soviet national team at the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, but it’s the way Fedorov left Detroit that still appears to be a contentious issued with some of the higher-ups in the organization.
Fedorov turned down a significant offer from the Wings during the 2002-03 season and signed as a free agent that summer with the Anaheim Ducks.
Of prospect-related note:
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 9:16 in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 win over Dynamo Minsk;
In the WHL, Dominic Turgeon had a goal and an assist in the Portland Winterhawks' 6-2 win over Tri-City;
added 1:37pm, via Khan tweet,
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Pavel Datsyuk could make his season debut Friday against San Jose. If he's cleared after Thursday's practice, the Red Wings can move Johan Franzen to long-term injured reserve for cap relief and place either Brad Richards (lower back pain) or Landon Ferraro (knee) on short-term IR to create a roster spot.
"We'll have to sit down and evaluate, but what AA did when he came up here is he said he wanted to stay. He said that through his play," Blashill said. "His gives us lots of speed, gives us an accountability defensively as well. He's got to continue to be accountable defensively."
More competition for roster spots can only benefit the Red Wings.
"There's lots of players that are real close, I saw that in the American League," Blashill said. "You have to come up and grab a spot. You only can grab it by playing great; you can't play OK, you have to play great. It's really hard to earn your way into this league unless you're a superstar and I think (Athanasiou) took a good step in the right direction, so we'll see."
Athanasiou said he hasn't been told what's next.
more on Athanasiou...
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
[Tuesday] was Mrazek's first shutout this season.
"It's always nice to have a challenge against the best players in the world," Mrazek said. "It was nice to get some shots and not let any goals in."
Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin said of Ovechkin: "His shot's something else."
Mrazek credited the penalty kill for being "outstanding." Blashill didn't see it that way.
"We still got to hit the net more but I thought we did lots of good stuff," Blashill said. "I didn't think on the penalty kill we were good enough. We gave up too many one-timers from Ovie."
As well as a set of comments from Wings and Capitals players regarding Sergei Fedorov:
Petr Mrazek stopped them all.
Watch the extended game highlights below...
But Petr Mrazek's big saves--15 on Alex Ovechkin alone and 38 on the evening--backstopped the Wings to victory, again, via AWood40:
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