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Gordie Howe’s brother Vic passes away

From NHL.com:

Vic Howe, the younger brother of hockey legend Gordie Howe and a former player for the New York Rangers, died Saturday at age 85. No cause of death was listed in his obituary in the Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan).

Vic Howe, a right wing, played parts of three seasons with the Rangers between 1950-51 and 1954-55. In 33 games he had three goals and seven points. He spent most of his hockey career playing in minor leagues throughout North America and in Europe.

According to his obituary, Vic Howe moved to Moncton, New Brunswick in 1957 and became a constable with the Canadian National Railway Police. He lived in Moncton until he died.

Update: Duff penned an obituary for Vic Howe...

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OHL officially approves Whalers’ move to Flint; Whalers play 11 more games at Compuware

From the Ontario Hockey League...

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Board of Governors’ approval for the Transfer of Ownership and Relocation of the Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club to Flint, Michigan.

The Whalers franchise, which began as the Detroit Ambassadors in 1990 under the ownership of Peter Karmanos Jr, have been in Plymouth since 1996.  The club will relocate to Flint, Michigan, for the start of the 2015-16 OHL season and play out of the Perani Arena under the ownership of Rolf Nilsen of IMS Hockey Corporation.

“On behalf of the Ontario Hockey League and our Board of Governors I would like to acknowledge the contributions made by Peter Karmanos Jr who has been a tremendous builder of our league for over 30 years and was instrumental in our first expansion to the United States,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch.  “We are excited to welcome Rolf Nilsen and the communities of Flint, and Genesee County, Michigan, to the OHL family.”

In addition, a presentation was made to the OHL Board of Governors in regards to the proposed Transfer of Ownership of the Sarnia Sting Hockey Club from Rob and Larry Ciccarelli to OHL graduates Derian Hatcher and David Legwand.  The league is currently conducting its process in review of the Transfer of Interest Application.

And the Whalers:

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Wings prospect Jared Coreau named AHL’s goaltender of the week

I'll be resuming prospect coverage very shortly, but during the time I've missed due to my depression issues, the Grand Rapids Griffins have played particularly strongly, and they've done just fine without Petr Mrazek and Tom McCollum because one Jared Coreau's reclaimed the form that spurred the Wings to sign him as a free agent. Today, Coreau was named the AHL's Player of the Week:

The American Hockey League on Monday announced that Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Jared Coreau has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 1.

Last week, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Coreau became just the seventh goaltender in Griffins history to record a shutout in consecutive games, last accomplished by Daniel Larsson in 2008-09. On Thursday, Coreau turned aside all 38 shots he faced in a 6-0 blanking of the Iowa Wild at Wells Fargo Arena, before earning a 3-0 victory on Friday with 28 saves against the Milwaukee Admirals at BMO Harris Bradley Center, marking his third shutout of the season. Coreau’s current shutout streak of 140:32 is just 13:26 shy of the franchise record held by Marc Lamothe, the only other netminder in Griffins history to post consecutive road shutouts.

This season, Coreau owns a 9-6-1 record, ranks eighth among league goaltenders with a 2.07 goals against average and ranks sixth with a 0.930 save percentage. The 23-year-old’s 2014-15 campaign is a complete turnaround from his rookie season in 2013-14, when he registered a 4.03 GAA and a 1-12-6 record in 20 games with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye and a 4.39 GAA and a 0-4-0 record in five games with the Griffins.

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Murray Howe discusses his father’s health and stem cell treatment

Via RedWingsFeed, Gordie Howe's son Murray spoke with the NHL Network's EJ Hradek and Steve Mears today, discussing Gordie Howe's health for over 13 minutes and providing a medical perspective on Gordie's stem cell treatment as Murray's a medical doctor (the director of imaging [radiology] at Promedica Toledo Hospital):

Gordie and Wayne Gretzky will be appearing at the Kinsmen's Club of Saskatoon's 55th annual celebrity dinner on Friday, and based on Murray's retelling of his father's stem cell treatment--Murray doesn't pull any punches--it's a medical miracle that Gordie's still kicking, never mind hearty and hale enough to take part in a public appearance.

Update: NHL.com's Jon Lane penned a transcript of the interview:

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Mike Babcock On A Snow Day

Mike Babcock met with the media today, the Wings did not practice because of the snow issues, and talked a few issues, including mentioning he had a meeting with Ken Holland to talk about the team going forward.

Watch it below, via the Detroit Free Press.

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Will Ken Holland Pull The Trade Trigger?

from Keith Gave of FoxSports Detroit,

With the clock ticking toward the NHL trade deadline one month from today, Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland stands ready to make a deal -- like he always is this time of year.

"My history as a manager has been that I'll pull the trigger and pay the price if there's a player out there that our scouts, (coach) Mike Babcock -- and we think will be a real good fit for us at a price we feel good about," Holland said in a recent conversation.

But as talks warm up -- and it was still very quiet even a week after the league congregated in Columbus for its annual All-Star debacle -- Holland finds himself in an enviable position with a relatively healthy team that has no critical needs sitting near the top of the NHL standings. He also sees more depth at every position than he's seen in years. And he's got plenty of space under the salary cap to make just about any kind of deal he sees fit.

In other words, despite the misguided headlines about the need for a right-shot defenseman the Wings aren't desperate like they were last year at the trade deadline, when Holland gave up promising center Calle Jarnkrok, with Patrick Eaves and a second-round pick for David Legwand.


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How Did Jonas Gustavsson Do Last Night?

Grand Rapids lost 4-0 to Milwaukee last night...

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

"It's been a long time since I played and so I was excited," said Gustavsson, who has been working out with the Red Wings for about a month. "The longer the game went on I felt better and better, and it was a good test for me."

The third shot he faced went through his legs just 90 seconds in. It also came with the Griffins short-handed after defenseman Nathan Paetsch went off on a slashing call. He allowed two more goals in the second - on a tip and deflection - and had a quiet third.

In all, Gustavsson faced 32 shots, including 27 through two periods. A fourth goal came on an empty net.

Gustavsson said he will be play with the Griffins on Wednesday in Toronto and then, if all goes well, catch a plane and join the Red Wings in Colorado for Thursday's game.

"He's had his injuries a little bit, but he's an NHL goalie," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I thought he did a good job."


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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Islanders: Mrazek rebounds, Nyquist hits 20 goals, Wings rebound

According to Fox Sports Detroit, the Red Wings' 4-1 win over the New York Islanders was the Wings' 1,700th at Joe Louis Arena, and it wasn't exactly pretty--Detroit was out-shot, dominated in the faceoff circle and took almost 40 minutes to really shake off the defensive funk and turnover bakery that plagued the team in Tampa Bay...

But the Wings got their asses to work, Petr Mrazek was far better and far "stickier" than he was in the previous games, Alexey Marchenko was rock-solid and the Quincey-DeKeyser pairing and Helm-Datysuk-Tatar line were exemplary as the Wings out-ground a rather vicious Islanders team to rebound, to re-set and to out-work, out-hustle, out-smart and out-discipline an Islanders team that clearly dislikes Detroit, making the teams' rematch on March 29th an intriguing one to watch.

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Riger: Don’t expect a depth move from Holland or the Wings

97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger will be speaking with Ken Holland during the 1st intermission of the Wings-Isles game (you can listen to the intermission report here), and Riger's broaching an intriguing subject:

Also: Leaf director of player personnel Mark Hunter is in the building, but:

No way, the Wings don't need a Franson (who's not that much of an upgrade), and Detroit doesn't need to pay a within-division premium to get a player that's not a major improvement.

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Khan: Lashoff clears waivers, heads to GR; Gustavsson to start for Griffins tonight

Per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff cleared waivers on Saturday and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Lashoff has appeared in 11 games this season (no goals, two assists, plus-4 rating), but none since Dec. 29.

The move allows the Red Wings to activate goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, who will start for the Griffins tonight in a conditioning stint against the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena (7 p.m.).


Lashoff has one year remaining on his contract at a $725,000 salary-cap hit ($850,000 actual salary). That likely factored in the club's inability to trade him.

Update: Here's the Red Wings' press release:

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