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Good luck, Commie

While the Detroit Red Wings face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets minus the services of one Nick Lidstrom about an hour from now, the man who may have been in the Wings’ lineup tonight—alongside a player who’d been called up to “replace” him in Brendan Smith—is instead debuting for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

This is a Red Wings blog, but as Wings fans like you and me tended to get to like @Commie22 during his short time spent in Detroit, mostly needling Cory Emmerton and occasionally dropping the gloves while providing blue-collar efforts on defense, Commodore spoke to NHL.com’s Lonnie Herman about playing under Tesla coils tonight, and I guess this is the socially awkward blogger’s version of a “shout-out” to a superbly good citizen to thank him for his time with the Wings. Keep in mind that Ken Holland very knowingly moved Commodore for that very reason, and that’s why Commodore’s grateful to have a fighting chance to extend his NHL career:

“Things didn’t work out in Detroit, I wasn’t getting an opportunity at all, so I’m appreciative that they cut me loose and gave me a chance to play,” Commodore said. “I’m not 22 years old anymore, I’m 32. I’d like to play a few more years if I can, and in order to do that I have to play some games.”

He’ll get that opportunity with the Lightning, who are short players on the blue line. Victor Hedman missed two months with a concussion and returned to the lineup, but was re-injured and is undergoing evaluation for another concussion, while Mattias Ohlund won’t play at all this season after knee surgery. Marc-Andre Bergeron remains sidelined with an upper-body injury.

“The whole idea behind Commodore, first of all we need a defenseman and we don’t know if Bergeron and Hedman are coming back this year. We’ll see,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “Obviously Ohlund hasn’t played a game and won’t play a game this year. So Commodore was a guy with a lot of experience, a big body, and we need more size.”

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Red Wings-Blue Jackets game-day updates: Lidstrom won’t play tonight

Updated 10x with pre-game video at 5:57 PM: As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to tangle with the Columbus Blue Jackets this evening (7 PM EST, FSD Plus/FS Ohio/WXYT), the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Wings will play particularly shorthanded—sans Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Kyle Quincey (groin) and now Nicklas Lidstrom, whose ankle remains sore after being hit by a puck last Saturday:

Quick update from Nationwide Arena: Nicklas Lidstrom is out tonight for the Detroit Red Wings.

The Wings take on the Blue Jackets at 7 tonight (FSD+). Lidstrom will miss the game because of a bruised ankle suffered when he was hit by a puck Saturday, general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press.

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Red Wings trade deadline overnight report, Wings-Blue Jackets set-up and Emmerton’s departing friend

The Detroit Red Wings, who now sit in fourth place in the Western Conference and second in the Central Division thanks to a Blues win on Monday night, will tangle with the Columbus Blue Jackets this evening (7 PM EST, FSD Plus/FS Ohio/97.1 the Ticket) sans the services of Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and Kyle Quincey (groin)...

And they’ll be battling a team in going through a very public divorce with the face of the franchise with only one reinforcement: Brendan Smith, who was called up on Monday to play alongside Jakub Kindl. Kindl will be fighting for his future with the Wings as they give Smith every opportunity to steal the #6 spot on defense a few months early, and that’s the case because the Wings’ only trade deadline move involved a thank-you to Mike Commodore for being a good soldier, shipping Commie out of town so that he can at least try to fight for a contract of his own and an NHL future while actually playing for Tampa Bay.

It’s easy to suggest that Ken Holland is the only person who chose not to add at the deadline, and it’s easy to assume that the Blue Jackets, who deem Detroit to be their biggest rival, would have charged Detroit the same price they did Vancouver for Sami Pahlsson (a pair of 4th round picks), but something that Holland told the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness had the three remaining hairs on the top of my head standing on end:

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Red Wings GM Ken Holland explains why he more or less stood pat at the deadline

Updated 7x with outside analysis at 11:48 PM: Update precedes the rest: Mike Babcock made a brilliant comment about the deadline to the Free Press’s Helene St. James:

More #RedWings Babcock: The price for other pieces wasn’t what we were willing to pay, or teams weren’t willing to trade them to us.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke to 97.1 the Ticket’s Mike Valenti and Terry Foster about his decision to only jettison Mike Commodore at the trade deadline, and 97.1 the Ticket posted a superb summation thereof…

“In most cases, in all cases, the players that were moved, we were aware of, in some cases, we made offers. Ultimately, obviously, we couldn’t, didn’t offer enough or they didn’t like what we were offering,” Holland said, adding that he “would have liked to make a move or two today.”

He added that he was disappointed in the lack of moves, but “there wasn’t anything there that fit.”

97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger reported earlier that Detroit dealt defenseman Mike Commodore to the Lightning for a conditional 7th round draft pick. Commodore played in just 17 games with Detroit, registering two points, and was never really able to make a positive impact on the coaching staff to get consistent playing time, Riger said. Co-host Terry Foster told Holland many fans were disappointed a big move wasn’t made, asking, “Is this team capable of winning the Stanley Cup?”

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Red Wings practice updates: Lidstrom, Quincey questionable tomorrow; Franzen on 3rd line

Updated 9x at 5:53 PM: Lidstrom (ankle) probable for Tuesday, Quincey (groin) out: Per the Free Press’s Helene St. James on Twitter:

Gm Holland to Free Press: #redwings are done, no other moves today

And per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

Red Wings inquired on Gaustad but didn’t have what Buffalo wanted: a 1st-round pick (dealt in Quincey deal).

I’ve done my best to cover the news regarding the Red Wings’ trade of Mike Commodore to the Tampa By Lightning and its return—a 7th-round pick and, internally, the opportunity for Brendan Smith to play tomorrow versus Columbus and perhaps steal Jakub Kindl’s spot as the team’s #7 defenseman going into the playoffs, but the Wings’ beat writers are also reporting that neither Kyle Quincey nor Nicklas Lidstrom, who MLive’s Ansar Khan reports was limping badly going into the Joe, practiced with the team. Here’s what Helene St. James reports about Lidstrom:

Holland to Free Press: Nicklas Lidstrom has “bruise, is day-to-day.” Came to Joe limping
More from Holland to Free Press: “Quincey has sore groin and is day to day.” See how Quincey and Lidstrom feel tomorrow morning

I will post the subsequent practice updates in this post, but let’s repeat what Holland had to say about Commodore to DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose before I toss off a, “More to come” line:

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Samuel Pahlsson goes to Vancouver

Per Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos on TV, the Vancouver Canucks have acquired Sami Pahlsson from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Update: Sportsnet says 2 fourth-round picks are going back to columbus in the trade.

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Red Wings trade Commodore to Tampa Bay; Wings recall Smith from GR, Stuart staying

Updated 11x with Commodore’s farewell at 4:41 PM: I’m confused, per Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos: Mike Commodore’s leaving the Red Wings as they’ve trade him to Tampa Bay:

#SNtrade. #Redwings. D-man Commodore to #Lightning. Done.

Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

Confirming Mike Commodore from DET to TB for a conditional 7th round pick. #TradeCentre

Update: Wings’ Twitter account is confirming and per St. James:

Commodore only played 17 games, wasn’t able to dent the lineup. Became moot last week with trade for Kyle Quincey.
#RedWings would rather see Brendan Smith in lineup if needed. Moving Commodore clears up roster spot.

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Quickie Red Wings trade deadline quips: No Gaustad?

Updated 4x at 1:03 PM: Of Red Wings trade deadline-related note this morning: From the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:

#redwings moved practice to 2 p.m. today so it will conclude right about same time as trade deadline.

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan...

If fans expect the Wings to do something BIG today….well, you’ll be disappointed. Minor, if anything.

And USA Today’s Kevin Allen:

Red Wings are NOT acquiring Paul Gaustad.

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Red Wings overnight report: wanting to make a deal is one thing, and actually making one is another

As the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek suggests, the dearth of substantiated trade talk around this year’s trade deadline, which will hit at 3 PM EST today, may very well suggest that in this year of supercharged “parity” in the standings and uncertainty regarding the CBA to come, we’re more likely to actually witness 20-30 deals go down which could change the fortunes of AHL teams dramatically instead of significantly altering the faces of NHL franchises.

For the Red Wings, who’ve already made a significant move in adding Kyle Quincey last week, the team’s desire for a forward probably won’t be met, but it won’t be for a lack of trying on the parts of Red Wings GM Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill and capologist Ryan Martin.

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Red Wings off-day news: Ericsson’s broken wrist won’t affect Detroit’s deadline straategy

Updated 2x with good news on Ericsson at 6:13 PM: KH tells Pleiness that as soon as Ericsson’s able to play through pain/partially healed, he can return: Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke to three Red Wings beat writers about his trade deadline strategy as it will be affected by Jonathan Ericsson’s broken wrist—and it won’t change his plans one bit. at present Holland told the Free Press’s Helene St. James that the Wings plan on allowing Jakub Kindl and Mike Commodore to battle it out for the #6 spot on defense while continuing to look for a depth forward (and the Freep’s repeated her comments on their sports page)...

Per Holland today: Ericsson (wrist) estimate still one month. Minutes for now will go to Kindl/Commodore. No plans at moment for Smith but..
#RedWings would like to see Brendan Smith get into a few more NHL games before playoffs.
Also, Holland talking away to colleagues. #RedWings would like to add forward, but not many sellers & prices are high.
“@NHLOn_The_Ice: I would LOVE to see Smith get a call up ....like to see him get a shot next year in NHL” He’ll be with #RedWings in ‘12-13

Holland confirmed his plans to MLive’s Ansar Khan...

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