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The Red Wings' front office is still most likely rebounding from the mostly expected loss of long-time assistant GM Jim Nill and the surprising losses of director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell and eastern Canada scout Mark Leach to Dallas.
The team knew that Nill would eventually leave, and they promoted McDonnell to essentially the director of their draft operations and co-assistant GM, along with capologist Ryan Martin, but the day that McDonnell jumped ship to join the man he'd been reporting to for all those years with Detroit seemed to stun and ultimately annoy Ken Holland, who ended up hiring Tyler Wright to helm the amateur scouting department, and McDonnell's defection at least temporarily forced the Wings' GM to take on some of Nill's roles during the development camp.
Winging it in Motown's JJ from Kansas posited the Detroit Red Wings version of Puck Daddy's "National Hockey League of Nations" article, attempting to pick the best Red Wings player from each and every one of the countries which have produced Red Wings players, and if we're going with "most naturally talented," I can't disagree with his pick for Russia:
Russia: Sergei Fedorov: Oh boy, here we go.
While Igor Larionov, Slava Fetisov, and Vladimir Konstantinov deserve to be mentioned here, the best player designation is always going to come down between two players and the way they're viewed among Red Wings fans could not be more divided. One had more raw talent, the other worked harder to hone his natural gifts. One was flashier, the other better-grounded. One is the prototypical great teammate, the other left the minute he was free to go.
This past week has been quite busy from a Red Wings news perspective, so while I certainly understand that some of you feel like this is a quiet time of year, it sure doesn't feel that way to me.
We remain in the herky-jerky summertime news cycle, however, and the early posting of what I can only describe as a...Unique...Interview with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk regarding Daniel Alfredsson's departure has yielded a slate of hockey game reminders instead of an overnight report.
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk spoke with the Ottawa Citizen's James Gordon regarding Daniel Alfredsson's departure for Detroit, and the Barbados-based pharmaceutical businessman/business mogul essentially suggests that Alfredsson was too greedy both personally and personnel-wise in his negotiations with a team that literally could not afford to meet the current Red Wings player's demands:
In an exclusive interview with the Citizen, Melnyk said the team wouldn’t have been able to afford a player the calibre of Bobby Ryan — the Anaheim Ducks’ star forward the team dealt for hours after learning Alfredsson would sign elsewhere — and meet the numbers put forward by Alfredsson’s camp.
“You can’t have it both ways and say, ‘Well I want this for me, but I want you to do this with me and the team.’ It’s ‘which one do you want?’” Melnyk says he eventually told general manager Bryan Murray: “We won’t be able to spend that kind of money, so don’t promise that we’re going to bring anybody else in other than filling a hole that was there.”
This entry's essentially brought to you by RedWingsFeed as I wasn't on Twitter when DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose offered a trio of "teasers" for an upcoming conversation with Nicklas Lidstrom...
The Detroit Free Press's George Sipple reports that Red Wings radio broadcaster Ken Kal attempted to get some, "Just in case" play-by-play practice in should he ever have to relieve one of the Detroit Tigers' broadcasters, and Kal decided that...Well, he needs some more practice...
“It was alright,” Kal said of his mock run. “I need a little polish. Baseball is a different than broadcasting hockey. You gotta learn to let it breathe a little bit. In hockey, you’re always describing action. The tempo is going all the time.”
And Kal touched upon what he's looking forward to in terms of the Wings' upcoming season:
I spend a significant amount of time reading foreign-language news websites in the summer, and finding ST.nu's Kenneth Fahlberg's interview with Henrik Zetterberg was the start of a two-parter of sorts:
At the other end of the "importance to the Red Wings going forward" spectrum: Sportbox points us toward a report from Arena55.ru which states that Avangard Omsk was negotiating with former Wing Ian White, but opted to sign KHL'er Ivan Baranka instead because Baranka was willing to sign for $1 million, which was much more palatable to the slightly cash-strapped Omsk team.
The salary cap's drop from $70.2 to $64.3 million seems to have sent quite the bushelful of NHL'ers who experienced difficult 2013 seasons to Europe, and it's not surprising that White's seeking gainful employment wherever he can find it at this point.
The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau reports that Centre Ice Arena will be holding its by-fax sale of prospect tournament and training camp tickets, uh...today?
The fax ticket sale for the remaining tickets to the 2013 Red Wings training camp tickets has been announced to begin at noon on August 9th, 2013. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis. Tickets to the 2013 NHL prospects tournament can also be ordered during the fax sale or purchased on game day. The fax number for the sale is 1-800-915-4057 and the order form is available here.
For information on the schedules for the 2013 Red Wings training camp and NHL prospects tournament click here.
This just popped up a short time ago...Sorry it's a wee bit late! :X
Red Wings overnight report: on roster ‘questions,’ an interview with Zetterberg and outdoor overload
This morning's crop of Red Wings news begins with a slate of, well, questions about personnel issues which will only be answered with time.
In a slate of "News and Views," the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan wonders why neither ex-Wing Damien Brunner or in-limbo-status free agent Daniel Cleary haven't found gainful employment...
Very briefly, or nearly so:
- Paul already posted this, but my reaction to ESPN's Paul Grant's suggestion that, "If you could pick one player in their prime, would you pick Zdeno Chara over Nicklas Lidstrom?" has some basis in reality...Well, it goes something like this:
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