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Report: Daniel Alfredsson to announce retirement on December 4th

Updated 3x at 12:28 AM: Because TSN's geo-blocked its "Insider Trading" segment and all its other videos from outside-of-Canada viewing, I guess we've got to go with Bruce:

The Red Wings host the Dallas Stars that day, the Senators host the Islanders on December 4th, and of course Henrik Zetterberg told DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose the following:

Last week, Internet reports claimed Daniel Alfredsson has chosen to retire instead of trying to overcome lower-back pain that has plagued him for months.

But Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg says everyone should tap the brakes over those unconfirmed reports.

“So far it’s just rumors,” he said. “I know he’s trying to get his back better, doing his rehab part, skating a little bit. I won’t say that its over until it’s over.”

Update:

Update #2: Here's more from Garrioch in article form:

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Checking in on ‘Nesty’

After one game playing for the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that's likely to give the Buffalo Sabres a run in the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel Race to the Bottom, it's not exactly fair to suggest that scoring a goal in his first game with Carolina = the Hurricanes "fleeced" Detroit by snagging 6'3," 200-pound Andrej Nestrasil on waivers.

As much as I absolutely adore Nestrasil as a player and person, the reality of his "skill set" is that he projects to be what Tomas Kopecky played like in his first season with the Chicago Blackhawks, i.e. a big, dependable 3rd-line forward who can score on occasion, and as much as it sucked that the Canes snagged him off waivers, the Wings will survive without him.

All of that being said, it's good to read the News & Observer's Chip Alexander report that Nestrasil's happy in Carolina (thus far):

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Practice post II: real estate talk; on Weiss, Datsyuk, Smith and Mrazek’s new lid

Updated 5x at 3:31 PM: As Paul very kindly noted, the Red Wings practiced subsequent to their 4-3 win over Ottawa today, and Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reported that the team was a "winner" in the Forbes list of NHL team valuations.

The Wings were also in the news for real estate-related reasons, as the Free Press's Joe Guillen reported...

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USA Hockey to purchase Compuware Arena; will the Whalers remain there?

This story was an, "If you missed it" of possibly Plymouth Whalers-moving proportions, as noted by Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:

USA Hockey announced today that they have an agreement in place that could result in the USA Hockey Foundation acquiring Compuware Arena in the first half of 2015.

The Plymouth, Mich., ice facility, currently home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers, was built and owned by Peter Karmanos. It has been in operation since 1996.

The opening statement of the press release, a joint statement from the USA Hockey Foundation and Compuware Arena, reads as follows:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo./PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The USA Hockey Foundation and Compuware Arena have an agreement in place, that subject to due diligence, could result in the Foundation acquiring the Plymouth, Michigan, facility by the first half of 2015.
 

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The Value Of The Detroit Red Wings Increased By 21%

from Bill Shea of Crain's Detroit Business,

The Detroit Red Wings, who plan to move into a state-of-the-art arena in 2017, saw a 21 percent increase in value to $570 million, according to annual estimates released today by Forbes.com.

That ranks Detroit ninth in the 30-team National Hockey League, the same spot at last year.

The rate of value growth for the Red Wings actually slowed in the current Forbes estimates. From 2012 to 2013, the growth rate was 36 percent to $470 million.

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Wings’ Practicing Today

Chuck Pleiness tweets,

Babcock has team running through a short-sided 3 on 3 drill. Interesting line combo is Datsyuk with Weiss and Helm.

Tomas Jurco could be the odd man out Wednesday against Philadelphia if Datsyuk can play.

Khan tweet,

Brendan Smith (hand infection) returned to practice today. He's eligible to come off IR tomorrow but probably needs more practice time.

Updates as needed will be added to this post.

added 12:14pm, Khan tweet,

Lines:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader
Tatar-Sheahan-Franzen
Helm-Datsyuk-Weiss
Miller-Glendening-Andersson (Jurco)
Cleary

added 12:40pm, Khan tweets,

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Videos- Stephen Weiss And Mike Babcock Post-Game

We all know Stephen Weiss has had a tough thirteen months with the Wings, but if he can remain healthy, he could be a huge factor for Detroit moving forward.

Here is Weiss post-game...

 

 

Below, Mike Babcock post-game...

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Quick take, Red Wings-Senators: Too close but two points, and a welcome two goals for Weiss

The Red Wings' 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators wasn't a textbook performance--unless you're reading the Wings,' "How to struggle in the first game back from a road trip" paperback. The Wings were damn strong and dominant at some points and downright lay-down-and-put-up-the-welcome-mat sloppy in front of Jimmy Howard at others, and the third-period let-down was painfully predictable to watch and equally terrifying, but Howard was up to the task, and on a night when Stephen Weiss rightfully stole the spotlight, the Wings at least got the two points and got to say they scared themselves while living to fight another day.

Yes, Kyle Quincey made some boneheaded plays (and took a dumb penalty), but he was mostly solid; Weiss showed the kind of scoring promise that the Red Wings hope he'll be able to deliver on a long, healthy basis;

Xavier Ouellet's been surprisingly shaky at times, but he's learning on the job, and his teammates aren't making it an easy job;

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Video- Game Day Preview With Ken Kal

via the Wings' YouTube channel,

Featuring - Ken Kal, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar, Stephen Weiss, Mike Babcock, and Justin Abdelkader with Pavel Datsyuk.

Nice jab from Datsyuk on Abdelkader too...

 

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Easy On Those Alfredsson Rumors

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg says everyone should tap the brakes over those unconfirmed reports.

“So far it’s just rumors,” he said. “I know he’s trying to get his back better, doing his rehab part, skating a little bit. I won’t say that its over until it’s over.”

Even though back pain limited him to 68 games last season – his only campaign in Detroit – Alfredsson led the team in scoring with 18 goals and 49 points.

Zetterberg remains in contact with Alfredsson, and believes the six-time All Star has something left in the tank.

“Absolutely, just the way he played last year, his presence here in the locker room and on the ice, on the power play,” Zetterberg said. “He’s one of the best players and one of the best leaders that we’ve had, and we all hope that he has one more run in him.”

read on for more including Mike Babcock on Pat Quinn and Pavel Datsyuk on Viktor Tikhonov...

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