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Sportsnet’s Shannon: How Datsyuk can ‘go home’

Sportsnet's John Shannon posted a pair of Tweets that may explain how Pavel Datsyuk will be allowed to play in the KHL despite having a year remaining on his NHL contract--which the KHL would have to honor under their Memorandum of Understanding with the NHL:

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Catchy uppy post: Wings news from Thursday and Friday

Of (mostly) Red Wings-related note this morning, from a blogger who's missed two days due to being sick as a dog:

1. The Wings posted a video chronicling the Gordie Howe visitation "From 9 to 9"...

2. Ansar Khan spoke with several Wings alums and Howe's contemporaries about #9's influence upon them;

3. AWood40 posted a clip of Pavel Datsyuk's playoff goals...

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Hakan Andersson discusses some of his ‘greatest hits’

NHL.com's Mike G. Morrale spoke with Red Wings draft guru Hakan Andersson about his many late-round draft pick hits:

In 26 years with the Red Wings, Andersson has proven to be one of the top talent evaluators in the business, capable of unearthing that diamond in the rough that has helped sustain Detroit's run of success. Among them have been late-round picks like forward Pavel Datsyuk in the sixth round (No. 171) of the 1998 NHL Draft; forward Henrik Zetterberg in the seventh round (No. 210) in 1999 and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson in the ninth round (No. 291) in 2002.

"Pavel Datsyuk played in a faraway place in Russia and there weren't many guys who saw him," Andersson said. "And to be honest, the fact we drafted him in the later rounds shows that maybe I didn't even believe in him that much at the time. If I would have known these players were this good, I would have pushed it and said, 'Let's draft them higher.' But I have to give a lot of credit to [former vice president/assistant general manager] Jim Nill, [former director of amateur scouting] Joe McDonnell and [general manager] Ken Holland for giving me the chance to make a pick in the late rounds."

General managers rely on their scouts to provide the necessary information when the clock is ticking at the NHL draft. It makes no difference whether it's a first- or seventh-round choice.

With the proper foresight to project a future star in the League, picks in the fifth round can turn out to be just as valuable as those in the first.


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Bettman says the NHL will honor Gordie Howe’s memory

From NHL.com, via the Red Wings:

"We're going to come up with something that's an enduring testament to Gordie," Bettman said Thursday from his office in New York. "There will be something that appropriately celebrates his life and creates a lasting tribute to his immortality. It will be something that will be special and enduring and permanent."

An emotional Bettman didn't speak with reporters outside the Detroit church where Howe was remembered in a funeral service that touched upon the player, husband, parent, grandparent and timeless fan favorite.

"The service was beautiful, done with elegance and grace - which was so befitting," the commissioner said. "This was clearly a testament to a man who was not just respected and revered, but beloved.

"The most moving part of the day, and what told me he was 'Mr. Hockey,' weren't necessarily the same thing. To me, the eulogy at a funeral is the most important thing, and Murray [Howe] couldn't have been more eloquent in encapsulating his father, as a father, a family man and as 'Mr. Hockey.'"

Bettman believes he first met Howe at a league event; perhaps it was an All-Star Game or another event, or maybe just a Red Wings game at Joe Louis Arena.

"He couldn't have been more welcoming, more gracious. But he did start with an elbow," the commissioner said, laughing.


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It’s decision day for Datsyuk

Per the Associated Press...

Pavel Datsyuk is expected to address his future Saturday, when he'll be available to reporters at his youth hockey camp in the Detroit area.

Datsyuk revealed plans in April to leave the Detroit Red Wings with a year left on his contract to reunite with his teenage daughter and continue his career in Russia. But after being quoted in a Detroit Free Press story saying he would retire from the NHL, Datsyuk told reporters there was a chance he could change his mind.

The 37-year-old Datsyuk has had a dazzling career. Detroit drafted him in the sixth round in 1998, and he helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 2002 as a rookie. He was one of the franchise's stars when it won another title in 2008.

The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms...

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Datsyuk’s Meeting With Holland Is Over


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Report- Datsyuk Announcement Will Be On Saturday




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Jim Bedard Named Goaltending Coach For The Windsor Spitfires

(Windsor, ON) – General Manager Warren Rychel is pleased to announce the Spitfires have added longtime NHL goaltending consultant Jim Bedard as the club’s new goaltending coach.

Bedard, 59, spent 18 years on the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff, winning three Stanley Cups, following a professional career that spanned 14 years across North America and Europe.

Bedard says he’s looking forward to a fresh start and building on relationships within the organization.

“The last couple years, I’d stop in on a casual basis, to help out a little in my spare time,” Bedard said. “These are good people I want to be around in a hockey atmosphere. They treat people the right way.”

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Trading Jimmy Howard And Pavel Datsyuk’s Contract

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“I’ve considered it, but we’ll see what happens,” Howard said at the end of last season on the possibility he might have played his last game with the Red Wings. “(Being traded is) part of the business. A lot of people go through it. If that were to happen, it happens.

“It would be disappointing. I’ve met a lot of great people in this city. But that’s the nature of this business. Sometimes you have to pack up and move on.”...

And, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has said a trade might be the best option for everybody.

“I can see on the one hand that having two goaltenders, it’s a nice luxury,” Holland said. “Certainly Jimmy Howard played an important role down the stretch in our team qualifying for the playoffs.

“It (a trade) might be good for some careers and good for the organization. I’ve thought about it lots.”


via Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

They’re probably still a forward or two shy of a full load but this is a start, especially if Bickell has anything to offer. And Francis still has more draft picks and cap space to offer. Could he, for example, offer to take the final, moot year of the retiring Pavel Datsyuk’s contract off the Detroit Red Wings’ hands? As has been pointed out elsewhere, would owner Peter Karmanos set aside his rivalry with Red Wings owner Mike Illitch to allow that to happen?

Some cap-friendly NHL team is going to get a pick or player from Detroit. Might as well be the Hurricanes, since their offseason is already off to an active start with the draft still a week away.

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Ron Mason Touched Many

from Chris Solari of the Lansing State Journal,

The impact Ron Mason had in hockey extended well beyond Michigan State.

The legendary coach put more than 50 players into the NHL. His coaching tree sprouted into every level of hockey. Many of those men returned to Munn Arena on Thursday to pay their final respects to their mentor, who died Monday.

“I put a lot of trust into him,” said Shawn Horcoff, who played for Mason at MSU from 1996 to 2000 and just completed his 15th NHL season. “I could just tell he cared. I could tell that he wasn’t just going to help me get to the NHL, but how to be a man and grow up. … He was such a big impact on me. I can’t express enough the gratitude I have.”

Anson Carter, who starred for Mason at MSU from 1992 to 1996, spent the past two weeks between Pittsburgh and San Jose as part of the NBC Sports broadcast crew for the Stanley Cup finals. The 12-year NHL veteran as a player said Mason made every person he talked to “feel like the most important person in the room.”


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