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For Jimmy Howard, getting traded might be part of the job

Nothing particularly surprising came out of the Red Wings' locker room clean-out day, but Jimmy Howard's comments regarding his status as being open to a trade did raise a few eyebrows. MLive's Brendan Savage took note of Howard's remarks:

"It's part of the business," Howard said Monday at Joe Louis Arena, where the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers after losing their first-round playoff series against Tampa Bay. "A lot of times, a lot of people go through it in this business. If that were to happen, it happens.

"It would be disappointing. I've met a lot of great people in this city, made a lot of great friends. That's the nature of this business. Sometimes you got to pack up and move on."

Howard was the Red Wings undisputed No. 1 goalie for six seasons until losing his job to Mrazek at the start of the 2015 playoffs.

Howard told Savage and the assembled media that he's not sure if he'd be willing to play a limited number of games as Petr Mrazek's back-up:

"That's something I'm going to have to think about and talk over with my family and people that are close to me," Howard said. "I really haven't given it all that much thought. It's only been several days. I haven't given it too much thought as to what's going to happen or what my future is. I'm just enjoying the last several days with my family so I haven't really given it much thought."

Would Howard request a trade?

"Like I said, we'll have to wait and see," he said. "See what happens."

Savage continues, also offering Ken Holland's take on the Mrazek-Howard tandem...

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Wallner: Daniel Cleary’s leadership aiding Griffins’ playoff run

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Daniel Cleary regarding his leadership role on the team as the Griffins open the home portion of their first-round series against Milwaukee this evening, and as many reports have stated, Cleary's really "found a purpose" in Grand Rapids:

"I certainly readied myself for the playoffs, for sure," Cleary said. "I love this. We know all the clichés, but it is where reputations are built, where you create bonds when you win and we have a very good team."

The Griffins, who lead the Central Division semifinals 2-0 with a chance to eliminate the Milwaukee Admiral at 7 tonight at Van Andel Arena, play better with Cleary in the lineup. They are 29-7-1-0 when he plays.

"This is what he lives for along with all our veterans," said coach Todd Nelson. "It's good for our young guys to see it."


Cleary is part of a unique group on the Griffins. The team includes captain Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Nathan Paetsch, 10-plus year pros who play at a high level yet have accepted their futures do not include the NHL. Both were also part of the Griffins' Calder Cup championship run in 2013. The unselfishness gives Nelson a lot of leaders in the clubhouse.

"It's a balance in the regular season where you want to develop (young talent) but you also want to win," he said. "I don't care what anyone says, if you don't go through it and learn how to win at this level, it's going to be very tough in Detroit.

"For me, we have experience here and they are here to help the other guys with the ups and downs and they've been through it before. Let's face it, they (veterans) want to win, too, and that's what we're involved with now."

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The overnight report: Seidel, Sharp, Niyo share their visions of Ken Holland’s Red Wings

I'm a go-to-the-source person, so I'll suggest that, after a full day's worth of articles and commentary, you might want to simply sit down and watch the 54 minutes' worth of Ken Holland's rambling, sometimes confrontational press conference--if not 10 minutes' worth of Jeff Blashill speaking as defensively as a head coach who bowed out in the first round after making the playoffs on a tiebreaker should be speaking--before reading the inevitable "Spirit of the Thing" columns from three sports columnists.

The three columnists all believe that the Red Wings' "streak" isn't worth very much, and they offer three takes on what the Wings should do to bulid an eventually competitive team.

But first, if you haven't seen or listened...

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Hockey Twitter giveth and it taketh away

If you're not familiar with Twitter, or dislike it because the inane thoughts of millions scroll by, well, every once in a while it gives and takes at the same time, in nearly profound terms:

Oh ha ha, playof hubris! Oh...oh...oh.

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Wings post Ken Holland’s end-of-season presser, all 53 minutes of it

I've updated the "Locker Room Clean-Out Day" post 18 times now, and there's quite a bit of multimedia available there, but I think that Ken Holland's 53-minute press conference, posted by the Red Wings, merits its own topic. He gave quite the lecture as to his take of the state of the Red Wings and the state of the Red Wings among other NHL teams:


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Gustav Nyquist makes it seven Wings headed to the Worlds

Via RedWingsFeed, Gustav Nyquist is the seventh Red Wing (Datsyuk, Marchenko, Jurco, Glendening, Larkin, Pulkkinen) to commit to play in the World Championship. Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom reports that Nyquist will play in St. Petersburg and Moscow next week. What follows is roughly translated:

Gustav Nyquist ready for the World Championship with the Tre Kronor

He's recognized as a good scorer and won a bronze medal with the Tre Kronor two years ago in Minsk. Now Gustav Nyquist, 26, will strengthen the Tre Kronor's World Championship team in Moscow next week.

"Hockey season ended much too late in Detroit, so I'm excited about getting to go play in the World Championship," says Nyquist.

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Red Wings at the World Championship: half-a-dozen Wings confirmed to play in St. Petersburg/Moscow

If you missed it, during the Red Wings' locker room clean-out-day post, this was updated...

And this just came out:

Update: From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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Svechnikov ready to soak up pro lessons as a Grand Rapids Griffins ‘Black Ace’

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Red Wings prospect Evgeny Svechnikov regarding the possibility of turning pro with the Red Wings next season, as well as his impressions of the Grand Rapids Griffins thus far:

Svechnikov, a left winger, is one of the "Black Aces," players from juniors and invitees we are with the Griffins for the postseason. The group includes second choice (third round) defenseman Vili Saarijarvi and fellow defenseman Joe Hicketts, from the WHL's Victoria Royals who is expected to be with the Griffins next season.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound 19-year-old, who played the past two season for Cape Breton in the QMJHL, admitted he was tired from traveling overseas before arriving late Sunday to join the team, but ready to learn.

"This is pro hockey and a lot of older guys and more experience," he said. "There are more details to learn, how they prepare and just learning a lot."

Even if he doesn't play, Svechnikov thinks he can contribute with hard practices.

"I think I can bring some power and play hard and, again, it's a lot of improving for me," he said. "I going to work on getting quicker and working in the corners and a lot to account for."

Wallner continues, discussing the possibility of Svechnikov playing with Griffins coach Todd Nelson, and Wallner posted a video of Svechnikov's comments as well:

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Locker room clean-out day articles: On Datsyuk, Ilitch support, videos and Howard talking trade

Updated 22x at 8:21 PM: The Red Wings cleaned out their lockers and spoke to the media on Monday, and articles and videos from the locker room clean-out day will be hitting the wires for the balance of the afternoon and evening.

The Free Press's Helene St. James kicks us off with this about Pavel Datsyuk:

General manager Ken Holland noted that, based on "past conversations" with Datsyuk and agent Dan Milsten, "I guess I would expect news that he's not coming back."

Longtime friend Henrik Zetterberg said he had "a good idea" of Datsyuk's decision. So did Niklas Kronwall. Neither would reveal what they believe, out of respect for Datsyuk, but Zetterberg especially sounded like he knows Datsyuk is gone.

Players signed a Datsyuk jersey while cleaning out their lockers. Many took pictures with him.

Datsyuk leaving with a year left on his contract would put the Wings in a hard spot. Because he signed his last deal after he turned 35, the $7.5-million salary cap hit would remain if he retires. The best the Wings can do is hope to trade the contract to a team that needs the hit to make the minimum payroll requirements, but Holland said that is only realistic if the price is reasonable. If it involves "lots of futures," then Holland said that doesn't make sense to give up given the importance of development from within in today's NHL.

Fox 2 posted Datsyuk's presser:

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TMR afternoon line: literal handwriting on the wall

I'm still updating the Locker Room Clean-Out-Day Tweets post, but this Tweet deserves its own entry. Per Fox 2's Jennifer Hammond:

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