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I'd like to begin this entry with some clarification regarding the Michigan Strategic Fund's approval of over $450 million in bonds to help finance the Ilitches' follow-on rink and the surrounding economic development:
At this point, there's no doubt that the concept of diverting $12.8 million per year for the next...Uh...30 years or so..."To help fund a zillionaire's pet project" seems awful on the surface given Detroit's Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy.
But that's just not the an accurate assessment of the project, where the money's coming from, or what it's supposed to be used for.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved the sale of a total of $450 million in bonds to help defray the cost of the Ilitches' proposed follow-on rink rplacing the Red Wings' current home, Joe Louis Arena, as well as surrounding economic development. The Detroit Free Press's Tom Walsh confirms...
Let’s just say that the Red Wings’ rink proposal won’t be derailed by Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy
Updated 2x: the funding plan for the Wings' rink proposal has been approved. We're apparently still waiting for this to go down, but the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar reports that Michigan governor Rick Snyder's makig a public show of support for the Red Wings' rink and economic development project today in Lansing:
Gov. Rick Snyder will tout the $650 million new hockey arena and 45-block entertainment district Wednesday afternoon as evidence that big Detroit projects will continue to move forward amid Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
Snyder was scheduled to speak at 2 p.m during the Michigan Strategic Fund meeting where the fund, a state economic development agency, is expected to start the process for $284.5 million in 30-year bonds to cover the public portion of the arena’s construction costs.
Updated with Datsyukian hip hop at 2:33 PM. Seriously.
The Red Wings are theoretically going to stand pat for the next month or two, save re-signing Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist, anyway, as the Wings are "capped out" and are sitting at the 50-man roster limit (no news as to whether signing Tom McCollum to an AHL-only deal removes him from the team's 50-man roster yet).
During a chat on the Free Press's website, however, Helene St. James suggested that Daniel Cleary may yet find his way back to Detroit, and ESPN's Craig Custance offers semi-confirmation of that line of thinking from Cleary's agent in an Insider-only article discussing the best unrestricted free agents still available to sign--as an addendum of sorts to confirming that ex-Wing Damien Brunner will pursue NHL employment:
from Sean Gentille of The Sporting News,
The Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday announced, finally, that they're retiring Pavel Bure's No. 10 jersey. That got us thinking—which players, if any, should be next to be so honored by their teams?
We'll go by the new divisions, starting today with the Atlantic, or Flortheast, or whatever.
Detroit Red Wings: Sergei Fedorov, No. 91
That would initially bother a lot of people, and it's out of step with the franchise's last two honorees. Both were long-time captains who only played for the Red Wings, but there has to be a chance that No. 91 is headed to the rafters at some point. Fedorov was one of the absolute best players of his era, and time has a way of smoothing things over.
Retirees: Terry Sawchuk (1), Nicklas Lidstrom (5), Ted Lindsay (7), Alex Delvecchio (10), Gordie Howe (9), Sid Abel (12), Steve Yzerman (19).
Future candidates: Pavel Datsyuk (13), Henrik Zetterberg (40)
more on the other Atlantic teams.
note 2:19pm, Sorry, did not realize George was posting this topic too in this post.
Red Wings overnight report: Howard, DeKeyser and Jarnkrok look forward; prospect and charitable gnus
Team USA made things official and stated that they would not be skating at their orientation camp on August 26th and 27th, meaning that every one of the "big" Olympic-participating nations save the Russians don't plan on skating at all because ofthe stratospheric cost of insuring players' contracts...
But Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard spoke with both MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness about his status as someone who will battle for a job in Team USA's crease, and he duly noted that playing on 100-foot-wide rinks at the 2012 World Championships gives him something of an edge upon his competitors:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“My head is spinning a bit still,'' DeKeyser said. “I’m just trying to stay focused, keep my head on straight and keep working hard. Everything that’s been going on over the past few months has been great. I know that I need to keep working hard to keep those opportunities coming.''
After taking a couple of weeks off, he has resumed working out in preparation for his first full pro season. His objective is to bulk up his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame.
“They just keep telling me to get stronger,'' DeKeyser said. “I need to be as strong as I can to play against some of the bigger players in the league. There are some big guys in the NHL that you have to handle out there. They want me to continue working on my strength and maybe gain a few pounds.''
I understand the palpable, "Holy crap, it's late July and we're starting to talk about the Olympics!" excitement surrounding the past couple days' worth of "orientation camp" news and Monday's announcement that the Red Wings coach Mike Babcock would helm Hockey Canada's entry at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia...
But the talk of "snubs" and "players who clearly aren't in their respective countries' Olympic plans" have gotten more than a little bit overblown of late, especially given that the Russian Hockey Federation may be the only one that can afford to insure its players against injury should their NHL'ers step on the ice (as Yahoo Sports' Sean Leahy noted, the Americans won't skate and the Canadians probably won't hit the ice, either; and yes, that's why the NHL ensuring that the International Olympic Committee would pick up the tab for insuring player contracts was such a HUGE make-or-break-the-deal point for the league)...
Sorry a little late with this...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday announced that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Tom McCollum to a one-year AHL contract.
McCollum, 23, set career bests last season in wins (18), goals against average (2.63), save percentage (0.904) and shutouts (2) and posted an 18-11-2 record in 31 appearances, helping the Griffins capture the Midwest Division title, en route to their first Calder Cup championship. The fifth-year pro ranks among the franchise’s all-time goaltending leaders with 113 games played (3rd), 6,320:02 minutes (3rd), 45 wins (T5th), 2,728 saves (3rd), three shutouts (T9th) and five shootout wins (7th).
Read all about it at USA Hockey...
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