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Pavel Datsyuk’s Legacy

from Keith Gave at The Hockey News,

After helping Russia to a bronze medal finish at the World Championship – and presumably negotiating at the same time with some Kontinental Hockey League clubs while he’s under contract for another season with the Detroit Red Wings – Pavel Datsyuk went on vacation.

But before he causes irreparable harm to his legacy in Hockeytown, Datsyuk would be wise to take a moment and put in a call to Sergei Fedorov, who seems to regret his decision to leave Detroit before his time.

Datsyuk plans to meet with Red Wings GM Ken Holland in mid-June, and in all likelihood make official what has seemed like a foregone conclusion for months – that he will leave the NHL to finish his playing career in Russia. SKA Saint Petersburg appears to be his team of choice, though agent Dan Milstein insists no deal has been consummated and his client may still negotiate with other KHL teams.


No matter when it ends in the NHL for Datsyuk, this much is sure: With two Stanley Cup rings and seven individual NHL trophies on his mantle, he one day will be an Honored Member in the Hockey Hall of Fame, just as Fedorov was in November. But if Datsyuk expects the Red Wings to honor him along with the franchise’s other all-time greats by hanging his No. 13 from the rafters of their new arena, he can forget it.

Just like Fedorov can.


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Khan: Wings to interview potential picks at draft combine

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin regarding the team's presence at the draft combine this week in Buffalo:

Scouts and members of the front office meet with many prospects through the course of the season. The Combine offers a more formal setting with several members of the staff, including general manager Ken Holland, special assistant Kris Draper, director of player development Jiri Fischer, director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright, chief amateur scout Jeff Finley and scouts Len Quesnelle and Andrew Dickson, in addition to Martin.

"In some cases the players are well-rehearsed; most of them seem mature or professional beyond their years because of what they're exposed to and the spotlight that they're under all the time," Martin said. "But it's possible to put players in a little less than comfortable situations and see how they react in answering some difficult questions. I think that's when you learn more about players.

"If a player had some question marks about consistency or perhaps a label as a player that needed to work harder or train harder or maybe he had some issues away from the ice for immaturity reasons or otherwise had gotten in trouble, you get a chance to address that. It's nice to see how they react to that. Are they taking responsibility for their actions? Are they accountable? Are they making excuses? You can pinpoint them on specific areas of concern and force them to discuss those."

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Caputo reminisces with Bruise Brother, Grind Liner Joe Kocur

From the Oakland Press's Pat Caputo:

On YouTube, you can see dozens of Kocur’s fights. But do yourself a favor. Also check out a couple of his goals, especially the one in Game 1 of the 1997 Stanley Cup finals. Kocur intercepted a clearing pass, faked out Flyers’ goalie Ron Hextall, and roofed a backhander that literally popped the water bottle sitting atop the net into the air. Steve Yzerman couldn’t have scored a prettier goal. It broke a 1-1 tie early in the first period, and the Red Wings were on their way to a four-game sweep and their first Stanley Cup title in more than four decades.

AWood40 has the goal, of course:

“Nothing could beat that,” Kocur said. “Hextall was going one way and I was going another. I probably could have just slid the puck in the net, but I’m glad it worked out the way it did.”

Kocur, who resides in Highland Township, will be inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame on June 23 in Troy. He holds an annual celebrity softball game in Highland Township. It benefits the Joe Kocur Foundation for Children, a non-profit with no paid administrative staff, which helps needy families and supports numerous charitable causes. This year’s event is scheduled for Aug. 27 at Duck Lakes Pine Park.


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Kulfan: Wings’ management will be busy at draft combine

The NHL's draft combine takes place next week in Buffalo; Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin spoke with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan regarding the importance of the event, which takes over 100 prospects and places them in the same location for sets of interviews and standardized fitness testing:

“Throughout the year, our area chief scouts will have met players at the rink or during an off-day in a much more casual environment,” Martin said. “This is more of a job interview. There’s seven or eight of us, including (general manager) Ken Holland, myself, (special assistant to GM) Kris Draper, scouts, and it can be an uncomfortable situation for some people. So it’s important to see how they react.”

The Red Wings usually interview 50-60 prospects, said Martin, of the 114 invited to the combine. They wound up interviewing half of their eight draft picks last year.

“It’s helpful in that you can address deficiencies in their games, strengths and weaknesses, and what they have to work on,” Martin said. “If there were some character issues, it’s an opportunity to put them on the spot and address those, and it’s interesting to see how the players react.”

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Afternoon news: On Nosek, Sadowy and Datsyuk’s options

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Wings re-signed Tomas Nosek to a 2-year deal, and the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that it's a two-way deal...

Nosek, who made a brief appearance in Detroit this past season, will make $575,000 next season if he is with the Wings, or $175,000 with Grand Rapids (he has one year left of waiver exemption). His salary for 2017-18 is $650,000.

Nosek, 23 - who hails from the same hometown (Pardubice, Czech Republic) as former Wings goaltending great Dominik Hasek - played six games with the Wings post-Christmas, going without a point in a mostly defensive role. In 70 games last season with the Griffins, Nosek had 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points, below the 34 points he managed in just 55 games his first year in the American Hockey League.

2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirms Nosek's surprising waiver-exempt status as well; both St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan discussed Nosek and confirmed that the Wings have signed Dylan Sadowy, too, as does the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

3. Back to Nosek for a moment, from MLive's Khan:

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A Two-Year Contract Extension For Tomas Nosek

DETROIT – The Red Wings announced on Friday that they have signed center Tomas Nosek to a two-year contract extension.

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Gustav Nyquist omitted from Sweden’s World Cup roster

Gustav Nyquist was left off Team Sweden's World Cup roster this morning. Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall will represent Sweden on the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) team.

Seven Players Added, Fulfilling Roster Requirement of 20 Skaters, 3 Goaltenders

TORONTO (May 27, 2016) -- The Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced today its final, 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto.

Seven players were added today, highlighted below. They join the 16 selected to the team on March 2.

Representing Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 are:

G Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres *
G Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
G Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks

D Mattias Ekholm, Nashville Predators *
D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
D Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
D Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
D Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings
D Anton Stralman, Tampa Bay Lightning

F Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
F Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins
F Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
F Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh Penguins *
F Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins *
F Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks *

F Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
F Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
F Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
F Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks *
F Carl Soderberg, Colorado Avalanche *

F Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues
F Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

Pavel Datsyuk and Alexey Marchenko (Russia), Justin Abdelkader (USA), Petr Mrazek (Czech Republic), Tomas Tatar (Team Europe) and Dylan Larkin (Team North America) will all participate in the World Cup of Hockey this fall in Toronto.

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Nichols: Sportsnet’s Friedman updates the Radulov sweepstakes

This story comes to us via RedWingsFeed:

I've been gritting my teeth and preparing for the Red Wings to sign Alex Radulov based on nothing more than gut feeling for a month now, and according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman--via Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols--the Red Wings may in fact sign the 29-year-old problem child who also happens to be big, mean and goes to the front of the net and stays there to score goals:

[Friedman] On his thoughts on the word that Pavel Datsyuk may be departing for the KHL: “Well, I think we’re all expecting it, right? That he’s going to end up in Russia. Even Ken Holland this week, I saw one of his quotes was, ‘Would I like it if he came into my office and said, I’ve changed my mind and I’m going to stay. But do I expect him to say that, no.’ And Saint Petersburg was always the team.

“I do think Detroit will try to trade the contract. I think depending on what they’re willing to do as part of that, they will be able to find a partner. But I would them to try to trade the contract.

“I also think that right now, if I had to pick where Radulov was going in the NHL, I’d say Detroit is the most likely team. I’m not saying for sure 100 percent it’s going to happen, but it sounds like that there’s an attempt being made for him to go there, and to sign him.”

As soon as Calgary's The Fan 960 posts the Friedman interview, I'll post it here...

And regarding Radulov, at 29 going on 30, he's at least grown up a bit, and again, he's a stocky 6'1" and 205 pounds, he's posted 20-plus goals and 60-plus points in 50-ish games per season for four of the past five KHL seasons, and he's become a surly, nasty net-front goal scorer. I'm not a huge fan of his off-ice shenanigans, but if he keeps his head on straight, he's an asset.

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Alexey Marchenko named to Team Russia’s World Cup roster

International hockey federations are naming the balance of their World Cup of Hockey rosters today, and:

Teemu Pulkkinen didn't make Finland's roster, which isn't surprising given his status as a spare part on the Finns' World Championship team;

Alexey Marchenko was named to Team Russia's roster, which already included Pavel Datsyuk;

And Petr Mrazek had already been named to Team Czech Republic's roster.

The balance of today's announcements are as follows:

Team Sweden 11 a.m. ET

Team Europe 6:09 p.m. ET

Team USA 6:13 p.m. ET

Team North America 6:16 p.m. ET

It's expected that Gustav Nyquist will be named to Sweden's roster at 11 AM EDT.

Justin Abdelkader (USA), Tomas Tatar (Europe), Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall (Sweden) and Dylan Larkin (Team North America) have already been named to their teams' rosters, as have Datsyuk (Russia) and Mrazek (Czech Republic).

As such, a total of 9 Red Wings could take part in the World Cup of Hockey.

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‘Three Things’: A charitable date to note, Adam Lidstrom ‘turning pro’ and prospects

Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. I know that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game is the high point of late summer for many of you, so:

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