Around the Rink – July 20 Edition

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This part of the off-season tends to get a bit slow with Red Wings’ news trickling out, but we’ve got the latest in Detroit coverage here at Hockeytown Blog.

  • Wings’ fans have submitted some great photos, showcasing their travels around the world in Detroit gear on DRW.com.
  • The Detroit News takes a look at the Wings’ goaltending depth — who sits in line behind starter Chris Osgood?
  • Mike Mouat of the Detroit Examiner has a scouting report up on Pavel Datsyuk.
  • Speaking of Datsyuk, Hockeytown Blog would like to wish our star forward and team owner Mike Ilitch a very happy birthday!
  • Former Detroiter Keith Primeau has joined the Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL) as the director of player development.
  • Retired Wing Dallas Drake is holding a hockey camp today through Wednesday in Traverse City.
  • Ilitch Charities will host the annual Celebrity Golf Classic on August 31 at the Oakland Hills Country Club. For more information on the event, you can visit IlitchCharities.org.
  • James Mirtle at From the Rink has a list of 38 unrestricted free agents who are still available. The Wings are in a holding pattern until the Jiri Hudler situation is all figured out, but who would you like the see Detroit snag that makes sense under the salary cap?
  • Former Detroit coach Scotty Bowman’s son, Stan, was promoted to GM of the Chicago Blackhawks last week to become just the seventh father-son GM tandem.
  • As we all experienced on New Year’s, the Winter Classic is a pretty amazing event. The players from the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers, who will play in the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park, are in awe of the opportunity according to this NHL.com article.
  • Puck Daddy has a breakdown of EA Sports’ NHL 10 game features before it’s released in September. If you don’t want to see Patrick Kane on the cover of your copy of the game, Winging It In Motown has given you some other options including Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Nicklas Lidstrom.
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13 Responses to Around the Rink – July 20 Edition

  1. nick says:

    defense wins games, defense wins championships, im glad that the red wings are investing in young, talented defensmen, to me ericcson has a future A on his jersey, maybe even a C

    • Chris Spinks says:

      Whoa Nelly. Now hold up just a minute. He hasnt even played a full season in Detroit yet. Until then dont even talk about what letter he’s gonna get on his jersey. Especially the “C”. think back on the great ones who have worn that. Get back to me when you pull your head outta your ass.

      P.S.- Im not saying he isnt a good defensmen, just its way too early to be calling things that big just yet

      • steve says:

        Eat shit dude. He is red wing 4 life…..one of the greats! see ui in 10 yrs and u will eat ur words!

        • Chris Spinks says:

          I know he’s a Red Wing for life. He locked that up last year and this year in the playoffs. But there are plenty of other Wings that deserve and “A” or a “C”

  2. Gregory Kohs says:

    You may be interested to read how Wikipedia can’t seem to figure out where Mike Ilitch was born:

    http://akahele.org/2009/07/where-in-the-world-was-mike-ilitch/

  3. Justin says:

    There are 4 players on my Red Wings wish list.
    – Max Afinogenov
    – Dimitri Kalinin
    – Peter Sykora
    – Sergei Zubov

    Obviously due to the cap situation, they could only sign 1, possibly 2 of these players. Unless the Wings are willing to part ways with one of their $6million+ defensemen, it’s going to be a long time before they win another cup. I have a few suggestions…

    1. How about a blockbuster deal sending Nick Lidstrom to Vancouver for Roberto Luongo? Both unrestricted free agents at the end of next year. If neither player has a contract by the trade deadline, I could see this happening.
    2. Trade Rafalski or Lidstrom to Ottawa for Heatley and Ruutu.

    Hopefully Lidstrom has a few more years under his belt, and decides to re-sign with the Wings, but if not, Ken Holland might have to make the most difficult trade in Red Wings history.

    • Justin says:

      It’s tough to only pick 1 or 2 players to put on a wishlist, so here is a more complete list of players I’d love to see the Red Wings sign under $2million this offseason:

      – V. Kozlov
      – M. Sundin
      – O. Kolzig
      – M. Malik
      – M. Legace
      – B. Dubinsky
      – N. Zherdev
      – D. Morris
      – M. Comrie
      – M. Sillinger
      – D. Armstrong
      – M. Parrish
      – M. Malhotra
      – T. Ruutu
      – D. Moore
      – P. Kessel

  4. redwingsguy96 says:

    I know I’m going to get shit for this (as I’m the only one who seems to think its a good idea) but I really think Detroit should make a play for Heatley, I know, the cap but Detroit can afford to unload a few of their younger prospects and then dump a semi-big contract like Stuart, bang you’ve got Dany Heatley in Detroit. Right now the media in Canada is all over it, the Sens don’t want to start the season with him so they’re pretty desperate to unload him and will probley take what they can get. A deal could work, yes Detroit would be right on the cap but if anyone can squeeze it to its maximum it’s Holland. Keep a few guys in the minors, let them clear free agency, etc…

    Maybe its just a pipedream but I really think a deal could work and Dany could very well be the next Yzerman or Shanny in Hockeytown….

  5. Nick says:

    i like that idea, get rid of stuart, he’s kind of overrated anyways. Get Heatley and possibly a cheap defenseman. If anyone noticed we pretty much lost our whole 3rd line, we need some more offense

  6. DAN says:

    I THINK THIS WHOLE SALARY CAP STUFF IS CRAP, IF A TEAM CAN PAY TO SIGN A GIVEN PLAYER, SO BE IT. THIS WAS PUT IN PLACE SO THE TEAMS WITH LITTLE OR NO FAN BASE INCOME CAN COMPETE. IF THEY CANT TUFF TITTY. THIS SYSTEM IS SOCIALISM AT ITS BEST. DETROIT AND THE OTHER ELITE TEAMS SHOULD SCRAP THIS AND GO THERE OWN WAY. TO HELL WITH EVERYONE ELSE. WE ARE NOT A COMMUNIST COUNTRY. HOW DOYOU THINK THE YANKEES HAVE WON ALL THOSE CHAMPIONSHIPS?

  7. Justin says:

    The only way Detroit could get Heatley is if they trade a player who’s cap hit is $6 million or higher. Heatley would be an amazing player in Detroit, but we already have a well established top 2 lines. Detroit needs secondary scoring, that’s it. We saw last year what happens when Detroit tries to win the cup on July 1st by signing a big name player. It doesn’t work. In my opinion, the best fitting free agent(s) would be guys like Viktor Kozlov, Maxim Afinogenov, and the Ruutu brothers. If a deal is to be made with Ottawa, I’d like to see the Wings get J. Ruutu, and then sign his brother T. Ruutu. Assuming Ken Holland and Steve Yzerman can find the cap space to make all this work out, Detroit could be the only team in the league with 4 complete Nationalities represented in each line.

    Line Sweeden —– Franzen – Zetterberg – Holmstrom
    Line Russia ——– Kozlov – Datsyuk – Afinogenov
    Line Finland ——– T. Ruutu – Filpulla – J. Ruutu
    Line Canada ——- Cleary – Draper – Maltby

    * V. Leino – alternate for line Finland
    * D. Helm – alternate for line Canada

  8. redwingsguy96 says:

    Ruutu’s no good, I don’t like him, he’s a shit disturber…and doesn’t even do it well, more like an Avery than anything else. The only other players I can see Detroit getting is maybe Travis Moen and PJ Axellson (if there still available), Moen for his grit, size and protection. Axellson is a Swede and can score, nuff said, perfect fit for second, thid line. Reason I’m so gung-ho on Heatley is what happens if say Zetterberg or Datsyuk goes down? Detroit would really be vunerable then, right now Ottawa doesn’t even have offers for Dany…I know it’d be a stretch by the mastefful GM skills of Holland but it could be done. Bottom line is I’m hearing until this shit with Hudler is resolved at arbitration Hollands not making any moves, if any at all…which I think is a mistake. After lossing Hossa, Sammy and Huds he HAS to make a move for at the very least some more secondary scoring, just 1 year contract somebody if it doesn’t work out.

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