Around the Rink – August 12 Edition

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Even as management takes some time off during the slowest part of the off-season, Hockeytown Blog continues to round up the latest Red Wings’ news to keep you informed about what your favorite NHL team is up to this summer.

In Other News

  • The Detroit News has an in-depth feature at how Justin Abdelkader is spending his summer, preparing for a season either in Grand Rapids or Detroit. The Detroit News also has a photo gallery and video clip to accompany the print feature.
  • published a state of the union for the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. The blog Nightmare on Helm Street commented on the article.
  • Dan Rosen, writing for, also did a piece on what head coach Mike Babcock is up to this summer as he hopes to keep his team hangover-free this season.
  • Darren Eliot of examines a rash of recent one-year signings in the second half of this off-season after some lengthy long-term contracts kicked off the free agency period.
  • Bill, the blogger behind Abel to Yzerman, is not happy with AOL Fanhouse’s top 50 NHLer rankings. Fanhouse named Pavel Datsyuk as the No. 4 player in the rankings on Tuesday.
  • The Detroit Free Press takes a look at the St. Louis Blues, who expect to challenge the Wings for the Central Division title.
  • Hockey’s Future lists its 15 leading candidates to win the 2009-10 Calder Trophy for top rookie. While Ville Leino did not make the top 15, he was mentioned as a possibility in the article.
  • George Malik at Snapshots links to CBC’s videos previewing the different Olympic hockey teams.
  • Regan Bartel of 1150AM in Canada is looking forward to watching Detroit prospect Mitchell Callahan this upcoming season.
  • Cameron Kittle got a little bored and came up with a fantasy Wings’ team and opposing squad, describing the outcome of the game between these two teams.
  • Native Detroiter Mike Grier signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.
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5 Responses to Around the Rink – August 12 Edition

  1. Brian Masinick says:

    Hey, delighted to follow this site. I was born and raised in Michigan, and the two Michigan teams that I followed more than any others were the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers.

    I moved to New Hampshire in 1985 and became a New England area sports fan. At the time I moved, Detroit was just starting to rebuild after two decades of disasters with the Wings, following the Gordie Howe era. Yzerman had just come on board, but the rest of the team was not there yet to complement his great skills.

    I’ve not really become a big Bruin fan, though I have become a huge New England Patriot and Boston Celtics fan. Red Sox? Yeah, but I still like to see my Tigers do well.

    Wishing my Wings another GREAT year ahead!

    Former Metro-Detroiter,

  2. Justin says:

    The Red Wings should sign as many free agents to 1 year deals as they can, and let the players fight for the roster come training camp. Guys like Vaclav Prospal and Petr Sykora should already be signed by Detroit. Enough vacation, get back to signing Cup contenders!

    • Justin says:

      A lot of people are whining about Samuelson and Hudler signing with other clubs, Prospal and Sykora are far better players. What are you waiting for Mr. Holland?

      • northwing says:

        What is Holland waiting for? The Wings are already over the salary cap and they will have to drop back under the cap before the start of the season by either a trade, injury reserve or waivers.

        At this point the Wings have no cap space to sign Prospal and Sykora unless they make moves to drop cap space first.

        The Wings will go to camp with the roster they have in place other than maybe several training camp invites.

        • Justin says:

          So I guess you don’t know how the salary cap works then eh? The Red Wings could sign 20 more players if they wanted to. The salary cap doesn’t take effect until the first game of the regular season. They use trainig camp to decide who’s going to play for Detroit, and who’s going to play for Grand Rapids. There is no salary cap in the off-season. If they were to sign Prospal and/or Sykora, they would have an amazing secondary scoring unit already in place. The players that don’t make the team can be sent down to Grand Rapids without affecting the salary cap. At all. If another team wants to pick up our trash on waivers then so be it. Ken Holland is trying to build a Stanley Cup contending team, and that means best man for the job on the ice. You can’t argue that Kris Newbury and Jeremy Williams would be a better fit than Sykora and Prospal. Put the best team on the ice, sometimes that means losing other guys with less tallent.

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