Official press release directly from the Detroit Red Wings Marketing and Communications Department twitter acct.:
Press conference 11:00 AM tomorrow. Ken Holland and Brian Rafalski are scheduled to attend. It will be carried live on DetroitRedWings.com
Posted by The Montreal Gazette's Pat Hickey ... deputy commissioner of the National Hockey League Bill Daly has been quoted as saying the salary cap for the 2011-12 season "could jump to between $60.5 million and $63.5 million". That's good for the Red Wings who will have to go UFA hunting to fill a gap on D, but as the ceiling rises, so does the floor, which is bad for low attendance/minimum salary teams like Florida and Columbus and Phoenix etc.
In his "Tuesday's with Tom" article, The Muskegon Chronicle's Tom Kendra thinks that ... a) the Red Wings are 'lucky' to have a player of Justin Abdelkader's quality and skill level and b) Babcock should put him and keep him on one specific line so Abby can feel more comfortable and improve his offencive output. I whole heartedly agree on both counts, which is why I suggested Abby center the 3rd line with Bertuzzi on one side and possible UFA signing Jamie Langenbrunner on the other side. Not the fastest line in the world but all 3 are not afraid to throw their weight around, pass well, and don't have a problem crashing the net ... and we know at least 2 of the 3 have a nice scoring touch.
Posted at freep.com earlier this afternoon ... Grab your passport and your loose Loonies and Toonies ... The Detroit Red Wings are headed to London, Ont. for a Sept. 22nd exhibition game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to throw an Octopus or three at Chris Pronger ... baaaahahahaha.
This weeks '30 Thoughts' from CBC's Elliotte Friedman ... as always, a must read.