Archive for July, 2007

Prospect profiles

NHL.com’s John McGourty takes a look at some of the Wings’ prospects, incorporating comments by the team’s Assistant GM, Jim Nill. The most interesting part? Nill’s projection of Igor Grigorenko as a possible second-line player, perhaps with Pavel Datsyuk, his 2003 World Championships center. It all depends on Igor’s adjustment to the situation as a whole here: the speed of the game, possible demotion to the minors, etc.

Wings officially announce Ellis, depth signings

Update (9:24 PM): This comment by James Mirtle prompted me to Google Garrett Stafford’s name to find out more about him. The first thing that comes up is his connection with an infamous incident in the AHL three years ago: Alexander Perezhogin’s vicious slash to Stafford’s face.

Anyway, his statistics are solid, and if Mirtle says he’s “not bad either,” it sounds like he’s a good signing for the organization. Good to see the Wings taking care of their AHL affiliate. – Matt

After conflicting reports a week and a half ago, the Wings have announced some minor free agent signings. The most important: Matt Ellis’ two-year extension.

The other signings: forwards Randall Gelech (two years), Carl Corazzini, Mark Cullen, and Mark Hartigan, defensemen Brad Ference and Garrett Stafford, and goalie Adam Berkhoel (one year each).

All of these guys should be Griffins next year, with the exception of Ellis, who has a shot at making the Wings.

The Wings’ 2007-2008 schedule

Update (7:35 PM): George Malik has a nice breakdown of the schedule here. – Matt

Like the rest of the NHL, the Wings released their schedule for next season today. They’ll open the season on October 3rd at home against the Anaheim Ducks and will finish on April 6, also at home, against Chicago. Some points of interest in between, as pointed out by Ansar Khan:

The Wings will play on Thanksgiving for the first time in recent memory, visiting Nashville on Nov. 22 for an 8 p.m. game. Their final 11 games, and 14 of their last 15, are against Central Division opponents, …. They host St. Louis in their annual New Year’s Eve game.

Two more dates to watch out for: Alexander Ovechkin’s first trip to Detroit, on December 17th and the Hockey Day in Canada game in Toronto on February 9th.

So, start planning your trips to the Joe! I hope to go to more games this season, after only making it to one this past year.

Shanahan re-signs with Rangers

The Rangers fit Shanny in under the cap with a one-year contract worth $2.5 million in base salary, with another $2 million added in if he plays more than 10 games and $800,000 in playoff bonuses, according to TSN. There was never any chance of Brendan returning to Detroit, but it didn’t stop some people from speculating that he’d come back to fill in that “top six forward via free agency” slot. It would have been nice, that’s for sure, but the idea was pure fantasy.

Wings’ pre-season schedule announced

As listed by Ansar Khan:

Sept. 18 — at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Sept. 20 — vs. Minnesota, 7:30
Sept. 21 — vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30
Sept. 22 — at Pittsburgh, 7:30
Sept. 24 — at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Sept. 25 — vs. N.Y. Rangers, 7:30
Sept. 27 — vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30
Sept. 28 — at Toronto, TBA
Sept. 29 — vs. Toronto, 7:30

Training camp is September 14th-17th. It’s looking like the regular season schedule will be released tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that. (thanks Brian)

Swedish Zetterberg interview translation

Christy Hammond at Behind the Jersey has the translation here. Best part: ““If Detroit wants to, I’ll sign a contract for the rest of my career.” Second best part: “I can’t complain over the money I make today.” I’ve never thought Hank would make it tough for Holland to re-sign him, but it’s always reassuring to read comments like that from him as we head into get closer to his contract year.