Posts tagged “Stefan Liv”

Liv in; Hasek-Not so Much

Update (3:40 PM, Matt): Helene St. James has another update: apparently, Hasek may not play in the final game of the season on Saturday, though Mike Babcock wouldn’t give a reason. I think it’s more likely it’d be for rest purposes than because of an injury, but I don’t really know, obviously.

Also, Nick Lidstrom skated today, but he isn’t going to play tonight because the team decided his back is too stiff. Babcock is still saying it’s not a big deal, but it is a little worrisome that Nick’s missing these games, if this isn’t just the usual late-season smoke-and-mirrors aimed at getting stars rest. I guess Mikael Samuelsson will get some more time on the blueline while on the power play. - Matt

Update (12:30 PM, Matt): Helene St. James has a little more. Basically, the Wings still don’t like the idea of Hasek entering a game cold and without his day-long warmup regimine. Keeping Dom healthy has become more important than ever now that the playoffs are a week away and available injury recovery time is nil. - Matt

According to the Griffins newsletter and Griffinscentral, the Red Wings have called up Stefan Liv to back up Chris Osgood tonight. They must be giving Hasek a full rest tonight. That seems to be something they’re doing with quite a few players lately…

MacDonald put on waivers

Update (24. Feb, 1:50 PM): See 1:50 PM update on today’s GameDay post. -Matt

Update (24. Feb, 11:35 AM): Ansar Khan reports that since the Griffins will have trouble giving MacDonald playing time, the Wings will try to loan him to another AHL team or perhaps even send him down to the ECHL.

The main topic of Khan’s piece is the trade deadline, and it’s looking less and less likely that the Wings are actually going to be able to acquire anyone:

“There are prices we won’t pay,” Holland said before the Red Wings hosted the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena.

“We’ll just sit on the sidelines and do nothing. I’m hearing that Monday or Tuesday as we get closer to the deadline and teams are sitting with players, prices will come down. If the prices don’t come down, we’re just going to sit on the sidelines and go into the playoffs with this team. It’s ridiculous right now.”

My stance on this remains the same as it was during the rumor storm with Peter Forsberg: the Wings could probably use an addition, but I don’t want to see them throw away their future for a rental. - Matt

Update (24. Feb, 1:17 AM): It turns out that I totally misread the situation yesterday afternoon, having been set off on a certain track by Khan’s post and extrapolating it into an overreaction.

Of all the reasons to waive MacDonald, I didn’t think of what probably should have been the most obvious one, given the resent news on the goaltending situation in Detroit. According to Helene St. James, Holland said later Friday afternoon that there was no deal coming and Joey was waived mostly in an attempt to get him to Grand Rapids where he’ll get more playing time and will finish the season, barring an injury. That means the goalie situation for the Griffins just got a little more complicated, as Jimmy Howard and Stefan Liv have been strong lately, I’m told, and need playing time as well.

As far as the goaltending situation in Detroit goes, we’ll be seeing Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood from here on out, folks. Dom will obviously get the majority of the games, but he will also back up Ozzie at times, though I believe MacDonald will still be on hand for the game against Nashville tonight (which became even more important with the Wings’ shootout loss to the Oilers. More on that in the morning.).

St. James does mention that the move freed up $117,000 in cap space, which could come in handy should the Wings become frontrunners in trade talks for one of the top forwards on the market. So, while no deal was imminent, waiving MacDonald could help their chances of acquiring the “top six” forward they’re supposed to be seeking. - Matt

Ansar Khan reports that the Wings have put Joey MacDonald on waivers and suggests it could be a move to free up space for a trade.

He also notes that the timing is strange given the fact that Chris Osgood is playing Saturday and MacDonald’s usual job is to backup in those situations. Apparently, MacDonald could still be around if he clears waivers, which Khan says is likely, because he won’t have to be sent down immediately. I highly doubt they’ll have Dominik Hasek do the backing up so in the case that MacDonald is claimed off waivers by another team, expect one of the Griffins goalies to get the call-up.

This is interesting. Like Khan writes, it could mean they’re in the running for one of the more frequently-talked about trade options, such as Keith Tkachuk or Todd Bertuzzi. Keep an eye on the wire, folks. It doesn’t strike me as something Holland would do if he didn’t have a deal already cooking, because he could waive MacDonald at any time leading up to the deadline if he were only waiting for a good trade opportunity to come up this weekend. If a trade’s coming, and this move would be pretty pointless if one wasn’t, it won’t be long before it’ll be announced.

Hasek out with tendonitis

Ansar Khan reports that Dominik Hasek has tendonitis in his right wrist and that he will not play tomorrow against the Flames. Apparently, the belief is that he hurt it while trying to make a poke-check during the Coyotes game on Wednesday. Khan says it’s not broken, but if the pain hasn’t subsided by Monday, Dom may be given a cortisone shot.

Khan only says that Joey MacDonald will be in net tomorrow, but it seems likely to me that Joey may very well play Monday as well since Chris Osgood is not ready to return from his finger injury and neither Jimmy Howard nor Stefan Liv are really NHL-ready. However, one of them will be brought up to fill in as a back-up, at least. We’ll know who it is later tonight after the Griffins’ game against the Iowa Stars.

Well, this is an interesting development. It should be something that can be taken care of, but a wrist problem was the last health issue I ever thought Dom would have.

Also, Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily posted on Hasek’s wrist at Red Wings Central message boards. He didn’t say much of anything different than Khan (except that he and I apparently agree that MacDonald may get two starts), but he has a tidbit on Markov: “Markov skated and felt ok. He won’t play Sunday, but is possible for Monday.”

Red Wings to be well-represented at Olympics

Today, the Czech and Swedish national teams named their Olympic rosters, adding five more Detroit players to the list of athletes going to Turin to play hockey this coming February.

Sweden

Four of the Wings’ seven Swedes will represent Sweden:

Nicklas Lidstrom
Henrik Zetterberg
Mikael Samuelsson
Niklas Kronwall

Red Wing goalie prospect Stefan Liv was also named to the roster.

Sweden’s coach, Bengt-Ake Gustafsson, included Kronwall, who will be a first-time Olympian, despite his ongoing recovery from a torn ACL. The CP quotes him saying,

“He’s been on ice and is back in training. The question is if he’ll be ready for the Olympics. We have done this to avoid eliminating another player from the squad if Kronwall can play. If he can’t play we’ll pick another player.”

Kronwall told the Free Press that,

“It’s still too early to say. Hopefully in a couple of weeks It’ll be able to practice with the team. I don’t want to risk anything. The Olympics would be awesome, but I have to listen to the trainers.”

Lidstrom and Zetterberg have both played in the Olympics before. Lidstrom has participated three times and Zetterberg made his Olympic debut as one of two non-NHL players on the Swedish squad in 2002, the year before he came to Detroit.

It will be the first time Samuelsson, whose strong performance for the Wings this season got him notice from his country, will go to the Games.

Despite his value on the power play, Tomas Holmstrom will not have a chance to represent his country. The Free Press credits this to his skating skills, which are somewhat lacking. With the extra ice in international competition, Homer wouldn’t be as effective.

Czech Republic

Robert Lang was named to the Czech roster today, the only Wing to be so honored (not surprising given he is the only active Czech player on the roster), though former-Red Wing Dominik Hasek will be one of the Czech goalies. It will be his fourth Olympic Games. He already has a bronze (1992) and a gold (1998) medal, though he wasn’t so lucky at the 2002 Olympics.

Jiri Fischer surely would have been named to the roster as well were it not for his current heart condition.

Canada

Team Canada announced its roster yesterday but only included one Red Wing: Kris Draper, despite his poor season offensively. It’s surprising that they did not pick Draper’s partner in crime, Kirk Maltby, to go as well but it is easy to see that the Canadians are going more for skill than anything else and Maltby would have just been taking up a slot that could have been given to a shooter.

That said, it is also surprising that Brendan Shanahan did not make it. He is on pace to have a great year offensively and has been white hot lately. He would have brought some good leadership to the table and still has a great shot. He’ll have to settle for his gold in 2002, apparently.

His wife must be happy. Shanny had joked about her expecting to go somewhere warm during the NHL’s Olympic Break.

USA

The first Red Wing players named to any Olympic roster were Chris Chelios and Mathieu Schneider, who will once again represent the United States.

Chelios will play in his fifth Olympics and will be captain for the third time.

Schneider played in Nagano, back in 1998 and was a lock for a spot this time around.

One-time Red Wing Derian Hatcher will also patrol the blueline for the US.

Russia

They haven’t released their roster yet but it is certain that Pavel Datsyuk will be named to Team Russia.

On one hand, it’s great that so many Wings will be able to represent their countries in the Olympics but I’m a little worried about the extra work their bodies will be getting heading into an important stretch of the NHL season. Beyond even the ususal wear and tear that accompanies playing high-level hockey, there is the increased chance for real injury.

All of these men were named to their respective nation’s rosters for a reason: they’re very good players. They are also very important to the Wings and they can ill afford to lose any of them in the last leg of the season.

It didn’t seem to hurt in 2002 but that’s not too reassuring.

The upside to this is that we’ll get to watch some very high-quality hockey and know that nine, probably ten, of our guys are a part of it.

Update (23. Dec): The Russians have released their roster and it looks like youth will be the order of the day. The team will have 11 first-time Olympians, including Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin.

As expected, Pavel Datyuk was named to the team. Former-Red Wing Dmitri Bykov was as well and will be one of four non-NHLers on the squad.