Found September 11, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,  The Detroit Red Wings' pursuit of Petr Klima and his subsequent defection from Czechoslovakia is detailed in a new book by author Tal Pinchevsky, a staff writer and producer for who has also written for The Hockey News and ESPN The Magazine. "Breakaway: From Behind The Iron Curtain to The NHL – The Untold Story of Hockey's Great Escapes" chronicles how some top players escaped communist oppression to play in the NHL. Several Red Wings and are featured in the book. They include Slava Fetisov,Igor Larionov and Sergei Fedorov as well as Klima.  But while Fetisov and Larionov were granted a release from their teams in Russia to play in the NHL, Klima and Fedorov had to defect. continued Here a link (affiliate) to buy the book at Amazon,com in either hardcover or Kindle edtion....

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg speaks to WXYZ about the looming lockout

From WXYZ's Tom Leyden, Red Wings forward and likely captain-in-waiting Henrik Zetterberg is heading to tomorrow's NHLPA meetings in New York, and Zetterberg is more or less resigned to the fact that his current employer will be locking him out of Joe Louis Arena come Sunday: "Right now it looks like it's going to be a lockout.  Hopefully it will not be as...

Red Wings forward Darren Helm says he’s *mostly* recovered from his wrist injury

The vast majority of the Red Wings' players skated at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday (cue an awesome 22-image gallery of the Wings' players from the Detroit News's David Guralnick!), and Wings forward Darren Helm spoke to the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan,'s Bill Roose, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness about his recovery...

Khan: Red Wings will sign Justin Abdelkader to a 4-year contract

Good news for Justin Abdelkader? Probably, regardless of how much of his contract he'll actually be paid under the new CBA. MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Red Wings GM Ken Holland plans on signing Abdelkader to a 4-year deal: "I anticipate we'll get something done before Saturday,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "We're down...

Red Wings mid-day quickies: good news on Abdelkader’s contract, ‘a day in the life’ and multimedia

Of brief Red Wings-related note from the land of fevers and lockout worries: MLive's Ansar Khan offers good news about Justin Abdelkader's status as a restricted free agent, and kinda good news if you're one for NHLPA solidarity:   Wings' Justin Abdelkader said he expects to have new contract by tomorrow. Wants it done before lockout. — Ansar Khan...

Red Wings close to signing forward Justin Abdelkader to a new contract

In light of the Carlo Colaiacovo talk, the Wings are also close to signing forward Justin Abdelkader to a four-year contract. This is per Ansar Khan of “I anticipate we’ll get something done before Saturday,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We’re down to the short strokes. We’ve been close for a few days, just finalizing some things.” Holland...

Khan reports that half the Red Wings’ team will attend today and Thursday’s NHLPA meetings in NYC

This is pretty remarkable given the situation: according to MLive's Ansar Khan, half of the Red Wings' roster will be attending the NHLPA's meetings in New York, NY today and tomorrow: More than 300 players are expected to attend the NHLPA meetings, including at least 13 Detroit Red Wings. “I think it just shows guys want to be informed,'' Niklas...

Red Wings sound the players line before departing for NHLPA meetings; Holland to attend BoG meetings

I know that we're talking about billionaires versus millionaires, arguing over how to divvy up $3.3 billion dollars of fans' money, but as the NHL prepares to announce that its Board of Governors has voted to lock out the players at a presser scheduled for 3:30 PM EDT on Thursday, and over half the Red Wings' players will later make comments to the media when 300 or...

Report: Detroit Red Wings Settle for Second-Tier Defensive Free Agent Carlo Colaiacovo

I wonder if Ken Holland was humming “Closing time, time for you to go out into the world, closing time, turn up the lights over every boy and girl, closing time…” when he called Carlo Colaiacovo’s agent, since it sure feels … Continue reading →

Belatedly: At least we’ll have the Griffins at Yost

This press release is five days old, but worth posting given what's likely to happen to the Red Wings' players and their training camp currently scheduled for September 21st in Traverse City (see: CBA rain delay): the Grand Rapids Griffins, who will probably hold their own training camp on the west side of the state in late September, have chosen to give Red Wings fans...

Are the Red Wings ‘close’ to signing Carlo Colaiacovo? Yes, no, maybe so, chck back in the morning

A little over an hour ago, okay, more like 90 minutes ago, Andy Strickland Tweeted the following...   Detroit #Redwings sign Carlo Colaiacovo to a two year contract totaling $5 mil...$2.15 in yr one $2.85 in second yr #NHL — Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) September 12, 2012 But I'm not allowed to go on one tip, so I waited. The Free Press's Helene...

The ‘losers’ are aplenty in an NHL lockout

ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only column pondering potential "winners" and "losers" of a lockout-shortened season, and while I can't share the entire story with you, the last three paragraphs will be doubly true when the Red Wings cancel training camp in a week or less: The arena workers, hotel owners, bartenders and everyone else losing...
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