8\29 The Wings are working on a Slava Kozlov contract. Still no word on Draper. Players report to training camp on September 8. 8\26 From the AP MOSCOW -- Vyacheslav Fetisov bade farewell to Russian ice hockey by scoring the final goal for the Russian All-Stars in a somber game as thousands cheered the man who went from Soviet sports icon to NHL star. "I've come back to say thank you," Fetisov said at Friday's game against the World All-Stars 2000. Numerous festivities planned for the event were cut short because of national mourning for the 118 sailors killed in the Kursk submarine disaster. Proceeds from the game went to the crew's families, and the Russian players wore strips of black cloth on their jerseys. A moment of silence was held before the game. Fetisov, a seven-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion as a member of the Soviet team, was the first to leave the famous Central Army team in Moscow and joined the New Jersey Devils 11 years ago. Hailing from a working class family in Moscow's outskirts, Fetisov was a symbol of national pride in Soviet times. In the West, he won two Stanley Cups as a member of the famous Russian Five with the Red Wings, and added one more this year as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils. Fetisov, 42, ended his career as a player two years ago. In Friday's game, the Russian team jumped onto the ice in U.S.S.R. team jerseys, to pay tribute to the Soviet hockey team's achievements. Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and other dignitaries were in the stands at Olympic Stadium. Fetisov played energetically, and without a helmet. The Russians dominated the start, but the World team came from behind and held the game even until the final seconds. Fetisov hit the last goal in the final minute to make it 7-6. Earlier Friday, President Vladimir Putin met Fetisov in the Kremlin and awarded him with a medal "for services to the fatherland." Fetisov has said he might coach the Russian team for the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002 if asked, but has no plans to return to Russia full-time. Although organizers said all 17,000 tickets were sold, only 10,000 fans were in the stands. Prices were high by Russian standards -- $10 to $500. 8\24 From the Detroit News: "DETROIT -- The Red Wings signed former Edmonton Oilers forward Boyd Devereaux to a three- year contract Wednesday. Devereaux, 22, became an unrestricted free agent after the Oilers did not make a qualifying offer. Terms were not immediately known. "He's a young player who adds depth and speed to our hockey club," Wings General Manager Ken Holland said. Devereaux, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder, suffered a Grade 2 concussion in a regular-season game against Phoenix late last season. It was his second concussion within a year, and it idled him for the playoffs. The Oilers' medical staff diagnosed Devereaux as having bleeding on the brain, effectively ending his career. But Devereaux underwent tests in July from Dr. Karen Johnston, a noted Montreal neurologist, and worked out vigorously during this summer without feeling any negative effects. Last week, Devereaux passed a series of tests from Wings physicians, including a team of neurosurgeons and psychologists. "We reviewed the tests, and everyone is in agreement that Boyd is healthy and ready to continue his career," Holland said. Devereaux was selected by the Oilers sixth overall in the 1996 entry draft. He had eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points in 76 games last season. A strong skater with size and versatility (he can play center or either wing equally well), Devereaux projects as a third line center with the Wings. Holland envisions him maturing into more of an offensive player." Also, the Uwe Krupp arbitration hearing was moved to September 25. 8\13 An arbitrator will rule on the Uwe Krupp mess on Thursday. No new news on the status of Kris Draper and Slava Kozlov re-signing. There are rumors floating around about Kozlov being traded. 8\1 Both Kris Draper and Slava Kozlov refused to sign their offer sheets. This means they both can receive offers from other teams, but the Wings have the right to match (remember Fedorov a couple years ago.) Ken Holland has only briefly spoken with both of their agents, and there is still plenty of time before training camp. Yan Golubovsky did sign his offer sheet for around $500,000. 7\29 Chris Osgood has signed a 3 year deal. Osgood's base pay will be $3.5 million the first year, $3.75 million the second year and $4 million the third year. There are a ton of incentives on top of that. Alright now. 7\27 JLA is getting a facelift. Workers are in the middle of $1.7 million in improvements to the Joe, mostly exterior to repair damage done by the fire at Cobo in March of 1999. Included in this is a fresh coat of grey paint and a red strip (the old one was orange.) Shawn Burr has retired. Burr spent nine full seasons with the Wings, two with Tampa Bay and two with San Jose. He played four games with Tampa Bay last season before being sent to the minors. For you youngsters, Burr played in Detroit in the lte 80's and early 90's. 7\21 Brent Gilchrist has signed a 1 year deal with a player option for a second. The contract is for about $600,000 with tons of incentives that could earn him well over $1 million. With Gilchrist's signing, the Wings can concentrate on Slava Kozlov and Kris Draper. Chris Osgood is heading for an arbitration hearing. 7\16 By Ted Kulfan, Detroit News: "Chris Osgood is taking the Red Wings to salary arbitration. Osgood and his agent, Rollie Thompson, filed Friday for arbitration instead of facing the likely prospect of a lengthy holdout from training camp, which begins in September. Osgood, a restricted free agent, and the Wings are far apart in negotiations. Osgood is believed to be asking in excess of $4 million a season, the going rate for an elite-level goalie. Neither Thompson nor Wings General Manager Ken Holland was available Saturday for comment. The arbitration hearing will be between Aug. 1-15, with a decision expected before Sept. 1. Both sides will continue to negotiate up until the arbitration date, and a settlement could be reached. Holland and Osgood would like to reach a deal because arbitration is not an enjoyable process for either side. A team, if it loses, is forced to pay a salary it doesn't believe is justified. The player is forced to listen to his team's attempt to downgrade his worth, as it presents its case for a lower salary. If a team believes the arbitrator's decision is not what it wants to pay, it can walk away from the ruling and make the player an unrestricted free agent. Boston did that last summer, enabling forward Dmitri Khristich to sign with Toronto. Holland, incidentally, is close to signing center Brent Gilchrist, an unrestricted free agent. An agreement is likely to be reached sometime this week. Holland played in Gilchrist's charity golf tournament in British Columbia last week. Holland is confident the groin/lower abdominal problems that have bothered Gilchrist for two seasons are gone." 7\13 Larry Murphy has signed a one year deal with the Wings. 7\10 Kirk Maltby was arrested over the weekend for having an open beer behind a bar. It appears that he walked out the back door taking a swig and a cop saw him do it. What a bunch of crap. Why don't police focus on real problems and leave us drunks alone? Malts wasn't hurting a soul. A simple warning would have been more suitable in this case. Hopefully the judge will see it that way too. It appears Larry Murphy will be resigned very soon. That would end the Wing's free agent hunt. Ken Holland says the team is committed to getting young defenseman such as Jiri Fischer involved more on a regular basis. 7\7 Regular season 2000\01 October Oct. 5: at Calgary, 9 Oct. 6: at Edmonton, 9 Oct. 11: vs. Edmonton, 7:30 Oct. 12: at Chicago, 8:30 Oct. 15: vs. Calgary, 7 Oct. 17: vs. St. Louis, 7:30 Oct. 19: vs. Nashville, 7:30 Oct. 21: vs. Buffalo, 7:30 Oct. 22: at Columbus, 7 Oct. 25: vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 Oct. 28: vs. Columbus, 7:30 Oct. 31: at Washington, 8 November Nov. 1: at Montreal, 7:30 Nov. 3: vs. Chicago, 7:30 Nov. 8: at Phoenix, 10 Nov. 11: at Los Angeles, 10:30 Nov. 12: at Anaheim, 8 Nov. 15: vs. San Jose, 7:30 Nov. 17: vs. Dallas, 7:30 Nov. 18: at Nashville, 8 Nov. 20: vs. Nashville, 7:30 Nov. 22: vs. Boston, 7:30 Nov. 24: vs. Vancouver, 7:30 Nov. 25: at NY Islanders, 7 Nov. 27: vs. Chicago, 7:30 Nov. 29: at Atlanta, 7:30 December Dec. 1: at Florida, 8 Dec. 2: at Tampa Bay, 7:30 Dec. 6: vs. Toronto, 7:30 Dec. 8: vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 Dec. 10: vs. Pittsburgh, 7 Dec. 13: vs. Florida, 7:30 Dec. 15: at Colorado, 8 Dec. 16: at St. Louis, 8 Dec. 18: vs. Edmonton, 7:30 Dec. 20: vs. San Jose, 7:30 Dec. 22: vs. Anaheim, 7:30 Dec. 23: at Boston, 7 Dec. 27: vs. Minnesota, 7:30 Dec. 29: at Chicago, 8:30 Dec. 31: vs. Los Angeles, 7 January Jan. 4: vs. Dallas, 7:30 Jan. 5: at Minnesota, 8 Jan. 7: vs. Colorado, 8 Jan. 9: vs. Phoenix, 7:30 Jan. 12: at Dallas, 8:30 Jan. 15: at San Jose, 8 Jan. 16: at Vancouver, 10 Jan. 20: at Edmonton, 10 Jan. 21: at Calgary, 8 Jan. 24: vs. Nashville, 7:30 Jan. 26: vs. Anaheim, 7:30 Jan. 30: at New Jersey, 7 Jan. 31: at Columbus, 7 February Feb. 6: vs. Ottawa, 7:30 Feb. 8: vs. Toronto, 7:30 Feb. 10: at Toronto, 7 Feb. 14: vs. Carolina, 7:30 Feb. 16: vs. Columbus, 7:30 Feb. 18: at Dallas, 8 Feb. 20: at Nashville, 8 Feb. 21: at Chicago, 8:30 Feb. 23: vs. St. Louis, 8 Feb. 25: vs. Phoenix, 3 Feb. 28: at Anaheim, 10:30 March March 2: at Phoenix, 9 March 3: at Los Angeles, 10 March 6: at Vancouver, 10 March 10: at St. Louis, 3 March 11: at Minnesota, 2 March 13: vs. Vancouver, 7:30 March 15: vs. Calgary, 7:30 March 17: at Colorado, 3 March 18: at San Jose, 8 March 22: vs. Minnesota, 7:30 March 24: at NY Rangers, 1 March 28: vs. St. Louis, 7:30 March 31: at Philadelphia, 3 April April 1: vs. Washington, 7 April 3: at Columbus, 7 April 5: vs. Atlanta, 7:30 April 7: vs. Colorado, 3 7\1 Free agency started today, and Igor Larionov took advantage. He signed with the Florida Panthers and will center Pavel Bure's line. A few of the great Larionov's numbers (from AP): "In 663 NHL regular season games, Larionov has 138 goals and 369 assists. In 125 playoff games, he has 25 goals and 58 assists. Larionov won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics as the center of the Soviet Union's famed KLM line, playing between wing Vladimir Krutov and Sergei Makarov. He signed with Vancouver in 1989, spending three years with the Canucks. He played a year in Switzerland before returning to the NHL with the San Jose Sharks, who had selected him in the expansion draft. He was traded to Detroit early in the 1995-96 season, helping the Red Wings win the 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cups. He had four goals and eight assists in the 1997 playoffs and three goals and 10 assists in the 1998 postseason." Only Sergei Fedorov and Slava Kozlov remain of the fabled Russian Five. Slava Fetisov is currently coaching in New Jersey and we all know of the Konstantinov tragedy. Igor will be missed. It's almost hard to believe that he was only in Detroit for five years. He is often called, and deservedly so, the 'Russian Gretsky.' The Wings and Larry Murphy have agreed on money, but not length of a new contract. GM Ken Holland is also talking with Brent Gilchrist, but signing Chris Osgood seems to be the priority now. The 2000-2001 Exhibition Schedule: Sept 17 New Jersey 19 Pittsburgh 20 at Columbus 21 Boston 24 at Pittsburgh 26 Dallas 28 Toronto 30 at Dallas Oct 1 Toronto at Hamilton, Ontario.
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