9\30 From the Detroit News:" Transactions: Made the team: Jiri Fischer (D), Yan Golubovsky (D), Yuri Butsayev (F), Marc Rodgers (F). Sent to minors: Darryl Laplante (F), Philippe Audet (F), Jesse Wallin (D), Maxim Kuznetsov (D). Waived: Manny Legace (G)(should clear and go to Manitoba of the IHL, still the Wings 3rd Goalie.)" 9\29 Ken Wregget posted his 3rd preseason shutout as the Wings blanked the Flyers 3-0. Scoring were Draper, Laplante, and Larionov. The Wings finished the preseason with a 7-1-1 record. Next up: Buffalo at the Joe on Saturday night to open the regular season. The Wings have signed Juri Fischer to a 3 year deal....From Excite Sports:"The Red Wings said they assigned four players to the AHL Cincinnati Mighty Ducks - left wing Philippe Audet, center Darryl Laplante and defensemen Maxim Kuznetzov and Jesse Wallin. The club also released veteran wing Randy Burridge."...The Wings led all NHL teams in exhibition victories and allowed only 14 goals in nine games....Fedorov led the Wings in preseason points with 11, followed by Shanny with 7. 9\28 The youngsters blew the 3rd period last night, allowing 4 goals, and lost to the Rangers 2-5. Scoring were Brown and Shanahan. Next up: tonight vs. Philly at the Joe. From the Free Press:"The Red Wings must sign defenseman Jiri Fischer by 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon or send him to Hull of the Quebec Major Junior League, not to be available until Hull's season is over." 9\26 From the Detroit News:"Something to keep an eye on this season isn't just the festering feud between the Red Wings and Dallas Stars, but the mounting bad blood between Fedorov and Mike Modano. Both left the game with 5 minutes, 3 seconds remaining Friday night in the Wings' 8-0 exhibition victory when they received 10-minute misconduct penalties. Fedorov had 18 minutes in penalties, including two slashing calls. "I don't know if (Anna) Kournikova told him to get tougher or what," Modano told the Dallas Morning News, referring to Fedorov's long-time tennis friend. "It's strange. He established the kind of player he is, and now he's going to change it 11 years later. I think maybe he's just trying to get his teammates to like him. It's a long season, and I don't think he can back it up." Modano also said the Wings are "one of the major competitors again. But man for man I think we match up fairly well." 9\25 The Wings continue to shine, beating the Predators 3-1. Scoring were Kozlov and Roest(1+1en). Next up: the make-up game at the Rangers Monday night. 9\25 This from the FreePress regarding last night's game:"Sandwiched around the goals were enough elbows, errant sticks and all-out melees to keep the penalty box seats warm all game. Tomas Holmstrom was cut on the nose after Belfour smacked him with his stick in one late scrum, and Sergei Fedorov and Mike Modano were kicked out with five minutes left. The Wings spent 19:49 shorthanded and 12:49 on the power play." 9\24 Ken Wregget posts the shutout as the Wings leave Dallas with a 3-0 win. Scoring were Murphy, LaPointe, and Shanahan(en). Next up: at Nashville on Saturday the 25th. The Wings up their preseason record to 5-0-1. 9\24 From the Detroit News: "The Red Wings turned in their protected list for Monday's waiver draft Thursday afternoon. Unlike past year, the Wings don't look to be in danger of losing a healthy regular. The most prominent likely names on the unprotected list are injured forwards Brent Gilchrist and Joe Kocur, both of whom are currently hurt and have big enough contracts to discourage teams from selecting them." 9\23 It was the Sergei Fedorov show at the Joe last night. He put in a goal and 3 assists, 2 of which were to Doug Brown in the first 9 minutes. The Wings skated past Buffalo 4-1. Scoring were Fedorov(sh), Brown(1sh,1), and Larionov. Next up: at Dallas tomarrow. From the Free Press:"Schedule update: The Tiger Stadium farewell and Hurricane Floyd are squeezing the Wings' exhibition schedule. Detroit is at Dallas on Friday and at Nashville on Saturday. Monday's 7:30 p.m. game against Philadelphia was moved to Tuesday because it conflicted with the Tigers' last game at The Corner. Detroit visits the Rangers on Monday in a game that was washed out Sept. 16 by the storm, so the Wings will play four games in five days." ESPN.com has it's NHL preview up. It's a good place to get familiar with the rosters after this summer's moves. And finally, from the Detroit News:"General Manager Ken Holland will be in Toronto today for GM meetings, but as of Monday evening, he had no plans to meet with Pat Morris, agent for Darren McCarty.... Holland also in continuing to negotiate with Jiri Chra, agent for Jiri Fischer. The Wings must come to terms with Fischer, 19, by Wednesday or he will be automatically sent to his junior team in Hull (Quebec Junior League)." 9\22 The Free Press is reporting that Uwe Krupp was racing dog sleds just days after he injured his back and couldn't skate. They quote a dog sled expert as saying that it is very demanding and with Uwe's claimed injuries he couldn't have competed. There is another matter involving breech of contract. Typically, NHL players are not allowed to participate in any organized sport without written consent from his team. Uwe is still under suspension. Ulf Samuelsson is rumored to be ready to sign with Toronto. I like Ulfie, I wish he could've stayed around a while.......No new news on the 'McCarty hearings'.....Tonight's game vs. the Sabres will again not be on TV or radio. 9\21 From the Free Press: "Brendan Shanahan and Tomas Holmstrom got into a little scrum during scrimmage, slapping away at each other until teammates separated them -- but by then it was already over. "He made me say uncle," Shanahan said with a sheepish grin...." Looks like Joey Kocur will be out a while longer, but Brent Gilchrist is doing much better, skating on Saturday with no pain....More rumors about Keith Primeau returning to Detroit are surfacing everywhere. The WIngs are saying 'don't count on it, but the door is open.' 9\20 From the Detroit News: "Isn't it fun to watch a couple of rich guys feud like toddlers in a sandbox? Peter Karmanos and Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch have been rivals in Detroit for years. Ilitch is still bitter over the $38 million offer sheet Karmanos gave Sergei Fedorov three years ago. The front-loaded offer -- matched by the Wings -- forced Ilitch to give his star $28 million, a financial drain still being felt. Now, Ilitch has an opportunity for revenge. Keith Primeau, traded by the Wings to the Whalers in '96, is a restricted free agent. The Wings are reportedly contemplating a huge offer that would stick Karmanos with an overpriced contract." 9\19 From the Detroit News: "Referee Kerry Fraser said he will send a report to the NHL on an incident involving Ward and Philadelphia's Sandy McCarthy in the first period. McCarthy bit through the sleeve of Ward's jersey and drew blood during a scrum in front of the net in the first period." 9\18 The Wings thumped the Flyers 5-2 bringing their preseason record to 3-0-1. Scoring were LaPointe, Shanahan, Suursoo, Fedorov, and Kozlov. Ken Wregget played perfect through two periods and was replaced by Legace in the third. Next up: Buffalo on Wednesday the 22nd at the Joe. 9\18 The Stars and Wings skate to a 2-2 tie. Scoring for Detroit were Holmstrom and Kozlov. Shanny got slapped with a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for a slashing incident. Next up: at Philly at 3PM today. The game at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers has been rescheduled for September 27th. Happy 66th birthday to Scotty Bowman. 9\17 Brendan Shanahan has been cleared to play. He would have played last night in New York if the game hadn't been cancelled. It is doubtful the game will get rescheduled because of the full schedule at Madison Square Gardens. 9\16 Tonights game at the Rangers has been postponed due to Hurricane Floyd. It is unknown at this time whether the game will be rescheduled. 9\16 From the Free Press: "General Manager Ken Holland plans to meet with Pat Morris, Darren McCarty's agent, within the next few days. "I don't know where we'll go," Holland said. "Obviously we're a ways apart, we have some work to do. We're still talking, it's not like we're not talking. We have to sit down and see where we're at." ... Holland said the Wings have yet to receive medical reports from suspended Uwe Krupp. Krupp has a herniated disc, and the Wings want to know about his medical status before his signing with the Wings last summer.... Bowman was pleased with the way the Wings shut down Nashville on Tuesday after the first period. The effort came after a strong defensive game in the exhibition opener against the Rangers. The coaching staff says it's important for the Wings to play defense at the level they did when they won consecutive Stanley Cups.... Expect goalie Ken Wregget to start tonight in New York. It would be the first playing time in the exhibition season for Wregget, signed as a free agent from Calgary this summer.... Goalie Jason Elliott was reassigned to Manitoba of the International Hockey League.... The Wings expect Brent Gilchrist (minor hernia surgery) to be back on the ice by the weekend. How long before he can resume practicing will be up to him. Gilchrist needs to regain 5-10 pounds after a severe case of the flu." Friday's preseason game at the Joe vs. Dallas should be on Fox Sports Detroit, but tonight's and last Tuesday's won't. I'm not sure why most games are being nixed. Either the fact that they don't sell out or the Tigers are on at the same time. Hall of Fame defenseman and former Red Wing Bill Quackenbush died Sunday at the age of 77. Quackenbush played 7 seasons for the Wings in the 1940's. He was the first ever player to win the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. 9\15 The Wings came back from a 2-0 Nashville lead to win 4-2. Scoring were Burridge, Roest(2), and Fedorov. Next up: at the Rangers on Thursday night. (From the Free Press:) Darren McCarty has begun working out with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. Holland has been in touch often with McCarty's agent, Pat Morris, talking more short- term than long-term.....ESPN is reporting that Steve Yzerman has signed a 3 year contract extension which will keep him in Detroit through the 2002-03 season. Yzerman has been the Wings' Captain for 14 years now, a NHL record. He ranks eleventh all time in NHL goals with 592. He's 10th in assists with 891 and ninth in points (1,483).......According to the Detroit Newa, Steve Duchesne signed a three-year, $11.3-million contract rather then the 1 year deal I reported earlier this month. 9\13 The Wings pounded the Rangers 3-1. Soring were Dandenault, Duchesne, and Kozlov. The Wings allowed one shot on goal in the 3rd period. Manny Legace played the first two periods and Ozzy came in for the 3rd. Mathieu Dandenault played a team-high 22 minutes. Next up: Nashville Tuesday at the Joe. Several more players were reassigned to their respective minor league clubs this weekend. The Wings have 38 players left on their roster.....McCarty's agent and Ken Holland spoke more over the weekend, but both sides are still apart. 9\12 From the Detroit News: "Goalie Manny Legace, defensemen Fischer and Duchesne, and forwards Yuri Butsayev and Randy Burridge will make their Red Wings debut in tonight's exhibition game against the Rangers. Brendan Shanahan (muscle pull) is day-to-day and will not play tonight." 9\11 Training camp is over and the Wings have started trimming the roster. Several players were sent to their junior or minor league teams while others received their outright release. From the Free Press: "For the second straight year, forward Stacy Roest led training camp in scoring. He had 11 points, followed by forward Slava Kozlov's nine. Shanahan and forward Phil Audet led camp in goals with five. Chelios led the defensemen with four points." Preseason starts tomarrow at the Joe vs. The Rangers. 9\9 The Wings announced that regular-season tickets for October and November home games will go on sale Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Joe Louis Arena box office, the Hockeytown Authentics store in Troy and all TicketMaster locations. 9\8 There were several articles in both Detroit papers the last two days about everything from training camp to McCarty's contract talks. No real news in all of it, but it's nice to see some fresh stuff. The 'in the crease' rule has changed this year. Under the new rule, it's basically no-harm, no-foul, and the video replay judge will be eliminated. The overtime rule has also changed. If the teams are tied at the end of regulation they will play four players a side. Also, each team gets one point in the standings, and if a team scores in OT, they get an additional point. Steve Yzerman's contract extension is expected to be finished and signed in the next week or so. Both sides have agreed on the money , but some language and details still needed worked out. Tomas Holmstrom got married over the summer.......Joey Kocur won't play in the first few preseason games. He is skating fine and scrimmaging lightly, so he should be ready to go well before the season starts.....Scotty Bowman and Head Trainer John Warton both agree that the players are in the best physical shape they've ever seen them in, especially Marty LaPointe. Marty ended last season weighing 233 with 19% body fat. He showed up at camp weighing 208 with 8.6% body fat (#'s from the Free Press)....Mathiew Dandenault gained about 12 pounds of muscle...... From the Detroit News:"Bowman said the Wings will play more than 60 percent of their regular lineup in their nine exhibition games. The large number of exhibitions gives experienced players an opportunity to get into a rhythm, and rookies a chance to show how they can contribute." 9\6 This from the Free Press: "NEWS AND NOTES: Forward Randy Burridge, 33, and defenseman Jeff Sharples, 32, are trying out with the Wings in camp. Burridge has been an NHL journeyman for several seasons; Sharples has been mired in the minor leagues since playing 105 games for the Wings over three seasons in the late '80s. "They kind of wanted to see if they had anything left," assistant general manager Jim Nill said. "We'll see what happens." ... Forward Joe Kocur, coming off lower abdominal surgery, said he didn't begin skating until late last week but felt good during a scrimmage Sunday. "It was a test," he said, "and as far as I'm concerned, my groin passed." Trainer John Wharton said Kocur is at about 80 percent." 9\5 The players all boarded the bus for Traverse City to begin traing camp Saturday. Darren McCarty stayed behind. 9\4 I didn't see it coming, but the Wings signed veteran free agent Steve Duchesne to a one-year contract. Steve has played twice for Philly and L.A., and has also spent time in Ottawa, Quebec, and St.Louis. In his career, he has 208 goals and 460 assists in 916 games. Duchesne, 34, is a threetime all star who was once part of the trade that sent Eric Lindros from Quebec to Philadelphia. He was fourth among NHL defensemen in scoring two seasons ago with St. Louis with 14 goals and 42 assists. Not a bad pick up. 9\3 The Wings' traing camp roster can be seen at: http://www.freep.com/sports/redwings/qwroster2.htm Players report Saturday for physicals at Joe Louis Arena. Training camp is Sunday through next Thursday at Center Ice in Traverse City. All open practices are sold out. 9\2 Brent Gilchrist underwent minor surgery to repair another hernia. He is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. No word yet on whether Joey Kocur would be back. Joey missed most of the 2nd half of the seaon with an injury, and spoke of retiring if he wasn't feeling better. Sergei Fedorov said today that he has a 'new attitude' and will play like he did in the past and not like he did last year.
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