The Jiri Hudler saga continues as David Staples at Cult of Hockey, a hockey blog for the Edmonton Journal, reports that the IIHF denied Hudler a transfer card. This card is needed to participate in IIHF-sanctioned events, including KHL games. An unconfirmed report from a Russian hockey reporter suggests that the KHL will still allow Hudler to play even without a transfer card. If that is inaccurate, Hudler would have to come back and play hockey in North America, putting the Wings over the salary cap as a result.
You can read the blogosphere’s reaction by checking out On the Wings, Babcock’s Death Stare, Nightmare on Helm Street, Winging It In Motown, and Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle.
In Other News
- If you haven’t already, head over to Ticketmaster to purchase tickets for the Red Wings’ HockeyFest, happening later today and Saturday. The event includes player appearances (captain Nicklas Lidstrom, Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom, Dan Cleary, and Jason Williams), a tour of the locker room, a photo opportunity with the zamboni and Al the Octopus, a special Q&A session with players and management, alumni autograph session, hockey memorabilia exhibits, and much more!
- Larry Lage of the Associated Press writes about how the Wings’ own Mike Babcock, Steve Yzerman, and Ken Holland are putting their heads together for Team Canada.
- The Detroit Free Press’ Jamie Samuelsen does not believe that coaching Team Canada will be a distraction for Babcock during the Wings’ season. In fact, Jamie thinks he may not think enough about the Olympics because of his dedication to Detroit’s success.
- Scott Burnside at ESPN.com talks about how Babcock is prepared for the demanding and pressure-filled role as head coach for Team Canada while Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated adds that it’s Christmas in August for Babcock.
- The Detroit News reports that former Wing Darren McCarty has run into some money trouble with the IRS. The same article notes that McCarty is currently in Moscow trying to land a roster spot with a team in the KHL.
- Dan Rosen of NHL.com says that Dan Cleary believes he belongs on the Team Canada roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics (link via Nightmare on Helm Street). The Edmonton Journal’s David Staples believes that Cleary is a dark horse in the race for a roster spot.
- David at Octopus Thrower lists potential lines for the upcoming season, including the top two units for the penalty kill and power play. Speaking of line combos, The Triple Deke came across a couple great websites. The first of which is called the NHL Line Combination Tool that lets you determine how many shifts, minutes, and points various pairings had — pretty fun stuff! The second website has the results of every single NHL game, which comes in handy when you want to figure out random stats like Detroit’s overall record against Chicago in January games that go into overtime at home (1-0-2-0).
- According to The Tennessean, Chris Chelios is a possible option for the Nashville Predators. While On the Forecheck says that Preds fans enjoy razzing Cheli, he would bring a veteran presence to the lineup that is needed.
- Former Wing draftee Mike Sillinger has announced his retirement after 17 years in the league, playing for 12 different teams. Lighthouse Hockey has quotes from his conference call, including thoughts about starting his career in Detroit.
- There is a new Red Wings blog in the hockey blogosphere. Please welcome Chris Hollis, formerly of Winging It In Motown, to his new digs at Motown Wings.
- Red Wings’ single tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. EDT. It’s also your chance to purchase $9 tickets for October, November, and December games.