Red Wings announce new arena plans; NHL and HBO talk '24/7'; Bruins' excess of d-men (Puck Headlines)

Jen Neale
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• "Olympia Development of Michigan today announced plans for a sweeping transformation of dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and midtown Detroit into a world-class Sports and Entertainment District." The project will bring much needed jobs and economic expansion to Detroit. The new Red Wings arena is set to open in 2017. [District Detroit]

• Here's George Malik's in-depth look at the nuts and bolts of the new arena plans. [Kukla's Korner]

• WIIM foretells the upcoming Red Wings season as being 'The Mike Babcock Show'. They dissect the always direct head coach's responses in a local radio interview. Whatever you do, don't say the statement 'just like last year'; it's a trigger. [Winging It In Motown]

• Get out the tissues. Gino Odjick has been told he has weeks to live, and he made a surprise appearance in Quebec at a ceremony to rename a rink in his honor. [Van City Buzz]

Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon is returning to the ice for the first time since March 3rd to play for France overseas. Why is that a big deal? The kid was hospitalized with a scary and serious bout of bacterial meningitis earlier this year. [Buzzing the Net]

• The Capitals and Blackhawks will be facing off in this year's Winter Classic. HBO and the NHL are still hammering out the details for another season of '24/7'. Umm, Patrick Kane + Alexander Ovechkin = ratings gold. [CSN Chicago]

• With Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen signed to long-term deals, how will the kids in the Caps system be impacted? [Brooks Laichyear]

• Hey, remember how the Pittsburgh Penguins got a new coach? His name is Mike Johnston. Now that he's had a few weeks on the job, he's ready for a Q & A session with a local beat writer. Spoiler alert: He's dropping Sid to fourth-line center and he prefers Wayne to Mario. KIDDING. [Tribune Live]

• Not surprisingly, the Kings have already sold out their 16,000 season tickets with 95% of those tickets being renewals from the previous season. "The Kings have sold out 120 consecutive games, and they've been able to raise their rates in terms of sponsorship dollars ... Forbes magazine valued the worth of the Kings at $450 million ... in November." Think Mr. Anschutz wants to sell (or pretend to sell) the team now? [LA Times]

• Who wants a NHL-caliber defenseman or two? The Bruins have nine going into the season and GM Peter Chiarelli isn't opposed to making a deals after a few preseason contests. Me thinks Zdeno Chara will not be available. [Boston Globe]

• I don't think Bruins fans like Jordan Caron very much. Good thing Chiarelli just inked him to a one-year, one-way contract for $600K. [Bruins Daily]

• Stars forward Antoine Roussel asked for $2.35-million in arbitration; Dallas countered with $1.15-million. How much is this player worth? [Defending Big D]

• A game in Australia between the CBR Brave and Adelaide Adrenaline was cancelled after the Adrenaline's team bus rolled over. Several people were taken to the hospital with injuries; however, thank goodness, no one was killed. [ABC]

• Cam Charron seems to be having an argument (or heated discussion) with himself over David Clarkson. [Leafs Nation]

• Making a case for 5'7" Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau to start the season with the big club. [Rink Zone]

• Time start endlessly researching players for your future fantasy drafts. Dobber helps you out with goalies in his July rankings. [Dobber Hockey]

• It seems that everyone on the Predators flees Nashville during the off-season - not Seth Jones! [The Tennessean]

• David Poille is assembling a grab bag of players in Nashville. How about adding Evander Kane? [Section 303]

• Part 4 of a tubular series telling the stories behind logo designs in the 90's. [Icethetics]

• If you love fancy stats, you are going to LOVE this: a detailed discussion of "Delta Corsi and Assessment of Individual Player Impacts on Possession Accounting for Usage" [NHL Numbers]

• Evolution of the Cleveland Lumberjacks jersey. Evgeni Nabokov - who has seemingly played in every league ever - donned the sweater from 1999-2000. [Third String Goalie]

• Panthers attendance is always in flux. In part it is related to marketing, but the major impact comes from the product on the ice. How will Florida increase attendance this year? [Panther Parkway]

• If you live in Texas and want a Dallas Stars vanity license plate, you need to buy it by December 1, 2014. At least 200 people need to purchase the plates by that date or they'll go away like the skate-in-the-crease rule. [Dallas News]

• If you don't love this video of Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes and a baby, you have no soul. (On account of adorableness, we forgive him for the socks with sandals fashion faux pas)

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