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Brad McCrimmon QnA

09 September 2008 - 07:54 PM


DETROIT – A new addition to the Red Wings’ coaching staff is a familiar face, who spent three seasons of his 18-year NHL playing career in Hockeytown.

Brad McCrimmon replaces former assistant coach Todd McLellan on Mike Babcock’s staff. McLellan left Detroit to become the new head coach of the San Jose Sharks in June.

A defenseman, McCrimmon, now 49, played for the Red Wings from 1990-93, where he scored eight goals with 49 assists in 203 games. He was acquired by the Wings in a trade with the Calgary Flames.

Last season, McCrimmon finished his fourth season behind the bench as an assistant to Atlanta coach Bob Hartley. Prior to his stint with the Thrashers, McCrimmon was an assistant in Calgary and with the New York Islanders.

On Monday, McCrimmon took time to speak to reporters at Joe Louis Arena. He spoke about coaching the Red Wings’ big off-season acquisition -- Marian Hossa in Atlanta, as well as his memories of playing in Detroit in the early 90s.

What impresses you the most about Hossa?

“His work ethic is unbelievable. He’s an every day player. He’s no maintenance and he’s a great teammate. He’s a great asset in all areas."

As a former player, where you shocked at the amount of money that he left on the table?

“If you know Marian, then you know his personality and his background and where he comes from, I wasn’t totally surprised at all to tell you the truth. He’s a man of principal, and he had in his head what he wanted to do and he stuck with it. I’ll never second-guess a guy for doing that.”

What can that whole package bring to this dressing room?

“I know what he brings and what he brings is excellence.”

Jesse Boulerice Invited To B'Hawks

09 September 2008 - 07:46 PM


I can see it now, january 1st mark your calendars

jk, but srsly, should be fun to see the hell he raises in training camp.

Aaron Downey re-signs: 1 year 575k two-way contract

14 August 2008 - 12:35 PM


Forward Aaron Downey will sign a two-way contract to remain with the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings.

The NHL Players Association web site no longer lists Downey as unsigned. The web site lists Downey as a Wing with compensation of $575,000 for the 2008-08 season.

I spoke to Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill shortly before noon and he said "we're very close" to signing Downey to a one-year, two-way contract.

Downey would make $575,000 with the Wings or $100,000 with the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Wings have also offered Darren McCarty a similar two-way contract. The Wings are less than $500,000 under the cap and still plan to sign veteran defenseman Chris Chelios.

"Because of our roster situation, we have no choice," Nill said of offering the two-way contracts. "We have to have flexibility."

Players like Downey, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Ville Leino, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Derek Meech and Jimmy Howard will go to camp hoping to win one of the final roster spots on a team overflowing with talent.

Nill said the Wings wanted Downey back because "he did a great job last year."

"He created room for the skill players and that's not any easy job," Nill said. "And he fit in will in the room."

Downey, who turns 34 on Aug. 27, had 116 penalty minutes in 56 games last season and had no goals and three assists.

Griffins' new coach

22 July 2008 - 05:39 PM

By Bruce MacLeod - Red Wings Corner / July 22, 2008

The Griffins now control decisions on their coaching staff (it was the Red Wings last year). So with Mike Stothers out, the new coach will be named Wednesday morning. The team's press release ...

WHAT: The Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League will introduce their eighth head coach in franchise history.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 23, beginning promptly at 10 a.m.

WHERE: The Huntington Club at Van Andel Arena. (Located on the ground level of the arena lobby, next to the banquet rooms.)

Media should park in the horseshoe lot/loading dock arena behind arena, and enter the building through the Fulton Street lobby doors.

WHO: Griffins general manager Bob McNamara and the new coach will address the media and be available for one-on-one interviews.

Bruce MacLeod's Macomb Daily blog items are reprinted on RWC with permission. For thorough daily coverage of the Red Wings, also visit the Macomb Daily website and Red Wings Corner.

Jiri Hudler

19 July 2008 - 01:36 PM

Why do you like hudler?