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In Topic: Wings to Europe: Tracking which DRW players are playing where

21 September 2012 - 07:48 AM

And now the SEL's decision to block shortterm contracts has been forcibly lifted so we'll see what happens next! I'm not really sure how many of Detroit's players will be affected but for Swedish hockey fans this is a pretty big deal. Time for Frölunda to pick up some players!!

In Topic: Wings to Europe: Tracking which DRW players are playing where

17 September 2012 - 08:22 AM

Can't remember where I saw it, but apparently players going to the SEL can't come back if the season starts again half-way through. So anyone who signs in the SEL is there for the year, unlike other European countries where they could come back to their teams. Hence why Kronner and Ericsson aren't going for a big Swedish league but going to smaller teams that they have history with. Wonder if this is actually true though as again, can't remember where I saw that?!

No NHL players can sign for an SEL team anyway.

In Topic: Wings to Europe: Tracking which DRW players are playing where

17 September 2012 - 04:34 AM

it seems like a logical move, dk why europe is so attractive to some. If they all just went to the AHL it would make it be pretty much like the nhl instead of having all the nhl talent scattered around europe. But I guess they coudl get more money in europe...

Well for the European players it's a chance to play at home, for the NA players it's a chance to visit some other country they might not really ever have visited (don't underestimate that, change of scenery is a big deal, at least it has been for me). For all players it's a chance to continue playing competitively and to continue making money (for those going to the KHL, a lot of money).

In Topic: Wings to Europe: Tracking which DRW players are playing where

17 September 2012 - 04:22 AM

Well Nyquist is headed to the Griffins according to Aftonbladet.se. Seems like a pretty exhaustive list, at least concerning Swedish players.

EDIT: Figured I'd go ahead and translate what the rest of the DRW players are planning on doing:

Henrik Zetterberg, 31, Detroit Red Wings.
Staying in Detroit for now and working out. Will go to another club at the earliest around Christmas and if it's Sweden the Timrå is the only option.
Niklas Kronwall, 31, Detroit Red Wings.
Will take a couple of weeks to see if the conflict gets resolved. After that he'll play for Djurgården in Sweden to help them get back to the SEL.
Johan Franzén, 32, Detroit Red Wings.
Will continue working out with team mates at the rink they've rented together in Detroit.
Mikael Samuelsson, 35, Detroit Red Wings.
Says that it will take a lot for him to play anywhere else. Wants to be with his family after many years of moves across NA.
Jonathan Ericsson, 28, Detroit Red Wings.
The Swedish Detroit player who seems most eager to play. Even rumored that he might join his old club Vita Hästen in Division 1 (That would be the 3rd tier league in Sweden).
Gustav Nyquist, 23, Detroit Red Wings.
Starts the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Jonas Gustavsson, 27, Detroit Red Wings.
Has not made a decision, continues to work out with new team mates in Detroit.
Tomas Holmström, 39, Detroit Red Wings
Still hasn't decided if he'll continue to play or retire.

In Topic: First visit to Detroit!

29 December 2011 - 01:21 PM

Being a visitor myself, I made sure to go to Hockeytown Cafe, their pizza is really good and you'll probably enjoy the decor. Depending on your love of Fords I also enjoyed doing the tour of Henry Ford's estate in Dearborn, and then just down the road there is a large mall. Also go to Hockeytown Authentics in Troy for purchasing team memorabillia/merchandise. And one or two exits before that one there is another mall. There's the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village also in Dearborn and the Zoo. Although locals could probably help you out more.

Cool, I really appreciate this and hopefully it's something to build on. I'll be looking primarily at Red Wings, shopping and other local "unique" Detroit sights; in that order. So maybe the Zoo isn't the best option but otherwise it sounds interesting:

Hockeytown Cafe
Henry Ford's estate in Dearborn and mall nearby
Hockeytown Authentics in Troy and mall nearby
Henry Ford Museum
Greenfield Village

I'm considering going to a Pistons game if I can match it up with 2 Wings games - 3 games/2 nights...