News and Notes from the Red Wings
Todd Bertuzzi believes the Detroit Red Wings will have advantages over their opponents when the new, shortened NHL season begins because several of the team's star players have been playing in Europe. Wings playing in Europe included Pavel Datsyuk, who was playing in Russia's KHL, and Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner, who clicked immediately as teammates in the Swiss National League.
Veteran NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi thinks some fans will show their disgust with the recently concluded lockout by not filling up stadiums when play resumes later this month. "I think at first there'll be a few empty seats," Bertuzzi acknowledged. "But, I mean, let's face it: Hockey's a great sport. … I think everyone who's been complaining sees that they're the ones sitting at the bar watching darts and stuff like that, when they could be watching a good ol' hockey game."
Whenever the Detroit Red Wings start the shortened regular season, forward Patrick Eaves still won't be ready to play. Eaves suffered a severe concussion when he was hit with a puck Nov. 26, 2011, off the stick of Nashville defenseman Roman Josi. These days, Eaves is feeling better, but still not free of symptoms such as headaches or dizziness. "I feel like I'm getting better," Eaves said Monday as the Red Wings skated for the first time since a new collective bargaining agreement was tentatively worked out over the weekend. "(But) I'm not cleared yet."
For only the second time since 1986, the Detroit Red Wings will have a new captain. Henrik Zetterberg is slated to serve as the Detroit Red Wings 36th team captain in club history after the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom in May.
Tomas Holmstrom, a 15-year veteran who has played his entire career with the Red Wings, informed the team Monday that he was retiring. An official announcement will come later this week. Holmstrom will turn 40 on Jan. 23. He was taken in the last round of the 1994 draft and has played in 1,026 games for Detroit. He finishes with career totals of 530 points (243 goals, 287 assists) in the regular season and 97 points (46 goals, 51 assists) in the playoffs, four Stanley Cup titles and the gold medal he won with Team Sweden at the Turin Olympics.
It looks like the Detroit Red Wings will start the 2012-13 season without Carlo Colaiacovo. Colaiacovo's Spengler Cup injury is expected to take about 2-3 weeks to heal, which will eat up at least training camp.