Quick Hits: Al Arbour Passes Away at 82

For Monday, August 31, 2015

Detroit Red Wings News

Red Wings Hire Bryan Campbell as Director of Statistical Analysis and Hockey Administration - Winging It In Motown
Mike Babcock leaves the organization, and suddenly they hire a guy to do some statistical analysis. Granted, this is probably more a move to hire a capologist, but baby steps. And before anyone admonishes Bryan Campbell to "watch the game, nerd!" he actually played three seasons of NCAA hockey with the Union College Dutchmen.

Detroit Goodfellows to honor Christopher Ilitch with annual award | The Detroit News
Chris Ilitch receives some recognition for charity work.

$450M state bond sales back Red Wings arena project - Crain's Detroit Business
The money to build the $532 million Detroit Red Wings arena and events center was raised, as planned, with the sale of $450 million of state bonds late last year.

Ranking Top 15 Red Wings Prospects: Vili Saarijarvi - Winging It In Motown
Hey, we got a pretty good defenseman in the draft this past season.

District Detroit, New Red Wings Arena ‘On Time’; 60 Percent Of Contracted Workforce Is From Detroit " CBS Detroit
"On time" in this case means it should be on schedule for its anticipated 2017-2018 season opener debut. This summer's work included initial ground clearing, utility relocation and earth retention.

Wings will be excited with new coach Blashill - Detroit Red Wings - News
More general excitement about new head coach Jeff Blashill, including some quotes theScore focused on about how everyone, including the veterans, is going to have to earn the new coach's trust at the NHL level.

Red Wings Release 2015 Prospects Tournament Roster - Winging It In Motown
The Traverse City prospect tournament is tantalizingly close. Real hockey is almost here again in North America (love you too, KHL). Read up on the Red Wings' roster here, including Larkin, Mantha, and Svechnikov.

8 Historical Facts Every Detroit Red Wings Fan Should Know | Octopus Thrower - Fansided
I definitely knew the first one.

Timing proves to be perfect for Red Wings’ Abdelkader | The Detroit News
Actually, the timing would have been perfect for Justin Abdelkader if last season were his contract year. That way, he could have capitalized on his career year this offseason.

Around the NHL

Legendary Islanders coach Al Arbour passes away at 82 - Lighthouse Hockey
Storystream from Lighthouse Hockey after the legendary New York Islanders head coach passed away over the weekend.

Al Arbour, legendary coach and master motivator, dead at 82 - NHL - SI.com
Great look at Al Arbour from Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir, including some stories about his days as a player, long before he would become the Islanders' dynasty coach.

Al Arbour's career timeline highlighted by New York Islanders dynasty of four straight Stanley Cup titles - NHL.com - NHL Insider
Al Arbour's career was marked by multiple Stanley Cup titles as a player before he coached the New York Islanders to four straight championships. A timeline of his hockey life.

Une pensée pour Henri Richard | Le Journal de Montréal
Montreal Canadiens legend Henri Richard is dealing with Alzheimer's.

Details on Brian McCloskey's diversion agreement, and questions about support systems for female athletes - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Brian McCloskey was hired as the Boston Blades' new head coach during the CWHL offseason. He comes with a history that includes assault charges against one of his former players while he coached women's hockey at the University of New Hampshire. Because professional leagues aren't colleges that have established support systems for students, what kind of support systems can or should the CWHL and NWHL build?

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Raw Charge writer AshonIce (whose Wordpress site we've linked to in Quick Hits before) has friends in volunteer wildfire firefighting. Because of the wildfires raging in the western part of North America, we include this link recommended by Ash for awareness and donations to fallen firefighters.

It's Not Only OK for the 2015-16 Devils to Try to Be Competitive; It's Nearly Required - In Lou We Trust
"It's OK to try; just showing up and jobbing out won't be for the rebuilding effort and certainly not for the good of the business, be it the player's or the team's."

Dallas Stars Reach Four-Year Extension With Cody Eakin - Defending Big D
Almost $4 million in AAV makes him an expensive third-line center, even with some role flexibility.

Richards case against Kings after charge - Article - TSN
Short answer: Mike Richards being formally charged with possession of a controlled substance changes nothing about the case between the Los Angeles Kings and the NHLPA concerning Richards' contract termination.

The Thermometer Problem & applying analytics in coaching - Eyes On The Prize
"Hiring backroom analysts or paying for statistical services won't be productive unless they have a direct impact on how coaches speak and teach [hockey]. Only coaches can help manage expectations for a breakout player due to regress, and only coaches can call a slumping player into his office and tell him: 'The hell with the media. I know you're doing a terrific job and the numbers prove it.'"

Anze Kopitar Week: What Can We Expect in 2015-16? - Jewels From The Crown
More of Anze Kopitar week at Jewels from the Crown. What can we expect from Kopitar in a contract year?

Rocco Grimaldi remembers historic hockey double-header day | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I hope Rocco Grimaldi becomes more impactful in hockey than the only player to pull this off in basketball, Jordan Farmar.

How Duncan Keith went from job-dodger to bionic Blackhawk – and Conn Smythe winner | The Hockey News

What NHL players are told about rape, domestic violence | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
" 'A lot of time in that they’ll talk about social issues like that. They have a lot of research available for you,' said the player. 'But that specifically – sexual abuse – there’s not a whole lot of conversation about that.' "

No one more surprised than former Calgary Flames forward Curtis Glencross how free agency has worked out | Calgary Sun
Curtis Glencross and Christian Ehrhoff should set up a counsel for players about the potential pitfalls of free agency. Players can still definitely take "hometown discounts" and do whatever else they'd like with their careers, but they better know what they're getting into and passing up.

Weekly Question: What Should Alfredsson's Role Be? - Silver Seven
Over a week and a half ago, news broke of the potential for Daniel Alfredsson to return to the Ottawa Senators. Silver Seven looks at the potential landing spots. Assistant coach Alfredsson, anyone?

How virtual reality is about to change sports - Sportsnet.ca
I think it's a oversold, but virtual reality can definitely be a useful tool in the realm of professional sports. As someone who's participated in virtual reality experiments before, I hope the technology they're using is more advanced; otherwise, these will end up being nothing more than glorified dry-erase boards.

Former NHLer caught in Asia League money standoff - Sportsnet.ca
"I was told through the team translator that High1 would appreciate if I just cancelled my end of the contract, just ‘to be nice guy.’ " Because being a nice guy is totally going to be enough to support Ryan Thang's newborn and his family.

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