here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Mike Babcock confirms that the rumors of him replacing Red upon his retirement were a misunderstood joke.
Sometimes Babcock has fun with the rumor and speculation. There has been a persistent whisper that he will take over for legendary coach Red Berenson at the University of Michigan. He has joked to reporters that if the Wings don’t want him next season, he’ll be Berenson’s assistant so he can stay close to his daughter.
“That’s just me entertaining myself,” Babcock said. “I don’t know who started those rumors, and now I keep them going. There’s nothing to it – zero to it.”
Throughout the spring, Michael Spath of The Wolverine has been dropping hints that US NTDP U17 defenseman Zach Werenski could be accelerating his final year of high school in order to play for Michigan next season. Today, Spath posted another update, and it appears that plan is coming closer to fruition:It's a paperwork issue. He needs some documents from his HS in terms of fast-tracking to a degree this summer in order to sign a letter of intent with U-M. Everyone involved expects that to get done. Hoping to talk to the young man today or tomorrow.Werenski was a bit overshadowed on the U17 blue line this past season by Noah Hanifin, who is projected as a potential top 5 draft pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, but Werenski himself is projected as a mid-first rounder in 2015 as well.
(FWIW, Spath edited his original post but it still says "Have it on good authority that the defensive recruit is going to drop for Michigan")
Looks like this would be a big step toward addressing the fairly well known issues on the blueline for this upcoming season. Freshmen are freshmen, but Werenski is a projected mid-first rounder and should be a pretty solid player.
For comparison's sake here are other 1st round defensemen that have come through our doors lately:
JMFJ - 3rd, 2005
Jacob Trouba - 8th, 2012
Mark MItera - 19th, 2006
Chris Summers - 29th, 2006
Jon Merrill - 38th, 2010 (2nd round)
This guy would be a proverbial 5 star for college hockey. He'd be a significant grab in any year, but would be especially big for this coming season.
Former wolverine D-Man Greg Pateryn has extended his deal for two more seasons with the Canadiens.
SLIGHT EDIT - making the thread title a little more precise than "Greg Pateryn extends". - LSA
Babcock today said he would either remain the coach of the Red Wings after next season, or instead go to Michigan to be Berenson's assistant.
Mike Babcock says not worried about negotiating for extension, will either remain coach of Red Wings or be assistant at U of M/ Berenson
4/29/14, 11:44 AM
What: The Detroit Red Wings Vs. The Boston Bruins
Where: Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
When: Puck Drop approx: 8:00PM EST April 24th, 2014
The Line: Boston -1.5
TV: NBCSN, TSN, FSD, NESN
Game 1 Detroit stole 1-0 in a lethargic chess match
Games 3&4 Boston outplayed and at times dominated Detroit. Winning 4-1 and 3-0
Line up changes for Detroit:
Out: Daniel Alfredsson(likely back for game 5), Tomas Jurco, Jonathan Ericsson, Stephen Weiss
In: Henrik Zetterberg missed 30 games (back), Todd Bertuzzi (healthy stracth)
Detroit's lines they skated with this morning:
Justin Abdelkader-Pavel Datsyuk-Henrik Zetterberg
Todd Bertuzzi-Riley Sheahan-Tomas Tatar
Johan Franzen-Darren Helm-Gustav Nyquist
Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-David Legwand
Niklas Kronwall-Brendan Smith
Danny DeKeyser-Kyle Quincey
Brian Lashoff-Jakub Kindl
Jimmy Howard (starting)
Hockey News is reporting Zetterberg will make a surprise return to the lineup tonight. No one really expected a return until next round and with the beat down Tuesday this should be a big morale boost even if he is rusty as heck.
A source close to the Red Wings said Henrik Zetterberg has been cleared to play tonight, after missing the last 30 games (including playoffs) and all but one game of the Olympics with a back injury. The source said Zetterberg will likely play only “limited minutes,” somewhere in the range of 10 to 12, but even that will be a massive upgrade for a Red Wings team that is reeling with injuries and has been outscored by the Bruins 7-1 in the past two games.