Between the slow but steady emptying of the Wings beat writers’ notebooks from locker room clean-out day, the activities of the Grand Rapids Griffins, Toledo Walleye and other Wings prospects, and the World Championship, we’re going to remain quite busy until mid-to-late May here on TMR.
I’m still going to add a category of “blurb” articles to the docket, however, because this kind of stuff will become more common as spring gives way to summer.
As you probably know by now, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and others have told us that Ken Holland is busier scouting than ever before as a consequential 2018 draft looms, and the Sarnia Observer’s Ryan Pyette reports that Holland wrapped up locker room clean-out day by watching the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers play the Sarnia Sting:
Red Wings GM Ken Holland, fresh off his two-year contract extension this week, was in attendance for scouting purposes. Rangers forward Givani Smith, who parked himself in front of Justin Fazio’s crease all night, is a Detroit prospect
Sarnia won last night’s 2nd round playoff game 4-1, and Smith finished at -1 with 5 shots.
Update: Make that “Blurbs du jour,” via the Free Press’s Greg Crawford’s Metro Detroit weekend planner…
MURRAY HOWE, son of Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe, will share stories about life with his father during an appearance Saturday at senior living community Waltonwood Cherry Hill in Canton. Howe, a Toledo radiologist, will speak, answer audience questions and discuss his book “Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father” (Viking, $24.95), which was published last fall. A portion of proceeds from sales of the book at his appearance will go to the Alzheimer’s Association — Greater Michigan Chapter. Howe is devoted to aiding seniors living with Alzheimer’s because both of his parents dealt with dementia in their later years.
2 p.m. Saturday, Waltonwood Cherry Hill, Canton. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling 734-335-1199.
And the Victoria Times-Colonist’s Cleve Dheensaw offered this description of Michael Rasmussen as the big Tri-City Americans forward’s team won 6-5 over the Victoria Royals last night, in no small part due to Rasmussen’s 1-goal, 3-assist performance:
The albatross-like forward Michael Rasmussen of the Americans, selected ninth overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 2017 NHL draft, was named WHL player of the week and now has five goals and 11 points against the Royals in the series after picking up a goal and three assists Tuesday.