he City of Detroit has until May to start demolition work for now-empty Joe Louis Arena with a goal of getting the land ready for a new, large hotel that would reshape the downtown riverfront.
That deadline is laid out in a 3-year-old agreement between the city and one of its former bondholders, which received future ownership and development rights to the arena property in exchange for accepting big losses during Detroit’s 2013-14 municipal bankruptcy.
The deal requires the city — which built and still owns The Joe — to begin the demolition process within 90 days of the expiration of the arena’s long-term lease with the Red Wings and the Ilitch family’s Olympia Entertainment.
The lease was initially expected to end by mid-September 2017, according to the agreement and city documents, yet didn’t expire until Wednesday because Olympia exercised options for time extensions. Work crews were spotted in recent weeks removing material from the 38-year-old, windowless building.
In the AHL, Filip Hronek had a goal and an assist, Matt Puempel, Cory Elkins and Matt Lorito scored goals and Tom McCollum became the Griffins’ all-time goaltending wins leader via a 26-save performance in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 4-2 win over Cleveland.
The Detroit Red Wings did a fine job of winning a 4-1 decision over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday evening; the Wings will attempt to extend their winning streak to 3 games as they face the Florida Panthers on Saturday night (7:00 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM).
The Detroit Red Wings attempted to build a modest 2-game winning streak as they faced the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday evening. Carolina had won 3 straight games, and was looking to slide back into one of the Eastern Conference’s Wild Card spots.
The Red Wings did an excellent job of out-playing the Hurricanes for the game’s final 50 minutes, out-scoring Carolina 4-1 and out-hustling the Canes by a substantial margin. Darren Helm had 3 points (1G, 2A), Anthony Mantha had 6 shots, Petr Mrazek had 37 saves and Henrik Zetterberg passed Pavel Datsyuk on the team’s all-time assists list.
“Mike Green, he’ll be out there,” indicated NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman during a Friday afternoon appearance on Edmonton’s 630 CHED. “I think there’s going to be some interest in Mike Green. He’s already been linked to Washington. I know they were asking about him at the All-Star game last week, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Tampa takes a look… I wouldn’t be surprised if Tampa was one of the teams in there considering a look at Mike Green.”
“They’ve tried to move Tatar and Nyquist for a couple of years now. They’ve been on and off the market, and I do think they’re looking at that again.
“I’ve reported at one point this year it looked like Edmonton and Detroit were seriously talking about a Mrazek deal that didn’t happen. And I still think they’d move one of their goaltenders if the price is right. Mrazek has started to play a little better.
“I think Detroit, as you mentioned, being in the position that they’re in, they’re willing to consider a lot of things. I do think that a few of their players are guys who could be available.”
DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan spoke with Petr Mrazek regarding the possibility that #34 might be traded before the February 26th deadline, and Mrazek was blunt in his answers, as noted by Wakiji…
Although the Feb. 26 trade deadline is fast approaching, goaltender Petr Mrazek said he isn’t thinking about it.
“Not really. I think players know about it, they know it can happen,” Mrazek said. “That’s how hockey is, that’s the life and lives go forward. Just every game I play, it makes me happy and I don’t worry about anything else right now.”
Mrazek is happy that he will be starting his fourth game in the last five.
“It’s way better for sure when you play more games and you don’t play once or two times a month,” Mrazek said.
“No, I don’t really care about that,” Mrazek said after Friday’s morning skate, prior to his start against Carolina. “What’s going to happen is going to happen. It’s nothing I can control. It’s another three or four weeks before that, and whatever happens, happens.
The first set of updates from today’s Red Wings-Hurricanes game post were all related to Carolina’s takes on tonight’s game (7:00 PM on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM). The Wings news will constitute a second post so that it doesn’t get buried.
The Hurricanes will be playing the second game of a back-to-back after shutting out the Montreal Canadiens, 2-0, Thursday night at PNC Arena. Blashill and the coaching staff watched that game.
“Certainly, they work,” Blashill said. “They get to the net hard in the O-zone. They get tons of pucks to the net. Their shooting statistics will speak for that. Cam Ward was very good, I thought Carey Price was very good. The work ethic and the get to the net – I thought the Staal line was excellent last night as well, and they obviously have a real good D corps. I thought Montreal had moments where they looked like they were going to get an opportunity and a stick on puck or a block by the D corps happened.”