The Detroit Red Wings released their regular season schedule for the 2009-10 season Wednesday afternoon.
As previously announced the Wings will open the season in Stockholm, Sweden, with a pair of games against the St. Louis Blues on October 2 and 3.
Detroit’s home opener will see former Wings Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky visit as members of the Chicago Blackhawks on October 8. One game later, Alexander Ovechkin brings the Washington Capitals to town.
The Red Wings will have three five-game road trips but their traditional New Years Eve game returns to the schedule with the Colorado Avalanche visiting Joe Louis Arena.
The Wings have three home-and-home series on the schedule, two in late December against Chicago and the Columbus Blue Jackets and one more in April against Columbus.
Games on consecutive days appear twelve times. Aside from the two games in Stockholm, every single one of those sets involves travel between games, though one is only from Newark, New Jersey, to New York City.
Detroit’s previously-announced preseason schedule is as follows:
September 16 – Philadelphia – 7:30
September 18 – NY Rangers – 7:30
September 19 – Buffalo – 7:00
September 21 – @ NY Rangers – 7:00
September 22 – @ Philadelphia – 7:00
September 25 – Toronto – 7:30
September 26 – @ Toronto – 7:00
September 27 – Pittsburgh – 5:00
September 30 – @ Farjestads BK – Time TBD
After losing several free agents last week, the Detroit Red Wings retained the services of one on Monday, signing Ville Leino to a two-year deal. Reportedly the contract is worth $1.6 million.
Leino had opted for salary arbitration before coming to terms with Detroit.
In his first year in North America, Leino scored five goals and added four assists for the Wings. He spent most of the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, scoring 46 points.
The Red Wings lost Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky to the Chicago Blackhawks, Ty Conklin to the St. Louis Blues and Mikael Samuelsson to the Vancouver Canucks in the opening days of free agency, a conseguence of being up against the NHL’s salary cap.
Restricted free agent Jiri Hudler has also opted for salary arbitration.
In less than twenty-four hours we will probably know where Marian Hossa will play next season. Maybe even Ty Conklin, Mikael Samuelsson, and Jiri Hudler.
NHL free agency opens up Wednesday and I won’t be around to pay attention to any of it. I think it’s the first time since about 2000 for that to be the case.
Every now and then life just doesn’t schedule things in line with hockey and since I’m pretty sure the Red Wings will lose all four of the aforementioned players anyway (Conklin having already been confirmed), I’ve gotta prioritize.
It’s sad, because I like to treat July 1 like a holiday even though I’m not Canadian, but this is for very good reasons so I’m cool with it.
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