Ciccarelli, Devellano Elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

Former Red Wing Dino Ciccarelli and longtime Detroit executive Jimmy Devellano were among the 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame class of inductees announced Tuesday.

They join Cammi Granato and Angela James – pioneers in women’s hockey – as well as the late Daryl “Doc” Seaman, a founding owner of the Calgary Flames.

Eric Lindros, Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour and Pavel Bure were overlooked in the vote.

Ciccarelli played 19 seasons in the NHL, including four with Detroit, and scored 608 career goals. He retired from the Florida Panthers in 1998-99 after playing 1232 career games.

Devellano was an architect of the New York Islanders dynasty in the early 1980s before being lured to Detroit when Mike Ilitch bought the team. The Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups and made six appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals under his leadership.

The induction ceremony will be held in November.

Red Wings’ 2010-11 Schedule Announced

The Detroit Red Wings released their 2010-11 season schedule on Tuesday with several expected matchups but one big surprise: Weeknight games at Joe Louis Arena will begin at 7:00 PM.

The Wings will play only one home game at their now-former start time of 7:30, a December 22 tilt against the Vancouver Canucks.

As was announced on Monday, Detroit’s season kicks off at home against the Anaheim Ducks on October 8. Four of their first five games will be the home opener for one of the teams, as they then move on for the Chicago Blackhawks’ banner-raising ceremony on October 9. After hosting the Colorado Avalanche on October 12 they visit the Stars for their first game of the season in Dallas on October 14 and then travel to the home opener for the Phoenix Coyotes on October 16.

After returning home to host the Calgary Flames on October 21, the Red Wings will host the Anaheim for their last home game of the season against the Ducks, just seven games in to the schedule.

Detroit’s annual New Year’s Eve game returns to the schedule, with the Red Wings hosting the New York Islanders.

For the first time in seven seasons, all five of the Red Wings’ Original Six rivals visit Joe Louis Arena. This includes a home-and-home with the Boston Bruins and a season-ending series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Red Wings also play the Columbus Blue Jackets in a home-and-home series twice.

Detroit will play on back-to-back nights 14 times and, as per usual, will have to travel between games every time.

Wings’ Preseason Schedule Released

The Red Wings released their exhibition schedule for 2010 today and they’ve cut a game from their usual nine-game slate, with eight games against four teams.

Games against the Pittsburgh Penguins start and end the schedule, with a home-and-home series against each of three Original Six rivals falling in the middle.

The schedule is as follows:

September 22 – @ Pittsburgh – 7:00 PM
September 24 – vs. Chicago – 7:00 PM
September 25 – @ Chicago – Time TBD
September 26 – NY Rangers – 5:00 PM
September 29 – @ NY Rangers – 7:00 PM
October 1 – Toronto – 7:00 PM
October 2 – @ Toronto – 7:00 PM
October 3 – Pittsburgh – 5:00 PM

For the record, I had previously guessed that the Wings would visit the Leafs on that date. I’ll be in the GTA that weekend for a wedding, meaning I’ll make the same trip as the Wings but won’t be able to catch the game.

Bertuzzi Re-Ups with Red Wings

Todd Bertuzzi has agreed to a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings, the team announced on Wednesday.

The contract is reportedly worth $3.875 million for an annual cap hit of $1.9375 million. That’s a raise of over $400,000 from the $1.5 million he earned for the 2009-10 season.

With Bertuzzi signed, the Red Wings have retained each of their targeted unrestricted free agents. Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom signed new deals with the team earlier this month while Jason Williams and Brett Lebda aren’t expected to return to Detroit. Andreas Lilja and Kirk Maltby could return but were not stated to be high priorities for Red Wings’ general manager Ken Holland.

Holland will now focus on the team’s restricted free agents. That list includes Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Drew Miller, Patrick Eaves, and Derek Meech.

Report: Holmstrom Re-Ups with Red Wings for Two Years

Fox 2 reports that the Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with forward Tomas Holmstrom. No official announcement has been made.

Greg Brady of Toronto’s AM 640 puts Holmstrom’s cap hit at $1.875 million per season, down from the $2.25 million he earned this season, in which he scored 25 goals and added 20 assists.

The Wings re-signed captain Nicklas Lidstrom earlier this week to a $6.2 million deal, down from $7.5 million annually. Combined, the two contracts give the Red Wings over $1.5 million in cap savings.

Detroit general manager Ken Holland said after the Lidstrom signing that unrestricted free agents Holmstrom and Todd Bertuzzi are at the top of his list, with restricted free agents Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves also requiring new contracts.

Unrestricted free agents Jason Williams and Brett Lebda are expected to be let go.

Lidstrom to Return to Red Wings

Captain Nicklas Lidstrom will return to the Detroit Red Wings for at least one more season, the Detroit News reports.

The Red Wings are expected to announce on Tuesday that Lidstrom has been signed to a one-year deal worth approximately $6 million.

That contract would be for about $1.5 million less than Lidstrom had been earning, giving the Red Wings cap space to re-sign some of their pending free agents. Tomas Holmstrom and Todd Bertuzzi are both unrestricted free agents while Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm and Derek Meech are restricted free agents.

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