Detroit Sports

More Former Dumars Employees Leave

When Stan Van Gundy accepted the job as President of Basketball Operations and head coach for the Detroit Pistons he made it no secret that he would make the team his own. Almost immediately Van Gundy let go five staff members, including assistant coach Rasheed Wallace. Various men who had worked with Van Gundy in the past replaced them.

Continuing to surround himself with people from his past, Van Gundy next hired old college basketball rival Jeff Bower as the organization’s general manager.

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Detroit Well-Represented in 2014 All-Star Game

Miguel Cabrera. Duh. Max Scherzer, of course. Victor Martinez, another no brainer.

When the fan voting was finally over, the Detroit Tigers had three players selected to the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota: Cabrera coming off an MVP season, Scherzer after his Cy Young season, and Martinez who has continued his torrid pace since July, 2013.

Let’s take a look at these guys by the numbers through the first half of the season.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #11 – 7/9/14

A week of free agency has passed and Austin Goodman, host of Octopi Hockeytown, has a lot to say about the rejection that the Red Wings organization faced on the first day of free agency.

Through the first 10 minutes of the show, Austin talks about the first week of free agency, why the Wings were shunned and where their potentials ended up.

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The Pact – #38 – 7/7/14

The U.S. is out of the World Cup, MLB All-Stars have been announced, and the Red Wings did nothing in free agency.

The U.S. fell to Belgium in the knockout round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the panel is curious if America will keep watching after Team USA is gone?

Also, is Miguel Cabrera the only Tiger deserving a start in the Midsummer Classic? Were all deserving Tigers awarded a roster spot? Can Porcello slip in with help from Detroit…and Chicago?

Finally, the Detroit Red Wings were turned down by at least five different defensmen in their free agency search for a blueliner. Were the Wings simply going after unreachable talent or are players preferring anywhere but Detroit and Babcock’s bench?
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Early Summer League Success for Caldwell-Pope

A Piston is back on top of the leaderboards. It may only be the Summer League, but two games in, Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is leading the Orlando Summer League in points per game(28) and is top-five for rebounds per game (8.0). During Sunday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Caldwell-Pope averaged a basket for almost every two minutes he was on the court.

The 2-0 Pistons should welcome these stats after a disappointing rookie season for their shooting guard.

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Wings Rejected in Free Agency, Still Optimism for next Season

The Detroit Red Wings were rejected at the start of free agency on July 1, 2014. The team went after four different players that ended up elsewhere for a variety of different reasons.

At the beginning of free agency, general manager Ken Holland understood that he needed to acquire a middle-tier winger along with a top-tier right-handed defender, but the Wings came out empty handed.

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Friday’s Future Red Wing: Alexey Marchenko

The Detroit Red Wings have a organization full of developing prospects that they have either drafted or picked up internationally throughout the years.

Alexey Marchenko is a 22-year-old, right-handed defenseman who has accumulated a plus-two rating and two penalty minutes against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 4, 2014.

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Meet J. D. Martinez

Hobbies of new Detroit acquisition, JD Martinez, include dancing, long walks on the beach and knocking the pulp out of the baseball.

Julio Daniel Martinez, the 26-year-old bombshell, has been the lightning bolt in a Tigers team that was desperate for an electric player. Originally Houston’s everyday left fielder, Martinez’s mediocre numbers in 2013 led to multiple trips to the minor leagues, with an eventual release from the Astros organization.

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Hasek, Modano 2014 Hall of Fame Class Inductees

For the seventh consecutive year, a former Detroit Red Wing has received a nomination to be inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame.

The class of 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario in November. This year, the Red Wings are being represented by longtime Dallas Star who ended his career as a Red Wing, Mike Modano and Dominik Hasek, who won two Stanley Cups with Detroit.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #10 – 6/30/14

Austin Goodman, host of Octopi Hockeytown, is back behind the microphone for the first offseason edition of Octopi.

Austin’s first segment discusses what the Wings have already done in this offseason, up through the first 10 minutes of the show. Then Octopi takes a shift in gears, focusing on the 2014 NHL Draft, more specifically, which Wings were picked up in this year’s draft.

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Octopi Hockeytown NHL Mock Draft

The Detroit Red Wings will have the No. 15 pick overall in the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday, June 27 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The first round will take place Friday and then rounds 2-7 will be hosted throughout the day on Saturday.

Since the Red Wings drafted Martin LaPointe at No. 10 overall in the 1991 NHL Draft, they have not had a higher draft pick than they do this year. At No. 15, the Wings have options to fill holes at the center position, winger position or the blue line.

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Pistons Select…Spencer Dinwiddie

Stan Van Gundy made his first roster move June 26 when the Detroit Pistons drafted Spencer Dinwiddie with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Dinwiddie played point guard for the University of Colorado, and stayed through his junior year. This past season he averaged 14.7 points and 3.8 assists in over 31 minutes per game.

Dinwiddie has incredible size for a point guard, measuring 6-foot-6 and having a wingspan of 6-foot-8.25.

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Horsepower – #11 – 6/26/14

This week on Horsepower Cameron Billes returns to the mic. Billes and Colin Jackson debate potential Pistons draft choices, Greg Monroe’s future with the team, the highs and lows of the last season plus what to look forward to during the summer for the NBA.
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Alfredsson Looks to Return for 19th Season

The Detroit Red Wings are working hard in the front office to solidify a roster that would guarantee a playoff appearance in the 2014-2015 season.

Throughout most of this offseason, general manager Ken Holland has been waiting to hear from Daniel Alfredsson on whether or not he wants to return for a 19th season in the NHL. On Monday, Holland told the Free Press that Alfredsson called him and said, “He wants to play again.”

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Wings Pick up 21-Year-Old Czech Forward

The Detroit Red Wings have began their push towards improvement, looking towards a more successful 2014-2015. Last season the team exited the playoffs in the first round against the Boston Bruins.

During this offseason, the Red Wings have already proved that they mean business when it comes to reshaping their franchise in order to win the Stanley Cup. Before resigning goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and buying out Jordin Tootoo, the Wings made their statement internationally, picking up a forward from Czech Republic’s top league.

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Could GR3 Play for Detroit?

With the 38th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons select…Glenn Robinson III?

What at once might have seemed like an impossible feat, the Pistons now might have a legitimate chance at taking the Michigan forward with their only pick in the upcoming draft on June 26.

Robinson III was once considered a lock to be a lottery pick, but after an underwhelming sophomore season, his draft stock has fallen considerably.

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Coaching Extensions and Departures

The Red Wings franchise goes much deeper than just the players that put on the Winged Wheel night in and night out. Beyond the hunt for free agents, the formulation of contracts and devising a plan to meet the salary cap, general manager Ken Holland alongside head coach Mike Babcock work to create both a great dynamic in the Wings locker room as well as their AHL affiliates.

Beyond Babcock and Holland is a long list of coaches and developers that help create young prospects into NHL superstars. The Red Wings have lived by a motto of playing three years in the AHL before playing in the NHL.

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Red Wings Make Moves with Gustavsson, Tootoo, Bertuzzi and Samuelsson

Free agency is rapidly approaching and teams are making shifts behind the scenes prior to July 1.

The Detroit Red Wings have started their movement towards a successful 2014-2015 season, which could include another playoff run in the making. If the Red Wings can put together a healthier, larger and logical roster for the upcoming season, they could be in contention for the 2015 Stanley Cup. Read More…

Salvage or Shop: Josh Smith

Josh Smith’s first season in Detroit was less than spectacular.

With three years remaining on Smith’s contract, front office team Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Bower must decide whether or not to keep or shop Smith. Given his poor performance last season and the size of his contract, it is unlikely the duo will be able to unload Smith even if they wanted to. Read More…

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