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Mike Ilitch to buy the pistons

Mike Ilitch, Detroit businessman and owners of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers now wants to buy the Pistons. The Detroit Pistons are for sale after long time owner Bill Davidson died last year. Davidson’s wife, Karen, is now selling the team, meaning they may not stay in Detroit!

“When I read in the paper there was the chance that this great sports town could lose one of its professional sports franchises, I just didn’t see how we could let that happen,” Ilitch said. “The Pistons, just like the Red Wings, Tigers and the Lions, have a rich and storied tradition in this community.”

While Ilitch has led the Red Wings to four Stanley Cups and a Tigers World Series appearance in 2006, he has also come under criticism for fans for not paying enough attention to both of his teams.

“We believe we could bring a lot to the table that could be tremendously positive for the Pistons franchise, the NBA and the fans of this community,” Ilitch said.

Ilitch bought the Red Wings in 1982 and the Tigers a decade later in 1992. The talk of Ilitch buying the Pistons comes at a time where the Red Wings are looking for a new home. The team’s lease at Joe Louis Arena expired in July. While many are speculating that the Red Wings could move to the Palace of Auburn Hills, Ilitch has been adamant about keeping the team in Detroit in the past.

Illitch said he has notified the Pistons of his interest in buying the team and would be a “local and engaging owner.”

The question is…. if Ilitch buys the Pistons will April in the D become Ilitch in the D?

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Mike Modano signs with the Detroit Red Wings

American hockey superstar Mike Modano has agreed to a 1 year/ $1.25 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Modano played 20 seasons with the Dallas Stars before the team that drafted him decided to let him go this offseason.

A Detroit native is expected to be a third line center and wear No.90. The Red Wings have scheduled a press conference for Friday at 2:30pm to welcome the future hall-of-famer.

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Henrik Zetterberg out does every other celebrity wedding

The pictures above are not from a costume party or of a group of 200 people who lost a bet, they are pictures of Detroit Red Wings Hendrik Zetterberg’s wedding. Zetterberg married his long-time girlfriend, Swedish TV personality Emma Andersson.

The couple will marry this weekend but had pre-wedding festivities complete with Depression-era outfits. Getting your family to wear these outfits is one thing, but if you look you can see many of the Detroit Red Wings in the group picture. In the far right group photo is Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Flippula.

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Lidstrom staying in Detroit

Red Wings Captain, Nick Lidstrom’s contract had expired, and the 6-time Norris Trophy winner for best defenseman was contemplating retirement. If the Red Wings lost Steve Yzerman and Lidstrom in less than a week apart… I would question Sid Abel’s hockey god intentions. Luckily, Lidstrom signed a one year contract extension worth $7 million.

Lidstrom took a $1.25 million pay cut, which gives the Red Wings some room in the salary cap. Under NHL regulations, a team can only spend $56.8 m (with the possibility to increase by $3 m for next season).

Lidstrom was not considering retirement because his level of play has dropped but because his oldest son is enrolled in a hockey academy in Sweden next season. The contract extension is only for one year, and the Red Wing’s future looks uncertain with Thomas Holmstrom and Todd Bertuzzi also being free agents.

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