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This is from Bob Duff. Sad but a classy act...


Wuest Honoured
The Wings announced Friday that they would recognize CapGeek.com founder Matthew Wuest by renaming the trophy presented to the championship team of their annual NHL prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich. the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup.

While Wuest, who died in March at the age of 35 following a two-year battle with colon cancer, was known best for creating the website CapGeek.com, which tracked salary-cap data for all 30 NHL teams, and was a site that was widely-employed by scouts, general managers, media and fans alike, Wuest also developed and maintained RedWingsCentral.com (RWC) which provided rankings, scouting profiles and features focused on Detroit Red Wings prospects, a site that existed from 2001-14.

“He knew (former Detroit assistant GM) Jim (Nill) and (head scout) Joe McDonnell,” Detroit assistant GM Ryan Martin said. “He called them regularly for information on prospects. 

“He did an incredibly thorough job of letting people know about Red Wings prospects.”

Martin admitted that Wuest’s work on CapGeek.com was impressive and incredibly detailed and that the Wings were among many NHL teams that frequently employed the site.

“He knew the ins and outs of the salary cap section of the CBA,” Martin said. “Our pro scouts used it a lot. Kenny and I used it. It was relied upon by a ton of people.

“It required an unbelievable amount of due diligence and legwork. He did an unbelievable job.

“You knew the information was going to be bang-on for the most part.”

This year’s tournament, the 17th annual to be hosted by Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., will run Sept. 11-15 and will feature the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues along with the Red Wings.

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Very thoughtful of the Wings organization to do this. Most of us knew about capgeek...but I for one had no idea who was running it until he couldn't do it anymore. He deserved some recognition, and Detroit has come through with flying colours.

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I think most of us had no idea who was running it, let alone the respect Wuest had with all of his inside contacts.


General Fanager plans to continue with that similar animosity. 


@idahophilly - here is the interview discussed earlier in the shoutbox.  -  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/has-hockey-found-the-next-cap-geek---puck-daddy-q-a-223440125.html

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