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Jobs Are Available

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I think it's clear as day jobs are available based on where we've been the last two years (out of the playoffs) and also based on the push we have coming from some young guys," coach Jeff Blashill said. "If you don't have that push you can talk all you want, it's not real. They know it's real this year because they can see there's guys that are pushing for jobs.

"Some guys that are coming back, they look like they want more ice time. I noticed marked improvement in certain areas with certain guys coming back. We want to be as competitive as possible."...

"From Day One, just the amount of pace, attitude, it hasn't been easy by any means, but it's been good," Frans Nielsen said. "I think this is how camp should be, you should come in prepared and ready from Day One."

Ten forwards are assured of roster spots: Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Gustav Nyquist, Thomas Vanek, Justin Abdelkader, Andreas Athanasiou Darren Helm, Luke Glendening, Tyler Bertuzzi and Nielsen.

That leaves three or four open spots. Michael Rasmussen and Filip Zadina, the club's top picks in each of the past two seasons, will have ample opportunity to win jobs. Rasmussen will play tonight on a line with center Joe Veleno, the 30th pick this year, and Abdelkader. Zadina is dealing with a groin strain and won't play tonight but might be ready for Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks. When he's cleared, Blashill intends to play him on a line with Athanasiou and Vanek.

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An Important Preseason For The Detroit Red Wings

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings begin arguably their most consequential preseason in a generation Wednesday against the Penguins.

They start with perhaps less established NHL talent than since Steve Yzerman first pulled on the Wings jersey for September games in 1983.

Positions in the lineup are available. A desperate search for the next stars continues.

Lines will debut.

Several prospects, in whom all hope increasingly rests, will vie for the openings.

It has been 13 years since much, if anything at all, was at stake in the preseason. In September 2005, a well-matured franchise became accustomed to a distinctly acquired taste, Mike Babcock, its new head coach.

Before that, preseasons were largely inconsequential for a decade or more, with a largely veteran lineup set, and preparing to vie for the Stanley Cup.


If you missed the Zetterberg tribute video the Wings released, it is in the KK Hockey section.

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Will The Wings Be Tougher To Play Against?

from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

If any Detroit players didn't receive the message the Wings roster was wide open, they certainly did after the first five days of training camp at Centre Ice Arena.

In what can only be described as agony on ice, the Red Wings were put through a rigorous on ice and off ice regime, which left player's exhausted, but aware this is a transitional year in Detroit.

Head coach Jeff Blashill has repeatedly said the Red Wings need to be tougher to play against, they need to make the opponents feel miserable for a full sixty minutes.

Based on the physical nature of each practice, with a lot of one-on-one battles for the puck the message is clear. If you plan on sauntering through the season, Detroit is not the hockey team for you.

"We wanted to make sure it was ultra-competitive. We wanted to make sure, rather than …in the past we've focused on systems and things like that and instead of that, we broke it down more into components," Blashill said after camp broke on Tuesday afternoon. "Day 1 was a lot of puck battles and instead of talking about O-zone, we figured we'd break it down into puck battles because if you don't win puck battles you don't have O-zone.

"So, we tried to break it down more into the components of it and make sure it ultra-competitive and make sure a little bit every day it was about winning battles and being heavy on the puck."


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Tyler Bertuzzi Ready For The NHL, Michael Rasmussen Doing What He Can

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There are no more questions whether Tyler Bertuzzi will begin the season in the minor leagues or with the Red Wings.

Any more question of that was squashed around the middle of last season. That’s when Bertuzzi was promoted by the Wings and said farewell to Grand Rapids with an impressive, prolonged NHL debut.

Bertuzzi showed the type of versatility and know-how that could make him a valuable NHL player for a long time.

“I left last season confident in my game and myself,” said Bertuzzi, 23, who scored seven goals with 17 assists (24 points) with the Wings in 48 games. “I felt good toward the end of the season, scoring on my chances. I’m just going to be hopeful to take that into this year and start playing confidently, and we’ll see how it goes.”


Ansar Khan of Mlive on Michael Rasmussen,

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Video- After Practice Today

I will post additional videos in this post as they beome available.



added 1:14pm, Michael Rasmussen is below.

added 2:00pm, Jeff Blashill below.

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Ranking Detroit’s U23 Core

from Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

...extra value is given to players who have established themselves in the league and especially if they have proven themselves to be good players.

The pool of players considered are solely the top 10 players who are 23 and under as of Sept. 15, 2018. It’s an arbitrary cutoff, but I’m trying to get to the team’s core young talent and farm system. I don’t think most team’s depth players would change a lot, though, outside of systems which get a lot of value from having a ton of bubble prospects.

12. Detroit Red Wings

U23 Core: Dylan Larkin, Filip Zadina, Anthony Mantha, Joe Veleno, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Hronek, Jonatan Berggren, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dennis Cholowski, Evgeni Svechnikov

The Red Wings’ first rebuild in a long time is underway. They’re going in the right direction and have added a lot this past summer to go with a top young center in Larkin, but they still have a ways to go before they rank among the top teams in the league. Many of their top young talents are still prospects but, for guys like Zadina and Rasmussen, we might see soon how they perform in the NHL.

30 more (paid) NHL teams...

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Traverse City Is A Great Place For Camp

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Joe Louis Arena was a wonderful home for the Detroit Red Wings, but as the site for training camp in the early to mid-1990s, it just wasn’t cutting it.

Then Centre ICE Arena opened in Traverse City in 1997, and the Red Wings have been mixing business with a lot of pleasure ever since in this scenic northern Michigan resort town, a four-hour drive from Detroit.

“When I became manager in ’97, I said to (coach) Scotty Bowman when I played I enjoyed when training camp was in a different city and players got an opportunity to bond, whether over dinners, beers or golf,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “Part of a team is relationship building.

“I heard rumblings about Traverse City. I flew into Traverse City, met with Pete Correia, saw the facilities, the wonderful downtown, the beautiful community full of Red Wings fans in northern Michigan. They roll out the red carpet.”


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Video- Niklas Kronwall On Detroit’s Swedish Connection

107 seconds to watch.


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Henrik Zetterberg Today

from Will Burchfield of 97.1 The Ticket,

"We’re in a transition, we all know it. I think the last two drafts have been very interesting for us. We have some good players, I saw it up at (training) camp now," said Zetterberg, who announced his retirement Friday in Traverse City, the same place where his Red Wings career began in 2002.

The rise of a new core was also evident over the past few seasons, Zetterberg said, in the likes of Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou.

"We’re getting there, and I think this year there will be some new faces on the squad. I think we’re not that far off. That’s a good thing, but it’s going to take hard work, that’s for sure," Zetterberg said.

more from Zetterberg and you can listen to the full interview too...

added 2:12pm, FoxSports Detroit talked with Ken Daniels regarding this season and the Wings.

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Videos- Wings After Today’s Practice

I will add any videos coming out of practice to this post.

First up is Frans Nielsen and below is Gustov Nyquist.



added 1:49pm, Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader added below.

added 2:08pm, Jeff Blashill now below too.

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