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Free Screening Of The ‘Russian Five’

from the Detroit Free Press,

"The Russian Five" is headed to Campus Martius.

The hit documentary about the charismatic Russian hockey stars who helped propel the Red Wings to back-to-back Stanley Cups will get a free outdoor screening at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the park in downtown Detroit.


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Video- A Few Wings On The Ice

Not often do I post videos like this, but it has been a long summer.


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Season Preview For Darren Helm

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2019-20 outlook: Helm still possesses the elite speed that that broke into the NHL with in 2007, which he uses to get in on the forecheck and create turnovers. He continues to be one of the team’s top penalty-killing forwards. His quickness creates scoring chances, but he doesn’t have the hands to finish most of them.

Injuries over the years have contributed to his decline in physicality. He’s not as hard to play against as he was earlier in his career.

Where does Helm fit in the lineup? He’ll likely start at wing on the fourth line but could move into the top six as an injury replacement because of his ability to win puck battles with his speed and willingness to go to the net.


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The Personals

Yes, it is still slow.

Did you know you can get a personal video greeting from Darren McCarty ($100), Evgeny Svechnikov ($50) or Filip Zadina ($30)?

If not, check it out, if yes, carry on.

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Detroit’s Defense

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Get ready for some change on the Red Wings’ roster.

Specifically on defense, where the opening night lineup isn’t likely to look the same at the trade deadline.

And, then, even slightly more different to begin the 2020-21 season.

No position group on the Wings is likely to undergo as much change as the defense, where contracts, age and maturation of some recent draft picks all will conspire to force a new look.

The Wings are waiting to see what veteran Niklas Kronwall will do.

Kronwall, 38, hasn’t yet told the Wings  whether he will retire or play one more season.

Kronwall played 79 games last season despite chronic pain in his left knee, and performed well enough where returning for another season became a viable consideration.

Both the front office and coaching staff have said they’d welcome Kronwall back. On this particular roster, Kronwall’s leadership and status carry influence on an evolving roster.

Trevor Daley, Jonathan Ericsson and Mike Green are all in the final year of their contracts.


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Fantasy Hockey And The Wings

NHL.com previews the fantasy hockey landscape for the eight Atlantic Division teams and their relevant players....

No Wings in the...




TOR: 11
TBL: 9
BOS: 8
FLA: 8
DET: 8
MTL: 7
BUF: 6
OTT: 4



DET: Anthony Mantha (breakout); Tyler Bertuzzi and Jimmy Howard (sleepers); Filip Hronek (deep sleeper)


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Wings Ranked 4th In A Prospect Pool

from Devin Little (admitted Detroit fan) of Sports Medai Pass,

The Red Wings’ rebuild remains steady as the team continues to accumulate picks and prospects. This ranking is subject to debate depending on one’s view of Zadina. The sixth overall pick in 2018 didn’t exactly light up the AHL last year, but he showed promise in the NHL. The talent is there, and many still see him as a potential top-line winger.

As a sniper, Zadina is heavily reliant upon having a good playmaker on his line. His lone goal in the NHL game from defender Filip Hronek teeing him up on the power-play. The next evolution in Zadina’s game needs to be the ability to create for himself. When you can create your own chances, you open space for your teammates. Also, you give your team options with the lineup as you don’t need that dedicated playmaker beside you.

Veleno looks more and more like an absolute steal at 30th overall in 2018. However, it’s the development of Seider that is key to Detroit’s long-term future.

more and the four other teams too...

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Season Outlook For Tevor Daley

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2019-20 outlook: The Red Wings signed Daley to a three-year, $9.5 million free-agent contract on July 1, 2017, hoping the veteran, mobile, puck-mover would help boost a declining defense. Now, they will look to move Daley for a draft pick prior to the trade deadline.

Until then, the 15-year veteran figures to play regularly, if healthy, on the third pairing, possibly with Jonathan Ericsson, his partner for much of last season when they were in the lineup together.


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The Goaltending Picture For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

This is the first of a three-part series examining the state of the Red Wings' organization at every position. Today: goaltenders.

... “This is the only organization I know,” said Howard. “I love playing for the Wings, my family loves living in Detroit. It’s very special.”

Trade speculation around Howard was rampant last season.

With the Red Wings expected to be sellers at the deadline again in the 2019-20 season, and Howard on a one-year contract, there’s likely a ton of rumors about Howard’s future again.

Howard’s situation will go a long way in determining how the goaltending position will look going forward.

Howard and Jonathan Bernier held the position last season and will do so again beginning in October.

Prospect Filip Larsson will begin his professional career in Grand Rapids, with veteran Calvin Pickard backing Larsson.


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Wings Are “Years Away From Contention”

Matt Larkin of The Hockey News takes a look at the Atlantic Division,

REBUILDERS: Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators

The Wings and Senators know who they are at this point. New Detroit GM Steve Yzerman played things conservatively this off-season. He likely knows he’s hamstrung by the collection of ugly leftover veteran contracts he inherited and didn’t make the mistake of believing his team is ready to contend yet. Detroit has begun doing something it never got to do during its 25-year playoff streak: hoard high-end prospects. Recent first-rounders Filip Zadina, Joe Veleno and Moritz Seider will eventually elevate the team’s talent level to support leader Dylan Larkin and project Michael Rasmussen but, aside from Zadina, won’t be making an NHL impact this season. Detroit remains years away from contention.

the rest of the teams...

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