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Andreas Athanasiou Feels More Ice Time Means More Production

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It appears Athanasiou will be playing more at center, probably playing with Thomas Vanek on one wing — for Sunday’s Red & White scrimmage rookie Filip Zadina will be on the other wing, an interesting line to be sure — and a likelihood of increased playing time.

If that’s the case, Athanasiou has the opportunity to more closer reach the potential he’s teased but has yet been unable to consistently exhibit.

“It’s just consistently playing,” Athanasiou said. “When I get those consistent minutes, I consistently produce. So as long as those minutes don’t fluctuate from a lot to a little, if it’s a comfortable amount of minutes, I can definitely produce with it.

“Anytime you can take another step and become a bigger role player in this league, it’s definitely a good feeling,” said Athanasiou Saturday after the Red Wings completed a training camp practice. “It’s going to be sad not being on the ice with Z, but everyone is going to have to step up and take over those minutes that he played.

“And everyone will do a good job stepping up and I’m happy to be part of that, too.”

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Videos- Filip Zadina Today Plus Mike Green And Anthony Mantha After Practice

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Zadina has three goals in two scrimmages and will be tested again Sunday during the Red and White game, when he'll skate on a line with Andreas Athanasiou and Thomas Vanek.

"Excited about it," Zadina said. "They are pretty good players, so it's a pleasure for me to play with them. I will try my best to play with them the same level. It's going to be huge game for me."...

Zadina's Team Howe lost 5-1 to Team Lindsay in Friday's scrimmage, but coach Jeff Blashill didn't read much into it because Team Howe had a grueling practice before the game, while Team Lindsay practiced after. A fresh Team Howe whipped Team Delvecchio 7-3 Saturday.

"I think it's a good lesson," Blashill said of Friday's performance. "You got to keep grinding, I thought they ground it out, I thought they continued to try to do the right stuff, but it's hard to really stand out when you come off a 60-minute practice as hard as it was."


Below, watch  Mike Green and Anthony Mantha after today's practice in Traverse City.

added 6:15pm, A bit of Blashill video below too, with a link to the full video at YouTube which is showing an error when trying to play it at this point.

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Video- Andreas Athanasiou After Practice Today

5 1/2 minutes of Andreas Athanasiou with the media.



You can also watch David Pope and Evgeny Svechnikov at the Wings' YouTube page.

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Do You See Jussi Jokinen Making Detroit’s Roster?

Jared Clinton of The Hockey News lists five players on a PTO who could actually make the roster...

Jussi Jokinen, Detroit Red Wings

Jokinen’s precipitous decline has been somewhat shocking. An 18-goal, 60-point player with the Panthers in 2015-16, Jokinen has since posted seasons of 28 and 17 points and had a career’s worth of NHL movement during the 2017-18  campaign. After beginning the season with the Edmonton Oilers, Jokinen skated with the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks before the season was through. However, he only saw more than 14 games with the Kings, with whom he played 18.

So, while Jokinen’s five goals and 17 points last season aren’t going to inspire any sort of supreme confidence that the 35-year-old can still be an effective top-six player at a high level, it’s still somewhat commendable given he was living out of a suitcase and playing not just with new linemates but with a whole new organization every couple months.

Can he find some sort of form with the Red Wings? Maybe, maybe not, but if there’s any organization that might be willing to give him a shot right now, it’s Detroit. The Red Wings will need some fill-in talent that can play down the lineup. Jokinen can be that guy..

four more players...

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Accolades For Henrik Zetterberg

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

He stayed as long as he could, and would’ve liked to stay even longer. But Henrik Zetterberg knew for a while this day was coming, and when the Red Wings opened training camp Friday, he did something rare for him. He finally stopped pushing.

His degenerative back condition started aching again in January, so he couldn’t practice anymore. But even as the Wings struggled through a rough rebuild, Zetterberg pushed on, playing all 82 games — remarkably, all 82 games the past three seasons — as reality beckoned with every wince.

When Steve Yzerman retired, we said there’d never be another leader like him. When Nicklas Lidstrom retired, we said there’d never be another leader like him. We say it again now, as Zetterberg, 37, retires, the last in a line, the end of yet another era.

“I got to know my body pretty well the last couple years, and I know when it’s bad,” Zetterberg told reporters in Traverse City. “And I don’t have that many more solutions to do with my back. So it’s time.”


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Videos- Three Members Of The Detroit Red Wings After Today’s Practice

All via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

First up is Jonathan Bernier,



Below, watch Thomas Vanek and Joe Hicketts.

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Detroit’s Training Camp Did Start Today

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Zetterberg’s announcement hung over the first day of camp, but there was plenty of work to do nonetheless.

What impressed Wings coach Jeff Blashill was the intensity of the drills and scrimmages.

“The competitive level was extremely high,” Blashill said. “In each group there were guys who really competed. It was a good start.”

The Michael Rasmussen, Joe Veleno and Filip Zadina line received a good lesson overall Friday, scrimmaging after a rigorous 60-minute workout.

“It’s a hard scrimmage for those guys. They had practiced and there was a ton of battle stuff,” Blashill said. “But it’s a good lesson. You have to keep grinding, and they grounded it out and continued to do stuff. “

Two players, Martin Frk and Veleno, left the ice early and didn’t finish the practice session. Blashill had no immediate update, though he didn’t think either was serious.

“It wasn’t anything major but you never know,” Blashill said. “It’s the time of year where you have nagging stuff and you don’t want the nagging stuff to then turn into a long-term thing.”

more, mostly Zetterberg related...

added 6:00pm, from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

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Witnessing The Henrik Zetterberg Announcement

from George Malik of The Malik Report,

First and foremost, Holland spoke, dropping the highly-anticipated bombshell that Zetterberg would no longer be able to play per recommendations from Wings team doctor Douglas Plagens and Dr. Frank Cammisa, who performed the discectomy on Zetterberg in 2014. Holland was as blunt and as brief as Holland can possibly be regarding the situation, and so, several feet away from me, the career of one of the most celebrated Wings ever drew to a close…

And then, in the bowels of a rink where cell phone coverage is spotty and the internet is up-and-down, Zetterberg himself came out, and a person who I admire as a human being first and a hockey player second did his best to keep things together while explaining why he’s stepping away from the game. There were more than a few moments when the corners of his mouth quivered from emotion, but the captain kept his cool, delivered a unified message, and that was that.


added 4:51pm, Below, Patrick Kane on Zetterberg.

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Henrik Zetterberg Will Be Missed

from Per Bjurman of Sport Bladet (Google translate),

It is one of the largest Swedish hockey cycles that end when Henrik Zetterberg leaves the ice.

He will be missing - in so many ways.

Yes, no - as we could already imagine when he announced in mid-August that he was unable to train throughout the summer:
Henrik Zetterberg's demolished back does not hold for more hockey matches.

So after 15 NHL seasons, 1082 prize games (plus 137 in the playoffs), World Cup Gold, Olympic Gold and Stanley Cup titles, he leaves the rink and retires.

But even if the message does not come as a shock, it feels foolishly sad.

"Zäta" is undoubtedly one of the biggest Swedish hockey players throughout the ages, and has made virtually as much impression in NHL as Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, Nicklas Lidström, Brothers Sedin, Börje Salming and Daniel Alfredsson.

continued (I am unable to link with Google translate so you will have to use your own method)

added 1:20pm,



added 1:33pm, Niklas Kronwall on Zetterberg,

added 1:57pm, below, watch Dylan Larkin on Henrik Zetterberg.

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