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Videos- After Detroit’s Practice Today

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First up is Oliwer Kaski, below is Tyler Bertuzzi.

I will add to this post if more videos become available.

added 6:25pm, Valtteri Filppula below.

added 6:56pm, Dylan Larkin below.

added 7:24pm, Jeff Blashill below.

added 7:39pm, 18 minutes of Steve Yzerman below.

added 7:52pm, Moritz Seider below.


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Steve Yzerman On The Prospects

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"We need more (prospects), but I’m encouraged – there’s a good group of young players that have potential,” Yzerman said Friday as he met with the media at camp, after the day’s workouts had been completed. “We’re going to try to add to that group. But with that group, we’re trying to create an environment that allows them to go from prospects to good NHL players, and that’s a big step.”

It was only four games, but the Wings fielded one of the younger teams in the Prospects Tournament and Yzerman was encouraged by the competitiveness of his team.

Defenseman Moritz Seider, and forwards Joe Veleno, Filip Zadina, Givani Smith, Chase Pearson, Ryan Kuffner and Taro Hirose were among some of the recent draft picks or undrafted college free agents who were impressive, according to Yzerman.

“You like to win – it’s better to win than to lose,” Yzerman said. “Most importantly, the kids competed real hard. They learned from it. Some of those kids are only 18 years old and playing against some 23- and 24-year-olds.

“They had good week’s and it’s preparing them for next week and a good buildup for them moving forward.

“It looks like we have a good group of prospects here and we’re hoping they continue to improve and eventually become NHLers.”

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Last Season Ended Too Early For Sidney Crosby

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from Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Sidney Crosby had an unusual summer.

Last week, his hometown of Cole Harbour was impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

The volatile weather was little more than a nuisance for Crosby, who reported little damage to his inland home, but a sign welcoming visitors to the “home of Sidney Crosby” did get blown over.

The most aggravating part of Crosby’s summer was the length. For the first time in his career, Crosby was swept out of the playoffs in the first round.

After being overwhelmed by an underwhelming Islanders team in the first round before the calendar even turned over to May, Crosby and company had a surplus of nearly five months in down time. Considering this team has played well past Memorial Day in recent years, it was a strange feeling.

“We weren’t happy with the way things finished,” Crosby said.


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Video- Steve Yzerman On The Captaincy

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Mike Babcock Knows The Pressure Is On

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from the CP at Sportnet,

Mike Babcock is aware his seat will be a little warmer than usual this season.

And if things don’t go according to plan for the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, it could get positively scalding.

That’s life behind the bench of a team with Stanley Cup aspirations, a talent-loaded roster and three straight first-round playoff exits.

"I do, for sure," Babcock said when asked if he feels the screws tightening as training camp opened this week. "The expectation each and every year should be greater than the previous year if you’re going in the right direction."


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Afternoon Line- Paul Maurice

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Steve Yzerman Meets The Media

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George Malik with the solid black cap and he has the audio with Yzerman at The Malik Report.


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What Division Is The Toughest In The NHL?

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Nikolaj Ehlers wasn’t buying the argument.

No way. No how.

Are you kidding, he asked. Like, for real?

We were sitting at a table inside a Chicago hotel boardroom and talking about the many moves that the Florida Panthers made this past summer — such as hiring a head coach with three Stanley Cup rings and signing a two-time Vezina Trophy winning goalie — and how it beefed up what I had already considered to be the toughest division in the NHL.

After all, the Atlantic Division included three 100-point teams last year. There was Tampa Bay, which won the Presidents’ Trophy, a Boston team that reached the Stanley Cup final, as well as the still-rising Toronto Maple Leafs. And now, the underachieving Panthers were being added to the mix.

As Ehlers listened, you could see the Winnipeg Jets forward mentally preparing his counterargument.


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Live Stream- Training Camp Day 1 For The Detroit Red Wings

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via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

Ken Kal, Art Regner, Carley Johnston, and Daniella Bruce are live from Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City for day 1 of Red Wings Training Camp.

Watch the stream below, it is scheduled to begin at 12pm.

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