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Video- Darnell Nurse With A Knee On Knee Hit In Today’s Prospect Game

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Bryan Murray On The Ottawa Senators

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from TSN,

Every team wants to start its season on the right foot, but general manager Bryan Murray says training camp this season is vitally important for the Ottawa Senators.

"Maybe, we were too comfortable," he told TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. "It looked to me that - the year before we had a lot of injuries and a number of the key guys didn't play very much - we came to camp with a full group, maybe we thought we were going to be better than we were going to be and, certainly, we didn't compete at the same level. There's no question. Maybe there was a comfort that the stars were back, so the other guys didn't have to work so hard."

Murray, heading into his eighth year at the helm of the club, insists that things will be different this season.

"At the end of last year, we had a long, intense meeting with all of management and coaching staff," he explained. "This year, a week ago, we had a sit-down again to review what we had talked about, but also have some objectives going forward starting with training camp and the first visit we have with our players. There's no question that we have a plan that we think it's going to allow our players to be more productive."

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Watch the one-on-one interview Bob McKenzie had with Murray. At the beginning of the video, Bryan Murray discusses his health and says he is feeling OK now.

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Red Wings prospect tournament, day 3: practice impressions

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' prospects may have enjoyed a full "off-day" during a dreary Sunday in Traverse City, but this morning's practice ahead of tonight's game against Minnesota (7 PM) was all about managing players' energy and attention spans.

Having played 2 games in 2 nights and heading into their 3rd game in 4 nights--and, regardless of tonight's outcome, a 4th game in 5 nights tomorrow--Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill and his platoon of assistants (Griffins assistants Dave Noel-Bernier and Pat Ferschweiler, Toledo Walleye coach Derek Lalonde, informal assistants Chris Chelios and Mike Knuble and goalie coach Jeff Salajko) focused on extracting the maximum amount of instruction from the minimum amount of time possible.

"Practice" lasted for exactly 24 minutes, and it involved the drills I've discussed before--and again, save Anthony Mantha's "productive demotion" to the Bertuzzi-Athanasiou line (the Wings really need to get some secondary scoring), Colin Campbell's promotion to the Nosek-Frk pairing and Jared Coreau starting, there wasnt much "news"...

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All About Hockey Analytics

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Rob Vollman, author of Hockey Abstract, was the driving force behind the event. And it fits, as Vollman's Hockey Abstract is all about using objective analysis to evaluate players and teams.

With a variety of speakers bringing different experiences, there was something for everyone who might be interested in hockey analytics - from those just wading into the pool and wanting to learn more, to hard-core programmers considering new and different ways of manipulating data.

That all said, I got to attend and take a few notes:

OPEN DISCUSSION
Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey Blog, Edmonton Journal
What's it about? With the Summer of Analytics taking away some of the most valued resources in the analytics community, including the Extra Skater web site and the work of Tyler Dellow (@mc79hockey), the discussion was about what comes next? Who is ready to step into the void?

Takeaways:
- During McCurdy's discussion, Rob Vollman insisted that there is still plenty of great content, but it may require going to more than five or six core sites.

- The big question: Who is going to have the site that welcomes in a broader audience?

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Pierre LeBrun Answers Some Hockey Questions

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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN participated in a Q & A today,

If you could make at least one semi-big change to the game, what would it be?

Pierre LeBrun I would start the regular season Sept. 20 and end the playoffs by May 31

Mr LeBrun do you think the Chicago Blackhawks will be better than last season?

Pierre LeBrun yes, by sole virtue of not being defending champs, Hawks had more time to recover this summer. I think they're primed for a great season

How about Larry Robinson's comments over the summer that Joe's sense of humor and jibes were a problem with him as captain?

Pierre LeBrun Where to start with your Sharks ?? Yikes. So much talent still on this team but the off-season turmoil ... wow.... going to be awfully interesting to watch how it all unfolds. It can go two ways, they rally from all the crazyness and feed off it; it the whole thing self-implodes

What are your thoughts on the Vancouver Canucks? Much has been made of the reload and significant changes both on and off the ice. Are they playoff contenders? What will Willie Desjardins bring to Vancouver?

Pierre LeBrun Kevin, it's interesting I was talking to an NHL GM a few weeks ago and unprovoked he brought up Vancouver as a team he feels will surprise people this year.... It wouldn't surprise me if they contended for a playoff spot. They've improved their depth although losing Kesler is tough to replace as No. 2 center.Still overall, I like the feel of that team at least as far as having a chance to make the playoffs. I don't think they're championship contender material anymore

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Milan Lucic Still Recovering From Wrist Surgery

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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

“I feel like I’ve turned the corner in the last week or week-and-a-half, so that’s a positive. But I’m still working to get it up to 100 percent,” said Lucic, who had a hard cast on his left arm from elbow to hand for the majority of the summer. "I’m just exciting to be back with everyone, and to get things going. You don’t want to do anything to have any setbacks, so you have to be smart about it. It’s turned the corner for the better as far as rehab has gone.

“I’m just working to get the strength back in it. It’s been a good last two weeks, and hopefully it still gets strong as the month goes along. Every time you have surgery it never really goes all the way back to 100 percent, but you hope you get back to a point where you’re feeling as good as you did before the surgery.”

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A tale of two Red Wings Swedes: Alfredsson might delay camp debut; Andersson wants to earn job back

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 3:13 PM: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness has already reported about a Wings training camp try-out and the state of Danny DeKeyser's contract, and when he Tweeted this out, I immediately thought, "Well, the dealine for signing unrestricted free agents is December 1st.."

Here's Pleiness's report:

"My instincts would probably say that I’m not sure he’ll be able to report to camp on Wednesday,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a phone interview Monday. “I want to see how he’s feeling and talk to his agent. I also want to talk to Alfie in the next 24 hours.”

Alfredsson suffered a minor setback in his recovery from a nerve issue in his back.

He didn’t take at all last week and was unable to skate with the team Monday.

Pleiness continues, and honestly, I know you and I would love some closure in this situation, but it wouldn't surprise me if Alfredsson continues waiting to skate until his back feels better, and when he does skate, I expect him to continue skating until he's absolutely sure that he's unable to continue.

And in news regarding another Swede, the Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Joakim Andersson regarding his tenuous future as a Wing, and Andersson's desire to remedy his biggest weakness:

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Pleiness: Red Wings invite defenseman Aaron Rome to camp; DeKeyser talk, too

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Updated with DeKeyser talk at 1:27 PM: The Red Wings have yet to release their training camp roster, but the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that the Wings have decided to give at least one defenseman a tryout...

Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that veteran defenseman Aaron Rome has been invited to training camp for a tryout.

Rome, 30, is a left-handed shot.

“He’s a vet who’s played pro hockey for a number of years,” Holland said during a phone interview.

Rome played 25 games last season with Dallas, registering just one assist and finishing a minus-6.

Capgeek reports that Rome had just wrapped up a 3-year deal with Dallas with a cap hit of $1.5 million per season, and The Sports Forecaster describes the 6'1," 220-pound defenseman as follows [edit: Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford reminds us that Rome's the guy who hammered Nathan Horton, too /end edit]:

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Red Wings mid-day news: prospect tournament, day 3 interviews and line change news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 1:13 PM: The Red Wings' prospects hope to get back on track and qualify for the 3rd place game via defeating the Minnesota Wild (7 PM start at Centre Ice Arena, not 7:30), and while coach Jeff Blashill was on the ice for all of 24 minutes, the Wings' prospects worked very hard on transition plays and coverage in the defensive zone, especially on the PK.

The biggest "shocker," given that every player was on the ice, was that Anthony Mantha was in a white jersey while his previous linemates, Martin Frk and Tomas Nosek were wearing red ones, and after practice it was confirmed that Mantha will play alongside Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Bertuzzi, while Colin Campbell's gotten a promotion from the third line to play alongside Frk and Nosek. The Wings rather desperately need some secondary scoring here, so the switch-up makes a ton of sense.

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Watching Goalie Interference And Missed Offside Calls Plus 30 Thoughts

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Last week, the NHL announced its new rules for 2014-15. But, there is another project of interest beginning this season, what Senior Vice-President Mike Murphy calls “strictly an internal audit” of both goalie interference and missed offside calls.

Let’s call it “Shadow Replay.”

In its downtown-Toronto replay hub, the league will “build a file of goalie interference,” as Murphy says. Right now, it is too subjective.

“At the end of the week, we’re going to review… to establish criteria internally of what is and what isn’t goalie interference. Then we’re going to report that to the general managers and say, ‘This is what we’ve found.’ We’re trying to discover if it is realistic to have a coach’s challenge for this. It would be a mistake to do it at this point in time.”

The staff will look at collisions in the blue ice, in the white ice, everything it can to try and narrow it down. But Murphy stresses this will not go back to the “toe in the crease days” of 1999, where goals were being disallowed for ludicrous reasons. The desire is to see if “incidental contact” and “interference” can be strictly defined.

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