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Feel free to discuss the signings today along with any other things which may happen.

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Mike Green Signing Is Official

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Mike Green to a two-year contract extension.

Green, 32, has led Red Wings defensemen in points in each of his three seasons with the team, registering 33 points (8-25-33) in 66 games during a 2017-18 season that was cut short due to injury. The 13-year NHL veteran represented the Red Wings at his second career NHL All-Star Game in 2018 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. He ranked among Red Wings leaders this season with 25 assists (3rd), 33 points (T6th), 13 power-play points (3rd), 132 shots (9th) and 22:04 average time on ice (1st). Green also opened the season with a four-assist game on Oct. 5 vs. Minnesota in the first game at the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena, becoming the first Red Wings defenseman to do so since Niklas Kronwall during the 2007-08 campaign. In 212 games with the team since 2015-16, Green has picked up 104 points (29-74-104) and 116 penalty minutes, while totaling 464 points (142-322-464), a plus-18 rating and 532 penalty minutes in 787 NHL games since 2005-06.

Originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round (29th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Green made the NHL's First All-Star Team in back-to-back seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10) after leading the league's defensemen in points in each season (73 and 76, respectively). He also led NHL blueliners in goals in each season (31 and 19), as well as the shortened 2012-13 campaign (12 in 35 games). Prior to his NHL career, Green was an American Hockey League Calder Cup champion with the Hershey Bears in 2005-06 and was a member of the AHL All-Rookie Team. The Calgary, Alberta, native also posted 172 points (37-135-172) in 267 Western Hockey League games with the Saskatoon Blades from 2000-05. 

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Looks Like Thomas Vanek Will Be Headed Back To Detroit

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Video- Highlights From Detroit’s Red & White Scrimmage Today

A bit under 4 minutes long.



added 5:13pm, Ansar Khan of Mlive on the scrimmage...

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Live Stream- Red Wings’ Development Camp Scrimmage

Below, watch the live stream of Detroit's development camp scrimmage.

Live stream starts at 11:30am ET.

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The Latest UFA Talk On The Wings

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Joe Veleno Ready To Prove Doubters Wrong

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I don't think I was the 30th pick," Veleno said. "I could have gone a lot earlier in my opinion, but I was lucky enough to fall to a historic, great organization in Detroit. For sure it motivates me even more to be better than all those players that went ahead of me and be the best player in that draft."

Many analysts were surprised Veleno (6-1, 191) fell as far as he did. Some projected him to be selected just outside of the top 10.

Detroit's first pick, Filip Zadina, also felt slighted to drop to No. 6 and said at the draft that he wants to "fill the net with pucks" when facing teams that passed on him.

"I think I'm going to help him do that," Veleno said. "Our types of games are different, he's more of a scorer, I'm more of passer, so hopefully I can help him with that.

"For any player who slides in the draft, obviously, it kind of gets to you a little bit and you want to kind of shove it to the other teams that passed on you. I want to do the same thing. I want to prove to all those teams that they shouldn't have passed on me."

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Wings Need Defense And Winger Rasumessen

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

After losing a trio of defensemen who helped win Stanley Cups, the Red Wings have had a wealth of prospects in the organization.

Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith, Nick Jensen, Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul, Alexey Marchenko and Robbie Russo provided a septet of possible replacements who might help the Wings recover quickly from the significant departures.

One plays regularly. Another was just bought out.

Three played mostly in the AHL, last season.

One played in the KHL.

Another played in the Extraliga, the top professional circuit in the Czech Republic.

None are stars.



from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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The Latest On Mike Green

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Do You Expect Dennis Cholowski To Be On Detroit’s Roster Next Season?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

A high-end blend of smooth skating and hockey IQ, Cholowski is buoyed by the confidence he gained during the past year. He’s impressed with his assertiveness, physical growth and maturity, and the Wings have Cholowski high on their list of top defense prospects.

“His strengths are his skating and his puck-moving ability,” director of player development Shawn Horcoff said during this week’s development camp at Little Caesars Arena. “Like any other young D, he is going to have to defend well enough for the coach to have confidence in putting him out there. That’s the hardest part at the NHL level – unless you are some superstar offensive player, which there are not many of, you have to be able to defend the game’s best players. In our division there’s lots of them, so that’s going to be his biggest test.

“He wants to make the team. He wants to knock a guy out of the box. His weight is up, his strength is up. It’s still early in the summer and there is lots of work to be done, but he looks good as of now.”

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