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‘60 seconds’ worth of questions with Tomas Tatar

Sportsnet posted a video in which Tomas Tatar answers questions for 60 seconds, discussing everything from his nickname, "Tuna," to his NFL allegiances:

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Red Wings waive Joakim Andersson

MLive's Ansar Khan confirms:

#RedWings have placed Joakim Andersson on waivers. Has until noon Saturday to clear.

This move gives the Wings the roster flexibilty to call up a 7th defenseman if needed--or to call up a young forward--but I wouldn't be surprised if Andersson simply remains with the team if he clears, and doesn't go down to Grand Rapids unless absolutely necessary.

MLive's Khan, via RedWingsFeed, wonders if this is a playing time issue:

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Joakim Andersson on waivers today.

He has until noon Saturday to clear. If he clears he can be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Andersson has been a frequent healthy scratch this season and has sat out six of the past 10 games.

From DetroitRedWings.com's BIll Roose...

Blashill said the #RedWings have placed Andersson on waivers. It's cap related and he's expected to play tonight in Buffalo.

Update: Here's more from the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Joakim Andersson was placed on waivers today. If he is not claimed by another team by noon Saturday, he will be assigned to the minors. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that the move was made for salary cap reasons. "It's a preemptive move for cap flexibility," Holland said. "And we have good depth in Grand Rapids."

Update #2: From the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

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Red Wings-Sabres morning skate Tweets: Lehner starts for Buffalo; Wings take an optional

The Detroit Red Wings face the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7 PM EST start on FSD/MSG B/Bell TV/97.1 FM) hoping to snap a 2-game winless streak against a hungry Sabres team.

The Sabres began the morning recalling Cal O'Reilly from the AHL and placing Zemgus Girgensons on injured reserve;


Among the items of note from the Sabres PR website's Wings-Sabres preview:

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Igor Larionov answers questions about his role as an agent, Ovechkin and more

ESPN's Dan Marrazza spoke with former Wing Igor Larionov regarding his role as a player agent:

Dan Marrazza: What do you feel are your most important responsibilities while representing your clients?

Igor Larionov: It's about the education of the players. Nowadays ... things are different than they were 20 years ago. The success and the money, I find that sometimes when you have success and you're young, you think it's going to be forever. I help them to stay focused, analyze every time they play and all the details, like preparation. I try to pass my knowledge and my experiences to these players to play long, be successful and avoid dangers because it's a dangerous game in a lot of ways.

DM: You're an agent for both NHL and KHL players. What's the biggest difference between representing a player in the two leagues?

IL: Different type of negotiations. The market in the NHL is much harder because the scouting system and the scouts all watch the players for quite a few years. They know about the way you perform, your results, stats and what you do for the team on a consistent basis. The KHL is different. It's a different culture of the game and the development process.


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Ken Holland appears on USA Today’s ‘Top Shelf’ podcast

USA Today's Kevin Allen's latest "Top Shelf" podcast includes a 20-minute interview with Red Wings GM Ken Holland...

And you can listen to the interview below, with Holland's interview leading off the podcast.

There's a lot of background information regarding Jeff Blashill's journey to the head coaching job, but Holland also discusses Petr Mrazek's evolution into the Wings' #1 goaltender, the Wings' offensive issues, the NHL's trade impasse, Holland's take on 3-on-3 in progress, and he addresses Anthony Mantha's development in Grand Rapids, too:

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Questions For Khan

Ansar Khan of Mlive answered some questions from the fans today...

Q: Yes, no or maybe – which of their free agents do you think they will re-sign?

A: Most certainly yes on all the restricted free agents -- Petr Mrazek, Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan, Teemu Pulkkinen and Alexey Marchenko. As for the unrestricted free agents, I'll guess no on Darren Helm, Kyle Quincey and Brad Richards and maybe on the lower-cost Drew Miller and/or Joakim Andersson.

more Q & A...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Sabres set-up: 4th meeting in 6 weeks equals a…budding rivalry?

The Detroit Red Wings face a familiar opponent tonight in the Buffalo Sabres (7 PM EST start on FSD/MSG B/Bell TV/97.1 FM): the teams have already met three times, with Detroit winning 5-4 in OT on December 1st, the Wings losing 2-1 on December 14th, and Detroit defeating Buffalo 2-1 on January 2nd.

The latest meeting takes place in Buffalo, which the Sabres returned to after splitting their "Parents' Trip," winning in Arizona and losing 2-1 in Colorado on Wednesday. Buffalo has won 4 of their past 6 games, but Wednesday's loss to the Avs was a "heartbreaker," as the Buffalo News's John Vogl noted:

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Prospect news: Holmstrom posts 2 assists; Saarijarvi scores a goal

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin didn't play in SKA St. Petersburg's 4-3 shootout loss to Admiral Vladivostok;

In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom had 2 assists and won 46% of his faceoffs in 14:35 played during Skelleftea AIK's 5-2 loss to Linkopings HC. According to Winging It in Motown's Kyle McIlmurray, Holmstrom's 19 points in 31 games lead 20-and-under players in SHL scoring;

Christoffer Ehn didn't get off the bench in the Frolunda Indians' 2-0 win over Brynas;

And in the OHL, Vili Saarijarvi scored a goal in the Flint Firebirds' 5-3 loss to Windsor.

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Practice articles: Richards out for Friday, Tatar, Smith *probably* in; on ‘constructing lines’

Updated 2x at 4:19 PM: The Red Wings held a quick practice before flying to Buffalo this afternoon, and:

The beat writers informed us that Brad Richards has gone home to Prince Edward Island to attend his grandfather's funeral, and that Richards will miss Friday's game as a result;

The beat writers informed us that Tomas Tatar is getting better as he battles "the flu";

The beat writers informed us that Brendan Smith took a "maintenance day" due to "soreness";

And we learned that Petr Mrazek will play against the Sabres, who are traveling back from Colorado (where they lost 2-1 on Wednesday) this afternoon.

This happened, too:

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Practice Tweets: Tatar skates, Smith does not; Richards to miss Sabres game

Updated 3x at 1:42 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena just before noon on Thursday, preparing for Friday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose dropped some trivia beforehand...

This Saturday, the #RedWings will play their 1,400th regular-season game at Joe Louis Arena. Their record is 800-411-119-69 (W-L-T-OTL).

(The Wings host the Ducks on Saturday)

The Red Wings also issued birthday wishes:

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