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‘Three Things,’ Griffins version: A Game-Day Preview video; on Coreau and the Crunch on Game 5

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note:

1. Here's the Griffins' Game-Day Preview video:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Jared Coreau recently regarding his season with the Griffins, his development and the expansion draft:

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Chris Chelios discusses his status with MLive’s Khan

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Chris Chelios regarding his status as exploring a possible role with the NHLPA:

Highly active and outspoken in union matters as a player, Chris Chelios is exploring the possibility of joining the NHL Players Association in some capacity.

But if there is no fit, Chelios said he will return to the Detroit Red Wings as a part-time assistant coach, a role he has had since the 2015-16 season.

Due to a potential conflict of interest, the Hall-of-Fame defenseman and the Red Wings agreed to part ways, perhaps temporarily, prior to the expiration of his contract at the end of the month.

Chelios hopes to speak with NHLPA executive director Don Fehr next week.

"I had a great relationship with Don Fehr," Chelios told MLive on Saturday. "It would be great to sit down and talk with him. If this doesn't work out I have every intention of coming back to the Wings. I'm just going through the process with Don Fehr to see if there's any role and if it appeals to me."

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Update: Chelios also spoke with the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

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Griffins news: Grand Rapids remains businesslike as Crunch aim to win Game 5

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note this afternoon:

The Griffins spoke with MLive's Peter J. Wallner regarding the team's outlook after Game 4 as tonight's Game 5 approaches (7 PM EDT on ESPN 96.1 FM, NHL on Sirius XM Radio and the AHL Live):

If the Griffins lose Game 5, they have two chances at home, on Tuesday and Wednesday. The odds there are also in their favor; they are 10-0 in the postseason at Van Andel Arena.

Two other encouraging nuggets: the Griffins have won all eight best-of-seven series in which they've held a 3-1 lead, and they have not dropped consecutive games since April 8-9.


The Griffins felt good with a victory in a hostile environment in a better effort than the 5-3 loss in the first game in Syracuse punctuated by careless penalties.

"With the win we know that we can win in this building and so it was a big confidence boost," coach Todd Nelson said. "I think our guys got a lot more used to the crowd and the noise. We learned our lesson on Wednesday and we were more disciplined."

Wallner continues, and he addresses the scrum at the end of the game, as does the Syracuse Post-Standard's Lindsay Kramer:

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Red Wings remember Mr. Hockey via moving Twitter video

In addition to NHL.com's Dave Stubbs' tribute to Gordie Howe on the one-year anniversary of his passing, the Red Wings produced a 3-minute video celebrating Mr. Hockey:

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Sharing more memories of Mr. Hockey a year after his death

NHL.com's Dave Stubbs marks the one-year anniversary of Gordie Howe's passing with a column that shares some new recollections of Mr. Hockey, most touchingly from Gordie's son, Marty:

Even as figures around the hockey world shared similar remembrances of Mr. Hockey following his death, it took a few months for Marty Howe to finally have time to consider his own loss.

"You're upset, you cry when it happens, and that's mostly just because you're going to miss him," he said. "But you look back and you think about all the things you've done together and for me there was nothing negative that ever happened.

"We'd go into a restaurant or out to the car and he'd always open the door for my wife. Whenever a lady was around, he'd see that she would sit first. Even the last couple weeks of his life and I'd go to see him, he'd shove his food over to me first to see if I wanted it. He was always offering. I'd say, 'No, Dad, you need to eat.' Eventually, after he'd offered it to everybody, he'd eat.

"He is just a kind, gentle person off the ice. He just treats everybody like he's known you forever and after five minutes, you think you have known him forever. That's his gift. He's never stopped doing that his entire life."

The Howe family is having discussions about sharing its remarkable history in the United States and Canada, including the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and Little Caesars Arena, where the Red Wings will play beginning next season.


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Grand Rapids Griffins win Game 4 of Calder Cup Final, defeating Syracuse 3-2

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL's Calder Cup Final, the Grand Rapids Griffins advanced to within one win of the Calder Cup via a 3-2 victory over the Syracuse Crunch.

Grand Rapids was able to hold on during the Crunch's initial flurry, and the Griffins turned on the jets halfway through the first, when Ben Street scored the game's first goal 10 minutes in...

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Dylan Larkin discusses his summer of development with DetroitRedWings.com’s Regner

DetroitRedWings.com's Art Renger penned a tremendous article about Dylan Larkin's offseason plans, profiling the 20-year-old as he attempts to rebound from an up-and-down sophomore NHL season:

Larkin understands why his game dropped off and vows to correct his deficiencies. He wants to stand out at center and he will do whatever it takes to ensure the Wings coaching staff has faith he can deliver in the clutch.

"I got a lot of work to do this summer preparing and getting better in all aspects of playing that position, including face-offs is one of the top priorities," Larkin said. "But I think with just being there the last two months, I kind of think I figured out the position at that level a little bit more and now I feel comfortable that I can put myself in a position to be a go-to centerman and try and excel offensively and defensively.

"I need to just focus on being trusted by the coaching staff to play in big situations where any athlete wants to be in -- those big-time moments in a game, game-defining moments where you're either out there to win a face-off to help your team score a goal or you're out there to defend a one-goal lead. I want to be trusted to play in big situations.

"It really comes down to this summer and being a professional about things and taking care of myself and getting ready for next season, doing everything I can."

Regner continues, and sometimes it's hard to remember that Larkin's putting in all his developmental work at the NHL level, not the AHL level. He's making his mistakes and experiencing his growing pains in the best league in the world, and there's very little margin for error "up there."

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St. James speaks with Daniel Cleary regarding his work with the Griffins

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Grand Rapids Griffins player-coach Daniel Cleary regarding his work with the Wings' AHL affiliate, and Cleary was forthcoming regarding his job:

“I focus a lot on the younger players, for sure – Bertuzzi, Svechnikov, Robbie Russo,” Cleary said. “I am not easy on them. I am kind of hard on them, actually, but in a good way. If they played (badly) I tell them, I don’t know what that game was you just played, but that was horrible. But if they played well, I let them know they played very well, and I tell them what I saw that was good. But if they are not playing well in a stretch, I don’t want to keep knocking them down, so it is a fine line. You've got to know the player – how he can adapt to any criticism. You've got to have a good pulse for his character and how he can react to things. Each guy is different. I know Bert can handle it. He responds very well.”

Cleary cited Turgeon as “having had a really good season,” and described how Svechnikov “is a guy who wants it so bad,” it seems like he is always just a bit annoyed. “So I'm like hey, when we win a game, you’re happy no matter what,” Cleary said. “We lose a game and you play well, you’re not happy. You’ve got to buy in and be happy for one another.

St. James continues, noting that Cleary is uncertain as to his future status...

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Two Griffins things: A Game-Day Preview and the AHL’s ‘Morning Skate’

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note this afternoon:

1. Here's the Griffins' Game-Day Preview video ahead of Game 4 vs. the Syracuse Crunch (7 PM on ESPN 96.1, the NHL on Sirius XM Radio and the AHL Live):

2. Here's the AHL's "Morning Skate":

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1997 Stanley Cup memories from Keith Gave

Wednesday was the 20th anniverary of the Red Wings' 1997 Stanley Cup championship, and the Free Press's Keith Gave shares some of his stories from the days following the Wings' eighth Cup win:

Inside the raucous Detroit Red Wings’ dressing room, the air was palpable, a curious concoction of mist from cheap champagne and a cloudy haze from several bootleg Cubans. The added scent of many freshly uncapped beers helped camouflage the ubiquitous odor of the sweat of several exhausted men celebrating like the champions they had become just moments before.

They were joined by scores of family members, friends, reporters and an eclectic assortment of celebrity hangers-on who always seem to find their way into once-in-a-lifetime events like these. Among them was Jeff Daniels, the Academy Award-nominee and Wings season-ticket holder from Chelsea. And Alto Reed, the sax player in Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band who occasionally performed the national anthem before games.

Piercing voices and riotous laughter ruptured 42 years of pent-up frustration. Finally, the Stanley Cup had found its way back to Detroit. Here was a moment to savor – for everyone in this room and the tens of thousands still hanging around on the streets surrounding Joe Louis Arena on a sultry late-spring evening.

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