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The Grand Rapids Griffins have stocked their forward lines with an intriguing mix of seasoned pros (Andy Miele and Kevin Porter) and AHL-only-contracted NCAA-graduate forwards in Alden Hirschfeld, Shane Berschbach, and unofficially, Mark Zengerle. Today, the Griffins inked a fourth NCAA free agent forward:
The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday signed forward Tyler Barnes to a one-year contract.
Barnes, 24, skated in 152 games with the University of Wisconsin from 2010-14, where he accumulated 101 points (45-56—100) and 107 penalty minutes. A native of Eagan, Minn., Barnes capped off his collegiate career with a Big Ten tournament title with the Badgers in March, when he tallied a goal and an assist in the championship game versus Ohio State University. The 6-foot, 190-pound forward ranked fourth on the team in scoring last season with 28 points (14-14—28) and 26 PIM.
Following the conclusion of his 2013-14 collegiate campaign, Barnes had a stint with the San Antonio Rampage and picked up two goals in seven games.
Here's his statistical background:
from Chris Peters at CBSSports,
There's no reason to discard the aging stars at this point like Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall. They are still important players. It's the filling the rest of it out with guys like Cleary, Franzen, Weiss, Kyle Quincey and the like. Those players are starting to block the opportunities for young guys to step in with cheaper contracts and probably not nearly as big a drop off as you'd expect.
It seems that the organization's reluctance to hand bigger jobs to younger players may be the part where this organization starts running in place as opposed to moving forward. Mike Babcock is a big part of that, relying more on veterans he trusts than young guys that still have a lot to prove.
But there have been more instances of late where Babcock put more faith in younger players, particularly DeKeyser, Tatar and Nyquist and let them run with it. In those three specific instances it has paid off.
That's the kind of thing that will have to keep happening as the organization enters this new era, one that will soon include a new arena. One of the proudest franchises in the NHL, the Red Wings have always been a little too eager to cling to the past. For the better of the organization, they'll have to focus more on what's next as opposed to what was.
more and a well written article, good read....
Very briefly, among today's Red Wings-related stories:
The Grand Rapids Griffins released their "preseason schedule," and it consists of exactly two games:
The Grand Rapids Griffins will tune up for the 2014-15 American Hockey League season by playing a pair of preseason games against the Lake Erie Monsters in Windsor, Ontario, and Fort Wayne, Ind., on the first weekend of October.
The first clash will take place on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:05 p.m. at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, home to the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires. The Midwest Division rivals will square off again on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, where the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets play. It will mark the Griffins' first appearance in Fort Wayne since March 3, 1999, when they earned a 4-2 win over the Komets, their International Hockey League rival from 1996-99. During those three seasons, Grand Rapids posted a 5-3-2 record in the Summit City and an overall mark of 11-7-3 versus the Komets.
Red Wings announce training camp schedule
Team to practice and scrimmage in Traverse City, Mich., from Sept. 18-23
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today unveiled the schedule for their 2014-15 training camp at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Thursday, Sept. 18 to Tuesday, Sept. 23. The camp kicks off with the 15th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa on Thursday, Sept. 18 and will be followed by on-ice practices and scrimmages starting on Friday, Sept. 19. Centre ICE Arena will also be the host site for the annual Alumni & Celebrity Game on Saturday, Sept. 20 and the Red & White Game on Sunday, Sept. 21.
Camp will wrap up the following week, as the Red Wings travel from Traverse City to face Pittsburgh on Monday, Sept. 22, and Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 23, with the non-lineup players set to practice at Centre ICE.
Red Wings overnight report: a DeKeyser tale; on Frk, Kronwall, ‘It’s More Than Hockey’ & ice buckets
The "offseason's" days are ticking down. While I'm sure that the Red Wings and the NHL will throw some surprises our way, after the Plymouth Whalers' alumni game on Saturday, we're likely to begin hearing stories of fans spotting Wings players skating informally at the Troy Sports Center, and after the Joe Kocur Foundation's charity softball game on August 23rd, Wings players will begin to show up at Joe Louis Arena to work out, consult with the training staff and engage in every-other-day "informal" practices.
After Labor Day, those practices tend to evolve into 5-days-a-week events, and by the time the Wings' prospect tournament begins on September 12th, the players will be skating at training camp pace (important given that training camp begins on Friday, September 19th).
Updated 2x at 8:36 PM: I've been dreading this for a couple of days, but I suppose it's time to "git 'er done."
Between my catchy-uppy post last Wednesday morning and this afternoon/evening's entry, a whole lot of Red Wings-related stuff took place and/or was discussed online--I had a fantastic vacation and swam in Lake Superior three times, too, going half-a-mile out and 45 or 50 feet deep on my last long swim, and spending lots of time with my awesome relatives--and here's my attempt to summarize everything I've been able to find over the past couple of days:
First and foremost, MLive's David Mueller noted that the Red Wings' $650 million rink-and-entertainment-district project, which is largely a project that was designed in tandem with and will be overseen (and paid for) by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation's Downtown Development Authority, will "go through" a new DEGC chief operating officer:
After being absent for a good chunk of time, I've got a massive catch-up post in the works, but there's more than enough "stuff" from the past day or two to posit an afternoon post and to keep the bulk of the "catching up" to a dedicated, "This shit happened before Glendening attended the Wings' youth camp, Holland updated Alfredsson's situation, Lambert was Lambert (again, the Hockey News's yearbook's picking the Wings as making the playoff cut, too, so expect that line to become something of a theme) and Darren Helm looked like his back's in superb shape" post.
As WDIV's Steve Garagiola noted, the Wings are holding a youth hockey camp at Joe Louis Arena this week...
And you may be familiar with a certain Czech netminder (who finished four spots behind Andrei Vasilevskiy, the goalie the Tampa Bay Lightning picked with the pick the Wings surrendered for Kyle Quincey)...
4. Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
2013-14 team: Detroit (NHL)
2013-14 stats: 9 GP | 1.74 GAA | .927 SV%
The Czech Republic native has played very well for AHL Grand Rapids the past two seasons, and has been a player who has continued to trend up and experience success. His athletic ability is high-end, and though he can sometimes try to do too much, he has a pretty good head for the game in terms of anticipation and mental toughness.
Three players from the 51-to-100 list...
Per the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
From the Red Wings (and confirmed by the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau):
RED WINGS LOOK TO DEFEND CROWN AT 2014 NHL PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT
… Traverse City’s Centre ICE Arena to Host Eight NHL Teams from Sept. 12-16 …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament for the 16th season at Center ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., running from Friday, Sept. 12 to Tuesday, Sept. 16. The eight-team tournament will include the Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.Tickets for the tournament are still available for $10 per day, which covers four games, exclusively at Centre ICE Arena. For more information on tickets, visit http://www.centreice.org.
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