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Audio from the first day of Red Wings training camp: Tatar, Helm, Babcock, Kronwall, Zetterberg, etc
The Red Wings' players engaged in a set of drills mostly involving puck retrieval and transition play at the first day of training camp, working with an emphatic Mike Babcock and new assistant coaches Tony Granato and Jim Hiller on all sorts of "soft dump and retrieval" drills with a heavy emphasis on proper positioning and folding players into drills using outlet passes (today's three focuses were, according to the schedule, "Entries, O-Zone, Spots Facing Right Up") as the three teams--Delvecchio, Lindsay and Howe--combined video, practice, and in two out of three teams' cases, a 40-minute scrimmage.
The biggest scare involved Tomas Jurco taking a shot from Kyle Quincey off the shin and having to walk it off, but he was OK. I'd say players were skating at maybe 80% of their potential and that the coaches were shaking off some rust as well, but that's why training camp is three days long.
"Team Howe" beat "Team Lindsay" 3-2 in a shootout, and MLive's Ansar Khan took note of the lines used by each "team":
The Red Wings' training camp begins this morning at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, with three teams skating from 9:30 AM till 1:45 in the afternoon (the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau has the players' numbers available, too, as well as the roster for Saturday night's Celebrity and Alumni game). As Paul's been helming the blog, I need to catch you and myself up with what's going on in Red Wings news...In about two hours.
So I'm going to go against the grain and do Ye Olde Source-By-Source Summary of what's transpired over the past two days.
The Red Wings released their training camp schedule and roster on Wednesday, and Centre Ice Arena has posted a companion schedule for those of you who weren't aware of the last-minute tweaks in terms of practices before and after the Red vs. White game on Sunday, as well as some of the practice drills' topics:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Nothing can be done to prevent broken bones, sprained ligaments, concussions and the like, but as the club prepares to take the ice for the start of training camp on Friday, general manager Ken Holland said the organization has discussed ways of reducing "soft tissue injuries," the most common being groin pulls.
"Certainly in the month of September and into early October you expect hip flexors, you expect tender groins," Holland said. "I'm talking more when you get past the middle of October and into November; last year we seemed to have too many people down with soft tissue (injuries).
"Again, we don't know. I don't have any answer for you. That's what we talked about. When you have people down with concussions or back surgery and things like that there's nothing you can do. That's the nature of the game, how hard the game is. So that (soft tissue injuries) is the one thing we've talked about. We're going to try to be a little bit more proactive and we'll see what happens."
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
When the Red Wings take the ice Friday for the first time in training camp, it's the first opportunity for players to make an impression in the five-day training camp — which then leads into an eight-game exhibition schedule. In other words, plenty of time for players show they belong in the NHL.
"When the music stops, there's not going to be enough chairs," Babcock said. "You have to make sure you have one of those chairs."
As with every training camp, Babcock wants to establish a tone and work ethic for the rest of the season.
"First thing is, you have to get back your work habits," Babcock said. "Second, you have to have a structure, an understanding of how to play. When you don't have to think anymore, you can go fast.
"Turn the light bulb back on and get everyone going. There's competition for spots."
Mantha met with the media earlier today.
added 10:21am, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today revealed their roster for their 2014-15 training camp, which will be held this week at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich. The camp kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 18 with the 15th annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and will be followed by five days of on-ice practices and scrimmages, starting on Friday, Sept. 19.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
In addition to figuring out that his skillset and high hockey IQ can lead to significant results on the ice in the NHL, Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist learned one important lesson off the ice last season.
Nyquist, a Swede, figured out English is the only language players are allowed to use in the Red Wings dressing room.
"Yeah, and I learned that pretty quickly because sometimes I would ask something in Swedish and they would always answer me back in English and make sure I knew," Nyquist said. "I think it's a good rule. It's just respect for other guys. I think it's a big plus for our leadership. That's how they handle things. You learn pretty fast as a young guy what it means to be a Red Wing."
more plus Kronwall on working with Tony Granato...
via Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Andreas Athanasiou, C – Pure scoring machine. Athanasiou has some serious jets and he can burn you as either the playmaker or the goal-scorer. He put up big numbers for the home team.
Ryan Sproul, D – Another excellent skater, Sproul can really lug the puck up the ice with authority and his big 6-foot-4 frame is intimidating when he’s going as fast he does. Brings a nice offensive dimension, too.
Zach Nastasiuk, C – Real heart-and-soul player. Nastasiuk gives maximum effort and always hustles when there’s an unglamorous job to do. He’s also quite adept at protecting the puck, using his sturdy build to fend off opponents.
Joe Hicketts, D – I’ve gone on about Hicketts before, but I still like him as a prospect, even though he was here on a tryout. Undrafted but undaunted, the undersized blueliner threw a huge open-ice hit against Carolina and snuck in for a beauty goal against Minnesota.
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