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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Training camp without the comforts of his own home is new to Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green. It's also particularly necessary for him going into this season, his 11th in the NHL and first in Detroit after 10 seasons with the Washington Capitals.
Camping with the Red Wings in Traverse City, Mich., has given Green the opportunity to get to know his new teammates on a more personal basis without worrying about one of them rushing out of the rink to pick the kids up from school, or something similar.
Considering Green knew just about nobody on the team when he signed with the Red Wings, Traverse City has been a blessing for him.
"It's good to get away," he told NHL.com during a recent phone interview. "It creates an atmosphere where guys are forced to hang out with each other, get to know each other and gel, talk about our summers and whatnot. In Washington we'd go home to the comfort of our own home and we wouldn't hang out as much. It wasn't that we didn't want to, but we were comfortable in our own space. But it's been great so far. Just to get away here in Traverse City, go out to eat and obviously be at the rink, work out together, do the same thing on the same program, it's great."
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned forwards Adam Marsh and Dominic Turgeon and defensemenJoe Hicketts and Vili Saarijarvi to their respective major junior teams. Additionally, the team released 11 players from tryout agreements: forwards Nick Betz, Triston Grant, Conor McGlynn, Evan Polei and Jerome Verrier; defensemen Jalen Chatfield, Justin Lemcke, Jarett Meyer and Ty Stanton; and goaltenders Connor Ingram and Matt Mancina.
The team’s current roster stands at 57 as training camp wraps up at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., today with the annual Red & White game at 12 p.m. The Red Wings begin the preseason tomorrow night in Chicago at 8:30 p.m. and continue with home games against Chicago on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Pittsburgh on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Updated 3x at 8:51 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. WXYZ's Brad Galli sat down with Jeff Blashill for a superb 1-on-1 interview yesterday...
2. Both the Free Press's Helene St. James and the Windsor Star's Bob Duff penned articles about Justin Abdelkader. Here's St. James' article...
When Katrina Flemming comes to Detroit Red Wings training camp, the Red Wings are only part of the reason she ventures to Traverse City.
It's also a chance to meet up with a group of friends — friendships that have developed over the many years of attending training camp in Traverse City.
"It's always a lot of fun," said Flemming, a Red Wings season ticket holder, who makes the trip annually from Detroit. "We get to meet the players and interact with them. But then we get to talk to friends and people that we only see once or twice a year. It's like a big reunion."
Flemming and the group she was with were among the dozens of fans standing outside Centre ICE Arena on a picturesque Sunday morning. It's a typical scene each day near the parking area to the west of the arena during training camp as fans wait for the opportunity to see, and possibly meet, some of their favorite Red Wings players.
And, from the 7&4 News:
Every year when the Detroit Red Wings lace up their skates for the Traverse City Training Camp, hundreds of volunteers check their fan hat at the door and help make the event possible.
"We've got almost 300 people here that staff every aspect of training camp," said Event Director Ann Reeves with the Red Wings Traverse City Training Camp.
They're a community of volunteers that have kept coming around for years, some decades, just to work six to 12-hour days and get paid nothing.
Don Mehrhof has volunteered his time at the training camp since it began in 1997.
"It's not work we have a lot of fun good team work, you see the same people year in and year out," said Mehrhof.
"They have been doing a great job and again you're building a relationship to you know getting to people now," said Red Wings Defenseman Jakub Kindl. "It's amazing what kind of heart they have that they can be there since really early morning watching us even just walking in the locker room so it's amazing."
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From Yahoo Sports Jen Neale's "Puck Daddy" preview of the 2015-16 Red Wings:
Potentially The Best Thing About This Team
The young kids. Mrazek, Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, and Tomas Jurco (to name a few) all played for Blashill in Grand Rapids. They can play at the NHL level and adding a familiar coach will add to their comfort level in the leagues. Unfortunately for the rest of the NHL, they're going to be really good as they get older together.
Potentially The Worst Thing About This Team
Both Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek are inconsistent, bad, and/or injured.
Dream 3-on-3 OT Group
Datsyuk is defensively responsible enough to be on the ice with two other forwards, like Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar. While he’s out of the lineup, put Green with Zetterberg and Tatar and watch the magic happen.
Updated 6x at 9:18 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon/evening:
Fox Sports Detroit has posted a pair of clips of Justin Abdelkader...
And Landon Ferraro speaking with the media...
The Red Wings conducted training camp's final day of three-squad practices at Centre ICE Arena on Sunday, all as a prelude to a set of cuts, the Red vs. White game (which I will be broadcast on 98.5 FM, I believe) and the Red Wings' departure of Traverse City to kick off the exhibition season with three games in three nights.
Today's drills were incredibly complicated and nuanced--I describe the kinds of layered, whistle-to-whistle defensive positioning drills that we witnessed today as "hockey calculus"--and almost all of them involved chasing down/pursuing the puck carrier, dropping passes to defensemen in the offensive zone and engaging in outlet passes against passive pressure provided by the coaching staffs.
This guy skated on his own, too...
The scrimmage portended positive things from Brad Richards as #17 provided the primary assist on Tomas Tatar's goal and scored one of his own in Team Delvecchio's 2-1 win over Team Howe (with Teemu Pulkkinen's Pul-Cannon providing Team Howe's goal), but even the scrimmage was a check-fest, which is to be expected when you spend the entire day focusing on man-on-man defensive coverage in all three zones of play.
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose spoke with Red Wings prospect Nick Jensen regarding his slow but steady developmental path in an intriguing article posted a little earlier today:
“I’m just coming in, working as hard as I can, playing the game that got me here,” Jensen said Saturday in an exclusive interview with DetroitRedWings.com. “Just trying to turn some heads with the scouts, the GM, and the coaches. Trying to get recognized, and obviously my main goal is to make the Detroit Red Wings. That’s my whole mindset going in.”
Too many things would have to happen for Jensen to make the Wings’ opening-night roster out of training camp. However, there’s a very good chance he gets called up at some point in the not-so-distant future.
It also helps Jensen’s case that he played the past two seasons for coach Jeff Blashill in Grand Rapids. The Wings’ new coach knows what he has in the 6-foot defenseman from Rogers, Minnesota.
“Nick is somebody who is continuing to show that he wants to knock on the door to be an NHL player,” Blashill said. “He uses his speed as a defensive weapon. Anytime somebody skates like that, everyone thinks of offense. For me, Nick uses it as a defensive weapon. He can really track guys down, his recoverability is great, his ability to come back and break pucks out and make the proper passes is going to be the big thing for him to do to continue to become an NHL player.”
The Red Wings engaged in some particularly complicated defensive pursuit drills during the third and final day of training camp, and as practices were continuing, the team began to bring Major Junior players in for exit interviews prior to releasing them back to their junior teams.
The Red Wings will hold a 10 AM practice for those not participating in tomorrow's Red vs. White game, and after said game, the Wings head back to Detroit to prepare for a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday slate of exhibition games.
Today's media availabilities were marked by quality over quantity. Justin Abdelkader spoke for 8 minutes, discussing his role on the team, his attempts to establish himself as a consistent scorer, his belief that he was always going to eventually break out while playing with quality players and his lack of discussion with the Wings regarding his contract status as of yet:
If you've been on Twitter, you've probably seen the rosters of tomorrow's Red vs. White game at 12 PM at Centre ICE Arena, but if you have not, here's how the teams break down (and the Wings were cutting numerous junior players today, so this looks like the set of Team A and Team B rosters that the team will be employing for the exhibition season):
Tomas Jurco-Brad Richards-Tomas Tatar
Johan Franzen-Riley Sheahan-Luke Glendening
Andy Miele-Dylan Larkin-Teemu Pulkkinen
Eric Tangradi-Louis-Marc Aubry-Evgeny Svechnikov
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