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from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,
Holland is under fire. And he should be. He’s entering his 20th season as the Wings’ general manager. Even if he achieves nothing else during his tenure, Holland’s headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame. There’s no ignoring the Stanley Cups, the shrewd European drafting and the brilliant trade-deadline acquisitions. But Holland never has entered a season with this much skepticism.
“The frustration’s understandable,” he said Monday. “Everyone wants to go back to when we were consistently in the running for the Stanley Cup. We want that, too. Nobody’s happy here that we haven’t fared well in the playoffs. But we’re confident in how we’re trying to retool our roster: getting younger while still trying to field a team that can give us the best opportunity to win.”
What’s changed is that Holland seems more receptive to shuttling in prospects from the minor league Grand Rapids Griffins if it’s apparent early in the season that there isn’t much separation between what he’s getting from the older, higher-paid veterans down on the depth chart and what they might get from youngsters such as Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi or 19-year-old Evgeny Svechnikov, among others.
The Wings can afford a couple of down seasons because there’s interest in the Joe Louis Arena farewell this season and the introduction of Little Caesars Arena in 2017. But they have to be truly committed to giving the youngsters every opportunity to grow and flourish, even if that results in The Streak ending.
That’s on Holland. But it’s on ownership, as well.
Grand Rapids Griffins announcer Bob Kaser previews the 2016-17 Grand Rapids Griffins, starting with a preview of the Griffins' goaltenders:
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
From the Red Wings:
DETROIT RECALLS PASQUALE, ASSIGNS STREET
… Red Wings Travel Tomorrow to Tampa Bay for Season Opener on Thursday …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Edward Pasquale from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned center Ben Street to the Griffins.
The Red Wings roster now stands at 23 (13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders) as the team prepares to travel tomorrow to begin the 2016-17 regular season against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket) and the Florida Panthers on Saturday (7:00 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket). Detroit will open its home slate on Monday, Oct. 17 versus the Ottawa Senators.
Updated 8x at 3:44 PM: The Red Wings practiced minus Brendan Smith (mid-body) and Henrik Zetterberg (maintenance day) on Tuesday, but the Wings' beat writers reported that both players will be available for the season opener against Tampa Bay on Thursday. Niklas Kronwall isn't too far from returning, either, so there was some place-holding in practice, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan:
#RedWings lines at practice: Tatar-Nielsen-Athanasiou
#RedWings defense pairs in practice: DeKeyser-Marchenko
The Wings were still practicing when Teemu Pulkkinen was plucked off the waiver wire by the Minnesota Wild, but Wings coach Jeff Blashill addressed Pulkkinen's departure after practice, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan...
Updated 7x at 2:55 PM: From Sportsnet's Chris Johnston:
Updated 8x at 1:39 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, preparing for Thursday's season-opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji chronicled practice...
#RedWings Zetterberg and Smith not skating. Both participated yesterday.
As did the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with WDFN's Matt Sheppard in a 12-minute interview, discussing the Wings' roster decisions, the potential of the team trading for Jacob Trouba, the "new guys" and other topics:
From the Red Wings:
So AA is on the team and the Wings will start with Sproul and Ouellet on the roster.
Update: Here's the Wings' press release:
Mantha to Griffins
Detroit also placed defenseman Niklas Kronwall on injured reserve
DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Anthony Mantha to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings placed defenseman Niklas Kronwall on injured reserve.
The Red Wings will travel to Florida tomorrow in preparation for Thursday's season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket) and Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers (7:00 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket). Detroit will open its home slate on Monday, Oct. 17 versus the Ottawa Senators.
Update #2: And from the Griffins...
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
Detroit Red Wings
Coach: Jeff Blashill, 2nd season
2015-16: 41-30-11, 93 points (3rd)
Leaders: Goals — Dylan Larkin, 23; Assists — Henrik Zetterberg, 37; Wins — Petr Mrazek, 27.
Losses: C Pavel Datsyuk, C Brad Richards, D Kyle Quincey.
Additions: LW Thomas Vanek, C Frans Nielsen, RW Steve Ott.
Pressure is on — Gustav Nyquist: Nyquist and fellow RW Tomas Tatar both need to get back to their offensive levels of two seasons ago. They weren’t good enough a season ago.
Rising star — C Dylan Larkin: As good as Larkin was last season, there’s likely more there for this exciting young player.
Outlook: Datsyuk was getting old and his production was declining, but he will be missed on and off the ice. The defense looks beatable, too. They’ll miss the playoffs by a whisker.
2. Ken Holland made USA Today's list of the most important people in hockey:
20. Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings general manager: In addition to commanding professional sports’ longest active playoff streak of 25 years, Holland is one of the league’s most respected voices when it comes to rule changes. He initiated and lobbied aggressively for the change to 3-on-3 overtime.
3. And on Twitter:
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