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Wings Make A Few Roster Moves

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defensemen Filip Hronek and Robbie Russo to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins and released center Corey Elkins from his professional tryout. Additionally, Detroit recalled defenseman Dan Renouf from the Griffins and signed right wing Dominik Shine to a tryout.

The Red Wings' roster currently totals 45 players: 26 forwards, 14 defensemen and five goaltenders. After hosting the Maple Leafs last night, the Red Wings will finish their preseason schedule tonight when they visit Toronto at 7:00 p.m.

Update: The Griffins made some moves as well:

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Little Caesars Arena is ‘part of the city’

The Toronto Star's Kevin McGran penned an article in which he tours Little Caesars Arena, and the article's accompanied by a video tour from NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotosnika:

"The nice thing is that it’s part of the city,” said Zetterberg. “It’s not one of those arenas that looks like a spaceship or something else. This is actually part of the architecture in the city and it sits pretty well.”

The arena’s showcase elements — displays of Stanley Cup wins, the windowed area where the coach addresses the media — are a bit like the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the adjacent practice ice echoes rinks in Columbus and New Jersey. That practice rink houses the Little Caesars minor hockey association, as well as the Stanley Cup banners from Joe Louis Arena.

The main concourse for fans is wide and bright, vastly different from the near window-less Joe. Other elements of the city’s and team’s rich history are also on display:

  • The sign from the old Olympia, the Wings’ home from 1927 to 1979, and statues of legends Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay.
  • A 700-pound Red Wings logo made from car parts.
  • Interactive video displays inviting fans to relive a historic moment.
  • Manhole covers with players’ names on them — okay, that’s weird.

McGran continues, and here's Cotsonika's video:

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Blashill: Wings need to keep play as efficiently as possible to stay competitive

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke bluntly about the Red Wings' need to keep the gas pedal down all the time if the team is to succeed this season, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji and Arthur J. Regner:

"Last night, we showed ourselves when we skate we can be a really good hockey team. We obviously dominated in the first period, that showed on shots," Blashill said. "You don't outshoot a team by that much or limit that team to three shots without playing great hockey.

"I didn't think we skated as much in the second. We didn't skate in the second, we skated in the first. That was a tale of the two periods. The third we got into a lot of penalty trouble. I thought it showed us the type of team we can be. We can't afford to have periods where we can't skate like that. We got to be a team that skates all the time."  

Blashill's comments could have been made after any subpar game by Detroit. Players have echoed Blashill's thoughts, too. As simple as it may sound, a consistent effort in an extremely competitive NHL is not easy.

"There's very little margin for error, so we can't afford to have our foot off the gas ever," Blashill said. "We got to be a team that separates ourselves by … I think every team in the league has ups and downs and nobody plays to 100 percent efficiency every night. The teams that scores easier gets away with it sometimes.

"We got to make sure we're a team that plays as close to 100 percent efficiency every single shift and every single period as much as possible."

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs preseason game-day articles: on Frk, Booth, the try-outs, Hicketts and more

The Detroit Red Wings close out their preseason tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 PM EDT on Sportsnet/NHL Network from Ricoh Coliseum), and the Wings and Leafs are icing their "B Teams":

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Martin Frk Told He Will Start The Season With The Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Martin Frk needs a dog-friendly place to stay in Detroit.

Frk has been told by the Detroit Red Wings he will start the season with them. It’s not a blank endorsement, as he has been told to get a place month-to-month, but it’s a start.

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Khan: Wings waive McCollum; St. James: Frk told to ‘get a place’

So the waiver wire watch begins...

Update: FYI:

 

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Morning skate update: Kronwall has a groin injury

From the Wings-Leafs morning skate Tweet post, per MLive's Ansar Khan and DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

Blashill said Kronwall (groin) is day to day. Not sure if he'll be ready for season opener.

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Blashill said he thinks Jensen (thumb) will be ready for season opener but not sure. #RedWings.

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Blashill said David Booth has made a good, strong case to make the roster. He's in camp on PTO. #RedWings

Here's Wakiji:

#RedWings Blashill said Kronwall won't play tonight due to sore groin. Day to day.
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#RedWings Blashill said Kronwall will have to be able to practice Tuesday in order to play in opener Thursday.

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#RedWings Blashill said he believes Jensen will play in opener Thursday but can't say for sure yet.

Also, per Khan:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs preseason morning skate Tweets: ‘B Team’ vs. ‘B Team’

Updated 4x at 12:24 PM: The Detroit Red Wings close out their preseason schedule with a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs this evening (7 PM EDT on Sportnset/NHL Network), and the 2-5-and-1 Wings will ice their "B Team" against the Leafs' "B Team" as Detroit hopes to snap Toronto's 5-game preseason winning streak.

The Wings hit the ice just after 10:30 AM at Little Caesars Arena's practice rink, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

Mrazek starting tonight, apparently. Coreau, McCollum also practicing with this group. #RedWings

Looks like top line tonight will feature Rasmussen centering Abdelkader and Tangradi. #RedWings.

Others skating in gameday group: Fs Sadowy, Holmstrom, Esposito, Lorito, Turgeon, Witkowski, Campbell, Shine, Parenteau. #RedWings

#RedWings defensemen in gameday group: Ouellet, Renouf, Saarijarvi, McIlrarh, Lashoff, McCarron

And the Red Wings...

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Prospect news: Elfstrom, Cholowski dent the scoresheet

Of prospect-related note:

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Mattias Elfstrom had an assist in IK Pantern's 4-3 win over Vasteras;

In the Swiss NLA league, Joren van Pottelberghe served as the back-up in HC Davos' 3-2 loss to SC Bern;

In the Ontario Hockey League, Jordan Sambrook finished at +1 with 6 PIM as his Erie Otters lost 4-1 to the Niagara IceDogs;

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs preseason wrap-up: Hicketts highlights a mediocre night for the Wings’ A Team

Bad habits bit the Red Wings in their collective butt as the team was out-shot and out-skated in the form of a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, with careless and preventable penalties, careless and preventable mistakes in coverage and careless and preventable power play struggles doomed a team that received more than good enough goaltending to win.

The teams are expected to bring more AHL-heavy rosters to Saturday's rematch (7 PM EDT on Sportsnet/NHL Network at Ricoh Coliseum), and here's hoping that whoever takes the ice brings more passion than what looked like a slightly rusty Wings team brought to Little Caesars Arena's ice (with perhaps the exceptions of Joe Hicketts and Jimmy Howard) on Friday evening.

Our friends from the Toronto press corps came to Detroit in full regular-season force, and TorontoMapleLeafs.com's Adam Proteau noted that the Leafs pulled away from the Wings in the 3rd period, per his "Five Takeaways" recap...

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