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Red Wings afternoon tidbits: DeKeyser takes flight, chat chatter and Jimmy Howard in Maine

Updated 3x with DeKeyser stuff via MLive's Ansar Khan at 5:18 PM: Amongst a whole bunc of tidbits on a relatively quiet afternoon: The scattered thunderstorms that have been skittering across Southeastern Michigan let up enough for Danny DeKeyser to hop onto an F/A-18D at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and fly along with the Blue Angels:

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Former Red Wing Chris Osgood tells ESPN’s Katie Strang that the Wings in ‘transition

ESPN's been positing sets of off-season assessments of NHL teams as viewed through the eyes of notable alumni, and today, Katie Strang spoke with former Wings goaltender and Fox Sports Detroit commentator Chris Osgood about the Wings' status.

Osgood tells Strang that he fully believes the Wings are "reloading"...

“They’re not rebuilding like people say,” Osgood told ESPN.com in a recent telephone conversation, instead insisting, “I think it’s a nice transition.”

The luxury of having that core group of veterans (which could also include Daniel Alfredsson, should his health allow him to play this season) and such a strong crop of prospects is what has made the Red Wings such a model franchise.

And he discusses the Wings' depth in terms of prospects, as well as what Anthony Mantha needs to do to make the team...

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Plymouth Whalers to hold exhibition game benefiting Plymouth-Canton Educational Park

Updated with a note about the Plymouth Whalers' "Try Hockey For Free" clinic on Wednesday, September 3rd.

From the Plymouth Whalers:

PLYMOUTH WHALERS, SAGINAW PLAY FOR PCEP ON SEPTEMBER 6

All proceeds of preseason game go to Plymouth-Canton Education Park

PLYMOUTH – Over the years, the Plymouth Whalers have forged a unique partnership with the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.

The younger Whalers attend high school at the 305 acre campus site in western Wayne County which houses three high schools - Plymouth, Salem and Canton - at the same campus.  Plymouth Whalers Educational Consultant John Seidleman is a retired PCEP professional who has done an outstanding job as a liaison between the Whalers and the PCEP.

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Red Wings morning news: on Zetterberg’s ‘outlook,’ Swedish collaborations, Mantha and Kevin Porter

Several Red Wings-related stories hit the wires early this morning, so I'm up a little early to note them, as well as this (it looks like the weather's holding up for Danny DeKeyser's flight with the Blue Angels):

In terms of news stories, MLive's Ansar Khan examines Henrik Zetterberg's "outlook" for the 2014-15 season, and I certainly hope it's a healthy one. Zetterberg will turn 34 in October, and he's signed for 7 more seasons at a Capgeek-listed $6.08 million cap hit.

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Red Wings overnight report: prospect tourney ‘job’ talk, Datsyuk, fantasy hockey news, previews etc.

The Red Wings' media corps will attend the Red Wings "Captain's Practice" at Joe Louis Arena today, and a solid chunk of the Red Wings' roster (minus a certain restricted free agent who will fly with the Blue Angels today, assuming that the weather improves) will be taking part of today's skate.

If you think that's "a little early for hockey," please note that the KHL's regular season starts on Wednesday, the Finnish Liiga begins its season on September 9th, the Swedish SHL kicks off its 2014-15 campaign on September 10th, as does the QMJHL, and the WHL and OHL begin playing regular-season games on the 19th and 24th, respectively.

Long story long, "hockey season" is upon us, and while the content's a little lighter this morning, it does afford a shift in focus.

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Red Wings overnight report: on Holland’s conversation with Krupa, Howard’s pivotal season, etc.

Updated 3x at 6:19 AM: Every "preseason" unfolds like a snowflake (i.e. it's never exactly the same from year to year; maybe a "fallen leaf" would be a better autumn simile?), but it's September 1st, and here's what I know:

The Wings' "Captain's Practices" will be open to the media starting tomorrow (Tuesday; I'm sure the media will cover still-needs-to-be-re-signed defenseman Danny DeKeyser's flight with the Blue Angels, too), and we'll start hearing from more and more players as the non-married and/or no-kids players return to Detroit over the ten to twelve days and the Michigan-based players who play for other teams head to their respective cities of employment.

Sometimes the Wings' players practice on an every-other-day basis for the first week of September; sometimes it's 5 days out of 7. By the second week, they're usually practicing every weekday, and in the lulls between football Saturdays and Tigers games, they begin to make radio appearances.

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Red Wings overnight report: Datsyuk and Hasek on ice; Smith’s mysterious future

Updated 3x at 9:02 AM: Saturday would've been a wonderful day to have a private jet (if not a fighter jet), because Pavel Datsyuk skated in an exhibition game prior to the "Stone Flower Tournament's" semifinals in Yekaterinburg...

As noted on Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg's VKontakte page and E1.ru...

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Red Wings overnight report: On Howard’s new lid, Weiss, Bertuzzi-Moore and an old cliche

Friday involved...Well let's just say that I wasn't the only blogger who noticed that the following Tweet regarding Jimmy Howard's mask, which had a handy little "Red Wings" copyright on the bottom right, was chopped and snipped by goalie-eqipment Tweeters to promote their own brands. So here's the Wings' Tweet...

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Red Wings mid-day news: Cleary’s latest number, Tweets, pictures and a little ‘myth busting’

Updated 2x at 1:29 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related news stories and tidbits:

 

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Red Wings overnight report: on the prospect tournament, prospects in general, Athanasiou & Tatar

Updated 3x at 6:15 AM: Thursday was a busy day, and if you missed some of the "action":

1. Ilitch Holdings held what I'd guess you'd call a local contractor-recruitment seminar at the MotorCity Casino, and as Paul noted, Olympia Development's sticking with an actual-rink-opening date of Summer of 2017, though the Free Press's John Gallagher reports that any sort of actual "groundbreaking" at the rink site won't happen until December.

Both Gallagher and MLive's David Muller reported that the parties involved in the District Detroit project will hold a "resident workforce outreach" at Coo Hall this October to help ensure that 51% of the construction jobs on the rink go to Detroiters.

2. The Red Wings and the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau released the Wings' prospect tournament roster, and it's a little thinner on free agent invites than I'd anticipated it would be.

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