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Daniel Alfredsson Has A Back Issue

Updated at 6:59 PM: via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Alfredsson “felt a little bit of a tweak,” last week, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Wednesday. Alfredsson has held off on re-signing with the Wings pending assessment of back pain that comes and goes. He’d been skating daily with the Wings for about a week until the reoccurrence of pain. A decision was made to stop skating until Alfredsson feels better.

This latest flare-up - coming after a long off-season tending to his back - doesn’t bode well for playing another season. Holland called the pain “nothing major” but Alfredsson, 41, has said he doesn’t want to play unless he feels he can be a contributor. He was tied for the team lead in scoring last season with 49 points in 68 games. The Wings are hoping to have him back, as he provided regular scoring and invaluable leadership.

“It’s possible he comes to camp without a contract,” Holland said. “We’ll see what happens over the next week.”

Update: Here's more from MLive's Ansar Khan...

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What’s Going On With Danny DeKeyser’s Contract Talks?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

A week before training camp is to begin, the Detroit Red Wings and defenseman Danny DeKeyser remain at contractual odds.

DeKeyser is a restricted free agent. Two months' worth of lobbying ideas back and forth between his camp and the Wings have so far yielded agreement on precisely one point: That the new contract won't only be for one year.

That, general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Wednesday, was an idea DeKeyser's side declined to consider last month.

The financial chasm on a two-year deal remains significant enough that when asked if DeKeyser will be on the ice in Traverse City Sept. 19 for the first day of camp, Holland responded, "I've no idea. It takes two to make a deal."

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Grand Rapids Griffins release 2014-15 promotional schedule

Via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Griffins just released their 2014-15 season promotional schedule:

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday released their promotional schedule for the 2014-15 season, featuring a variety of one-of-a-kind giveaways and popular season-long promotions.

The excitement begins on Friday, Oct. 10, when the Griffins host the Lake Erie Monsters on Opening Night presented by Huntington Bank, which will include an LED glowstick giveaway and a post-game jersey auction. Coupled with the regular season finale at home on April 18, this will mark the first season since 2005-06 that Grand Rapids both opens and closes its regular season schedule on home ice.

Single-game tickets for all 38 regular season home games at Van Andel Arena will go on sale to the general public this Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. Advance ticket prices are $16, $18, $19 and $21 in the arena’s upper level, and $20, $24, $29 and $35 in the lower level. (Additional $3 per ticket on day of game.)

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Red Wings ‘Captain’s Practice’ news: on Mantha, Jurco, Paterson and Ericsson’s sticky middle finger

Updated 3x at 2:47 PM: As DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reports that the Wings' practice is better-attended...

The #RedWings are on the ice and joined for the first time at today's voluntary skate by Jonathan Ericsson.

Pucks and prospects alike are gathering in Traverse City...

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Red Wings early overnight report: on Datsyuk’s knee, an abundance of centers and…art!

Updated 4x with pictures of Jonas Gustavsson's "Monsters' Hall of Fame" mask at 2:58 AM: This may or may not end up constituting the overnight report. Preparing for trip = a weird, jittery and very busy couple of days, and as the mid-day post and "afternoon news" post covered a "lot of stuff," this entry might constitute the vast majority of this evening's "Red Wings-related news." So we'll see.

Anyway:

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Pavel Datsyuk regarding the status of what might be the most important knee on the team this side of Jimmy Howard's, and Datsyuk reported that all was well (Khan included a video clip of Datsyuk speaking with the media, too)...

"Just rehab for the whole summer, more conditioning and more workouts," Datsyuk said Tuesday. "It was much better in a few games of the Boston (playoff) series. I could push my knee, but I lost a lot of muscle. Now everything has come back. I felt better at the end of the playoffs; now it's much better and comfortable."

Is he close to 100 percent?

"At my age, oh, yeah," the 36-year-old said.

Datsyuk began skating briefly in Russia two weeks ago. He's picked up the pace since joining teammates on the ice Monday at Joe Louis Arena for informal workouts.

"I didn't skate much, but I started staking now and it feels much better," he said. "Nothing bothers me."

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan reports that Datsyuk was in good spirits...

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Red Wings release player-participant lineup for Sunday’s ‘HockeyFest 2014’

The Red Wings are hosting HockeyFest 2014 at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday, September 14th, and they've announced the preliminary list of player and alumni participants in said event:

Preliminary lineup for HockeyFest announced

Kronwall, Howard, Lindsay highlight list of current players and alumni set to appear at fun-filled event at The Joe on Sunday, Sept. 14
DETROIT – The 2014 edition of Red Wings HockeyFest, presented by Coke Zero and Meijer, is set to take place at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday, Sept. 14 (11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), featuring an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players, Red Wings Alumni and FOX Sports Detroit television personalities. A preliminary list of past and present members of the Red Wings set to attend this much-anticipated event can be found below alongside their designated appearance times. Additional players, as well as members of the Red Wings Alumni Association, will be added to this list at a later time.

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Red Wings afternoon news: a strange Bertuzzi comparison, predictions and Datsyuk discussing his knee

Updated 2x at 3:41 PM: I will allow you to decide whether Todd Bertuzzi and Ray Rice committed similar acts--which Sportsnet's Damien Cox suggests--on your own, but there's certainly a significant amount of "fresh outrage" in Cox's suggestion that what Bertuzzi did was worse because he was allowed to continue playing:

His actions against Moore (was he frustrated even more that night because he was minus-4 in 14 minutes of playing time?) didn’t make him a pariah in the sport. He made millions and millions of dollars while playing for various teams and heard the cheers of the fans countless times over the 10 years that Moore didn’t get to play or even have the chance to scratch out any kind of career at all.

Wayne Gretzky, Pat Quinn and Kevin Lowe tried unsuccessfully to use the 2006 Canadian Olympic team to enhance Bertuzzi’s rehabilitation, but like all the teams who chose to employ and include Bertuzzi over his career, it didn’t result in winning. To me, the Detroit Red Wings stopped being the NHL’s most interesting and admirable team the day they picked Bertuzzi up.

A decade after the fact, nobody but the lawyers really won. Moore is now rich, we believe, but his dream was stolen from him, and his team and his union abandoned him, and maybe his ability to hold down a job and live a healthy life and trust that people will do the right thing are all gone forever, too. To many in the hockey industry, sadly, he became the reviled outsider, not Bertuzzi.

And he continues...

Otherwise...If you are in Toronto this evening, the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle notes that the documentary about the Soviet hockey system as viewed through the eyes of Slava Fetisov, Red Army, is airing at the Toronto International Film Festival...

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Pavel Datsyuk Still Has It

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Red Wings mid-day news: more ‘Media Tour’ stuff; on Howard, Cleary and prospects

Updated 2x at 11:59 AM: As the NHL's "Media Tour" continues in New York today, Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika asked one of Daniel Alfredsson's pals, Erik Karlsson, about #11's future...

Karlsson worked out with Alfredsson this summer and speaks to him twice a week. He said Alfie's back seems in good shape to him.

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Karlsson on Alfredsson: "I think he wants to play. He's trying to figure it out."

And via Kyle McIlmurray, the Canadian Press's Chris Johnston Tweeted something that makes me want to say, "Pro try-out, pro try-out, pro try-out":

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Left Wing Lock: Mark Howe will sign copies of memoir at Wings’ prospect tournament

From the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau:

On September 13, 2014 Hall of Fame defenseman Mark Howe will sign his book Gordie Howe’s Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey. The book signing will be held from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at Centre I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, MI. Books will be available onsite at a cost of $16 (unsigned) and $30 (signed) with a limit of two signed books per person. No other memorabilia will be signed at this event.

Mark Howe is a three-time NHL first-team All-Star defenseman and three-time Norris Trophy Finalist who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011, becoming only the third son of a Hall of Famer to also be inducted. Howe helped the Philadelphia Flyers to two Stanley Cup Finals and had a 22-year professional career that ended with his father’s former team, the Detroit Red Wings.  Howe totaled 197 goals and 545 assists in 929 games throughout his NHL career. He is currently the director of pro scouting for the Red Wings.

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