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Jeff Blashill Talks Off-Season Topics

Jeff Blashill was on 105.1 today with Matt Dery..

Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Jeff Blashill joins Matt Dery to discuss the team’s offseason so far, including the recently completed prospect camp, the free agent acquisitions of Mike Green and Brad Richards, and the ongoing negotiations with restricted free agents such as Gustav Nyquist. 

You can listen to the 12 minute interview here.

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Paying Gustav Nyquist

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings are in the process of re-signing Nyquist, with the expectation that it'll be done without the arbitration that is Nyquist's right as a restricted free agent. Arbitration runs July 20-Aug. 4.

Thirty-goal scorers easily command upward of $5 million annually, but the Wings should be able to get Nyquist for less. To their argument, they can point to the fact that he has been snuffed out in two straight playoffs. He did OK in 2013, when he had five points in 14 games tucked away on the third line, but he had no points in five games in 2014, when he was a top-six forward, and came up with two points in seven games in the same role this spring.

It's not unusual for a young player to struggle in the playoffs — in his mid-20s, from 2003-06, Pavel Datsyuk had nine points in 19 playoff games; in those same years, Henrik Zetterberg had 11 points in 22 games. But Datsyuk and Zetterberg always were great defensively, whereas Nyquist is far from a 200-foot player.

A shorter-term deal, such as two or three years, makes sense for both sides. For the team, shorter term means a lower annual average value number.


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Eric Tangradi Signs A One-Year Deal With The Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed left wing Eric Tangradi to a one-year contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

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Dylan Larkin Close To Being An NHL Player

Here is Jeff Blashill on Dylan Larkin...

"His impact was good. How close is he? He's certainly close. What does that mean come camp? We'll see. Everybody takes different journeys to the get to the NHL. How quickly those journeys are depends on the player and the work they put in this summer."

more from Blashill from Brendan Savage of Mlive...

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The overnight report: summer development camp wrap-ups and highlights

Updated 3x at 12:10 AM: The Red Wings' summer development camp ended with a scrimmage today, and both the 9&10 News...


And the 7&4 News provided highlight clips...

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‘Three Things’: On top dogs, Jerome Verrier and pix

Now that I've emptied my notebook and given my final impressions...Here are three items of Red Wings-related note:

1. First, I hate to say it, but the Free Press's Helene St. James has it right: the most impressive prospects at the Red Wings' summer development camp were...the most impressive prospects in the pipeline...

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that "the players you expect were the best in the scrimmages: Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi. Anthony Mantha played good."

The latter name is especially key, because while both Larkin and Bertuzzi had terrific 2014-15 seasons, Mantha's first year of pro hockey demonstrated the growing pains that can come when a junior hockey standout suddenly finds that he doesn't have nearly as much space at his disposal.

"When you scored as many goals as he did," Holland said, "every time you go up a level, goals are harder to score. For most young players, they have to go through process. Mantha had a good week; he competed harder. He's learning it."

Svechnikov, selected in the first round in last month's draft, was among the youngest at camp.

Holland addressed the group at the start on Friday, emphasizing that "it's about moving forward and getting better, it's about hitting the gym, learning to be a pro. Down the road, it's about taking somebody's job. We'll let them state their case in September."

2. Jerome Verrier scored the game-winning goal in today's scrimmage, and MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Verrier after the game:

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Impressions from the fifth day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘15

The scrimmage wrapping up the Red Wings' summer development camp was all you could hope for: Team Lindsay tied the game 4-4 with 6 seconds remaining in regulation, the teams skated in 3-on-3 overtime for about two-and-a-half minutes before Jerome Verrier scored a chip shot over a sprawling Chase Perry, and the "10-man shootout" went down to the final shooter, with Team Howe winning 5-4.

Anthony Mantha scored a goal, Dylan Larkin scored a goal, Evgeny Svechnikov scored a goal, for summer hockey, the pace was scintillating, there were big hits, great board battles, and a jam-packed Centre Ice Arena crowd (as well as Jeff Blashill, Todd Nelson and Jiri Fischer watching from the suite) catching some fantastic summer shinny on a cool Tuesday morning in Traverse City.

The Red Wings' players are taking part in a yoga class as I begin to write this entry at the rink; I'll relocate to my hotel by the time that this is over, and four hours from now, I'll wrap up my summer development camp coverage for the moment--though I've been asked to perhaps pause and share a few thoughts on the different kind of camp under Todd Nelson instead of Jeff Blashill and without Tomas Storm or Andy Weidenbach over the next week or so.

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St. James provides a Nyquist contract update

Among the Free Press's Helene St. James' notes:

Nyquist update: Negotiations are underway on a shorter-term contract (2-3 years) with restricted free agent Gustav Nyquist. With two near-30 goal regular seasons to his credit, the 25-year-old forward will command in the $4-million range. Nyquist filed for arbitration, which runs July 20-Aug. 4. If it gets to that (unlikely), the club has the choice of electing a one- or two-year contract.

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Melrose lauds Wings’ signing of Mike Green

Barry Melrose weighs in on three free agents as part of a "Melrose Minute" on NHL.com, and he has this to say about Mike Green:


Mike Green is a polarizing player for many people, but I think signing him was a smart move by the Detroit Red Wings. The knock on Green is that even though he is great offensively, his defense suffers. Well, I think he played a lot better defensively last season and I think he showed that if he commits to defense he can be an adequate defensive player on the ice rather than a liability.

What might be more important, though, is that Green will make the Red Wings' power play better. That's the one thing they didn't have last season: an elite power-play defenseman. Green is someone that can carry the puck out of the zone, walk the line, dish the puck and make that smart first pass. Detroit has never had that. Now it does.

Green can be criticized for his defensive play, and it's true that he probably won't be put up against other teams' top lines, but he's a very unique player. You saw in the playoffs how important a power play is. A good one can win you rounds because play is so much tighter and goals are so hard to come by. Green brings an element to Detroit's power play that it hasn't had, and though his defensive impact might be minimal, he's still someone opponents will have to watch and game plan for. I think when it's all said and done, Detroit will look smart for bringing him in.

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Audio from the fifth day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘15

Team Lindsay defeated Team Howe 5-4 in regulation on an overtime goal--a 3-on-3 overtime goal--by Jerome Verrier, but Team Howe took the shootout 5-4 as the festivities at the Red Wings' summer development camp came to a close. The Red Wings' prospects were packing up their gear and preparing to depart for parts all over the world after the scrimmage, but I was able to snag a few interviews with prospects I'd hoped to interview:

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