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Is this the Red Wings’ ‘Stadium Series’ jersey?

Take this from SportsLogos.net's Chris Creamer for what you will:

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Nighty night, Nyquist

Via The Score, Johan Franzen has quite the sense of humor:

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HSJ, Kulfan: Luke Glendening ready to ‘compete for a spot’ in training camp

Updated 3x at 3:57 PM: Luke Glendening took part in the Red Wings' youth hockey camp this morning, and afterward, he spoke with the media regarding several topics. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Glendening regarding the "push for jobs" under new coach Jeff Blashill...

"It's an exciting time," Glendening said. "Since I've been here, which hasn't been long, I don't know that there's been this much competition to get in the lineup. Adding those guys is huge for us. It's going to make training camp really exciting."

Glendening still has a bandage on his right hand, where he suffered a deep gash during Game 4 of the playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he said everything "is good" and he's ready to fight for minutes.

"You have to play like you're fighting for your job every day," Glendening said, "or you're not going to make it. I need to take more steps to secure a spot, but I thought I took a step in the right direction."

That showed in Glendening's output, which increased from one goal in 2013-14 to a dozen in 2014-15. Now comes another opportunity to improve.

"I want to produce more than I did last year, get better on face-offs, help the penalty kill out," Glendening said. "You can't stay stagnant. You can't become complacent."

And Glendening continued on that tack while speaking with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

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A West Michigan charitable hockey FYI

These folks are Friends of TMR, so, from WOOD TV8:

Hockey fans rejoice! There’s a special event where you can get a dose of your favorite sport in summer, and help a great cause!

The West Michigan Special Hockey Association (WMSHA) will host its first Summer Skate-a-Thon on Monday, August 17, to raise money for the upcoming season. The event will include ice skating, raffles, and snacks. Mike Knuble, former Detroit Red Wings star and current Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach, will sign autographs from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and then skate for the duration. Players from the Davenport University women’s hockey team also will participate.

The Skate-a-Thon is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Patterson Ice Center. It is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to participate. Doors open at 5 p.m., with players and guests taking the ice for an hour-long skate at 6 p.m.

The West Michigan Special Hockey Association is a free league for children with disabilities. It’s open to any player older than five who is physically able to play, but would be unable to participate in any other organized program due to his or her developmental disability. The group hopes to raise $1,000 through the Skate-a-Thon.

For more information about the skate-a-thon, WMSHA or to make a donation, contact info@wmspecialhockey.org.

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‘Three Things’: On prospects, Wings from A to Z and Glendening’s skating coach

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. ESPN's Cory Pronman ranked every NHL team by prospect "strength," and the Red Wings earned a high mark in his Insider-only entry:

7. Detroit Red Wings

Previous ranking: 16

Detroit's system stumbled a bit recently but had fantastic seasons from several key prospects, with many elevating their stocks exponentially. Dylan Larkin, Axel Holmstrom, Tyler Bertuzzi and Joe Hicketts are among those, though top prospect Anthony Mantha struggled and saw his stock dip. Larkin is currently a true elite prospect, and the Wings have a high level of quality depth too.

2. Puck Daddy asked Maria Camacho to share the Red Wings superlatives "From A to Z," and this made me smile:

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This Season’s Outlook For Jonathan Ericsson

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: Former coach Mike Babcock cited Ericsson's need to play with more intensity, saying he plays well in "bigger games" but not so much in others. Ericsson is coming off an inconsistent season. He needs to cut down on turnovers and manage the puck better, particularly when pressured. He's mobile for a big man but got caught flat-footed too often.

Coach Jeff Blashill indicated he'll pair Mike Green with Danny DeKeyser, likely ensuring that Ericsson remains on the top pairing with Niklas Kronwall, as they'll continue to be matched up against top lines. They'll probably also continue being the top pair on the penalty kill.

Ericsson said he did a better job last season of controlling a hip issue that made it difficult for him to walk on one of his legs in 2013-14. He said his hand will never be 100 percent, after undergoing surgery for torn ligaments in March 2014.

Key question: Should Ericsson continue being paired with Kronwall?


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A bit more from Sheahan regarding Blashill, and some foreign-language tidbits

As mentioned on Monday afternoon, Riley Sheahan addressed his new coach's pluses whlie speaking with reporters at the Red Wings' youth hockey camp, and Sheahan also spoke with WXYZ's Brad Galli regarding the team's take on the coaching change as a whole...

"There's a lot of fun and positivity coming to the rink, and I just think this change will help that, and makes us look forward to coming to the rink," he said.

Outsiders posed the thought about the Red Wings locker room needing a culture refresh or change. Sheahan said he "didn't think" Detroit needed a culture change, but likes what Blashill brings to the room.

"It's kind of where it all starts. Things have to be positive in the locker room and you gotta have confidence in the locker room. It's gotta be a good environment in the locker room. I think Blash' brings that. So, we're happy about it."

Sheahan admitted he thinks Blashill and Babcock's coaching systems are similar, and losing Babcock to Toronto is "tough to deal with because he's such a good coach."

And I was intrigued by Sheahan's take on his own performance during his sophomore season, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan:

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Galli, Duff: Riley Sheahan talks up Blashill’s positives

The media took in the Red Wings' annual youth hockey camp at Joe Louis Arena today...

And the Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with Sheahan regarding his new coach:

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Quickie catch-up

Of Red Wings-related note since I've been gone on vacation, very briefly, and on a source-by-source basis:

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A Saarijarvi sighting

From MLive's Aaron McMann:

The Flint Firebirds are still waiting on final word from all parties involved, but it's looking more and more like Detroit Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi will skate with them this season.

Saarijarvi, property of the Red Wings and selected by the Firebirds in this year's Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, landed in Flint on Sunday ahead of scheduled meetings with Firebirds officials, the club touted on social media.

A photo of the 18-year-old defenseman with Firebirds general manager Terry Christensen, scout Keith Kurland and Dominic Hennig, the team's radio broadcaster and director of communications, was posted to Twitter and Facebook on Sunday night.

While it doesn't mean anything is official at this point, Saarijarvi, signed with a top junior team in his native Finland, has said publicly he wants to play in Flint.

He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Detroit on July 3 and the Red Wings' director of player development, Jiri Fischer, said discussions were leaning toward Saarijarvi playing in Flint.

But this is also where it gets muddy: the Red Wings, although their property, have said the decision is up to Saarijarvi. The Firebirds believe it's up to the Red Wings.


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