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A bit about Chris Chelios’s coaching journey

ESPN's Julie Robenhymer penned an article about Team USA's World Junior Championship team's coaching staff, and she spoke with Wings assistant coach Chris Chelios regarding both his journey along the coaching path and his presence on Ron Wilson's Team USA staff:

After a 26-year NHL career that saw him win three Stanley Cups and three Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman and an international career that includes four Olympics, three Canada Cups, two World Cups and one World Junior Championship, not to mention the NCAA Championship he helped Wisconsin win in 1982, Chelios tried his hand at management as the assistant general manager for the Detroit Red Wings under Ken Holland, but it wasn't for him.

"It didn't suit me. I like being in the dressing room and on the ice with the guys and that's why I've turned my attention to coaching these past few years," Chelios explained.

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Is Babcock pulling up roots?

Paul already covered this topic, but if you're interested...

From the Free Press's Steve Schrader:

Love it or list it?

Now that his kids have completed high school, former Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has decided it's time to list it: His Northville Township house went on the market last week. Maybe.

The four-bedroom, 4,486-square-foot home on a private wooded lot was listed for $799,999 (U.S.) on Wednesday, according to realtor.com, but then delisted the same day, with no explanation.

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The Skating Has Started At The Joe

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What To Expect From Gustav Nyquist This Season

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: With 55 goals in 139 games over the past two seasons, Nyquist has proven to be one of the club's leading offensive threats. His tremendous skating, creativity, vision and finishing touch make him a candidate to score 30-plus goals every year.

Two things he needs to improve on this season are being more productive at even strength and on the road (a high percentage of his goals and points came on the power play and at home). He must shoot more. His average shots per game declined last season (from 2.68 to 2.38).

He's strictly an offensive player so he'll never be relied on for checking or penalty killing, but his play without the puck could be better.

He's had difficultly scoring in the playoffs and must find more space when the checking gets tighter and the physical play increases.

Key question: Nyquist has proven to be productive during the regular season; is this the year he breaks through in the playoffs?

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‘Three Things’: On Glendening’s outlook, Mrazek’s ‘numbers’ and a prospect tournament try-out

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James scouts one Luke Glendening, offering this outlook for Glendening's 2015-16 campaign:

Looking ahead: A good way to judge how Glendening is playing is by noticing his smile — the bigger the grin, the more effective he knows he is in getting under an opponent's skin. It's not trash talk that does it, it's refusing to give ground and frustrating top foes. Babcock was comfortable using Glendening against anyone, including Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.

That won't change under new coach Jeff Blashill, but Glendening could see himself playing right wing more than center as newcomer Brad Richards makes the Wings even deeper down the middle. In any position, Glendening, 26, is responsible defensively and bursting with energy. He earns his minutes as a bottom-six forward and penalty killer, and if he can match or exceed last season's offensive contributions, that is a significant bonus. He was tied with Pavel Datsyuk for most empty-net goals at three, but don't diss empty-netters — they happen because guys such as Glendening have helped put the opponent into a desperate situation.

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2. DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned a statistical analysis of Petr Mrazek's 2014-15 campaign, and among Mrazek's "Numbers"...

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Khan: Can Abdelkader keep up his scoring pace?

Update: Double post, whoops, sorry!

Last Sunday, the Free Press's Helene St. James profiled Justin Abdelkader while framing his 2015-16 season as an opportunity to earn a massive contract; today, MLive's Ansar Khan wonders whether Abdelkader can sustain his 2014-15 scoring pace:

2015-16 outlook: Former coach Mike Babcock gave Abdelkader the plum assignment as Pavel Datsyuk's linemate in 2013-14, counting on the big forward to do the dirty work on the top line – win puck battles, provide a net-front presence, use his physical game to create space for the skilled players. Abdelkader wasn't able to capitalize offensively, however. That changed last season, a breakout year for the Muskegon native and former Michigan State standout.

Abdelkader demonstrated his all-around value to the team, not only as an agitating grinder who is hard to play against but also as an offensive threat. He embraced the net-front role on the first power-play unit. His role on the penalty kill has diminished the past couple of seasons, due to more power-play responsibility, but he still is effective on the PK. His late-season injury was a big blow; even though he returned in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against Tampa Bay, he wasn't the same.

If new coach Jeff Blashill plays Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg together, Abdelkader likely would be their linemate. His size and grit are vital for a team with many smaller, skilled forwards. Abdelkader is entering a contract season and due for a significant raise on his next deal.

Key question: Can Abdelkader continue providing offense following his breakthrough season?

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Robbie Russo Signs A Two-Year Entry Level Contract With The Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with defenseman Robbie Russo on a two-year entry-level contract.

Russo captained the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as a senior in 2014-15 and enjoyed a career year, ranking second on the club with 41 points (15-26-41) in 40 games. The 6-foot, 191-lb., defenseman tied for first in the nation in goals by a defenseman and finished one point shy of tying for the lead in points. He was selected to the NCAA East Second All-American Team and the Hockey East First All-Star Team. In 142 career collegiate contests from 2011-15, Russo tallied 94 points (28-66-94) and 82 penalty minutes. The 22-year-old was also a 2012 CCHA All-Rookie Team selection and was a member of the Notre Dame team that won the final CCHA championship in 2013 at Joe Louis Arena. Russo was originally drafted in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders.

Prior to his collegiate career, Russo spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., notching 61 points (11-50-61) and 85 penalty minutes in 112 total games with the program. The Westmont, Illi., native has also twice captured gold on the international circuit, each time as his team’s top point-producing defenseman. He picked up five points (3-2-5) in six appearances at the 2010 IIHF World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and added eight points (1-7-8) in six games while serving as captain during the United States’  gold-medal run at the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

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The Outlook For Justin Abdelkader This Season

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: Former coach Mike Babcock gave Abdelkader the plum assignment as Pavel Datsyuk's linemate in 2013-14, counting on the big forward to do the dirty work on the top line – win puck battles, provide a net-front presence, use his physical game to create space for the skilled players. Abdelkader wasn't able to capitalize offensively, however. That changed last season, a breakout year for the Muskegon native and former Michigan State standout.

Abdelkader demonstrated his all-around value to the team, not only as an agitating grinder who is hard to play against but also as an offensive threat. He embraced the net-front role on the first power-play unit. His role on the penalty kill has diminished the past couple of seasons, due to more power-play responsibility, but he still is effective on the PK. His late-season injury was a big blow; even though he returned in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against Tampa Bay, he wasn't the same.

If new coach Jeff Blashill plays Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg together, Abdelkader likely would be their linemate. His size and grit are vital for a team with many smaller, skilled forwards. Abdelkader is entering a contract season and due for a significant raise on his next deal.

Key question: Can Abdelkader continue providing offense following his breakthrough season?

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St. James: Johan Franzen might need to retire for his own sake

The Free Press's Helene St. James scouts one Johan Franzen this evening, and St. James believes that Franzen might be best-served by ending his career:

LOOKING AHEAD: To borrow a tune from “The Sound of Music,” it’s tempting to hum “how do you solve a problem like Johan Franzen?” He has suffered multiple head injuries (by his own estimate, at least four), and has, since the last one, gone through a period that was heartbreaking to hear about (Franzen revealed in April that the hardest part was telling his two young sons that he couldn’t play with them because he felt so poorly). Franzen improved enough to go on the ice in April, but then had another setback. That’s a cycle typical of post-concussion syndrome.

The plan for 2015-16 is that Franzen plays, but all the Wings really can do is wait and see what happens. For now they have to count Franzen against the roster, and against the salary cap. Maybe Franzen gets through training camp and exhibition season feeling great. Maybe he even plays when the season opens. But given his history, it’s hard not to think that he is one hard hit away from another lengthy absence.

Should Franzen be sidelined again, the Wings can, of course, put him on long-term injured reserve, which includes salary-cap relief. Given recent stories about he possibility of devastating and long-lasting effects of head injuries, maybe Franzen would be best to call it a career, just as Chris Pronger did a few years back with Philadelphia. No game is worth risking long-term quality of life.

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Early overnight report: On ‘Big E,’ repeating Datsyuk’s recovery time and Walleye news

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Oh, boy, this is going to be fun. The Free Press's Helene St. James profiles everybody's favorite defenseman (to say negative things about), one Jonathan Ericsson, and she's spot-on as to what Ericsson needs to do to salvage the final five years of his contract (at a capt hit of $4.25 million per season, with a no-trade clause [not a no-move clause, but a no-trade clause nonetheless]):

Looking back: Ericsson rebounded from an injury-plagued 2013-14 to play a full season, partnering at even strength with Niklas Kronwall and logging the second-most minutes per game among penalty-killing defensemen on the team. He was guilty of going through the motions at times during the regular season, but was noticeably more energized in the playoffs, where Ericsson's 0.57 point-per-game average was the best of his career — and that was done playing with a broken toe incurred during the dangerous recreational sport that is two-touch soccer.

Looking ahead: At 31, Ericsson seemingly has become entrenched as Kronwall's partner on the top defense pairing. That isn't likely to change, unless the expected partnership of Danny DeKeyser and newcomer Mike Green doesn't work. It would be nice to see Ericsson exert himself more when he has the puck — he had above-average numbers for him in 2013 with 13 points in 45 games, and had 11 points in 48 games the following season before settling for a more plodding production pace this past season. Ericsson can be frustrating to watch because he doesn't use his 6-foot-4, 220-pound body to be physical, but in that regard he's like a lot of big men in hockey. Ericsson is, at the end of the day, a serviceable stay-at-home defenseman with an all-things-considered amenable salary-cap hit.

2. Top-X player lists penned in the offseason are gifts that keep on giving, so there's a part of me that wants to call the Hockey News's Matt Larkin's first update of his "Top 200 fantasy players for 2015-16" list an, erm, exercise in maximizing bandwidth, but in the case of the player whose photo adorns the entry, he's got a point:

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