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Red Wings overnight report: Wings-B’s player assessments and notebook stuff

It would figure that I overdid it on night 1. I ran out of room in the recap, but I hope that the "overflow"--mostly what I would have posted during a quick take--is useful to you. Here are my player assessments and "napkin notes" from the Red Wings' 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins:

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Red Wings-Bruins wrap-up: one of eighty two

*Looks at computer clock: 1:24 AM. Well this is going to be fun.* You see, I'm about two-and-a-half hours behind to start, but I can't blame the moose entirely. He invited my best pal Michelle and I to the party, and we had no idea that the mushrooms were...

Okay, so in fact ,there was a slight post-game delay and a long drive home--to Michelle's, north of frickin' Pontiac--and then back to South Lyon, so that's why I'm starting a recap of a game that ended around 10:45 PM at 1:29 AM.

And yes, the Red Wings did in fact defeat the Boston Bruins 2-1, and I was there thanks to the very kind folks at Flagstar Bank. And in person, it was...

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Red Wings prospect news: Swedes excel; Larkin dominant in exhibition; Griffins open season tonight

The ECHL's Toledo Walleye open their 14-15 campaign with a pair of exhibition tilts against the Kalamazoo K-Wings tonight, and in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins hold their regular season home-opener against Lake Erie this evening, kicking off a set of back-to-backs...

But Thursday's prospect action was both scattershot and took place mostly in Europe.

In Russia, in the KHL, Adam Almquist had an assist, finished at +2 and played 19:56 in Severstal Cherepovets' 4-3 loss to Vityaz;

In Sweden's SHL, Axel Holmstrom had an assist and played 12:44 in Skelleftea AIK's 5-4 shootout loss to Orebo;

And Mattias Janmark had an assist and played 16:07 in the Frolunda Indians' 2-1 win over Vaxjo.

DRW Prospects on Twitter took note of the Wings Swedish prospects' progress thus far:

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Wings 2, Bruins 1 Quick Recap

Paul here for George who attended the game tonight so he should be around a bit later tonight.

In the meantime I have no videos to show since there seems to be a delay in receiving the feeds.

So let's wing it and get your opinion of the game.

My thoughts are the Wings played a good first game, started out slow but picked it up as the game progressed.

I would have liked to see a little more action in the the Boston's defensive end in the third period, but other than that, all is good.

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Ken Holland’s interview on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM and Red Wings afternoon news

Updated 4x at 4:00 PM: Prior to tonight's game against the Boston Bruins, Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery, discussing the would-be tiff between himself and Mike Babcock over Xavier Ouellet (Holland suggested that the Windsor Star's Bob Duff's article insisting that Babcock "threw Holland under the bus" was overblown), his take on the Wings' 23-man roster as it stands, the fact that Andrej Nestrasil is playing while Stephen Weiss is not, and well...

I posted a Twitlonger entry (now without ads!) summarizing Holland's interview to the best of my ability:

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Red Wings’ handbag policy reminder

1. The game-day post has been updated 11 times.

2. I am headed to the game so my Twitter/blog presence will be minimal between 4 PM and 11:30 PM;

3. If you are also headed to tonight's game (Detroit vs. Boston, 7:30 PM EDT on FSD/TVA Sports/NESN/97.1 FM), you may not be aware of the Wings' new handbag policy, as noted by DetroitHockey.net's Clark Rasmussen and @Saraneuie on Twitter (click to embiggen):

And speaking of items brought into Joe Louis Arena...

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Grand Rapids Griffins to take part in ‘Pups and Pucks’ walkathon on October 13th

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:

The Grand Rapids Griffins will host their seventh annual “Pups and Pucks” Fall Walk-a-Thon on Monday, Oct. 13 at Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary in Lake Odessa, Mich.

Griffins players, coaches and front office staff will walk rescued dogs for pledges made by fans online at http://www.PupsandPucks.com The f.estivities are set to begin at 5 p.m. and will feature a variety of family-friendly activities before and after the event.

Fans are encouraged, but not required, to register and collect their own pledges in the time leading up to the Walk-a-Thon. Upon registering, fans can easily personalize their fundraising page by uploading photos before emailing it to friends and family.

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Slava Fetisov gets political while promoting ‘Red Army’

Slava Fetisov plays a starring role in the Gabe Polsky documentary Red Army, which is receiving incredibly positive reviews ahead of both Oscar season and the film's public release in January of 2015, and today, Fetisov discussed some very...Different...topics with the Daily Beast's Marlow Stern:

There was a lot of national pride on the Red Army team for the Soviet Union.

Patriotism, respect—like there is here. I lived in the U.S. for 13 years. In the ‘90s, [Russians] lost our soul and pride for the country. We’re not patriots anymore. We exchanged our patriotism for the American Dream, and they think that the American Dream is all about money, but I tell people that the American Dream is about being a patriot. The reason why America became a superpower is because they didn’t think “money first,” they thought, “patriotism first.” We had such great pride, but we lost it.

That does seem to be a big part of Putin’s agenda—bringing that sense of pride that existed during the Soviet Union back to Russia.

Yes, that’s what he’s doing right now, and that’s what he gets blamed for constantly. It’s our interests, it’s our country, it’s our business, it’s our history, our people, our future, and our kids.

Fetisov continues, and as he points out that he's a senator from the Primorsky Oblast and Russia's former Minister of Sport, he toes and tows a very patriotic party line.

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Red Wings-Bruins game-day updates: Kindl, Nestrasil ‘in,’ Weiss, Cleary ‘out’; Bruins recall Caron

Updated 11x at 1:55 PM: The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena ahead of tonight's game against the Boston Bruins (7:30 PM on FSD/TVA Sports/NESN/97.1 FM):

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness listed the line combinations...

All of the Wings are on the ice, including Datsyuk, as the morning skate is about to begin.

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Nestrasil appears as if he's in the lineup, skating on the same line he has been all week with Helm and Nyquist.

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Free Press: Jimmy Devellano says Red Wings were in on a deal for Grant Fuhr, not Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky recently told the Canadian Press that he chose to be traded to the Los Angeles Kings over the Red Wings and Rangers, but the Free Press's James Jahnke and George Sipple spoke with Jimmy Devellano about said statement, and they received a different name as a one-time possible Wing:

"I was the general manager at the time, and we were never offered Wayne Gretzky. Never," Devellano said. "Around about 1988, I will tell you we were offered Grant Fuhr for $5 million."

So why didn't that deal happen?

Devellano said when he and owner Mike Ilitch sat down with then-Oilers owner Peter Pocklington, the asking price for the star goalie became $5 million and a bunch of young players.

"We would have paid $5 million for Grant Fuhr," Devellano said. But the Wings weren't willing to give up players as well.

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