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Red Wings overnight report, part 2: reflecting on the Red Wings prospects’ 3rd place game win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I've watched the Red Wings' prospects play three games over the course of four nights and practice four times over the course of five days.

I've watched Jeff Blashill--who will now assume a supporting role on Mike Babcock's staff when training camp begins on Friday--and a large cast of associate/assistant coaches take 24 players (8 of them free agent try-outs) into a team that participated in what the Red Wings' director of player development says is the best tournament for young players in the world.

The Wings prospects screwed up exactly once, and it cost them the tournament title (to the team that beat them on Saturday night), but I had no idea that they'd earn the "Bronze Medal," as Jared Coreau called the 3rd place game, in the manner that they did. At an incredibly brief morning skate, Blashill admonished the players for needing a wake-up call, and minus one Anthony Mantha (we had a chat, he's fine) the Wings...

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Red Wings overnight report part 1: on DeKeyser, Alfredsson, rink news, the ‘Community Tour’ & Jurco

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Three items of Red Wings-related note hit the wires on Wednesday afternoon (not involving Anthony Mantha's knee, which will be fine).

First, the Red Wings announced that they'd re-signed Danny DeKeyser to a 2-year "bridge" deal, and while "terms were not disclosed," TSN's Aaron Ward reported that DeKeyser gets a $500,000 signing bonus, $2.125 million in base salary this year and $2.25 million next year, yielding a Capgeek-estimated cap hit of $2.1875 million and DeKeyser as a restricted free agent two summers from now.

Capgeek estimates that the Wings now have--with Tomas Jurco on the roster--$3.082 million in cap space remaining.

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff did a fine job of explaining why DeKeyser's deal took until the eve of, "Get on the bus, it's time to go up to Traverse City" to get done:

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Technically speaking, Columbus won the Red Wings’ prospect tournament

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I would be remiss to not note that the Columbus Blue Jackets, playing without Sonny Milano, captured the Red Wings' Prospect Tournament title today, defeating the Dallas Stars 3-2 in overtime.

[edit: In all seriousness, Columbus overcame the loss of Sonny Milano and were absolutely fantastic...kudos go to the best team having won. Oscar Dansk was a wall and the Blue Jackets had great balance /end edit].

I'm much fonder of the 3rd-place team, but that's just me.

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Red Wings’ prospects take 3rd place game; interviews w/ Athanasiou, Bertuzzi, Mantha, Blashill etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects didn't win the prospect tournament--the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated Dallas 3-2 in OT to capture the title--but the Detroit Red Wings' prospects "bowed out" with pride, rallying from a 2-goal 3rd-period deficit to win the 3rd place game 5-4 in OT.

Tyler Bertuzzi tipped the gamer home, but Andreas Athanasiou was WONDERFUL in scoring 2 goals while battling the flu, Tomas Nosek and Martin Frk (also boogery) scored 2 goals in the final 3:43 of regulation and the Wings overcame some up-and-down goaltending, some mediocre penalty-killing and the loss of Anthony Mantha, who told myself and MLive's Brendan Savage that he was just out for precautionary reasons (he'll be good to go on Friday)...

And now the prospects get two days "off," one tomorrow and a skate on Thursday, and then the main camp begins. It appears that everyone who took part in the tournament will participate in camp, including Hayden Hodgson, so...

The Wings did anything but win in textbook fashion, and there's always the worry that some of 'em will "fall off a cliff" at the main camp, but there was no better way to end the tournament than to rally from 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 deficits and win sans Mantha or Jared Coreau.

In terms of interviews...

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It’s Been A ‘Stats’ Kind Of Summer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With an Edge,

Get ready for an onslaught of numerical algorithms and trends.

Computer geeks and calculus wiz’s have been the pop-hires this summer. All of a sudden every team has to have one, and there seems to be great fanfare from social media whenever another obscure number-cruncher is added to a hockey staff.

It’s ‘Revenge of the Nerds’, 200 by 85.

Over the past couple of seasons we’ve all been introduced to Corsi and Fenwick, at least the names Corsi and Fenwick if not what they actually mean. I’ll admit to only having a cursory knowledge of the statistical info they provide, and I’m fine with that.

Don’t get me wrong; stats have a place.

At their best they are illuminating and validating, but they have to be deployed in that manner - they have to enhance, not lead.

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Evening Line - Taylor Hall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s gotten to the point now, not just for myself but for every player on our team, if we’re going to get the recognition … our team has to be a better team than it’s been in the pas. When we see players vault to levels that they weren’t at before, it’s usually because of their playoff performance. Or the way they were able to get their team into the playoffs.

“The same applies to me: In order for me to get the recognition I want from Edmonton fans and outside sources … it’s going to have to be because our team is good.”

-Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers.  More on Hall from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

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St. James updates Daniel Alfredsson’s situation with Red Wings and back, Mantha’s issue

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Free Press's Helene St. James' article about Danny DeKeyser re-signing:

Holland said Daniel Alfredsson is seeing back specialists and will definitely not be at training camp. Alfredsson, 41, badly wants to play another season, but the team will give him the time he needs to assess if that's feasible in light of latest setback.

Holland said top prospect Anthony Mantha sat out Tuesday's prospects tournament finale because of being a little banged up, but Mantha is expected to be ready to hit the ice Friday for the first day of training camp.

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Red Wings Tweet: DeKeyser signs 2-year contract

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

About damn time:

added 5:27pm,

added 5:30pm,

added 5:51pm,

added 5:55pm, Press release is below...

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‘Mantha Mania’ note: No #39 for tonight’s 3rd place game vs. Carolina

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 7:33 PM: I hate to feed the "Mantha Mania," but Anthony Mantha skipped the Red Wings prospects' morning skate, though he wasn't wearing any ice bags, nor did he look hobbled, and it appears that Mantha won't be playing in tonight's 3rd place game against the Carolina Hurricanes (6:30 PM at Centre Ice Arena's West Rink):

The game's box score will be available here on Pointstreak, and a "pre-game" set of notes is already available; internet permitting, the Wings, Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal, MLive's Brendan Savage, myself, the Carolina Hurricanes' gameday account and CarolinaHurricanes.com's Michael Smith will be live-tweeting the game.

I'm guessing that whatever's ailing Mantha is minor; the Wings' main training camp begins on Friday, and the less stiff and sore Mantha is, the better.

While we're waiting for news from the Wings, you can read my recap of yesterday's game and now read and watch Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal's re-cap and highlights, and the "Captain's Practice" post has been updated half a dozen times.

Updates below, though they're not interesting--except for St. James' report that Alfredsson's seeing a back specialist:

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Centre Ice Arena holding second Mark Howe book signing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In Metro Detroit, Michigan Hockey reports that the Red Wings' community tour is going quite well...

And up here in Traverse City, if are coming up for training camp, the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau reports that Mark Howe will be signing copies of his memoir, Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life Lived in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey for a second time this Saturday:

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