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Ken Daniels catches up with Red Wings speedster Andreas Athanasiou.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Rochester, Michigan native and Univeristy of Michigan alumnus Jacob Trouba has asked the Winnipeg Jets for a trade. According to TSN, Trouba's agent, Kurt Overhardt, asked the Jets to trade the 22-year-old restricted free agent this past May, and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports that Trouba wants to play on the right side somewhere (you don't want to be a third-pair defenseman? There are organizations that can help you there, Jacob...And you're skating in Metro Detroit? One team can help you there...)...
I was at Centre ICE Arena watching the Wings' alums take part in the annual Celebrity and Alumni game when this news broke, so I'm just catching up with this, but if I were to hazard a guess as to what it would take the Wings to get Trouba...
At the World Cup of Hockey...
Alexey Marchenko played 18:35, finishing with 3 hits, a blocked shot and a giveaway, finishing at -1 in Team Russia's 5-3 loss to Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey. Pavel Datsyuk did not play due to a lower-body injury;
And ahead of tomorrow's game against Sweden (1 PM EDT on ESPN and Sportsnet), Frans Nielsen, one of three Red Wings playing for Team Europe (Thomas Vanek and Tomas Tatar are the others), had this to say about his team's status while speaking with the AP's Larry Lage:
"I know nobody really expected us to be here right now," Danish and Detroit Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen said Saturday. "But when you look in the room and go over the team, there's not a lot of players better than (Anze) Kopitar in this tournament. We got (Marian) Hossa. We got some good guys on the backend and good goaltending."
Update: From the Toronto Sun's Jon Matisz:
Updated 3x at 9:37 PM: The Red Wings' media corps was very busy today in Traverse City today, and the center of attention was forward Dylan Larkin, who's returned to Traverse City early after his World Cup experience with Team North America ended far too early for Larkin's liking.
The Free Press's Helene St. James noted that Larkin hopes to take ownership of a line this season:
Larkin’s relentless drive is part of why he, at just 20 years old, is entering his second NHL season. It’s one that both challenges and thrills, as coach Jeff Blashill wants Larkin to move from wing to center.
“That's kind of owning a line, right?” Larkin said. “You look at a guy like Henrik Zetterberg, he controls that line. If Z is not on that night, it’s going to be tough for other players.
“I’m going to have to work on face-offs and work on little details that are going to make me a better player all around and be better in the defensive zone. If it doesn't work, then he’ll change it. But if you look at the long picture of me being a Red Wing, it’s ultimately at center.”
The switch reflects how good of a skater Larkin is, how smart he is and how sound defensively he is. If he struggles too much on face-offs -- plans are to have teammate Luke Glendening help as a tutor -- maybe Larkin goes back to win. But with Pavel Datsyuk gone and Zetterberg ailing because of a knee injury, there’s a big opening to fill.
“He’s got a skill set that lends itself to center even better than wing because he likes to hunt pucks,” Blashill said. “As a center, you can kind of anticipate where the puck is going and go get it and get out of your zone. I know, when I talked to the USA Hockey world championship staff, John Hynes said he thought his defensive instincts were better at center. I think it just comes down to how quickly he can get real good at face-offs.
St. James continues, and she posted a video of Larkin's comments...
The Red Wings continued their training camp activities on Saturday, with Teams Lindsay, Howe and Yzerman engaging in breakouts, positional exchange drills and 3-on-3, 4-on-4 and 6-on-5 scrimmage play. A special guest, Dylan Larkin, joined the fray and played between Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha, and as you might expect, Larkin didn't look like he'd missed a minute of camp as he was fit and flashy from the World Cup of Hockey.
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond made appearances on Fox Sports Detroit's YouTube channel, as did Dylan Larkin:
The second day of Red Wings training camp was an up-tempo affair which included a significant amount of defense-to-forward communication and some particularly complicated drills, to the point that the team's 3-on-3, 4-on-4 and then 6-on-5 scrimmages yielded a pair of goals and a 1-1 tie.
After the scrimmage, Dylan Larkin engaged in an extended interview, discussing his desire to keep practicing at a high level after the World Cup of Hockey, addressing his disappointment about the results of the tournament, speaking about his positional switch to center and talking about his offseason work to get bigger and stronger:
On Friday night, the family of Gordie Howe was present as the Vancouver Giants retired Gordie Howe's #9 (Howe was a founding member of the WHL team's ownership group), and tomorrow, Gordie and Colleen Howe's ashes will be interred in Saskatoon, as noted by the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix's Kevin Mitchell:
[Steve] Hogle, the Saskatoon Blades president, has been instrumental in planning what they call “Thank You, Mr. Hockey Day.”
It starts with a private family morning ceremony, where the ashes of Gordie and wife Colleen will be interred in front of the Howe statue at SaskTel Centre. From there, the Howe family will visit the bridge that’s been named after him, as well as his old school and a house where he lived as a youth.
Meanwhile, the Blades are staging a tailgate party starting at 12 noon at SaskTel Centre, and they’ll play the Swift Current Broncos in the afternoon, with a Gordie Howe tribute kicking things off at 2 p.m.
Hockey broadcaster Bob Cole is the emcee; a museum will also be set up at the arena for fans to pore over a wide array of Howe memorabilia — from the Hart and Art Ross Trophies, sent over by the Hockey Hall of Fame, to a wide array of loans made by fans and organizations.
“People have gone hard, and they’re still bringing things in and talking about Gordie,” Hogle said. “We think we’ve got something special, but I always maintain, the fans will decide that at the end of the day.”
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Up North Live's Harrison Beeby filed a report from training camp:
2. The Windsor Star's Bob Duff wrote an article discussing the competition between Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellet for the 7th spot on the Wings' defense...
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