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Crain’s Detroit Business’ Shea: Pistons in ‘serious talks’ to move downtown

Update: Double post, sorry!
 

From Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea:

For Tom Gores to move his Detroit Pistons to Little Caesars Arena, the venue has to look like it's theirs, too.

The basketball team cannot just be a tenant inside a 20,000-seat arena designed and decorated solely for the Detroit Red Wings, who are set to start playing hockey there next September.

Crain's first reported Friday that the Pistons are in serious talks to build a 60,000-square-foot practice facility north of the arena and move the National Basketball Association team from its Auburn Hills home to downtown.

That doesn't mean it's quite a done deal.

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Red Wings Make Roster Moves

Update: Here's the Wings' press release:

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Jimmy Howard Adjusting To New Goalie Coach

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings' Jimmy Howard is refining his technique, working on fundamentals and establishing a relationship with new goaltending coach Jeff Salajko in training camp and the preseason.

He is seeing positive results so far.

"Working with (Salajko), being a lot more composed, a lot more patient in the net," Howard said following Friday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins in a preseason game at Joe Louis Arena. "I'm starting to see some dividends of working on it. Basically not rushing all the shots, making sure you got your feet set under you.

"Just learning what he expects from me. Working with Jimmy Bedard for 12 years was great. Now we got a new guy in here and you got to learn his tendencies as well."

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Open Post- Wings/Bruins At The Joe

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET and is on Fox SportsDetroit Plus and Ken Kal will have the radio call on WWJ.

Feel free to discuss the game and expected lineups for both teams are below.

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Detroit Pistons Talking To The Ilitch Family About A Possible Move Into Detroit

from Bill Shea and Kirk Pinho of Crain's Detroit Business,

The Detroit Pistons are in serious talks to build a 60,000-square-foot practice facility north of Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit if a deal is worked out to relocate the National Basketball Association team from its Auburn Hills home to downtown, sources familiar with the talks have told Crain's.

Details such as specific location, time frame and cost are yet to be determined.

Pistons owner Tom Gores and his aides have been in talks for some time with the Ilitch family, owners of the Detroit Red Wings and financiers of much of the $627.5 million Little Caesars Arena that's scheduled to open on 12 acres at Woodward Avenue and I-75 in September 2017. Those talks have accelerated since Gores hired longtime sports agent Arn Tellem to act as his point man for new business, civic and philanthropic investments in Detroit and Michigan last year.

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thanks to a tweet from my good friend Tom Mazawey for the pointer

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Filip Hronek Gets A Chance To Impress

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill liked what he saw from defenseman Filip Hronek during the organization's summer development camp.

Blashill is anxious to see how the 18-year-old fares against another team in a game situation tonight when he makes his preseason debut vs. the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Plus, WWJ-AM 950).

The Red Wings selected Hronek (6-0, 164) with the 53rd pick in this year's entry draft.

"I thought he had a real ability to move the puck when I saw him in the summer (development camp)," Blashill said. "He seemed to be able to handle forecheck. I think that's the hardest thing in today's game, to handle how hard everyone is forechecking. So you have to be able to manage that puck and he did a good job of it this summer.

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added 12:55pm, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on Joe Hicketts....

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Jeff Blashill With An Update On Detroit’s European Players

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Blashill said earliest Zetterberg and Kronwall might skate with team is Tuesday, but no guarantee. They've been skating on own.

Blashill said the plan is to get Europe World Cup players Tatar, Nielsen and Vanek into one preseason game next weekend.

 Blashill said Pulkkinen ahead of schedule. Might play more preseason games than expected.

Alexey Marchenko will join team for practice tomorrow and play next week.

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Morning Skate Tweets

via Ansar Khan tweets,

lines at morning skate:
Nyquist-Helm-Sheahan
Tangradi-Lorito-Callahan
Svechnikov-Street-Sadowy
G. Smith-Aubry-Campbell

defense pairs at skate:
Ericsson-Green
Hicketts-Jensen
Renouf-Hronek

Jimmy Howard is expected to play the full game which is on Fox SportsDetroit+ with the puck drop just after 7:30pm ET.

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Kraft Hockeyville USA Comes To Marquette

from David Satriano of NHL.com,

Lakeview Arena in Marquette, Michigan, was named winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2016 in April, but because of a bad internet connection, it almost didn't happen.

Dr. Frederick Hoenke, who submitted the winning essay, almost didn't send it a second time after his first attempt accidentally was deleted.

"I voted for the rink, not knowing what exactly it was, and then it said 'Why your rink should win,' so I pounded out a quick little entry and hit send and it deleted," Hoenke said. "A few hours later, I got back to my office and something in the back of my head was bothering me, so I said, 'I'll try one more time.' I tried to remember from memory what I said, did it quickly and hit send. I still really didn't know what I had entered."

Marquette and Lakeview Arena finished ahead of more than 1,000 communities, including runner-up Rushmore Thunderdome in Rapid City, South Dakota. A total of $335,000 was awarded to the top 10 finishers, including $150,000 to Marquette, which also will get to host a nationally televised preseason game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN)....

"I had never heard of [Kraft Hockeyville] before," Hoenke said. "I didn't even know what it was when I applied for it. Our hockey association sent a request to all the parents, 'Will you vote for this thing?' I said 'OK, fine.' I can click a button and vote for this thing like anyone else can."

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Offense Not An Issue For Detroit Early In The Pre-Season

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

For a team that has struggled to score, seeing the puck go in is a good visual no matter what time of the season.

The Wings are 2-0 headed into Friday’s exhibition game against Boston on the strength of a combined nine goals scored by eight different players. Even with the caveat that exhibition lineups don’t reflect NHL lineups, it’s beneficial that, for example, the expected fourth line of Steve Ott, Drew Miller and Luke Glendening had three goals in Wednesday’s 5-1 victory at Boston.

“When people score they gain confidence,” Wings coach Jeff Blashil said Thursday. “Glennie, Millsie, Otter all had a goal – that’s a confidence thing. I think as a hockey team it’s a confidence thing.

“We know it's not the NHL right now. But when pucks go in, you gain confidence and we’ll take it.”

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