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St. James on Mantha’s outlook

The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a 2017-18 season outlook for Anthony Mantha:

Looking ahead: Mantha, 22, seems be figuring out how to be a good pro, from diet to working out to realizing just how much effort it takes to be a factor on a regular basis in the NHL. Management and coaches have hammered home to Mantha that he needs to skate, and use his 6-foot-5, 221-pound body to be a nuisance in front of the net. Mantha saw spotty power play time last season and wasn’t on either of the units that had the power play at nearly 25% the last 30 games of the season, but if there is an injury to power play net-front men Justin Abdelkader or Riley Sheahan – or if either unit ends up needing retooling, Mantha will get a chance for special-teams minutes.

Beyond salary cap space, part of the hesitancy to re-sign Thomas Vanek, in fact, is that while Vanek has shown he’d make Andreas Athanasiou a better player (their line with Frans Nielsen had excellent chemistry), Wings management wants Mantha to play a bigger role. That means more minutes; minutes that Vanek would eat into if he were in the lineup. Mantha’s among the most intriguing Wings to watch in 2017-18 – he flirted with the 20-goal mark last season, and seems to be growing into the player the Wings hoped they’d get when they drafted Mantha 20th overall in 2013.

St. James continues, and Mantha needs to churn those legs in the direction of the opposing team's net to succeed. Thankfully, he knows that now.

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WXYZ: Octopus sighting at Little Caesars Arena

WXYZ's Max White reports that the ice is being laid down at Little Caesars Arena, and as part of the process, an octopus was tossed onto the "Hockeytown" logo:

Update: Of miscellaneous Twitter-related note this morning:

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Dylan Larkin Ready For His 3rd NHL Season

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings third-line center.

"Right behind Henrik Zetterberg and Frans Nielsen," Larkin, 21, said.

For how long depends on Larkin's production.

That Larkin pictures himself as the Red Wings' No. 3 center behind Zetterberg and Nielsen isn't all that surprising considering he regressed in his second NHL season and has about 30 games of experience playing in the middle in the League....

Blashill said he saw signs of Larkin coming of age when he coached him in the 2017 IIHF World Championship after last season. Larkin was second on the United States with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in eight games.

"What happens when a coach is pointing out a lot of mistakes or you might be sitting out shifts because of mistakes is you lose your confidence. It's just part of the process of developing, it really is," Blashill said. "I think as last season went along, he learned to play that complete game that is going to make him successful and he regained his confidence. I really saw that at the World Championship, so I expect Dylan to hit the ground running this year."

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The Outlook For Riley Sheahan

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2017-18 outlook: Sheahan got off to a bad start which snowballed into a historically poor campaign. He had finished strong in 2015-16, when he began utilizing his big frame to go to the net and stay there, resulting in better production.

But it didn't carry over and he seemed to quickly lose confidence.

It was a puzzling season, since he was productive his first three years as a third-line center (36 goals in 202 games).

Coach Jeff Blashill continued to show faith in Sheahan, keeping him in the lineup and on the power play as a net-front presence. He should have been sat sooner and more often, and other alternatives should have been explored on an ineffective power play to which Sheahan did not contribute (one goal, two assists).

Blashill cited Sheahan's responsible defensive play, but his plus-minus rating suggests otherwise.

Was it an aberration? The Vegas Golden Knights apparently don't think so, passing on Sheahan in the expansion draft in favor of Tomas Nosek, another third-/fourth-line center, but with only 17 NHL games on his resume.

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The overnight report: Hangin’ with Mac, prospect talk, and Tweets and videos of note

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Art Regner conducted a 55-minute interview with Darren McCarty for the latest "Red and White Authority" podcast:

2. ESPN's Corey Pronman issued his team prospect rankings on Monday, and in terms of his team-by-team analyses, the rankings were a little short...

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Video- Ken Holland Was On NHL Tonight Yesterday

Update: Here's the video in conventional form:

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Preview Week At The Little Caesars Arena And The District Detroit

(DETROIT – August 16, 2017) Olympia Entertainment today announced details surrounding Little Caesars Arena Preview Week. Events and activities will take place from Sept. 5-10 to provide fans, partners and community members chances to see the state-of-the-art home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and world-class entertainment acts – culminating with the official Grand Opening of Little Caesars Arena on Sept. 12, as Detroit’s-own Kid Rock plays his first of six shows to open the more than 20,000-seat arena.

“It’s thrilling to open our doors and welcome our fans and neighbors to experience this world-class venue for the first time,” said Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “We can’t wait to share the many engaging, memorable spaces and innovative technologies that will allow Little Caesars Arena to provide one of the greatest fan experiences in all of sports and entertainment.”

As part of Little Caesars Arena’s Preview Week, there are several opportunities to preview the state-of-the-art and innovative centerpiece of The District Detroit:

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The Season Outlook For Niklas Kronwall

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Freee Press,

Looking at money: Signed through 2018-19 with an annual average value of $4.75 million. Actual salary in 2017-18 is $3.5 million, then $1.75 million in the last year of the contract.

Looking ahead: This is a dicey situation. How much more can Kronwall give? His body is paying for all the hard miles he put on his prime, when he played big minutes against top opponents and gained fame for being a punishing open-ice hitter. Now it’s fair to wonder if one big hit – either initiated or absorbed – could end his career. If so, there is salary cap relief via long-term injury reserve.

Kronwall is a proud guy with tons of character, and he will do everything within his means to be able to play. He seemed to figure out as the season went along what was the right balance between practicing and not doing so. He was a good partner for Mike Green down the stretch, because Kronwall is a good safety net for a risk taker like Green. With newcomer Trevor Daley on board – and he is tentatively slated to be paired with Danny DeKeyser, and with Jonathan Ericsson back from the injury that sidelined him the last two months of the season, it should be feasible to reduce Kronwall’s even-strength minutes.

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Legal Talk Regarding The Wings’ Logo

from Frank R. Jakes of The Legal Examiner,

Imagine being a corporate executive awakening on Sunday morning to a Tsunami of media images of White Supremacists, KKK and Neo-Nazis embroiled in violent protests and, right there on the internet, newspapers, magazines and TV is your company’s trademark logo being worn as a symbol by these thugs. The sinking feeling is easily imaginable. But fear not because trademark law can save the day!

If you were following current events, this actually happened in Charlottesville during the so-called “Unite the Right” protests. One group of enterprising Neo-Nazis from Michigan has co-opted the Detroit Red Wings logo (above left) for their insignia (worn, for example on a collar). The group known as the Detroit Right Wings (above right) has copied the logo, but replaced the “spokes” on the wheel with repeating “SS” symbols.

On a conventional trademark infringement level, the Detroit NHL franchise may have problems winning a case.  One must prove a “likelihood of confusion.” Commonly, this is referred to as “passing off:” the act of passing the junior party’s goods/services as emanating from the senior user. Since it would be hard to prove that any consumers were confused into joining the Neo-Nazi group believing it to be sanctioned by the NHL club, success would probably be unattainable....

Practically, the NHL club may have some hurdles to overcome. Neo-Nazis are not necessarily known for having a stable presence. The group does not appear to have a formal, corporate structure. It will be difficult to serve the group with process; instead, it may be necessary to serve each of the members. No doubt, this is a daunting prospect since one would expect the group’s members to react to a summons the same way that roaches react to the light: by scattering and hiding.

Of course, the likelihood that the NHL club could actually recover damages is probably wishful thinking. Nevertheless, the public statement of a lawsuit coupled with a list of John Doe defendants could lead to an injunction that might prove useful as the NHL club seeks to rein in the theft of its identity. Sometimes, for a trademark owner, the most important thing is to make a statement that it will not permit its goodwill to be associated with those espousing such hate and vitriol. Stay tuned.

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