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Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul is fluent in...let's say that he's a little prone to indulging in the old hockey cliche, so NHL.com's Mike Morreale offers a perspective on the defenseman that's a little more insightful as the commentary comes from Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill:
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman, selected in the second round (No. 55) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has been one of Detroit's most impressive players on the back end in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament this week.
"He's big, mobile, can handle the puck and has a rocket for the shot," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "He capped off a very good junior career [in 2012-13] by winning defenseman of the year in the Canadian Hockey League and then had a nice rookie year in Grand Rapids."
Blashill tells Morreale that Sproul's defnitely near-NHL-ready, but he's definitely still shaking off some Major Junior Hockey habits:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning, and mostly related to the Wings prospects' 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild last night:
We're still waiting for an update on Brandon Robinson's status, but MLive's Brendan Savage took note of the coach and players' reactions to the injury...
"The one thing is right away word filtered that he was going to be OK from what we understand," said coach Jeff Blashill. "Once we heard that, it kind of relaxed everybody a little bit. Obviously, it's a scary few moments there and the guys were extremely concerned. But once word got back that he was doing OK, I think it allowed us to go out and play."
The Red Wings are crossing their fingers regarding Brandon Robinson, and Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal posted a video of Robinson going down in the Wings prospects' game against the Minnesota Wild (she also posted a video Wild defenseman of Guillaume Gelinas getting concussed; I was watching Gelinas come out of the trainer's room when I turned my head and saw Robinson go down)...
The Hockey News's Ken Campbell is a very nice man. So is Ryan Kennedy. I know, because I met them this evening. But I happen to disagree with Mr. Campbell's suggestion that it might--emphasis on might--be time to worry given that the Red Wings will not simply back up a Brinks truck to Mike Babcock's house:
Babcock will almost certainly become the game’s highest paid coach, whether it’s with Detroit or someone else, but Red Wings GM Ken Holland doesn’t seem to be eager to be the one to set a precedent.
“That’s not the way I negotiate,” Holland said. “I use the word fair, but fair is different for lots of people. Otherwise you’d have coaches making $20 million. This is a business and I’m in charge of making business decisions and we all have responsibilities. That’s how the business runs. In the industry, when you’re charged with the responsibility of managing an operation, you try to make sure everyone is treated fair in the industry, fair in the organization.”
Campbell spoke with Holland regarding the reasons that the two haven't talked contract turkey...
The Red Wings overcame the loss of Brandon Robinson (who's reportedly okay) and defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-1 (Tyler Bertuzzi had 2 goals, 1 into an empty net; Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist, as did Andreas Athanasiou, and Jared Coreau stopped 27 of 28 shots) dvancing to tomorrow's 3rd place game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Wings will practice at 10 and the game is at
6 PM. 6:30, sorry...
Red Wings free agent try-out and Kitchener Rangers forward Brandon Robinson was hit into the boards and stretchered off the ice here at Centre Ice Arena during the Red Wings-Wild game. He's been taken to hospital for observation.
Update: Between the Wings and hearing Ken Holland speak with the Hockey News's Ken Cambpell and NHL.com's Mike Morreale, it sounds like Robinson was alert and had movement in all his extremities, and he even was able to speak with his parents before he went to the hospital. It sounds like he basically toe-picked while trying to hit an opponent and went in head-first, but all reports seem to indicate that he's going to be okay.
Update #3: Via Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal:
As noted earlier this afternoon, the Wings' beat writers all reported that Daniel Alfredsson hasn't skated with the Red Wings in some time now, and isn't expected to attend training camp. Ken Holland told the Free Press's Helene St. James that the team's willing to wait for Alfredsson to take the time he needs to figure out whether he's healthy enough to play, and this evening, Alfredsson's agent made a statement to TSN:
Alfredsson, who finished second on the team in scoring with 49 points last season, is an unrestricted free agent after leaving the Ottawa Senators to sign a one-year contract in Detroit.
''Daniel had a strong summer training and was feeling great while skating here but suffered a setback on his fifth day of high intensity on ice sessions," Alfredsson's agent J.P. Barry told TSN. "It's the same back issue he has been dealing with for a few years. He needs some time to let things settle and then determine whether his back is up to the rigors of another full season. He will be patient for now before making any decisions.''
"I think I owe him the class and dignity to allow him to get to a point where we sit down and make a decision about his future," Holland added. "Whether we sign him to a contract or not will be based on feedback from his body. Before we even get there, we have to see if Alfie's body is going to allow him to play.
Here's what Capgeek has to say about the deadlines for signing unrestricted free agents:
If youwant to follow along with the Red Wings prospects' game against Minnesota this evening (7 PM start), Pointstreak will have the box score, the pre-game notes are already up, and myself, SlapShotgoal, the Wings and MLive's Brendan Savage have been attempting to live-Tweet it.
A very kind gent posted the lineup on Twitter, and it looks like I was right about Ty Stanton and Mitch Wheaton being "in" on defense and Marc McNulty sitting out:
According to the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar, ahead of the unofficial groundbreaking for the Red Wings' follow-on rink on September 25th, Olympia Development's going to showcase some of the new rink's "specs" this Thursday:
Olympia Development of Michigan is going to show the public new details of its new $450 million venue that will be the home of the Detroit Red Wings and the expected catalyst for a 45-block entertainment district on the northern edge of downtown.
Olympia Development of Michigan will be presenting the plans at a public meeting Thursday at 5 p.m. to the Detroit City Planning Commission. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Committee of the Whole on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, located at 2 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226.
The plans to be unveiled will show many new details of the layout of the new arena. Next Thursday, is the expected target date for construction to begin for the long-awaited development that will create a new home area for the Detroit Red Wings. The arena would be among the five “new neighborhoods” with hundreds of new apartments, offices and other mixed-use retail that could open by summer 2017, according to the billionaire family that controls much of the land.
The Red Wings' prospects may have enjoyed a full "off-day" during a dreary Sunday in Traverse City, but this morning's practice ahead of tonight's game against Minnesota (7 PM) was all about managing players' energy and attention spans.
Having played 2 games in 2 nights and heading into their 3rd game in 4 nights--and, regardless of tonight's outcome, a 4th game in 5 nights tomorrow--Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill and his platoon of assistants (Griffins assistants Dave Noel-Bernier and Pat Ferschweiler, Toledo Walleye coach Derek Lalonde, informal assistants Chris Chelios and Mike Knuble and goalie coach Jeff Salajko) focused on extracting the maximum amount of instruction from the minimum amount of time possible.
"Practice" lasted for exactly 24 minutes, and it involved the drills I've discussed before--and again, save Anthony Mantha's "productive demotion" to the Bertuzzi-Athanasiou line (the Wings really need to get some secondary scoring), Colin Campbell's promotion to the Nosek-Frk pairing and Jared Coreau starting, there wasnt much "news"...
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