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Andreas Athanasiou Assigned To The Grand Rapids Griffins

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Andreas Athanasiou to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Athanasiou, 21, skated in 37 games with the Red Wings during the 2015-16 campaign, notching 14 points, five penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. The second-year pro made his NHL debut with Detroit on Nov. 8 vs. Dallas and notched his first goal in his second NHL game on Nov. 10 vs. Washington, in what turned out to be the game’s only goal. Athanasiou also made his NHL postseason debut during the Red Wings’ first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning and recorded his first playoff goal in Game 3. The London, Ontario, native also appeared in 26 games for the Griffins this season, recording 16 points (8-8-16). In 83 AHL games over the past two seasons, he has logged 51 points (25-26-51), adding 10 points (5-5-10) in 22 career AHL playoff games.

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Joakim Andersson Signs With Orebro In Sweden


The link displays a video of Andersson talking in Swedish in case you are interested.

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Questions For Ansar Khan

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers some questions....

Thoughts on a Detroit/Anaheim trade; Wings get (Cam) Fowler, give up (Tomas) Tatar or (Gustav) Nyquist. Ducks deep on D, need scoring; Wings need defense.

A: Seems like a good match, for the reasons you state. After another disappointing playoff result, the Ducks, who fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday, probably will look to shake things up with a significant move. Offense was an issue for them, Fowler, 24, could be a trading chip, and they might be more inclined to deal with an Eastern Conference club.

Anaheim is a big team up front, so acquiring a smaller forward like Tatar or Nyquist probably wouldn't be an issue. The Red Wings would need to sweeten the pot to get Fowler, however. But the Red Wings' quandary is they struggled to score and would be moving a forward with offensive upside.

After Winnipeg signed Dustin Byfuglien, I think they'll look to move Jacob Trouba or Tyler Myers. I don't think they can afford to keep all three long-term, especially when they also have (Tobias) Enstrom. Shouldn't the Wings be aggressively pursuing a deal with the Jets?

A: The Jets are another potential trading partner for the Red Wings. Trouba's name has been tossed around in trade rumors this season. The Rochester native is only 22 and will be a restricted free agent after next season.

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If Alexander Radulov Signs With The Wings, Will Pavel Datsyuk Stay?

via Pavel Lysenko of SovSport (Google translate),

Yesterday the Russian team came Pavel Datsyuk and Alexander Radulov, which was able to talk.

And such a theory I had. According to rumors, Oleg Znarok asked Pavel Datsyuk: "Do you need Radulov in the top three in the World Cup," Of course, Datsyuk said yes. He had played with Alexander in one link when acts in the team, and they have an excellent rapport. And do not forget the game for CSKA Moscow during the lockout.

Datsyuk was unhappy with his game in "Detroit" and those where there is a team. He wanted even to interrupt the last year of the contract. But there was an option here that Alexander Radulov goes in the "Detroit". And for him, Paul decided to stay for another year to play with Radulov, help him to join the team. And find a new star for "Red Wings' Datsyuk which will always be very grateful.

Here's a scenario I see. That is why Paul V. has not made a decision to return to Russia. At the time, Wayne Gretzky said: "I would stay in hockey for another year, if the" Rangers "have bought me the three Pavel Bure".

There may be the same story. We often say that the NHL - it's a business. But we should not forget the enormous pleasure that you get when you have the top three plays great master.

There are two YouTube videos at the SovSport lnk, one with Datsyuk and one with Radulov but both are in Russian. if you can help with the translation, feel free to leave a comment.

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A bit about Datsyuk’s first day with the Russian national team

Pavel Datsyuk practied with the Russian national team on Friday in Moscow, and while I'm not about to transcribe every second of every interview, Datsyuk was his playful self while speaking with Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov, Sport-Express's Mikhail Zislis, Championat's Vladislav Utkin and R-Sport, playfully dodging questions as to whether he's going to sign with SKA St. Petersburg, suggesting that the World Championship is not his "farewell tour," and revealing that he was told that his ankle would take 18 months from the date of surgery to completely heal, and it's only been 10 months...

And Alexey Marchenko was as bland as Datsyuk was playful while speaking with Zislis and R-Sport, stating that yes, he feels a little more confident going into the tournament having played a lot, and no, that he hasn't spoken about his contract extension with the Wings, but that there are four months to figure things out.

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Evening news: Regarding the new rink, Radulov and locker room clean-out day remarks

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Free Press's James Jahnke shares some of the online petitions demanding that the Red Wings' follow-on rink be re-named after Gordie Howe, to be re-named a "Colisseum," etc. and Free Press editorial cartoonist Mike Thompson suggests that the name may not fly with Al the Octopus;

The Red Wings did post a video explaining the "evolution of the logo" that will adorn the arena:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James also shared her opinions regarding hockey-related topics in a chat on Freep.com earlier today;

3. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts" are where MLive's Ansar Khan's Alexander Radulov rumor came from, and I can't say that I'm a fan of Radulov given his turbulent history not with the Nashville Predators, but with his present employer, CSKA Moscow, which has benched bad-boy Radulov for on and off-ice behavior:

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LeBrun speaks with Nicklas Lidstrom and Scotty Bowman for an article about Kris Letang

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun penned an article about Kris Letang's learning process as an NHL defenseman, but LeBrun's column also includes a significant amount of commentary from Scotty Bowman and Nicklas Lidstrom:

From the eight-time Norris Trophy-winning Orr to the seven-time Norris Trophy-winner Nicklas Lidstrom, the idea of wearing down the opposing stud blueliner, putting pucks in his corner and making him pay a price while retrieving it has been a go-to for teams.

"In a playoff series, you figure it out pretty quick that they might be trying to put the puck in your corner a little bit more, or they're coming after you to finish checks a bit later than maybe they normally do," Lidstrom said Friday over the phone from his native Sweden.

"From Game 1, you figure it out pretty quick. In my case, I always tried, first of all to move my feet, but also expect to be hit. You know you're going to be hit, you know you've got to go back and move the puck. I played with some good partners over the years, you tried to move the puck real quick and make a good first outlet pass. But just expecting to get hit, you know it's going to be a grinding series, where they're going to come after you more than they do in the regular season. Really expecting to get hit really helps your mindset."

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No surprise: Tomas Jurco isn’t a happy camper

Tomas Jurco attended his first World Championship practice with Team Slovakia on Friday, and both the Slovak news agencies TASR and SITA posted interviews with Jurco, who stated the following:

"Nobody explained to me why I didn't play, even after the season at the exit meeting with the general manager, he remained silent. In other words, the coach decided. In March I almost played no games, and it was annoying. We'll see what happens in Detroit in the summer..."

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Walleye’s Paterson, Chouinard, Jenks join Grand Rapids Griffins’ playoff cause

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


release160429.jpgGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings have reassigned goaltender Jake Paterson to the Grand Rapids Griffins from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, while the Griffins have recalled defenseman Joel Chouinard from Toledo and signed forward A.J. Jenks to a professional tryout.

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Do You Want Alexander Radulov On The Wings Roster?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Russian star Alexander Radulov wants to return to the NHL and the Detroit Red Wings are on the short list of teams he is interesting in joining.

The Red Wings have spoken to his agent and are doing their due diligence, trying to determine whether to make the free-agent forward a contract offer, a source told M-Live.

The Red Wings have no doubts about Radulov's ability. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound winger turns 30 on July 5 and is coming off a strong season in the Kontinental Hockey League with CSKA Moscow (23 goals, 65 points in 53 games).

But there are concerns about his off-ice behavior and whether he would have a negative influence in the dressing room, especially with younger players. They are speaking with some of Radulov's former teammates and people who know him.


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