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A Stretched Muscle Hampered Niklas Kronwall Over The Summer

from NHL.com,

"It was sad to have to make the decision not to play [at World Cup], but injuries are part of the sport," the 35-year-old told NHL.com/sv. "Right now I do not know how it will affect the start of the season with Detroit, but I hope and believe that I'll be ready."...

Kronwall said he had a setback during offseason workouts.

"My knee has felt better and better over the summer, but three weeks ago I stretched a muscle in my thigh," he said. "That set me back three weeks of ice practice. Had I been able to practice those weeks, the chance to play would have been much better.

"I was really looking forward to the World Cup. But the first game is in about two weeks, and as of now I'm not in shape to play against the world's best players, regardless of how much I want it."

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Datsyuk bags first KHL goal

I promise to not go overboard with Pavel Datsyuk stuff, but Datsyuk scored a heck of a goal and has also registered an assist as SKA St. Petersburg leads Salavat Yulaev 2-0. Here's Datsyuk's goal from Nino Tannahill on Twitter:

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Wings, Fox Sports Detroit announce broadcast schedule

From the Red Wings:

Red Wings, Fox Sports Detroit announce 2016-17 broadcast schedule
74 Wings games to be featured on FOX Sports Detroit

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and FOX Sports Detroit today announced the 2016-17 Red Wings local television schedule.

FOX Sports Detroit (FSD) continues its award-winning production and carriage of Red Wings games by airing a total of 74 preseason and regular-season contests with 61 games slated for FSD and 13 on FOX Sports Plus (FSPLUS), including Opening Night (Oct. 17 vs. Ottawa) when the puck drops for the “Farewell Season at The Joe” and the final weekend of regular-season home games at Joe Louis Arena (April 8 vs. Montreal; April 9 vs. New Jersey). Additionally, FOX Sports Detroit will carry all non-exclusive games in the first round of the Stanley Cup® Playoffs, as the Red Wings chase their 26th consecutive playoff appearance and 12th Stanley Cup® championship.

With the popular announce team of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond calling the action, FOX Sports Detroit’s comprehensive coverage also includes pregame and postgame editions of RED WINGS LIVE. In addition to live reports from Joe Louis Arena and road venues, studio portions of RED WINGS LIVE will originate from FOX Sports Detroit’s studios at its Southfield headquarters.

A total of 11 Red Wings games will be nationally exclusive broadcasts on NBC or NBCSN.

Here's the schedule:

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Michigan Sports Hall of Fame selling tickets for September 9th induction ceremony

The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame is inducting Chris Osgood, Brendan Shanahan and Mike Modano (among others) on September 9th, 2016, and tickets are on sale presently:

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There are legitimate concerns about the 16-17 Wings, but writing ‘em off has become a trend

It's more of the same line that we're going to be hearing on a very regular basis going into the 2016-17 season: Sportsnet's Chris Engels suggests that the Red Wings are the most-likely '16 playoff team to miss the playoffs this upcoming season:

1. Detroit Red Wings

2015-16 record: 41-30-11

Guess who played 66 games last season and finished second in team scoring? Pavel Datsyuk. But now Datsyuk is gone, so excuse us for suggesting that there’s a decent chance Detroit doesn’t extend its playoff streak to 26 seasons.

Beyond Dylan Larkin, who’s clearly a player, Tomas Jurco and Andreas Athanasiou are going to have to take on a lot of responsibility behind Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Nielsen. They have the talent, but do they have the maturity?

In net, Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek will have to be much better than they showed in last year’s first-round loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Wings qualified with the lowest point total in the East last season and they made it on a tiebreaker over the Boston Bruins.

Other Atlantic Division teams have gotten better. That should make for tougher sledding this season.

Etc. etc. The media's written off the Wings, the fans have written off the Wings, the management...has complicated feelings about the team's playoff chances...here's hoping that the players still believe.

There are very legitimate reasons to question the Wings' playoff-readiness, but I would argue that it's a little too early to completely write the Wings off.

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Givani Smith turning heads at Biosteel’s pro camp

Red Wings prospect Givani Smith has been taking part in Biosteel Sports' pro camp this week, and the Hockey News's Ryan Kennedy has taken note of the highly-touted prospect:

Givani Smith didn’t have an enviable situation in his draft year. The physical left winger played for literally one of the worst teams in all of major junior – the Guelph Storm – and watched coach Bill Stewart walk out on his troops after Guelph won just two of its first 27 games. But scouts saw Smith’s unique combination of brawn and skill and knew he’d be a good one. Detroit nabbed him in the second round this summer and now he’s already impressing NHLers.

“He’s a tank out there,” said Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds. “He skates well, he shoots well, he thinks the game the right way. Detroit got a great pick there in the second round. He’s sure of himself but not cocky. That’s good for a young kid.”

Smith has been skating with Simmonds and a host of other players the kid grew up watching – such as Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly and Joel Ward – at the annual BioSteel camp in Toronto. Despite being one of the youngest players there, his role models all stepped up for him.

“All the guys are really welcoming,” Smith said. “I felt like I fit right in.”

Smith has always had hockey influences around him. Older brother Gemel Smith is a Dallas Stars prospect and told a 13-year-old Givani there was a certain way to play if he wanted to make it to the pros. Givani took that to heart and has been a handful for opponents in junior.

“Those guys are tough to find,” said one scout. “A big, tough winger. In front of the net, you can’t move him.”

Kennedy continues...

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Red Wings Alumni Association has a podcast

This is pretty cool: the Red Wings Alumni Association has an official podcast, and they discuss the Joe Kocur Foundation's softball game this weekend in today's podcast. It's quite good, hosted by Art Regner, Michael "Newman" Dore and Darren McCarty:

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Jimmy Devellano buys into the Saginaw Spirit

Interesting news from Today's Slapshot's Monica McAlister:

The Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit will be starting their 15th season with the opening of training camp next week with a new minority owner. None other than Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Devellano. The story was first reported this morning by ABC12 in Flint, Michigan.

Devellano is currently the Senior Vice President and Alternate Governor for the Detroit Red Wings. While OHL clubs having ties to the NHL is nothing new (The division rivals the Sarnia Sting were purchased in January 2015 by David Legwand and Derian Hatcher.

McAlister continues...

And Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples confirms:

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Talking With Hockey Hall Of Fame Player Alex Delvecchio

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Alex Delvecchio, who played all of his 23-season NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, vividly remembers the car he bought with his first hockey paycheck.

"Two-hundred-something dollars," Delvecchio recalled when asked about the cost of the antique Ford roadster he purchased in the early 1950s, when he was barely out of his teens. "I had to give it a little push and run beside it to get it going."

Six-plus decades later, the 83-year-old Red Wings icon is behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Silverado, a truck that comes with its own challenges.

"I don't have to push it to get it started," Delvecchio said with a laugh, "but it's got all kinds of stuff in it that I'm still trying to figure out."

Delvecchio was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Aug. 25, 1977, along with defenseman Tim Horton and builders John "Bunny" Ahearne, Harold Ballard and Joseph Cattarinich.

"How often do you get to be in the Hall of Fame, let alone just play in the NHL?" Delvecchio said Wednesday when reminded of the anniversary.


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The Outlook For Teemu Pulkkinen

Ansar Khan of Mlive with the outlook for Teemu Pulkkinen this season....

He got off to a good start last season (six goals, 11 points in 21 games) but was set back by a shoulder injury and never regained form. He was a frequent healthy scratch the second half of the season.

He's strictly an offensive player and needs to play in the top-nine, with regular power-play duty and players who can get him the puck, to maximize his abilities.

A prolific goal-scorer in the AHL, Pulkkinen must continue working on creating space for himself in a tighter-checking NHL and getting the puck on net (he averaged more than one missed shot per game).

He's not due back until sometime between late October and early December, making it more difficult for him to crack the lineup on a team that has too many forwards.

Key question: Can Pulkkinen earn a spot in the lineup?



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