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*Could* Damien Brunner play for EV Zug, at least until he latches on with an NHL team? Possibly.

This is a little different: under the last CBA, the NHL prohibited players who'd skated in professional hockey leagues outside of North America after the start of the NHL season to sign with teams without clearing waivers first. This year, the regular season begins early--on Tuesday, October 1st--but the Swiss National A League's regular season begins on September 12th...

And the Neue Luzerner Zeitung's Nicola Berger reports that former Wing Damien Brunner may play in a few games for his old Swiss team, EV Zug, between now and October. Brunner happens to be skating with the team, which could yield a short-term marriage of convenience.

I think that Berger's reaching a bit here--actually reaching significantly--because it's entirely probable that Brunner will land at least a pro try-out within the next seven-to-ten days, but, "Brunner back with Zug for a little while" at least makes solid sense given that he's still practicing there.

What follows is solidy-translated German, but the one part where Berger's completely out of his eleent is whens he suggests that Brunner could come back to Detroit. That's not happening, especially if Brunner's still looking for $3+ million per season.

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Whalers’ charity game in Livonia raises $30,000; Whalers holding ‘try hockey for free’ clinic Wed

The Plymouth Whalers and Windsor Spitfires played the teams' first exhibition games leading up to the OHL season at Livonia's Eddie Edgar Arena this past Saturday, hoping to raise funds to help build a park and memorial honoring fallen police officers and firefighters.

Today, the Whalers' Twitter account reports that the game was a smashing success:

Update: The Plymouth Whalers are also holding a "Try Hockey For Free" clinic tomorrow at Compuware Arena, and they're both taking registrations and welcoming walk-ins:

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St. James reports that Darren Helm did not skate on Tuesday

I'd have preferred to keep this within today's practice post, but as Darren Helm watch is something of a concern of international proportions, the Free Press's Helene St. James took note of the fact that Helm did not skate today at the Joe:

Last week, Helm was part of the growing-daily number of Detroit Red Wings who have had enough of summer and were getting a head start on avoiding pulled groins by skating at Joe Louis Arena. Training camp doesn't begin until next week, but there's ice at the Joe. 

So why wasn't Helm on that ice today? His coach figures he knows.

"I didn't see him today, so he must be doing really good," Mike Babcock said, smiling. "He had another day off, I would assume."

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NHL.com plugs the Red Wings’ prospect tournament

Updated at 3:25 PM with some Griffins news: This story isn't Red Wings-related per se, but NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale gave the Red Wings' prospect tournament quite set of plugs and praises, and given that the lockout

[T]here's a good chance fans in attendance might catch a glimpse of a future Calder Trophy winner as the NHL's rookie of the year. It happened in 2010 when Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, the No. 7 pick in that year's NHL Draft, connected for two goals and finished with seven points in four tournament games in Traverse City before erupting for 31 goals and 63 points in 82 games with the Hurricanes en route to winning the Calder Trophy.

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Red Wings mid-day news: On prospect tourney rosters, Samuelsson, Helm and today’s ‘informal skate’

Updated 9x at 7:30 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related stories:

The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau finally received the go-ahead to publish the New York Rangers' prospect tournament roster, rounding out the eight teams involved, including the Red Wings (and their try-outs), the Blues, Wild, Stars, Sabres, Hurricanes and Blue Jackets. The prospect tournament starts on Thursday, September 5th and will end on Monday, September 10th (and Lindenau's posited a superb article highlighting prospects to watch at the tourney).

The Wings' main camp's on-ice portion begins on September 12th, there's an alumni game on the 14th (RedWingsCamps' Twitter account posted a picture of the spiffy one-off jerseys yesterday) and the camp includes two exhibition-game-day practices on the 16th (when the Wings play Chicago) and 17th (when the Wings play the Penguins).

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Brendan Smith to help Red Wings kick off 115 school assembly-holding season on Wednesday

The Detroit Red Wings' community relations department posits a press release noting the start of the Wings' "school assembly program" starting tomorrow:


... Wings School Assembly Program set to Make 115 Visits During 2013-14 Season ...

Detroit, MI… Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith will kick off the third year of the Red Wings School Assembly Program with a visit to St. Hugo of the Hills in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The School Assembly Program is sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The Kroger Company of Michigan. The program will take place from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

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Red Wings overnight report: on the tourney to come, some repetition and fantasy hockey gnus

Today marks the start of a very, very busy sixteen-day stretch for me, and while tomorrow's 230-mile drive's always an adventure, as the mom likes to say, "Packing is purgatory" (can you tell that my anxiety disorder's doing somersaults?).

The Red Wings' players will skate at Joe Louis Arena as informal practices slowly but surely increase in both intensity and attendance during the lead-up to training camp on September 12th, and while the Wings now fly in to Cherry Capital airport, the players taking part in Thursday-to-Monday's prospect tournament are in for long travel days followed by the poking and prodding involved in taking physicals.

A pair of Twitter-savvy Wings prospects took note of their impending journeys to Traverse City...

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Pavel Datsyuk vs. Pavel Datsyuk in Red Wings’ Top Plays final, just like TSN’s POY

This seems to be a familiar result given Pavel Datsyuk's win over Pavel Datsyuk for TSN's Play of the Year title...

Which Datsyuk goals made the cut? Let's head over to the Wings' page and find out...

Contender A is Datsyuk's all-but-literal dekeing of Logan Couture out of his shorts...

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Red Wings mid-day quickies: Ferraro’s journey, Athanasiou’s slick move and Franzen’s ‘numbers’

Updated with some Jimmy Howard chatter at 2:04 PM: Today's Red Wings-related stories mostly involve "tidbits," but I did find something of a tale of two prospects who are taking part in the Red Wings' main camp and prospect tournament, respectively, on what is a bit of a "slow day."

Grand Rapids Griffins forward Landon Ferraro is making a 2,260-mile trip from Vancouver, British Columbia to Grand Rapids, MI, and he's rolling along...

And Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager reports that one of the Wings' prospect tournament-participating players scored a slick goal in what may have been his last scrimmage before flying to Traverse City...

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Ted Lindsay discusses his charitable foundation’s goals and background

The Ted Lindsay Foundation has been sending out Tweets regarding its annual celebrity golf outing for the past few weeks...

And the Oakland Press's Tom Watts spoke with Lindsay about his decision to dedicate himself to autism research--and to stick with it some 13 years after co-founding the foundation with John Czarnecki:

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