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Evening observations from Day 7 of the Red Wings’ prospect camp: blistering pace

To put things as subtly as a brick, the Red Wings’ decision to add an eighth day to their summer development camp has allowed them to push their new and returning prospects to the absolute edge of their performance envelopes, and in some cases, very, very purposefully beyond them, and what held true for Wednesday’s morning session remained the case in the afternoon.

For the AHL’ers who’ve been working out, save perhaps a week or two off in May, we’re talking about utter physical and mental exhaustion; for most of the returning prospects, we’re talking about ice bags, time on the trainer’s table and in Petr Mrazek’s case, asking try-out Tyson Teichmann to spell him during the afternoon so that his sore…something (he didn’t tell me and I didn’t ask) didn’t get worse.

In the case of Marek Tvrdon, who’s missed the vast majority of the 2010-2011 season due to reconstructive shoulder surgery, the reason he first left Tuesday’‘s practice, hobbling on one leg and returning after the Zamboni scrape, and then leaving halfway through Wednesday’s session and not returning at all was summarized by Tvrdon himself when I asked him if he had a sprained ankle:

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Red Wings evening tidbits: On Babcock’s coaching search, Osgood and a persistent rumor

In the feast-or-famine time for Red Wings news that is the middle of July, ESPN’s Scott Burnside provides a few new insights while revisiting the topic that is Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s decision to hire Jeff Blashill and Bill Peters as his assistant coaches, starting with something we’ve heard before: Babcock was concerned that he started to sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher or any of the adults in the Peanuts cartoons, drowning himself out after six years of the same message:

“The challenge was, how was I going to change that? How was I going to keep the good and evolve and improve?” Babcock said. “That’s what I was looking for. This was the biggest decision I’ve had to make in a long time.”

So, when longtime Wings assistant Paul MacLean took the head-coaching job in Ottawa and veteran NHL defenseman and Red Wings assistant Brad McCrimmon took his skills to Russia, Babcock didn’t merely take the path of least resistance by hiring two people he knew or two former NHL guys that were hanging around. Instead, Babcock talked to literally dozens of people; junior hockey people, AHL people, NHL people ... coaches, non-coaches, players, GMs. Who did they like? What did they think was important about the make-up of a coaching staff?

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Commodore computers’ modern maker wants to cash in on Mike Commodore’s number

Well now things get a little…corporate…in the Mike Commodore number-choosing saga. I have no problem with the concept of the Red Wings’ newest defenseman choosing to wear 64 if he wishes, but the person who makes the computer’s modern-retro analogue told the National Post’s Sean Fitz-Gerald that there’s quite a “synergy” developing:

“I can’t even think of words to describe how ecstatic we would be,” said Barry Altman, president and chief executive of Commodore USA.

The Commodore 64 was a ubiquitous presence in North American homes in the early 1980s, reportedly selling as many as 30 million units. Intense competition led to its downfall, and the original company declared bankruptcy in 1994. Altman resurrected the brand last year, re-launching the distinctive platform on April 5 after acquiring the trademarks. The new company – Commodore USA – built a new facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and began shipping the units a little more than a week ago.

As far as Altman’s concerned—and this is kinda, let’s say corporate—the Puck Daddy pledge-o-thon and Commodore’s consideration regarding wearing said number is a tribute to, well, his business interests:

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Mid-day observations from Day 7 of the Red Wings’ prospect camp: winding down?

On Tuesday, a slightly worn-out set of Red Wings prospects were pushed to their absolute limits during the on-ice sessions at Detroit’s summer development camp, and today the coaches seemed to recognize that the last full day of practices before Thursday’s scrimmage and commute back to Detroit, Friday’s fitness testing, exit intervhttp://www.kuklaskorner.com/korner/index.php?S=0&C=publish&M=entry_form&weblog_id=22iews, and an end-of-camp activity in taking in the Tigers-White Sox game from Mike Ilitch’s suite yielded an opportunity to reinforce fundamentals and encourage some “room to grow” in the self-improvement category, but not much more.

A full week into a grueling slate of on and off-ice workouts, the players are visibly physically and mentally fatigued. Mind you, that’s the entire point of this development camp—to push the prospects to the maximums of their performance envelopes, if you will, to both to teach the new prospects the “Red Wings way” of doing things, to remind the returning prospects that they’ve got a ways to go and to encourage the “veterans” to continue to self-improve on a daily basis as always striving to become a better player and a more physically fit athlete is what separates the Henrik Zetterbergs and Pavel Datsyuks from the rest of the crowd…

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A brief Red Wings overnight report: On Osgood, dangers of literal translation and epic an Helm beard

Updated 2x w/ Regner at 9:45 AM: this late-breaker by MLive’s Ansar Khan,, via RedWingsFeed, supersedes my ramble:

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland anticipates having a backup goaltender in place by the end of the week. Before making a decision, Holland will meet with Chris Osgood in Vernon, British Columbia, Thursday night. Osgood on Tuesday returned to Detroit from his golf trip to Scotland and Ireland.

“We’re going to have a conversation face-to-face,” Holland said. “Sometime on Friday or Saturday, after talking to him, I’ll probably have a decision on what we’re doing.”

Detroit’s options are limited. They include former Red Wing Ty Conklin and Osgood.

“We explored (free agency). We had some interest in some guys and those chose to go elsewhere,” Holland said. “We wake up after the dust settles, and obviously Chris Osgood is still a legitimate candidate. It all depends what his thoughts are. I want to talk to him and see what he’s thinking. That doesn’t mean if he wants the job it’s his job.”

It’s a bit scary when the Red Wings’ GM admits that even he’s not sure where he or the team will lean regarding bringing back a goaltender who is both clearly the best available netminder in terms of his resume and fantastic working relationship with Jimmy Howard and, at the same time, is a goaltender who couldn’t recover from reconstructive surgery on his groin despite four months of trying…

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More observations from Day 6 of the Red Wings’ prospect camp: the most important check

In theory, anyway, the Red Wings’ prospects who participated in the sixth day of an eight-day marathon that is the team’s summer development camp told me that they’d hit their rock bottom in the physical fatigue department either on Sunday or on Monday, when Centre Ice Arena’s Huntington Rink got a little soupy in 86-degree weather. As Brian Lashoff told me, Grand Rapids Griffins strength and conditioning coach Aaron Downey and Wings prospect mentor Chris Chelios kicked the players’ butts in the gym and the team finally blew off some steam via a team-organized barbecue and beach-front bonding affair on Monday night, so, in theory, the prospects went back to work for their final days of “split sessions” refreshed and recharged.

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Red Wings GM Ken Holand’s discussion with Chris Osgood set for Thursday evening…or Friday…

Updated with a bit more from Holland at 7:46 PM: Red Wings GM Ken Holland became a U.S. citizen today, but he did so with one foot out the door. With Jim Nill watching over the prospects in Traverse City, Holland headed to his off-season home in Vernon, British Columbia, where the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness reports that Holland will meet with fellow Vernon off-season resident Chris Osgood to discuss Osgood’s future with the team:

“His initial reaction was he wants to play,” Holland said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “Now he’s gone to Europe and had more time to think. I think the biggest thing is, time has gone by and you really start to decide what your priorities in life really are. I think it’s a good time now to sit down with him and talk about it.”

The two will meet Thursday night in British Columbia, Canada. Osgood, 38, returned Tuesday from a golf trip in Scotland with a number of his teammates. The trip was a gift they got him for recording his 400th career win last year. Holland said he has been texting back and forth with Osgood since he returned.

“We’re going to have a conversation face-to-face,” Holland said. “Sometime on Friday or Saturday, after talking to him, I’ll probably have a decision on what we’re doing.”

As we found out on Monday, the Wings decided to bring back Joey MacDonald as the team’s #3 goaltender, and as we found out this morning, Tomas Vokoun apparently approached the team before choosing to become the Capitals’ #1 goaltender. We know that the Wings have been talking to Ty Conklin as well, but what we don’t know—and what Holland doesn’t know—is what Osgood wants to do:

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Ken Holland had a very important appointment today

According to the Free Press’s Helene St. James, a certain Red Wings general manager was busy doing something not directly related to hockey this afternoon:

Time to send him a voter registration card: Canadian Ken Holland, gainfully employed in the U.S. by the Detroit Red Wings for nearly three decades, is taking the oath to become an American citizen this afternoon. Holland, 55, was born in Vernon, British Columbia. He just finished up his 15th season as general manager of the Wings, a promotion he received in July 1997. Before that, he spent 15 years working his way up from scout to director of amateur scouting to assistant general manager.

Holland will hold dual citizenship, just like former Wings captain Steve Yzerman and longtime goalie Chris Osgood, both of whom also were born in Canada. And Swedish-born forward Tomas Holmstrom is seeking a green card.

Update: Here’s MLive’s Ansar Khan’s report, if you will..

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Mid-day observations from Day 6 of the Red Wings’ prospect camp and Vokoun stuff: the grind

The Detroit Red Wings’ prospects are doing their absolutely best to keep up with the complexity and high-paced tempo of drills at the Red Wings’ summer development camp, but even after a Monday spent off-ice working out and then enjoying a barbecue, jet-skiing and a little “R&R,” they returned to Centre Ice Arena to participate in the last three days of on-ice activities, well…

With their butts dragging a bit, which is ironic given that today’s drills involved recovering pucks and generating offense on the counterattack, detailed positioning and, in the cases of the skill development coaches, conservation of energy and efficiency via employing proper skating and stickhandling techniques, and of course, a speedy pace of play.

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Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels honored by Detroit Sports Broadcasters’ Association

In the, “Well, duh” category, from Fox Sports Detroit and the Detroit Sports Broadcasters’ Association:

KEN DANIELS WINS TY TYSON EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS BROADCASTING AWARD

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) is pleased to announce the winner of its special individual award. Ken Daniels, play-by-play voice of the Detroit Red Wings on FOX Sports Detroit is the winner of the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting for work in the sports year 2010-2011.

“We are so honored that Ken Daniels has won this year’s Ty Tyson Award,” said DSBA President Will Tieman. “Ken has demonstrated outstanding play-by-play professionalism not only this past season but throughout his long and distinguished career.”

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