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All About The Prospect Tournament In Traverse City

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host seven other NHL teams during the 2015 NHL Prospect Tournament at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Friday, Sept. 11 to Tuesday, Sept. 15. Returning to northern Michigan for the 17th season, the eight-team tournament is comprised of the Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Tickets for the tournament are still available for $10 per day, which covers four games, exclusively at Centre Ice Arena or online at www.centreice.org.

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We Are Getting Closer

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Top Numbers

A quick count from me, 15 players mentioned played at one time or another for the Wings.

You will need to click the link to see all the numbers.


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Dylan Larkin And Axel Holmstrom At WJC Camps

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Centers Dylan Larkin and Axel Holmstrom are representing different countries during the United States National Junior Development Camp, but they one day might be teammates with the Detroit Red Wings.

U.S. national junior team center Larkin, a first-round pick (No. 15) in the 2014 NHL Draft, and Sweden's Holmstrom, a seventh-round pick (No. 196) in 2014, are two of five Detroit prospects at camp this week. Center Dominic Turgeon (2014, No. 63) joins Larkin for the United States and Christoffer Ehn (2014, No. 106) joins Holmstrom for Sweden. Forward Julius Vahatalo, selected in the sixth round (No. 166) by Detroit in 2014, is playing for Finland.

"The credit goes to our amateur scouts; they've done a tremendous job drafting players we feel all have the potential to be NHL players one day," Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said.

Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios, who is serving as an associate coach for the U.S. junior team, is also the Red Wings advisor to hockey operations.

"The Red Wings have a history of finding guys late in draft," Chelios said. "Unfortunately with Detroit, we haven't had the luxury of having top picks but they always find them in the late rounds."

Despite the busy on- and off-ice schedule this week, Larkin and Holmstrom have gotten to know each other during the evaluation camp that includes scrimmages and games at Lake Placid Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.


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Royal Swedish Snowballs Selling Well In Eastern Canada

Without a doubt, it is slow in the hockey world...

from Chris Halliday of The Banner,

The Detroit Red Wings captain visited the Pita Pit’s Broadway location on Tuesday (Aug. 4) to congratulate the franchise for selling the most The Royal Swedish Snowballs — a chocolate, vanilla-centred dessert endorsed and owned by Zetterberg — in Canada during the months of April and May.

“We blew away the competition in all of Canada, but Pita Pit awarded two prizes — one to Miramichi, NB as well,” Melanie Horton, who owns the town’s Pita Pit franchises with her husband Brad, recently told The Banner. “We feel our community really pulled together for this one.”

read on with two pictures of Zetterberg signing stuff...

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He Is Now Known As Dr. Andy Miele


Check out more of Miele's recent tweets for more on this topic...

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“Blashill Has A Decent Group To Work With”

from James O'Brien of ProHockeyTalk,

It’s worth noting that the Red Wings remain a quality possession squad, although their exact rankings vary based on which specific metrics you use. The bottom line is that there’s a solid chance that Blashill has a decent group to work with, even if this obviously isn’t the stupidly dominant group many long associated with the Red Wings brand.

When your team is currently on a record 24-season playoff streak, expectations are inevitable, and Blashill faces a tall task. For all we know, setting the bar so high might not be such a bad thing.


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On The Gustav Nyquist Contract

Craig Custance of ESPN (ESPN Insider) list the 10 best contracts of the offseason and Gustav Nyquist is included,

There are two ways to approach the contracts of young players. One is to take on risk early by offering long-term security in the hopes that the player continues to develop and you get a break on the money down the road (see Klingberg, John). Or you let the player establish his value and then reward him. That’s the approach the Red Wings took with Nyquist, who signed a two-year bridge contract after his entry level and then followed it up with a four-year extension worth $4.75 million per season. Detroit GM Ken Holland has continuously minimized risk with Nyquist and even this deal comes in on the low end. This contract expires before Nyquist turns 30 and doesn’t exceed $5 million -- a nice payment for a player capable of scoring 30 goals.

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‘Roughly Translated’: a short Datsyuk interview

Via AllHockey.ru, Pavel Datsyuk spoke with Sport.FM's A. Kuzmak, and here's a rough translation of his interview:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Big E on Big E

I'm not swimming in bandwidth up here in the U.P., so this one comes to you via RedWingsFeed and Expressen's Alexander Nilsson: Jonathan Ericsson spoke with Norrkkoping's Tidningar's Christer Gustafson for a profile piece. Here's a rough translation of Gustafson's article:

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