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About Evgeny Svechnikov

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

"I went over to Grand Rapids during our bye week and had an opportunity to see them play and I thought he did a real good job," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "Everything I had heard up to that point was he'd really, really grown as a player throughout the year. He works extremely hard at his game. I thought in training camp he showed some flashes of skill but needed probably to learn how to play to be effective and I think over the course of the season it seems like he's taken the steps in the right direction to learn how to play what I'd call efficient and effective, not just flashes of skill but making a lot of plays to create offense and be good defensively."

Svechnikov was the Wings' first-round pick, 19th overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Although just 20 years old, Svechnikov is already 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds.

"He's real strong," Blashill said. "He's a big body and he's got thickness. He's real strong on the puck, he's got real good hands, he can pass the puck excellent and he can shoot it, so it's a good package. "I think his skating has improved over the course of the last couple years because he works real hard at it. Playing at that high level pace is going to be the biggest thing for him. If he does that, his skills package will shine."


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Video- The Home Of Hockeytown

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Donnovan Bennett visited Detroit in anticipation of the Joe Louis arena closing to learn what the second oldest arena in the NHL meant to the Red Wings and their fans.


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Official Release On Axel Holmstrom Joining The Grand Rapids Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings have reassigned forward Axel Holmstrom to the Grand Rapids Griffins from Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League while the Griffins have released forward Tylor Spink from his professional tryout. 

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Morning News On The Wings

Ansar Khan tweets,

Petr Mrazek in starter's net for #RedWings at the skate. Drew Miller is not on the ice.

Svechnikov will wear No. 37 for #RedWings

Blashill said Svechnikov will play on line with Larkin and Abdelkader.

Svechnikov is up on emergency recall because Miller has flu. #RedWings have one remaining regular recall.

Blashill said it's yet to be determined if Svechnikov will remain with team after tonight.

added 11:17am, A new look for AA below...

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Evgeny Svechnikov Expected In Detroit’s Lineup Tonight

via Ansar Khan tweets,

RedWings have recalled Evgeny Svechnikov from @griffinshockey

Svechnikov expected to make NHL debut for #RedWings tonight vs. @Senators

added 10:56am, Detroit release added below...

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Questions On The Wings

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers questions from the fans...

Q: Will the Red Wings add some tougher players next season? I’m tired of seeing our skill guys like Mantha, Larkin and (Athanasiou) get abused, and in the case of Mantha and AA injured. They shouldn’t have to do the dirty work that teams pay tough guys to do.

A: They need to add some abrasiveness, for sure. They need to be harder to play against.

Oddly, this Red Wings team is like “The Bruise Brothers, Part 2,” compared to others in recent years. They rank 13th in the league with 25 fighting majors, that’s the most they have accumulated since 2003-04 (28). They have ranked last in the NHL in fighting majors in 13 of the past 16 seasons and were second-to-last the other three years, according to hockeyfights.com.

The problem is, they’d rather not have skilled guys like Mantha (five fights), Athanasiou (two fights) and Larkin (one fight) drop the gloves and risk injury.

They made a pitch for Matt Martin last summer, but he was too costly (signed for four years at $10 million with Toronto). They signed Steve Ott (one year at $800,000), not a heavyweight but always sticking up for teammates, before moving him at the trade deadline.

I would expect them to pursue a tougher player.

Q: Trade (Ken) Holland and (Jeff) Blashill for (Steve) Yzerman and (Jon) Cooper. Started the season with (Steve) Ott, (Drew) Miller and (Darren) Helm. They should not have been signed; would have had Mantha and Athanasiou all season and a coach that can create a power play.

A: Holland has a year remaining on his contract and doesn’t intend to step down, so I would expect him back. I think Blashill, who has two years left in his contract, will return as well.

Athanasiou has been on the roster all season. Mantha, who was recalled on Nov. 11, should have been with the team from the start.

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Wings Continue To Compete

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings have lost their last three games, but it’s not been for lack of energy or will.

They continue to play hard — they basically outplayed Toronto for stretches Saturday — but have given opponents too many easy opportunities which have been converted into goals.

“The character of this team has continued to shine,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “This isn’t easy. Your character is tested when times are tough and this (team’s) character’s continued to shine.

“We have an unreal group of people in here. These are not easy times and our guys are coming through.

“One thing I asked our guys (Saturday) is to make sure our competitive level is at a real high level, and it was excellent throughout the game, almost to a man.”

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On Ken Holland’s future

If you missed it last night, I mentioned that Sportnset's Elliotte Friedman spoke with Ken Holland regarding his future during Hockey Night in Canada's "Saturday Headlines" segment, and Sportnset's staff hammers home Friedman's message:

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman touched on Holland’s future during Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines segment Saturday night.

“I asked him was there any chance he’d step away, he’s 61 years old, had a great a career, was there any chance he felt it was time to do something else and he said no,” Friedman said. “He’s got another year under contract, he plans to return, and he said he still loves it. He was with the Red Wings in the great years and he wants to take them back there.”

And in case you think that Holland's going to tear down the Big Red Machine...

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Morning news: On mistake-prone Wings, Babcock and Shanahan, Bonus Swedish and roomies

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with the Wings regarding last night's 5-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and a familiar refrain emerged: yet again, Detroit wasn't able to out-score its mistakes:

"It was no secret we wanted to beat these guys," [Gustav] Nyquist said. "I thought we played a pretty good game, created a lot of chances. A couple of goals, bounces right on their stick and it's a goal. Those are tough, but I think we battled hard back and made it a game all the way up to the end there."

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, who had two assists, called it a hell of a game.

"It was loud all the way from warmup, so it was a lot of fun playing," Zetterberg said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't pull off the win."

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Prospect news: Griffins lose in Rockford; Walleye lose to Cincinnati

First: the prospect catch-up post of doom is coming. March was one long time getting on and off the blogging IR, and we will have time to talk about prospects. For the present moment:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins are beset upon by injuries and call-ups galore, and as a result, they're playing shorthanded. On Saturday night, Eddie Pasquale stopped 25 shots, Dominik Shine got into his first AHL fight and Colin Campbell was an assist short of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick en route to a 4-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs.

The Griffins' website posted a recap...

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