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Prospect news: Griffins snap home winless streak; Mantha debuts Fri; Hicketts solid at Super Series

Updated with Walleye-practice-at-the-Joe news at 11:23 AM: The biggest prospect news of the week obviously involves Anthony Mantha making his professional debut during the Grand Rapids Griffins' set of home games against the Texas Stars this Friday and Saturday night (the Wings officially assinged Mantha to Grand Rapids after Wednesday's Griffins game), and WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski spoke with Mantha prior to the Griffins' Wednesday night game against Lake Erie...

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Report: Daniel Alfredsson to decide whether to retire or return to Red Wings ‘before December’

From Sportsnet's Luke Fox:

It sounds like we could be mere days away from a Daniel Alfredsson decision.

“Sources say a decision on Daniel Alfredsson’s future will likely come before December,” TVA Sports reporter Louis Jean tweeted Thursday morning. “If Alfredsson doesn’t skate with the Wings in the next week or so, he’ll likely retire.”

Alfredsson is an unrestricted free agent who is only interested in re-signing with the Red Wings. He will turn 42 on Dec. 11. The veteran, who led Detroit in scoring last year, was skating with the club in September, but his training was derailed by back problems.

The Wings have left the door open for Alfredsson to return. The Swede still wants to win a Stanley Cup, but it’s been several weeks since he has laced up his skates.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported last month that Alfredsson would need to skate pain-free for two weeks straight in order to feel comfortable with a return.


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Anthony Mantha Will Play For The Grand Rapids Griffins On Friday

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added 6:55pm,

Have 24 minutes to spare?  Watch Mantha highlights below, mostly in French.

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Tomas Jurco Needed A Change So He May Get The Chance To Play With Pavel Datsyuk

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

 One good way to boost a young player's confidence is to put him on a line with Pavel Datsyuk.

That's where Tomas Jurco skated on Wednesday, when the Detroit Red Wings returned to practice after a day off. Whether Jurco remains on Datsyuk's line for Friday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) - or is even back in the lineup -- remains to be seen.

"I haven't decided on what we're doing; I would like to (play Jurco)," coach Mike Babcock said. "Contrary to belief, that I took him out because he wasn't playing good, I took him out because I thought we needed a change. I thought his last two games were two of his better games.

"I thought he had a good practice today, gets an opportunity for a good practice tomorrow and then I get an opportunity to decide who's in the lineup."


from Bill Rosse of DetroitRedWings.com,

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Wings Are Practicing A Little Later Than Normal

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Cleary. Weiss, Nestrasil skating in gray jerseys usually worn by players who'll be scratched. Could mean that Jurco is back in lineup.

Jurco skating on line with Datsyuk and Abdelkader.

Other lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Franzen, Tatar-Sheahan-Helm, Miller-Glendening-Andersson.

Will update this post as needed.

added 3:57pm

All indications from the media is Datsyuk looks like a go for Friday.

added 4:26pm, Added two videos via Pleiness of Babcock post-practice.

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What Would It Take To Get Mike Green?

from Rob Vollman of ESPN (Insider),

Based on a chart of that first criteria (scoring from the point), the remaining requirements suggest that potential destinations for Green could include the Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, and Detroit Red Wings. There may have been intriguing possibilities of landing somewhere like New Jersey or Montreal, but the former lacks veterans to handle the tough minutes, and the latter has already made their move for an offensive specialist blueliner with the recent acquisition of Sergei Gonchar.

For the handful of destinations on which we speculated above, Detroit is probably in the position to bargain the most aggressively. A package that included penalty killing and defensive specialist Darren Helm along with one of their abundance of blue chip prospects up front could be just the ticket.

more (ESPN Insider)...

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Anthony Mantha may make Grand Rapids Griffins debut on Friday

From Fox 17's Jason Hutton:

The Grand Rapids Griffins are hopeful that Anthony Mantha, the Red Wings first-round draft pick (20th overall) in 2013, will be able to make his professional debut Friday night when they host Dallas.

Mantha, has been out since fracturing his tibia in the first game of the annual prospects tournament back in September. “We believe that he’s going to be ready for Friday,” said Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill. “We’ll take it on Thursday and make sure, but we believe he is going to be ready for Friday.”

Grand Rapids could use the help. The team has won just 3 of it’s first 10 games.

“I think when you insert an elite player it can certainly give you a boost, and when you insert an elite player in this lineup with that kind of size is something that we are missing that can give you an even bigger boost” Blashill said Tuesday after practice.

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Tomas Holmstrom, subtle internet service provider salesperson

HockeySverige's Uffe Bodin sent me a Tweet that yielded a cornucopia of Tomas Holmstrom humor:

You probably remember Tomas Holmstrom "grilling" commercial for the Swedish internet service provider T3--with an emphasis on Homer's lack of subtlety--but there's an entire set of, "At home with Tomas Holmstrom" commercials emphasizing that Holmstrom's representing "real broadband":

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Wings Continue To Show Interest In Tyler Myers


What I keep hearing and reading it is still Mantha or Nyquist or Tatar and a first round pick for Myers.

added 3:16pm, from Nichols on Hockey,

Darren Dreger was on TSN 1040 Tuesday morning.

On if the Sabres will be patient enough with Tyler Myers that could still be a part of the McDavid or Eichel era in Buffalo:

“I think that... Buffalo would consider trading Tyler Myers. The Detroit Red Wings have probably been the most persistent and consistent in showing interest in Myers. They heavily scouted him last year. They continue to heavily scout him now. The asking price has always been too high. Most recently, I believe, it was Dylan Larkin, a prospect for the Red Wings, and maybe Jakub Kindl would need to be thrown into that mix as well. And it’s a bit too much of a gamble.


Update from George: Here's the audio, via Hope Smoke on Twitter:

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Shootouts A Problem For The Red Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The skills competition the NHL uses to break ties in the regular season would seem to suit the Detroit Red Wings and their puck-danglers.

But the shootout hasn't been kind to them since it was implemented in 2005-06. They've been particularly ineffective since the start of 2013, winning just 7-of-24 of these breakaway competitions.

They're 0-3 this season, and they're concerned about the points they're leaving on the table.

"If you don't take care of shootouts, that's a lot of lost points," Gustav Nyquist said. "Down the stretch we know from last year and two years ago, it's been close. You know those shootout points are really going to matter. We got to find a way to get them."


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