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While Wings coach Mike Babcock gave me a healthy sneer when I suggested that after today--the Red vs. White game takes place tomorrow at 11, and after that, the Wings will reassign most of their junior-eligible players to their respective rights-holders, and hold "morning skates" prior to road exhibition games in Pittsburgh and Chicago--he might have to pare down his teaching somewhat, insisting that he'll "work on details" (trust me, coach, I didn't think you'd be tossing off fluffernutter) and incorporate more systems drills (duh)...
The Red Wings made a late change to their practice schedules for Monday and Tuesday at Centre Ice Arena, and I need to let you know that there's a lot more hockey involved now. There won't just be hour-long morning skates--now the non-game-day teams will hold full practices as well. These are events that aren't sold out, so if you haven't had the opportunity to see the Wings at Centre Ice during the prospect tournament or the main camp, here's another way to catch a glimpse of 'em in Northern Michigan:
Per the Left Wing Lock:
10:00 am – 11:00 am – White team (game day players) pre-game skate (David’s)
11:30 am – 12:45 pm – Red team practice (non-game day players) practice (David’s / West)
Normally I would just add this to the in-progress "news of the training camp day" post, but I want it to stand alone, and I want it to stand alone for a reason.
Tyler Bertuzzi broke the cardinal and only rule of the summer development camps in fighting Nick Jensen on the first day thereof this past July. Nick Jensen was basically forced to oblige him, and in doing so, Jensen tweaked his shoulder.
Jensen, who was the WCHA's defenseman of the year, and is one of the Wings' brighter prospects on an incredibly deep defensive pipeline because he can carry the hell out of the puck as a superb, superb skater, has been attending training camp, but he's doing so with a combination cooling pack and muscle stimulator on his shoulder. According to the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness, Tyler Bertuzzi's indiscretion was VERY costly--for Jensen:
Defenseman Nick Jensen is expected to return from shoulder surgery sometime around December or January.
So he has in fact had surgery and he's going to miss six or seven months because an 18-year-old who'd just been drafted decided to make a name for himself at a skill development camp.
That ain't right.
Updated 3x at 6:17 PM: Amongst the various Tweets, quotes and stories from the third day of Red Wings training camp (audio already posted)...
The Red Wings worked on "backside pressure" and pressure down low today. There were MANY "teachable moments." Lots and lots of stoppages.
If you missed my post about tomorrow's Red vs. White Game at 11 and the preceding practice for the non-game-playing players...
I just got my butt behind my computer, so I'm a little behind, but I'm spending the entire day at the rink to take in the Wings' practice, scrimmage (Team Lindsay and Team Delvecchio tied 2-2) and the celebrity and alumni game this evening. I'll probably keep my coverage very low after that as the Red vs. White game tomorrow (I added the roster FTR) will be preceded by a practice at 10, and I'm not getting out of the rink till 10:30-ish...Add in drive time, covering other people's stuff, etc., and it is going to be a very long day and a very short night.
Anyway, the media corps received a mixed bag in terms of interviews today. Niklas Kronwall was mostly asked about Danny DeKeyser, Jakub Kindl and the steps that the "top four" have to make this season...
As Paul noted, this morning, it was stated that Daniel Alfredsson will keep #11 in no small part because he's already in Winter Classic and merchandise catalogs. I received a different answer regarding Alfredsson possibly switching to #24 and Daniel Cleary dropping #71 for his familiar #11 again:
So Cleary will remain #71 for the preaseason, and Alfredsson will remain #11 for the preaseason...
Update: NEVER MIND...
Trying to get this out as soon as posisble: I tweeted this, but the Red Wings' Red vs. White game takes place on Sunday at 11 AM at Centre Ice Arena, and here's how the rosters break down:
The Red Wings' "Red and White" game on Sunday (at 11 AM) tends to stand alone as the centerpiece of training camp, but tonight's Celebrity and Alumni Game at Centre Ice Arena (at 7 PM) may steal the show.
Wings GM Ken Holland, new Fox Sports Detroit analyst Chris Osgood, Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill and goalie coach Jim Bedard will be tending the nets; Wings coach Mike Babcock, assistant coach Bill Peters, the balance of the Grand Rapids Griffins' coaches (Jim Paek and Spiros Anastas), the Griffins and Red Wings' equipment managers, the vast majority of the pro and amateur scouts (including Hakan Andersson and Mark Howe), Kirs Draper, Kirk Maltby, Chris Chelios, Jiri Fischer, Dallas Drake and even Ken Daniels, Mickey Redmond and Ken Kal are all slated to play this evening.
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Wings GM Ken Holland about strapping on the pads after a long lay-off...
Things get complicated in the neutral zone, and that's what Friday's practices (despite its Bertuzzi-Nyquist-Tatar tales and quips and quotes) were about, though I do need to note this comment that Wings coach Mike Babcock made to the Free Press's Helene St. James, because it's essential:
Mike Babcock said he reassembled his lines just based on “who has a chance to play in the NHL, and try to put them in good spots.” He reiterated that he may still put Cleary with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, which would bump Justin Abdelkader.
Babcock happened to toss Daniel Cleary on the Andersson-Nyquist line, and as Trevor Parkes apparently got dinged, that worked out pretty nicely.
“We have eight exhibition games to figure all this out,” Babcock said. “These are walk-throughs for me. I make that very clear every year. They have four or five opportunities in exhibition to grab their chunk of the ice time. We give everyone an opportunity on the power play, we give everyone an opportunity on the penalty kill. So when you leave here, you know you were given an opportunity - the ball is in your court.”
There's some truth to that and there's some oversimplification there as well.
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