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Red Wings Tweet: DeKeyser signs 2-year contract

About damn time:

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added 5:55pm, Press release is below...

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‘Mantha Mania’ note: No #39 for tonight’s 3rd place game vs. Carolina

Updated 2x at 7:33 PM: I hate to feed the "Mantha Mania," but Anthony Mantha skipped the Red Wings prospects' morning skate, though he wasn't wearing any ice bags, nor did he look hobbled, and it appears that Mantha won't be playing in tonight's 3rd place game against the Carolina Hurricanes (6:30 PM at Centre Ice Arena's West Rink):

The game's box score will be available here on Pointstreak, and a "pre-game" set of notes is already available; internet permitting, the Wings, Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal, MLive's Brendan Savage, myself, the Carolina Hurricanes' gameday account and CarolinaHurricanes.com's Michael Smith will be live-tweeting the game.

I'm guessing that whatever's ailing Mantha is minor; the Wings' main training camp begins on Friday, and the less stiff and sore Mantha is, the better.

While we're waiting for news from the Wings, you can read my recap of yesterday's game and now read and watch Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal's re-cap and highlights, and the "Captain's Practice" post has been updated half a dozen times.

Updates below, though they're not interesting--except for St. James' report that Alfredsson's seeing a back specialist:

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Centre Ice Arena holding second Mark Howe book signing

In Metro Detroit, Michigan Hockey reports that the Red Wings' community tour is going quite well...

And up here in Traverse City, if are coming up for training camp, the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau reports that Mark Howe will be signing copies of his memoir, Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life Lived in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey for a second time this Saturday:

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Red Wings ‘Captain’s Practice’ post in progress: Bert on ice, Jurco talks GR

Updated 5x at 4:41 PM: In Captain's Practice news, Twitter version: From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...

It's the last day of captain's practices for the #RedWings at JLA, and forwards Tomas Jurco and Todd Bertuzzi have joined in for first time.

MLive's Ansar Khan...

Todd Bertuzzi has joined his former Wings teammates for the final informal practice at JLA before camp.

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Bertuzzi has not been invited to camp on a tryout by the Wings, Ken Holland said.

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

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More details of Red Wings’ rink project revealed ahead of Thursday’s City Council meeting

Update: FYI:

Via RedWingsFeed, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reports that part of the Wings' unveiling of more rink details at this Thursday's Detroit City Council Meeting will involve a request to re-zone the area...

Developers of the new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena will ask the city’s planning commission Thursday for a rezoning approval necessary for the $450 million project to proceed.

Olympia Development of Michigan, the real estate arm of team owners Mike and Marian Ilitch’s business holdings, is scheduled to present its request during a 5 p.m. public meeting on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.

Olympia Development will ask the city to rezone the arena site from B4 (general business district) to PD (planned development district) classification, which Olympia said “allows further input from city officials, residents and other interested parties.”

And Shea also reveals some of the details of the facility--which will apparently include a practice rink(!)...

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Red Wings prospect tournament, day 4: practice impressions and interviews (great Fischer interview)

Updated at 2:09 PM: At Joe Louis Arena, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

Todd Bertuzzi has joined his former Wings teammates for the final informal practice at JLA before camp.

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Bertuzzi has not been invited to camp on a tryout by the Wings, Ken Holland said.

And up here in Traverse City...

The Red Wings held a very brief "morning skate" ahead of tonight's 6:30 PM game against Caroilna, and Anthony Mantha was absent but was both deemed "fine" and had a chat with NHL.com's Mike Morreale as he was exiting practice. I have no idea whether his absence was related to his birthday (and as MLive's Brendan Savage reported, Brandon Robinson is OK).

Anyway, the Wings goalies got in a ton of work with goalie coach Jeff Salajko, but the players skated under Jeff Blashill's guidance for about 16 minutes--and got an admonishment about a "wake-up call" at the end of practice.

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Brandon Robinson update

I'm sitting up in the stands as the Wings' prospects practice, while MLive's Brendan Savage is closer to the locker room, and he has good news regarding Brandon Robinson:

added 10:20am, more from Savage...

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NHL.com profiles Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul

Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul is fluent in...let's say that he's a little prone to indulging in the old hockey cliche, so NHL.com's Mike Morreale offers a perspective on the defenseman that's a little more insightful as the commentary comes from Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill:

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman, selected in the second round (No. 55) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has been one of Detroit's most impressive players on the back end in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament this week.

"He's big, mobile, can handle the puck and has a rocket for the shot," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "He capped off a very good junior career [in 2012-13] by winning defenseman of the year in the Canadian Hockey League and then had a nice rookie year in Grand Rapids."

Blashill tells Morreale that Sproul's defnitely near-NHL-ready, but he's definitely still shaking off some Major Junior Hockey habits:

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Red Wings morning news: prospect tourney talk and a ‘slide’

Of Red Wings-related note this morning, and mostly related to the Wings prospects' 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild last night:

We're still waiting for an update on Brandon Robinson's status, but MLive's Brendan Savage took note of the coach and players' reactions to the injury...

"The one thing is right away word filtered that he was going to be OK from what we understand," said coach Jeff Blashill. "Once we heard that, it kind of relaxed everybody a little bit. Obviously, it's a scary few moments there and the guys were extremely concerned. But once word got back that he was doing OK, I think it allowed us to go out and play."

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Red Wings overnight report: reflecting on the Wings’ prospect tournament win over Minny; rink news

The Red Wings are crossing their fingers regarding Brandon Robinson, and Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal posted a video of Robinson going down in the Wings prospects' game against the Minnesota Wild (she also posted a video Wild defenseman of Guillaume Gelinas getting concussed; I was watching Gelinas come out of the trainer's room when I turned my head and saw Robinson go down)...

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