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Updated with audio at 12:04 AM: WIth none other than Gordie Howe in attendance, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on the strength of 2 goals and an assist by Anthony Mantha, a pair of assists from Xavier Ouellet, a snipe from Zach Nastasiuk, an empty-netter from Tomas Jurco and a superb performance from Jared Coreau, who stopped 23 of 25 shots against.
The Wings had never won the prospect tournament, and lost in the final in 2010, but this time around, an incredibly strong team of players led by Jurco, Riley Sheahan, Max Nicastro and a single-minded coach in Jeff Blashill played like interchangeable parts all committed to the same cause, and it was just awesome to see the guys win--and go 4-and-0 in the process.
It's been an incredibly busy day around the NHL ahead of the opening of training camps, and the Red Wings were no exception. Regarding the statuses of Darren Helm's sore groin and Daniel Cleary's daliances with signing with Philadelphia, MLive's Ansar Khan posited a pair of Twitter updates...
And the Free Press's Helene St. James, who suggested that Mike Babcock wants Cleary back, reiterated Khan's point of emphasis:
Tocchet added the word 'idiot' in the next tweet.
Added at 5:15 PM via RedWingsFeed:
The Red Wings' prospects engaged in a light-hearted morning skate before tonight's prospect tournament championship game against the Buffalo Sabres (taking place at 7:30 PM at Centre Ice Arena), but the "optional" skate was anything but--18 of the 24 players on the roster took part in a practice ran by Jim Paek, Spiros Anastas, Jim Bedard and Chris Chelios (no Jurco, Athanasiou, Nedomlel, Tvrdon, Jarnkrok or Frk, but I can assure you that those I spotted in the hallway looked healthy and hale)-and tonight's starter, Jared Coreau, got in a solid amount of work.
I'll posit some short observations when I get back to the "home office," but for now, here are a pair of interviews for your listening pleasure:
Grand Rapids Griffins Sign Kevin Lynch
Kevin Lynch was drafted in the second round of the 2009 Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets and went on to play four years at the University of Michigan.
Before heading to Michigan, Kevin played for the USNTDP Under 18 Team and the U.S. National Under 18 Team. With those teams he showed the ability with the puck as a playmaker and goalscorer.
Kevin and the Blue Jackets were not able to work out a deal and Kevin became a free agent. He was not a free agent for long though, as the Grand Rapids Griffins came calling and signed him to a contract.
He will be the second Michigan captain (alternate) on the Griffins and will join his old Michigan teammate, Luke Glendening.
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose engaged in a long conversation with retired Wing Nicklas Lidstrom, and penned a fantastic article in which Lidstrom discusses his participation in the Winter Classic's preceding alumni games...
“I will be part of that game,” Lidstrom said early last month in a phone interview from his home in Sweden. “I’m really looking forward to the Winter Classic and being a part of something like that again, and to play with some of my former teammates when I played back in 90s and early 2000s. It’ll be exciting. I’m looking forward to the big game too when the Wings and the Leafs lace them up. I’m excited for the opportunity to play again.”
His number retirement ceremony on March 6th at the Joe (when the Wings host the Avs)...
FOX Sports Detroit is thrilled to announce the addition of former National Hockey League goaltender Chris Osgood as a game and studio analyst for the 2013-14 season.
The Red Wings prospects' big win over St. Louis last night earned the team the opportunity to compete for its first prospect tournament title when they battle the Buffalo Sabres' prospects this evening (the game takes place at Centre Ice Arena at 7:30 PM), and Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill was blunt about the significance of his team's potential performance while speaking with NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale:
"Any time you get a chance to compete in a tournament, you want to win and I was told we had never won this and passed that on to our guys and they took some pride in that," Detroit's prospect coach Jeff Blashill said. "What you're doing is your comparing yourself against seven other teams' best prospects, both individually and collective, so everyone wants guys not only talented but who are winners. So our guys have done a good job of showing that so far."
Updated 12x at 1:27 PM: From the Red Wings' very early morning skate...
Last night, TSN's Darren Dreger Tweeted news that (possible?) former Red Wing Daniel Cleary had yet to determine his place of employment for the 2013-2014 NHL season, and the Saint John's (Newfoundland) Telegram's Robin Short asked Cleary what was going on--and he received a response:
After a self-imposed Sunday deadline to figure out to which training camp he will be headed to this week, Cleary said in a text message to The Telegram last evening he’s still not certain which way to turn.
The 34-year-old Riverhead, Harbour Grace product is an unrestricted free agent, and has made it abundantly clear his preference is a return to Detroit.
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