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Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Henrik Zetterberg spoke with his local newspaper, Sundsvalls Tidning, speaking with Eric Westlund regarding his knee injury...
Aftonbladet's Tomas Ros spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding Henrik Zetterberg's injury, and here's a rough translation of their conversation:
"I wasn't the one who stopped Zetterberg"
Detroit manager about the Tre Kronor's heavy setback
He's the assistant general manager of Team Canada and Zetterberg's GM in Detroit.
But Ken Holland can't do anything but lament Zetterberg's exit.
"It wasn't me who stopped Henrik. It was his body," says the legendary Detroit GM.
Ken Holland is one of the most respected leaders in the NHL. He's worked with the Red Wings since 1985 and always had a good eye for players from Sweden. No wonder that the team's had pros Tomas Holmstrom, Johan Garpenlov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson.
Now he tells Sportbladet that it was this week in Detroit and it was the details that ended with Henrik Zetterberg throwing in his hat.
"I saw Henrik on the ice on Monday and he looked good. I also saw him on Tuesday and he looked okay out there. But our trainer told me that he hurt his knee during an off-ice training. Nothing on the ice," Holland says, and continues:
WDFN's Matt Sheppard spoke with Red Wings broadcaster Chris Osgood yesterday, addressing Osgood's decision to buy in to the Saginaw Spirit, his take on the Wings and his baseball allegiances growing up:
Henrik Zetterberg: "It's very hard"
Los Angeles. Henrik Zetterberg will miss the World Cup. Rather than waiting, he'll rehab at home in Detroit.
"It's of course very disappointing. Yes, it's really hard," says Zetterberg
Sport-Expressen discussed the Tre Kronor--and spoke to the Detroit center on Thursday afternoon, Swedish time.
"It's really hard to have to miss the World Cup, but the knee's been bothering me for some time, so everyone was warned that it could be like this," says Zetterberg to Sport Expressen.
It's his left knee that's injured.
After an MRI in Detroit yesterday, Wednesday, the decision was made that Zata would decline the Tre Kronor and the World Cup.
"I won't go into details about the injury itself."
From the Detroit Red Wings:
2016 NHL Prospect Tournament begins Sept. 16
Top NHL hopefuls from eight NHL teams battle for Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup from Sept. 16-20
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host seven other NHL teams during the 2016 NHL Prospect Tournament at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Friday, Sept. 16 to Tuesday, Sept. 20. Returning to northern Michigan for the 18th season, the eight-team tournament is comprised of the Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Tickets for the tournament are still available for $10 per day, which covers four games, exclusively at Centre Ice Arena or online at http://www.centreice.org.
Former Toledo Walleye goaltender Jeff Lerg has moved on to play in Europe, but the Walleye are remembering their stalwart netminder with a really cool bobblehead this fall:
ESPN's Corey Pronman penned a massive Insider-only entry today, discussing the top 10 prospects for each and every one of the NHL's 30 teams. He ranks Detroit's prospects as follows (with "top 120" ranking in parentheses)
1. Anthony Mantha, RW (55)
2. Joe Hicketts, D (59)
3. Evgeni Svechnikov, LW (62)
4. Villi Saarijarvi, D (64)
5. Axel Holmstrom, C (78)
6. Xavier Ouellet, D
7. Tyler Bertuzzi, LW
8. Dylan Sadowy, LW
9. Filip Hronek, D
10. Dennis Cholowski, D
And Pronman has this to say about the Wings' prospect pool:
Update: The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa's still looking for confirmation...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2016-17 outlook: After earning occasional call-ups the past three seasons, Ouellet is assured of a roster spot at the start of the season, since the club isn't likely to risk losing him on waivers. But he must earn his way into the lineup. Right now, he appears to be seventh on the defensive depth chart, ahead of Ryan Sproul, who also is no longer waiver-exempt.
Ouellet showed much promise in 2014-15, appearing in 24 games with the Red Wings. But Alexey Marchenko moved ahead of him in the pecking order last season.
Ouellet has good mobility and moves the puck well. He's not tall but is fairly bulky, which helps in defending heavier opponents. He's at his best when he's making the simple play and not trying to do too much. He has some offensive ability but is more likely to be a second- or third-pair, defensive defenseman in the NHL.
Key question: Should the Red Wings stick with the safer Ouellet or favor the more offensively inclined Sproul?
Of Red Wings-related note this evening, in short form:
1. In the prospect department, DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji engages in an "encounter" with Dennis Cholowski at the summer development camp;
2. Also in the prospect department, in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin went from a healthy scratch to playing 13:04 and going 6-and-5 in the faceoff dot in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 3-2 OT win over Avangard Omsk;
3. Regarding the prospect tournament and main training camp, Centre Ice Arena posted something of a primer in their monthly email newsletter, and according to the newsletter, all active and former military servicemembers and EMS, fire and police officers get free admission to the first day of training camp on September 23rd;
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