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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard’s new mask channels the Spirit of Detroit

Goalie mask-painting maestro Ray Bishop revealed Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard's 2013-2014 season goalie mask this morning, and Howard's lid has a very specifically Detroit-related theme:

So the Shelby Mustang's gone, and instead, the Spirit of Detroit's raising Detroit's skyline. Very, very cool stuff, especially given what the city's going through and the rest of his gallery's available on Facebook (and yes, I know that SI's Allan Muir posted the mask art at the same time, but I had the thing bookmarked after an inadvertent quick-look leak last night).

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For players like FuturePro Goaltending’s Jeff Lerg, the pro hockey journey is a winding road

I spoke with former Michigan State University goaltender Jeff Lerg during the Red Wings' summer development camp, but between the workload and the nutso summer, the story got away from me. This is quite belated, but especially given that the Red Wings just released their prospect tournament roster with no goalie under Jake Paterson's 6'1" on their roster, and given that Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples recently reported that a similarly-diminutive goalie in U of M's Matt Hunwick just retired...

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Do Ken Holland and Mike Babcock disagree about personnel? Yes, and they like it that way.

I don't usually transcribe radio interviews, but TMR readers have an incredibly regular argument, I mean flame war, I mean debate, as to whether Red Wings GM Ken Holland and Mike Babcock all but come to blows regarding player personnel, and I'm happy to say that Babcock resolved that issue while speaking with The Fan 590's Greg Brady and Jim Lang, he addressed that issue directly:

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Red Wings offer prospect tournament roster

From the Red Wings' PR department:

RED WINGS RELEASE 2013 NHL PROSPECTS CAMP ROSTER… Eight NHL Teams Face off Next Week at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. …

Detroit, MI... Hundreds of potential future NHL players will hit the ice next week, as the Detroit Red Wings will host their annual NHL Prospects Tournament at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. from Sept. 5-9. This year’s roster includes the Red Wings’ top pick from each of the last four NHL Entry Drafts in Riley Sheahan (21st overall in 2010), Tomas Jurco (35th overall in 2011), Martin Frk (49th overall in 2012) and Anthony Mantha (20th overall in 2013). Mantha also headlines a group of four players from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft who will be in attendance. Prospects from the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues will also be competing in this year’s tournament.

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Red Wings afternoon news: on Helm, the passing Mule, odds and prospects

Updated 3x at 4:19 PM: During today's Red Wings summertime practice at Joe Louis Arena, Darren Helm skated with the team, but his status in terms of recovering from his back issues remains...tenative...according to MLive's Brendan Savage:

Savage penned an article about Helm's recovery (as Paul noted, the Free Press's Helene St. James covered the, "WTF is Fil doing at the Joe?" angle, video interview with Filppula included) and thought processes as training camp approaches...

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Johan Franzen - The Hockey Player

from Dave Goricki of the Detroit News,

Franzen doesn’t like the “goal-scorer” tag.

"I am not a goal scorer,” he said. “I am a hockey player. I never look for goals. I look to play good and then people score or I do."

Franzen is looking forward to the new competition in the Eastern Conference.

"It will be a lot of new faces and you've got to learn how those teams play, and it's going to be different, probably take a while before you get to know everyone," said Franzen. "You have to be extremely focused and you've got to come prepared because we've played so many years (in the Western Conference) and you pretty much know every guy on those teams."

Franzen plans to make himself scarce once the HBO 24/7 cameras come out prior to the Winter Classic: "I'll try to hide somewhere. I really don't like being in front of the camera."

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Goodbye ‘Flip’

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Saying good-bye is hard to do, and so Valtteri Filppula showed up for one of his final practices at Joe Louis Arena, dressing for one of the last times in Detroit Red Wings gear, getting one of the last few head-hugs from BFF Niklas Kronwall....

"I'm definitely excited about Tampa and new team, new place," Filppula said. "At the same time, I've had great years here and a lot of great friends. That way is tough."

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Wings coach Mike Babcock talks about the Olympics, other stuff on The Fan 590

I'm about to head out the door as I have suspicions that the dry cleaners aren't telling me the whole truth regarding when my clothes will be ready for the TC trip, but before I go, Wings coach Mike Babcock gave a 9-minute interview to The Fan 590's Greg Brady and Jim Lang this morning, mostly focusing on the Olympics, and here it is for your listening pleasure:

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Red Wings summertime informal skate post: Wings and their friends are back at work at the Joe

Updated 3x at 12:21 PM: The Red Wings are officially back at work at Joe Louis Arena this morning...

But they're not alone:

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Red Wings overnight report: before we begin

Those of you who've been following DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's Tweets and the Tweets posited from the now-Flagstar-Bank-sponsored Wings themselves know that Brendan Smith, Danny DeKeyser, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Tom McCollum, Darren Helm and even Daniel Alfredsson have already been skating informally at Joe Louis Arena, but it appears that the rink's been opened to the media as of this morning:

The Wings' prospect tournament begins a week from today in Traverse City, and training camp starts in 15 days, with the exhibition season all of eighteen days away and the regular season 36 days.

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