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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
He is coming off a breakout season when he provided some much-needed offense. That experience, and being in the lineup from the start of the season, should make him better and more productive this season.
He spent a good chunk of the season on the Kid Line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco. They had good chemistry and might remain intact, unless Jurco is forced to start the season in Grand Rapids due to a roster crunch.
Despite his small stature, Tatar goes to the net and has good hands in tight. He also flashes good open-ice moves. He should improve as he gains strength. He sometimes holds onto the puck too long in the offensive zone, leading to turnovers. He could be more productive on the power play, where he'll likely continue playing on the second unit.
He aspires to be a solid two-way forward in the mold of Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg but doesn't have natural defensive instincts. As long as he produces, the club will be happy.
You may take this article from Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom and Sebastian Mattson for what you will, and what follows is roughly-translated:
Lidstrom on why he turned down Babcock
Nicklas Lidstrom ahd a chance to return to the Detroit Red Wings as a coach--but he declined.
Now the 44-year-old reveals why he turned down the dream job.
"We're doing well here in Sweden after the move, and the children are thriving in school, so it never occurred to me to move back," says Lidstrom to SportExpressen.se.
In June, Mike babcock said that his search for an assistant coach had led him to one of the greatest Detroit Red Wings of all time.
"I called Niklas Lidstrom and offered him the job. I told him his wife was happier in Detroit than in Sweden. But he didn't buy it," Babcock said then.
Updated 2x at 6:16 AM: Well this is going to be an adventure of an entry...
First and foremost, while the "incriminating evidence" is rolling in quite slowly, the Free Press's George Sipple reports that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual set of charity softball games achieved its main goals--it provided significant bang for fans' bucks while raising tens of thousands of dollars for local charities:
“Definitely the most people, the best weather,” Kocur said of Saturday’s event. “Celebrities were amazing. “Playing the games is always fun. The Ice Bucket Challenge was a new and exciting thing that we did and everyone was exciting and fun for us.”
A line of participants dumped buckets over their heads as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Kocur, at the end of the line, got some help as five buckets of ice and water were poured on him before he challenged the Ted Lindsay Foundation.
I've learned that when one does not attend the Joe Kocur Foundation's softball games, one finds out news about the event in ramshackle fashion because, like the late-90's Red Wings, stories from a really good hockey party leak out bit by bit. So for now...
incriminating evidence, I mean evidence that a good time was had by all, will slowly but surely surface.
That's not the case regarding the NHLPA's Rookie Showcase in Toronto, where Anthony Mantha and Ryan Sproul took part in an event/photo shoot held by the league's trading cards rights-holder, Upper Deck:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. If you aren't aware of it already, the Joe Kocur Foundation is holding its annual set of charity softball games in Highland, MI today, and tickets are $15 at the door (and worth it). The games start at 11 and will go until late into the evening:
2. And if you're in the mood to head down to Joe Louis Arena to purchase $9 single-game seats on an in-person basis...
The Plymouth Whalers and Detroit Red Wings posited press releases on Friday afternoon. One is charitably-related and one is not-so-chariably-related, so I'll post the Whalers' presser first:
PLYMOUTH WHALERS, SAGINAW PLAY FOR PCEP ON SEPTEMBER 6
All proceeds of preseason game go to Plymouth-Canton Education Park
PLYMOUTH – Over the years, the Plymouth Whalers have forged a unique partnership with the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.
The younger Whalers attend high school at the 305 acre campus site in western Wayne County which houses three high schools - Plymouth, Salem and Canton - at the same campus. Plymouth Whalers Educational Consultant John Seidleman is a retired PCEP professional who has done an outstanding job as a liaison between the Whalers and the PCEP.
In addition, the Whalers joined forces with 88.1FM WSDP The Park (located on the PCEP campus) several seasons ago for live broadcasts of Plymouth games. The Whalers continue on 88.1FM this year, starting with the broadcast of the team’s Alumni game on Aug. 16.
The synergy between the PCEP and the Whalers reaches to a new level on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 pm at Compuware Arena when Plymouth hosts Saginaw.
from Bob Duff of The Windsor Star,
Detroit’s first-round draft pick in 2010, the 6-2, 212-pound Sheahan will be among a group of centres that include veterans Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm and Joakim Andersson, fellow second-year NHLer Luke Glendening and Stephen Weiss, a veteran free-agent addition last season who missed all but 26 games due to sports hernia surgery. Minor leaguer Landon Ferraro, who saw action with Detroit in four games last season, was also signed to a new contract.
“There’s definitely going to be some intensity in camp,” Sheahan said. “Obviously every guy is working hard and they want to solidify their spot.
“Right now you just got to focus on what you can do to make yourself better, go into camp with a good work ethic and go from there.
“I think if I go into camp with the same mindset and try to take that spot I had last year . . . there’s obviously going to be other guys trying to do the same thing. It’s going to be a little bit of a challenge, but it’s going to be healthy.”
Updated 2x at 8 AM, curse you, insomnia: I'm currently in the midst of my famous late-summer sinus infection, but there are some things you need to know:
1. Red Wings single-game tickets go on sale today at 10 AM (online, at box offices, etc.) and the $9 seats go on sale on Saturday, in-person-only, at the Joe;
2. The Joe Kocur Foundation's annual set of charity softball games take place on Saturday in Highland, MI, with the gates opening at 10 AM for 4 softball games that take place at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM (the latter pair of games are the Wings alumni games) and tickets are $11.54 online until noon today, and then you have to pay $15 at the door.
The Milford Times' Joe Thiesen reports that the event's super-fan-friendly...
Via the Score's Thomas Drance, Pavel Datsyuk deked, dangled and scored past Paul Bissonette...On Twitter (and hey Sauce Hockey, free advertising!):
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock appeared on News Talk 980's John Gormley show yesterday as he was in Saskatoon to promote a golf tournament raising funds for prostate cancer, and Babcock did address the fact that he would consider coaching a Canadian team like Toronto at some point--though Babcock stated that he loves where he's working, that he has a fantastic GM and that he and the Mrs. are very happy in Metro Detroit--but the balance of his 20-minute conversation had much more to do with his personal philosophies than it had anything to do with the Detroit Red Wings:
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