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Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
As WZZM 13 notes, the Red Wings are making the trip to Traverse City this morning to kick off a 4-day training camp which begins on Friday...
The Detroit Red Wings are less than a week away from their first preseason game, and as they begin their quest for the Stanley Cup, they've got a training camp roster of 72 to whittle down.
The Wings posted their training camp roster on their website Tuesday. Forty-one forwards, 24 defensemen, and seven goalies will take to the ice from Thursday, September 17, to Monday, September 21, at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City.
Tickets for practice sessions cost $10 for standing-room only, $15 for reserved seating, and $20 for the mezzanine. You can buy tickets for training camp at Centre Ice Arena's website.
And Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke bluntly regarding his goals for the three days' worth of on-ice sessions and next Monday's Red vs. White game, as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan noted:
TSN's Frank Seravalli spoke with several NHL luminaries about 3-on-3 overtime's wrinkles and finnicky tricks, including someone with some experience coaching teams playing 3-on-3 in Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson:
“The interesting thing will be watching how coaches figure out what system to play,” Todd Nelson said from Traverse City, Mich., on Tuesday. “There are a lot of nuances to 3-on-3, depending on personnel, style and aggressiveness.”
Nelson, 46, is now head coach of the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. He spent the bulk of last season as the Oilers’ head coach, replacing Dallas Eakins, but he also prepared the Oklahoma City Barons in training camp for a season with an AHL-best 14 overtime wins.
For the most part, Nelson said the Barons used two forwards and one defenceman. Depending on the makeup of his roster, Nelson said he “wouldn’t hesitate” to use three forwards or even three defencemen at a time, particularly if they were mobile.
“This will be about puck possession more than anything,” Nelson said. “You have to have the balanced mindset that you’re not going to sit back, but you still have to play good defence. I think you’re going to see coaches develop a lot to see if they can produce 2-on-1s, whether that’s by turning back and regrouping and gaining more speed.
“It will also help quite a bit if you have a goalie who can play the puck well. You’ll see teams start to send guys in that case to see if they can spring a break.”
The Red Wings' prospects dropped a 5-2 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets' prospects on Tuesday evening, surrendering the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup and finishing in second place at the prospect tournament--which is still the Wings' second-best-ever finish at the tournament. The Blue Jackets celebrated with their trophy...
And the Red Wings had the small solace of having driven Columbus to distraction to the very bitter end of a hard-fought game:
The Detroit Red Wings ran into some inevitabiilty in the form of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, and the slightly under-manned and physically tired Red Wings dropped a 5-2 decision to Columbus to drop the championship game of the prospect tournament.
The Red Wings didn't play poorly by any stretch of the imagination, but the stacked Blue Jackets had dropped a "meaningless" game the night before, while the Wings had almost emptied their tanks rallying against the Dallas Stars, and the lack of physical and emotional energy caught up with a Wings team that trailed from all of 1:16 into the 1st, when Nick Moutrey scored a fluky goal that went in off Jake Paterson's back, onward, and by the time the Wings were down 4-1 in the 2nd period, it felt like there just wasn't anything left for the Wings to give.
The team's moral victory came in not surrendering a sixth goal while pulling Jake Paterson for the vast majority of the final five minutes of play, but the Wings were also unable to solve goaltender Joonas Korpisalo despite one and at times two-man advantages, so the Wings fell short of their ultimate goal.
The players will have a day off tomorrow, regroup for a prospects' practice on Thursday and take part in the main training camp on Friday.
Okay, let's get this going. The Red Wings' European prospects are hard at work, and DRW Prospects on Twitter is tracking them.
In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Christoffer Ehn finished at -1 with 15:26 played in BIK Karlskoga's 6-3 win over Asploven HC;
In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo played 9:06 in TPS Turku's 4-3 loss to Karpat Oulu, and I believe this is the second or third game for TPS Turku;
And in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 5:43 in SKA St. Petersburg's 4-2 loss to Dynamo Minsk. The KHL has been playing hockey for three weeks now.
From NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale:
The host Detroit Red Wings and defending champion Columbus Blue Jackets will play in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament championship game for the right to raise the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup on Tuesday at Centre Ice Arena (7 p.m. ET).
Each team has been led offensively by its top lines. The Red Wings' trio of Dylan Larkin (selected with the 15th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft) centering left wing Andreas Athanasiou (2012, No. 110) and right wing Anthony Mantha (2013, No. 20) has totaled five goals and 12 points.
Columbus has been led by right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (2013, No. 89) alongside center TJ Tynan (2011, No. 66) and left wing Kerby Rychel (2013, No. 19). They have combined for six goals and 14 points. Bjorkstrand leads all tournament scorers with three goals and four assists.
The game will also feature two unbeaten goaltenders. Detroit's Jake Paterson (2012, No. 80) is 3-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo (2012, No. 62) is 2-0-0 with a 3.50 GAA and .865 save percentage.
"The message is to go out there and compete as we have this entire tournament," Detroit prospects coach Todd Nelson said. "We've put ourselves in a good position, so let's finish it off right."
Morreale continues with projected lineups...
Updated 3x at 5:06 PM: from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Petr Mrazek said his approach hasn’t changed as he enters Detroit Red Wings training camp knowing that he’ll definitely be on the roster. He’ll battle veteran Jimmy Howard to be the team’s No. 1 goaltender.
“Every year, you start in training camp to be ready and do your best,” Mrazek said after the Wings held their final informal skate today at Joe Louis Arena. They’ll head to Traverse City for training camp Wednesday.
Mrazek, 23, played in 29 regular-season games for the Red Wings last season and had a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. He also was the starting goaltender in playoffs, with a 2.11 GAA and a .925 save percentage in seven games.
“That was great that I had chance to start last year, but this is over,” Mrazek said. “It happened. Now it’s a new time to show coaches and the staff that I’m ready for a full job here and play as many games as I can.”
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Update: Sipple posted a video of Mrazek speaking with the media as well:
Updated 2x at 3:50 PM: from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Johan Franzen actually was almost the last to find out he’d been cleared to participate in training camp.
“I read about it, so you knew it before I did,” said Franzen of the news late last week he’d gotten the OK to begin preparing for the upcoming season.
Franzen, out with a concussion since Jan. 6, has been skating with teammates during informal skates at Joe Louis Arena the past few weeks.
But he’s anxious to test himself in physical intrasquad scrimmages in Traverse City — which begin Friday — and mostly, exhibition games.
“I missed it, I missed it big time,” Franzen said. “It’s going to be great. It’s going to be fun to start training camp and play a few games.
“It’s a little early. I don’t know how I’ll feel. I think I feel good. I hope I feel good. I’m excited.”
By getting the clearance from doctors, Franzen said, “I’m cleared to go full out and get bumped around, do everything, and then go from there.”
added 2:22pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings' role players and scratches--defensemen Jalen Chatfield and Jarrett Meyer, forwards Nick Betz, Jerome Verrier, Kurt Etchegary, Connor McGlynn, Evan Polei, Nick Betz, and goaltenders Connor Ingram and Matt Mancina--worked on give-and-go drills under the guidance of Griffins assistant coaches Ben Simon, Mike Knuble and Bruce Ramsay while the vast majority of the Wings' teammates either worked out or watched from the end boards.
The practice drills were surprisingly complicated for an "optional optional"...
The Red Wings' prospects held a very, very optional skate ahead of tonight's game against Columbus (7 PM at Centre ICE Arena), with defensemen Jalen Chatfield and Jarrett Meyer, forwards Nick Betz, Jerome Verrier, Kurt Etchegary, Connor McGlynn, Evan Polei, Nick Betz, and goaltenders Connor Ingram and Matt Mancina taking part in a practice run by Griffins assistant coaches Mike Knuble, Bruce Ramsay and Ben Simon.
After practice, I was able to speak with Tyler Bertuzzi regarding the importance of tonight's game, his play at the tournament thus far (he hasn't found his scoring touch yet, but he's been a dynamo on skates, checking and grinding and defending incredibly well, so we discussed those aspects of his game, mananaging expectations for both the championship and training camp to come, how he prepared in the summer for this season and his goals for a turning-pro year:
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