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Red Wings announce training camp schedule
Team to practice and scrimmage in Traverse City, Mich., from Sept. 18-23
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today unveiled the schedule for their 2014-15 training camp at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Thursday, Sept. 18 to Tuesday, Sept. 23. The camp kicks off with the 15th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa on Thursday, Sept. 18 and will be followed by on-ice practices and scrimmages starting on Friday, Sept. 19. Centre ICE Arena will also be the host site for the annual Alumni & Celebrity Game on Saturday, Sept. 20 and the Red & White Game on Sunday, Sept. 21.
Camp will wrap up the following week, as the Red Wings travel from Traverse City to face Pittsburgh on Monday, Sept. 22, and Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 23, with the non-lineup players set to practice at Centre ICE.
Red Wings overnight report: a DeKeyser tale; on Frk, Kronwall, ‘It’s More Than Hockey’ & ice buckets
The "offseason's" days are ticking down. While I'm sure that the Red Wings and the NHL will throw some surprises our way, after the Plymouth Whalers' alumni game on Saturday, we're likely to begin hearing stories of fans spotting Wings players skating informally at the Troy Sports Center, and after the Joe Kocur Foundation's charity softball game on August 23rd, Wings players will begin to show up at Joe Louis Arena to work out, consult with the training staff and engage in every-other-day "informal" practices.
After Labor Day, those practices tend to evolve into 5-days-a-week events, and by the time the Wings' prospect tournament begins on September 12th, the players will be skating at training camp pace (important given that training camp begins on Friday, September 19th).
Updated 2x at 8:36 PM: I've been dreading this for a couple of days, but I suppose it's time to "git 'er done."
Between my catchy-uppy post last Wednesday morning and this afternoon/evening's entry, a whole lot of Red Wings-related stuff took place and/or was discussed online--I had a fantastic vacation and swam in Lake Superior three times, too, going half-a-mile out and 45 or 50 feet deep on my last long swim, and spending lots of time with my awesome relatives--and here's my attempt to summarize everything I've been able to find over the past couple of days:
First and foremost, MLive's David Mueller noted that the Red Wings' $650 million rink-and-entertainment-district project, which is largely a project that was designed in tandem with and will be overseen (and paid for) by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation's Downtown Development Authority, will "go through" a new DEGC chief operating officer:
After being absent for a good chunk of time, I've got a massive catch-up post in the works, but there's more than enough "stuff" from the past day or two to posit an afternoon post and to keep the bulk of the "catching up" to a dedicated, "This shit happened before Glendening attended the Wings' youth camp, Holland updated Alfredsson's situation, Lambert was Lambert (again, the Hockey News's yearbook's picking the Wings as making the playoff cut, too, so expect that line to become something of a theme) and Darren Helm looked like his back's in superb shape" post.
As WDIV's Steve Garagiola noted, the Wings are holding a youth hockey camp at Joe Louis Arena this week...
And you may be familiar with a certain Czech netminder (who finished four spots behind Andrei Vasilevskiy, the goalie the Tampa Bay Lightning picked with the pick the Wings surrendered for Kyle Quincey)...
4. Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
2013-14 team: Detroit (NHL)
2013-14 stats: 9 GP | 1.74 GAA | .927 SV%
The Czech Republic native has played very well for AHL Grand Rapids the past two seasons, and has been a player who has continued to trend up and experience success. His athletic ability is high-end, and though he can sometimes try to do too much, he has a pretty good head for the game in terms of anticipation and mental toughness.
Three players from the 51-to-100 list...
Per the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
From the Red Wings (and confirmed by the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau):
RED WINGS LOOK TO DEFEND CROWN AT 2014 NHL PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT
… Traverse City’s Centre ICE Arena to Host Eight NHL Teams from Sept. 12-16 …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament for the 16th season at Center ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., running from Friday, Sept. 12 to Tuesday, Sept. 16. The eight-team tournament will include the Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, 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. For more information on tickets, visit http://www.centreice.org.
This isn't about hockey, but I possess the luxury of writing about something other than hockey every once in a while, and I'm going to do just that.
This isn't Red Wings-related, so if you're not interested, scroll on, dear friend.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"My take is we're probably going to try to do something with Alfie," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday. "He had a good year, 19 goals. When he was healthy, he was valuable."
Alfredsson, 41, intended to start skating this week in Sweden, in part to see how his back responds. He's expected to skate with many Red Wings players the first week of September, prior to training camp on Sept. 18.
"Certainly, I don't look at Alfie thinking he's going to play 82 games," Holland said. "When you got (Gustav) Nyquist and (Tomas) Tatar and (Tomas) Jurco and (Luke) Glendening and (Riley) Sheahan, if we can get a certain amount of games out of (Alfredsson), we would feel like he would be a real positive addition.
"But at the end of the day I think he wants to (skate) and we want to see him skate every day for 2-3 weeks and then let's see how he feels."
more and some other topics too...
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
“It’s really up to the guys in the locker-room at the end of last year. Most guys are back and everyone’s got to be better. That’s the only way this team’s going to advance.”
At Joe Louis Arena Monday working as an instructor at the club’s youth hockey camp, Glendening was equally harsh in the scouting report on his own season, which saw him produce 1-6-7 numbers in 56 games working as a fourth-line checking centre for Detroit.
“I have a long way to go,” Glendening said. “I wasn’t really that happy with my season. I got to play a lot, but my production wasn’t good enough.
I wasn’t good enough on faceoffs (48.5 per cent). There are things that I have to improve upon to stay and be a regular in the lineup.”
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