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Red Wings overnight report: Howard, DeKeyser and Jarnkrok look forward; prospect and charitable gnus
Team USA made things official and stated that they would not be skating at their orientation camp on August 26th and 27th, meaning that every one of the "big" Olympic-participating nations save the Russians don't plan on skating at all because ofthe stratospheric cost of insuring players' contracts...
But Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard spoke with both MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness about his status as someone who will battle for a job in Team USA's crease, and he duly noted that playing on 100-foot-wide rinks at the 2012 World Championships gives him something of an edge upon his competitors:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“My head is spinning a bit still,'' DeKeyser said. “I’m just trying to stay focused, keep my head on straight and keep working hard. Everything that’s been going on over the past few months has been great. I know that I need to keep working hard to keep those opportunities coming.''
After taking a couple of weeks off, he has resumed working out in preparation for his first full pro season. His objective is to bulk up his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame.
“They just keep telling me to get stronger,'' DeKeyser said. “I need to be as strong as I can to play against some of the bigger players in the league. There are some big guys in the NHL that you have to handle out there. They want me to continue working on my strength and maybe gain a few pounds.''
I understand the palpable, "Holy crap, it's late July and we're starting to talk about the Olympics!" excitement surrounding the past couple days' worth of "orientation camp" news and Monday's announcement that the Red Wings coach Mike Babcock would helm Hockey Canada's entry at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia...
But the talk of "snubs" and "players who clearly aren't in their respective countries' Olympic plans" have gotten more than a little bit overblown of late, especially given that the Russian Hockey Federation may be the only one that can afford to insure its players against injury should their NHL'ers step on the ice (as Yahoo Sports' Sean Leahy noted, the Americans won't skate and the Canadians probably won't hit the ice, either; and yes, that's why the NHL ensuring that the International Olympic Committee would pick up the tab for insuring player contracts was such a HUGE make-or-break-the-deal point for the league)...
Sorry a little late with this...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday announced that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Tom McCollum to a one-year AHL contract.
McCollum, 23, set career bests last season in wins (18), goals against average (2.63), save percentage (0.904) and shutouts (2) and posted an 18-11-2 record in 31 appearances, helping the Griffins capture the Midwest Division title, en route to their first Calder Cup championship. The fifth-year pro ranks among the franchise’s all-time goaltending leaders with 113 games played (3rd), 6,320:02 minutes (3rd), 45 wins (T5th), 2,728 saves (3rd), three shutouts (T9th) and five shootout wins (7th).
Read all about it at USA Hockey...
It's officially official:
Here's the press release:
One of the hardest parts of taking part in the Red Wings' summer development camp from a Wings fan's perspective was watching Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer skate so elegantly, seamlessly and skillfully, leading the way in explaining some of Tomas Storm's skill development drills and Andy Weidenbach's power skating drills while displaying nothing less than technically perfect form.
Fischer still possesses an elite skill set at 32 years of age, and while Fox Sports Detroit's Art Renger noted that Fischer's answers are a little more measured as a member of the Wings' front office, he's still remarkably forthcoming, downright eloquent and incredibly passionate about his role as a hands-on player mentor.
As we await Hockey Canada's announcement that Mike Babcock will helm the team for the 2014 Olympics, and that Jimmy Howard will attend Team USA's summer orientation camp, joining a plethora of pinatas, I mean Red Wings players who have or will take part in said camps (Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Daniel Alfredsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist)...
The Red Wings' first season in the Aqua Divison, I mean Atlantic Division, will seriously test the loyalties of fans whose "other favorite teams" include Steve Yzerman's less-than-angelic Lightning and the trap-happy, viciously physical Boston Bruins. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an absolutely exhaustively thorough analysis of the Bruins this morning...
It's been a week since the Red Wings' summer development camp wrapped up in Traverse City, MI, and this week, Jared Coreau should receive medical clearance to finally take shots in game-like situations after undergoing shoulder surgery in Detroit this past April.
Watching Coreau work through drills with Wings goalie coach Jim Bedard was both fascinating and frustrating because 6'5" goaltenders aren't supposed to move nearly as smoothly and seamlessly as Coreau did. In individual drills and taking some simple shots, he looked downright elegant at times, and that's not how a big goalie's supposed to look.
This isn't officially official yet, but Sportsnet's John Shannon and Jamie Neugebauer are rolling with it (and Ken Holland will serve in an advisory role under GM Steve Yzerman, ironically enough):
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