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Wings reach out to youth hockey organizations during preseason

From DetroitRedWings.com's Josh Berenter:

This preseason, the Detroit Red Wings offered youth hockey teams throughout Metro Detroit the chance of a lifetime to enjoy a Red Wings game from a premium suite at Joe Louis Arena.

240 suite tickets worth more than $28,000 were donated and distributed between the Red Wings' four preseason games to 14 local youth organizations.

The suite ticket recipients included the Adrian Youth Hockey Association, East Side Youth Sports Foundation, Livonia Squirt Rangers, Port Huron Beavers, Northville Vipers, Novi Mini Mites, Little Caesars Farmington Hills Hockey, Jackson Hockey Association, Lansing Spartans Hockey Club, St. Mary's Hot Shots, Jack Adams Memorial Arena and the Clark Park Polar Bears, as well as representatives from the Red Wings' Little Wings Program.

In addition to watching the game from a suite, each group selected one member to participate in the pre-game high-five tunnel to greet players as they entered the ice, and each group took a post-game photo at center ice.

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Red Wings waive Teemu Pulkkinen

Updated 2x at 12:37 PM: From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

Either Andreas Athanasiou or Anthony Mantha made the team over Pulkkinen.

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson doesn't believe that Teemu Pulkkinen is a slam-dunk to be claimed:

Update: For what it's worth, the Wings waived Ben Street, too:

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Morning news: keys to the playoffs, Bovada points odds and Twitter tidbits

Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. . MLive's Ansar Khan penned a list of keys to the 2016-17 season in slideshow form;

2. Here are Bovada's "over-under" point predictions for the Red Wings' star players:

Detroit Red Wings

Dylan Larkin (DET)     Over/Under                   52.5

Gustav Nyquist (DET)  Over/Under                   47.5

Henrik Zetterberg (DET)         Over/Under                   53.5

3. Martin Frk thanked the Wings' organization on Twitter:

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Prospect news: Elfstrom 2+1 for Malmo Redhawks

Of prospect-related note:

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh's Val-d'Or Foreurs lost 7-1 to Shawinigan;

In the Swedish J20 league, Mattias Elfstrom scored 2 goals and added an assist in the Malmo Redhawks' 4-2 win over HV71;

And Alfons Malmstrom had a solid game in Orebro HK's 3-0 win to Sodertalje SK, per Red Wings Prospects on Twitter:

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At least Martin Frk will be reunited with a friend in Andrej Nestrasil

This has been a frustrating day for Red Wings fans not because Martin Frk is the next coming of a 20-goal-scorer, but most definitely because Martin Frk was a useful player, and the Red Wings' asset management model is now consistently bleeding useful players to other teams via waivers.

When your team loses useful players every September, every November, whenever a burgeoning roster of veterans can no longer accommodate the players who would naturally be "filling spots" on the roster if the Wings hadn't gone out and signed two or three too many veterans during the off-season--even if those veterans might be "more useful" players--it becomes increasingly and increasingly frustrating to watch yet another player be plucked off the waiver wire.

If there is good news for Martin Frk, at least, the Raleigh News & Observer's Chip Alexander reports that Frk is going to a team where he'll be given an opportunity to succed alongside a good friend in former Wings prospect Andrej Nestrasil...

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One Detroit Related Thought From Eilliotte Friedman

via Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet (Detroit mentioned in Trouba talk too),

Nice moment at the BioSteel camp in Toronto with Detroit prospect Givani Smith. He was leaving on the final day when a young girl walked up and asked for an autograph. As he signed, the girl’s mother shoook her head and smiled. “She’s only doing this because her brother is on the ice and can’t get any. She’s trying to make him jealous.” Smith handed one of his sticks to the mother. “Give him this, then,” he said. Smooth move.

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Red wings send Callahan, Jensen, Tangradi and Lashoff to Grand Rapids

From the Red Wings:

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Carolina claims Martin Frk

Updated 2x at 1 PM: The Red Wings waived Brian Lashoff, Eric Tangradi, Martin Frk, Mitch Callahan and Nick Jensen on Saturday. The Wings lost Martin Frk to Carolina, per TSN's Bob McKenzie:

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‘Three Things’: On roster decision-making, Frans Nielsen and Birthday Z

Updated 2x at 11:22 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Jeff Blashill and Anthony Mantha after last night's game. Blashill had this to say about the Wings' roster decisions:

"I think we'll sit down tomorrow and we'll make decisions on our roster," he said. "We probably won't really finalize that until Monday. I think Mantha and Double A and Ouellet and Sproul and those guys – to some degree AA had some establishment here last year – but the other guys haven't been established.

"So they've laid out how they play through the preseason and we'll make decisions."

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2. ESPN's Victoria Matiash penned a set of fantasy hockey notes for each and every one of the NHL's 30 teams:

Detroit Red Wings: Frans Nielsen is pumped about the prospect of playing alongside veteran forward Henrik Zetterberg. If this 30-plus forward pairing can keep up with the kids, there's a solid chance we see the long-time Islander break the 60-point barrier for the first time in his career.

3. Henrik Zetterberg turns 36 today:

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Video- Game Highlights From Detroit’s 4-3 Win Over Toronto In The Last Preseason Game

Just under eight minutes in length.

 

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