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From the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:
Jeff Hoggan, who served as captain of the Grand Rapids Griffins for four seasons and led the franchise to its only AHL title in 2013, has penned a letter of thanks to the city, fans and former teammates and staff with the team.
The 38-year-old veteran, who learned in June he would not be offered a contract, recently moved with his wife and three children from Grand Rapids and is living in Omaha, Nebraska.
Hoggan hopes to continue his AHL playing career if he can find the right fit.
The Red Wings' prospects took part in a morning skate ahead of tonight's 6 PM-starting scrimmage at the Wings' summer development camp, and here are the interviews I managed to snag this morning:
From MLive's Tom Mitsos:
The Detroit Red Wings signed a number of forwards on July 1, the first day of free agency. After missing on Steven Stamkos, the Red Wings attempted to address their scoring problem by signing Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek.
Vanek was the surprise of the day, as the 32-year-old left winger was bought out by the Minnesota Wild in June after recording a career-low 18 goals last season. The Red Wings didn't pay a premium to get Vanek (one year, $2.6 million), so it was a low-risk, high-reward deal.
The odds of seeing Vanek score 40 goals — like he did during the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons with Buffalo — are essentially nonexistent, but can Vanek be a solid secondary scoring option for the Red Wings?
iSport.cz's Miroslav Horak spoke with Petr Mrazek's agent, Robert Spalenka, regarding his client's possible arbitration hearing with the Red Wings, and it sounds like both sides want to avoid arbitration if at all possible. Here's a rough translation of the article:
It stretches, it stretches...The case of Petr Mrazek's new contract in Detroit is moving toward a phase where the two sides could stand before an arbitrator. Which side the player wants? "I believe that the agreement will come sooner or later," hopes the goalie's representative, Robert Spalenka.
When the NHL scene tells of arbitration, many hockey players get hives. Those who undergo it can tell the time. The traditional hearing has an independent arbitrator who determines the next pay rate of athletes, and it's frequently a searing experience.
Although both sides are meant to cooperate with the court, often it doesn't happen. The logical desire of the team to pay the player as little as possible, and thus hesitate to compliment their employee and challenge their benefits. It's a rough game that weaker individuals don't have the stomach for. The representatives of the players contrast highlights of the examples of the client as if they're almost heavenly. And honestly, it also occasionally helps to have foreign merits. The result is a binding verdict by an independent arbiter. Usually for one year.
Goaltender Petr Mrazek doesn't want to go to the roulette wheel. "Arbitration between the team and players always brings feelings and words that aren't needed. If it happens, I'd like to avoid it," bluntly says the player's agent, Robert Spalenka of Sport Invest company. And if it doesn't happen? "So arbitration takes place. It's part of the system and one of the things that brings the two parties to an agreement if they cannot agree among themselves," he says realistically.
We'll call this a telling move, per Sovetsky Sport:
In St. Petersburg, "Pavel Datsyuk School's" junior camp opened on July 8th.
The curator of the camp is Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk. The school will be attended by 80 chlidren born from 2000-2006. The chlidren and youth camps will be held with support from the Russian Hockey Federation and SKA St. Petersburg.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Brett A. Somers discussed the Red Wings' decision to invest draft picks in defensemen this past June...
The last time Detroit drafted so heavily on defense was 2011, and the Red Wings hadn't spent a first-round pick on the blue line since Brendan Smith in 2007.
After choosing four defensemen in its first five selection's of last month's draft, including Dennis Cholowski at No. 20 overall in the first round, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland hopes to have built the foundation of the Red Wings' future defensive zone.
"You hope as an organization, we wake up a year or two from now and we have too many good defensemen and don't know what to do with them all," Holland said. "I'd rather be in a position like that than you get all these defensemen and you're not sure who is good enough to play in the American League."
Odds are Joe Louis Arena will be nothing but a memory, and Motown will gravitate toward Little Caesar's Arena before any of this year's selections makes a Wings' gameday roster, but Holland likes what he has seen so far as he's watched the youngsters take the ice at development camp in Traverse City.
2. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned an article discussing the format of the camp as building a foundation for the prospects' futures...
Updated 2x at 9:12 PM: Of Red Wings-related Twitter note this afternoon:
The Wings posted a video of yesterday's ping pong tournament...
And here's Evgeny Svechnikov's Twitter interview:
The second day of the Red Wings' summer development camp involved a significant amount of layering complexity into drills and ensuring that what players learned during Wednesday's skill development sessions were incoroporated into Thursday's activities.
The Wings' roster got a bit of a boost in that Joe Hicketts and Alfons Malmstrom joined the defense, and Dominic Turgeon got a good skate in for the first time after having shoulder surgery in early June. As noted in today's interviews, Turgeon says that his shoulder is doing quite well and he expects to be at 100% this fall.
I started following hockey seriously during the NHL's 75th anniversary season, the 1991-92 season, and the NHL incorporated what I thought was a completely sensible and logical tweak to its rules to help celebrate the year: the league had its teams where their "white" jerseys as home jerseys from the beginning of the season until January 1st, and on January 1st, the teams wore their "dark" jerseys as home jerseys.
This was an easy way to allow fans to see both home and away jerseys when the only "heritage" or "third" jerseys were the special ones worn by Original Six teams when they played against each other for that particular season, and it helped differentiate the first and second halves of the season.
I loved it, and today, the AHL incorporated a similar tweak to their 2016-17 season rules:
• Teams will wear light jerseys at home until the Christmas break, and dark jerseys at home after the Christmas break.
As far as I'm concerned, the NHL should eventually adopt this rule. It allows fans to see both the "white" jerseys at home and the colorful ones--including third jerseys or special jerseys for a particular season--at home during the second half of the year, and after enough time, you figure out that if it's before Christmas/New Year's, a white jersey is a home jersey, and if it's after those holidays, the white jersey is the road jersey.
I love it, and it's a fantastic idea.
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. From Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples...
When Griffen Molino was asked whether he felt any pressure at this week’s Red Wings development camp in Traverse City, the Trenton native had a rather humble response.
“Me, I don’t feel much pressure,” Molino told MiHockey. “I just try to have fun with it. I personally never really expected to get this far anyways, so, you know, it’s all been pretty fun up-to-date. I’m just trying to take it in stride and do my best. I know that if I get my head down and grind it out, everything will work out just fine.”
The ‘aw-shucks’ approach doesn’t do justice for Molino’s budding hockey career, however. After two impressive seasons in the USHL – 2013-14 with the Sioux Falls Stampede and 2014-15 with the Muskegon Lumberjacks – Molino secured a spot in the line-up with the Western Michigan Broncos.
With an impressive showing as a rookie forward in Kalamazoo, Molino earned a free-agent invite spot at the Red Wings’ camp in Traverse City – in a year where Detroit significantly scaled back their invite list.
This past season, Molino, 22, was named to the NCHC All-Academic Team while still finding time to post 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 total points in 36 games with the Broncos as a freshman. He was the NCHC’s rookie of the month for December and the No. 2 star of the week on Dec. 15 for all of college hockey.
2. And the Free Press's Brandon Folsom profiled Dennis Cholowski:
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