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The Outlook For Thomas Vanek

Ansar Khan of Mlive with the season outlook for Thomas Vanek,

2016-17 outlook: Concerned about their offense and lacking a right-handed shooter among their top-six forwards, the Red Wings took a flier and signed Vanek to a low-risk deal.

A one-time prolific goal-scorer with the Buffalo Sabres, Vanek has been in decline the past couple of seasons. He doesn't skate well and has been criticized for taking too many shifts off.

But he has a good shot and offensive instincts. He's a big body and goes to the net, but he isn't abrasive. He will play on the second or third line and should help a power play that struggled most of last season.

The Red Wings also hope Vanek will be highly motivated to get another contract.

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AWood40’s playoff goal highlights spotlight ‘96, ‘97 seasons

AWood40 issues some heavy artillery today, providing Wings fans with the team's playoff goals from the 1996 and 1997 post-seasons:

 

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FYI: Griffins single-game tix go on sale September 16th

The Grand Rapids Griffins revealed the date of their single-game ticket sales via a Tweet this morning:

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World Cup practice Twitter post-in-progress

Of Red Wings-related note from today's World Cup of Hockey practices across North America and Europe:

1. Dylan Larkin's a 3rd-line player on Team North America, which is practicing in Montreal...

2. There's nothing substantial as of yet, but the Czech press is all over the Mrazek-Neuvirth-or-Pavelec goaltending debate...

3. Team Europe's practice in Quebec City was something of an "optional":

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The Outlook For Frans Nielsen

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: After Pavel Datsyuk returned to Russia it was imperative the Red Wings acquired a top-two center. They picked up one of the best two-way centers available in free agency.

Nielsen is a good play-maker who makes his linemates better and has some finishing ability. He will be a key component on a power play that regressed significantly last season.

Nielsen also can kill penalties if the club opts to utilize him in that capacity (he led the league with seven shorthanded goals in 2010-11).

Nielsen should earn the Red Wings a couple of extra points in the shootout over the course the season, since he's one of the NHL's all-time best.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Alexey Marchenko talks about his contract, the World Cup and Datsyuk

Via Sport-Express, Alexey Marchenko spoke with the TASS news agency, and here's a rough translation of his interview:

Hockey: Marchenko said that the negotiations regarding his new contract with Detroit passed quickly

"In June, it was clear that there was a contract that could be signed and I didn't think about it," said the athlete.

Rustam Sharafutdinov/TASS: Negotiations on a new contract between Russian national team defenseman Alexey Marchenko and the NHL team "Detroit Red Wings" passed quickly. This, the hockey player told TASS.

Marchenko was drafted by Detroit in 2013. Last summer, his two-year contract expired, and a new agreement for three years was announced in early July.

"It was possible to reach an agreement within a month, fast enough. In June it was already clear that there was a contract to be signed, and I didn't think about it," said Marchenko.

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‘Three Things’: A possibly prophetic statement, Ericsson’s ‘numbers,’ etc.

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The AP's Larry Lage spoke with Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns and Justin Abdelkader regarding the World Cup of Hockey, whose training camps begin today across North America and Europe, and Abdelkader issued a statement that I can only describe as summarizing what everyone's afraid of happening, and what everyone hopes will happen, at the same time:

"We're going to go from 0 to 100 mph right away," Detroit Red Wings and Team USA forward Justin Abdelkader said. "Knock on wood, no one gets injured, and they'll be in great shape to help their NHL teams."

[edit: Yes, people will get injured going from 0-100 mph right away, and yes, some will be in fantastic shape to have a stellar season. /end edit]

2. And DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji penned a "By the Numbers" look at Jonathan Ericsson's 2015-16 season. It's accurate:

Ericsson, 32, was like many of the Red Wings this season, playing some excellent games and some that were not up to his usual standards. Yet Ericsson did match his career high in points and was one of 12 players to finish with a plus-rating.

Coach Jeff Blashill said the team needs everyone to play better defensively, but the defensemen in particular.

"The D corps has to play better," Blashill said. "Is that a fix from outside? Is that a fix from within? We’ll certainly look at both. Is there a fix from outside? I don’t know. What I do know is as a group we can certainly be better and that’s including in the D corps."

15 | For the third time in his career, Ericsson reached the 15-point mark, his career high. He also reached 15 points last season and in the 2010-11 season. Interestingly, each time Ericsson has achieved that mark, it has been three goals and 12 assists. Last season, it took all 82 games to get 15 points. In 2010-11, it took 74 games. This past season, Ericsson reached 15 points in 71 games.

Wakiji continues, and as she suggests, as frightening as it may seem, the Red Wings need Jonathan Ericsson and his peers in the lineup to step up this season for the team to succeed.

I know it's hard to "root for" players as unpopular as Ericsson, but ultimately, the better Ericsson and Kronwall play (for example), the better the Red Wings play as a team. Jonathan Ericsson isn't my favorite Red Wings defenseman, but I want him to do well. I completely understand the lamentful suggestion that he suck on ice to prove a point, but proving that point doesn't help the team--and with so many uncertainties surrounding the Red Wings' fate, they need help from everybody.

[edit: Oh the comments section is going to be fun today, isn't it? I'm not suggesting that Ericsson and Kronwall are the Wings' saviors, just that even the mediocre-or-sucky-this-past-season have to step up...and that you're not a bad person if you spend your time doing something other than actively rooting against players who aren't your cup of tea. Anyway, yell around, I'm sure it's coming. /end edit]

3. And yes, I have to post this. I'm down to 11 days and about $1,200 to raise to get up to Traverse City, so I'm singing for my supper:

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Afternoon news: Tweets of note, playoff questions and a wise philosophy

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Dylan Larkin has reached Montreal to take part in Team North America's World Cup training camp...

2. Danny DeKeyser also sent out this Tweet on Saturday evening...

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Dylan Larkin Looking Forward To The World Cup

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin can't wait to play with many of the best players age 23 and younger from the United States and Canada for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

He's also grateful for one other thing.

"I'm happy [Edmonton Oilers center] Connor McDavid is on our roster because I've been chasing him around for a while since his days with the Toronto Marlboros (in 2011-12), so it'll be nice being on his side" Larkin told NHL.com on Wednesday. "You hear nothing but positive things [about McDavid], and obviously he's a great player, and I'm happy he's on our team."

Larkin, 20, should play a significant role for Team North America and could end up as a linemate with McDavid in the eight-team tournament that will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17-Oct. 1. He is scheduled to depart for Montreal on Sunday with practices beginning at Bell Centre on Monday.

"I think this is going to be great because it's a group of guys coming together who are all in the same position; we're young guys in the NHL trying to prove ourselves," Larkin said. "I think the other teams aren't underestimating us, but we don't have that pressure. We're just going to have a ton of fun and play with a lot of speed, and I think teams might be on their heels when they're playing against us."

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Justin Abdelkader And Dylan Larkin Headed To World Cup Camp

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Justin Abdelkader is excited about representing his country again. Dylan Larkin is looking forward to joining peers from both sides of the border on the international stage.

Abdelkader and Larkin are among seven Detroit Red Wings participating in the eight-team World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

Abdelkader and Team USA start training camp Monday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Larkin and Team North American – consisting of the top 23-and-under U.S. and Canadian-born players – begin camp Monday in Montreal.

The tournament runs from Sept. 17-Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre.

"It's great for the league, great for all the countries involved, the players," Abdelkader said. "It's a good way to kind of kick the season off."

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