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Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
Helm was very happy with the amount of training he was able to take part in this summer...
“Last two years, I’ve been doing a little bit of rehab and a little light lifting,” he said. “And this year I was able to do the heavy lifting and the training the way the other guys do, and at the same time being smart with what I need to do.
“I think I’m in better shape than I have been in previous years. The last couple were just getting to where I need to be to play, and this year I feel I’m in much better shape than that.”
And Tatar suggested that he's getting into his prime both physically and mentally:
For the third time in three years, I had put my head down on the pillow when I got a text from Paul, in Samsung's whistling ringtone, and I knew immediately that something was up.
For the third time in three years, Paul told me that the Red Wings had re-signed Daniel Cleary, for the third time, honoring a promise made back in training camp in 2013, and I could only shake my head and pull the covers over it.
I'm not furious like I was last summer, because this isn't a $2.5 million albatross on the cap like the last deal (with that lingering $1 million-for-10-games-played bonus still likely to force the Wings to trade someone off the burgeoning roster by the first week of October).
I'm not angry because we've been told that, this time, if Daniel Cleary is battling for a roster spot against an Andrej Nestrasil-style role player, Cleary won't win by default.
And I'm not angry because I'd resigned myself to the inevitability of Ken Holland keeping his word, consequences in terms of roster complications, cap complications and a near-revolt from fans be damned.
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the team has re-signed forward Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract.
A native of Carbonear, Newfoundland, Cleary skated in 17 games with the Red Wings during the 2014-15 campaign, notching two points (1-1-2) and six penalty minutes. The 36-year-old forward has totaled 265 points (124-141-265) and 299 penalty minutes in 609 games with the club since 2005-06. He has also appeared in 111 playoff games for the Red Wings, registering 49 points (23-26-49) and 66 penalty minutes and helped the team capture the 11th Stanley Cup championship in franchise history in 2008.
Originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round (13th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Cleary has played 938 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes and Red Wings, recording 387 points (165-222-387) and 492 penalty minutes. Prior to his NHL career, he notched 101 points (31-70-101) in 97 AHL games with the Portland Pirates and Hamilton Bulldogs from 1998-00. Prior to turning pro in 1998-99, Cleary tallied 323 points (127-196-323) in 220 games during his four-season OHL career with the Belleville Bulls. He was a two-time OHL First-Team All-Star (1996 and 1997) as well as a CHL Second-Team All-Star in 1996 and a member of the CHL All-Rookie Team in 1995.
added 5:39pm, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Updated 2x at 3:01 PM: Tomas Tatar and Mike Green showed up at the Red Wings' informal practice today, and after said practice, the pair spoke with the media.
Green seemed a little bit uncomfortable at times, but that's to be expected on someone's "first day" meeting with a new media corps (and being the flavor of the week, so to speak), and he addressed the expectations placed upon him and his probable playing partner in Danny DeKeyser;
If you live on the West Side of the State of Michigan, WHTC 1450's Gary Stevens reports that the Stanley Cup will be making a rare-for-the-summer stop in Western MI this weekend:
For the second time in seven years, hockey's Holy Grail comes to the Lakeshore, and in both instances, it wasn't because the Detroit Red Wings were champions.
Paul Goodman is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the three-time Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. As a way to say thanks to his adopted off-season "refuge" and part-time hometown, he's spending his allocated three days with the Cup in Saugatuck this weekend, capped with a cameo public appearance as part of the Labor Day afternoon boat parade from Kalamazoo Lake through the mouth of the Kalamazoo River to Lake Michigan. Goodman is also supporting a fund-raising effort for purchasing a large "Holiday Tree" that would be permanently planted in the community.
From the Red Wings:
PRELIMINARY LINEUP FOR HOCKEYFEST ANNOUNCED
… Kronwall, Howard, Nyquist Highlight List of Current Players Set to Appear at Fun-Filled Event at The Joe on Sunday, Sept. 13 …
DETROIT – The 2015 edition of Red Wings HockeyFest, presented by Coke Zero and Meijer, is set to take place at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday, Sept. 13 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), featuring an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players and Red Wings Alumni. A preliminary list of past and present members of the Red Wings set to attend this much-anticipated event can be found below. Additional players will be added to this list at a later time.
Updated 4x at 11:57 AM: The Red Wings and their Detroit-based pals took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena for what is likely their last pre-Labor Day practice on Friday morning, and DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji Tweeted from said practice...
The CBC's Elliotte Friedman dropped this bit of knowledge...
And then Wakiji resumed Tweeting:
"[Blashill] was great as an assistant but I think all along, Blash might feel that he’s a head coach and I think he wants things done a certain way,” said Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. “And I think it’s great. He went down to Grand Rapids, got the opportunity there, did great, and now he’s got an opportunity here.”
Plus, Blashill hasn’t received anything but good reviews from the former Griffins players.
“He’s had most of the guys in here, most of the younger guys, play for him in GR when they won it and they have nothing bad to say about him,” Kronwall said. “They all got positive things to say about him which is encouraging and it’ll be exciting with a new voice, we’re looking forward to the opportunity.”
Nelson continues, and here's what Kronwall has to say about Mike Green:
“Really an offensively gifted defenseman, another thing we haven’t had in years,” Kronwall said of Green. “So we’re hoping for him to just come in here and do his thing. Contribute offensively, join the rush when you can and I thought it was a great addition and excited to get to see him and get to meet him and play with him.”
Update: FYI: NHL.com released its Top 250 fantasy hockey rankings, and Henrik Zetterberg (37), Pavel Datsyuk (55), Gustav Nyquist (87), Tomas Tatar (97), Mike Green (111), Jimmy Howard (153), Petr Mrazek (158), Niklas Kronwall (160), Justin Abdelkader (176) and Brad Richards (231) made the cut.
from Helene St. Kames of the Detroit Free Press,
Looking ahead: Once Datsyuk (ankle surgery) is healthy and, presumably, on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader --with a second line likely consisting of Gustav Nyquist, Brad Richards and Darren Helm -- Tatar could find himself on the third line (plus power-play minutes). In theory, that should give Tatar plenty of open space and, in turn, give the Wings a considerable third-line punch. If not, Tatar has proved he can handle being a top-six forward and is capable of being, at the very least, a 20-goal scorer. He's a great locker room guy, too, because of his aura of irrepressible delight.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2015-16 outlook: The Red Wings filled their biggest need of the past couple of seasons by signing this right-handed shooting offensive defenseman.
He'll provide a much-needed scoring boost to a blue line that has relied essentially on Niklas Kronwall as its lone offensive threat. Green is a good skater who will frequently join the rush and has a terrific wrist shot. He'll also quarterback the top power-play unit.
Green has defensive deficiencies, which is why coach Jeff Blashill intends to pair him with Danny DeKeyser, who should help erase some of his mistakes. The other concern regarding Green is his durability, as he's been injury-prone in recent seasons.
Key question: How big an offensive boost will the Red Wings' defense get with Green?
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