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I arrived in Traverse City relatively safely a little earlier this evening, though I can't say the same for the windshield on my Pacifica, which now sports a 4-inch battle scar when it lost a battle with a pebble near Flint. I'm here, I'm unpacked, and I'm...
Updated 6x at 2:21 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related stories, before I pack the car and head up to Traverse City, anyway:
18-plus is a crowd:
Prepare to exhale, Wings fans:
Well this is just bizarre, via RedWingsFeed:
Sovetsky Sport's K. Ivanin reports that Datsyuk's condo was broken into on August 24th, and the damages cost 1.5 million rubles--or $45,000--and Championat links us to an ITAR-TASS report stating that Datsyuk's living room was broken into.
The Red Wings' players have been skating informally at Joe Louis Arena for almost two weeks now, but the day after Labor Day is generally the "official" start of "unofficial" and "informal" skates that happen to be watched by the Red Wings' coaches and management (they're not allowed to interact with the players on the ice until next Thursday, when training camp begins, but hey, they work at the same "office"), and boy howdy, Tuesday was "back to school" day for the Wings' intrepid media corps.
We learned about Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson's initial skates at the Joe, we found that Darren Helm mysteriously took the day off, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness posted four short videos and the Detroit News's David Guralnick posited a 26-image photo gallery of the Wings' new and familiar faces.
This is a little different: under the last CBA, the NHL prohibited players who'd skated in professional hockey leagues outside of North America after the start of the NHL season to sign with teams without clearing waivers first. This year, the regular season begins early--on Tuesday, October 1st--but the Swiss National A League's regular season begins on September 12th...
And the Neue Luzerner Zeitung's Nicola Berger reports that former Wing Damien Brunner may play in a few games for his old Swiss team, EV Zug, between now and October. Brunner happens to be skating with the team, which could yield a short-term marriage of convenience.
I think that Berger's reaching a bit here--actually reaching significantly--because it's entirely probable that Brunner will land at least a pro try-out within the next seven-to-ten days, but, "Brunner back with Zug for a little while" at least makes solid sense given that he's still practicing there.
What follows is solidy-translated German, but the one part where Berger's completely out of his eleent is whens he suggests that Brunner could come back to Detroit. That's not happening, especially if Brunner's still looking for $3+ million per season.
The Plymouth Whalers and Windsor Spitfires played the teams' first exhibition games leading up to the OHL season at Livonia's Eddie Edgar Arena this past Saturday, hoping to raise funds to help build a park and memorial honoring fallen police officers and firefighters.
Today, the Whalers' Twitter account reports that the game was a smashing success:
Update: The Plymouth Whalers are also holding a "Try Hockey For Free" clinic tomorrow at Compuware Arena, and they're both taking registrations and welcoming walk-ins:
I'd have preferred to keep this within today's practice post, but as Darren Helm watch is something of a concern of international proportions, the Free Press's Helene St. James took note of the fact that Helm did not skate today at the Joe:
Last week, Helm was part of the growing-daily number of Detroit Red Wings who have had enough of summer and were getting a head start on avoiding pulled groins by skating at Joe Louis Arena. Training camp doesn't begin until next week, but there's ice at the Joe.
So why wasn't Helm on that ice today? His coach figures he knows.
"I didn't see him today, so he must be doing really good," Mike Babcock said, smiling. "He had another day off, I would assume."
Updated at 3:25 PM with some Griffins news: This story isn't Red Wings-related per se, but NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale gave the Red Wings' prospect tournament quite set of plugs and praises, and given that the lockout
[T]here's a good chance fans in attendance might catch a glimpse of a future Calder Trophy winner as the NHL's rookie of the year. It happened in 2010 when Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, the No. 7 pick in that year's NHL Draft, connected for two goals and finished with seven points in four tournament games in Traverse City before erupting for 31 goals and 63 points in 82 games with the Hurricanes en route to winning the Calder Trophy.
Updated 9x at 7:30 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related stories:
The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau finally received the go-ahead to publish the New York Rangers' prospect tournament roster, rounding out the eight teams involved, including the Red Wings (and their try-outs), the Blues, Wild, Stars, Sabres, Hurricanes and Blue Jackets. The prospect tournament starts on Thursday, September 5th and will end on Monday, September 10th (and Lindenau's posited a superb article highlighting prospects to watch at the tourney).
The Wings' main camp's on-ice portion begins on September 12th, there's an alumni game on the 14th (RedWingsCamps' Twitter account posted a picture of the spiffy one-off jerseys yesterday) and the camp includes two exhibition-game-day practices on the 16th (when the Wings play Chicago) and 17th (when the Wings play the Penguins).
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