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Audio from practice at the first day of the Red Wings’ prospect tournament

The Red Wings' prospects spent about 45 minutes practicing ahead of tonight's game against Minnesota at the prospect tournament, mostly engaging in drills involving retrieving dump-ins, defensive positioning, breakouts, and at the end of the practice, both goalie-challenging lateral movement drills, faceoff drops for centers and some d-to-d passing and shooting with a screened player in front of the net.

Griffins coach Jeff Blashill may or may not have been kidding when he tapped me on the leg with his stick and said, "That's the best morning skate I've had in years!" but the Wings' prospects were sharp, chipper and receptive to the coaching of Blashill, Spiros Anastas, Jim Paek, Chris Chelios, Jiri Fischer and Jim Bedard, and they all seemed to be both genuinely looking forward to their three games (Minnesota tonight, Dallas tomorrow and St. Louis on Sunday) for two reasons:

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St. James: Daniel Cleary may yet return to the Red Wings…Somehow…

The Detroit Free Press's Helene St. James delivers some absolutely baffling news given the Red Wings' roster crunch and salary cap issues, stating that Daniel Cleary's going to start skating with the Wings today, and that the Wings are still interested in somehow bringing Cleary back into the fold:

Cleary ultimately decided he wants to stay in Detroit, and the Wings do want him back. He was their second-leading scorer in the playoffs, with 10 points in 14 games, leading the team with five points in the second-round series against Chicago.

The Wings already have 16 forwards under contract for next season and plan to carry 14. However, there are several unknowns, starting with the health of Darren Helm and Mikael Samuelsson. Both missed almost all of last season, and Helm said earlier this week he isn't yet pain-free and doesn't know whether he'll be able to take part in scrimmages when camp begins in one week. Samuelsson said he's healthy, but will he stay so?

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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard among NHL’ers to take part in photo shoot promoting outdoor games

Updated with Howard @ NYSE news at 10:15 AM: This is...different...per the NHL:

TOP OF THE ROCK® TO HOST NHL PLAYERS ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 6

Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center® will host 10 NHL players on Friday, Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a special photo, video and interview opportunity to celebrate the six regular-season games set to be played in outdoor locations during the 2013-14 NHL season: the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic® and the four-game 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.

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Red Wings morning news: on the prospect tournament, robbery, marriage and charitable news

The Red Wings' prospect tournament is getting underway...Well, the first players hit the ice at 8:30 AM, and the Wings and their try-outs will be skating at Centre Ice Arena at 11:30, with the Wings slated to tangle with the Minnesota Wild at 7:30 PM this evening.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Chris Dobrowlowski spoke with Centre Ice Arena's tournament and training camp director, Ann Reeves, about a tournament whose alums include (as the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau reported) over 400 NHL'ers and 34 players who've played in 400 or more NHL games, including Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Ilya Kovalchuk, Scott Hartnell, David Legwand, David Backes, Jimmy Howard and Kari Lehtonen, and SI's Stu Hackel's statement that 8-team tournament is the NHL's biggest, most well-established, and possibly its best isn't far off:

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Rare double-Cup (Calder, Stanley) appearance to take place near Grand Rapids, MI

This is pretty cool: the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that the Grand Rapids suburb of Grandville, MI will be hosting both the AHL's Calder Cup and the NHL's Stanley Cup this weekend, making a rare double-appearance for charitable purposes:

The Stanley Cup, emblematic of the winner of the NHL championship, and the Calder Cup, which goes to the champions of the AHL, will be at Osgood Brewing, at 4051 Chicago Drive SW., on Saturday afternoon.

The Stanley Cup, which belongs to the Chicago Blackhawks, will be in the possession of Blackhawks equipment assistant Jim Heintzelman, who formerly worked with the Grand Rapids Griffins, and will be on site from 4-8 p.m.

The Calder Cup, making one of its many West Michigan appearances following the Griffins’ first AHL championship, will arrive around 5 p.m. with host Brad Thompson, the Griffins' equipment manager.

Pictures with the cups will be available for a donation to a charity to be determined. A professional photographer will also be on hand.

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Red Wings’ rink deal to be discussed at City Council hearing today

This should be...Interesting. According to the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar, Detroit's City Council has decided to hold a public hearing regarding the public funding portion of the Red Wings' next rink, and while the money involved comes from property taxes collected by the quasi-governmental Downtown Development Authority and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and Aguilar notes that the particular revenue stream has been in place for over 20 years...

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Red Wings early overnight report: on making it up as I go along and gnus about Helm and Samuelsson

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...

Overwhelmed.

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All Is Well

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Red Wings mid-day news: Helm returns to informal skate; prospect stuff, Weiss and an unlikely trade

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:

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Chesnokov: Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk’s Yekaterinburg condo burglarized

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.

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