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Three Red Wings players are listed among EA Sports’ NHL 14’s top 50 players

Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien took a look at NHL.com's pictorial-form list of EA Sports' NHL 2014 player rankings, and I'm happy to say that O'Brien found a familiar face near the top of the heap:

NHL.com kindly shared the top 50 player ratings for EA Sports’ upcoming NHL 14 title on Friday, so that naturally opens the door for outrage and excitement.

Obviously, the first few guys represent familiar faces, with Sidney Crosby and Pavel Datsyuk tied for the highest (active) player ratings at 95 each. Here’s a screenshot of each players ratings, so you can dispute someone’s speed or hand-eye coordination in the comments:

Here's Datsyuk (click to "embiggen"), listed 2nd behind Crosby...

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Fox Sports Detroit’s Regner speaks with new Red Wing Daniel Alfredsson

Daniel Alfredsson made his first "official" (at least media-viewed) appearance at Joe Louis Arena on Friday, and after taking part in an informal skate with the Wings, he spoke with Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner about his acclimatization process...

“It felt good to finally come here and skate,” Alfredsson said. “It’s been a few months since I signed, and the only thing that has happened is moving the family. We arrived yesterday, and coming here, skating with the guys, almost makes it feel that it’s real now. I’m excited to be here, and I’m really looking forward to this challenge and what I can do for the team.  Hopefully, I can have a good year.”

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Red Wings Friday practice post: Alfredsson arrives, Filppula stuff, charitable notes and ‘Nar Bar’

Updated 2x at 3:08 PM: Once again, the Red Wings' players took part in an informal skate at Joe Louis Arena this morning...

#11 appears to have shorn his locks, too:

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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard’s new mask channels the Spirit of Detroit

Goalie mask-painting maestro Ray Bishop revealed Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard's 2013-2014 season goalie mask this morning, and Howard's lid has a very specifically Detroit-related theme:

So the Shelby Mustang's gone, and instead, the Spirit of Detroit's raising Detroit's skyline. Very, very cool stuff, especially given what the city's going through and the rest of his gallery's available on Facebook (and yes, I know that SI's Allan Muir posted the mask art at the same time, but I had the thing bookmarked after an inadvertent quick-look leak last night).

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For players like FuturePro Goaltending’s Jeff Lerg, the pro hockey journey is a winding road

I spoke with former Michigan State University goaltender Jeff Lerg during the Red Wings' summer development camp, but between the workload and the nutso summer, the story got away from me. This is quite belated, but especially given that the Red Wings just released their prospect tournament roster with no goalie under Jake Paterson's 6'1" on their roster, and given that Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples recently reported that a similarly-diminutive goalie in U of M's Matt Hunwick just retired...

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Do Ken Holland and Mike Babcock disagree about personnel? Yes, and they like it that way.

I don't usually transcribe radio interviews, but TMR readers have an incredibly regular argument, I mean flame war, I mean debate, as to whether Red Wings GM Ken Holland and Mike Babcock all but come to blows regarding player personnel, and I'm happy to say that Babcock resolved that issue while speaking with The Fan 590's Greg Brady and Jim Lang, he addressed that issue directly:

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Red Wings offer prospect tournament roster

From the Red Wings' PR department:

RED WINGS RELEASE 2013 NHL PROSPECTS CAMP ROSTER… Eight NHL Teams Face off Next Week at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. …

Detroit, MI... Hundreds of potential future NHL players will hit the ice next week, as the Detroit Red Wings will host their annual NHL Prospects Tournament at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. from Sept. 5-9. This year’s roster includes the Red Wings’ top pick from each of the last four NHL Entry Drafts in Riley Sheahan (21st overall in 2010), Tomas Jurco (35th overall in 2011), Martin Frk (49th overall in 2012) and Anthony Mantha (20th overall in 2013). Mantha also headlines a group of four players from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft who will be in attendance. Prospects from the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues will also be competing in this year’s tournament.

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Red Wings afternoon news: on Helm, the passing Mule, odds and prospects

Updated 3x at 4:19 PM: During today's Red Wings summertime practice at Joe Louis Arena, Darren Helm skated with the team, but his status in terms of recovering from his back issues remains...tenative...according to MLive's Brendan Savage:

Savage penned an article about Helm's recovery (as Paul noted, the Free Press's Helene St. James covered the, "WTF is Fil doing at the Joe?" angle, video interview with Filppula included) and thought processes as training camp approaches...

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Johan Franzen - The Hockey Player

from Dave Goricki of the Detroit News,

Franzen doesn’t like the “goal-scorer” tag.

"I am not a goal scorer,” he said. “I am a hockey player. I never look for goals. I look to play good and then people score or I do."

Franzen is looking forward to the new competition in the Eastern Conference.

"It will be a lot of new faces and you've got to learn how those teams play, and it's going to be different, probably take a while before you get to know everyone," said Franzen. "You have to be extremely focused and you've got to come prepared because we've played so many years (in the Western Conference) and you pretty much know every guy on those teams."

Franzen plans to make himself scarce once the HBO 24/7 cameras come out prior to the Winter Classic: "I'll try to hide somewhere. I really don't like being in front of the camera."

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Goodbye ‘Flip’

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Saying good-bye is hard to do, and so Valtteri Filppula showed up for one of his final practices at Joe Louis Arena, dressing for one of the last times in Detroit Red Wings gear, getting one of the last few head-hugs from BFF Niklas Kronwall....

"I'm definitely excited about Tampa and new team, new place," Filppula said. "At the same time, I've had great years here and a lot of great friends. That way is tough."

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