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Denmark’s Olympic hopes look slim as Nielsen, Danes lose again

Very briefly: After losing 5-2 to Belarus on Thursday, Frans Nielsen and Denmark needed to win their final two games at the Group D Olympic qualification series to earn a 2018 Olympic berth. Today, Nielsen finished at -2 with 2 shots as Denmark lost 3-0 to Slovenia, pretty much ending the Danes' Olympic qualification quest, and the team lost goaltender Fredrik Andersen to an injury as well.

Nielsen's taken 4 shots and finished at -4 over the course of 2 games. Not a spectacular outing for the Red Wings' new second-line center, but he hauled tail from Detroit to Denmark just after the birth of his son to take part in the Olympic qualifying games.

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The Outlook For Jimmy Howard

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: The Red Wings tried to trade Howard in the off-season, but a limited market, his hefty contract and inconsistent play the past couple of seasons prevented a deal. Now Howard will start the season as Petr Mrazek's backup and the club is forced to commit $9.3 million in cap space to goaltending.

But Howard also gives the Red Wings a proven, experienced backup as an insurance policy in case Mrazek is injured or falters, like he did after the All-Star break.

Howard started strong in 2015-16, struggled midway through and played better near the end. Consistency has been an issue since midway through 2014-15, when he suffered a slight groin tear, and at times previously in his career.

If Howard can regain his All-Star form, the club would have quite a goaltending tandem.

Howard surely will be exposed in next June's expansion draft. If he's not selected, the Red Wings will try again to trade him. A buyout next summer is another possibility.

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The overnight report: More Zetterberg talk, 1995 playoff goals and Olympic qualifying news

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Henrik Zetterberg spoke with his local newspaper, Sundsvalls Tidning, speaking with Eric Westlund regarding his knee injury...

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‘Roughly Translated’: Ken Holland addresses Zetterberg’s injury in a conversation with Aftonbladet

Aftonbladet's Tomas Ros spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding Henrik Zetterberg's injury, and here's a rough translation of their conversation:

"I wasn't the one who stopped Zetterberg"

Detroit manager about the Tre Kronor's heavy setback

He's the assistant general manager of Team Canada and Zetterberg's GM in Detroit.

But Ken Holland can't do anything but lament Zetterberg's exit.

"It wasn't me who stopped Henrik. It was his body," says the legendary Detroit GM.

Ken Holland is one of the most respected leaders in the NHL. He's worked with the Red Wings since 1985 and always had a good eye for players from Sweden. No wonder that the team's had pros Tomas Holmstrom, Johan Garpenlov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson.

Now he tells Sportbladet that it was this week in Detroit and it was the details that ended with Henrik Zetterberg throwing in his hat.

"I saw Henrik on the ice on Monday and he looked good. I also saw him on Tuesday and he looked okay out there. But our trainer told me that he hurt his knee during an off-ice training. Nothing on the ice," Holland says, and continues:
 
 

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Chris Osgood speaks with WDFN’s Matt Sheppard

WDFN's Matt Sheppard spoke with Red Wings broadcaster Chris Osgood yesterday, addressing Osgood's decision to buy in to the Saginaw Spirit, his take on the Wings and his baseball allegiances growing up:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Henrik Zetterberg addresses his knee injury

Via RedWingsFeed, Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom spoke with Henrik Zetterberg regarding his decision to pull out of the World Cup due to a knee injury. Here's a rough translation thereof:

Henrik Zetterberg: "It's very hard"

Los Angeles. Henrik Zetterberg will miss the World Cup. Rather than waiting, he'll rehab at home in Detroit.

"It's of course very disappointing. Yes, it's really hard," says Zetterberg

Sport-Expressen discussed the Tre Kronor--and spoke to the Detroit center on Thursday afternoon, Swedish time.

"It's really hard to have to miss the World Cup, but the knee's been bothering me for some time, so everyone was warned that it could be like this," says Zetterberg to Sport Expressen.

It's his left knee that's injured.

After an MRI in Detroit yesterday, Wednesday, the decision was made that Zata would decline the Tre Kronor and the World Cup.

"I won't go into details about the injury itself."

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Red Wings list prospect tournament schedule

From the Detroit Red Wings:

2016 NHL Prospect Tournament begins Sept. 16
Top NHL hopefuls from eight NHL teams battle for Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup from Sept. 16-20

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host seven other NHL teams during the 2016 NHL Prospect Tournament at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Friday, Sept. 16 to Tuesday, Sept. 20. Returning to northern Michigan for the 18th season, the eight-team tournament is comprised of the Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Tickets for the tournament are still available for $10 per day, which covers four games, exclusively at Centre Ice Arena or online at http://www.centreice.org

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Walleye to honor Jeff Lerg with a unique bobblehead

Former Toledo Walleye goaltender Jeff Lerg has moved on to play in Europe, but the Walleye are remembering their stalwart netminder with a really cool bobblehead this fall:

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ESPN’s Pronman profiles each and every NHL team’s top prospects, including the Wings

ESPN's Corey Pronman penned a massive Insider-only entry today, discussing the top 10 prospects for each and every one of the NHL's 30 teams. He ranks Detroit's prospects as follows (with "top 120" ranking in parentheses)

1. Anthony Mantha, RW (55)
2. Joe Hicketts, D (59)
3. Evgeni Svechnikov, LW (62)
4. Villi Saarijarvi, D (64)
5. Axel Holmstrom, C (78)
6. Xavier Ouellet, D
7. Tyler Bertuzzi, LW
8. Dylan Sadowy, LW
9. Filip Hronek, D
10. Dennis Cholowski, D

And Pronman has this to say about the Wings' prospect pool:

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Henrik Zetterberg Won’t Play In The World Cup

added 8:37am,

added 9:31am,

Update: The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa's still looking for confirmation...

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