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Audio from the last day of Red Wings training camp: Kronwall, Cleary, Babcock, Datsyuk and much more

The Red Wings will get a full day off after playing the Chicago Blackhawks this evening (8 PM EDT, no TV, WGN Radio), but the gents were hard at work in terms of both the players taking part in the game-day skate--minus Johan Franzen, who has a hip flexor issue--and the non-game-day guys, minus Brendan Smith, who has a wee groin tweak.

At this point in the exhibition season, the Wings just don't feel the need to aggravate any tweaks or twinges, so players are going to be sat out as preventative measures.

I haven't seen the Hawks' lineup yet, but here's what the Wings' lineup should look like based upon today's practice (and the rest of the team drove home immediately after practice ended at 12:15):

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Wings’ Morning Skate Update

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Barlcay Goodrow turns down AHL offer from Wings, heads back to North Bay

I witnessed Ken Holland, Ryan Martin and Jiri Fischer have "a talk" with camp try-out Barclay Goodrow on Monday, and 100% of the time, that's a "fish or cut bait" sign, but I chose not to ask them about their discussion as I'm still a little overly polite. Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager found out what happened via the North Bay-Nippising News...

Captain Barclay Goodrow is to join the team Thursday, the eve of the Battalion’s Ontario Hockey League regular-season opener on the road against the Kingston Frontenacs.

Right winger Goodrow, who has been in camp with the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings, informed Stan Butler, Battalion director of hockey operations and head coach, via telephone of the impending return.

“He was offered an American Hockey League contract but decided to play an overage year in North Bay instead,” said Butler.

And Goodrow confirmed that he's heading back to the OHL for one more season on Twitter:

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Red Wings morning report: Wings-Pens-Hawks, defensive present and future, Howard and coverage gnus

The Red Wings' 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins wasn't exactly a thing of beauty, but for a game in which the Red Wings were really just getting their feet under them, the team played very solidly. As noted in the quick take, Adam Almquist scored two goals and Pavel Datsyuk scored a beauty, and as NHL.com's highlights are still a mess in terms of embedding, we'll rely on the Wings' Twitter account for video this morning:

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Red Wings-Penguins pre-season quick take: the Wings played Alm right

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Monday night, and the game was expertly live-Tweeted by one Ken Kal--though we'll be in the dark  thanks to a TV-and-radio-less game against Chicago on Tuesday (at 8 PM; Chicago scrimmaged on Monday night).

How did the Wings "look?" Via RedWingsFeed, the NHL did post non-embeddable highlights, and the Pens' beat writers will cover it, but here's what I thought:

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Red Wings evening news: on the Wings-Pens game, Mantha, Helm, Lashoff and Franzen

Ken Kal's calling play-by-Twitter, the Wings are keeping track of the game, there's a box score and game summary up, a bootleg stream which died and a clunky new one (please beware pop-ups/spyware), too, and in theory, we're "underway"...

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I hate that snuff

Every time I've gone into an NHL locker room--especially during a prospect tournament or summer development camp--I have been greeted by the unpleasant sight of little cans of chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, dip, whatever you want to call it, and it's incredibly frustrating to see usually young fellows (and usually European ones) who have worked so very, very hard to get into fantastic shape either taking a pinch or stealing a pinch from someone else's tin of Kodiak or especially Swedish stuff.

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Former Red Wing Damien Brunner’s headed to New Jersey

I hate to say it, but the whole dang hockey world called it. When the New Jersey Devils let Ilya Kovalchuk "retire" to avoid a massive NHL-KHL showdown and get that huge contract off the Devils' books, it was assumed that Damien Brunner would be joining the Devils.

And, wouldn't you know it, via RedWingsFeed...

And Paul...

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Former Wolverine Aaron Ward starts ‘Ward’s Warriors’ program to honor military personnel

FYI via RedWingsFeed:

Quoting MGoBlue Athletics:

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Red Wings-Penguins pre-season game-day stuff: Mantha excited, Howard ready to go, Helm still meh

Updated 2x at 3:21 PM: Audio aside, after the game-day skates (which were fascinating to watch), the Red Wings' game-day players flew from Detroit to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins tonight (7 PM, WPCW and semi-legal streams around the world), and I have to admit that I was speaking with Landon Ferraro when the Wings' beat writers spoke with the star of the day:

The Red Wings' first round pick in the 2013 draft is indeed going to play against a pretty solid Penguins lineup this evening, and the incredibly happy camper spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James...

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