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The Detroit Red Wings Announce NHL Regular Season Opening Game For The 2014-15 Season

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings quest for the 12th Stanley Cup in franchise history begins on Thursday, Oct. 9, when the Boston Bruins, the defending Presidents’ Trophy winners, pay a visit to Hockeytown for a 7:30 p.m. showdown at Joe Louis Arena.

In conjunction with Opening Night, all fans in attendance will receive a 2014-15 Red Wings magnet schedule, courtesy of Belle Tire, as Detroit and Boston meet in a rematch of last year’s opening round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Remembering Bob Probert

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

One of Brogan Probert’s fondest memories involving her father has nothing to do with hockey.

It was the day he decided to give her an impromptu driving lesson.

“We were out in the county in our 454 Chevelle SS,” recalled Bob Probert’s oldest daughter.

She got out of the car and switched seats with her dad, taking the wheel.

“He told me to floor it,” Brogan said. “I was 12 years old.

“That’s one of my favourite memories. It was a great one.”

Preserving the memory of their father, the former Detroit Red Wings tough guy who died of a heart attack at the age of 45 in 2010, is of paramount importance to the four Probert children – daughters Brogan, 19, Tierney, 17 and Declyn, 14, and twin brother Jack – and their mother Dani.

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Ken Daniels Talks Wings

Ken Daniels joined Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon show and the interview started off with some Bill Peters talk but quickly turned into Wings talk.

Worth a listen as Daniels joined Jeff Marek, Doug MacLean and Brad May.

The link takes you to the full podcast but the Daniels segment starts at the 15:45 mark.

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Do You Want Joe Thornton?

via Mike Stone of CBSDetroit,

According to Pierre Lebrun of TSN’s hockey insiders the Red Wings are among the teams that have called the San Jose Sharks about the possibility of acquiring Joe Thornton.

He will be 35 next month and is due to make $6.75 million for each of the next three seasons.

I would only be interested in him if the Wings did not have to give away any of their young talent. He is coming off an 11 goal season, and his goals per game was 0.13 which is the third straight season it has dropped. In fairness his assists per game of .079 was the highest since the 2009-2010 season.

Thornton would definitely help this team, but I do not think he is worth the price in both salary and what the Wings would have to give up to get him.

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Replacing Bill Peters

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

“Mike Babcock’s done a good job in finding replacements when we’ve lost people,” Holland said. “I’ll talk to him in the next day or two. We’ll start out by exchanging ideas. I’m sure some people will reach out to us and tell us that they’re interested in the job in Detroit and we’ll slowly find a replacement.”...

“I’m sure Mike is thinking about it right now,” Holland said. “I’m in no rush. There have been so many people let go in the industry the last month I’m sure there’s a few looking for another opportunity. And I’m sure there are people with real good experience in the American League or juniors that would like an opportunity. We’ll have some good candidates and we’ll eventually find somebody.”

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News Of The Day

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Jonas Gustavsson will be back with the Detroit Red Wings for a third season.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that "it appears we've agreed to a one-year deal."

Gustavsson, 29, was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but both sides were interested in extending a relationship that began in the summer of 2012. Gustavsson is coming off a two-year, $3-million deal. His extension is expected to be in the same $1.5-million ballpark.

Holland said Gustavsson has returned to Sweden, but paperwork should be sorted out within days.

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The Detroir Red Wings Release Their Pre-Season Schedule

Detroit, MI – The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2014-15 preseason schedule.  The Red Wings will skate in a total of eight preseason games, including four games at Joe Louis Arena, highlighted by three matchups with Original Six rivals in the Chicago Blackhawks (Thu., Sept. 25), Boston Bruins (Sat., Sept. 27) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Mon., Sept. 29).  A home showdown against the Pittsburgh Penguins is also slated for Wed., Oct. 1.  Tickets for all Red Wings home preseason games will go on sale Fri., Aug. 15 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office (313-471-7575), all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) or online at DetroitRedWings.com.  The complete 2014-15 preseason schedule can be found below. 

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On Detroit’s Recent Moves

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Detroit comes out of this pretty much unscathed. Gustav Nyquist made the most of his sophomore campaign, picking up a ton of offensive slack when Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg went down with injuries and now all three will be raring to go in the fall. Tomas Tatar showed that he too could be a full-time contributor, while Danny DeKeyser was great on the blueline until his own shoulder malady cut into his rookie campaign. And Brendan Smith finally got to play a full season with the Red Wings, proving he belonged during an effective year.

The Wings still have some big-name free agents to deal with, notably Daniel Alfredsson, who led them in scoring during that bizarre 2013-14 campaign. And Jordin Tootoo has already been put on waivers. But for a team that has always been super-patient with its youth, Detroit now has several kids who really took advantage of their opportunities when the Wings needed them.

Now Detroit no longer needs Bertuzzi, Samuelsson or Tootoo – and the Wings can probably jettison a veteran or two more. If anything, they’ll be even more dangerous in 2014-15 now.

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Red Wings overnight report: on a slowly evolving philosophy and even more assistant coaching fun

Out of Wednesday's Red Wings news stories, especially regarding to the team's buyout of Jordin Tootoo (he'll clear waivers at noon today, and be bought out at that time) and the team's decision to cut ties with Todd Bertuzzi (who joins Mikael Samuelsson and probably David Legwand and Kyle Quincey in the, "See ya later, good luck in your future endeavors" category), it was at least a little refreshing to hear that the Red Wings' front office plans on taking advantage of the new "wining and dining" period between June 25th and June 30th instead of tossing sticking with the, "If you don't re-sign by July 1st, we're moving on without you" philosophy.*

Ken Holland told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that he plans on putting talks with the team's potential unrestricted free agents off until they can gauge the free agent marketplace and come back to the Wings to negotiate comparative salaries (though the team's highly likely to re-sign Jonas Gustavsson as its back-up, and Daniel Alfredsson's said that he only wants to play for Detroit if he continues his playing career)...

“The other guys I’m not sure,” Holland said. “I basically told the other agents we’re not doing anything right now. Under the CBA on June [25], which is next Wednesday, we can start talking to potential unrestricted free agents.

But this comment to Pleiness suggests that those of us who'd like to see the Wings trade for the rights of, oh, I don't know, Dan Boyle, might be disappointed:

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Good-Bye Bert

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson won’t be returning next season.

As far as the rest of the unrestricted players go, the team will take a wait-and-see approach.

“The other guys I’m not sure,” Holland said. “I basically told the other agents we’re not doing anything right now. Under the CBA on June 27, which is next Wednesday, we can start talking to potential unrestricted free agents....

“There’s a lot of chatter about trades, but I don’t know if things will come to fruition or not,” Holland said. “If we go out and sign one or two people we’re basically done. These guys might be the best options we’ve got, but right now we want to keep our options open so we can explore.”

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