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Should The Wings Take A Look At James Wisniewski?

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers a few questions from the fans...

Q: I recall the Wings were interested in James Wisniewski over the summer of 2011. They eventually signed Ian White to a more affordable deal, while Wiz secured a rich, long-term contract with Columbus. Wisniewski is a right-handed shot, has produced a high volume of points over his career (particularly on the power play), has averaged over 20 minutes per game, plays with an edge, and is a Michigan native. Given he has been bought out after missing the past season, is there any chance the Wings might actually take a flier on him? ...

A: I don't think they'd be interested in Wisniewski anymore, even though he has some qualities they can use (puck-moving ability, power play QB, right shot). Ken Holland said he doesn't want a No. 4-6 defenseman, he wants a top pairing guy or at worst a No. 3. If they make a move for a D-man I think it'll be a younger guy with upside. Also, they can't sign a free agent without shedding salary.

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Discussing Steve Ott’s pluses and minuses

The Free Press's Helene St. James examines Steve Ott's pluses and minuses this afternoon:

Looking back: Ott, the 25th overall pick in the 2000 draft, was injured this past December when he missed a check and slid into the boards, damaging both hamstrings to the point of needing surgery. He returned mid-April in the playoffs.

Looking ahead: After an attempt to sign Matt Martin (the Wings offered four years and $10 million, the same amount Martin took from Toronto) was rebuffed, the Wings took a flier on Ott in their attempt to address the need for grit. Last season's injury aside, Ott, who turns 34 on Aug. 19, has been very healthy, playing 364 of 376 games from 2010-11 through 2014-15. He's good on faceoffs (winning 56.3% as recently as 2014-15) and he's an experienced penalty killer. He's the type of player who holds opponents accountable for cheap shots. If Ott disappoints, he can be sent to the minors and his salary cap hit eliminated – but his abundant enthusiasm for playing for the Wings (he played juniors across the river in Windsor) hints Ott is eager to contribute and establish himself as a fan favorite.

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Griffins holding alternate jersey-design contest

The Grand Rapids Griffins have partnered with Uni Watch's Phil Hecken to ask fans to design an alternate jersey to be worn during the 2016-17 season:

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USA Hockey Arena proving to be a perfect fit for the NTDP

USA Hockey hosted a World Junior Selection Camp at USA Hockey Arena last week, with Team USA battling Finland, Sweden and Canada during the week-long event. IIHF.com's Andrew Podnieks penned an article discussing the U.S. National Team Development Program's decision to make the former Compuware Arena its home base:

The sale of the Whalers in 2015 left a superb complex looking for a tenant. USA Hockey purchased the facility from Karmanos and changed the name of Compuware Arena to USA Hockey Arena, ensuring the NTDP would have as brilliant a future as it had a past over the last two decades.

“For many years, we thought USA Hockey should have a place that was our own facility, a place we could showcase USA Hockey,” Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s 2017 U20 general manager explained. “Obviously, our marquee team is the NTDP, but we also play in the USHL, and we wanted a facility to be fan friendly. It’s not just NTDP; it represents the best of USA Hockey. We have the Women’s Worlds coming, and other development programs in place. It had to be special.”

“Secondly, we needed to upgrade the facilities we were using for our elite programs. By taking control of that, we’re in good shape. We invested heavily in this facility, and that’s okay. We believe this will help USA Hockey membership as a whole. Certainly the players have been eager to play here.”


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‘Catching up with Nicklas Lidstrom’

NHL.com's Cutler Klein "catches up with" Nicklas Lidstrom:

After Nicklas Lidstrom retired from a storied career highlighted by winning the Stanley Cup four times, the Norris Trophy seven times and being voted to play in the NHL All-Star Game 12 times, he knew he would have to adjust to life without hockey.

It took him a little while.

"I think I felt the first few months after you retire, you feel some relief that you don't have to get ready for another season and you don't have to work out as hard as you used to do every summer," Lidstrom told NHL.com. "So, that was kind of nice, but when the fall comes around, you're missing something. I think that's from being used to playing hockey for so long and going to training camps and being part of the new season. The first couple years, I felt that I had that feeling that something was missing when fall came around."


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Todd Bertuzzi On Nephew Tyler

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“Not to go outside my realm here, but I think he’s a player the Wings could use,” Todd told the Free Press. “He’s an energy guy, good with the puck, and good defensively.”

Credit some of Tyler’s emergence as an all-around player to another former Wing, Daniel Cleary.

“Bear had Tyler in Grand Rapids this year, they spent a lot of time together and I give Bear a lot of credit for teaching Tyler how to be a pro,” Todd said. “I can see the difference in Tyler, just in his maturity level overall. I’m very close with Dan, and he’s told me how impressed he is with how intelligent a player Tyler is at both ends of the ice. Being an ex-Wing, I know they stress a 200-foot game.

“I think there’s a good possibility that if he has a very good camp and keeps his head small, goes in there and works hard, there’s a good chance he shows them something.”

Tyler, 21, is up against a glut of forwards, but Larkin was 19 last fall when he showed his bosses he belonged in Detroit.

“We’re high on Tyler as a prospect,” assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. “It wouldn’t be a surprise if he opened some eyes. We expect a lot out of him. He warrants a long look and we expect him to have an opportunity to play some games.”


Update: The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a video of Tyler Bertuzzi discussing his off-season and participation in the Wings' summer development camp:

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Video- Want More Pavel Datsyuk Highlights?

awood40 with part 3 of the Pavel Datsyuk highlight reel.  

Watch below 43 minutes of regular season highlights from the 2014-16 seasons.

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Season Outlook For Anthony Mantha

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Looking ahead: The Wings want Mantha, who turns 22 in September, to use exhibition season to show he belongs in Detroit, just as 2014 first-round pick Dylan Larkin did last year. Between the glut of forwards and Mantha being vulnerable because he is waiver-exempt it will require standout performances, but Mantha should swagger into camp after the successful second year of pro hockey he delivered. He excelled among his peers in the AHL, and didn't look nervous at the NHL level. The biggest area Mantha needs to improve is playing in his own zone, and learning just how much faster his decision-making has to be at the NHL level. The maturity he is showing should help pave the way.


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Everyone Needs To Step It Up Says Luke Glendening

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

If the Detroit Red Wings are going to fill the void created by Pavel Datsyuk's defection to Russia and turn around their playoff fortunes, forward Luke Glendening thinks it will have to be a group effort.

Glendening says everyone will have to raise their level of play after the Red Wings barely made the playoffs before getting bounced in the first round for the third straight year....

"It's not going to be one guy's job to carry the load that he carried. That's pretty impossible. But everyone's got to do their job and do their part.

"I think a lot of guys had a down season last year and weren't exactly where they wanted to be. If everyone can take a step, it doesn't have to be a huge one, but a little one, we could be in a good spot."

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The Kid Is Ready

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