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Today's the second day of the Red Wings' summer development camp, and it will kick off the first of three days (though the first is followed by a scrimmage on Friday and an "off-day" before a Sunday-Monday slate) spent emphasizing skill development with Tomas Storm and significant time spent learning the Wings and Grand Rapids' systems of play on the ice to familiarize players with the style of play they'll be expected to master at the fall prospect tournament and, if they're lucky, the Wings' main training camp...
And off the ice, the Wings will subject their prospects to the sometimes brutally rigorous level of fitness training required at the NHL level under the guidance of Wings strength and conditioning coach Peter Renzetti..
As noted yesterday, the most notable figure attending the development camp is one Darren Helm, who gave a difficult interview to the press corps regarding the state of his still-healing back. The Detroit Free Press's George Sipple revisits Helm's comments this morning:
I feel like I'm falling down on the job here. I'm sitting in a room with two folks who are doing a helluva job transcribing over an hour's worth of interviews into something digestible, and all I can offer you at present is a chunk of audio meatier than ten pounds of steak. With news cameras in tow and professional photographers snapping pictures, the blogger whose readers paid his way up...
May or may not be doing a decent job. You're going to have to tell me what I need to improve on, what you want to see more of, and what you feel I can do better (also known as "constructive criticism is welcome").
The biggest things I'll say about today's session at the Red Wings' summer development camp are that:
Updated 4x at 7:25 PM: My apologies for the lateness of this entry: somewhere in the middle of writing my evening report, the concourse at Centre Ice Arena began to fill with day hockey campers, and somewhere between the thirtieth and fortieth time I heard some song about Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and whose fault something was, captain fuzzy bear decided that he ought to go shopping for provisions and a longer extension cord lest he get agimitated.
In any case, I posited a boatload of interviews from day 1 of the Red Wings' development camp, but those who are better at transcribing took note of Darren Helm's comments about his health, including Michigan Hockey's Nick Barnowski, who spoke with Helm regarding his fitness level...
Updated at 7:28 PM: Via RedWingsFeed, restricted free agent defenseman Brendan Smith has filed for salary arbitration with the Red Wings. The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms that Smith, who earned $875,000 this past season (pro-rated for 48 games, of course), has indeed filed:
The first day of the Red Wings' summer development camp, at least from a personal perspective, was...Strange.
I was able to watch the first group skate, but almost completely missed the second group's workouts--including Tyler Bertuzzi dropping the gloves with Nick Jensen (Jensen shrugged off the fight afterward)--because I made the decision to, for better or worse, hang with the media pack.
As such, I snagged some good quotes from Tomas Holmstrom, Jiri Fischer and Mattias Janmark-Nylen, and at least stuck my microphone into scrums that Chris Chelios, Anthony Mantha and Jared Coreau...
.From Centre Ice Arena:
Of note for Red Wings fans who want to purchase training camp tickets:
The Red and White game, which will take place on Sunday, September 15th, 2013, will start at 11 AM instead of 12 PM.
The ticket order form for the Red vs. White game will be removed from the Centre Ice website for the present moment, but when it is corrected it will become available again.
Saturday's ticket sale is still on here at Centre Ice from 9 AM to 2 PM, and the tickets sold on Saturday will be amended to reflect the Red vs. White game's new start time.
Last-minute change to the Red Wings' summer development camp schedule: the workout times listed by the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau are still accurate, as is today's practice schedule (ditto for Friday's scrimmage from 5-7 PM)
12:00 pm – 12:50 PM: Team Lidstrom practice (Admission Free)
1:00 pm – 1:50 PM: Team Yzerman practice
But for Thursday, the practice schedule goes like this:
The Detroit Red Wings' summer development camp kicks off today with a slate of short practices from 12-12:50 and 1-1:50 PM (take note, campers: Thursday and Sunday's two-a-day morning practices start at 8 AM, not the customary 8:30 AM, so adjust your alarm clocks accordingly), and while the vast majority of its participants consist of players who are turning pro with the Grand Rapids Griffins this year and a long list of free agent try-outs...
The most notable skater involved will find himself attempting to round back into shape while working alongside players who are anywhere between four to six years younger than he is. Darren Helm's going to test his long-ailing back under what's quite honestly a remarkably fast-paced set of drills and some downright grueling off-ice training under the guidance of Wings strength and conditioning coach Peter Renzetti.
This isn't exactly make-or-break-it time for Helm, but he told MLive's Brendan Savage that he's battling a slight case of the butterflies as he prepares to begin his off-season training regimen in early July, all after missing the 2013 season with chronic back issues:
Red Wings overnight report: rounding up Chelios/Shanahan Hall of Fame news, prospect talk and Homer!
Updated at 1:08 AM: I am delighted that former Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan were named part of the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2013 induction class today (ditto for the Bettman dig), but I sure as hell picked an awful travel day, because two players with long and storied careers being feted for their accomplishments = enough stories and tributes to keep someone who's "hitting the wall" up all night (and as it turned out, this post ended up taking two-and-a-half hours to create regardless of its format).
As such, I'm probably committing a disservice to the narrative that ought to be weaved by the stories I found regarding Chelios and Shanahan over the past two hours, but I kind of sort of need to do something that often makes my tummy turn given that I'm supposed to be embarking on covering the Wings' summer develompent camp later this morning: I'm going to posit a "digest" post, with some prospect-related news at the bottom.
The Red Wings were one of the beneficiaries of the NHL's new "wining and dining" window in which teams are actually legally allowed to speak with unrestricted free agents-to-be regarding their possible "fits" in new cities.
This used to go on in generalities broached by players agents and GM's, and the extra-legal pre-free agency chit chats about, say, a client who may be available for X dollars at Y years, probably still went on between the trade deadline and the start of free agency, but the "wining and dining" window is at least supposed to bring that out into the open and actually allow both UFA's-to-be and prospective employers get to know each other over days as opposed to career-defining minutes and hours after noon.
The problem with the "wining and dining" period this year, as ESPN's Craig Custance notes (in an Insider-only article), is that dollar amounts were already being exchanged before the NHL, at the behest of one GM (cough Dean Lombardi cough), clarified the rules, and not everyone adhered to the rules of engagement given that nobody really knew what the boundaries were:
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