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Pulkkinen picked up by Minnesota Wild

Updated 7x at 2:55 PM: From Sportsnet's Chris Johnston:

Update:

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Practice Tweets: Zetterberg, Smith miss practice

Updated 8x at 1:39 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, preparing for Thursday's season-opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji chronicled practice...

#RedWings Zetterberg and Smith not skating. Both participated yesterday.

As did the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

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Bob Duff speaks with WDFN’s Sheppard

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with WDFN's Matt Sheppard in a 12-minute interview, discussing the Wings' roster decisions, the potential of the team trading for Jacob Trouba, the "new guys" and other topics:

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Red Wings send Mantha to GR, Kronwall to IR

From the Red Wings:

So AA is on the team and the Wings will start with Sproul and Ouellet on the roster.

Update: Here's the Wings' press release:

Mantha to Griffins
Detroit also placed defenseman Niklas Kronwall on injured reserve

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Anthony Mantha to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings placed defenseman Niklas Kronwall on injured reserve.

The Red Wings will travel to Florida tomorrow in preparation for Thursday's season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket) and Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers (7:00 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket). Detroit will open its home slate on Monday, Oct. 17 versus the Ottawa Senators.

Update #2: And from the Griffins...

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‘Three Things’: A Red Wings season outlook, KH’s importance and Twitter stuff

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan previews the Western and Eastern Conferences as part of the Detroit News's NHL season preview, and here's Kulfan's take on the Wings...

Detroit Red Wings

Coach: Jeff Blashill, 2nd season

2015-16: 41-30-11, 93 points (3rd)

Leaders: Goals — Dylan Larkin, 23; Assists — Henrik Zetterberg, 37; Wins — Petr Mrazek, 27.

Losses: C Pavel Datsyuk, C Brad Richards, D Kyle Quincey.

Additions: LW Thomas Vanek, C Frans Nielsen, RW Steve Ott.

Pressure is on — Gustav Nyquist: Nyquist and fellow RW Tomas Tatar both need to get back to their offensive levels of two seasons ago. They weren’t good enough a season ago.

Rising star — C Dylan Larkin: As good as Larkin was last season, there’s likely more there for this exciting young player.

Outlook: Datsyuk was getting old and his production was declining, but he will be missed on and off the ice. The defense looks beatable, too. They’ll miss the playoffs by a whisker.

2. Ken Holland made USA Today's list of the most important people in hockey:

20. Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings general manager: In addition to commanding professional sports’ longest active playoff streak of 25 years, Holland is one of the league’s most respected voices when it comes to rule changes. He initiated and lobbied aggressively for the change to 3-on-3 overtime.

3. And on Twitter:

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It’s a frustrating time to be a Red Wings fan

If you're not sure what position I hold on the continuum between fan and pretend objective reporter, I will tell you this: I struggled mightily to sleep last night and this morning because I'm upset with the Red Wings' roster decisions of late. I'm assuming that the Wings are going to lose Teemu Pulkkinen on waivers today, and I lost sleep over it.

I want the Red Wings to do well, and especially under a salary cap model, the natural order of team-building involves accommodating 1 or 2 forwards and 1 or 2 team-developed defensemen as roster players on a yearly basis. It's how teams develop, it's how teams evolve, and it's how you manage the salary cap.

For some reason, since 2012 or so, Ken Holland has chosen to add one or two veteran forwards and/or one or two veteran defensemen every summer, and as a result--and as we knew would happen when the Wings re-signed Drew Miller and signed Steve Ott this past July--the Wings have lost Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk to waivers, and they've chosen to jettison Calle Jarnkrok and Mattias Janmark in prospect-for-pure-veteran-rental trades.

Would the Wings be a better team with Nestrasil, Frk, Jarnkrok, Janmark and now probably Pulkkinen on the team? That's hard to say--we're not talking about superstars here--and it almost isn't even the point as to why so many Wings fans are frustrated with Ken Holland's roster-making decisions this morning.

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Wings Power Play Motto Will Be Everyone To The Net

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Passing the puck around on the perimeter, looking for the perfect opportunity on the power play, will be a thing of the past for the Detroit Red Wings, if John Torchetti has his way.

Torchetti, the new assistant coach in charge of the power play, is stressing a more aggressive approach: Get the puck on net, pronto, and have players rush the net for second chances.

"One thing John Torchetti has introduced is the seven-second rule off the faceoff, where it's automatically going (to the net) so everybody knows where it's going and we're going to try to outnumber them at the net," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Most power plays in the NHL all look kind of the same when we pre-scout them. The ones that seem to have success get pucks to the net and more bodies to the net than the opponent's bodies at the net."

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Walleye coach Dan Watson making difficult roster decisions

The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reports that the Toledo Walleye are facing the same kind of roster decisions that every team has to make at this time of year:

With the Walleye season opener Friday, coach Dan Watson faces some tough roster decisions. Toledo opened up its second week of training camp with 23 players Monday. The ECHL’s active roster maximum is 21 players for the first 30 days of the regular season.

“It’s chaotic,” said Watson, who starts his first season as head coach with 13 players that competed for him when he was an assistant with the organization. “It’s the worst time of the year to be a head coach because you have to have tough conversations.

“But it’s a really good problem to have because I know there are other teams out there that would love to be sitting in this chair having to make these decisions.”

The 21 players who make the team will board a bus Wednesday night for an 11-hour trip for the team’s season opener Friday at Atlanta.

“At the end of the day, when we jump on the bus on Wednesday night we will be very confident that we have the best,” Watson said. “You try to be loyal and as honest as possible. But some players might not be up to par.”

Monroe continues, discussing the Walleye's particularly road-heavy early schedule...

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The overnight report: A conversation with Zetterberg, interviews with Larkin and a Kronwall update

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa spoke with Henrik Zetterberg at extended length, addressing Zetterberg's desire to continue playing at a high level while young players slowly but surely fill the void left by Pavel Datsyuk's departure.

According to Zetterberg, the game the Wings and NHL'ers of a certain vintage find te game to be a little less free-form than it used to be, but Wings coach Jeff Blashill's encouraging creativity among the Wings' players this season:

“Well, we still have fun when playing this game,” he said. “But, you know, I think it’s changed. I think with all the technology you have around the game now, with all the analytics and stats and stuff like that, it’s more of a system game than it was before.

“But you’ve still got to find opportunity to be creative. And I think that’s got a lot to do with the coach. I think you’ve got to have a solid defensive system. But once you have the puck you should be able to do stuff on your own and create stuff. I think some teams probably don’t have that.”

Coach Jeff Blashill, he said, has made it clear he believes the Red Wings have the foundation.

“Here, this year, that’s what Blash is telling us: We have a solid foundation, and once we have the puck we can be creative,” Zetterberg said.

Krupa continues, and the News posted a clip of Zetterberg's conversation with Krupa:

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TMR evening line: ‘It’s a hard business’

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan asked Wings coach Jeff Blashill to weigh in regarding Teemu Pulkkinen's situation, and Blashill was blunt:

“You come back off shoulder surgery and your tryout is three games, it’s not fair,” Blashill said. “It’s a hard business, but with that said, I have lots of belief in him.”

Kulfan continues...

Update: Make it a pair of evening lines, via the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

“We think Nik Kronwall is going to play here in a week or two, so we’re not putting him on long-term IR,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. “We want to carry eight defensemen, so we’re only carrying 13 forwards and two goaltenders.

“When the roster is named tomorrow, we’re going to have the 13 forwards that we think – we being (assistant GM) Ryan Martin and myself and coach (Jeff) Blashill, and from talking to (special assistant to the GM) Kris Draper and the assistant coaches – that we think are going to give us the best chance to win games starting Thursday in Tampa.”

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