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Prospect tournament ‘15: Friday practice impressions

The Red Wings' prospects will face the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at 7:30 PM, and it looks like the roster for this evening's game will be the one that the practice lines indicated (and many thanks to Scott MacIntyre for the Tweet):

Practice was what you'd expect from a tournament's morning skate--a lot of reinforcement of fundamentals of Red Wings play and a little bit of pushing players out of their comfort zones, but nothing dramatic packed into about 45 minutes' worth of ice time.

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Afternoon news: On Pulkkinen, Miller, Tatar and Quincey

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

Fox Sports Detroit posted videos of comments from Teemu Pulkkinen...

And Drew Miller speaking with the media...

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Teemu Pulkkinen’s Mindset Heading Into The Season

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

Pulkkinen: If I score goals, I'm going to play. If I'm not going to score goals, I'm not going to play. That's the thing.

Pulkkinen: It's easier every night to play because you know you're playing a lot so even if you make 1 mistake it doesn't matter.

 Pulkkinen: When you're playing less, you have to be kind of careful what you're doing on the ice.

Pulkkinen: You cannot do anything stupid or you're not going to play.

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Savage profiles Andreas Athanasiou

MLive's Brendan Savage posited a profile of Andreas Athanasiou:

[T]he good news for Athanasiou – and everyone else who has played for the Grand Rapids Griffins the past three years – is the Red Wings head coach knows exactly what they can (and can't) do. There are no question marks there.

Jeff Blashill will be behind the Red Wings bench after coaching the Griffins for the past three years and that could bode well for guys like Athanasiou if Detroit dips into the minors for some manpower this season.

"I think it's a big thing," said Athanasiou, the Red Wings' fourth-round pick (110th overall) in the 2012 draft. "I played for him for a year so he was able to see me and the rest of the guys. He's got a perspective of how the players are and he pays attention to that. He knows what each player is capable of and knows what each player's strengths and weaknesses are. It's a big thing."
Like virtually everyone else who played for Blashill in Grand Rapids, Athanasiou has nothing but good things to say about the Red Wings new bench boss.

"He gets along well with the guys," Athanasiou said. "Every day he comes in and he's ready to go. He gets the guys going every game. I haven't seen a coach do that too many times. He has the ability to get the boys going every game and everybody wants to play for him. I learned so many things from him. In practice and in games he taught me so many things."

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Prospect tournament ‘15: audio from Friday’s morning skate

The Red Wings' prospects took to the ice for a game-day skate ahead of tonight's prospect tournament opener against Carolina, and coach Todd Nelson put the youngsters through game-day drills over the course of a spirited and quick 45-minute practice.

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A New Season For Tomas Jurco

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

When Jurco was playing, he wasn't scoring and he admitted that weighed on him.

"I think it was one of the biggest factors for me," Jurco said. "It was hard for me to not be scoring as much as I was used to before and not playing as much, so of course when you do that for a few months it’s hard to keep your confidence high. Of course it was one of the factors, but it’s a new season and I’m ready for it."

Jurco is also ready to be reunited with his AHL coach, Jeff Blashill, who took the Wings head coaching job when Mike Babcock departed for Toronto.

"I played a couple seasons under Blash," Jurco said. "He’s a great coach, a great guy. I’m really excited for the season. It’s hard to say now what he’s going to be like but we all played under him, half the room played under Blash and we had some good achievements. We all know Blash and we’re all excited to play under him."

Jurco said he has spoken to Blashill about the upcoming season and his role, but he declined to give specifics of their conversation.

"I think Blash wants me to work hard, but I think Blash knows what kind of player I was before," Jurco said. "He had a chance to see it, so he knows I can be a different player, too. I’m not saying he’s going to put me on the power play and expect me to score 30 goals but I think he wants me to work hard and work my way up to maybe first three lines so I can provide offense. It’s going to be up to me. Just the good thing is Blash knows I can do it."

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More real estate fun for the Red Wings’ rink project

From the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar, via RedWingsFeed:

Owners of the Red Wings want to double the size of a street near the massive new arena being built in Cass Corridor and hinted they also hope to redevelop three empty buildings near the arena.

But the fate of three other buildings seem much more unclear.

The Wings’ owners would like to widen Temple Street between Cass and Woodward avenues. That stretch of Temple is one block north of the 650,000-square feet new sports/entertainment venue under construction. It’s slated to open in 2017.

The plans were revealed Thursday evening to the Detroit Historic Designation Advisory Board by representatives for Olympia Development of Michigan, which is the development arm for the Wings owners. The advisory board helps shape local historic districts in the city. It’s currently working on a historic district proposal named after nearby Cass Park. That proposed historic district includes the stretch of Temple where Olympia Development has big plans.

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Minister Mickey

Red Wings color commentator Mickey Redmond took up an invitation to marry a couple of Red Wings fans this past summer, and WDIV explains how and why "Minister Mickey" came to play out what was once nothing more than a joke from WDIV sportscaster Bernie Smilovitz:

Mickey appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 yesterday to explain the situation as well:

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This year’s prospect tournament theme may be ‘here come the Hawks’

From NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale:

Potential future stars of the Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks will make their debut in the 17th Traverse City prospects tournament here at the Centre Ice Arena from Sept. 11-15.

The five-day Traverse City prospects tournament is hosted by the Detroit Red Wings and precedes their training camp at the same location, beginning Sept. 18. The event, which began in 1998 with four teams and expanded to eight teams in 2006, has become an annual preseason staple for coaches, general managers and scouts to evaluate their prospects against their peers.

"There's a following for the Detroit Red Wings at this tournament, but there are also a lot of Blackhawks fans around the area," Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. "It's a rivalry we miss during the regular season since we don't see them as many times [at Joe Louis Arena] since we're in the Eastern Conference now.

"[The Blackhawks] are a really well-run organization with some top prospects, so to have those players come into our tournament is going to be outstanding. They're one of the blueprint franchises now which other teams are trying to model themselves after. I'm excited to have them in the tournament and I think they'll have a really good following."

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The Unknown Outlook For Johan Franzen

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: Has Franzen played his final game? The big, enigmatic forward with a history of concussions is determined to play again and is working hard on and off the ice in hopes of being cleared for training camp.

He resumed skating lightly late last season and turned up the intensity during informal pre-camp practices. But he continues to experience regular setbacks, casting doubt on his ability to make a full recovery.

If Franzen isn't cleared to play, he'll go on long-term injured reserve, providing cap relief for the club, possibly for the duration of his contract. He's not likely to retire and sacrifice the money remaining on his pact.

If Franzen is cleared to play at some point this season, he'll give the club another top-six forward option. It's impossible to predict how effective he would be, but he's always been a player capable of dominating in stretches -- one who also has no impact for long periods.

Key question: Will doctors clear Franzen to play at the start of the season, or at some point during the season?

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