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Osgood reunited with first goalie coach in Saginaw

File this one under a "neat story": the Saginaw News's Hugh Bernreuter reports that Chris Osgood's status as a part-owner of the Saginaw Spirit has yielded a reunion of sorts with his first goalie coach:

Phil Myre spent 10 days in Alberta, watching a couple of goaltenders the Detroit Red Wings were thinking about drafting.

Myre thought he saw something special in the little one, the one who looked like the 12-year-old stick boy.

So in 1991, on Myre's suggestion, the Detroit Red Wings took Chris Osgood with the 54th overall pick.

More than 25 years later, their paths crossed again when Osgood became a part owner of the Saginaw Spirit Ontario Hockey League team, one that employs Myre as a goaltender consultant.

"Phil was my first goalie coach," Osgood said. "Not all teams had goalie coaches back then, so I didn't really have that kind of coaching until Phil.

"He became my mentor of sorts. He's one of the top goalie coaches around."

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Anthony Mantha Must Impress To Make The Wings Roster

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: Even with Teemu Pulkkinen (shoulder surgery) and Tomas Jurco (back surgery) due to start the season on injured reserve, the odds are against Mantha making the season-opening roster.

Mantha would need to excel in training camp and the preseason and the team would need to suffer another injury or two. Mantha would need an opening in the top nine. He's not going to play on the fourth line and he won't be on the roster as a healthy scratch when he could be playing regularly at Grand Rapids. This is his final season of waiver-exemption.

After a rough start to his pro career in 2014-15 (fractured leg in prospects tournament, below average season in Grand Rapids), Mantha showed some promise and maturity in 2015-16. He played OK during a late-season call-up.
Mantha has a lot of raw talent. His size is important to an organization with a lot of smaller forwards. He's a natural goal-scorer with good offensive instincts and moves well for a big man. He is effective around the net on the power play.

Mantha must play hard every shift. He's not going to be a two-way player but can't be a defensive liability.


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The overnight report: A ‘hype video,’ Griffins jersey contest winners, and even more Magic (man…)

Of...we'll call it "hockey-related note that may be of interest to Red Wings fans"...this morning:

1. The Red Wings have posted a "hype video" for the final season at the Joe, and it's...sure strange to watch a highlight clip that doesn't have #13 in it:

2. In the AHL, via the Free Press's James Jahnke, the Grand Rapids Griffins announced the winner and runner-up of their fan-made jersey design contest:

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Saskatoon approves Howe family’s funerary plan

From the CBC Saskatoon:

Gordie Howe's cremated remains can now be officially interred at the base of the statue that honours him at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

On Tuesday, the City of Saskatoon received confirmation from the provincial government approving an official request it made on behalf of Howe's family, to have the statue and a small portion of land adjacent to the statue, designated a cemetery.

Howe's family approached city officials earlier this summer, saying it was their wish that the hockey star's remains be buried at the statue. Howe's late wife, Colleen, is the only other person whose remains will be buried there. She died in 2009.

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A bit more about Chris Osgood, part-owner of the Saginaw Spirit

Chris Osgood was announced as a part-owner of the OHL's Saginaw Spirit today, and the Midland Daily News's Dan Chalk reports that Osgood's very enthusiastic about his role...

“A dream of mine was to be involved in the (Canadian Hockey League) and junior hockey,” said Osgood, who played in the Western Hockey League of the CHL before reaching the NHL.
The Spirit fans are passionate about hockey, Osgood has observed, and he’s eager to help the team win a title.

“You have to start winning some more games than we have in the past, to get the community excited about hockey,” Osgood said. “They already are (excited). But we truly believe that with Jimmy Devellano (and Bordeaux and myself), we can bring this to the next level.

“I’ve spent a lot of time at the Joe (Louis Arena), obviously, and I’m tired of hearing about (fellow OHL teams) London and Windsor,” Osgood added good-naturedly. “I want to start hearing about the Spirit more. I want us to beat those guys, have a great season, make the playoffs, win some series.

“Let’s go win some games, and let’s have fun this season,” Osgood, 43, said in conclusion as the crowd cheered.

And the Spirit are equally impressed with Osgood's passion, as they told the Saginaw News's Hugh Berenreuter:

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Savage profiles Zach Nastasiuk

MLive's Brendan Savage profiles Zach Nastasiuk today, and he spoke with Nastasiuk regarding his first pro campaign, which was split between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toledo Walleye:

But being sent down to Toledo in the ECHL after starting the season in the AHL with the Griffins did pay some dividends that could better prepare Nastasiuk for his second full season as a pro hockey player.

"Obviously you want to be at the highest level you can be, but it's always good to go down and play a lot more minutes and feel the puck again, get the confidence back up in Toledo," said Nastasiuk, the Red Wings second-round pick (48th overall) in the 2013 NHL draft.

"There's good players down in Toledo. I think the details, the higher level you get, the details and time and space, you obviously don't have as much as that. So I think that was one of the biggest differences that I found for me going down to Toledo is it's good to feel the puck and be able to make plays and stuff like that."

Nastasiuk had 13 goals, 15 assists and a plus-16 rating in 52 games while going "up and down" between Grand Rapids and Toledo.


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Chris Osgood joins Saginaw Spirit’s ‘ownership team’

According to the Saginaw Spirit, Chris Osgood has joined the 'ownership team" as a part-owner in the franchise. This follows last week's announcement that Jimmy Devellano will serve as a part-owner as well.

Update: The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned a profile of Osgood:

Chris Osgood, who won three Stanley Cups as a goalie for the Red Wings before retiring to broadcasting, is joining the ownership team of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

Jim Devellano, the senior vice-president of the Red Wings, who managed the renaissance of the franchise beginning in the 1980s, became part of the ownership of the Spirit last week.

Osgood is 10th in career wins for a goalie, at 401 and he played 17 years in the NHL.

An ownership role is somewhat ironic for Osgood, who was not immediately available for comment.

Krupa continues...

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Five Wings prospects make ESPN’s Pronman’s Top 120 NHL prospect list

ESPN's Corey Pronman issued a list of his top 120 NHL prospects, and several Red Wings made the cut in an Insider-only entry:

55. Anthony Mantha, LW, Detroit Red Wings
Age: 21 | Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 214 | 2015-16 team: Grand Rapids (AHL)
Previous ranking: 70

After a down season in his rookie pro campaign, Mantha has bounced back somewhat and looked OK in his brief showing in Detroit to end the season. What the Wings coaches have been yelling in Mantha's ear for pretty much the last two seasons is to play every shift as if it's his last. He still takes some off, but improving that attribute was a big reason why he looked a lot better this season. The fact he's a 6-foot-4 forward who can skate, shoot and handle the puck at above-average levels makes him a very quality prospect.


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Red Wings, Toledo Walleye renew affiliation agreement

From the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

The Toledo Walleye and the Detroit Red Wings agreed to extend their affiliation agreement on Monday.

The Red Wings have been Toledo’s NHL parent club since the Walleye’s first season in 2009-10. The organizations signed a two-year extension that lasts through the 2017-18 season.

Toledo will once again develop the Red Wings prospects while serving as Detroit’s AA affiliate in the ECHL. The Walleye will exchange players with the Red Wings’ American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids.

The relationship has been mutually beneficial, according to Neil Neukam, the Walleye's executive vice president, and general manager.

“The Wings have been great to work with,” Neukam said. “The Walleye and Wings go hand in hand. It’s been a great pipeline for the Wings to have their top two affiliated teams [nearby]. Anytime that they are in a pinch, they can pluck a guy and bring him up.”

Monroe continues, and the Walleye made things official this morning:

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The Season Outlook For Jonathan Ericsson

Ansar Khan of Mlive with his outlook for Jonathan Ericsson,

2016-17 outlook: Ericsson's performance declined for the second year in a row, after he appeared to be trending in the right direction the previous few seasons.

He continues to commit too many turnovers, particularly when pressured. He's not a punishing player, or particularly physical, despite leading D-men in hits, but someone his size could be harder to play against. He needs to play with more intensity. He could box out better. He could move his feet more and not get caught flat-footed as much.

After playing on the top pairing with Niklas Kronwall for much of the past few seasons, Ericsson's role might diminish, unless he shows marked improvement. He could be on the third pairing, not playing against top lines as much. He'll likely continue playing regularly on the penalty kill.

Ericsson has been bothered by hip issues the past few seasons.

Key question: Will Ericsson significantly improve his puck management?


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