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Grand Rapids Griffins sign Carter Sandlak, Matthew Ford

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed forward Carter Sandlak to a standard player’s contract for the 2016-17 season and forward Matthew Ford to a two-year deal.

During the 2015-16 season, Ford, 31, led the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors in goals (27) and points (27-24—51) while appearing in 64 games. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound winger also played two seasons (2013-15) under current Griffins head coach Todd Nelson when he was coach of the Oklahoma City Barons from 2010-15. Ford accounted for 100 points (44-56—100) during his two seasons under Nelson, including setting a career-high in both points (19-34—53) and assists (34) during the 2014-15 campaign. Ford was additionally recognized as Oklahoma City’s AHL Man of the Year in 2014-15 for his community involvement.

Chicago’s eighth-round (256th overall) selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Ford has racked up 306 points (149-157—306) and 359 penalty minutes in 480 career AHL games between the Hartford Wolf Pack (2008-09), Lake Erie Monsters (2008-11), Hershey Bears (2011-12), Adirondack Phantoms (2011-13), Springfield Falcons (2012-13), Oklahoma City Barons (2013-15) and Bakersfield Condors (2015-16). Ford has played in 21 career Calder Cup Playoff games, most recently with Oklahoma City in 2015, and tallied 13 points (5-8—13) and 24 PIM.

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Luke Glendening Hasn’t Lost His “Fighting Mentality”

from Orion Sang at The Detroit Free Press,

“I think I’ve had that fighting mentality my whole life,” Glendening said Monday at the Power to Move golf outing in Brighton. “I think it was the way I was raised. Every day is a blessing to be able to work hard. And whether it’s hockey or life, that’s just the way I approach it.

“The team’s obviously not satisfied with another first-round (playoff) exit. It’s great to make the playoffs, but we really want to move forward, and we’ve just got to get it done.”

Glendening says his teammates have been "pushing each other pretty hard" during off-season workouts. Detroit used most of the salary cap space cleared from Pavel Datsyuk returning to Russia to sign free agent center Frans Nielsen for six years and $31.5 million. Glendening is looking forward to meeting his new teammate.

“(Nielsen’s) obviously a great player, and it’s exciting for our team,” Glendening said. “We’re excited to have him.”

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Peter Mrazek’s Arbitration Case

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Mrazek is the only player being taken to club-elected salary arbitration and whatever contract Mrazek receives could have major implications for the Red Wings going forward.

Detroit GM Ken Holland has already made it clear that heading into training camp Mrazek will be considered the Red Wings’ No. 1 goaltender, which leaves Detroit in a tough spot. Not only does Mrazek not have a contract, but it also means Holland is expecting to pay No. 2 netminder Jimmy Howard $5.292 million. That’s a hefty price tag for a backup, even more so when you consider Detroit has a mere $4.71 million in estimated cap space, according to CapFriendly.

The big concern is how much Mrazek is worth, because he could take a considerable bite out of what cap space the Red Wings do have. Of the 58 goaltenders to play at least 20 games, the 24-year-old ranked 13th with a .921 save percentage, 16th with a 2.33 goals-against average and tied for eighth with four shutouts. At 5-on-5, only seven of the 23 goaltenders who played 2000-plus minutes had a better SP than Mrazek.

He’s a No. 1 goaltender, to be sure, and if he’s paid as such, it could mean the Red Wings have to shed some salary to sit comfortably under the cap.

more arbitration cases to watch for...

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‘Roughly Translated’: Matej Machovsky reflects upon his development camp experience

NHL.cz's Vaclav Jachim interviewed Red Wings development camper and free agent goalie Matej Machovsky regarding his experiences at the development camp. What follows is roughly translated:

Great experience, sasy Machovsky regarding Detroit's camp. Will he go to the NHL this year?

He had a great season with Plsen, who broke through to the semifinals of the Tipsport Extraliga playoff semifinals, and was the third goaltender on the Czech National Team at the World Championships in Russia. Matej Machovsky had perhaps the best season of his career, and recently he received an unexpected reward. The Opava native was invited to Detroit's summer camp. "I have a great feeling. It was a bomb, an awesome experience," he says enthusiastically.

The camp for talented Red Wings and players who've the team acquired in the past year took place from Wednesday to Sunday in Traverse City. "It was very difficult, but very interesting. I was very happy that the team provided the opportunity. People like it when they're interested. Detroit gave me a chance, people from the leadership wanted to see me in practice. It's a great reward," he says contentedly.

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Which Red Wing should inherit Pavel Datsyuk’s “A?”

MLive's Brendan Savage discusses which player might inherit Pavel Datsyuk's alternate captain's "A" this morning:

Justin Abdelkader, who will be entering his eighth full season, has taken on more of a leadership role in recent years and has been involved in speaking with the media after games and practices.

Danny DeKeyser has established himself as one of the club's top defenseman, is becoming more comfortable speaking with the media after three full seasons and will likely be around Detroit for years to come.

Gustav Nyquist has spent all or parts of the last five seasons with the Red Wings and is no stranger to the post-game media scrums.

Darren Helm has been a regular with the Red Wings since 2009-10 and was a member of the Stanley Cup championship team of 2008.

Savage continues, and the question is simple here: who gets the "A?"

Quick update: Savage appeared on WDFN this morning:

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A deke, a dangle and a ‘stick lift’

I had to laugh when Bertuzzi "lifted" Dylan Sadowy's stick tto score a goal at the summer development camp:

Slightly illegal.

The 9&10 News spotlighted Bertuzzi as one of the strongest participants in the development camp:

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Wings’ summer development camp yielded learning experiences for participants

From the Free Press's Brandon Folsom:

Long days and long nights. The Detroit Red Wings wanted each of the 40 prospects at their development camp last week at Centre Ice Arena to get the most out of the experience. That meant having players arrive to the rink at 8 a.m., practice until almost 2 p.m., take an hour break and then learn in the classroom until 9 p.m. They did so for five days straight.

Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer, who ran the camp, said he wanted each prospect, including all seven of the team's 2016 draft picks, to leave with knowledge of two or three nuances about being a professional hockey player. Whether it was learning how to conduct themselves around reporters or use social media without making themselves look bad, the Wings piled on the information.

Second-round draft pick Givani Smith said learning about nutrition from team dietitian Lisa McDowell was an eye opener.

"I think it's big, knowing what you put into your body and how it affects you," Smith said Sunday. "It really affects how you play on the ice, and it's good to hear that kind of stuff. I'm going to take what I learned here, especially from the nutritionist, Lisa, and bring that back and carry that on."


Update: The Free Press's Folsom also penned an article about the fitness testing:

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Evening news: On Dennis Cholowski, Alex Globke and a Steve Ott interview

Updated 4x at 11:58 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage penned a development camp notebook which includes a discussion of Dennis Cholowski's mature game:

"He impressed me from day 1 from the first skill sessions," said Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson, who conducted the on-ice sessions at the camp. "Just the way that he moves out there, his skills set. He passes the puck like a pro right now. He passes it crisp and firm. We got a really good indication from the scrimmages, what he's able to do and see how he can control the play and make simple plays. He makes the game look easy out there. That was my first time watching him play and I was pretty impressed."

During the two scrimmages, Cholowski had two assists and scored a shootout goal. Playing for Team Lindsay, he picked up an assist Friday in a 6-3 victory over Team Howe while also scoring in the traditional post-scrimmage shootout. Then, in the second scrimmage that ended the camp Sunday, he had an assist in Team Lindsay's 3-2 shootout loss.

"I absolutely love his demeanor and the mentality he has," said director of player development Jiri Fischer. "No extreme highs and no extreme lows and the bigger the moment, the better he plays. The bigger the moment, the harder he tries. That's a trait that when guys go through the highs and lows they have a hard time managing that. So for Dennis, he's got that advantage of hopefully the higher level he's going to be play he will be able to elevate his game."

Savage continues, discussing Jeff Blashill's take on development camp and Todd Nelson's takes on the Wings' "glut of forwards" and Dylan Sadowy's goal-scoring abilities. Savage included a video of Cholowski's comments as well:

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Arbitration Dates Set For Danny DeKeyser And Petr Mrazek

via the NHLPA,

Player Elected Arbitration

Detroit Red Wings

Danny DeKeyser - July 28, 2016


Detroit Red Wings

Petr Mrazek - July 27, 2016

Salary Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2016.

added 4:13pm,


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Morning news: (mostly) prospect-related discussion

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji penned an article discussing the evolution of the Wings' summer development camp:

"Everybody is being pushed in the offseason so we really try to use this camp to take guys to the next level in understanding what their limitations are, what their strengths are so when they leave the camp, they have some sort of a plan to tackle their limitations and improve their strengths as well," [Red Wings director of player development Jiri] Fischer said. "That's what we believe in, that everybody has to be special in order to survive in the NHL."

If they do survive and make it to the NHL, they will likely be playing with some of the same guys who were at development camp with them.

Detroit's first-round pick from last month's NHL draft, Dennis Cholowski, is from western Canada and did not know any of the players before camp.

But Cholowski roomed with second-round pick Givani Smith, an outgoing guy from the Toronto area who already knew several other players from playing with them in Guelph or playing against them around Toronto.

"When our generation was going through the camp, there was no social media," Fischer said. "Most guys didn't have cell phones in the camp. There was no face-timing and Skyping and Viber overseas and What's apps and ways to communicate. So you had to call somebody in order to talk to them or it was face to face when we got together. Now they can stay in touch the entire year so we really hope by guys using all these modern, wonderful tools that we get to enjoy, that they kick off a little bit of a start of a relationship as teammates and carry it on for the rest of the year."

Wakiji continues...

2. The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Brett A. Somers discussed Filip Hronek's attempts to battle through a lack of English-language proficiency with the help of Matej Machovsky...

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