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What Former Red Wing…

... Ran a lawn maintenance business during his playing days and also competed in a NHL arm wrestling championship in Las Vegas.

Who is it...

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23 minutes of Hall-of-Fame(r) goals

I don't quite know how AWood40 does it, but he compiled every goal scored by the Red Wings' Hall of Fame lineup from the 2002 playoffs, and as you might imagine, when you've got 8 skaters in the mix, you...

He still found 23 minutes' worth of highlights, which certainly seems to indicate that the Red Wings' key performers were their "best players."

Oh, and they're cataloged on a player-by-player basis, which cranks up the degree of difficulty to the mid-teens:

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The overnight report: On charitable endeavors, prospects and the ‘new NTDP on the block’

Updated with HSJ on Kronwall @ 11:53 PM: Of Red Wings-related note on an incredibly quiet Saturday:

1. I wasn't able to attend, but I hear this was pretty awesome, as per usual:

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Will Blashill allow Kindl to hit the re-set button?

Given the large number of prospects pushing for jobs on the Red Wings' defense, the Free Press's Helene St. James wonders aloud whether a certain Jakub Kindl could be the player for whom the coaching re-set yields the best results:

Looking ahead: The Wings have tried to trade Kindl and have found no takers, which is a bit curious given a cap-friendly hit for a defenseman who can skate and handle the puck. Maybe Kindl will have a better chance under new coach Jeff Blashill, but the addition of Mike Green makes it look like Kindl will be competing with Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith for third-pair time, and there's also young challengers on the horizon in Alexey Marchenko and Xavier Ouellet. Kindl is 28, a time when players usually find their stride. It's fair to wonder how high Kindl's confidence level can be, given the past two seasons under Babcock. Kindl has shown on and off that he's an NHL-caliber player. It's up to him to take advantage of the change in coaches.

If Kindl doesn't prove that he can be a consistent defenseman, he might be the first player to go so that the Wings can sneak back under the salary cap's upper limit.

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Dylan Larkin “Ready For The Pro Ranks”

via Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

What’s your take on Dylan Larkin? Personally, I wouldn’t take any other prospect other than Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

I’m pretty high on Larkin myself. It was a big blow for Michigan when he decided to sign his entry-level deal with the Detroit Red Wings this summer, but based on how mature his game is and the speed at which he plays, I can see why he believed he was ready for the pro ranks. Playing in the AHL with Grand Rapids will be a good challenge and let’s not forget: he’s still eligible for the world juniors. So watch out for Team USA this year.


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The overnight report: A charitable softball reminder; on Franzen, Jurco and fantasy hockey rankings

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Joe Kocur Foundation's annual Charity Softball Classic takes place tomorrow in Highland, MI, and in addition to a long list of Red Wings past and present, they're bringing in a ringer:

2. One of tomorrow's participants happened to appear on WDIV Local 4's evening news on Friday, and he informed Bernie Smilovitz that the Wings coaches' preparation for the 2015-16 season begins in earnest next week:

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‘Expertly Translated’: Jiri Fischer discusses his present work and future aspirations with Hokej.cz

Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer gave an interview to Hokej.cz's Adam Bagar yesterday, and TMR reader Josef Jankovic kindly translated the article into English. Here's a superbly-translated English version of said article:

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The Zetterbaby is here!

From the Red Wings:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Teemu Pulkkinen discusses off-season training with MTV3

Teemu Pulkkinen spoke with MTV Sport in Finland, and here's a very rough translation of his interview:

Teemu Pulkkinen wants to take a spot on the prestigious Detroit Red Wings team. However, it's not enough for the 23-year-old forward.

Teemu Pulkkinen played 31 NHL games last season and scored 8 points. On the farm league the AHL the Vantaa-based player's fireworks display was impressive, with the right-shooting shot hitting the opponent's net 34 times. Now he faces a new season and new goals.

"The first objective is to get to play regularly in the NHL. But that's not enough for me. I'm going there to succeed and to score goals, it's my job. The game's to steal a spot, and then score goals," Pulkkinen says to MTV Sport.

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The Detroit Red Wings Announce Theme And Promotional Games

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the theme nights and promotional schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Fans will have an opportunity to collect Red Wings themed T-shirts, winter hats and much more throughout the upcoming season.

Highlighting the exciting list of theme nights and giveaways are a pair of Hockey Hall of Fame Nights to honor Sergei Fedorov (Nov. 10 vs. Washington) and Nicklas Lidstrom (Feb. 23 vs. Columbus) for their induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame this season. All fans in attendance at each game will receive a collectible print of the Red Wings Hall of Famers.

New this season, the Red Wings will issue themed T-shirts for two of the team’s Community Nights. The first 5,000 fans in attendance for Breast Cancer Awareness Night (Oct. 16 vs. Carolina) and Military Appreciation Night (Nov. 13 vs. San Jose) will receive the custom T-shirts. For more information on the Red Wings charitable programs and initiatives, visit www.DetroitRedWings.com/CommunityRelations.  

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