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I witnessed Ken Holland, Ryan Martin and Jiri Fischer have "a talk" with camp try-out Barclay Goodrow on Monday, and 100% of the time, that's a "fish or cut bait" sign, but I chose not to ask them about their discussion as I'm still a little overly polite. Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager found out what happened via the North Bay-Nippising News...
Captain Barclay Goodrow is to join the team Thursday, the eve of the Battalion’s Ontario Hockey League regular-season opener on the road against the Kingston Frontenacs.
Right winger Goodrow, who has been in camp with the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings, informed Stan Butler, Battalion director of hockey operations and head coach, via telephone of the impending return.
“He was offered an American Hockey League contract but decided to play an overage year in North Bay instead,” said Butler.
And Goodrow confirmed that he's heading back to the OHL for one more season on Twitter:
The Red Wings' 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins wasn't exactly a thing of beauty, but for a game in which the Red Wings were really just getting their feet under them, the team played very solidly. As noted in the quick take, Adam Almquist scored two goals and Pavel Datsyuk scored a beauty, and as NHL.com's highlights are still a mess in terms of embedding, we'll rely on the Wings' Twitter account for video this morning:
The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Monday night, and the game was expertly live-Tweeted by one Ken Kal--though we'll be in the dark thanks to a TV-and-radio-less game against Chicago on Tuesday (at 8 PM; Chicago scrimmaged on Monday night).
Ken Kal's calling play-by-Twitter, the Wings are keeping track of the game, there's a box score and game summary up, a bootleg stream which died and a clunky new one (please beware pop-ups/spyware), too, and in theory, we're "underway"...
Every time I've gone into an NHL locker room--especially during a prospect tournament or summer development camp--I have been greeted by the unpleasant sight of little cans of chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, dip, whatever you want to call it, and it's incredibly frustrating to see usually young fellows (and usually European ones) who have worked so very, very hard to get into fantastic shape either taking a pinch or stealing a pinch from someone else's tin of Kodiak or especially Swedish stuff.
I hate to say it, but the whole dang hockey world called it. When the New Jersey Devils let Ilya Kovalchuk "retire" to avoid a massive NHL-KHL showdown and get that huge contract off the Devils' books, it was assumed that Damien Brunner would be joining the Devils.
And, wouldn't you know it, via RedWingsFeed...
FYI via RedWingsFeed:
Quoting MGoBlue Athletics:
Updated 2x at 3:21 PM: Audio aside, after the game-day skates (which were fascinating to watch), the Red Wings' game-day players flew from Detroit to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins tonight (7 PM, WPCW and semi-legal streams around the world), and I have to admit that I was speaking with Landon Ferraro when the Wings' beat writers spoke with the star of the day:
The Red Wings' first round pick in the 2013 draft is indeed going to play against a pretty solid Penguins lineup this evening, and the incredibly happy camper spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James...
Audio from the Wings-Penguins pre-game skate: Howard, Babcock, Franzen, Bertuzzi, Helm, Ferraro etc.
I'm sorry for the delay with these, but boy, today was intriguing as can be. For me, attending Red Wings practices is like going to a third or fourth-semester college class on hockey, and watching the drills--even if I don't understand them--is exciting as all hell get out.
I will admit that Mike Babcock slashed me on the ass and told me I'd freeze it off because I wasn't wearing a jacket, but I happen to be fine wearing short-sleeve shirts at the irnk.
Ahead of tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 PM, WPCW), the game day players practiced first, some prospects and the vast majority of the Griffins' AHL'ers practiced simultaneously at "David's Rink," and after a short break, tomorrow's roster--Alfredsson, Weiss, Franzen, Sheahan, Nyquist, Bertuzzi, Jurco, Athanasiou, Callahan, Emmerton, Miler, Eaves, Paetsch, Lashoff, Kronwall, Ericsson, Ouellet, Sproul, Nicastro, Nedomlel, Coreau and Gustavsson (Babcock says goalies will play 2 periods apiece, so I'm guessing that "Gus" will get the start, and 2 of the 8 defensemen will just be used in the game-day skate) practiced second.
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