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Retired Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom to appear at The Ticket’s SportsFest in Feb.

I don't want the Thursday practice post to get buried by today's waiver news--I'm still updating it with mid-day news stories as there are changes in the respective statuses of Mikael Samuelsson (probably good to go Saturday), Darren Helm (is improving), Joey MacDonald (confusing situation) and Jakub Kindl (sore groin, out for the weekend)--nor do I want the Griffins' wonderful video chronicling Tuesday' Red vs. White game to be forgotten, but this bit of news most certainly merits its own post:

According to 97.1 the Ticket, their annual SportsFest will take place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi on Sunday, February 16th, from 10 AM until 6 PM, and two very important Red Wings will make appearances at the event:

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Grand Rapids Griffins produce a must-watch video chronicling the Red vs. White game

Via Michigan Hockey Now's Michael Caples, the Grand Rapids Griffins produced an absolutely fantastic video of the Griffins' perspectives from the Red and White Game, focusing on Landon Ferraro's experiences and offering some absolutely wonderful coaches' commentary and GoPro footage from the referees working the game:

 

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Red Wings’ Thursday practice post in progress: Samuelsson in, Helm out, Kindl’s groin sore

Updated 9x with video at 2:03 PM: Let's kick this off with a wee bit of fan interaction:

For those of you who are interested, Fox Sports Detroit's website will stream the Red Wings' 10:30 AM practice today and the12 PM practice tomorrow, with Dana Wakiji and Art Regner speaking to players afterward.

Edit/update: it's streaming already, and as of 10:24 AM, goalies are on the ice....

Also of Wings-related note, albeit briefly:

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Red Wings overnight report: assessment and reassessment in overdrive (and hard fan feelings)

As training camp resumes today with morning and evening skates at Joe Louis Arena, with the 10:30 AM skate being streamed on Fox Sports Detroit's website and the 7 PM skate being promoted as a "Jam the Joe" event, with $1 concessions and an open-to-the-public skate on JLA's ice (Bring your own skates) from 8-10 PM, before the Wings wrap training camp up with another open-to-the-public practice at 12 PM on Friday...

Is it possible that Detroit Red Wings' braintrust may enjoy thinking about hockey more than any other group of executives in the NHL. That's quite the supposition, but at least from the impressions speaking with people like Ken Holland, Jim Nill, Ryan Martin and even Mike Babcock have yielded for me, I would be willing to suggest that the Red Wings' braintrust may more thoroughly enjoy the thought processes that come with managing and coaching their NHL team more than any other hockey executives, well, anywhere.

During Wednesday's brief pause in training camp activities, Holland spoke to the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association about the lockout's impact upon the people who pay his paycheck (fans like you and me), his thought about the Wings eventually moving to the Eastern Conference, his team's power play, its personnel issues and Pavel Datsyuk's remarks after he returned to Detroit from Russia.

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Clarifying Thursday’s Red Wings practice times and promotions

Updated with Ticketmaster sale info at 10:35 PM: Fellow Wings fans: the Red Wings have amended their open practice schedule for Thursday, January 16th, and the Wings' PR department was kind enough to let me know how things are going to go:

 

  • All practices for the remainder of training camp are indeed open to the public, will be free to attend and will include free parking.
  • Thursday's morning skate, however, will be a very short one--scheduled to take place from 10:30 AM to 10:45 AM--and if you're not keen on going down to the Joe for a 15-minute practice, Fox Sports Detroit will stream the skate at its streaming webpage (clicky for link). Here's what FSD says will air tomorrow and on Friday:

LIVE STREAM: Red Wings Training Camp -- Join us Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and Friday at noon for a LIVE stream from Red Wings training camp at Joe Louis Arena. FOXSportsDetroit.com's Dana Wakiji and Art Regner will provide player interviews and analysis at the conclusion of each practice.

  • The Red Wings are still holding a "Jam the Joe" event centered upon their 7 PM to 7:45 PM practice on Thursday evening. In addition to open attendance and free parking, concessions will cost $1, and the Wings will be holding a public skate on Joe Louis Arena's ice from 8 PM until 10 PM. Here is what the Wings' Community Events page says about the open skate:

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Duhatschek and Red Wings GM Ken Holland discuss the parity-powered NHL

The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek picked Red Wings GM Ken Holland on one of his favorite topics--parity in the salary-capped NHL--and Holland (as well as several players who've played on parity-driven Cup champions in Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi and former Hurricanes Erik Cole and Mike Commodore) was more than willing to help Duhatschek frame the abbreviated 48-game 2013 season as one in which the only thing which separates a Cup favorite from an also-ran is a razor-thin margin:

“Somebody asked me the other day, ‘who are the Cup contenders?’ and my answer was, ‘the Cup contenders are the 16 teams that make the playoffs,’” Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “If you make the playoffs, you’ve got a chance to win the Stanley Cup. In ’05, when the salary-cap world came into being, part of that was for economics, but part of it was for parity – to give everybody an opportunity. That’s the beauty of the league right now. It’s wide open.

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What Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had to say to Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond last night

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock gave nothing less than a revelatory and downright fascinating interview to Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond last night--as Babcock took in the Red vs. White game from the press box--and, via RedWingsFeed, Fox Sports Detroit has uploaded the interview to its website.

It follows the jump, and the 5-and-a-half minute clip gives significant insights into the coach's plans for his team and approaches to coaching it during the 48-games-in-99-nights demolition derby to come:

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Red Wings mid-day news, part 2: Ken Holland’s comments from Detroit Sports Broadcasters’ luncheon

Updated at 2:42 PM: Red Wings GM Ken Holland and special assistant to the GM Kris Draper took part in a luncheon held by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association today, and Holland and Draper's comments are way too important to simply squeeze into the mid-day news post. Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji offered Twitter-based highlights of Holland's comments...

And the Free Press's Evil Drew Sharp took note of Holland's comments as well:

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Red Wings mid-day news: pondering adding Redden, Helm/Samuelsson status updates, Mrazek the All-Star

Updated 7x with Griffins talk at 3:47 PM: Paul already posted this in KK hockey, but it's worth repeating for TMR readers: the New York Rangers have placed Wade Redden on waivers with the intention of buying his contract out, and as the Detroit Red Wings must avail themselves of all their options to attempt to bolster their defense, the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Wings are at least considering signing the 35-year-old when the Rangers buy him out....

The Detroit Red Wings want to improve their defense and are looking at Wade Redden as a possible solution. The decision is being discussed internally, especially with assistant coach Tom Renney, who coached Redden in 2008-09 with the New York Rangers.

The Rangers made a big splash signing Redden to a six-year, $39-million deal in 2008, but things got so sour after two seasons that Redden spent 2010-11 and '11-12 in the minors. The Rangers have until Saturday's start of the 2013 season to buy out his contract, which would give Redden, 35, a shot at finding a new employer.

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Red Wings overnight report: on the captain, the scrimmage, Howard, Kronwall and Datsyuk

As will become very, very typical after a Red Wings game in Detroit this upcoming 48-games-in-99-nights NHL season, Red Bird III left Metro Airport on Tuesday night, but this time around, it was carrying the Grand Rapids Griffins (and suspended White Team goal-scorer Trevor Parkes) to Charlotte, North Carolina for an AHL game on Thursday.

The Red Wings were able to head to their homes and sleep soundly in their beds after a particularly busy day, which included a morning skate in which Pavel Datsyuk made his Wings return, the official announcement of Henrik Zetterberg as the Wings' new captain and a spirited, if a little sloppy, Red vs. White Game in which the red team of Griffins players, prospects and Red Wings regulars defeated the White team 4-2 at Compuware Arena (which was so well-attended that some fans weren't able to squeeze into the 3,400-seat rink)

While the Griffins embark in a slate of games in Charlotte tonight and tomorrow, and then in Rockford, IL on Saturday--a very Red Wings-like schedule--the Wings will be able to rest whatever bumps and bruises they've accumulated over the last four days before resuming practice on Thursday, when the scene shifts to Joe Louis Arena.

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