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This has to be the dumbest thing I've read this month. CSKA Moscow GM and former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov just hired an American-born coach in John Torchetti to helm the team, but The Score reports that Fedorov engaged in some typical summertime KHL bombast while speaking with Sovetsky Sport, made a downright
stupid (and I don't like to use the term "stupid" very often) [edit: let's say spurious instead] comment. The Toronto Star's Rick Westhead took note of it:
Hint: when someone says they're not trying to stir shit up, they're trying to stir shit up. Datsyuk told Championat's Sergey Gavrilov that even if he had the opportunity to choose between returning to the Ak Bars Kazan or playing for the Red Wings, he would have re-signed with Detroit, and that he's happy to be staying in Detroit for the next four years.
Updated w/ more Cleary/Nyquist/Andersson talk, and Paul noted the Brunner scuttlebutt as well: I kind of collapsed last night, so I apologize for the lateness of these updates:
MLive's Brendan Savage spoke to Red Wings GM Ken Holland about the statuses of restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson, and Holland told Savage that he hasn't begun negotiations with either player yet (as he told me on Thursday, he's not concerned about Brendan Smith filing for arbitration), but he is confident that deals will be worked out with both...
The Red Wings' summer development camp's schedule has changed for Sunday, with both teams skating in the morning:
8-8:45 AM: Team Yzerman: Tomas Storm Skills Development/Andy Weidenbach Power Skating
9-9:50 AM: Practice for both Team Yzerman and Team Lidstrom
10-10:50 AM: Team Lidstrom: Tomas Storm Skills Development/Andy Weidenbach Power Skating
I'm trying to get clarification as to whether both Team Yzerman and Team Lidstrom will practice at the Huntington (west) rink, or whether they'll be practicing on the Huntington Rink and David's Rink simultaneously.
In front of jam-packed stands and a suite overflowing with Red Wings amateur scouts, the Wings' coach, the Grand Rapids Griffins' coach, and Ken Holland, Kris Draper, Ryan Martin and Jiri Fischer, the Wings' prospects finally got to tangle with each other in a game situation.
It wasn't exactly three periods' worth of hockey--two 30-minute periods, with a running-down clock for the first "half," and the players taking part in "power play" and "penalty-killing" situations for 4-minute stretches during the first minute of the second half. There was one penalty--a high sticking call against Zach Nastasiuk--which resulted in a penalty shot(!) Xavier Ouellet was unable to convert upon (against Jake Paterson), and Tyler Bertuzzi was rocked by Martin Frk and Ferris State University defenseman Jason Binkley, who, alongside Simon Denis, were brought in to--wait for it--Nick Jensen.
I apologize for the lateness of this post, but I had some social obligations to take care (stop laughing...I have a life...sort of...), and as such, I ended up spending about 90 minutes hanging out with pals spending the night at Centre Ice Arena to snag training camp tickets (they go
MLive's Brendan Savage has already penned a recap of an event which was absolutely dominated by the play of Martin Frk, Anthony Mantha, their rotating third linemate (sometimes Zach Nastasiuk, sometimes Dean Chelios), the stellar defensive pair of Ryan Sproul and Richard Nedomlel, and the superb goaltending displayed by Jake Paterson, whose "white" team beat the "red" team 6-1.
Frk scored two goals and was credited with two assists, but if the scorekeeper was better-acquainted with the roster, Frk may have had a 5-point night:
Updated 3x with free agent blather at 12:51 PM: Amongst the Red Wings-related news that popped up this morning (and ahead of the Wings' development camp scrimmage, which takes place at 5 PM today at Centre Ice Arena): While speaking with Ken Holland regarding the Wings' scouting appointments, MLive's Brendan Savage inquired as to the progress of one Darren Helm, and Holland very politely said the equivalent of, "He's doing okay, but it's only been two days":
"Looking at the sixth-month history, for the last two days he's done fine," said general manager Ken Holland. "The first day, we had a full practice, which was 50 minutes. (Thursday), was an hour and 50 and he did half of it. When they had to flood the ice, he came off. We're bringing him along slowly. He's been out for six months. We don't want any setbacks. He hasn't skated for two months. He's not going to play (today). I think if we had a week of practice, maybe he would have played in the scrimmage."
As the Red Wings haven't issued a formal press release regarding the hiring of Tyler Wright as the team's director of scouting and Jeff Finley's promotion to head scout, it's been a little difficult to keep track of all the names surrounding the Wings' amateur scouting shuffle.
The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline confirmed that Wright and a trusted right-hand man were hired by the Wings...
via Tom McQueen of Bolts By The Bay,
Keep in mind, however, that Steve Yzerman wasn’t the only GM knocking on Filppula’s door in the days leading up to July 5. His suitors were well aware of his winning Stanley Cup experience and the maturity that a player acquires as he learns how to handle himself under sustained playoff pressure.
I believe that with his hockey sense and his solid offensive and defensive play, Valtteri Filppula will certainly turn heads in the Tampa Bay Times Forum and around the league. What remains to be seen is whether the striking abilities Detroit fans witnessed in the last few years were a peak or a preface to an even more successful career. Overall, I’m optimistic that Lightning fans will be in for an exciting season as they watch Valtteri perform.
via Mike Ristano of eyes on isles,
At the end of the day, Brunner is a very good offensive forward, who cannot only shoot the puck well, but can pass it just as efficiently. He has blazing speed and great hands, but also adds a necessary grit, as well.
If we take a look at that last word “grit,” then the other word that comes to mind is Islanders. The Isles are building a hard-working, gritty squad, and wouldn’t a top six, fast scoring forward with a ton of grit fit well on this team?
The second day of the Detroit Red Wings' development camp will give way to a scrimmage at 5 PM on Friday (arrive early if you are attending), and that precedes an "off-day" for the players and the sale of training camp tickets on an in-person basis at Centre Ice Arena on Saturday.
As such, after the "getting-to-know-you" particulars of day 1, both the morning and afternoon sessions of day 2, in terms of the drills and the players' experiences, were something of an anomaly: There really is sort of a lingering effect of the lockout taking place here--because the draft was so late, because the prospect tournament comes so early, and because some of the first-run invitees ended up playing into June, this was prepared off-the-cuff and designed to be more of an "immersion" experience instead of what have previously been 8-to-10-day affairs.
The players will have ended up with four days of practice and a scrimmage, and while Sunday marks the return to nearly-two-hour practices, Monday's camp wrap-up will begin at 8:30 and end by 12:15.
Between the Red Wings' naming of Tyler Wright as the team's director of amateur scouting and Jeff Finley as head scout, Jim Nill's departure before he took Joe McDonnell with him, the both truncated and incredibly differently-ran drills which took place during the second day of the Wings' summer development camp and the interviews I've had with both the coaches, management and the players taking part in this summer camp, on days one and two...
This is gonna sound campy, but I have no doubt that the organization is at something of a crossroads.
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