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Jeff Blashill Has A Message For His Players

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

To the few players who will take the ice for Friday’s start of training camp, Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill has a message he wants to instill.

As individual players, and as a team, the Wings underachieved last season in nearly every aspect. The start of camp at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City is a chance to begin forging a stronger, more successful, identity.

“It’s about pounding away every single day saying I’m going to make this team better,” Blashill said Thursday. “My message to our players is don’t play good enough to make the team, play good enough to make the team better.”


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Youngsters Challenged

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

AA, Mantha challenged: Blashill, on what he wants to see from forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha, both of whom are exempt from waivers: "I got to make sure I get them out against other teams' best players as much as I can (during preseason games) so they're challenged against NHLers and then they have to play great. I think AA did that lots last year. He's got to continue to do that. It's about pounding away every single day, saying 'I'm going to make this team better.' My message to our players is, 'Don't play good enough to make the team. Play good enough to make the team better.' That's going to be the key for any of our young guys."

Young D to get good look: With Niklas Kronwall (knee) unavailable for scrimmages and possibly part or all of the exhibition season, the club will have a better opportunity to evaluate young defensemen Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul, Nick Jensen and Robbie Russo, in particular. "Those guys would have played games no matter what," Blashill said. "What it does is put them up in the lineup a little more when a guy like Nik is out and (Alexey) Marchenko's not here. Those guys will get their exhibitions but hopefully get a chance to play against real good NHL players."

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Video- Jeff Blashill Before Camp Starts

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Jeff Blashill Met With The Media This Morning

via Ansar Khan tweets,

#RedWings Jeff Blashill said Teemu Pulkkinen not cleared for full contact in camp.

Blashill said #RedWings Tomas Jurco (back surgery) probably won't be ready to play until November.


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Ready, Set, Camp

from Ansar Kahn of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings are prepared for a training camp unlike any they have experienced, missing seven players due to the World Cup and a few others with injuries.

It will afford them a better opportunity to evaluate younger players.

"The challenge that you have when evaluating a young player is making sure they end up playing against guys that are going to be NHLers," coach Jeff Blashill said. "So certain guys, as we get into the preseason, we're going to have to do a good job making sure they're matched up against NHL players because everybody's rosters will be a little bit depleted of NHL players. While a lot of the young guys are going to get four and five scrimmages, let's make sure it's on a line-by-line basis against some of the best players on the other team."

After physicals and off-ice testing Thursday, players will start three days of practices and scrimmages Friday at Centre I.C.E. in Traverse City. Camp concludes Monday with a Red and White game. The preseason opener is Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena.


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Your Detroit Red Wings Training Camp Roster

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today released their training camp roster, comprised of 62 players who will hit the ice on Friday, Sept. 23 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., for four days of camp before returning to Detroit to begin preseason play on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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Does Ryan Sproul Have Enough Defense In Him To Make The Detroit Roster?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The knock against Ryan Sproul for much of his three AHL seasons was his defensive play, so the Detroit Red Wings aren't expecting to see a shutdown defender in training camp and the preseason.

They want Sproul to do what he does best – generate offense – during the most important camp of his career as he tries show he deserves a spot on the team.

"He's got a real skill-set offensively," coach Jeff Blashill said. "He'll have to score on the power play when he gets his power-play chances in camp. When you score, you make yourself a real commodity. And he can do that.

"He's going to have to be great jumping in the play, great adding a fourth man on the rush and still do a real good job defensively and breaking the puck out. When he's doing his best he goes back hard for pucks and gets the puck out of our end, and he's going to have to make sure he does that."


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Impressions from the Red Wings’ loss to Carolina at the prospect tournament ‘16

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects fell short in the championship game, losing 6-4 to the Carolina Hurricanes, and while the Wings were willing to reflect on a tournament well-played after the game, the sting of the loss hung heavy in the locker room.

Try-outs and prospects alike stuffed gear into hockey bags and hustled to shower and take a post-game stretch while the Hurricanes celebrated in their locker room.

The Hurricanes' website posted a solid recap from Carolina's perspective, and from Detroit's...

If you're familiar with a slow start and some bad breaks going against the Wings, the prospects were able to follow a familiar script. The Wings didn't get a shot on goal for the first half-a-period, and during that time the Hurricanes scored a pair of goals thanks to a defensive breakdown and a back-door play, respectively.

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‘Two Things’: On Abdelkader at the World Cup and Steve Ott, locker room leader

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. At the World Cup of Hockey, Team USA was eliminated from semifinal contention in a 4-2 loss to Canada, and Justin Abdelkader took 1 shot, had 3 hits and finished at -1 in 11:16 of ice time in the loss;

2. And you may take this statement from Jeff Blashill for what you will, per the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

“I think our best chance to win is to win as a team and I know that’s kind of cliche-ish in sports but it’s extremely true,” Blashill explained. “Sometimes you can win with a couple of superstars. I think this team is built that we’re going to have to win as a team.

“Part of that is camaraderie. I think Steve [Ott] can really help in that area. That might not seem significant to some. I think it’s extremely significant. I’ve already talked with Otter about helping in that area, making sure we have a group that’s really close.”

There was a sense from the outside that this element, for so long a strength of the Red Wings, was beginning to slip away last season and that factions were evolving within the Detroit dressing room.

“I think that one thing that’s separated this team from lots of other teams over the years is that it’s been a selfless group, a group that works hard every day,” Blashill said. “I think we also need to make sure that we’re a group that’s extremely tight. How do you do that? Just little things off the ice, little things after practice.”

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Audio from the Red Wings’ loss to Carolina at the prospect tournament ‘16

The Detroit Red Wings' prospect tournament ended with an "almost." The Red Wings' prospects battled their tails off in attempts to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, but Detroit kept digging multiple-goal-deficit holes for themselves, and as a result, the Wings lost 6-4 to Carolina in the championship game.

After the game, Givani Smith discussed the game and the Wings' late-third-period surge, his increasing comfort level with the Wings' system of play as the prospect tournament progressed and how he'll transfer that momentum to the main training camp, and I made sure to ask him and every interview subject about the impression that the legion of volunteers made upon them:

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