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MLive's Ansar Khan answered questions from readers in an "Ask Ansar" feature:
Q: What's the latest on Pav (Datsyuk)? Where do you see him playing once he gets back? How will the Wings manage the roster and cap when he comes back? – Benson
A: Datsyuk goes through high-intensity workouts in the hallway outside the dressing room on a regular basis. He's skated a little on his own but hasn't started practicing. He's projected to return in mid-November following ankle surgery in late June.
When Datsyuk is ready to play, the Red Wings will probably put Franzen on long-term IR. That would solve their cap space issues. If all of the other forwards are healthy, they would have 15 and would need to trim someone. Joakim Andersson probably would be the player most susceptible to being waived.
I could see Datsyuk centering a line with Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm, enabling them to keep intact the Justin Abdelkader-Henrik Zetterberg-Dylan Larkin line, and Brad Richards centering Gustav Nyquist and either Riley Sheahan or Teemu Pulkkinen.
But, who knows. It's a nice "problem" to have.
The Grand Rapids Press posted a via-photo gallery set of roster previews of the Grand Rapids Griffins ahead of Friday and Saturday's home openers against San Antonio, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner also posted a video of coach Todd Nelson discussing any nerves that he might feel ahead of Friday's tilt:
The Red Wings kick off a set of back-to-back games against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM) before heading to Montreal to battle the [edit: undefeated] Canadiens on Saturday (7 PM on FSD/City/TVA Sports/NHL Network U.S.).
You may think that the Canes game is the undercard, but the Canes are kicking off a 7-game road trip with an 0-and-3 record, having most recently dropped a 4-1 decision to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, and the Raleigh News & Observer's Chip Alexander reports that Carolina's looking at their road trip as a means by which to jump-start the team:
When Brendan Smith takes the ice for warm-ups Friday night with his pink-wrapped hockey stick, he'll be thinking of his grandparents.
Friday is the Red Wings' ninth annual Breast Cancer Awareness night and it is personal to Smith.
"Both my grandmother and my grandfather (Joyce and Lester Smith) had breast cancer," Smith said. "My grandmother ended up passing away from it, unfortunately. My grandfather, he found a way to overcome it. So obviously, it hits pretty close to home. Not even just breast cancer, cancer in general. It's a thing that takes away a lot of our loved ones."
Many people are unaware that men can also get breast cancer as Smith's grandfather did, so this is another opportunity for him to help get that message out.
"There is a very small number but there is a number," Smith said. "There's a lot of people that have struggled with either their father or their brother have had breast cancer and you want to create that awareness for everybody. By creating this awareness, you can get some of these young men or women going and getting checked early and see if you can nip it in the bud early."
Early detection can make all the difference.
From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
First it was Peter Griffin on his mask, and then it was a pair of epic snowmen on his pads. Now Petr Mrazek is looking for a new design to his gloves and pads, and he’s soliciting ideas from fans on social media.
The Red Wings’ goalie – who started a Twitter account in September – went on the social media platform earlier this week to ask fans to come up with a new look for his gear.
“Me and Scotty (Hughes) from Vaughn had the idea and thought it would be nice if fans would pick my third set of pads,” Mrazek said. “So I’m giving them time to think it over and we’ll come up with a special prize for the winner.”
As of late Thursday afternoon, Mrazek and Vaughn Custom Sports had received 28 entries through Twitter. The deadline for submitting designs is Saturday, Oct. 31.
Mrazek, Hughes and Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer will pick the winning design. The winner’s artwork will then be featured on Mrazek’s new gloves and pads, which will debut in a Red Wings’ game sometime in December.
“It’s going to take for a while to finish the design and make them,” Mrazek said.
The goalie said he also has something special planned for the winner.
From US NTDP equipment manager Jake Visser:
I am raising money for a charity called ‘No Marine Stands Alone’. It helps ensure that no new Marine stands alone at graduation. I have set up a facebook auction page with over 80 items, ranging from NHL sticks, signed jerseys, apparel, and collectibles. The auction ends on Oct. 25. I’ve attached the flyer for the auction that I made, as well as the link below for the page. To bid, all you need to do is join the group and follow the instructions on the flyer. It’s super easy. If everybody would be willing to click the “Share” button on the top of the auction page, hundreds of people will be able to see it.
And the NTDP:
The auction – done online through the Facebook page - ends October 25.
Here is a brief summary of the some of the items:
- Dylan Larkin signed game stick. This item was donated by the Detroit Red Wings Equipment Staff.
- Jimmy Howard signed game stick. The item was donated by the Detroit Red Wings Equipment Staff.
- Justin Abdelkader Signed Game Stick. This item was donated by the Detroit Red Wings Equipment Staff.
- Sidney Crosby signed game stick. This item was donated by the Pittsburgh Penguins Equipment Staff.
- Official game worn Grand Rapids Griffins Game Jersey of #12 Kevin Porter. This jersey is signed.
- Authentic Notre Dame Team signed game jersey. This also comes with a signed puck from Notre Dame Head Coach Jeff Jackson.
- Chicago Blackhawks Official Game Puck signed by Jonathan Toews. This puck is protected by a plastic case.
Updated 3x at 2:33 PM: Of Red Wings-related note after Thursday's practice, which revealed injury news regarding Darren Helm, Luke Glendening and Johan Franzen:
FANS ASKED TO WEAR PINK ON FRIDAY FOR NINTH ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT
… Fans Wearing Pink to Friday’s Game Can Enter to Win 2015-16 Team-Signed Jersey …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are asking fans to wear pink this Friday, Oct. 16, when the team hosts the Carolina Hurricanes for the ninth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Joe Louis Arena at 7:30 p.m. Any fan who wears pink to the game can enter to win a 2015-16 team-signed Red Wings jersey by picking up a raffle ticket on the concourse behind Section 126.
Fans can also participate in a variety of activities while raising funds to help alleviate the costs of breast cancer screening and treatment for uninsured and underinsured women in the Metro Detroit area. When doors open at 6:00 p.m., the Joe Louis Arena concourse will feature a silent auction, mystery puck draw and a special sale of Red Wings baseball hats, with all proceeds benefiting the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Additionally, the first 5,000 fans in attendance on Friday will receive a pink BCA Night themed T-shirt.
Updated 2x at 1:47 PM: Due to post-concussion issues:
I have all the respect in the world for Franzen as someone who's had severe concussions myself. It's his call whether he keeps going or not.
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