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The Outlook For Drew Miller

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: Two major injuries for the usually durable Miller resulted in what he described as a "write-off year." But he began skating late in the season and expects to be 100 percent, with a more stable knee, to start training camp.

Miller has been a fourth-line fixture, one of the team's top penalty-killing forwards and shot-blockers for several seasons. But he faces increased competition for a regular spot in the lineup due to a glut of forwards.
Miller's experience, work ethic and penalty-killing ability might give him an upper hand.

Key question: Does Miller's penalty-killing ability give him an edge over others competing for a regular spot in the lineup?


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Discussing Ken Holland’s interview with the Hockey News

It's a little late, but you'll have to forgive me for spending Monday and Tuesday taking in both the Tragically Hip's show in London and then a healthily heavy family visit.

In any case, I was asked to weigh in on the Hockey News's Matt Larkin's interview with Red Wings GM Ken Holland. I think that it's a little easier to compare and contrast it with Kris Draper's 20-minute interview with Sirius XM's NHL radio crew, because Draper spoke with the gents at length regarding the team's youngsters, and in that sense, discussing the yin and yang of the team's over-commitment to signing too many veterans every summer after the Wings' youngsters show promise...

But this passage from Larkin works as well as any other:

“The philosophical question you’re asking me is, ‘Do we head in a direction where we make a determination that it’s all about five years from now? Or do we continue to try to be a playoff team?’” Holland said. “When you’ve got Mrazek, and you’ve got Larkin, and you’ve got Riley Sheahan, Justin Abdelkader, and you’ve got Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, and you’ve got DeKeyser, and you’ve got Nielsen… we’ve either got to have those people and we’re trying to win the division, we’re trying to qualify for the playoffs…or don’t sign Frans Nielsen. Don’t sign Thomas Vanek. Don’t bring in Ott. And just go with a bunch of kids. And let the chips fall where they may.

“If you’re going to do a massive rebuild – get a core of players that you think can carry your team for a decade – you’ve got to miss the playoffs five, six, seven years in a row. That’s what Pittsburgh did. That’s what Florida did. That’s what Chicago did. You can just go team after team. You don’t miss one year, and all of a sudden, ‘Boy, we’re back.’ ”

I've got no problem with the fact that Ken Holland and company don't want to drive the Wings into the ditch a year prior to opening a new rink. Nobody's going to spend more money to endure the "Farewell Season at the Joe" or take in Little Caesars Arena's first campaign if the Wings stink.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Datsyuk speaks with NHL.ru about his new adventure

Pavel Datsyuk spoke with NHL.ru's Pan Markkanen, and here's a rough translation of his interview:

Datsyuk: "Detroit has become an important part of my life"

New KHL star Pavel Datsyuk told NHL.com that he considers his decision to leave the Detroit Red Wings and return to Russia correct. These days the 38-year-old center is with his new team--SKA St. Petersburg--conducting a preseason camp in Finland, where he played in a series of exhibition games. Datsyuk played on a line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Sergei Plotkinov. All three were in the NHL at various times.

Do you think you made the right decision? NHL.com asks Datsyuk: "I made it with my heart. I don't know if it was correct or not, time will tell. Today it seems right to me. Now we're gathering and have exhibition games. We have to do more work. The atmosphere on the team is good."

How do you play the wide ice? "You have to skate more. But I wasn't so scared. On the contrary, it's so much fun."

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‘Roughly Translated’: Henrik Zetterberg discusses the World Cup

I'm a little late to the party here, but here's my translation of Henrik Zetterberg's interview with HockeySverige.se's Ronnie Ronnqvist:

Captain Zata thrives on responsibility: "Will have a similar role to Detroit"

His Olympic tournament was destroyed due to a back injury. Now the captain Zata is ready for revenge in the upcoming World Cup tournament.

"One of the keys is to accept one's role, what you get, because not everyone will be able to play as much as they do on their club team," said the team captain.

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Zetterberg will captain Team Sweden’s World Cup team

From NHL.com, via the Red Wings:

Forward Henrik Zetterberg was named captain of Team Sweden for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 on Wednesday.

Zetterberg, 36, will be making his 13th international appearance for Sweden and his second as captain. He was named captain of Sweden at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but left the team after one game because of a back injury.

"It's a very special thing to be the captain for this team," Zetterberg said at a Team Sweden event in Stockholm. "I'm honored. It's something I'll always remember."

Zetterberg, of the Detroit Red Wings, is the only player with World Cup experience, having played on Team Sweden in 2004. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers), and forwards Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks) were also on the 2004 roster for Sweden but never played in the tournament.

He took over as captain of the Red Wings in 2012 after defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who is an advisor for Team Sweden, retired. He has 836 points in 918 NHL games over 13 seasons with Detroit.

"There really is no other candidate than Zetterberg," Team Sweden and Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Kronwall said. "I know him from Detroit, and there's no better. He's the obvious choice."


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The Outlook For Andreas Athanasiou

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Looking ahead: Athanasiou, 22, has showed he belongs at the NHL level, his speed alone making him invaluable in today's game. He's vulnerable to being sent down, however, because he does not have to be exposed on waivers. It's up to Athanasiou, then, to force his bosses to make the same decision they made last year with Dylan Larkin: Too good to send down. Athanasiou looks like he could become a real threat in the NHL, because he's got hands that complement his feet, giving him the ability to back down opponents and score goals.


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AWood40 posts a set of OT goals galore

AWood40 posted quite the clip last night, chronicling every Red Wings overtime goal from the 2007 season to the 2016 season:

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Savage: Gretzky considered being traded to Detroit before heading to Los Angeles

From MLive's Brendan Savage:

It was 28 years ago this week that "The Great One" nearly joined the Detroit Red Wings.

It was on Aug. 9, 1988 that Wayne Gretzky was involved in one of the biggest trades in NHL history, a deal which sent him from the Edmonton Oilers – who had just won the Stanley Cup – to the Los Angeles Kings.

But the Red Wings were actually in the mix for Gretzky, albeit very briefly. Three teams were possible destinations for Gretzky – the Red Wings, Kings and Philadelphia Flyers, whose owner Ed Snider was good friends with Gretzky.

It's no secret Gretzky grew up idolizing Red Wings legend Gordie Howe – he was one of the people who carried the body of "Mr. Hockey" into Joe Louis Arena after Howe's death in June – but it was ultimately Gretzky's father Walter who nixed a possible deal with the Red Wings.

"I grew up a Gordie Howe fan and loved Gordie Howe and the Red Wings," Gretzky told NHL Network. "I really felt 24 hours beforehand that I was going to end up a Detroit Red Wing. Both Janet (Jones, Gretzky's wife) and I thought that was the perfect place to go because A, it was a great hockey city, B, because of Gordie and everything that goes with that.

"And it was really my dad that stepped in and said, 'You know, there's only one Gordie Howe. Detroit's Detroit. They've done everything. You should go to L.A. and put a new mark on life down there, and do something so unique and so different.' And he was the one that stepped in and said, 'You should go play in Los Angeles.' I remember sitting with Janet and I was like, 'Okay. That's where we're gonna go.'"


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Swedish-language news: Kronwall’s charity game, Franzen’s gym design and Zetterberg on the World Cup

Of Swedish language-based Red Wings-related note:

1. Niklas Kronwall and a set of NHL stars are holding a charity game to benefit Kronwall's childhood team, Jarfalla HC, on Friday, and Swedish journalist Marie Hallman reports that Johny Oduya, Patric Hornqvist, Rickard Rakell, Erik Gustafsson, William Nylander, Marcus Kruger and Joakim Nordstrom are among the pros taking part in the game. Admission is free but all proceeds will benefit the Jarfalla team;

2. Kronwall spoke with NHL.com/sv's Janne Bengtsson about his hopes to raise a significant chunk of funds for his youth team after holding a week-long hockey camp for 140 kids, and Kronwall also says that he's "building power" in his knees as his off-season training wraps up;

3. Vetlanda-Posten's Julia Brandberg reports that a new gym partially designed by Johan Franzen is opening up at Sapa Arena in Vetlanda. Franzen's been inspired by NHL workouts to build a training area designed to improve explosiveness and speed, though Brandberg reports that Franzen can't take part in the training due to the lingering effects from his concussions. Franzen states that he's not sure whether he'll return home to Sweden as of yet;

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Puck Daddy, WiiM discuss ‘weird’ Red Wings happenings

Yahoo Sports' Puck Daddy blog has been issuing lists of weird NHL happenings on a team-by-team basis, and Winging It in Motown's Kyle McIlmurray picked a set of events which include one of my favorite "weird" moments:

2. Dominik Hasek sent Marian Gaborik into liftoff

Anyone who watches hockey can recall this glorious moment. If you can’t, don’t worry. Let’s relive it:

This is perhaps one of my most favorite moments as a Red Wings fan. I remember half-ass watching the game because it was a blowout, I was staring at my homework and brought my attention back to the broadcast when Ken Daniels screamed at the top of his lungs in reaction to Hasek sending Gaborik into the stratosphere.

Hasek was one of – if not the most – exciting goalie to watch because of his unconventional style, and ability to make ridiculously acrobatic saves on nothing more than pure instinct. Hasek claimed to have been going for a pokecheck on this play, which is hilarious seeing that he trucked towards Gaborik like he was shot out of a cannon.

Hasek received a two-minute minor for tripping, while Minnesota brass called for a match-penalty for intent to injure. Hasek preserved his shutout in a 5-0 win. Luckily for Gaborik, he didn’t land on his head.

McIlmurray continues...

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