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Updating Niklas Kronwall’s situation

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff updates Niklas Kronwall's condition, explaining why Kronwall has chosen to skip the World Cup of Hockey...

Niklas Kronwall won’t be playing in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. The Detroit Red Wings defenceman bowed out of Sweden’s lineup Wednesday due to continuing issues with his troublesome knees.

“I talked to him a week, 10 days ago and (Red Wings athletic therapist) Piet Van Zant talked to him in the last few days,” Detroit GM Ken Holland said. “He’s feeling better, but there’s still a little soreness in the knee. The hope is with another month to go he’ll be ready for the start of camp.”

As does MLive's Ansar Khan...

"He's feeling better, still a little soreness in the knee," Holland said. "To be fair to the Swedish team, his responsibility is to the Red Wings. The hope is with another month to go he'll be ready for the start of camp."

And the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that “it's a decision Kronner made. I talked to him a week to 10 days ago and he told me he was feeling better and that he wanted to represent his country, but he wanted to be 100% for Sweden and he wanted to be 100% for the Red Wings.

“Niklas does not feel his knee is 100%, and he'd rather go to camp with us in another month than with Sweden in a week. The Red Wings are his No. 1 priority, and another month of strength and conditioning will give him the best chance to be healthy for the upcoming season.”

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Khan: Jurco’s had back surgery after workout injury; Saarijarvi out 2 months due to wrist surgery

Updated 3x at 5:19 PM: Not good not good, per MLive's Ansar Khan:


Also also:

The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms Jurco's injury:

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Mid-afternoon mishmash: Praise for Mrazek’s contract, prospect news, rink news and a wacky video

Of very disparate Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. ESPN's Rob Vollman penned an Insider-only entry suggesting that Petr Mrazek's contract with the Red Wings is one of the summer's best deals from an analytic perspective--per the views of 22 analytics community experts:

Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
Two years, $4.0 million per year
Approval: 90.9 percent
Attraction: Signing the 12th-best goalie for the 26th-highest cap hit

Statistically, Mrazek is viewed as the NHL's 12th best goalie. Mrazek's .929 save percentage at even strength in his two NHL seasons is tied with Brian Elliott and Braden Holtby for 13th. Similarly, his 61.3 quality start percentage ranks 11th among those with at least 20 starts, per Hockey Reference.

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Joe Kocur discusses Saturday’s charity softball game on Fox 2

The Joe Kocur Foundation holds its annual charity softball game at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland, MI this weekend, and Kocur appeared on WJBK Fox 2's morning show to discuss Saturday's events:

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Pro Hockey Talk’s ‘Red Wings day’ articles include big questions for Holland to answer

NBC's Pro Hockey Talk blog is posting a set of articles throughout "Red Wings day," and thus far, they've posted a general backgrounder, pondered whether moving Dylan Larkin to center is a good idea, they've suggested that Anthony Mantha is the player most likely to "make the leap" to the NHL, and PHT's Mike Halford has suggested that the person under the most pressure to perform in Detroit isn't a player or coach (edit: though PHT did address Jeff Blashill's situation /end edit):

There’s no denying Ken Holland’s been feeling the heat in Detroit for a while now.

But this season, the temperature could become unbearable.

There are three pressing concerns as the Red Wings look to make the playoffs for a 26th consecutive campaign, all of which fall directly into Holland’s lap:

1) Can the Wings survive without Pavel Datsyuk?

2) What will they do in goal?

3) How will they fix their defense?

Halford continues, summing up the Wings' issues in a logical conclusion:

Add it all up, and you’ve got a team with more questions than answers.

Update: While we're at it, Sportsnet's Rory Boylen offers "reasons for optimism" for all 30 teams:

The Red Wings have not missed the playoffs since 1990, so its supporters have been brought up on optimism. But we basically start each season now wondering if this is the one when the Wings’ streak ends, and where the next group of core players is coming from. We’re asking that again now that Pavel Datsyuk is retired. But in 54 games last season, Petr Mrazek looked magnificent in goal. Dylan Larkin lurked in the background of the Calder Trophy race. Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist are in a bounce back spot after both had drop-off seasons in 2015-16. And keep an eye on Anthony Mantha. Lots to like here still.

Update #2: Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker also discussed the Howard-Mrazek goaltending tandem.

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Wings single-game tix go on sale Monday, August 29th

From the Red Wings:

Single-game tickets for the “Farewell Season at The Joe” go on sale Monday, Aug. 29 at 10 A.M.
Limited ticket quantities remain for fans to celebrate final season at Joe Louis Arena

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that single-game tickets for all 2016-17 regular season home games go on sale Monday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. Limited ticket quantities remain for fans to celebrate the “Farewell Season at The Joe” and watch the team chase its 26th consecutive playoff appearance and 12th Stanley Cup® championship.

The Red Wings home schedule for the 2016-17 season features numerous marquee matchups, including the Home Opener on Monday, Oct. 17 against the Ottawa Senators; a clash against the defending Stanley Cup® champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Jan. 14; the lone home matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, March 10; and the final regular-season game at The Joe on Sunday, April 9 against the New Jersey Devils.

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What little news there is regarding Niklas Kronwall is murky

Updated significantly at 5:09 PM: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Free Press's Helene St. James are confirming the news that Niklas Kronwall will miss the World Cup of Hockey, but they haven't received an answer yet as to why Kronwall's out.

St. James adds this to the mix...

Incidentally, the Ducks have yet to come to terms with Lindholm, who is a restricted free agent. That's why trade talks regarding defenseman Cam Fowler have cooled off -- the Ducks need Fowler if Lindholm ends up being a holdout. The Wings are very interested in Fowler, a Farmington Hills native, because he is an elite skater who'd upgrade their defense.

The teams discussed a trade prior to the draft in June, but the Ducks' asking price was in the range of Gustav Nyquist/Tomas Tatar and a second-round pick.

But in terms of Kronwall news, all I could find was this from Expressen's Mattias Ek:

First, Alexander Steen was forced to cancel his World Cup plans due to an injury. Now it's clear that Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall has to say no.

Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm will play for the Tre Kronor in the super tournament.

"Niklas has worked hard to have time to come back after his injury. Now it's not happening, and therefore he declined the games," said coach Rikard Gronborg in a statement.

The Tre Kronor has suffered two setbacks in the short time before the World Cup, which begins in Toronto on September 17th.

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan just added this:

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Niklas Kronwall Won’t Play In The World Cup

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Aug. 24, 2016) – The Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced today that Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm has been added to its 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. He replaces injured Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Lindholm, 22, has registered 23 goals and 92 points in 236 career NHL games.

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WDFN’s Sheppard weighs in regarding the Holland interview

Ken Holland's Q and A with NHL.com's Dan Rosen drew the ire of more than a few bloggers and writers yesterday, myself included, and this morning, WDFN's Matt Sheppard weighs in regarding the interview, expressing some shock and dismay at the fact that Holland suggests that his team--the team Holland built this summer via signing and re-signing so many forwards--isn't going to contend for the Stanley Cup this upcoming season:

If he can’t win this year why sign Steve Ott to a one year contract and not make room for a Tyler Bertuzzi?

If there’s no threat of a Red Wings parade, why ink Thomas Vanek to one year deal and block a chance for Anthony Mantha or Evgeny Svechnikov or Martin Frk or Mitch Callahan?

If there is no hope in 2016-17, why not build with youth and through the draft-trade away some names stuck on long-term deals-and refuse the temptation to add more long term contracts.

Holland is the one who put this team in contract purgatory with long-term commitments to Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader and recently with Darren Helm and Luke Glendening.

I haven’t even gotten to the fans yet. I mean, how do you admit your team isn’t built to win and then hope fans keep filing through the turn stiles at Joe Louis Arena? I hate to break it to you Ken Holland, but the Joe isn’t so glorious that people are going to games just visit there one last time. It’s not Tiger Stadium man.

Sheppard continues, and

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Morning news: On the NHLPA rookie showcase, Filip Hronek, Alexander Kadeikin and Franzen golfing

Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Evgeny Svechnikov will represent the Red Wings at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase in Toronto next Monday and Tuesday, engaging in photo shoots and other activities with the NHL's trading card partner, Upper Deck;

2. According to the Saginaw News's Hugh Berenreuter, Saginaw Spirit manager Craig Goslin expects defenseman Filip Hronek to play for the Spirit this season;

3. In the playing-games department, in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin didn't play in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's season-opening 1-0 victory over Amur;

4. And Johan Franzen engaged in a little golf tournament with his buddies recently:

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