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from James O'Brien of ProHockeyTalk,
It’s worth noting that the Red Wings remain a quality possession squad, although their exact rankings vary based on which specific metrics you use. The bottom line is that there’s a solid chance that Blashill has a decent group to work with, even if this obviously isn’t the stupidly dominant group many long associated with the Red Wings brand.
When your team is currently on a record 24-season playoff streak, expectations are inevitable, and Blashill faces a tall task. For all we know, setting the bar so high might not be such a bad thing.
Craig Custance of ESPN (ESPN Insider) list the 10 best contracts of the offseason and Gustav Nyquist is included,
There are two ways to approach the contracts of young players. One is to take on risk early by offering long-term security in the hopes that the player continues to develop and you get a break on the money down the road (see Klingberg, John). Or you let the player establish his value and then reward him. That’s the approach the Red Wings took with Nyquist, who signed a two-year bridge contract after his entry level and then followed it up with a four-year extension worth $4.75 million per season. Detroit GM Ken Holland has continuously minimized risk with Nyquist and even this deal comes in on the low end. This contract expires before Nyquist turns 30 and doesn’t exceed $5 million -- a nice payment for a player capable of scoring 30 goals.
Via AllHockey.ru, Pavel Datsyuk spoke with Sport.FM's A. Kuzmak, and here's a rough translation of his interview:
I'm not swimming in bandwidth up here in the U.P., so this one comes to you via RedWingsFeed and Expressen's Alexander Nilsson: Jonathan Ericsson spoke with Norrkkoping's Tidningar's Christer Gustafson for a profile piece. Here's a rough translation of Gustafson's article:
Updated with video at 1:13 AM: Of Red Wings-related note while I'm "on vacation":
- At the U.S. World Junior evaluation camp, Dylan Larkin registered 2 assists as Team USA "White" defeated the scoreless Axel Holmstrom and Christoffer Ehn's Swedes 10-4 on Monday, while Vili Saarijarvi scored a goal (and Julius Vahatalo didn't play) in Finland's 10-4 win over a scoreless Dominic Turgeon and "Team Blue." You can watch highlights from both games on USA Hockey's YouTube channel, too; Joe Hicketts and Team Canada are battling Evgeny Svechnnikov and Team Russia as I write this, with Hicketts having scored in what's a 3-1 Canada lead after 2 periods [edit: Canada won 4-1, with Evgeny Svechnikov taking 2 minor penalties];
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Additionally, the Colorado Rockies will have an exclusive offer for their VIP Customers beginning the week of Aug. 17.
An exclusive offer for Red Wings season-ticket holders begins Monday, Aug. 24.
I always feel a little guilty about going on vacation at this time of year. While the Red Wings summer news cycle is at its "low tide" point, the Wings' players are slowly but surely getting back on the ice after a summer's worth of training, and by next week, they'll be taking part in "pro camps" and optional skates around Metro Detroit, first in small groups and then in larger ones.
This month is a busy one--on the 22nd, the Joe Kocur Foundation holds its annual softball tournament, and by the 24th or 25th, the Red Wings' players will being skating at Joe Louis Arena "informally" in larger and larger numbers as days go by.
Just as importantly, the World Junior summer camps are taking place presently in Lake Placid and Calgary, and with eight total Red Wings players taking part in exhibition games, and while nothing particularly revelatory will take place, these evaluation camps involve checking and battling for spots on the WJC teams.
In terms of today's news:
Today's Wings-related news is pretty spartan...
1. But USA Hockey's World Junior website reports that Dominic Turgeon scored a goal (which you can watch at the 1:24 mark of USA Hockey's scrimmage recap video) in Turgeon's Team Blue defeated Dylan Larkin's Team White 4-3, and games against Finland and Sweden will begin today at 1 and 4 PM EDT. You can watch them on http://www.fasthockey.com;
2. And if you want to watch Jeff Blashill play golf, Traverse City's 9&10 News covered the Ferris State University alumni golf outing, and as Blashill played college hockey at Ferris State, he's still very much so a proud Bulldog:
As mentioned earlier today, a total of eight Red Wings prospects are taking part in World Junior summer camps this week--Dylan Larkin and Dominic Turgeon (USA), Julius Vahtalo and Vili Saarijarvi (Finland), Christoffer Ehn and Axel Holmstrom (Sweden) are all taking part in the U.S. World Junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, NY, and Joe Hicketts (Canada) and Evgeny Svechnikov (Russia) taking part in Canada's World Junior camp in Calgary.
And, as you might imagine, Red Wings GM Ken Holland is absolutely delighted with the fact that six of the Red Wings' top prospects are taking part i a high-level competition in early August, as he told the Free Press's Helene St. James (via RedWingsFeed):
“They’re playing against their peers, that’s why I like it,” Holland told the Free Press. “To evaluate 18-19 year olds, if you try to evaluate them at a main camp, against pros, they don’t have the puck a lot. If you see them against their peers, you get a better read for their potential, and things they need to improve on.”
Just as importantly, unlike the summer development camps, spots with national teams are on the line, so there's checking, physical battling and different sets of team officials to impress.
It’s an especially good opportunity to see Holmstrom, because while the Wings have signed him, “we’re not bringing him to camp in fall because he’s trying to establish himself with a Swedish Elite League team,” Holland said.
While Saarijarvi is expected to play next season in Flint and Larkin either will be in Detroit or Grand Rapids, this is an opportunity to get a better handle on all six, as well as seeing some of next-year’s draft-eligible players.
St. James continues, stating that Holland will take in both camps. I'm sure he won't be representing the Wings alone--the World Junior summer camps precede the Under-17 Ivan Hlinka tournament in the Czech Republic, so this is basically the "start of the 2015-16 season" for the Red Wings' amateur scouts.
Among today's Red Wings-related news stories:
1. The World Junior camps are underway in Lake Placid (Dominic Turgeon and Dylan Larkin represent Team USA; Juilus Vahatalo represents Finland; and both Christoffer Ehn and Axel Holmstrom represent Sweden) and Calgary (Joe Hicketts is playing for Team Canada; Evgeny Svechnikov is playing for Russia), and ESPN's Corey Pronman is covering the U.S. camp:
FASTHockey.com is going to air the U.S. camp games online; TSN will air Canada's tilts.
2. Also in the prospect department, OHL Prospects Blog's Brock Otten examined the Red Wings' Ontario Hockey League graduates:
Alexey Marchenko had a conversation with Sport-Express's Igor Eronko recently, and here's a very rough translation thereof (as there's some colloquialism fun going on here):
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