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from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,
This year, he wants to avoid a return to the AHL. If he doesn't make the Red Wings, he will have to clear waivers before he would return to the Griffins.
"There's always been talk that some teams would be interested if I was on waivers, but it all depends on the timing on everything," he said. "I just want to go in and try and make Detroit.
"As much as I love Grand Rapids, I don't want to play in the AHL next year. So I'm trying to do everything possible to play with them (Red Wings) or have a good enough camp for someone else to take me."
I apologize for the "wall of entries" of late, but the Wings news cycle's come in fits and spurts over the past three hours, yielding a whole bunch of single entries as opposed to news digests. This includes CBS Sports' Adam Gretz's "NHL report card" offseason grades for Atlantic Division teams:
Detroit Red Wings: B The biggest change in Detroit this offseason is the one behind the bench where Jeff Blashill takes over the spot that Mike Babcock occupied for a decade. The Red Wings' style of play probably won't change much, but it's going to be interesting to see if the younger player on the rosters are able to get a longer leash than they did under Babcock. Blashill has coached -- and won -- with many of them in the AHL. Gustav Nyquist's contract should prove to be a steal for the Red Wings over the next couple of years, while Mike Green gives the team the puck-moving, right handed shot it has badly needed on its defense. Brad Richards should also add some nice depth down the middle, provided they don't count on him to do too much.
Gretz does believe that the Red Wings' signing of Mike Green was the best individual move made by an Atlantic Division team this summer...
Tomas Jurco discussed his new contract with Pravda.sk's Michal Maslan, and here's a rough translation of their conversation:
Jurco: The new coach knows when I'm most useful to the team:
Tomas Jurco turned down Detroit's first qualifying offer, but he will continue playing for the team. Slovak hockey player Tomas Jurco agreed to a 2-year, 1-way contract worth $1.7 million with the management of the overseas team.
"I'm satisfied. Although it took a bit longer than we thought, and there was an unnecessarily large amount of coverage, I'm satisfied. I look forward to another two years in Detroit," says the 22-year-old winger. He's played in 99 regular-season games and has registered 11 goals and 22 assists.
If you find yourself in Orangeville, Ontario on August 4th, the Orangeville Banner's Chris Halliday reports that Henrik Zetterberg will be making an appearance to promote his Swedish Snowballs:
Orangeville’s efforts to sell more desserts than any other community in Canada have snowballed into a visit from National Hockey League (NHL) sniper Henrik Zetterberg.
Beginning in April, Pita Pit franchises added The Royal Swedish Snowball to their menus, a chocolate, vanilla-centred dessert endorsed and owned by Zetterberg.
The Pita Pit locations in Canada selling the most desserts in April and May were promised to win a visit from the Detroit Red Wings captain.
Local Pita Pit franchise owners Brad and Melanie Horton are proud to report that Orangeville’s locations sold the most snowballs in Canada. Miramichi, New Brunswick was singled out for its efforts as well.
As a result, Zetterberg is scheduled to visit the town’s Pita Pit location on Broadway on Tuesday (Aug. 4) from noon to 2 p.m.
From MLive's Aaron McMann:
Support for the Flint Firebirds seems to be coming in every which way these days, and now Detroit Red Wings broadcaster Mickey Redmond is lending his endorsement.
The color commentator for Red Wings games on Fox Sports Detroit recently filmed a 30-second radio spot for the Firebirds that has began airing on more half a dozen stations in Flint and the mid-Michigan region.
"Hey folks, Mickey Redmond here," the 67-year-old starts. "Congratulations on your new Ontario Hockey League franchise, the Flint Firebirds."
Redmond, who played six seasons for the Red Wings and 10 in the National Hockey League, uses the opportunity to promote season tickets for the team, declaring it "the foundation for Flint's OHL success."
NBC Sports has released its TV lineup for the 2015-16 season...
And the Red Wings will be featured in the following games:
I reported this last week as something of a napkin note, but MLive's Brendan Savage offers news regarding the Red Wings' summer World Junior campers in headline form:
Seven Detroit Red Wings prospects have been invited to evaluation camps for the 2016 World Junior Championship, which will be held at Helsinki, Finland next winter.
Forward Dylan Larkin and Dominic Turgeon will be in Colorado Springs for the Team USA camp, which opens Saturday. Defenseman Joe Hicketts will be at Canada's camp, forwards Christoffer Ehn and Axel Holmstrom will suit up for Sweden, forward Evegeny Svechnikov has been invited to tryout for Russia's team and forward Julius Vahatalo will be in Finland's camp.
The U.S. team will eventually take part in exhibition games against Finland and Sweden in Lake Placid, NY, and as Savage notes, the Americans' camp will include another member of the Wings organization:
The Americans open camp Saturday. Their roster will be broken into teams – Larkin and Turgeon will be on opposite sides – and will play Sweden and Finland in games Aug. 2-3 before the roster is trimmed to one team that will again face Sweden and Finland.
Larkin will play for the USA Blue Team, which will be coached by Chris Chelios, a Red Wings advisor to hockey operations.
FYI, from the Red Wings:
RED WINGS 2015 HOCKEYFEST TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY
… Autographs, Interactive Games & Locker Room Tours Highlight Fun-Filled Event Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13 at Joe Louis Arena …
DETROIT – The Red Wings today announced that tickets for the 2015 HockeyFest at Joe Louis Arena set for Sunday, Sept. 13 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) will go on sale Thursday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. This year’s HockeyFest, presented by Coke Zero and Meijer, features an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players and Red Wings Alumni. General admission adult tickets for this family-friendly event are priced at $20 apiece, while kids tickets (12 & under) are available for $10 each.
Nicklas Lidstrom spoke with Expressen's Linus Sunnervik about his decision to join a financial asset management company recently (Lidstrom is already part of a real estate firm in Vasteras and helps out with his youngest son's youth team, and he scouts for the Wings as well, so he's very busy!). Here's a rough translation of his interview:
"Lidas" about the deaths: "The NHL could do more."
Bastad, Sweden. Despite all his great awards, Nicklas Lidstrom feels like a rookie again.
Sportexpressen met the 45-year-old for a conversation about his new life in the financial world, his similarities with partner Stefan Edberg, the deaths in the NHL--and a possible job with the Tre Kronor [Swedish National Team].
"It might come into my thoughts in a few years, but at the moment I don't feel up to it," says Lidstrom.
Tennis week in Bastad has been taken over by Swedish NHL players. At the beach, Hampus Lindholm, Gustav Nyquist and Andre Burakowsky are taking part in a volleyball game. On center court's honorary bleachers, Henrik Lundqvist's tennis games will follow.
And in the sponsor's stands, in the barn with the "pressure case," stands Nicklas Lidstrom.
Among foreign-language-Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Tomas Jurco spoke with Sport.sme.sk's Marian Korbel about his new contract with Detroit (and what follows is very, very roughly translated)...
The Slovak hockey player was the last free agent on Detroit's team, and the team finally agreed on further cooperation. "Although the agreement didn't come until now, I wasn't nervous at all. I knew that the team was interested in my services, and that ultimately we'd sign a new contract," said the forward Tomas Jurco to Novy CAS, who will earn 1.65 million Euros over the course of two years. "Moreover I couldn't get much more, this is a maximum deal, so I'm happy. I have a one-way contract, meaning that the team won't send me to the farm and lower competition of the AHL," said the Kosice natigve who's played in 99 games with the Red Wings. In the new year he'll be wearing a Detroit jersey together with his compatriot Tomas Tatar. "We haven't spoken [to each other yet], but I'm glad I have a contract and now I can concentrate on summer training. I hope to fly to America in late August," added Jurco.
2. And both Sports.ru's Cyril Novokschenov and Sport-Express report that Pavel Datsyuk visited the locker rooms of the soccer teams Ural Yekaterinburg and Zeint St. Petersburg after the teams played in Yekaterinburg today, swapping jerseys/sweaters with Zenit's Oleg Shatov and "Hulk."
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