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Detroit Gives Teemu Pulkkinen A One-Year Contract

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to a one-year contract.

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The Outlook For Tomas Jurco

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Looking ahead: Maybe being in a contract year will motivate Jurco, 23. It would help if he used his 6-foot-1, 203-pound body to bring an element of physicality and help create turnovers and scoring opportunities. Jurco does have the skill set to play in the NHL — he showed that in 2013-14 — but he needs to find the inner drive required, the tremendous amount of hard work it takes. The Wings have to hope he figures it out, because he doesn’t have much trade value.


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Evening news: On Dennis Cholowski, Filip Hronek, strangely-timed power rankings and Twitter stuff

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Free Press's Brandon Folsom penned an article duly noting Jeff Blashill and Todd Nelson's takes on the Red Wings' most recent first-round draft pick, Dennis Cholowski:

“He looked smooth from Day 1,” said Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson, who coached Cholowski’s team. “From the first skill session, (you saw how well) he moves out there. ... He passes like a pro and passed it crisp and firm. What we got was a really good indication, during the scrimmage sessions, of seeing what he could do — controlling play and making simple plays. He makes the game look easy out there.”

Cholowski, who had 12 goals and 28 assists for the Chiefs last season, thought he did enough to impress his coaches in each scrimmage.

“I thought I played well both games,” he said. “Obviously, it was fun to play in the scrimmages, and it was fast hockey. I thought I handled myself pretty well.”

The one glaring issue with Cholowski, though, is his size. He is 6-feet and 170 pounds, and it limits how aggressive he can play. That was evident Friday when he took a hit into the boards and struggled to get up afterward.

However, Cholowski will work on getting bigger and stronger when he plays for St. Cloud State next school year. He expects to play for the Huskies for at least the next three seasons, hoping the Wings could ask him to turn pro before his senior season.

Folsom continues...

2. In "making sense," Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples posted a video of Filip Hronek's press conference, which involved Matej Machovsky translating questions into Czech and answers in to English as Hronek doesn't speak it:

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Toledo Walleye switch to ECHL’s Western Conference

From the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

The Walleye will move to the ECHL’s Western Conference this upcoming season and compete in the same division as rival Fort Wayne, according to a realignment announced by the league on Monday.

Toledo has been placed in the Central Division of the Western Conference. Its new divisional opponents are rivals Fort Wayne and Kalamazoo, along with Indy, Quad City, Tulsa, and Wichita.

Last season, the Walleye competed in the North Division of the Eastern Conference with Kalamazoo, Wheeling, and Brampton.

“I like that Fort Wayne is back in our division along with Kalamazoo and Indy,” Walleye coach Dan Watson said. “Fort Wayne has been a great rival going back to the olden days.”

The new format will allow teams to have a better chance of playing traditional rivals in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and to allow for more economical travel, according to ECHL officials.

A new format for the Kelly Cup playoffs also was announced. The top four teams in each division will qualify for the playoffs.


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Grand Rapids Griffins sign Carter Sandlak, Matthew Ford

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed forward Carter Sandlak to a standard player’s contract for the 2016-17 season and forward Matthew Ford to a two-year deal.

During the 2015-16 season, Ford, 31, led the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors in goals (27) and points (27-24—51) while appearing in 64 games. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound winger also played two seasons (2013-15) under current Griffins head coach Todd Nelson when he was coach of the Oklahoma City Barons from 2010-15. Ford accounted for 100 points (44-56—100) during his two seasons under Nelson, including setting a career-high in both points (19-34—53) and assists (34) during the 2014-15 campaign. Ford was additionally recognized as Oklahoma City’s AHL Man of the Year in 2014-15 for his community involvement.

Chicago’s eighth-round (256th overall) selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Ford has racked up 306 points (149-157—306) and 359 penalty minutes in 480 career AHL games between the Hartford Wolf Pack (2008-09), Lake Erie Monsters (2008-11), Hershey Bears (2011-12), Adirondack Phantoms (2011-13), Springfield Falcons (2012-13), Oklahoma City Barons (2013-15) and Bakersfield Condors (2015-16). Ford has played in 21 career Calder Cup Playoff games, most recently with Oklahoma City in 2015, and tallied 13 points (5-8—13) and 24 PIM.

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Luke Glendening Hasn’t Lost His “Fighting Mentality”

from Orion Sang at The Detroit Free Press,

“I think I’ve had that fighting mentality my whole life,” Glendening said Monday at the Power to Move golf outing in Brighton. “I think it was the way I was raised. Every day is a blessing to be able to work hard. And whether it’s hockey or life, that’s just the way I approach it.

“The team’s obviously not satisfied with another first-round (playoff) exit. It’s great to make the playoffs, but we really want to move forward, and we’ve just got to get it done.”

Glendening says his teammates have been "pushing each other pretty hard" during off-season workouts. Detroit used most of the salary cap space cleared from Pavel Datsyuk returning to Russia to sign free agent center Frans Nielsen for six years and $31.5 million. Glendening is looking forward to meeting his new teammate.

“(Nielsen’s) obviously a great player, and it’s exciting for our team,” Glendening said. “We’re excited to have him.”

a bit more

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Peter Mrazek’s Arbitration Case

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Mrazek is the only player being taken to club-elected salary arbitration and whatever contract Mrazek receives could have major implications for the Red Wings going forward.

Detroit GM Ken Holland has already made it clear that heading into training camp Mrazek will be considered the Red Wings’ No. 1 goaltender, which leaves Detroit in a tough spot. Not only does Mrazek not have a contract, but it also means Holland is expecting to pay No. 2 netminder Jimmy Howard $5.292 million. That’s a hefty price tag for a backup, even more so when you consider Detroit has a mere $4.71 million in estimated cap space, according to CapFriendly.

The big concern is how much Mrazek is worth, because he could take a considerable bite out of what cap space the Red Wings do have. Of the 58 goaltenders to play at least 20 games, the 24-year-old ranked 13th with a .921 save percentage, 16th with a 2.33 goals-against average and tied for eighth with four shutouts. At 5-on-5, only seven of the 23 goaltenders who played 2000-plus minutes had a better SP than Mrazek.

He’s a No. 1 goaltender, to be sure, and if he’s paid as such, it could mean the Red Wings have to shed some salary to sit comfortably under the cap.

more arbitration cases to watch for...

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‘Roughly Translated’: Matej Machovsky reflects upon his development camp experience

NHL.cz's Vaclav Jachim interviewed Red Wings development camper and free agent goalie Matej Machovsky regarding his experiences at the development camp. What follows is roughly translated:

Great experience, sasy Machovsky regarding Detroit's camp. Will he go to the NHL this year?

He had a great season with Plsen, who broke through to the semifinals of the Tipsport Extraliga playoff semifinals, and was the third goaltender on the Czech National Team at the World Championships in Russia. Matej Machovsky had perhaps the best season of his career, and recently he received an unexpected reward. The Opava native was invited to Detroit's summer camp. "I have a great feeling. It was a bomb, an awesome experience," he says enthusiastically.

The camp for talented Red Wings and players who've the team acquired in the past year took place from Wednesday to Sunday in Traverse City. "It was very difficult, but very interesting. I was very happy that the team provided the opportunity. People like it when they're interested. Detroit gave me a chance, people from the leadership wanted to see me in practice. It's a great reward," he says contentedly.

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Which Red Wing should inherit Pavel Datsyuk’s “A?”

MLive's Brendan Savage discusses which player might inherit Pavel Datsyuk's alternate captain's "A" this morning:

Justin Abdelkader, who will be entering his eighth full season, has taken on more of a leadership role in recent years and has been involved in speaking with the media after games and practices.

Danny DeKeyser has established himself as one of the club's top defenseman, is becoming more comfortable speaking with the media after three full seasons and will likely be around Detroit for years to come.

Gustav Nyquist has spent all or parts of the last five seasons with the Red Wings and is no stranger to the post-game media scrums.

Darren Helm has been a regular with the Red Wings since 2009-10 and was a member of the Stanley Cup championship team of 2008.

Savage continues, and the question is simple here: who gets the "A?"

Quick update: Savage appeared on WDFN this morning:

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A deke, a dangle and a ‘stick lift’

I had to laugh when Bertuzzi "lifted" Dylan Sadowy's stick tto score a goal at the summer development camp:

Slightly illegal.

The 9&10 News spotlighted Bertuzzi as one of the strongest participants in the development camp:

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