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Playoff run could translate into a strong regular season for Tyler Bertuzzi

From DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji, via RedWingsFeed:

When the pressure was on, Tyler Bertuzzi rose to the occasion. Now he's hoping to continue the ascent.

In nine playoff games with the Grand Rapids Griffins last season, Bertuzzi led the team with seven goals and his eight points were third behind Anthony Mantha's 11 and Ryan Sproul's nine.

"Some guys joke around with me that you shouldn't even play the season, you should just come play in the playoffs," Bertuzzi said. "For me, I love playoffs. It's a gritty game in the playoffs. It's a lot harder, it goes up a lot in the playoffs. Teams get better, a lot of guys get called down, it's a lot faster, it's bigger. Everything for me, I just feel like I need to step up my game, whether it's luck, I just like to work hard and working hard, that type of game, I think it helps me."

Griffins coach Todd Nelson said playoff hockey seems to fit the way Bertuzzi plays.

"It certainly has held true the past two years," Nelson said. "He had a good playoff for us two years ago, he had a good playoff this past season. The style of play that he plays, I think playoff hockey really suits him. Just like I said, try to have him play that hockey consistently if he does come to Grand Rapids. That’s what’s going to get him to the National Hockey League."


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Pavel Datsyuk’s thank-you letter

From Pavel Datsyuk's Facebook page:

Dear Friends,

I am blessed to have received an offer to continue my hockey career at home with SKA in St. Petersburg. It was a difficult decision to retire from the Red Wings and NHL, but in my heart, I believe it is the best decision for me an my family.

“My decision was not an easy one. Your support of the Detroit Red Wings and of me personally has meant so much to me. I arrived a young man that few had heard of and I am leaving with so many offering their kind wishes, love and respect. I am so thankful. You have provided so much for me and my family and I will be forever graceful to the game of hockey, the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings and most importantly, to you, our fans.

“With the reality that I will no longer be a Red Wing or playing in the NHL, I realize there are a lot of people I would like to personally thank.


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Impressions from the morning skate at the 3rd day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp

The Red Wings' prospects took part in a split set of morning skates this morning at Centre Ice Arena, with one "team" taking to the West Rink and one "team" taking to David's Rink for a 50-minute skate.

I tried to stick with the team I didn't get to see very much of yesterday--a team consisting of Dylan Sadowy, Mattias Elfstrom, Adam Marsh, Zach Nastasiuk, Luke Kirwan, Justin Brazeau, Matthew Santos, Chase Berger, Adam Marsh, Christoffer Ehn, Chase Pearson, Patrick Holway, Joe Hicktts, Patrick McCarron, Jordan Sambrook, Dennis Cholowski, Stephen Dhillion, Joren van Pottelberghe and Chase Perry.

The other team consisted of Kyle Criscuolo, Mike Borkowski, Givani Smith, Evgeny Svechnikov, Tyler Bertuzzi, Julius Vahatlo,Griffen Molino, Alex Globke, Zach Nastasiuk, David Pope, Jeff de Wit, Vili Saarijarvi, James de Haas, Dylan Coghlan, Dan Renouf, Filip Hronek, Alfons Malmstrom, COnnor Hicks, FIlip Larsson and Matej Machovsky.

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St. James, Ward: Datsyuk officially signs with SKA

From the Free Press's Helene St. James and Aaron Ward:

SKA's website is confirming:

Update: Here's more from Helene St. James:

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Wallner: Jeff Hoggan thanks the Griffins, Grand Rapids

From the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:

Jeff Hoggan, who served as captain of the Grand Rapids Griffins for four seasons and led the franchise to its only AHL title in 2013, has penned a letter of thanks to the city, fans and former teammates and staff with the team.

The 38-year-old veteran, who learned in June he would not be offered a contract, recently moved with his wife and three children from Grand Rapids and is living in Omaha, Nebraska.

Hoggan hopes to continue his AHL playing career if he can find the right fit.

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Audio from the ‘morning skate’ at the third day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

The Red Wings' prospects took part in a morning skate ahead of tonight's 6 PM-starting scrimmage at the Wings' summer development camp, and here are the interviews I managed to snag this morning:

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MLive’s Mitsos examines Thomas Vanek’s stats

From MLive's Tom Mitsos:

The Detroit Red Wings signed a number of forwards on July 1, the first day of free agency. After missing on Steven Stamkos, the Red Wings attempted to address their scoring problem by signing Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek.

Vanek was the surprise of the day, as the 32-year-old left winger was bought out by the Minnesota Wild in June after recording a career-low 18 goals last season. The Red Wings didn't pay a premium to get Vanek (one year, $2.6 million), so it was a low-risk, high-reward deal.

The odds of seeing Vanek score 40 goals — like he did during the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons with Buffalo — are essentially nonexistent, but can Vanek be a solid secondary scoring option for the Red Wings?


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‘Roughly Translated’: Petr Mrazek’s agent discusses arbitration with the Wings

iSport.cz's Miroslav Horak spoke with Petr Mrazek's agent, Robert Spalenka, regarding his client's possible arbitration hearing with the Red Wings, and it sounds like both sides want to avoid arbitration if at all possible. Here's a rough translation of the article:

It stretches, it stretches...The case of Petr Mrazek's new contract in Detroit is moving toward a phase where the two sides could stand before an arbitrator. Which side the player wants? "I believe that the agreement will come sooner or later," hopes the goalie's representative, Robert Spalenka.

When the NHL scene tells of arbitration, many hockey players get hives. Those who undergo it can tell the time. The traditional hearing has an independent arbitrator who determines the next pay rate of athletes, and it's frequently a searing experience.

Although both sides are meant to cooperate with the court, often it doesn't happen. The logical desire of the team to pay the player as little as possible, and thus hesitate to compliment their employee and challenge their benefits. It's a rough game that weaker individuals don't have the stomach for. The representatives of the players contrast highlights of the examples of the client as if they're almost heavenly. And honestly, it also occasionally helps to have foreign merits. The result is a binding verdict by an independent arbiter. Usually for one year.

Goaltender Petr Mrazek doesn't want to go to the roulette wheel. "Arbitration between the team and players always brings feelings and words that aren't needed. If it happens, I'd like to avoid it," bluntly says the player's agent, Robert Spalenka of Sport Invest company. And if it doesn't happen? "So arbitration takes place. It's part of the system and one of the things that brings the two parties to an agreement if they cannot agree among themselves," he says realistically.

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Pavel Datsyuk to hold a hockey camp in St. Petersburg

We'll call this a telling move, per Sovetsky Sport:

In St. Petersburg, "Pavel Datsyuk School's" junior camp opened on July 8th.

The curator of the camp is Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk. The school will be attended by 80 chlidren born from 2000-2006. The chlidren and youth camps will be held with support from the Russian Hockey Federation and SKA St. Petersburg.

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Morning news: MSM takes on the second day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Brett A. Somers discussed the Red Wings' decision to invest draft picks in defensemen this past June...

The last time Detroit drafted so heavily on defense was 2011, and the Red Wings hadn't spent a first-round pick on the blue line since Brendan Smith in 2007.

After choosing four defensemen in its first five selection's of last month's draft, including Dennis Cholowski at No. 20 overall in the first round, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland hopes to have built the foundation of the Red Wings' future defensive zone.

"You hope as an organization, we wake up a year or two from now and we have too many good defensemen and don't know what to do with them all," Holland said. "I'd rather be in a position like that than you get all these defensemen and you're not sure who is good enough to play in the American League."

Odds are Joe Louis Arena will be nothing but a memory, and Motown will gravitate toward Little Caesar's Arena before any of this year's selections makes a Wings' gameday roster, but Holland likes what he has seen so far as he's watched the youngsters take the ice at development camp in Traverse City.

Somers continues...

2. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned an article discussing the format of the camp as building a foundation for the prospects' futures...

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