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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Saying good-bye is hard to do, and so Valtteri Filppula showed up for one of his final practices at Joe Louis Arena, dressing for one of the last times in Detroit Red Wings gear, getting one of the last few head-hugs from BFF Niklas Kronwall....
"I'm definitely excited about Tampa and new team, new place," Filppula said. "At the same time, I've had great years here and a lot of great friends. That way is tough."
I'm about to head out the door as I have suspicions that the dry cleaners aren't telling me the whole truth regarding when my clothes will be ready for the TC trip, but before I go, Wings coach Mike Babcock gave a 9-minute interview to The Fan 590's Greg Brady and Jim Lang this morning, mostly focusing on the Olympics, and here it is for your listening pleasure:
Updated 3x at 12:21 PM: The Red Wings are officially back at work at Joe Louis Arena this morning...
But they're not alone:
Those of you who've been following DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's Tweets and the Tweets posited from the now-Flagstar-Bank-sponsored Wings themselves know that Brendan Smith, Danny DeKeyser, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Tom McCollum, Darren Helm and even Daniel Alfredsson have already been skating informally at Joe Louis Arena, but it appears that the rink's been opened to the media as of this morning:
The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau has just released the schedule for the Red Wings' main training camp, which begins its on-ice portion of activities on September 12th at Traverse City's Centre Ice Arena, and will conclude on September 17th. Lindenau already released the prospect tournament schedule, and she penned a spectacular article regarding prospects to watch at said tournament (which begins on September 5th):
Anyway, here's the training camp schedule, per Lindenau:
Updated 4x with a prospect tourney invite at 3:52 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related news stories:
The Wings are slowly but surely heading back to the Joe...
And I don't want to make a stand-alone entry out of this, but it is big news as the Wings have replaced Amway with a different "Official Partner" sponsor in Flagstar Bank:
As the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau has noted, the Red Wings' annual prospect tournament has produced many NHL'ers--over 400 of 'em, and it will serve as something of a proving ground for the latest group of "can't-miss" prospects this fall. Yesterday, the ECHL announced that the prospect tournament will serve as a showcase of sorts for its referees, too:
The ECHL announced on Tuesday that 14 ECHL on-ice officials, along with Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst and Supervisor Mike Pearce, will work the 2013 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. from Sept. 5-9.
Debuting in 1988 with four teams, the NHL Prospects Tournament has expanded to now include eight clubs – Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Teams are divided into two divisions for a three-day round robin tournament, then ranked by their win-loss records for final placement in seventh, fifth, third and Championship games on the final day.
Okay, as those of you who've been anywhere near a computer over the past five days are probably "Olympic'ed out," here is an incredibly brief summary of the coverage of Red Wings-related stories from "out of town" sources over the past four days:
The Detroit Red Wings' players and management engaged in charity outings and took part in Olympic orientation camps. Here's a summary of the stories posited over the past three-and-change days on a source-by-source basis, save the charitable stuff (and a note that today and tomorrow, Grand Rapids Griffins assistant equipment manager Andrew "Steggy" Steghuis and Jeff Blashill are having their Days with the Calder Cup in Grand Rapids):
- The Joe Kocur Foundation held a tripleheader of charity softball games on Saturday afternoon, and a good time was had by all. Kocur talked with the Free Press's George Sipple about the possibility of a "Grind Line Reunion" during this fall and winter's Wings Alumni Association games, as well as the passing of Shawn Burr:
First Howard and DeKeyser is below...
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