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What Direction Will The Wings’ Defensive Corp Take?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Now, with greater expectations, they must take another step. For the team's sake, it had better not be backwards.

“When you're dealing with younger players there's always a concern they have an off year or take a little bit of a step back,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “Sometimes they've had a good year and they get a little comfortable, complacent and all the sudden things start to happen fast, and once it gets spiraling in the wrong direction it's hard to turn it around.''

Holland is confident that won't be the case with this group – “We're not talking about 19-, 20-, 21-year-olds. Our players are a little older, a little more experienced, a little more mature.''

more, and MLive's Khan and Brendan Savage made their playoff picks as well...

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Red Wings overnight report: hard roster decisions, season previews and Alfredsson/Weiss profiles

I'm glad that Ken Holland explained his roster moves to the media on Monday afternoon, explaining that the Wings have to a) carry 23 men on their roster and b) spend exactly to the salary cap--which the Wings are doing--to avail themselves of their LTIR cap and roster allowances. Otherwise, Holland would be addressing a Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association luncheon today with some 'splainin to do.

With Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves out for (as J.J. noted) 24 days and 10 games, and with the Wings accommodating Jordin Tootoo and Jonas Gustavsson's statuses as on the short-term IR, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness broke the Wings' roster down thusly...

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Grand Rapids Griffins’ players, coaches to receive gorgeous Calder Cup Championship rings

The Grand Rapids Griffins posted an absolutely beautiful photo gallery of their Calder Cup rings being designed and made by a local ring-making company earlier today, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner took note of the "bling" (and his article includes a 15-image photo gallery):

Following the franchise’s first Calder Cup championships, the team gave media a sneak peek at the rings players and team representatives will receive.

The rings, made in collaboration between Griffins’ representatives and Terryberry of Grand Rapids, include the Griffins and Red Wings logos intertwined and an inscription on the inside that says, “Earn this.”

About 131 rings will be made. They will be presented at a private ceremony.

The Griffins open the season Friday at Rochester. The first home game, which will feature the raising on the championship banner, will be Oct. 18.

And while the Griffins were hard at work doing other things this afternoon...

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Red Wings’ roster moves get weird: Emmerton remains in NHL, Ouellet recalled to maximize LTIR space

And then things got weird. When the Red Wings finally released their 23-man roster list, it included Patrick Eaves on the LTIR...And Xavier Ouellet recalled from Grand Rapids as an 8th defenseman, as well as Cory Emmerton still on the NHL roster.

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Wings Make Roster Moves Official

Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Gustav Nyquist and goaltender Petr Mrazek to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet and goaltender Jared Coreau from the Griffins. Additionally, the team placed center Darren Helm and right wing Patrick Eaves on long-term injured reserve and put goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and right wing Jordin Tootoo on seven-day injured reserve.

The Red Wings’ roster currently stands at 23 players, as the team heads into their regular season home opener this Wednesday, Oct. 2, against the Buffalo Sabres (NBCSN/97.1 The Ticket).

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Red Wings’ parent company makes personnel moves

I wasn't quite sure what to do with this one, so I left the press release in the practice post, but Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea, via RedWingsFeed, offers some context as to what significant moves by Ilitch Holdings today mean for the Wings' future:

Detroit-based Ilitch Holdings Inc. said today it has hired Steve Marquardt away from Detroit's Compuware Corp. as its vice president of Olympia Development of Michigan LLC, the real estate arm of Mike and Marian Ilitch's business empire. The biggest item on Marquardt's plate will be the $650 million effort to build a new arena for the Red Wings in downtown Detroit.

The company also has a new corporate spokesman, but he's a name familiar to many: John Hahn, the longtime senior director of communications for the Ilitch-owned Detroit Red Wings, has been promoted to vice president of corporate communications for Ilitch Holdings, the company said in a statement today.

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Two Olympic points

This isn't necessarily Red Wings-related. However, you need to know two things:

1. The national federations whose hockey teams are taking part in the 2014 Olympics have to submit 60-man roster candiate lists to the International Olympic Committee on October 1st;

2. And, per Michigan Hockey:

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CBC’s Ron MacLean waiting Mike Babcock’s 2014 Olympic credo

RedWingsFeed noted that CBC host Ron MacLean penned a start-of-the-season, well, ramble, and MacLean is curious as to what the man who told the gold medal-winning 2010 Olympic team to "Leave No Doubt" will have in store for the Canadian Olympians heading to Sochi in February. MacLean notes that Babcock and advertising executive and friend Rick Larsen came up with the "Credo for living your dreams," and as such...

Obviously, the theme will come out on Mike's terms, after his team has shared the story behind it, and the hopes contained within. But I can share some insight into how the new slogan was created.  

Babcock and Rick Larsen decided to think about Russia and what it would be like this time. One of Mike's biggest concerns is the down time. In Vancouver, family was all around. They're usually the ones who make ya look good. But in the event you wanted your space, well, Vancouver was perfect. Nice place to go for a stroll, full of familiar languages, foods and even great weather.

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Red Wings hope to convert Southwestern Ontario to ‘Wings country’

I stuck this in the practice post, but it merits its own entry: The CBC Windsor noted that the Red Wings are aggressively marketing themselves to fans in Southwestern Ontario, and while this isn't "new news," it may raise the dander of Leaf fans:

The Wings vice president of marketing, Robert Mattina, said 10 per cent of the team’s season ticket base is Canadian.

“It has increased over the last four or five years. We made a concerted effort to develop more marketing and promotion through the Canadian triangle,” he said. “We made a concentrated effort to expand.”

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Red Wings Monday practice news: Red Wings demote Nyquist, send Mrazek to GR, Emmerton clears waivers

Updated 23x at 4:32 PM: And now we wait for the Red Wings' medical evaluations during/after today's practice to determine the team's remaining cap-and-23-man-roster-compliant moves...

This is not super news:

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