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I hate starting an entry ass-end first, but I'm going to do it: You know that point where you're on a business trip, and you call a family member to chat, and they say that you sound like you need a nap, you tell them you've had one, and they very politely try to suggest that you sound like hell?
Twelve days in, I'm starting to go from "fried" to "burnt ends" to, "Hey there, charcoal!"
The Red vs. White game marks the official end of the Red Wings' training camp activities at Centre Ice Arena (the team will hold morning and off-day skates tomorrow and Tuesday at Centre Ice, but "team one" is headed off to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins tomorrow night at 7), and the 3-3 tie and/or 4-3 shoout win for the red team really serves as the first simulated game situation with which coach Mike Babcock--who watched the game from a suite with GM Ken Holland and several of the team's executives--uses as a first form of assessing his team.
It's the first quiz of the schoolyear for the PE-degree-holding teacher turned teaching coach, and like any teacher worth his salt, Babcock was not happy with the results of the pupils who hold the highest expectations going in, i.e. his second line.
The cuts, releasing of the names of the players who will practice from 10-11 and then fly to Pittsburgh tomorrow and the interviews with participants (as well as the team's GM) are what draw your and my attention, but after three days' worth of systems-teaching, Babcock was NOT happy with the Johan Franzen-Stephen Weiss-Daniel Alfredsson line, as he told MLive's Ansar Khan...
We finally hear the bottom line--and it is a fiscal one--regarding Daniel Cleary's decision to wear #71 for the upcoming season, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
Two days after newcomer Daniel Alfredsson agreed to surrender his jersey number to Daniel Cleary, who was re-signed to a one-year contract on Friday, the league apparently nixed the deal.
Seems the NHL has committed a large sum of money to Winter Classic merchandise, including Wings jerseys with Alfredsson’s name and No. 11 on them.
Cleary, who wore No. 11 for eight seasons in Detroit, wasn’t keen on having to pick a new number, unfortunately, he was powerless in the decision. He’ll now be the third player in Wings’ history to wear No. 71.
“They already have like $150,000 (committed) and somebody’s got to eat that, so, the heck with that,” Cleary said. “I’m alright with 71.”
always risky to trust this): Cleary will be third Wing to wear 71, joining the illustrious Wendel Clark (1998-99) and Jiri Slegr (01-12), pair of trade deadline acquisition who were shown the door after the season.
I'm absolutely fried, so I need to keep this brief: the Red and White teams tied 3-3 in their annual Red vs. White game at Center Ice Arena, and immediately thereafter, the Wings made their first cuts (Tyler Bertuzzi, Phillipe Hudon, Zach Nastasiuk, Griffins-bound Kevin Lynch, Jake Paterson and try-out Michal Plutnar) and named their roster for tomorrow's game against Pittsburgh.
After the game the locker rooms were opened, and I kind of followed the media folks and kind of went my own way. As such, I missed the first part of Mike Babcock's scrum, where he apparently called out the Franzen-Weiss-Alfredsson line (I will post a reporter Twitter summary below)...
The "Red" and "White" teams technically tied 3-3 at the Red vs. White game in Traverse City this morning, with Xavier Ouellet registering a goal and an assist, Justin Abdelkader registering a goal and two assists, Henrik Zetterberg registering two assists and Daniel Alfredsson registering a helper, though Mike Babcock was NOT happy with his second line when speaking to the media after the game. There were shootout shooters but none of the goals or non-goals "counted."
If you haven't already seen it, here's the roster for tomorrow's exhibition game between the Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins (which will air on WPCW in Pittsburgh...quasi-legal online streams, anyone?)...
Detroit, MI...The Detroit Red Wings today reduced their training camp roster by six players who were assigned to their respective junior teams. With the moves, Detroit’s training camp roster stands at 59 players.
PLAYERS ASSIGNED ON 9/15/13
The Red Wings' exhibition schedule has almost always involved a heavy dose of Eastern Conference play, so the fact that six of the Wings' eight exhibition games involve the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs tends not to strike Wings fans as a regular season schedule-previewing slate of games.
This year the Wings have finally moved to the Eastern Conference, and the Traverse City Record-Eagle's Chris Dobrolowski spoke with Ken Holland, Justin Abdelkader and Brendan Smith about the soon-to-be-apparent switch:
Updated 3x at 12:20 PM: The Alumni and Celebrity game the Red Wings' coaches, management and scouts took part in on Saturday night will most certainly not go down as the greatest hockey game ever played at Centre Ice Arena, but it sure was a hoot.
The "red" team defeated the "white" team 8-6 on the strength of a hat trick from Kris Draper and a pair of goals from Grand Rapids Griffins trainer Brad "Dogg" Thompson, and the game was played over the course of two 30-minute "halves," with only the last 5 minutes being stoppage time.
While Wings coach Mike Babcock gave me a healthy sneer when I suggested that after today--the Red vs. White game takes place tomorrow at 11, and after that, the Wings will reassign most of their junior-eligible players to their respective rights-holders, and hold "morning skates" prior to road exhibition games in Pittsburgh and Chicago--he might have to pare down his teaching somewhat, insisting that he'll "work on details" (trust me, coach, I didn't think you'd be tossing off fluffernutter) and incorporate more systems drills (duh)...
The Red Wings made a late change to their practice schedules for Monday and Tuesday at Centre Ice Arena, and I need to let you know that there's a lot more hockey involved now. There won't just be hour-long morning skates--now the non-game-day teams will hold full practices as well. These are events that aren't sold out, so if you haven't had the opportunity to see the Wings at Centre Ice during the prospect tournament or the main camp, here's another way to catch a glimpse of 'em in Northern Michigan:
Per the Left Wing Lock:
10:00 am – 11:00 am – White team (game day players) pre-game skate (David’s)
11:30 am – 12:45 pm – Red team practice (non-game day players) practice (David’s / West)
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