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Between the Red Wings' naming of Tyler Wright as the team's director of amateur scouting and Jeff Finley as head scout, Jim Nill's departure before he took Joe McDonnell with him, the both truncated and incredibly differently-ran drills which took place during the second day of the Wings' summer development camp and the interviews I've had with both the coaches, management and the players taking part in this summer camp, on days one and two...
This is gonna sound campy, but I have no doubt that the organization is at something of a crossroads.
This is from the NHLPA, and go figure, it's all about ping pong (including Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey)--and it's for a good cause:
Smashfest! Dominic Moore & Many NHL Players to Participate In Charity Ping-Pong Event on July 25th in Toronto
Second annual fundraiser hosted by Dominic Moore to feature NHL players showcasing their Ping-Pong talents while raising money for concussion research and the Katie Moore FoundationTORONTO (July 11, 2013) – NHL player Dominic Moore, forward for the New York Rangers, is proud to announce the second annual Smashfest! – a fan-inspired event designed to showcase NHL players’ ping-pong skills while raising money for concussion research and the newly founded Katie Moore Foundation, which allocates dollars towards research for less common forms of cancer.
Tickets for the 2013 event are now on sale to the public at http://www.Smashfest.ca.
Okay, somewhere in between the morning's session of skill drills at the second day of the Red Wings' development camp, speaking with various the announcement of Tyler Wright's naming as the Red Wings' director of amateur scouting (with Jeff Finley to serve as director of scouting) and wandering back and forth from my laptop to "scrums," I promised myself that I'd watch Team Lidstrom like a frickin' hawk.
Not so much.
Wings have hired former Blue Jackets dir. of amateur scouting Tyler Wright as the director of amateur scouting and Jeff Finley chief scout.
Okey dokey, I managed to post the audio from this morning's media availability at the day 2 of the Red Wings' summer development camp, at which Team Yzerman took part in on-ice drills and Team Lidstrom worked out off the ice. The roles will be reversed this afternoon.
Amongst the Tweets from other folks who took in the proceedings (and Sarah Lindenau has already posted a morning gallery):
The Detroit Red Wings' summer development camp continued this morning with a slate of "two-a-day" practices, with Team Yzerman skating and Team Lidstrom working out from 8-to-10-ish, and the Team Yzerman working out and Team Lidstrom doing skill-development and team drills from 2-4 PM.
As the Free Press's George Sipple notes, Darren Helm's participation was limited:
Today's the second day of the Red Wings' summer development camp, and it will kick off the first of three days (though the first is followed by a scrimmage on Friday and an "off-day" before a Sunday-Monday slate) spent emphasizing skill development with Tomas Storm and significant time spent learning the Wings and Grand Rapids' systems of play on the ice to familiarize players with the style of play they'll be expected to master at the fall prospect tournament and, if they're lucky, the Wings' main training camp...
And off the ice, the Wings will subject their prospects to the sometimes brutally rigorous level of fitness training required at the NHL level under the guidance of Wings strength and conditioning coach Peter Renzetti..
As noted yesterday, the most notable figure attending the development camp is one Darren Helm, who gave a difficult interview to the press corps regarding the state of his still-healing back. The Detroit Free Press's George Sipple revisits Helm's comments this morning:
I feel like I'm falling down on the job here. I'm sitting in a room with two folks who are doing a helluva job transcribing over an hour's worth of interviews into something digestible, and all I can offer you at present is a chunk of audio meatier than ten pounds of steak. With news cameras in tow and professional photographers snapping pictures, the blogger whose readers paid his way up...
May or may not be doing a decent job. You're going to have to tell me what I need to improve on, what you want to see more of, and what you feel I can do better (also known as "constructive criticism is welcome").
The biggest things I'll say about today's session at the Red Wings' summer development camp are that:
Updated 4x at 7:25 PM: My apologies for the lateness of this entry: somewhere in the middle of writing my evening report, the concourse at Centre Ice Arena began to fill with day hockey campers, and somewhere between the thirtieth and fortieth time I heard some song about Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and whose fault something was, captain fuzzy bear decided that he ought to go shopping for provisions and a longer extension cord lest he get agimitated.
In any case, I posited a boatload of interviews from day 1 of the Red Wings' development camp, but those who are better at transcribing took note of Darren Helm's comments about his health, including Michigan Hockey's Nick Barnowski, who spoke with Helm regarding his fitness level...
Updated at 7:28 PM: Via RedWingsFeed, restricted free agent defenseman Brendan Smith has filed for salary arbitration with the Red Wings. The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms that Smith, who earned $875,000 this past season (pro-rated for 48 games, of course), has indeed filed:
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