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Larkin at the track

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin is the Grand Marshal of the Detroit Grand Prix, so he was able to take a lap in the pace car with WXYZ's Brad Galli and Helio Castroneves yesterday...

Larkin also took a lap in a two-seat F1 car...

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Off-Season Game Plan For The Detroit Red Wings

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Age is catching up to other Red Wings veterans as well. Johan Franzen isn't likely to play again and Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall have seen their effectiveness wane. Combined with the Datsyuk situation, it sure looks like it's time for the Red Wings to get serious about looking to the future.

It's easy enough to see that Dylan Larkin, Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist can be significant players as the Red Wings move forward, but even so, they appear to be a team that could be good enough to make the playoffs and not much more.


The Red Wings have approximately $55.5M committed to the 2016-2017 salary cap for 15 players.


Three top-six forwards, one top-pair defenceman...


Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen, Brendan Smith, Jimmy Howard

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The Latest On The Wings And Alexander Radulov

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings spoke with Radulov and his agent shortly after being eliminated in the playoffs and have spent several weeks doing their due diligence on the former Nashville Predators forward who has spent the past four seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Red Wings are sold on his talent but were concerned about his off-ice demeanor.

They believe signing him to a one-year deal, likely in the $4 million to $5 million range, would limit their risk, a source said. Radulov might be more motivated to prove himself and earn a longer contract and the Red Wings could part with him after one season if the move backfires.

Radulov, who turns 30 on July 5, is believed to be seeking a two-year deal, which the Red Wings are hesitant to give.

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A quick note about Alexander Kadeikin

Just as an FYI:

According to Sovetsky Sport, Aleander Kadeikin has been traded from SKA St. Petersburg to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl along with Brandon Kozun, with SKA receiving Sergei Plotkinov in return.

Very importantly:

Alexander Kadeikin moved to SKA in September 2014 from Atlant. The 22-year-old hockey player played 72 games for the St. Petersburg club, and scored 9 goals and 10 assists.The forward has a contract with SKA that continues until April 30th, 2017.

Or, as noted by DRW Prospects:

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Larkin, Glendening and Sheahan spend a morning at the Detroit Grand Prix

Dylan Larkin, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan attended the Detroit Grand Prix this morning...

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Dave Cameron Given Permission To Speak With The Wings Regarding Assistant Coach Position

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Dave Cameron may not be out of the NHL next season.

While there are no guarantees, and it isn’t known where he stands, the former Ottawa Senators coach was given permission to speak with the Detroit Red Wings about an assistant’s job with Jeff Blashill and may have met with them not long after returning from the world championship.

Though the Wings hired former Boston Bruins assistant coach Doug Houda last month, the club still has another opening because it is doing an overhaul of nearly its whole staff....

Fired along with assistant Andre Tourigny and goalie coach Rick Wamsley last month, Cameron still has one year left on his contract with the Senators. A report last month said the Wings are also expected to speak with former Columbus head coach Todd Richards about the assistant’s role.

Richards worked with Team USA last month at the world championship while Cameron was on the Team Canada staff in Russia.

more regarding the Ottawa Senators...

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Krupa: Not surprisingly, seats in Little Caesars arena will (mostly) come with a premium price

From the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

Thousands of Detroit Red Wings season ticket holders are beginning to discover how much more it will cost to move into Little Caesars Arena, scheduled to open for the 2017-18 NHL season.

Details presented to the customers at meetings that began late last month and will extend into the summer reveal that the lower bowl of the new arena will sweep back and up from the ice at almost precisely the same angle as the lower bowl of Joe Louis Arena, affording much the same sight lines.

Next season, the last for the Red Wings in Joe Louis Arena, those tickets will cost mostly $92-$120, up from $90-$109 last season.

In Little Caesars Arena, they will cost $100-$240, except for in the premium club area, where the most expensive seat costs $330.

Some fans can afford the new seats. Others have complaints.


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Early overnight report: A broadcast note, preseason hype, Sadowy the Wing and Abby-reader

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. This link used to go to a Tweet in which ESPN's John Buccigross stated that both Chris Chelios and Brett Hull would provide color commentary on World Cup of Hockey broadcasts, but Buccigross deleted the Tweet;

2. The Red Wings released their preseason schedule on Wednesday afternoon, and the Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article discussing the prospect-ive player personnel highlights thereof (at least as of June):

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A Landing Spot For Jimmy Howard

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

After finishing dead last in goals against, a major off-season priority of the Calgary Flames — along with finding a coach — is goaltending. Calgary has roughly $21.6 million in salary cap space next season, and Flames president Brian Burke liked Howard enough in 2014 to name him to the U.S. Olympic team.

Perhaps Howard, with his respectable .915 career save percentage, could be a stopgap until green prospects Joni Ortio, 25, and Jon Gillies, 22, develop into starters.

But the best fit looks like the Carolina Hurricanes, who appear willing to move on from veteran Cam Ward and try something new.

Not only is Carolina one of the few teams easily capable of handling Howard's contract — GM Ron Francis has an estimated $32 million to play with heading into 2016-17 — but it may need to take on some heftier contracts to reach the cap floor.

Consider that Howard's salary is actually more than $1 million cheaper than Ward's was in 2015-16, and Francis could actually pay less for a slight improvement at the position. Howard and Ward are the same age, but the Detroit goalie has 189 fewer games of wear and tear plus a 0.05 advantage in career save percentage.

more, Leafs mentioned too...

I am not so sure about Carolina. Most of us know the history between the two owners but perhaps it has softened a bit.

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Red Wings announce 2016-17 preseason schedule

From the Red Wings:

2016-17 preseason schedule released
“Farewell Season at The Joe” begins Sept. 27 against Pittsburgh

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2016-17 preseason schedule.

The Red Wings begin their preseason slate by hosting the Eastern Conference-champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Detroit will then play two back-to-back sets against the Boston Bruins (in Boston on Wednesday, Sept. 28 and at Joe Louis Arena on Friday, Sept. 30) and Chicago Blackhawks (in Detroit on Sunday, Oct. 2 and in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 4). The Red Wings will also visit the Penguins (Wednesday, Oct. 5) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Friday, Oct. 7) before wrapping up the preseason against the Maple Leafs at home on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Tickets for all Red Wings home preseason games will go on sale on Friday, Aug. 19 and can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office (313-471-7575), all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) or online at http://www.DetroitRedWings.com The c.omplete 2016-17 preseason schedule can be found below.



September 27 Tue. PITTSBURGH Joe Louis Arena 7:30 p.m.

28 Wed. at Boston TD Garden 7:00 p.m.

30 Fri. BOSTON Joe Louis Arena 7:30 p.m.

October 2 Sun. CHICAGO Joe Louis Arena 6:00 p.m.

4 Tue. at Chicago United Center 8:30 p.m.

5 Wed. at Pittsburgh CONSOL Energy Center TBD

7 Fri. at Toronto Air Canada Centre TBD

8 Sat. TORONTO Joe Louis Arena 7:00 p.m.

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