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Ansar Khan of Mlive answered some questions from fans...
Q: Are the Wings getting any closer to signing Babcock to an extension?
A: Babcock and general manager Ken Holland had brief discussions during training camp and plan to talk more in-depth later this week or on the weekend – or so the club hopes.
That's when the Red Wings are expected to make a formal offer, after ownership gives final approval on the term and salary.
I've thought all along that Babcock will keep his options open and see what's available after the season. But if the Red Wings make him an offer he can't refuse, maybe he'll sign.
However, I don't think money will be the issue, because he'll probably be the highest-paid coach wherever he winds up. I think he'll want to go to the team he believes has the best chance of winning in the next few years, whether that's Detroit or somewhere else.
Q: I'm not surprised that Darren Helm is injured again. Why can't he stay healthy? Do you think his injury issues, coupled with their depth at center, might convince the Wings to trade him?
A: He suffered a broken nose in the preseason opener last Monday, but a sore groin caused him to miss a couple of practices last week. He's listed as day-to-day, but this type of injury often lingers.
I don't believe they would look to move him. He's had a bizarre 2½-year stretch with a variety of injuries, but he's still a valuable player when healthy because of his speed and tenacity. He provides a unique dimension. Babcock had big plans for Helm, using him on Pavel Datsyuk's line in training camp.
added 1:45pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Nyquist left Saturday's 3-1 loss to Boston with a dinged right leg after a knee-on-knee hit, but general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Nyquist isn't expected to miss much time. The Wings host Toronto Monday in an exhibition game.
Nyquist was thoroughly examined by team doctor Douglas Plagens after the game and "Dr. Plagens said there was no significant injury," Holland said Sunday afternoon. "I'm assuming he's sore, but Gus hasn't reached out to anybody saying his knee has ballooned up.
"It looked scary at the time but the initial word is that it looks like a day-to-day, short-term injury."
more plus some Alfredsson talk from Holland...
Preseason games aren't televised in some markets for a variety of reasons, including attempts to not conflict with other sports' schedules (see: Fox Sports Detroit's Tigers campaign), to get people to come to the rink (to pay full prices for exhibition games) and generally because the cost exceeds the benefit.
I wish that I had some sort of replay to show you what the hell happened to one of the Red Wings' most important players at the end of Detroit's 3-1 loss to Boston on Saturday, but for now, we're going to have to take MLive's Ansar Khan's word for it:
Forward Gustav Nyquist left the game in the final minute with an apparent leg injury and was receiving treatment afterward.
General manager Ken Holland said, "Looks like he's going to be OK, we'll know more tomorrow."
Update: The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms:
The Red Wings dropped a 3-1 decision to damn Ville Leino and the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, and afterward, the team sent six players to Grand Rapids--Marek Tvrdon, Jared Coreau, Jake Paterson, Tyler Barnes, Nathan Paetsch and Brennan Evans. The former trio had no chance of making the team and the latter trio were on pro try-outs and are signed to AHL-only deals.
For whatever reason, the Wings' remaining roster still includes Joe Hicketts, who's playing for the WHL's Victoria Royals presently. Sorry for the screenshot; the formatting on this release was...interesting.
RED WINGS REDUCE ROSTER BY SIX
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned forward Marek Tvrdon and goaltenders Jared Coreau and Jake Paterson to Grand Rapids and released forward Tyler Barnes and defensemen Brennan Evans and Nathan Paetsch from their tryouts.
The Red Wings’ roster now sits at 49 players, as the team squares off in its fifth preseason game (2-1-1) on Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena.
PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO GRAND RAPIDS ON 9/27/14
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Brian Lashoff won't be the odd-man out, however. His job is safe.
"Lash isn't in any trouble," coach Mike Babcock said before Saturday's preseason game against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena.
"Lash trained like crazy," Babcock said. "Lash is smart. Lash does a good job penalty killing. Lash is what he is."...
"There's a spot on the team for everybody, and everyone just assumes that when a new guy comes he's taking over for one of the guys on the fourth line (or bottom defense pairing)," Babcock said. "No. You do what you do. We're looking for guys who can move the puck. So it isn't necessarily that they (defense prospects) are slotting in this role."
Babcock said the same applies to Jakub Kindl, meaning don't expect him to be replaced by a young defenseman.
"We're in the market for a top-four D," Babcock said. "We're dying to give it to somebody. There's lots of minutes for you."
via Gregg Krupa tweet,
asked if there is anything new on mike babcock's contract, ken holland shook his head, no words,
via Ansar Khan tweets,
Wings' Darren Helm didn't skate today due to a sore groin and is day-to-day, Ken Holland said.
Holland said Daniel Alfredsson feeling better. If he has a good weekend, they'll talk again on Monday.
added 12:06pm, via Krupa tweet,
jim devellano: "rebuilding on the fly is very difficult to do," but better than running it into ground for better draft choices.
jim devellano: this off-season was the first time we got really slapped by reality of free agents turning down #RedWings must improve play!
via Ansar Khan tweets,
Wings' lines tonight vs. Bruins: Franzen-Zetterberg-Nyquist, Porter-Weiss-Pulkkinen, Callahan-Glendening-Ferraro, Aubry-Athanasiou-Campbell.
On D: DeKeyser-Kindl, Quincey-Smith, Lashoff-Backman (Evans also skating with this group). Gustavsson to play entire game. Mrazek backup.
Let's hope it worked....
It is almost Friday evening so instead of the usual I am changing it up a bit...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"I need the puck more. I can't be chasing it around the ice a lot. I have to have a quicker release and be ready to shoot the puck when I get it. I can't be afraid to shoot it. Sometimes you're always looking to pass; just shoot it on net and see what happens."
now find out who said it and more on the player too...
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
... how much can you tell after three preseason games, especially because it means some guys have played only one?
“It’s been good,” Mike Babcock said. “We’ve got one team that’s won both games and another team that’s lost in overtime. So, they’ve got to hold serve tomorrow.”
He ran through a list, using some nicknames, for players like Andersson, Luke Glendening, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Gustav Nyquist, Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg and Stephen Weiss.
“I think Andy’s been really good,” Babcock said. “I think Glenie’s been really good. I think Sheahan and Jurco had their best games.
“Nyke’s got to get going. Mule’s got to get going. Z’s got to get going.
“Now, you can say all that — (but) they’ve played one game.
“So, it’s a process to get yourself to where you feel real good. That’s what they’re trying to do.”
Two practice sessions today, one at 10:00am and the other at 11:30am.
via Ansar Khan tweets,
Wings first practice group (those who didn't play last night) on the ice. Helm (broken nose) is skating.
Helm not taking part in line rushes, so he doesn't appear ready to play tomorrow.
Wings skating with these lines: Franzen-Zetterberg-Nyquist, Frk-Weiss-Ferraro, Porter-Glendening-Callahan, Barnes/Hoggan-Zengerle-Pulkkinen
No game today but on Saturday, the Bruins visit with puck drop just after 7:00pm.
added 10:30am, also via Khan,
On defense, DeKeyser-Kindl, Quincey-Smith, Lashoff-Backman. Extras: Paetsch-Evans. Gustavsson and Mrazek in goal with Coreau rotating in.
added 11:46am, via Khan, the second group is skating....
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