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Updated 4x at 4:20 PM: If it's okay with you, I'm going to searate the "Morning Skate in the Afternoon" post (Wings vs. Pens, tonight at 7 PM EDT on WPCW or mysterious quasi-legal streams) on its own and start a what-will-be-updated afternoon news post.
1. I guess first and foremost, I'm surprised that nobody jumped all over the dang fact that the Red Wings' player releases and prospect returns to Major Junior Teams didn't include one Joe Hicketts. The 5'8" Victoria Royals defenseman wasn't at practice today and he wasn't visible off the ice, so who knows what exactly is going on, but the Wings would have to sign him to an amateur try-out for him to take part in games and an NHL contract to ensure that he doesn't end up in the 2015 draft, so...Cross your fingers for Joe and the Wings.
2. The Wings are indeed taking a solid lineup to Pittsburgh tonight, but as the Free Press's Helene St. James notes, Wings coach Mike Babcock wasn't exactly backing off his, "We'll wait and see" stance regarding younger players stepping up:
Updated with Pens stuff at 2:31 PM: he Red Wings' players engaged in a morning skate ahead of tonight's game against Pittsburgh (7 PM on WPCW in Pittsburgh) and a practice for the non-game-day players (and FYI if you're here on Tuesday: the morning skate is from 10:30-11:15, there's a practice from 12:15-12:45, and Babcock changes rinks at the last second, so the game-day skate might take place in the West Rink as it did today).
The morning skate was partiuclarly interesting as the team didn't just ice tonight's already-listed lineup (that and Tony Granato used a laser pointer during the 15-minute pre-skate video session):
That's a little different than tonight's announced lineup, per MLive's Ansar Khan:
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today returned forwards Tyler Bertuzzi, Zach Nastasiuk, Dominic Turgeon, and defensemen Marc McNulty and Mitchell Wheaton to their respective junior teams. Additionally, the team released forwards Blake Clarke, Hayden Hodgson, Darby Llewellyn, Brandon Robinson and Jerome Verrier; defenseman Ty Stanton; and goaltender Lucas Peressini.
The Red Wings’ roster now sits at 55 players, as the team heads into its first of eight preseason games tonight (Monday) in Pittsburgh at 7:00 p.m.
The beat writers and bloggers covered the vast majority of stories from the final day of training camp prior to midnight last night (ditto for myself in terms of interviews and player takes), so this morning's crop of Red Wings-related news is spartan (again, the Wings open the exhibition season against Pittsburgh tonight at 7 PM EDT; if you're in Pittsburgh, the game will air on WPCW and if you don't, you'll find a stream like I will).
However, haven't found out which players the Wings either released from try-outs or reassigned to Major Junior hockey teams. On Sunday, as MLive's Brendan Savage noted, Wings GM Ken Holland wasn't sure whether the players who starred during the prospect tournament could really stand out in training camp, but Holland made an exception in discussing a certain 5'8," 186-pound defenseman:
For simplicity's sake, here's a "cheat sheet" as to what's transpiring over the next two days:
1. The Red Wings are playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening (7 PM EDT on WPCW in Pittsburgh) and the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (8:30 PM on CSN TV+ in Chicago; I will endeavor to provide whatever quasi-legal streams of said games as I can), but the Wings are still skating at Centre Ice Arena for the next two days:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
White Team (Game Day Players)
10:00 AM-11:00 AM Pre-game skate DAVID’S RINK
Red Team Practice (Non-Game Day Players)
11:30 AM-12:15 PM Practice DAVID’S RINK
12:15 PM-12:45 PM Practice WEST RINK
Technically speaking, as the Red Wings begin their exhibition season against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night (7 PM EDT; roster avaialble here, and let's hope somebody streams WPCW's coverage online) and the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, training camp wrappd up with the Red vs. White game.
More realistically speaking, the Wings' will hold their morning and non-game-day player skates at Centre Ice Arena on Monday and Tuesday, and while the eventual release of the players sent back to their Major Junior teams will yield a roster basically comprised of a "Team Datsyuk" and a "Team Zetterberg," I've found that the coaching staff still tries to jam as much teaching into their final days at Centre Ice as possible.
Updated 7x with overnight report stuff and Pens roster at 10:25 PM: I guess it's gonna be media takes first, my takes later--audio aside. It appears that tomorrow night's Wings-Penguins game (7 PM EDT start) will air on WPCW in Pittsburgh, which means bootleg streams for you and me and the following lineup:
As Babcock told the assembled media Howard will get two periods tomorrow and Gustavsson will get two periods vs. Chicago on Tuesday (8:30 PM EDT start on CSN TV+, more bootlleg streams; the Wings also host Chicago on Thursday the 25th--the day I finally travel home--Boston on Saturday the 27th and Toronto on Monday the 29th [with the latter game airing on FSD]).
Babcock called Petr Mrazek the "closer" for both games.
MLive's Ansar Khan took note of both what this lineup means and perhaps what it means going forward--especially given that Major Junior players are taking part in exit interviews today (Zach Nastasiuk, Marc McNulty and Tyler Bertuzzi were among the early players taking that long walk to the coaches' office):
Audio from the third day of Red Wings training camp: Abdelkader, #2-27, Babcock, Holland & Pulkkinen
The White Team defeated the Red Team 3-2 in a shootout during Sunday's training camp "closer" (there are morning skates tomorrow and Tuesday, but training camp is technically over, and we should know the roster cuts to come shortly; I've already seen Marc McNulty, Zach Nastasiuk and Tyler Bertuzzi take "the walk" from the office, with Bertuzzi carrying his gear).
Actually Team Delvecchio defeated Team Howe as coach Babcock squeezed in a full third day's worth of training camp activities, and after all was said and done, the press was given the roster for tomorrow night's game vs. Pittsburgh:
from Bill Shea of Crain's Detroit Business,
The financing plans for the new Detroit Red Wings arena are complex. Crain’s spoke with two key figures of those plans — Glen Long, vice president of administration and CFO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., and Art Papapanos, DEGC vice president of board administration — to get a simplified explanation of the taxes and bonds involved. Also consulted were outside sources, research and our past reporting. Included are exclusive details about the arena itself, provided by Olympia Development of Michigan, the real estate arm of Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch’s business holdings.
How much will the arena cost?
The initial base price is $450 million. Problems, changes and added amenities could increase that final cost. Anything beyond $450 million must be paid by the Ilitches. The ancillary development — bars, restaurants, stores, apartments, townhomes — is at least $200 million, and will be privately financed by the Ilitches and their third-party business partners. The Ilitches are obligated to pay any arena costs beyond the $450 million. Their business empire, which includes the Little Caesars pizza chain, had $3.1 billion in 2013 revenue.
It's been a wee bit frustrating to get answers from Mike Babcock that don't involve, "There are 8 exhibition games to watch and I'm going to find out then" regarding any of the Wings' young players competing for jobs on the roster.
We've already had a "Media Can't Go Through There" issue, and I can certainly tell you that Babcock's press conferences are 8-10 minutes shorter than Jeff Blashill's, and if one asks a non-pertinent question, you get one or two, "Anything else?" warnings before a, "See you, guys" means he's done for the day.
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