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from Pavel Lysenkov at IIHF.com,

Can we ask you about your next season?
You can ask. But I will not answer.

How is your health situation? The doctor of the Red Wings said in an interview that you have problems with your tendons.
I feel in my legs that I am not 100 per cent ready. I was immediately warned that the recovery would be long. It will take 18 months for me to get back into my normal shape.

Where are you at right now in terms of recovery?
I had surgery in June. Ten months already. I’m halfway through.

What went wrong for Detroit in the series against Tampa Bay?
Many Russian guys play for the Lightning and they played well against us. What went wrong? If we score two goals each during the match, winning in the play-off is very hard. Our attack was messed up the whole season. We had to strengthen it. And this problem got in the way for the Stanley Cup.

According to rumors, Alexander Radulov is ready to move to Detroit next season. Would he be able to strengthen the team?
Radulov would strengthen any attack. He’s great player who has already played in the NHL. He knows exactly what to do in this league.


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Krupa profiles Hicketts, Saarijarvi and Svechnikov

On Thursday, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa profiled a quartet of Red Wings players-in-waiting, and this morning, he profiles a trio of prospects who are just entering the Red Wings' professional system in Joe Hicketts, Vili Saarijarvi and Evgeny Svechnikov:

Three Red Wings prospects are stepping from one rung on the ladder to the next this month, from junior hockey to the AHL.

The Wings elevated three young players, Evegeny Svechnikov, 19, Joe Hicketts, 19, and Vili Saarijarvi, 18, to the Griffins, when their junior seasons ended.

Practicing and traveling in the AHL playoffs, they are unlikely to play, especially with a possible Calder Cup on the line, unless misfortune strikes the Griffins.

“I think from our standpoint, it gives us depth,” Grand Rapids coach Todd Nelson said. “If there’s injuries, we can insert some of these guys, if we feel they’ll fit.

“It’s also a good chance for us to get to know the player, get to work with them. For them, it’s a good experience to come and be part of a playoff run,” Nelson said. “It’s for them to sort of educate themselves moving forward and to get acclimated to the professional life, seeing how the guys conduct themselves, seeing what the routines are, getting more familiar with our organization.”

Krupa continues, and for the present moment, being "Black Aces" serves as the perfect learning environment for Hicketts, Saarijarvi and Svechnikov. Hicketts will turn pro next season, so he's getting a leg up on learning the Grand Rapids Griffins' system of play, while Saarijarvi and Svechnikov may return to Major Junior hockey in the fall.

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The day before the big race, here’s a bit more about Nyquist and Nyquist

Tomorrow is the day...Nyquist the Horse will race in the Kentucky Derby, and as WYXZ's Brad Galli reported, if you believe in good omens, Gustav Nyquist the hockey player scored the OT winner in Sweden's win over Latvia at the World Championship today:

According to the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, if Gustav Nyquist the hockey player was able to go to the Derby, he would have had quite the experience watching the Derby with owner Paul Reddam...

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Report- Marc Crawford Would Consider Assistant Coaching Job With The Wings

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Datsyuk, Marchenko’s Russians lose; Pulkkinen’s Finns win

The second set of Red Wings players taking part in the World Championship had "off days," at least from a team perspective:

Pavel Datsyuk, got better as the game went along, but he looked like he was shaking off some rust, and he was double or triple-covered by the Czech Republic's defense.

It was painful to watch a stationary Datsyuk pass instead of shoot 9 times out of 10 on the Russians' power play, a power play that was so stationary that it reminded me of Detroit's...

Datsyuk played 18:02, taking 2 shots, finishing even, in the Russians' 3-0 loss to the Czechs.

Alexey Marchenko looked better, playing on the left side with recent Maple Leafs signee Nikita Zaitsev for the first two periods, and then skating alongside Slava Voynov. Marchenko displayed speed and mobility that he hasn't shown on NHL ice yet, and Marchenko played 17:16, finishing even.

In the other "evening" game, Teemu Pulkkinen had a better outing from a team perspective, taking 2 shots in 14:01 of ice time as Finland defeated Belarus 6-2. I didn't manage to take that one in as I focused on the Russia-Czech game, and that was an uncomfortable choice!

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Looking back at Gustav Nyquist’s locker room clean-out day remarks

Via RedWingsFeed, DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji penned an article focusing on Gustav Nyquist's locker room clean-out day remarks:

"Obviously a most disappointing season for us," Nyquist acknowledged. "Another disappointing season where we’re out in the first round and it’s just not good enough. We think we have a better team than that in here and we have higher hopes than that. It’s not good enough to be out in the first round. We’ve been obviously able to make the playoffs here for a long time but for a while now we haven’t been able to go on a run. That’s disappointing."

The Wings scored only 211 goals, fewer than all but four teams in the Eastern Conference and three in the Western Conference.

"It’s been like this for a few years now where we had a lot of skill, we think we have a lot of guys that can score but we just haven’t been able to pucks in the net," Nyquist said. "I’m sure everyone on the team – management, coaches and us, too – have been trying to come up with ways to score more goals because it’s been a problem over the last few years. We haven’t been able to do it and it’s been disappointing for sure."

After scoring 28 goals in the 2013-14 season and 27 goals last season, Nyquist managed to score just 17 goals this past season.

Tomas Tatar led the team with 29 goals in the 2014-15 season but fell to 21 this past season.

The Wings need players like Nyquist, 26, and Tatar, 25, to pick up the scoring slack as players like Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall are getting older and Pavel Datsyuk is considering retirement.

Wakiji continues...

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Larkin plays well, Nyquist scores OT winner

Pavel Datsyuk and Russia have yet to play (vs. the Czechs at 1:15 PM EDT), but two other Red Wings players have completed their days at the World Championship.

Dylan Larkin played very, very well on a line with Marcus Foligno and Frank Vatrano, earning significant even-strength, PP and PK minutes over the course of Team USA's rust-filled 5-1 loss to Canada.

While Larkin didn't register any points, he looked speedy, aggressive and assertive in all 3 zones, essentially playing on the Americans' top line as Team USA has iced a very, very young team for which winning isn't necessarily the first priority.

Larkin had 3 shots and played 19:55, finishing "even."

Gustav Nyquist scored the OT winner in Sweden's 2-1 OT win over Latvia. He played very well, skating up the ice with authority, winning most of the puck battles he engaged in and "freelancing" on the power play as a forward/defenseman, and he was able to get in on the Latvian defense for a 2-on-0 in OT.

Nyquist took 5 shots, finished at +1 and played 22:21.

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MLive’s Mitsos examines Mike Green’s role

MLive's Tom Mitsos examines Mike Green's usage by the Red Wings' coaching staff this past season in Mitsos' latest advanced stats column:

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland finally got the right-handed shooting defenseman he has wanted since Brian Rafalski retired in 2011 when he signed Mike Green to a three-year, $18 million deal last summer.

The offensive-minded defenseman had success in Washington, namely the 2008-09 season where he had 31 goals and 73 points in 68 games and the 2009-10 season where he had 57 assists and 76 points in 75 games.

Green did not get close to that production during his first season with the Red Wings, as he had seven goals and 35 points in 74 regular-season games and one goal and one assist in five playoff games.

While Green's usage as far as generating offense in Detroit was the same as it was in Washington, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill leaned on Green more on even strength offensive zone starts than other coaches did in Washington. And Blashill used Green less on the power play.


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Pavel Datsyuk named captain of the Russian World Championship team

From R-Sport's Roman Solovyev (roughly translated):

Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk was selected as captain of the Russian national team at their home-hosted World Championship, said coach Harjis Vitolinsh.

The World Championship takes place from May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Russian national team will begin their tournament on Friday with a game against the Czechs. Earlier, coach Oleg Znarok said that the captain of the team would be chosen by secret balloting among the national team's players.

"Datsyuk was selected captain, and his assistants will be Sergei Mozyakin and Vadim Shimpachev," Vitolinsh told reporters.

Update: Here's the ITAR-TASS news agency's English-language report:

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TMR late night line: Is Troy Brouwer a free agent fit?

I'm sensing a bit of a theme here, if not a little "intelligence" reporting, from the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson here. The night before the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers, Matheson said this about a potential Wings free agent target...

One team that will go hard to sign UFA Troy Brouwer this summer is Detroit. Other than Justin Abdelkader, they are painfully small up front. “Detroit’s got skilled forwards but they’re small and not that fast,” said one Eastern-based pro scout. Detroit needs help on defence, too, because Niklas Kronwall’s body is beat up. UFA Alex Goligoski (Dallas) is a possibility.

And on Thursday night, Matheson said this:

Winger Troy Brouwer is doing a nice job driving up his free-agent price July 1 with his playoff work for the Blues. The Red Wings badly need Brouwer’s size to give Justin Abdelkader some added muscle on a second line.

It's one source twice, and that's exactly one third of the way toward the, "Three sources, minimum, for confirmation" rule, but it IS one well-connected and highly-esteemed columnist we're talking about. So take this for what you will.

Brouwer is 30 going on 31, 6'3" and 215 pounds, and he made $3.75 million this past season for St. Louis, registering 18 goals and 39 points in 82 NHL games. He's a 30-to-40-point guy who is big and relatively mean when necessary. It's an interesting thought at least.

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