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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....
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Forwards Tomas Nosek and Andrej Nestrasil were two of the Detroit Red Wings unknown commodities entering the preseason.
Nosek is new to North America after playing in the Czech Elite League the last three seasons while Nestrasil hadn't appeared in an NHL exhibition game during his first three pro seasons in the Red Wings' organization.
But the two Czechs took a step in the right direction Thursday night, getting a goal and an assist apiece in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.
"Nosek was really good, and Nestrasil is getting better," said coach Mike Babcock. "Those guys in particular were really good. (Nosek is) a man. He's smart, he's confident, he's a good player, he's got skill, he does good things. Big body, I really like him a lot.
"Nesty's a guy that struggled when he first started here and he's really got himself in shape and looks like he's going to be a player. Nosek is a player."
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
"We look forward to it," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, noting how the project will connect to everything that is in place currently. "It's pretty cool. The arena itself will be amazing, just everything surrounding it. Obviously we'll be excited to go.
"But at the same time, we'll miss this place."
Joe Louis Arena doesn't have the amenities newer arenas have. But it's a hockey only facility that has seen a tremendous amount of success from the Red Wings over the years.
"For us players, you just go out there and look up in the rafters and see all the history you have in here," Zetterberg said. "It's basically the only hockey, hockey arena we have left. Most of the new buildings, they're built for more than just hockey. This one basically, it's a hockey arena and when you come in here, you feel it and smell it.
"It's a special place."
more plus Babcock on Datsyuk...
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