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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2015-16 outlook: The Red Wings filled their biggest need of the past couple of seasons by signing this right-handed shooting offensive defenseman.
He'll provide a much-needed scoring boost to a blue line that has relied essentially on Niklas Kronwall as its lone offensive threat. Green is a good skater who will frequently join the rush and has a terrific wrist shot. He'll also quarterback the top power-play unit.
Green has defensive deficiencies, which is why coach Jeff Blashill intends to pair him with Danny DeKeyser, who should help erase some of his mistakes. The other concern regarding Green is his durability, as he's been injury-prone in recent seasons.
Key question: How big an offensive boost will the Red Wings' defense get with Green?
Of Red Wings-related note this evening, continuing the post-practice scrum theme:
MLive's Ansar Khan took note of Henrik Zetterberg's comments about one Mike Babcock's decision to leave the team, and while the move surprised some Wings, Zetterberg told Khan that he knew change was in the air:
"I want to thank Mike for the time he had here, but I think both him and us probably decided it was time," Zetterberg said.
He wasn't surprised Babcock bolted for an eight-year, $50 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs or the enormous buzz the entire process created.
"I kind of figured that out, that he was moving on and obviously the media attention all along was big," Zetterberg said. "But for us players who weren't playing – we were kind of on vacation already -- we didn't really get that effect of it, but I heard from the guys who were around here still that it was a big deal."
Zetterberg also spoke with NHL.com's Paul Harris about the changes afoot...
Sergei Fedorov's former financial manager, Joseph Zada, has been convicted of embezzlement in Michigan, and the Free Press's Katrease Stafford reports that Zada has also been found guilty of fraud in Florida:
A former Grosse Pointe Shores man who swindled ex-Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov out of $43 million -- and millions from dozens of other unsuspecting victims -- was convicted in Florida today of 15 counts of fraud and two counts of making a false statement on a loan.
Joseph Zada, Fedorov's ex-financial manager, was charged in 2013 with scamming 28 investors, including Fedorov. Federal documents show that Zada was also found not guilty on one count of making a false statement on a loan.
Fedorov ,45, won three Stanley Cups and a Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player while a Red Wing from 1990-2003.
Zada swindled the money by pretending to be a rich and successful businessman with ties to Saudi Arabian oil ventures. Zada told potential investors that he could quickly turn investments into large profits.
According to Stafford, Zada was supposed to pay Fedorov $60 million back in 2009, but he's never paid Fedorov or the other victims, so he's going to jail for up to 20 years.
From the Red Wings:
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR RED WINGS ‘LITTLE WINGS’ YOUTH HOCKEY PROGRAM
... Youth Hockey Initiative Returns Following Sold-Out First Year to Provide an Affordable Way for Children Between Five & Eight Years Old to Learn How to Play Hockey Throughout Metro Detroit …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that registration is now open for the ‘Little Wings’ youth hockey initiative designed to create an affordable way for children between the ages of five and eight to learn how to play hockey and develop a life-long passion for the game. After selling out in its first season, ‘Little Wings’ returns for a second year effectively doubling its size from four to eight rinks in Metro Detroit to match the increased demand for the program.
Every participant will receive four, one-hour sessions of introductory practices at one of eight rinks across the Metro Detroit area in October and a full set of ‘Little Wings’ branded hockey equipment, courtesy of the Red Wings and Perani’s Hockey World.
Among the news stories from today's informal Red Wings practice, and elsewhere:
WXYZ's Brad Galli penned an article about a certain new dad's son's name and fame...
Zetterberg skated with his teammates at Joe Louis Arena for an informal practice on Thursday. He explained naming his baby Love.
"I understand the confusion if you see the spelling in an American way," Zetterberg said with a smile.
He said the pronunciation in American is (Lou-vee). In Swedish, it's (Lou-vay).
"We knew if it was going to be a boy, that Love was going to be the name. It's an old Swedish name. It's kinda getting popular again."
While DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji discussed Zetterberg's take on the Wings' coaching changes:
Among NHL.com's Dan Rosen's "Over the Boards" mailbag questions:
Which young goalie do you see having the best numbers if given a starting role this season? Martin Jones (San Jose Sharks)? Petr Mrazek (Detroit Red Wings)? Cam Talbot (Edmonton Oilers)? -- @purdstheword22
Mrazek, provided he starts over Jimmy Howard.
Mrazek, at least in my opinion, has the biggest upside of the three you mentioned. He is also going to be playing on the best team of the three you mentioned, although I do believe the San Jose Sharks will at least be in contention for most of the season.
Mrazek proved a lot last season, particularly in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had a strong regular season too, though I'd like to see his save percentage jump above .920. It was .918 last season (29 games) and .920 for his career (40 games).
Updated 5x at 2:23 PM: Henrik Zetterberg took part in the Red Wings' hour-and-a-half-long informal practice, and afterward, he addressed his son's name, he discussed the coaching transition from Mike Babcock to Jeff Blashill, Mike Green and Brad Richards' additions and the state of the team in general.
DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji weighed in...
#RedWings Zetterberg admitted to being nervous about the birth of his son, Love, but everything went smoothly.
#RedWings Zetterberg: It's an old Swedish name and kind of getting popular again.
As did WXYZ's Brad Galli...
Henrik Zetterberg said he and his wife will have a steady stream of relatives coming over from Sweden to visit baby Love.
Has there ever been a fight during an alumni game? Because if not, we might see the first.
On Feb. 26, when the Colorado Avalanche take on the Detroit Red Wings at the Stadium Series’ alumni game in Denver this season, Claude Lemieux will be in the lineup for the Avalanche. Lemieux told Bleacher Report’s Adrian Dater that he’s “looking forward” to suiting up for the alumni contest against Detroit, and it’s sure to be fun.
Looking forward to =/= confirmed participant, but I'd be stunned if Lemieux didn't play.
Outside of Lemieux, The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers reported in August that a number of big name players would be taking part in the game. For the Avalanche, Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake and Roy will all be in the lineup. The Red Wings roster will include Igor Larionov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan.
“We have had an outstanding rivalry with the Red Wings during those years,” Sakic said in a statement when the alumni game was announced. “We are looking forward to experiencing this grand outdoor setting and a special weekend of hockey in Denver.”The only thing that could make the game better would be confirmation that McCarty will be suiting up for the Red Wings alumni. Talk about a must-see event.
His biggest foe, Darren McCarty, will be there too. The longtime Red Wings forward told fans gathered at an autograph signing Wednesday night he will play, as well. Detroit Sports 105.1 tweeted the news.
Yesterday night, the Patriot-Ledger's Mike Loftus penned an article about Red Wings prospect Pat Holway, and today, MLive's Brendan Savage discussed Holway's "selling points" while speaking with Holway as well:
The Red Wings liked several things about Holway, who will play for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL this season after spending the last five years in the Boston Advantage junior program.
• He's got good size at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds.
• He's a right-handed shot, something the Red Wings have been lacking on the blue line for several years.
• And he's an offensive defenseman who is a strong skater for a big man and moves the puck well.
"He played at a lower level in Midget hockey in Boston, so he might need a little time," said Tyler Wright, the Red Wings director of amateur scouting. "But he's a big kid that can skate; he's got good hockey sense. He's kind of got the full package; he just hasn't played at a high level.
"We would have been devastated if we couldn't have gotten him in the seventh so we stepped up on him in the sixth."
Savage continues at significant length
The Red Wings and their Michigan-based NHL friends took to the ice around 10:30 this morning, and here's a breakdown of the Tweets related to today's informal practice--with the Tweets being a little lighter due to the start of college football season tonight:
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