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Red Wings mid-day news: on Mantha, the Wings’ defense (prospects and current players) and UFA haul

Updated 3x with free agent blather at 12:51 PM: Amongst the Red Wings-related news that popped up this morning (and ahead of the Wings' development camp scrimmage, which takes place at 5 PM today at Centre Ice Arena): While speaking with Ken Holland regarding the Wings' scouting appointments, MLive's Brendan Savage inquired as to the progress of one Darren Helm, and Holland very politely said the equivalent of, "He's doing okay, but it's only been two days":

"Looking at the sixth-month history, for the last two days he's done fine," said general manager Ken Holland. "The first day, we had a full practice, which was 50 minutes. (Thursday), was an hour and 50 and he did half of it. When they had to flood the ice, he came off. We're bringing him along slowly. He's been out for six months. We don't want any setbacks. He hasn't skated for two months. He's not going to play (today). I think if we had a week of practice, maybe he would have played in the scrimmage."

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Getting all the names straight regarding the Red Wings’ amateur scouting personnel shuffle

As the Red Wings haven't issued a formal press release regarding the hiring of Tyler Wright as the team's director of scouting and Jeff Finley's promotion to head scout, it's been a little difficult to keep track of all the names surrounding the Wings' amateur scouting shuffle.

The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline confirmed that Wright and a trusted right-hand man were hired by the Wings...

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How Others See Ex-Wings

via Tom McQueen of Bolts By The Bay,

Keep in mind, however, that Steve Yzerman wasn’t the only GM knocking on Filppula’s door in the days leading up to July 5. His suitors were well aware of his winning Stanley Cup experience and the maturity that a player acquires as he learns how to handle himself under sustained playoff pressure.

I believe that with his hockey sense and his solid offensive and defensive play, Valtteri Filppula will certainly turn heads in the Tampa Bay Times Forum and around the league. What remains to be seen is whether the striking abilities Detroit fans witnessed in the last few years were a peak or a preface to an even more successful career. Overall, I’m optimistic that Lightning fans will be in for an exciting season as they watch Valtteri perform.

via Mike Ristano of eyes on isles,

At the end of the day, Brunner is a very good offensive forward, who cannot only shoot the puck well, but can pass it just as efficiently. He has blazing speed and great hands, but also adds a necessary grit, as well.

If we take a look at that last word “grit,” then the other word that comes to mind is Islanders. The Isles are building a hard-working, gritty squad, and wouldn’t a top six, fast scoring forward with a ton of grit fit well on this team?

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Red Wings early overnight report: on Wright’s hiring and multitudes of development camp coverage

The second day of the Detroit Red Wings' development camp will give way to a scrimmage at 5 PM on Friday (arrive early if you are attending), and that precedes an "off-day" for the players and the sale of training camp tickets on an in-person basis at Centre Ice Arena on Saturday.

As such, after the "getting-to-know-you" particulars of day 1, both the morning and afternoon sessions of day 2, in terms of the drills and the players' experiences, were something of an anomaly: There really is sort of a lingering effect of the lockout taking place here--because the draft was so late, because the prospect tournament comes so early, and because some of the first-run invitees ended up playing into June, this was prepared off-the-cuff and designed to be more of an "immersion" experience instead of what have previously been 8-to-10-day affairs.

The players will have ended up with four days of practice and a scrimmage, and while Sunday marks the return to nearly-two-hour practices, Monday's camp wrap-up will begin at 8:30 and end by 12:15.

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Impressions from Day 2 of the Red Wings’ development camp

Between the Red Wings' naming of Tyler Wright as the team's director of amateur scouting and Jeff Finley as head scout, Jim Nill's departure before he took Joe McDonnell with him, the both truncated and incredibly differently-ran drills which took place during the second day of the Wings' summer development camp and the interviews I've had with both the coaches, management and the players taking part in this summer camp, on days one and two...

This is gonna sound campy, but I have no doubt that the organization is at something of a crossroads.

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Strange but neat: Kyle Quincey to help with Dominic Moore’s charitable ping pong event

This is from the NHLPA, and go figure, it's all about ping pong (including Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey)--and it's for a good cause:

Smashfest! Dominic Moore & Many NHL Players to Participate In Charity Ping-Pong Event on July 25th in Toronto

Second annual fundraiser hosted by Dominic Moore to feature NHL players showcasing their Ping-Pong talents while raising money for concussion research and the Katie Moore FoundationTORONTO (July 11, 2013) – NHL player Dominic Moore, forward for the New York Rangers, is proud to announce the second annual Smashfest! – a fan-inspired event designed to showcase NHL players’ ping-pong skills while raising money for concussion research and the newly founded Katie Moore Foundation, which allocates dollars towards research for less common forms of cancer.

Tickets for the 2013 event are now on sale to the public at http://www.Smashfest.ca


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Audio from day 2 of the Red Wings’ development camp, part 2: Wright, Babcock, Holland, Holmstrom

Okay, somewhere in between the morning's session of skill drills at the second day of the Red Wings' development camp, speaking with various the announcement of Tyler Wright's naming as the Red Wings' director of amateur scouting (with Jeff Finley to serve as director of scouting) and wandering back and forth from my laptop to "scrums," I promised myself that I'd watch Team Lidstrom like a frickin' hawk.

Not so much.

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Wings Announce Scouting Staff Appointments

per George...

Wings have hired former Blue Jackets dir. of amateur scouting Tyler Wright as the director of amateur scouting and Jeff Finley chief scout.


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Red Wings development camp day 2 drill summary

Okey dokey, I managed to post the audio from this morning's media availability at the day 2 of the Red Wings' summer development camp, at which Team Yzerman took part in on-ice drills and Team Lidstrom worked out off the ice. The roles will be reversed this afternoon.

Amongst the Tweets from other folks who took in the proceedings (and Sarah Lindenau has already posted a morning gallery):

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Audio from day 2 of the Red Wings’ summer development camp: Hudon, Frk, Paterson, Blashill etc.

The Detroit Red Wings' summer development camp continued this morning with a slate of "two-a-day" practices, with Team Yzerman skating and Team Lidstrom working out from 8-to-10-ish, and the Team Yzerman working out and Team Lidstrom doing skill-development and team drills from 2-4 PM.

As the Free Press's George Sipple notes, Darren Helm's participation was limited:

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