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As I watch the Lou Lamoriello Twitter reaction cascade for Paul...

1. Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal wrote a MASTERFUL rebuttal to those of you who believe that Anthony Mantha's washed up...

2. And MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Jerome Verrier regarding his desire to earn an AHL or ECHL contract with the Wings despite his status as a summer development camp and prospect tournament try-out.

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The overnight report: An interchangeable Detroit sports team critique; on Athanasiou and Perry

This is going to sound really bad, but I guess it's late July, and this missive from the Oakland Press's Pat Caputo could be a missive critiquing the Red Wings' decision to reload/rebuild-on-the-fly amidst the Detroit sports landscape, not a critique of the Detroit Tigers' would-be rebuild:

Baseball is quirky, and the Tigers will still feature a nucleus of highly-regarded players next season, but it’s not nearly as deep a core. Subsequently, it’s not nearly as certain the Tigers will be among the top contenders to win the World Series, as it has been the better part of a decade. The Red Wings have some promise. Petr Mrazek could be a huge difference-maker in goal. He certainly has flashed that type of ability. The free agent signing of defenseman Mike Green was significant, and I think Waterford Township’s Dylan Larkin is going to have a major impact on the Red Wings sooner than most fans realize. However, the Red Wings will probably remain in the second tier of NHL contenders in the foreseeable future because Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are fighting Father Time. The Pistons are just trying to get into the playoffs. I think they will this coming season, but mostly because they are in the Eastern Conference. In the much stronger Western Conference, it would be unlikely.

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Niyo: Ted Lindsay can’t stay still for long, and that’s a good thing

From the Detroit News's John Niyo:

He wears the scars with pride, the same way he wore that Red Wings sweater for most of his Hall of Fame career.

Ted Lindsay played hockey with a reckless abandon, and when he wasn’t scoring goals skating alongside Gordie Howe and Sid Abel on the famed Production Line in Detroit, “Terrible Ted” was often settling scores. In all, he figures he took close to 700 stitches in his 17 years in the NHL.

“A lot of them were from sticks, some of them were from pucks, and some were from fists,” he says, chuckling at all the golden memories etched in his mind and his face. “I ran into a lot of good men.”

But this is the scar he wants to show you now, pulling down the collar of his shirt to reveal a 3-inch reminder on his chest. That’s where Dr. Marc Sakwa, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Beaumont Hospital, made the incision to replace Lindsay’s aortic valve 15 months ago. Yep, elective heart surgery at the age of 88.

“Can you imagine?” Lindsay said, marveling at modern medicine, even as modern medicine men — not to mention family and friends — marvel at a fellow who plans to celebrate his 90th birthday next week by going to the gym to work out.

Niyo continues, and so does Ted, of course...

Update: There's a video, too, via RedWingsFeed:

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Prospect news: ‘Catching up with Andreas Athanasiou’; Perry leaves Colorado College

Two items of Red Wings prospect-related note popped up this afternoon:

1. The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a feature in which Andreas Athanasiou discussed his first professional season and his preparation for year 2 as someone recovering from a broken jaw...

2. And this item is particularly intriguing: Wings draft pick and Colorado College goaltender Chase Perry is leaving Colorado Springs for the present moment, returning to the now BCHL-based Wenatchee (Washington) Wild:

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Reassurance regarding Pavel Datsyuk’s absence from…Lambert?

I don't know what the hell to think about this. Puck Daddy's Ryan Lambert is about as far away from a Red Wings fan as one can get, but Mr. Lambert has this to say about the realistic impact of Pavel Datsyuk's probable ankle-surgery-induced October absence upon the Red Wings' 2015-16 season schedule:

One thing that struck me as odd this week was all the headlines about “Pavel Datsyuk out until November!!!!!! (maybe)” and yes, all those exclamation points were only implied.

November is a long time from now, obviously, but wait a second it's still not even August yet. If he's out until November — and there's been conflicting reports here, because his agent recently said Datsyuk could be ready for the start of the season — that means he misses something like a dozen games or so. Detroit has 11 scheduled for October and their first game in on the Nov. 3. Let's say he misses that one too and that's 12.

While you never want to be without one of your best players for a month, it's a little more alarmist to say “four to five months!” even if that's technically the case. Especially because of how soft Detroit's schedule is for that first month of the season.

They open hosting Toronto, travel to Carolina the next night, then host Tampa for three games in five days. Then Carolina is at Detroit before the Wings travel to Montreal for another back-to-back. After that it's three in seven days at Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. Four days later they host Carolina (again!), then have a back-to-back home-and-home with Ottawa to close out the month.

I see a whole bunch of wins in that 11-game stretch. Missing Datsyuk probably isn't going to matter much.

Lambert continues with other topics, and...Thanks...for the...reality check and reassurance?

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One month till the Joe Kocur Foundation’s charity softball games

This is generally not something I'd post as an individual entry, but the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball games in Highland Township, MI are "high holy days" of the summer for many Wings fans, and we're exactly a month away from the event:

All I hear from fans who attend the event are the following:

1. Sunburn is rampant because it's an all-day affair, so bundle up and don't spare the sunscreen;

2. And there's no event in which you can get closer to or interact more with an A-list of Red Wings alums, for all of $10-15, so consider spending Saturday, August 22nd attending some friendly softball tilts.

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Glendening to Wallner: Blashill will coach as his own man

From the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:

Luke Glendening, who played for Jeff Blashill with the Grand Rapids Griffins, thinks the Detroit Red Wings will get the same kind of coach this fall.

"I think he'll be true to himself," the third-year center said of Blashill, who officially succeeded Mike Babcock as coach on June 9. "He's a guy who cares about his players and that shines through in the way he talks to you and what he expects from you. And I don't think that's going to change at all when he gets to Detroit."

Glendening, who was at the Meijer LPGA Classic celebrity pro-am at Egypt Valley Country Club on Tuesday – along with Blashill –signed an AHL contract and played a year and a half with the Griffins before he joined the Red Wings for good in the middle of the 2013-14 season.

This year, after the Red Wings season ended, the East Grand Rapids resident was on hand for the Griffins' playoff run with Blashill.

"I think there will be a new excitement," he said of the feeling amongst the Red Wings. "Anytime you bring in a new coach there is excitement. And I think his excitement will carry over to us and I think it's going to be a good situation."

Wallner and Glendening continue...

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Coach Babcock advocating for mental health awareness in Saskatoon on Friday

This report from TorontoMapleLeafs.com's Chris Lund has nothing to do with the Red Wings, but as someone who battles through disabling levels of anxiety and depression to work this job as many days as I can, this is very important to me, and I'm proud of the Wings' former coach for doing what he's doing:

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock will be in Saskatoon on July 24 for One Voice — an event in support of The Neural Health Project.

Babcock is a founder of The Neural Health Project with Dr. Dee Dee Maltman — medical director for the Centre of Integrative Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Following the deaths of a pair of family friends of Babcock — both of which stemmed from mental health issues — he connected with Dr. Maltman in an effort to help find a solution. From there, The Neural Health Project was born.

The project focuses on a comprehensive approach to treating mental health issues. By approaching the treatment of mental illness in a holistic fashion that addresses the mind, body and spirit, the project aims to leave a meaningful impact on how patients are handled.

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‘Over the Boards’ answers two Red Wings-related questions

NHL.com's Dan Rosen fielded two Red Wings-related questions in his "Over the Boards" blog's mailbag, and this one is familiar...

Do you think Dylan Larkin can "buck the trend" and perform his way into a winged wheel this upcoming season? @purdstheword22

History would suggest that Larkin will spend this season in Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League continuing his development. The Detroit Red Wings are notorious for their patience with prospects, even top prospects such as Larkin. However, there is something to be said for impressing the new coach, which Larkin did in Grand Rapids during the Calder Cup Playoffs last season, when he had three goals and five points in six games after turning pro. Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said Larkin didn't look like a good young player in his short stint in Grand Rapids; he simply looked like a good player regardless of age.

There is an opportunity for Larkin if he has a good camp because Pavel Datsyuk's right ankle surgery is expected to force him to miss the start of the season. Larkin would have to be considered in the same situation as Anthony Mantha, Teemu Pulkkinen, Landon Ferraro and maybe even Tomas Jurco. Nothing is guaranteed, but they're all candidates to make the opening night roster.

So, yes, Larkin can "buck the trend." I can't say for sure if he will, but it looks like he'll get his chance.

Rosen continues, and he answers a question about Mike Green as well:

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The overnight report: On Pulkkinen & a ‘first,’ charitable Tweets/notes & nostalgic playoff YouTube

Among this morning's items of disparate Red Wings-related note:

If there is a down side to the Wngs' decision to sign Teemu Pulkkinen to a 1-year, $735,000 contract--save the fact that it pushes another player into restricted or unrestricted status during next summer's Summer of Ken Holland's Contract Rubicon Sweepstakes (will Tomas Jurco join them?????)--it's that officially pushes the Wings over the salary cap, as the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness noted:

Detroit has 24 players signed, 15 of which are forwards, at just over $72 million. The salary cap this season is $71.4 million.

Teams can be 10-percent over the salary cap until the day before the season begins, which will give the Wings enough time to decide if Pavel Datsyuk (ankle surgery) and Johan Franzen (concussion) will be able to start the season or head to injured reserve.

Detroit could also free up cap space via a trade or by sending a player to Grand Rapids.

“We’ve got to get to camp, let it play itself out and pick a team,” Holland said earlier this offseason. “With the additions we made on July 1, we’re a little deeper than last year. We’re hoping for a competitive training camp.”

Rather conveniently, the Red Wings chose to release Craig Peterson's article regarding Pulkkinen's "Red Wings First" (goal, in this case) this morning...

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