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MSM takes from the first day of Red Wings training camp ‘17

As I was a little busier than usual today, here are the media's Red Wings-related stories of note from the first day of training camp:

A. MLive:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan noted that Danny DeKeyser's hole-in-one "ace" at the Wings' training camp golf classic earned him quite a reward:

Danny DeKeyser's first career hole-in-one earned him more than a few high-fives from his Detroit Red Wings teammates.

He also won a two-year lease on a new Porsche Boxster.

DeKeyser used a 9-iron to ace the 152-yard 17th hole at the Bear at Grand Traverse Resort Thursday during the team's annual golf outing.

"I'm hit or miss at golf, so I guess it was a good day," DeKeyser said Friday, following the first day of training camp.

Continued

2. Khan also noted Jeff Blashill's muddled answer as to why Niklas Kronwall didn't skate during the first day of training camp..

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Impressions from the first day of the Red Wings’ training camp ‘17

Nyquist-Zetterberg-Tatar

Mantha-Larkin-Abdelkader

Helm-Nielsen-Parenteau

Bertuzzi-Sheahan-Glendening

DeKeyser-Daley

Ericsson-Jensen

Ouellet-Sproul

Substitute Niklas Kronwall for Sproul (Kronwall did not skate today) and Andreas Athanasiou for Parenteau (hopefully), and you may have the Red Wings' presumptive lines for the start of the regular season, and Wings coach Jeff Blashill is just fine with you knowing that.

This is a different kind of training camp, one in which the Red Wings are icing one "NHL team" (save Ben Street, Dennis Cholowski and Luke Witkowski) and two teams' worth of mostly AHL players and prospects. According to coach Blashill, the goal is to maximize practice time for his NHL team ahead of a busy exhibition season, and judging by his first-day comments to the media, he was satisfied with the equation.

It may seem a little strange to those of you us who are used to the tried-and-true formula of mixing top prospects with NHL'ers to see who "falls off a cliff" performance-wise and who might impress with the big boys, this sort of team-building throws that concept out the window, and that's a little unique.

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Danny DeKeyser’s hole in one

Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser hit a hole in one yesterday at the Red Wings' annual training camp charity golf classic, and as a result, DeKeyser earned a two-year lease on a Porsche Boxster. DeKeyser discussed his golf achievement with the media (and Red Wings TV)

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Audio from the first day of Red Wings training camp ‘17

It's been a long day for me and it was a long day at the Red Wings' training camp, in which Teams Delvecchio, Howe and Lindsay skated from 9:30 AM until just after 2:30 PM, and "interview time" stretched from 11:40 until about 3:45.

Among today's interviews: Dylan Larkin spoke with the media regarding his preparations for a full season spent at center ice, and his hopes that he'll emulate Henrik Zetterberg:

You'll have to crank up the sound for Trevor Daley's interview, because he's a VERY QUIET TALKER who believes that he'll fit in well with the Red Wings, an organization that he respects to no end:

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Bet On Jimmy Howard As Detroit’s Starting Goaltender

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

DETROIT RED WINGS: Who is the starting goaltender?...

Bet on: Howard. The Wings should be rebuilding but, as the Trevor Daley signing this off-season reminds us, they aren’t publicly accepting their status as a non-playoff team, even after missing the big dance for the first time in 25 years. They’re armed with a brand new arena and intend to compete for a playoff spot in it, even if that’s a foolish pursuit. They’re thus likely to open the season with the goalie who gives them the best chance to win right now. Don’t forget, the Red Wings exposed Mrazek to Vegas in the expansion draft and protected Howard.

more on the goaltending and other Atlantic Division talk...

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Detroit Is Skating In Traverse City

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Ken Holland said nothing new to report on Andreas Athanasiou who remains unsigned and won't be on the ice for start of camp today.

lines:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist
Abdelkader-Larkin-Mantha
Parenteau-Nielsen-Helm
Bertuzzi/Witkowski-Sheahan-Glendening

defense pairs:
DeKeyser-Green
Daley-Cholowski
Ericsson-Jensen
Ouellet-Sproul

Kronwall not skating today. Holland said Kronwall feels great but Blashill wants to limit his time on the ice right now.

added 9:57am,

 

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‘Three Things’: Zetterberg on the season ahead; a Ken Daniels book signing and charitable news

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan noted that Henrik Zetterberg feels relatively optimistic regarding the Red Wings' 2017-18 season:

"A lot of guys always played the playoffs," Zetterberg said. "Even though it's been tighter and tighter, last five years we've had to basically play our way in, even lose our way in (in 2016), but we want to be there again.

"But it starts in October. You got to get your points early, you got to be in the race. You can't fall back. When we came back after the All-Star break, 25 games left, we basically had to win 21. You can't fall that far back. You have to be in the race and you got to get your points in October, November and December."

What makes Zetterberg think this season will be different? He cited the acquisition of Daley, a mobile, puck-moving defenseman who could help Danny DeKeyser return to form, and the belief that many players who regressed will rebound.

"Daley is going to help us a lot," Zetterberg said. "There's a lot of guys who didn't have their best years last year and hopefully we have a few bounce-back years. We have a lot of talent. We have a young team, so the future looks good, but we just got to take the steps. If we all take a step together we're going to be there fighting."

Khan continues...

2. If you are coming to training camp today, part 1, from the Traverse City Record-Eagle:

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Grand Rapids Griffins’ ‘Between the Benches’ video chronicles Calder Cup win

The Grand Rapids Griffins wrapped up their "Between the Benches" series on Wednesday with a 17-minute behind-the-scenes clip from Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final:

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Catch-up post: Preparing for training camp

Updated 3x at 12:11 AM: Of Red Wings-related note over the past two days, on a source-by-source basis:

A. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

1. We're starting with an out-of-town newspaper because the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jason Mackey claims that the Red Wings are "receiving calls on" and are "looking to move" Riley Sheahan, which has yielded a spate of Sheahan-to-Pittsburgh rumors. I'll believe it when I see it, and not until then;

B. MLive:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Ken Holland regarding the scarcity of spots on the Wings' roster heading into training camp;

2. Khan also noted that the Wings' training camp roster is unbalanced this year:

The Detroit Red Wings unveiled a new wrinkle in how they're dividing up training camp teams this year.

They will still practice and scrimmage with three groups. But this year, all the regular players will be on one squad -- Team Delvecchio. The Red Wings will have 74 players on the ice Friday at the start of training camp in Traverse City.

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Red Wings to offer free training camp admission to servicepeople, first responders on Friday

From the Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Detroit Red Wings Training Camp and Centre Ice Arena will offer complimentary entrance to active military, veterans, police, fire and EMS personnel during the practice/scrimmage session on the camp’s opening day, Sept. 15.

The event, scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m., will be held at Centre Ice Arena.

Qualified personnel should come to the main entrance of Centre Ice Arena the morning of Sept. 15 and show a military ID or service badge to be admitted as a guest on a first-come, first-served basis while tickets last. Doors open at 8:30 am. No advance complimentary tickets will be issued.

For qualified personnel who have already purchased a ticket for that day's event, they may show their ticket for Sept. 15 to admissions staff when they arrive and they will be provided a free ticket to either the Sept. 16 or 17 morning practice/scrimmage session while supplies last.

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