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Red Wings single-game tix go on sale September 1st (and some other news)

Updated 3x w/ even more stuff at 3:51 PM: As an FYI, from Red Wings senior director of communications John Hahn...

Single game tickets on sale Sept. 1

Wings and fans look for more great excitement at The Joe

DETROIT—An electric Joe Louis Arena crowd saw the Detroit Red Wings force a Game 7 vs. San Jose in the final home game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  It was described by fans as the “loudest and most energetic game ever” and fans can lock in the chance to continue that excitement on Sept. 1st when single-game tickets to every Wings home game in 2011-12 go on sale.

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Red Wings overnight report: An enthusiastic Brunnstrom and Abdelkader’s consistency

Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill turned the Babcockian, “Good for him and good for us” theory regarding Fabian Brunnstrom on its head on Tuesday night, suggesting to the Free Press’s Helene St. James that the Wings in fact believe that Brunnstrom faces serious pressure to impress the Wings as opposed to both Detroit’s brass and 29 other potential employers’ decision-makers…

“He called us, and we told him to come on in,” assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “He’s had a disappointing two seasons in the NHL and knows this is his last chance.”

And Brunnstrom at least sounds incredibly enthusiastic about what’s become a high-stakes opportunity while speaking to Heslingborgs Dagblad’s Linus Ahlin, suggesting that he’s going to try to fulfill a childhood dream in sticking with the Wings:

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Red Wings are Brunnstrom’s ‘last chance’ in the NHL? That’s a different way of putting it…

Updated ex with a Ken Kal interview from Calgary at 8:37 PM: Well scratch that suggestion: I had assumed that the Red Wings were approaching their try-out to Fabian Brunnstrom without many expectations other than giving the 26-year-old a chance to prove himself again, but Wings assistant GM Jim Nill offered a very different take on Brunnstrom’s situation while speaking about the try-out deal to the Free Press’s Helene St. James:

The Detroit Red Wings have told forward Fabian Brunnstrom—whom they pursued three years ago, only to see him sign with the Dallas Stars—that he’s welcome to come to training camp and try out for the team.

“He called us, and we told him to come on in,” assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “He’s had a disappointing two seasons in the NHL and knows this is his last chance.”

Brunnstrom, 26, spent last season with Toronto’s farm team. He has 19 goals, 40 points and is minus-11 in 99 NHL games. He’ll have to impress mightily to make the Wings, who are well-stocked up front.

And in a very different vein, Todd Bertuzzi told St. James that he’s less than delighted with Dan Cleary’s successful campaign to be immortalized in bobblehead form:

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Red Wings afternoon quickies: Walleye affiliation renewed; Cleary to bobble

Of very brief Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

• According to DetroitRedWings.com’s Rick Bouwness, the Wings will continue sending prospects to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye…

The Detroit Red Wings today announced that the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) will remain the club’s official AA-level affiliate for the 2011-12 hockey season. The Walleye have served in this capacity since the team’s inaugural 2009-10 campaign.

“We’re very excited to have the Walleye back as part of our organization for the upcoming season,” says Red Wings Assistant General Manager Jim Nill. “Toledo’s been a great partner for us over the years and they’ve proven to be a strong ECHL franchise since reentering the league. We look forward to watching our prospects continue to develop in a city with a strong minor league hockey tradition.”

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Red Wings overnight report: Complicating the equation

Between the time that Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros stated that the Red Wings had signed Fabian Brunnstrom to a try-out on Monday morning and Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill confirmed as much during the afternoon, enough, “Oh, how the mighty have fallen” lines were written either on blogs, hockey websites or Twitter to pave Brunnstrom’s way from Sweden to Detroit.

I’d prefer not to view Brunnstrom’s situation in that light—for me, it’s more like, “Boy, the situation’s really different now,” mostly because my cursory glances at over two dozen Swedish newspapers over the summer have involved so much eyelash-batting regarding Brunnstrom potentially signing with an Eliteserien team and polite rebuttals from Brunnstrom’s camp that I simply can’t say that I’m surprised that Brunnstrom latched on with an NHL team. Maybe if there’s any irony, it’s that he signed with his chief pursuer three years ago, but other than, that…

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Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill confirms Fabian Brunnstrom try-out

This morning, Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros reported that the Wings have signed Fabian Brunnstrom to a try-out (and again, thanks to Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy for the tip) as the 26-year-old forward attempts to regain his footing in the NHL, and Wings assistant GM Jim Nill has confirmed the news to the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema...

“Things just haven’t gone the way he wanted to. He actually approached us and said he’d like another opportunity,” Nill said. “He knows now what it takes to be a pro after it probably caught him a little off guard being a younger guy from Sweden. I think he just said, ‘You know what, if I’m going to have a chance to be a pro maybe I can do it in Detroit.’ We said, ‘You’re welcome to come and try out,’ and he accepted.”

The 26-year-old became just the third player in NHL history to notch a hat trick in his debut on Oct. 15, 2008 against Nashville, and tallied 17 goals, 12 assists and a minus-8 rating in 55 games as a rookie in 2008-09. But he had just two goals and nine assists in 44 games the following season and had trouble adjusting to NHL hockey. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound left wing was traded to Toronto last season for forward Mikhail Stefanovich, but never played for the Maple Leafs. Instead, he appeared in 35 games for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, where he had four goals and 10 assists.

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Aftonbladet: Red Wings sign Fabian Brunnstrom to try-out

Updated 3x at 2:33 PM, and MLive is confirming the Brunnstrom signing: Via Paul and Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy, Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros reports that the Red Wings have signed Fabian Brunnstrom to a try-out, with Brunnstrom having turned down a contract offer from HV71 Jonkoping (and Farjestads BK) in the process.

Brunnstrom’s been asked whether he’d return to the Eliteserien all summer long, but the former Dallas Star and Toronto Maple Leaf’s stated repeatedly that he wants to try to find an NHL job.

Here’s a rough translation of Ros’s article:

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Red Wings overnight report: regional economic issues mean JLA’s successor will be difficult to build

My goal as a Red Wings blogger is usually pretty simple: I try to post as much Wings-related news as I’m able to find, suggest that you read the entire story for yourself and turn the discussion over to the more qualified people (i.e. my readers), and not that difficult to summarize an article’s thrust 99% of the time because it’s available for your perusal.

This morning I’m in a bit of a pickle as Crain’s Detroit Business’s Bill Shea displays astute timing (as Ilitch Charities’ golf classic takes place today, yielding a summit of “movers and shakers” in the business sense of the term) in discussing the Ilitches and Olympia Entertainment’s discussions with the City of Detroit regarding a short-term lease on Joe Louis Arena and the construction of its follow-on facility…

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A Swedish interview with Nicklas Lidstrom and a Red Wings season preview

Via a Twitter message from TMR reader Fredrik Hilding, SVT conducted an interview with Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom today (they haven’t posted it to their hockey page yet, so I missed it on their main sports page) which includes a nearly four-minute long video interview with Lidstrom (including quite a bit of Lidstrom seemingly strutting around Vasteras and speaking Swedish with a Midwestern accent) and a print version thereof that’s much more optimistic in tone than the heartbreaker two weeks ago, when Lidstrom stated that he’s all but certain to return to Sweden when his career’s over.

Here’s a rough translation of the print portion of Johan Wahlin and Viktor Petrovski’s interview with Lidstrom:

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Red Wings overnight report: tidbits aren’t necessarily a bad thing

For those of you who’ve begun to find the nexus of a lack of substantive content and reaching the two-month mark of no hockey games being played and no Red Wings playing, either making you “something something,” I can completely understand the concept that summer’s become all but intolerable for you. For those of us who still spend our days and nights looking for whatever tidbits of Wings or NHL-related news are out there, however…

I’ve learned to not complain when reaching a dry spell, lest an incredibly long interview in Finnish or Slovak pop up, and in terms of giving into the tendency to simply grumble about content others are posting when one disagrees with the assumptions made therein (and there’s quite a lot of that kind of stuff out there these days), well…

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