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Evgeny Svechnikov Wants To Play For The Wings

from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Evgeny Svechnikov will start training camp with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday with one goal in mind.

The 20-year-old Russian forward wants to help the Red Wings return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after they missed it for the first time in 25 seasons.

"I want to be a Red Wing," said Svechnikov, who was taken by Detroit with the No. 19 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. "I don't want to just make the team. I want to make it better, and I'm just trying to find a way to make that possible. So, I'm going to go out there [in camp] and just try to do my best. If I can make the team better, I could have a chance [to make the team]."

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Quick impressions from Monday’s morning skate at the Red Wings’ prospect tournament ‘17

The Red Wings' prospects prepared to snap their 0-and-2 record when they face the New York Rangers (7 PM at Centre Ice Arena, on Fox Sports GO, DetroitRedWings.com and NHL.com), and the Wings were feeling like a team coming off a much-needed "off day"--they were chipper, they were enthusiastic and they were upbeat, staying on the ice for a full hour and lingering during their last practice like rink rats.

As stated in the audio post, the best way for the team to view tonight's must-win game is probably to simply look at the tournament as a short set of games that need to be finished strongly; there is no doubt that thoughts of training camp are already creeping into the prospects' heads, but between now and Friday, there's work to be done.

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Tweets of note: Drew Miller gets PTO with Chicago; Wings’ Vegas Cup odds at 100/1

Of Red Wings and hockey-related note this afternoon (I would normally sneak these into a larger entry, but it's a quiet day)

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Audio from Monday’s morning skate at the Red Wings’ prospect tournament ‘17

The Red Wings' prospects engaged in a light-hearted practice ahead of tonight's game against the New York Rangers (7 PM on Fox Sports GO, DetroitRedWings.com and NHL.com), with a pleasant mood permeating the rink as the Wings attempt to win the final pair of games.

The full team (including Libor Sulak, who has a hand injury) practiced, and it appears that Matej Machovsky will start against the Rangers.

After practice, I spoke with Dominic Turgeon regarding the concept that the Wings get to "re-start" tonight against New York, and we discussed his status as an alternate captain's-"A"-wearing leader, his defensive game, his attempts to add more offense to the mix, and his goals as the tournament winds down and training camp approaches:

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Custance’s ‘Ten Takeaways’

The Athletic's Craig Custance penned a list of "Ten Takeaways from Traverse City," and among them:

Through two games in their annual prospect tournament, Red Wings defenseman Filip Hornek hasn’t played particularly well. With a dose of truth serum, Red Wings management would likely concede they aren’t thrilled with how he has looked so far.

And it’s disappointing, mostly because of high expectations.

The Red Wings need a dynamic defenseman to emerge from their group of young defensemen drafted over the last couple years and Hronek is the best candidate. He might be their best candidate at any position to emerge as an impact player. A guy like center Michael Rasmussen, selected with the No. 9 pick in the 2017 draft, has an interesting set of tools but there appears to be a ceiling on where he projects as an NHL player. If everything goes well, he may end up as a second line center in the NHL. The better bet is on the third line. But we’re years away from making any conclusions there.

Same thing for defenseman Dennis Cholowski. He has added muscle. He has also looked pretty comfortable on defense in this tournament through two games. It’s not hard to see him in the NHL one day but there doesn’t appear to be that high-end offensive potential. At least not yet.

Hronek is different. He’s the wildcard of the group. He appears to have a ceiling that is a bit higher and in some ways, it might make him the Red Wings most important prospect.

Custance continues (paywall)...

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Red Wings unveil District Detroit App as LCA gets finishing touches

The Red Wings are unveilng the District Detroit App today...

The District Detroit Mobile App, presented by XFINITY
Little Caesars Arena fans will be among the first to benefit from new features aiding parking, concessions, ticketing and more; Innovative 3D maps deliver turn-by-turn navigation assistance within venues; Express Ordering allows fans to order concessions right from their seats

September 11, 2017 (Detroit, MI and Tampa, FL) - Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development of Michigan and Venuetize today announced The District Detroit Mobile App presented by XFINITY, available now in the App Store and Google Play Store. The District Detroit App is the next phase of the organizations' commitment to providing a first-class guest experience at Little Caesars Arena and throughout The District Detroit.

Before leaving home, fans can use the app to find events in The District Detroit, purchase tickets and parking, and even find the best route to parking lots and venues. When linked to a guest's Ticketmaster account, The District Detroit app also becomes the most convenient mode of entry into Little Caesars Arena. The app also enhances the experience of visitors at Little Caesars Arena through Express Ordering for food and beverages, which allows Red Wings, Pistons and events fans to order and pay for concessions from their seats. In addition, the app will enable users to manage their tickets more easily through ticket forwarding and ticket reselling.

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The Outlook For Tyler Bertuzzi

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2017-18 outlook: Bertuzzi has the best opportunity among Griffins players to grab a spot in the lineup, possibly the only Grand Rapids player who might make the NHL roster at the start of the season.

Part of it is up to him - he'll need to play well in training camp and the preseason and show he's ready for the jump, needing to beat out Luke Witkowski. The salary cap could also be a factor. The Red Wings are up against it and have the flexibility of sending Bertuzzi back to the AHL since he's exempt from waivers.

Bertuzzi has shown to be a productive offensive player with Grand Rapids and steps up his game in the playoffs (23 goals, 39 points in 42 games). He'll play more a grinding role in the NHL, at least initially, providing energy and physical play. He could play left wing on the fourth line, with Riley Sheahan at center and Luke Glendening at right wing.

Bertuzzi will stick around if he's playing regularly, not as a spare forward.

Key question: What does Bertuzzi need to show in camp and the preseason to win a roster spot?

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Playoffs On Ken Holland’s Mind

from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Detroit's reputation as a Cup contender might've taken a hit, but it's business as usual for Holland going into training camp Friday.

"Well, I mean, everybody tells me it's not," Holland said after games concluded at the annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament on Saturday. "That's why [I'm asked] the question. Since the [NHL salary cap] was implemented in 2005, we were the last team to miss the playoffs. Everybody else in the League has missed the playoffs, so missing the playoffs is a part of being in the National Hockey League now, for everybody. We were the last man standing, and we're no longer standing. So, we go back to this year, and the goal is to try and compete for a playoff spot … to try and be the best team that we can be."...

"We didn't score enough last year, and I can't tell you if we're going to score more this year," Holland said. "Certainly, the power play's got to produce more. If you think that you're going to go into a game and you're not going to score a power-play goal, and the other team is going to score a power-play goal, to think that you can beat them by two goals at 5-on-5 … you're going to win enough games like that to make the playoffs. It's incredibly difficult."

It remains the goal in Detroit, though.

"We're going into training camp trying to compete for a playoff spot, trying to be in the mix," Holland said. "It's a very deep [Eastern Conference], and we know that if we're going to be better, we need internal improvement. We need some of our young kids to take a step. We need some of our people that had an off year last year to bounce back."

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Morning news: On Crain’s special LCA section, an editorial and a 5K

As Paul noted, Crain's Detroit Business's Tom Henderson penned an article about Olympia Stadium, and that's part of Crain's special section on Little Caesars Arena. Among the stories posted:

Elsewhere:

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Memories Of Olympia

from Tom Henderson of Crain's Detroit Business,

In 1977, Ted Lindsay, a Hall of Famer and legendary member of the Wings' Production Line with Sid Abel and Gordie Howe, was named general manager. His mantra was "aggressive hockey is back in town," and for a brief period, it was, ending an era of incompetence that saw the Red Wings drawing as few as 3,000 a game and missing the playoffs every year.

The team made the playoffs that year, beat Atlanta in the first round and gave heavily favored Montreal a tussle before losing in the next round. One night in Montreal, I went into a bar after the team's curfew and half of the players were there drinking. Jimmy Rutherford, one of the team's goalies, came over to ask if I was going to write about them being out. I was committing enough of my own sins on a regular basis to write about theirs, and to prove it, I bought two rounds. (And forgot to get a receipt so I could expense it as relationship-building.)

The next year, alas, the team reverted to form, went 23-41-16 and missed the playoffs in the last full season in Olympia, and my last season on the beat before I quit the paper for a life of freelancing.

My highlight covering the team had nothing to do with wins or losses, it had to do with a hockey game late every Monday afternoon at Olympia. About 30 of us showed up for a fiercely contested game matching the same teams each week. All of us were either employed by the Wings or connected to them.

Al Sobotka, the world's most famous Zamboni driver and twirler of octopi, played; so did Al Coates, a former minor leaguer who was then the team's PR guy and would later become general manager of the Calgary Flames; as did Red Wings on the disabled list but looking for a good skate; minor leaguers from the area who happened to be in town for a couple of days; ex-Red Wings; and hockey buffs who had, say, the building's Budweiser or Coke account.

Jim Essian, then a catcher for the Chicago White Sox and later their manager, played each week, too, in violation of his contract barring such baseball-threatening activities.

It was all-out skating and fierce slapshots but no checking. Except for Ted. It was his rink and, as he said, aggressive hockey was back in town.

more and Crain's has more JLA/LCA stories on their homepage.

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