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This isn't about hockey, but I possess the luxury of writing about something other than hockey every once in a while, and I'm going to do just that.

This isn't Red Wings-related, so if you're not interested, scroll on, dear friend.

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It Looks Like One More Year For Daniel Alfredsson

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"My take is we're probably going to try to do something with Alfie," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday. "He had a good year, 19 goals. When he was healthy, he was valuable."

Alfredsson, 41, intended to start skating this week in Sweden, in part to see how his back responds. He's expected to skate with many Red Wings players the first week of September, prior to training camp on Sept. 18.

"Certainly, I don't look at Alfie thinking he's going to play 82 games," Holland said. "When you got (Gustav) Nyquist and (Tomas) Tatar and (Tomas) Jurco and (Luke) Glendening and (Riley) Sheahan, if we can get a certain amount of games out of (Alfredsson), we would feel like he would be a real positive addition.

"But at the end of the day I think he wants to (skate) and we want to see him skate every day for 2-3 weeks and then let's see how he feels."

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Luke Glendening Knows Improvement Needed

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

“It’s really up to the guys in the locker-room at the end of last year. Most guys are back and everyone’s got to be better. That’s the only way this team’s going to advance.”

At Joe Louis Arena Monday working as an instructor at the club’s youth hockey camp, Glendening was equally harsh in the scouting report on his own season, which saw him produce 1-6-7 numbers in 56 games working as a fourth-line checking centre for Detroit.

“I have a long way to go,” Glendening said. “I wasn’t really that happy with my season. I got to play a lot, but my production wasn’t good enough.

I wasn’t good enough on faceoffs (48.5 per cent). There are things that I have to improve upon to stay and be a regular in the lineup.”

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Darren Helm Appears To Be Very Healthy

from James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press,

So how does no-handed water skiing with a woman on your shoulders sound? Good idea?

Well, Helmer didn’t look any worse for the wear while pulling off that stunt with former teammate Jordin Tootoo’s wife recently. Tootoo, who apparently was on the boat dragging Helm and Jennifer Tootoo around...

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“Very Little Reason For Hope In Detroit”

If this team misses the postseason, you have to think big changes are coming. In the end, though, that would be for the best. The way things are going now, there's very little reason for hope in Detroit.

Read more on the Wings from Ryan Lambert at PuckDaddy.

My comment, did you expect anything different?

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Anthony Mantha Has The Right Idea

Getting in all the summer fun before camp starts...

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Is Justin Abdelkader A Top-Six Forward For The Detroit Red Wings?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2014-15 outlook: Abdelkader likely will start the season on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and possibly Henrik Zetterberg. Coach Mike Babcock likes having a "heavy body" on each line, someone to provide a physical presence, go to the net and retrieve pucks. Abdelkader has filled this role for Datsyuk much of the past two seasons as the guy who "pulls the piano." It hasn't translated into an offensive boost but the club has been satisfied with the results. Abdelkader should continue playing a net-front role on the power play, especially since Todd Bertuzzi is gone. His role on the penalty kill has diminished the past two seasons (from 1:25 short-handed time per game in 2011-12 to 38 seconds last season), in part due to more power-play time, but he'll continue to see some PK duty. Abdelkader brings a different dimension for a team that has a lot of smaller forwards. He provides a much-needed abrasive element and has the ability to agitate and get under opponents' skin. This is a team that needs to be harder to play against. Abdelkader made strides in reducing bad penalties, something that plagued him earlier in his career. A good skater who plays with pace, he has settled in as a winger but can play center if needed.

Key question: Should Abdelkader continue playing on a top-two line or should he be playing on a checking line?

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A Slow Summer For The Red Wings

from Max DeMara of The Detroit Sports Site,

This summer malaise will almost assuredly carry over into fall, seeing as excitement for 2014 is at an all-time low. The most exciting thing the Red Wings did this summer was unveil plans for their new arena district, and that’s still three years off. Holland must hope the team he does put on the ice in October stays healthy and performs immediately, or else things could get ugly fast.

There’s no question such early success would prove that Detroit is still Hockeytown, but that notion is teetering more with every heart the Tigers win, every mind the Lions occupy and every move the Red Wings don’t make. The Pistons have work left to be done, but with the cult of Stan Van Gundy’s personality now in town, they could officially become more intriguing winter viewing than the Red Wings.

It’s August 6, and the Red Wings’ home opener on October 9 against the Boston Bruins is now 64 days away. The question is, do you really care? With everything else positive going on, should you?

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Brian Rafalski Humbled And Honored To Be Elected Into USA Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

From the Detroit suburbs to Finland and back to the U.S., Brian Rafalski's hockey career spanned internationally from inauspicious to illustrious.

The diminutive defenseman from Dearborn won the Stanley Cup three times, including in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings, and collected two Olympic silver medals.

That led, naturally enough, to Wednesday's announcement that Rafalski, now 40, is part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

"I'm very humbled and honored," Rafalski said on a conference call from his off-season home in Wisconsin. "It's very rewarding for myself. I wasn't really expecting this."

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Red Wings overnight report: a quick mid-vacation ‘catch-up’ post

Paul's covered the vast majority of what's transpired while I've been absent--and in theory, I still am, as the mom and I remain in Grand Marais until Saturday--but even on vacation, one gets to a point where you worry that you aren't going to be able to catch up...

And if you're me, you worry about that kind of thing in August. indecision I'm working on it this week, I promise.

Anyway, amongst the stuff that's transpired while I've been absent, and ahead of a "beach day":

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