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Audio from day 2 of the Red Wings’ training camp: DeKeyser, Kindl, Howard, Nyquist, Babcock & Ber2zi

The Red Wings' didn't sign anyone today, and Daniel Cleary made his training camp debut--wearing #71, the "extra" jersey, until Paul Boyer could get a #11 jersey sewn up (when Mikael Samuelsson played on the point on the power play, he wore a black #71 jersey, so I'm guessing that the Wings made up red, white and black extras with that number)--and Team Howe beat Team Lindsay 2-0 in the scrimmage thanks to late goals from Max Nicastro and an "unassisted" Daniel Alfredsson, top-shelft goal on Jake Paterson that came courtesy of Stephen Weiss's pass.

The media availability was very staggered today. The Grand Rapids Griffins were in town to speak to their players, Henrik Zetterberg gave an interview elsewhere, Todd Bertuzzi spent all of a minute answering questions about his nephew, Tyler...

And as Tomas Tatar was asked the same questions yesterday, I tried to give him a pat on the back and let him know that there are literally thousands of people who feel that he kind of got screwed roster-wise, and that people were rooting for him.

Otherwise, we did get to engage in something kind of neat in speaking with both Danny DeKeyser, who talked about his comfort level going into his second season...

Jakub Kindl gave the media almost 10 minutes of his time, addressing his situation in more depth, including his contract extension, his status as someone who proved himself after a long waiting period, and again, his goals going forward, including making the Czech Olympic team...

Gustav Nyquist was very polite in discussing his status as a roster-crunched player, his goals for the year and playing with Cleary (whoops, I said Todd Bertuzzi) alongside Joakim Andersson, and I bailed myself out by speaking with him about the Swedish Olympic orientation camp, asking him about the systems that the Wings were working on today and I even gabbed about his gear...

I was asked to ask Jimmy Howard about his puckhandling, so I did, I asked him about his pads (they're maybe half an inch shorter) and building a house in Detroit admist a ton of questions about his season to come, what training camp = for a goalie and how he's approaching a busy busy season...

Tyler Bertuzzi was mostly asked about his fisticuffs, so I tried to steer the conversation in another direction...

And Wings coach Mike Babcock reiterated his point that he plans on determining which of his 17 forwards will earn roster spots based upon exhibition season play. He did get a little less death stare-y when speaking about the Wings' Alumni and Celebrity Game tomorrow...

And be nice to this guy, okay?

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first of all, great work, second of all, i wanted to utilize this unprecedented opportunity that you have with access to the players, and our access to you. We have been graced with Pavel’s presence for all this time and I would say that he is easily the most creative player that I have ever seen in the game. It would be great if we could spurn on more creativity for him letting him know what we’d love to see in these next four years. Maybe that is a crazy thought, to think that a player might take suggestions from fans, but, if I could see him make a pass using the glass behind the net, to direct the puck over the net and into the slot, i think i could easily die happy. I’d also love to hear what others think about what we’d love to see Pavel do. It’s a little silly, and a little crazy, I admit, but, it would truly be an amazing thing to see. Thanks for everything you do George, all us superfans are jealous.

Posted by tbuhg on 09/13/13 at 03:58 PM ET

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