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Audio from day 3 of the Red Wings’ training camp: Kronwall, DeKeyser, Lashoff, Emmerton, Gustavsson

I just got my butt behind my computer, so I'm a little behind, but I'm spending the entire day at the rink to take in the Wings' practice, scrimmage (Team Lindsay and Team Delvecchio tied 2-2) and the celebrity and alumni game this evening. I'll probably keep my coverage very low after that as the Red vs. White game tomorrow (I added the roster FTR) will be preceded by a practice at 10, and I'm not getting out of the rink till 10:30-ish...Add in drive time, covering other people's stuff, etc., and it is going to be a very long day and a very short night.

Anyway, the media corps received a mixed bag in terms of interviews today. Niklas Kronwall was mostly asked about Danny DeKeyser, Jakub Kindl and the steps that the "top four" have to make this season...

DeKeyser himself came out and talked about his comfort level and his desire to take a step forward, but I happened to ask him about whether he feels that he has more time and space, as it were, and he said yes...

Cory Emmerton was asked about his tenuous spot on the roster, but he was very nice and very polite about the whole situation...

The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau and I spoke with Mitch Callahan about his status as a Calder Cup champ, fighting less regularly, and what he needs to do in terms of making the Wings' roster eventually--as well as the fact that my friend Courtney made him an awesome skateboard which he says he won't use...

Coach Babcock was a little competitive, which was amusing as hell because he thought I was suggesting that his morning skates were fluffernutter--and I know they're not (it turns out that sparring with Babs is kind of fun)...

One of my favorite people, Brian Lashoff, talked about his desire to be much more than a seventh defenseman...

And while Sarah took the cake with an interview with Andrej Nestrasil which I'm sure she will illustrate includes cameos from Richard Nedomlel and Tomas Jurco, I did manage to snag some individual ones as well.

Anthony Mantha isn't just pleased as punch to be here any more--now that he's taken part in 3 days of the main camp, he wants to prove that he's worth not getting cut tomorrow and used in an exhibition game or two instead (and he's played well enough)...

And Jonas Gustavsson allowed me to speak with him for TEN FRICKIN' MINUTES while waiting for Mikael Samuelsson to autograph stuff--and AFTER Samuelsson exited the autograph room--talking about his shorter, softer pads, the adjustments he needs to make to accommodate those differently-built pads, what he hopes to accomplish in his second season with the Wings, what having a real training camp is like and what he's focusing on when the Wings' skaters take part in their drills:

He didn't know who the heck I was but he was SUPER nice and very accommodating.

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