The Malik Report
by George Malik on 07/15/13 at 11:12 AM ET
The last day of the Red Wings' summer development camp is always somewhat jarring. The practice begins and proceeds like any other, but at the end, sometimes players gather for photos, and others hustle off. At the very end of Monday's activities, Team Lidstrom wished Pavel Datsyuk a happy birthday, with Alexei Marchenko wishing Datsyuk (who will turn 35 on March 20) a happy birthday in Russian...
And both after Blashill's all-30-skaters practice and the final set of skills drills, players in the locker rooms were busy tossing their gear into hockey bags (the getting-healthy Darren Helm wasn't encumbered by a hockey bag), and in the cases of the NCAA-eligible players, surrendering their gear to retain their NCAA eligibility.
The players also had to haul tuchas for one more yoga class and then a set of exit interviews. Some of them will be leaving for their homes all over North America and Europe today, but most will be leaving Traverse City tomorrow.
As such, getting any sort of interview was a difficult endeavor, and the five I got aren't long by any stretch of the imagination. I did the best I could given the circumstances!
Dean Chelios was very gracious and spoke at length about his attempts to return from a shoulder injury, the lessons learned during the development camps he's attended and his goals for the upcoming season--as well as his father's Hall-of-Famer-status, and what it means to work with "dad" on the ice:
Anthony Mantha discussed his experiences at camp and his goals for the off-season, especially heading into the prospect tournament in the fall:
James De Haas spoke about transitioning from the BCHL to NCAA hockey, and he talked about the investment that is paying his way to camp to maintain his eligibility:
Marc McNulty spoke briefly about his experiences at the camp...
And I *tried* to speak with Marek Tvrdon about turning pro. Emphasis on *tried.*
This isn't development camp-related, but FYI:
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