The Malik Report
by George Malik on 09/15/13 at 02:57 PM ET
I'm absolutely fried, so I need to keep this brief: the Red and White teams tied 3-3 in their annual Red vs. White game at Center Ice Arena, and immediately thereafter, the Wings made their first cuts (Tyler Bertuzzi, Phillipe Hudon, Zach Nastasiuk, Griffins-bound Kevin Lynch, Jake Paterson and try-out Michal Plutnar) and named their roster for tomorrow's game against Pittsburgh.
After the game the locker rooms were opened, and I kind of followed the media folks and kind of went my own way. As such, I missed the first part of Mike Babcock's scrum, where he apparently called out the Franzen-Weiss-Alfredsson line (I will post a reporter Twitter summary below)...
(at least I'm not afraid to ask him questions any more, and when I shook his hand and said that I plan on coming down to the Joe a little bit this season, and introduced myself, he said, "I know who you are.")
But I think that my interview with Daniel Alfredsson, conducted while Johan Franzen was on the massage table, was really good. I had him to myself, as it were, and Alfredsson was very accommodating:
I would deem my interview with Henrik Zetterberg to be so-so. I asked him some questions that he thought were redundant, but I am learning. The scrum got the good stuff, and when I apologized for my last question, Hank said, "Don't worry about it," so it's good to know that he is OK with being asked an odd question from time to time...
Martin Frk was as quiet as could be, but I tried to squeeze some chatter about his first pro training camp and the adjustments he's making out of him...
Patrick Eaves was Patrick Eaves, so my interview with him was shrug-shoulder-y...
And while the press made a beeline for Justin Abdelkader, I went to Nick Jensen and asked him how he was doing. Nick says that he had surgery on his shoulder to repair a torn labrum and a microfracture due to the scrap with Tyler Bertuzzi, but as frustrated as he may be, he said that his first real training camp was good, and he's upbeat:
And Ken Holland was kind enough to accommodate everybody for ten minutes. He DID say that Tomas Tatar would be on the team, he talked about his experience playing in the alumni game--which Holland says will be an annual "staff game" event--and he weighed in on Pulkkinen, Jarnkrok, Sproul, Ouellet, training camp as a whole and where the team goes from here...
I am going to fall over if I don't lay down soon, so here are the Tweets of note at present. The MSM'ers are in fact a very nice bunch on the whole, and they FILE stories incredibly quickly, but their editors are likely to say, "Hockey on a Sunday? During a Lions game? Let's wait a while to publish these," so you're gonna have to wait for the Abdelkader stories, the full Babcock scrum and the rest of KH's interview.
List's first copy made on SEPTEMBER 10th. Telling, yes?
Again, there WILL be practices tomorrow and Tuesday at Centre Ice, with the "game day" team skating from 10-11 and the non-game day players skating from 11:30-12:45 on Monday, and the "game day" team skating from 10:30-11:15 and the non-game-day team skating from 11:30-12:45 PM on Tuesday.
The Wings will bus back to the Joe after Tuesday's non-game-day skate.
Helm's vanished. Dunno where he is.
Jimmy Howard's stick! I haven't seen that one in a long time.
Eaves went to the front of the net and stayed there. Tootoo was good but...His skill level is just so..."Off"...That I wonder if he's going to fit in, and again, I'm in the minority of people who believe that Cory Emmerton being a center doesn't make his position any "safer."
With Helm down and out for now, the Wings only have to remove 2 players from their roster and less salary to get cap compliant. After that, it gets tricky, and Gustav Nyquist has been far too good to send down...
But you know who the best player's been, throughout training camp, in my opinion? Todd Bertuzzi. He looks like he's at 150% of where he was last year. He's making pinpoint passes of his own, he's shooting hard, he's very physical and he is DETERMINED to not get shipped out of town.
Okay, I'm exhausted. I need to lay down. Back with some chatter about the game and the non-game-day-players' practice in a bit.
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