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Is There A Little Cat And Mouse Game Going On Here?

from a Bill Roose update on the Wings today at their website,

Babcock said he expects that Daniel Alfredsson will make his home debut for the Red Wings in Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Penguins.

“He’s got to play eventually here, like anything, I’d like to get him going,” Babcock said, referring to Alfredsson. “I’d like to play him (Wednesday) and then on Friday (vs. Toronto) and get going from there.”...

“They’ve got to get to work and get playing. That’s what training camp is for,” Babcock said. “You have to start feeling good and be going in at a high level and if you do that you have a better chance of getting started on time.”...

Alfredsson was less alarmed, and said he’ll play against the Pens if he feels good.

“We have more than a week here to get used to each other. There’s still plenty of time,” he said. “Everyone would love to be healthy all of training camp and go full all the time, but at the same time this is the time where you have to make sure if you do have something to look after it, because once the season starts there’s no time.

“I’m happy with how I feel right now, but you never want to jinx yourself and say you feel great so we’ll see how it feels this afternoon. This was the first time I’ve really pushed myself hard in a while.”

more on the Wings, most of it covered by George earlier today

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Red Winger's avatar

“You have to start feeling good and be going in at a high level and if you do that you have a better chance of getting started on time.”...

Babs is still haunted by the number of times the Wings did not start games on time last season, as he should be.

As for Alf’s comment, seems he and Babs are not seeing eye to eye on this particular issue, though it’s way too early to read anything troubling into it all.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 09/24/13 at 04:39 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Babcock has done this exact same schtick many times since he’s been the Wings’ coach (and I have to assume he did it with the Ducks as well). I don’t see any reason anyone should read into it as a rift developing between the veteran player and the coach. My guess is that if Babcock isn’t just saying shit off the cuff to placate the media, the only message he’s trying to send is to the non-veteran players that are on the hot seat about how important preparation is.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 09/25/13 at 08:13 AM ET

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