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No point in waiting for the gravy-here are the interviews with Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill, etc.
by George Malik on 07/14/11 at 06:24 PM ET
I dropped some hints regarding some massive interviews in my mid-day report from the final day of the Red Wings’ summer prospect camp, but halfway into a much-needed afternoon nap I figured that there’s no point whatsoever in asking you to wait for the “evening report” to hear my conversations with Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill, 2011 first-round pick Tomas Jurco, Grand Rapids Griffins forwards-to-be Landon Ferraro and Mitchell Callahan and Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer:
I spoke to Nill about the prospect camp and its own development over time (in terms of both on and off-ice work), as well as his thoughts about some of the players who’ve stood out, his moves as the de-facto GM of the Grand Rapids Griffins, his takes on the Red Wings’ free agent signings, coaching changes and a little bit about Chris Osgood and Kris Draper’s futures, too. We talked for fourteen minutes. It’s a huge file as well so please be warned*
I also spoke with Tomas Jurco about his impressions regarding the camp and his summer plans…
As well as Landon Ferraro, who says that he felt around 80-85%...
Mitchell Callahan, who fought Ferraro (they’re friends)...
And Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer, who talked about the messages the Wings are trying to impart upon their prospects, the evolution of the camp over time and his status as the Czech under-20 team’s assistant coach. I believe the Fischer interview is six or seven minutes long:
*II try to use the “super high quality” version of my audio recording software, and it results in massive files, but the trade-off is that even my mumbling is relatively audible.
And yes, Jiri Fischer and Jim Nill are that genuine and friendly, as were the vast majority of the players. I’m no longer floored by the quality of the human beings the Red Wings employ or the character of the prospects they’re trying to develop, but it’s really damn cool that they’re such quality human beings. It speaks well of the organization and the players themselves.
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