The Malik Report
by George Malik on 09/22/12 at 11:58 AM ET
On "no training camp" morning, members of the Red Wings' coaching and player development departments did head to Traverse City to hold a youth hockey clinic at Centre Ice Arena, as chronicled by RedWingsTV, and at this point, being able to report some sort of positive news is a welcome relief and a source of hope:
The Wings' Twitter account illustrated very strong attendance at the camp (which is also a good thing)...
And Centre Ice Arena's Anne Reeves posted a picture of Keith McKittrick, Bill Peters, Chris Osgood...Some guy I don't recognize, wearing circa-2006 Bauer Vapor XXX gloves...and Jim Bedard with smiles on their faes, which is equally rare these days:
Otherwise, the rest of today's Red Wings-related news comes from overseas. Amongst our weaponry, I mean of note:
- Sovetsky Sport's "C. Galkevich" reports that Pavel Datsyuk did not play in today's game between CSKA Moscow and Yugra, with Datsyuk more likely to play after the press conference officially introducing Datsyuk and Ilya Bryzgalov as members of CSKA's ranks to the media on Sunday. The Galkevich states that CSKA game takes place on Monday vs. Avangard Omsk;
- In Sweden, Skelleftea AIK's general manager, Par Nordlund, told Norran's Elin Ala that his team will not sign short-term deals with NHL players, which means that it's highly unlikely that Jonathan Ericsson will have the opportunity to play alongside his brother Jimmie;
- My Czech is pretty mediocre, but iSport's Kvetoslav Simek spoke to Wings prospect Petr Mrazek about the challenges he faces as he turns pro with the Grand Rapids Griffins, short video of Mrazek practicing with Czech Extraliga team Vítkovice included. Mrazek says that he respects his competitor for the Griffins' starting job in Thomas McCollum, but Mrazek also believes that his more athletic style of goaltending might serve him better, and he's excited about playing in a prospect-stacked AHL;
- And in less-than-surprising news, former Wings goalie Daniel Larsson spoke to Hockeysverige's Ronnie Skrivsmedja about his move from HV71 to AIK Skelleftea (because he felt that HV71's goalie coach wasn't dedicated enough to helping Larsson improve his game) as well as his decision to return home from Sweden (because he felt that Wings goalie coach Jim Bedard was "ruining" his technique, and because the Wings never gave him a fair shot). Larsson's less-than-positive attitude might have something to do with where he is, too...'
Update: Via RedWingsFeed, here's more from Anne Reeves:
That much is good, and we need good news.
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