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by George Malik on 08/08/13 at 12:35 PM ET
Very briefly, or nearly so:
- Paul already posted this, but my reaction to ESPN's Paul Grant's suggestion that, "If you could pick one player in their prime, would you pick Zdeno Chara over Nicklas Lidstrom?" has some basis in reality...Well, it goes something like this:
- The NHL "released" its composite pre-season schedule, and none of the dates or match-ups are new given that the Red Wings already revealed their preseason slate of 8 games, but it's worth noting that the Wings' home games against Pittsburgh on September 16th and Chicago on September 17th will theoretically be preceded by morning skates in Traverse City, MI (and let's just say that I'm quite suspicious about the concept that the Wings will do anything less than cut camp two days short and possibly open up the Joe for morning skates given the pain-in-the-ass nature of packing up Red Bird III twice to haul ass to Traverse City, spend the night there, and then have the equipment staff unpack, repack and unpack gear);
- In the prospect department, the Watertown Daily Times reports that Clarkson University officially announced that Wings prospect James De Haas will join the Golden Knights' hockey team as one of seven incoming freshmen;
- In the prospect department, part 2: MLive's Brendan Savage just penned an "empty out the notebook" article regarding Wings prospect Luke Glendening, who took part in last month's summer development camp of his own accord:
"It's been a bit of whirlwind for sure but it's been fun," Glendening said. "I've just being trying to enjoy the ride. But now it's time to get back to work. I've had enough time to enjoy the stuff that's happened to me and our team so now it's time to get back to work I sound like a recorder saying this but I just want to come in and work hard and see where I end up. I'm not going to put expectations on myself. Just come in and work hard and see where I am."
Glendening admitted that while every championship was special, winning with Calder Cup was even sweeter since he grew up in the Grand Rapids area.
"It was cool," he said. "It was definitely special for our team. Championships aren't about one person. It's definitely not about me. It was definitely cool to share it with my family and friends. We had a little rally at Van Andel (Arena) and seeing so many familiar faces was really cool."
Before joining the Griffins, Glendening spent four seasons playing for Michigan. He was an alternate captain as a sophomore and served as team captain his final two years with the Wolverines. In 165 career games at Michigan, Glendening had 31 goals and 39 assists.
Glendening describes himself as a defensive-minded forward – he was named the CCHA's top defensive forward during his senior season at Michigan – who blocks shots, kills penalties and is "not very flashy."
To continue progressing as a player, he was in Traverse City at the Red Wings Development Camp getting some tips on two areas of his game that he thinks need improving – skating and stick-handling.
"I still feel like I have a lot to prove," Glendening said. "I'm excited for the opportunity and excited to be a part of this organization but the work is not done. I still have a lot of work to do. I'm excited for the opportunity. I'm ready to put my best foot forward."
- Oh look, ANOTHER article panning the public funding portion of the money being invested in the Red Wings' follow-on rink. Only article 8 billion, five hundred twenty-two thousand, three hundred and twelve;
- And in the rearview mirror, I have very fond memories of this game, and I think that the jerseys are just gorgeous:
Update: The Free Press has another bracketed voting spiel going, and the Wings have advanced to the "Round of 32" in the "Best Sports Logo in Michigan" bracket;
And, via RedWingsFeed, the Score's Dave Lozo deems the Wings' second acquisition of Todd Bertuzzi to be a decent signing amidst the "summer wasteland." Bleh--it's just different at this time of year, not apocalyptic.
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