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Red Wings development camp afternoon audio: Jim Nill, De Haas, Smith, Sheahan and Michael III

Even awesome jobs can be very difficult, and sometime after I penned my mid-day update from the Red Wings’ summer development camp, the effects of a) having missed all the juicy tidbits that Ken Holland revealed after the Winter Classic Alumni Game presser and b) more importantly, running on two-and-a-half hours of sleep were taking their toll. I was almost nodding off during the middle of the Wings prospects’ afternoon session, and I was all but ready to go back to the hotel and crash.

But after thinking about it, I knew that I’ve got a job to do, and that with Thursday and Friday remaining, my opportunities for interviews are dwindling, so I kinda owed it to the people who’ve paid my way to stick with it and worry about crashing when the day was done.

As such, below the jump cut you’ll find an eight-and-a-half interview with Wings assistant GM Jim Nill, who’s been maddening to try and pin down, Wings first round draft pick James De Haas, Brendan “Captain Fun” Smith, Riley Sheahan and Michael Babcock III:

• Here’s my interview with Jim Nill. We talked about the development camp, its various aspects and structure, whether any prospects had stood out, what he’s expecting of the players going forward and yes, we got into discussing the Wings’ free agent signings and talking about Detroit’s desire to wait out the free agent marketplace given that it is incredibly highly likely that free agent defensemen’s agents are asking the same kinds of astronomical compensation that any team which possesses an extra defenseman is surely demanding:

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• Here’s my interview with the surprisingly big James De Haas:

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• I talked to the Wings campers’ morale officer in one Brendan Smith about trying to lead while trying to keep the team loose:

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• I had a good chat with Riley Sheahan:

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• And if his name was Jones, Michael Babcock III would be just as sincere, thoughtful and bright young man as he is while also being the Wings coach’s son:

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The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.