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The overnight report: On Trevor Daley, a tunnel closure, Zetterberg, the MSU Pro Camp and more

Of very disparate Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Athletic Detroit is offering a "360-Degree View" of the Red Wings' 2017-18 roster, and Craig Custance kicks off the previews with an examination of free agent signing Trevor Daley:

View from an opposing coach: “I love him. I always liked him when he was in Dallas. He was the guy we would talk about because – either off the rush or in the offensive zone – if you did not know where he was, he was all of a sudden standing in front of your net. He was quick and he had the ability to make things happen offensively.”

“As you watched him play in the cauldron of the NHL playoffs [with the Penguins] over the last couple years, he battled injuries but he showed he can play a complete game. They’re getting a really good player. I don’t think the Mike Green experiment went particularly well for them and this is a better fit. He can play in all three zones and he logged some tough minutes in the playoffs. In Dallas, his game was more offensively inclined. I think his game evolved and he was pretty darn effective in all three zones [for Pittsburgh]. They’re getting a really good defenseman and they don’t have that in Mike Green. He’s more of a one-way guy. This guy, he can play hard minutes in a lot of different situations.”

Custance continues (paywall)...

2. In news you can use, especially if you're from Windsor, the Windsor Star's Dave Battagello reports that the Detroit-Windsor tunnel is going to close every weeknight from 9 PM to 5:30 AM for extensive repairs, starting in November and continuing until June, 2018:

A multimillion-dollar project at the Detroit-Windsor tunnel to replace an 85-year-old ceiling slab will force the border crossing to shut down for eight months during weeknight hours.

The complicated US$16.8-million construction project will force the tunnel to close Sunday through Thursday from roughly 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m, according to a Windsor city council report.

Pending last-minute changes, the tunnel closure schedule will commence in November and continue until early June 2018 and be off-limits to traffic during those times.

There will also be four full weekend closures of the tunnel stretching from 9 p.m. on Friday until Monday morning at 5:30 a.m. to remove the existing ceiling. The weekend shutdowns will occur near the start of the project — with the first one likely to occur on Nov. 17.

A nightly shutdown of the tunnel is guaranteed to frustrate many sports fans in Windsor as Little Caesars Arena — the new home for the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons — debuts this fall.

Several commuters who rely on the tunnel at night, largely those employed at Detroit-area hospitals, will also be impacted.


3. Shifting focus, Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff weighed in on Henrik Zetterberg's comments regarding his playing future:

It would not be a shock were Zetterberg to call it quits after the upcoming season, Detroit’s first in the new Little Caesars Arena, especially if the Wings miss the playoffs again and there are no indications that the team will turn a corner toward playoff contention anytime soon.

Anyone who spends time around the Wings will talk quietly of the demanding physical regimen Zetterberg must go through on a daily basis just to be able to play the game. The years of punishment at the NHL level have taken a severe toll on his body and he underwent back surgery in 2014.

It must take Zetterberg over an hour to get ready for games via a stretching regimen and aggressive massages. It's a gnarly-looking routine.

For most players, it is not waning passion for the game that causes them to walk away. It’s what they are required to do just to be able to play the game that convinces them the time has come to go.

Zetterberg, who will turn 37 in October, will earn $7 million for the upcoming season, but that plummets to $3.35 million in 2018-19 and $1 million for each of the last two seasons of the contract.

After a splendid 2016-17 season during which he played all 82 games and led the Wings in scoring with 68 points, Zetterberg looked forward to getting back on the ice.

“I think I’m leaving here with more positive feeling than I did last year,” Zetterberg said when the Wings cleaned out their lockers in early April. “I just hope that I can come in here next year and be a similar player.”

Duff continues...

4. In the alumni department, WANE Fort Wayne reports that the Wings' alumni will be taking part in a charity game in Fort Wayne in mid-September:

Former members of the Detroit Red Wings and other National Hockey League alumni will play in a Red Wings legends game Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. The game will serve as a fundraiser for the Thunder Hockey Association, which oversees youth hockey programs at Trine.

The game will be the first played in the new Thunder Ice Arena, which was officially unveiled last week.

Tickets for the game are $12 and will be on sale at http://thundericearena.com


5. In the present player preparation department, it looks like former Wing Drew Miller and prospects Dylan Sadowy and Axel Holmstrom are already taking part in the annual MSU Pro Camp at Munn Arena in Lansing,

Here's the Spartans' press release regarding the event:

Michigan State's annual Pro Camp will take place next week at Munn Ice Arena with 14 Spartans slated to take part in the event. The camp will run Monday, Aug. 21 - Friday, Aug. 25 with players skating from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Monday – Thursday and then 9 – 11 a.m. on Friday. The camp is free and open to spectators.

The longtime camp, run by MSU director of hockey operations Brad Fast, goaltending coach Jason Muzzatti and former Spartan assistant Tom Newton, helps the players prepare for their upcoming training camps with their respective professional teams. MSU had players in the NHL, American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League and in various European leagues last season. As in past years, several pros that did not play collegiately at MSU will also attend the camp.

Spartans Scheduled to Participate

Justin Abdelkader (2005-08)
David Booth (2002-06)
Jake Chelios (2010-14)
Joe Cox (2013-17)
Thomas Ebbing (2013-17)
Michael Ferrantino (2012-16)
Jake Hildebrand (2012-16)
Jeff Petry (2007-10)
Mackenzie MacEachern (2013-16)
Drew Miller (2003-06)
Chris Mueller (2004-08)
JT Stenglein (2013-17)
Corey Tropp (2007-10)
Travis Walsh (2012-16)

6. In a combination of alumni and present Wings news, the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game is taking place in Highland, MI this Saturday:

7. In news regarding a Red Wings-related legacy, from WXYZ's Brad Galli:

8. On Twitter:

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Wonder which opposing coach repeatedly says Green is a failed experiment and not a good defenseman?

Without Green we finish 30th.

Double the points vs. Any other Dman on the team. 

Prob a coach that hasnt won or won in a while.

Posted by ThatGuy on 08/22/17 at 10:53 AM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

doesn’t matter who it was ... he’s right ... Green isn’t a very good fit.
Don’t forget, the Wings beat both Washington and Pittsburgh without Green & Ericsson in the lineup.
I’ll go on record now and say the addition of Daley will do more for the team than anyone expects.

Not only will Daley fit in just fine but, he’ll also make other Dmen look better.  He’ll take ice-time away from Green & Kronwall which will take some pressure off of them and should improve their game.  It looked like they were trying to do too much last season, and with Kronners wonky knee that was a tall order to fill.

The sooner Green’s contract expires the happier i’ll be.

I understand why they signed him, but the hockey part of the deal was just bad.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 08/22/17 at 02:13 PM ET

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