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by George Malik on 09/07/13 at 12:32 AM ET
For those of you who are in Traverse City this weekend, take note: there are no games scheduled for Centre Ice Arena today, Saturday the 7th, and the Red Wings will not be practicing at 12 PM.
They chose to take the day off after defeating Dallas 4-2. Wings prospects assistant coach (and Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach) Jim Paek stated that the coaches are well aware of the fact that the prospect tournament players are going to be taking part in a second stretch of two games in two nights, and that they've got six straight days of training camp work ahead of them, so they're trying to conserve the players both mentally and physically.
Today marks the second anniversary of the tragedy that took the lives of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's players and coaches, including former Wings assistant coach Brad McCrimmon, defenseman Ruslan Salei and goaltender Stefan Liv.
While the Red Wings' prospects battled Jim Nill's Stars on Friday night, they did so with the suite at Centre Ice Arena overflowing with Detroit's coaches, scouts and management--from Ken Holland and Ryan Martin to Mike Babcock, Tom Renney and Bill Peters, new director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright, new chief scout Jeff Finley, director of player development Jiri Fischer, executive and defensemen's mentor Chris Chelios, special assistant to the GM Kris Draper, pro scout Kirk Maltby and at least half a dozen other scouts.
I sure hope that they buried the hatchet with Nill and Joe McDonnell somewhere in Traverse City, and that they did so remembering "The Beast," "Rusty" and the goofy goalie who stole Jonkoping, Sweden's hearts.
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