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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock (mostly) discusses hockey and life philosophies in Saskatoon

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock appeared on News Talk 980's John Gormley show yesterday as he was in Saskatoon to promote a golf tournament raising funds for prostate cancer, and Babcock did address the fact that he would consider coaching a Canadian team like Toronto at some point--though Babcock stated that he loves where he's working, that he has a fantastic GM and that he and the Mrs. are very happy in Metro Detroit--but the balance of his 20-minute conversation had much more to do with his personal philosophies than it had anything to do with the Detroit Red Wings:

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The Outlook For Gustav Nyquist And Luke Glendening

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Nyquist has natural talent with the puck that virtually guarantees he’ll be, at the very least, a regular 20-goal scorer. He could stand to improve in his own end. What Nyquist must adjust to now is that he’ll be a focal point of defenses, much more so than he was last season. He’ll be a regular on one of the top-two lines from the start this season, and will be counted on to contribute at even strength and on the power play.

Nyquist fizzled the last three weeks of 2013-14, but he should come to training camp confident in his overall performance, including having been a part of Sweden’s silver-medal performance at the Sochi Olympics. 

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The former Michigan captain quickly became one of coach Mike Babcock's favorite players because of his grit, determination and work ethic. Glendening seized an opportunity, due to a rash of injuries, to secure the fourth-line center spot. He maintained it over Joakim Andersson late in the season when the team got healthier. He brings a different dimension than most of the other forwards with his physical play and abrasiveness. He needs to be hard to play against to be effective. Babcock occasionally matched him up against the opponent's top center. With the team's depth at center (Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, Riley Sheahan, Darren Helm, Joakim Andersson), Glendening could end up playing the wing, where he played much of collegiate and AHL career, on the fourth line with Helm. He's not counted on for offense but it helps when your fourth line and contribute some points, so Glendening must produce more than he did last season. He also needs to improve in the faceoff circle, if he stays at center.

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Todd Bertuzzi With A Thank You

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

A day after reaching a settlement in a battle that had been ongoing for a decade, Todd Bertuzzi reached out to the Detroit Free Press to deliver his reaction to the event.

"I have never spoken about this case," Bertuzzi said Wednesday. "I won't speak of it now. To all my fans, to all the teams and teammates I have played with and to all my friends, thank you. Thank you."

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Grand Rapids Griffins Complete Their Coaching Staff

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday announced the addition of Dave Noel-Bernier to their hockey operations staff as an assistant coach. Noel-Bernier, who joins head coach Jeff Blashill and new assistant Pat Ferschweiler behind the bench, replaces Spiros Anastas, who departed the Griffins after two seasons to become the head coach at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.

A native of Montmagny, Quebec, Noel-Bernier has served as the director of hockey for the Eagles Ice Center and the Grand Rapids Blades youth program since 2013. He was also an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Christian High School varsity team last season, when he was named Total Package Hockey’s Michigan High School Division III Assistant Coach of the Year after helping lead the Eagles to a 19-7-1 record. The 38-year-old will maintain each of those roles while working for the Griffins, continuing to develop the GRCHS and Blades players at the Eagles Ice Center.

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Red Wings overnight report: NHL.com’s ‘30 in 30,’ Sheahan’s ‘first’ and charitable news

I had this date marked on my calendar, so: NHL.com's "30 in 30" series discusses the Detroit Red Wings today, and the NHL dropped a hint as to what was coming via a YouTube video in which EJ Hradek and Dan Rosen posited a 2014-15 season overview:

I disagree with Hradek and Rosen on one point: the Red Wings haven't exactly been a "destination" for free agents for some time now.

"In article form," Rosen penned three of the five articles that constitute the "30 in 30" examination, and we might as well kick things off with his interview with Mike Babcock regarding the State of the Wings.

Babcock suggests that the Wings received key contributions from Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening and Tomas Tatar, and that "the kids" are essential to the team's success going forward:

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On the Bertuzzi-Moore settlement and the status of both parties as human beings

The Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore lawsuit saga never involved any sort of incident that occurred while Bertuzzi was a member of the Red Wings...

But I can tell you for a fact that during his pair of stints with Detroit (2007 and 2009-2014), Bertuzzi's mere presence cost the team die-hard fans who refused to root for the team as long as "that scumbag" was on the team, Bertuzzi's presence prompted insistence that the team was "cursed" as long as #44 was in Detroit, and Bertuzzi's presence brought out both apologists and, "Until he pays I will never truly respect the man" fans.

On Tuesday, though we'll likely never know the terms thereof, Bertuzzi, the Canucks, Marc Crawford and the NHL finally settled with Steve Moore and his high-profile lawyer, Tim Danson, in an out-of-court settlement that narrowly averted Danson's desire to "put the game on trial."

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Canadian Press: Moore-Bertuzzi lawsuit settlement reached (officially), will remain confidential

Well I guess that's that, per the Canadian Press (and it's good news regarding this afternoon's "Hold Your Horses" news):

A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, more than 10 years after the infamous on-ice attack ended Moore’s career.

Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed the case has been "settled in its totality" but said the terms are confidential.

The multimillion-dollar lawsuit had been scheduled to go to trial Sept. 8.

"We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email.

Messages seeking comment from Moore’s lawyer, Bertuzzi’s agent and the Canucks were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Continued, and here's hoping that both Steve Moore and Todd Bertuzzi will be able to move on and move forward with their lives. Moore's lived his life in suspended animation for the past ten years, and Bertuzzi spent that time growing into a kind, decent, genuine human being.

Bertuzzi deserves to pay for his horrific and unconscionable act, but he is a human being, not a monster, and he's a good person who did a very bad thing; Moore fully deserves to spend his settlement reestablishing a sense of normalcy in his life and finding personal and professional fulfillment which are long, long overdue.

As for the whole "confidential" spiel, expect details to leak out over the next week or so in the Toronto newspapers. I'd imagine that the NHL and the Canucks probably paid into the settlement.

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Is the Red Wings’ logo the 4th-best NHL emblem?

I've been waiting for this one...The Hockey News has been releasing its list of the top NHL logos in ascending order, and today, THN's Rory Boylen suggests that the Red Wings' logo is the 4th-best NHL emblem:

Coming in at No. 4 in our logo rankings is the Winged Wheel of Detroit, which has been a long-standing symbol in the NHL – and it has roots in Montreal. The Detroit NHL team hasn’t always been called the Red Wings. They were called the Falcons and the Cougars before James Norris purchased the team in 1932.

With the name Red Wings came a logo that has stood the test of time and represents a perfect fit with the Motor City. The crisp, clean, detailed, yet simple red and white look has only been modified a couple times in team history – and not since 1949.

Because longevity was not a factor in our rankings, we had to look at this logo again for the first time – and we still loved it. Never was there any chance of the Red Wings falling out of the top five. The only dissenting opinion we had was that it should have been higher than No. 4.

Think you can design a better logo than this Detroit beauty? Now’s your chance. Get those creative juices flowing and send your artwork to editorial@thehockeynews.com. At the conclusion of our logo rankings, we’ll share some of our favorite reader designs.

Boylen continues and discusses the evolution of the Winged Wheel...

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Grand Rapids Griffins release final installment of ‘Between the Benches’ series

Via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Griffins have posted the fifth and final installment of their "Between the Benches" chronicling of the team's attempt to defend its Calder Cup Championship this past spring. The last installment, a 10-minute video, pushes the Griffins up to 45 minutes' worth of footage covering 11 playoff games:

You can watch parts one to four below:

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Red Wings afternoon news: Ice buckets (and passionate defense thereof), fantasy hockey chatter etc.

Updated 3x at 4:48 PM:

Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories, mostly in the charitable vein:

Via RedWingsFeed, Chris Chelios and Al Sobotka used the Wings' Zamboni #2 to partake in the Ice Bucket Challenge...

And the Wings issued a press release regarding a golf event not involving next Monday's Ilitch Charities Celebrity Golf Classic (which is probably "full"):

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