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When a Penguin’s day with the Cup is a noteworthy endeavor

This isn't a Penguins blog, but this is pretty cool: Pittsburgh defenseman and Ann Arbor native Ian Cole brought the Stanley Cup to the C.S. Mott Chlidren's Hospital in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, and WXYZ's Brad Galli was there to chronicle the trip...

As was MLive's Ryan Zuke:

Cole's itinerary during his day with the Cup is less hectic than last year, he said, but he made sure Mott was his top priority. The back-to-back Cup champion took photos with dozens of patients and their families inside the Game Day Experience Room before bringing the Cup to Zingerman's Delicatessen.

Cole will end the evening at his parents' house for a private party with family and friends. Last year, he had a public visit at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube and also made stops at BTB Burrito and Coach & Four Barber Shop.

"This year is a little more low-key," said Cole, 28. "Last year, we definitely tried to share it as much as possible. This year, we wanted to do the same thing with kids here in the hospital. Not only that but the health care professionals who are working with the kids in the hospital, the ability to get some excitement out of the kids and get some excitement from those who are treating them is something we take a lot of pride in."


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‘Three Things’: On Kasper Kotkansalo, room for improvement and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of 2017 draft pick Kasper Kotkansalo:

Kotkansalo, whoi will play for Boston University this season, was at the Red Wings development camp last month and the skills tests gave him an idea of what he needs to improve if he wants to continue moving up the hockey ladder.

"It was like lateral movement was kind of tough for me," he said. "But I think as we get the test results, we also kind of know what to improve on, whether it's like the 10 yards or the 30 yards, if you got to improve on your start or something like that. The results will tell that.

"I had a meeting with the GM and the coaches ... and we were pretty much on the same page on what are my strengths and what I got to improve on. One thing is skating, like the mobility of the skating, and also getting shots through there so two big things for me."


2. WDIV's David Bartkowiak Jr. penned a list of 5 Red Wings players who must improve this season (I'd add the rest of the roster to his list)...

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The overnight report: On Athanasiou’s contract, Cholowski’s options and multimedia

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, the Red Wings are unlikely to re-sign Andreas Athanasiou until the team sorts out its salary cap situation:

The lone unsigned restricted free agent on the roster is forward Andreas Athanasiou. And it’s likely to stay that way for a little while, as the Red Wings deal with the salary cap issues.

General manager Ken Holland said he’s exchanged offers with Athanasiou’s representatives as talks continue.

The Red Wings will get $3.95 million of salary-cap relief with Johan Franzen gets placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR), but that will only leave approximately $1.4 million for signing Athanasiou (likely not enough money) and recalling a player from Grand Rapids during the season if someone goes on short-term IR.

The Red Wings are likely to waive or trade a player — or maybe someone like Sproul (knee surgery) might not be ready to start the season — to get comfortably under the salary cap ceiling.

2. Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff took note of Dennis Cholowski's decision to sign with the WHL's Prince George Cougars:

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Evening news: On Bryan Murray’s dollar deal, Trevor Daley, projected points and Brady Gilmour

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Hockey News's Jared Clinton penned an article in which he highlighted Bryan Murray's top ten career "moments," and one of the highlights is certainly a memorable move for Red Wings fans:

Acquires Kris Draper from Jets — June 30, 1993

Looking through Murray’s history as an NHL GM, it’s awfully evident that he was the architect of some incredible trades involving some Hall of Fame players. However, while it may not include a talent of that calibre, the Draper acquisition stands as one of the most unique in NHL history because of what the deal cost Murray, then GM of the Detroit Red Wings, to complete: one dollar.

At the time, Draper was a relative unknown, four years removed from being drafted by the Jets in the third-round of the 1989 draft. But the Red Wings saw something in the youngster, who had played only 20 NHL games to that point, and acquired him for future considerations, the result of which was the exchange of one single dollar.

Murray would never get to see the deal pay off as he was off to the Florida Panthers by the 1994-95 season, but Draper would become an integral part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams in Detroit, skating in more than 1,000 games with the franchise and winning a Selke Trophy in 2003-04.

2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Danny DeKeyser when DeKeyser helped out at the Wings' youth hockey camp last week, and Kulfan and DeKeyser discussed the addition of Trevor Daley to the Wings' blueline:

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Detroit Red Wings Announce Partial Season Ticket Plans

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that partial season ticket plans are now available for the Inaugural Season at Little Caesars Arena. Four pre-selected 10-Game Plans are available, featuring a convenient mix of weekday and weekend matchups against Eastern and Western Conference opponents, Original Six rivals and more. Ticket quantities are extremely limited for partial ticket plans. 

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The Prince George Cougars Sign Dennis Cholowski

from the Prince George Cougars,

The Prince George Cougars are thrilled to announce that 1998-born defenceman Dennis Cholowski (Langley, B.C.) has signed a Standard WHL Player Agreement with the Prince George Cougars.

Originally selected by the Cougars in the 10th round (200th Overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, the 6’0”, 170 pound Cholowski is one season removed from being selected 20th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2016 NHL Draft. Last season with St. Cloud State (NCAA) he scored a goal and 11 assists for 12 points in 36 games. Back in April he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings ending his NCAA eligibility. He spent each of the two previous seasons in the BCHL with the Chilliwack Chiefs and was named a BCHL second team all-star in 2015-16 after scoring 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points in 51 games. That same season he added four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 20 playoff games.

Internationally Cholowski captured a gold medal with Canada at the 2015-16 World Junior A. Challenge and in June, 2017 he was one of 43 players invited to attend Team Canada’s World Junior Summer Showcase which took place from July 29th – August 5th in Plymouth, MI. Of those 43 players, 13 (including Cholowski) were defencemen.


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The Season Outlook For Gustav Nyquist

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Looking ahead: Consistency is something Nyquist, 27, needs to address. He got off to a great start last autumn on a line with Thomas Vanek and Darren Helm, but once Vanek got injured, Nyquist (and Helm) quieted. At the halfway point, Nyquist had not scored a goal in 21 games, and had just one goal his last 35 games. Of his 48 points, 30 came during the second half, 19 of them after the Wings had signaled defeat by being sellers at the trade deadline – and once he got to play on a line with Henrik Zetterberg.

If the Wings are to be competitive, it is tantamount that players such as Nyquist embrace being a go-to guy. Next season he will have the sixth-highest salary on the team. He averaged 17:26 in average time on ice in 2016-17, an increase of more than two minutes from the previous season. Nyquist does not play physical, but he’s smart, and he’s a good passer, and he has shown in the past he can score goals. He needs to develop better consistency, and he needs to find a way to be more productive especially given how big a part of the power play he is.


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Do You Want Alexey Marchenko Back With The Wings?

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Morning news: On Will Butcher, Green’s ‘numbers’ and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff, the Red Wings will do their best to land NCAA free agent-to-be Will Butcher when the clock strikes midnight tonight:

The Wings intend to be suitors when defenseman Will Butcher officially becomes an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday.

A fifth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2013, Butcher, has opted to explore the market rather than sign with the team that was the NHL’s worst in 2016-17.

The 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner while playing at Denver, Butcher was also named Denver’s male athlete of the year and an NCAA West First Team All-American.

The 5-10, 186-pound Butcher, who shoots left, was second among NCAA defensemen in scoring with 7-30-37 totals in 43 games and was third overall with a plus-27 rating.

2. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji examined Mike Green's 2016-17 season "By the Numbers"...

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The Outlook For Anthony Mantha

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2017-18 outlook: A rough start to his pro career during his first two AHL seasons raised some concerns, but Mantha put many of them to rest with a strong rookie season.

He capitalized on the opportunity to play on Henrik Zetterberg's line. His size and natural goal-scoring ability are important to the team.

Mantha wasn't satisfied, which is always a good thing, calling it an up and down season. His goal is to be more consistent, not experience a prolonged slump, the kind which led to being scratched two games March 10-12. He needs to move his feet consistently, win battles and compete hard.

He was used sometimes as a net-front presence on the power play because of his size, but his good hands and shot might be better utilized in the slot or on the half-wall. Increasing power-play production (one goal, two assists) is one of the goals this season.


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