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Pavel Datsyuk to hold a hockey camp in St. Petersburg

We'll call this a telling move, per Sovetsky Sport:

In St. Petersburg, "Pavel Datsyuk School's" junior camp opened on July 8th.

The curator of the camp is Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk. The school will be attended by 80 chlidren born from 2000-2006. The chlidren and youth camps will be held with support from the Russian Hockey Federation and SKA St. Petersburg.

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Morning news: MSM takes on the second day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Brett A. Somers discussed the Red Wings' decision to invest draft picks in defensemen this past June...

The last time Detroit drafted so heavily on defense was 2011, and the Red Wings hadn't spent a first-round pick on the blue line since Brendan Smith in 2007.

After choosing four defensemen in its first five selection's of last month's draft, including Dennis Cholowski at No. 20 overall in the first round, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland hopes to have built the foundation of the Red Wings' future defensive zone.

"You hope as an organization, we wake up a year or two from now and we have too many good defensemen and don't know what to do with them all," Holland said. "I'd rather be in a position like that than you get all these defensemen and you're not sure who is good enough to play in the American League."

Odds are Joe Louis Arena will be nothing but a memory, and Motown will gravitate toward Little Caesar's Arena before any of this year's selections makes a Wings' gameday roster, but Holland likes what he has seen so far as he's watched the youngsters take the ice at development camp in Traverse City.

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2. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned an article discussing the format of the camp as building a foundation for the prospects' futures...

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Afternoon news: On ping pong, a Twitterview, Sambrook’s Cup picture and more

Updated 2x at 9:12 PM: Of Red Wings-related Twitter note this afternoon:

The Wings posted a video of yesterday's ping pong tournament...

And here's Evgeny Svechnikov's Twitter interview:

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Impressions from the second day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

The second day of the Red Wings' summer development camp involved a significant amount of layering complexity into drills and ensuring that what players learned during Wednesday's skill development sessions were incoroporated into Thursday's activities.

The Wings' roster got a bit of a boost in that Joe Hicketts and Alfons Malmstrom joined the defense, and Dominic Turgeon got a good skate in for the first time after having shoulder surgery in early June. As noted in today's interviews, Turgeon says that his shoulder is doing quite well and he expects to be at 100% this fall.

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The AHL’s jersey color tweak is a superb idea

I started following hockey seriously during the NHL's 75th anniversary season, the 1991-92 season, and the NHL incorporated what I thought was a completely sensible and logical tweak to its rules to help celebrate the year: the league had its teams where their "white" jerseys as home jerseys from the beginning of the season until January 1st, and on January 1st, the teams wore their "dark" jerseys as home jerseys.

This was an easy way to allow fans to see both home and away jerseys when the only "heritage" or "third" jerseys were the special ones worn by Original Six teams when they played against each other for that particular season, and it helped differentiate the first and second halves of the season.

I loved it, and today, the AHL incorporated a similar tweak to their 2016-17 season rules:

• Teams will wear light jerseys at home until the Christmas break, and dark jerseys at home after the Christmas break.

As far as I'm concerned, the NHL should eventually adopt this rule. It allows fans to see both the "white" jerseys at home and the colorful ones--including third jerseys or special jerseys for a particular season--at home during the second half of the year, and after enough time, you figure out that if it's before Christmas/New Year's, a white jersey is a home jersey, and if it's after those holidays, the white jersey is the road jersey.

I love it, and it's a fantastic idea.

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‘Two Things’: On Griffen Molino and Dennis Cholowski

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. From Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples...

When Griffen Molino was asked whether he felt any pressure at this week’s Red Wings development camp in Traverse City, the Trenton native had a rather humble response.

“Me, I don’t feel much pressure,” Molino told MiHockey. “I just try to have fun with it. I personally never really expected to get this far anyways, so, you know, it’s all been pretty fun up-to-date. I’m just trying to take it in stride and do my best. I know that if I get my head down and grind it out, everything will work out just fine.”

The ‘aw-shucks’ approach doesn’t do justice for Molino’s budding hockey career, however. After two impressive seasons in the USHL – 2013-14 with the Sioux Falls Stampede and 2014-15 with the Muskegon Lumberjacks – Molino secured a spot in the line-up with the Western Michigan Broncos.

With an impressive showing as a rookie forward in Kalamazoo, Molino earned a free-agent invite spot at the Red Wings’ camp in Traverse City – in a year where Detroit significantly scaled back their invite list.

This past season, Molino, 22, was named to the NCHC All-Academic Team while still finding time to post 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 total points in 36 games with the Broncos as a freshman. He was the NCHC’s rookie of the month for December and the No. 2 star of the week on Dec. 15 for all of college hockey.

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2. And the Free Press's Brandon Folsom profiled Dennis Cholowski:

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Nichols: Ken Holland talks free agency on Sirius XM

From Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols:

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland was on Toronto’s SiriusXMNHL on Thursday morning:

On how years ago, Marian Hossa took less on a one-year deal to play in Detroit because the Red Wings could sell Stanley Cup dreams, and on what Holland uses in particular now to sell free agents on the team:

“Well first off, that thing we were selling 15 years ago, I don’t even know – if it does exist in the NHL, it only exists in a very, very small limited amount of teams because of the salary cap and the parity. People leaving entry-level contracts and jumping to 5, 6, 7 million. The whole system adds up to parity.

“We’re like everybody else, I think. Obviously you’re selling opportunity. When it comes to contracts, the players are looking at term, they’re looking at the amount of money they can make. They’ve only got a certain period of time in their life to make that amount of money.

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Audio from the second day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

The Red Wings' summer development camp continued at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City today, with the players slowly but surely picking up the pace and incorporating Wednesday's skill drills into Thursday's practices. Joe Hicketts and Alfons Malmstrom joined the fray, and Dominic Turgeon took a little solitary spin as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery.

After the practices, I had to haul ass into the locker rooms thanks to Ye Olde Really Really Important Business Call that I couldn't postpone, so I did the best I could to get interviews with the players I wanted to speak with. The problem is that they generally resulted in scrums, and it appears that the balance of the interview sessions for the camp are going to be scrums :/


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Toronto Maple Leafs Confirm Centennial Classic Game Against The Detroit Red Wings

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

NHL CENTENNIAL CLASSIC The Maple Leafs will play host to the NHL Centennial Classic on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at BMO Field when they faceoff against the Detroit Red Wings in an outdoor game to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary for both the Maple Leafs and the NHL. The Maple Leafs will wear commemorative NHL Centennial Classic uniforms to celebrate the occasion.

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Savage profiles Givani Smith

From MLive's Brendan Savage, on Givani Smith:

[The Red Wings] liked his size – 6-foot-2, 204 pounds – and called him mean and nasty on the ice whether he's scoring goals or going into the corners. Smith is certainly not afraid to fight and doesn't necessarily do it out of necessity.

"It's something I enjoy," Smith said Wednesday after the first workouts of the Red Wings annual development camp. "I like sticking up for my teammates or if we're down a goal and need some momentum, I'm not afraid to step up. It's my game. I'm a power forward, physical guy and wear the defensemen down, go hard to the net, take pucks to the net. That's my game and I'm not going to change it."

Smith, 18, made a strong impression on Todd Nelson, the Grand Rapids Griffins head coach who is conducting the development camp for the second straight year.

"Obviously I liked his size," Nelson said. "I liked the way that he moves. He's definitely a guy that caught my eye in practice today."

After the workouts ended, Smith stayed on the ice for some extra work with defenseman Dennis Cholowski, the Red Wings' first-round pick (20th overall) in this year's draft. Smith parked himself in front of the net while Cholowski fired pucks in his direction.

"I was just doing some tips, making sure that the hand-eye coordination's on," Smith said. "I do that after every practice. So just stay sharp on the ice. That's my office right there. That's where I mostly am, in front of the net, just get a little bit better every single day."

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