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Articles from practice: Marchenko, Athanasiou make progress

The Red Wings practiced at Joe Louis Arena today ahead of tomorrow night's game against the Florida Panthers, with Tomas Tatar and Niklas Kronwall taking "maintenance days" per MLive's Ansar Khan.

The Wings' beat writers also reported that the team welcomed Andreas Athanasiou (knee) and Alexey Marchenko (sprained AC joint) back to practice, but the gents are still a ways from returning.

The Free Press's Helene St. James was first out of the chute with a practice report...

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Ryan Sproul’s Twitterview ‘transcript’

From the Red Wings:

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Practice Tweets: Marchenko joins the fray; Tatar, Kronwall take ‘maintenance days’

Updated 2x at 1:30 PM: The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena just before noon EST today, hoping to build upon last night's 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars as a surprising nemesis comes to town Thursday in the Florida Panthers.

MLive's Ansar Khan reported in with a note about Alexey Marchenko...

Tatar not skating today but expected to play tomorrow. Kronwall also not skating. #RedWings.

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#RedWings Marchenko (upper body) now practicing with right-handed stick. Seems to be moving puck well.

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#RedWings practice lines:
Miller (for Tatar)-Zetterberg-Mantha
Abdelkader-Nielsen-Glendening
Nyquist-Larkin-Vanek
Ott-Sheahan-Jurco

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#RedWings defense pairs:
DeKeyser-Green
Marchenko (for Kronwall)-Ouellet
Ericsson-Sproul

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa said, "Hello"...

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Wings named 8th-most-valuable franchise by Forbes

Forbes annual NHL Team Valuations have hit the wires this morning, and the Red Wings are listed as the 8th-most-valuable franchise...

8. Detroit Red Wings
Current value: $625 million
1-year change: 4.2%
It was announced this spring that the official name of the $627.5 million home of the Red Wings will be Little Caesars Arena and the naming rights of the venue are worth $120 million over 20 years.

And Forbes suggests that the Red Wings are the 8th-best NHL fan base.

Update: Here's more from Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea:

Forbes estimated that the Red Wings generated $6.1 million in operating income last season (17th in the NHL) on $137 million in revenue (12th). NHL clubs averaged $15 million in operating income, Forbes said. It defines operating income as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

The team does not comment on its finances.

To calculate team worth, Forbes attributes value to the franchise's portion of shared league revenues; its city and market size; its arena; and its brand. How much a team would actually sell for can vary wildly from Forbes valuations, and is ultimately determined by what a buyer is willing to pay.

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A ‘full rebuild’ just doesn’t make sense for the Wings

NHL.com's Dan Rosen issued a logical response to one of the many Red Wings fans who believe that the team is best-served by "selling off its stars" and tanking this season:

At what point to the Detroit Red Wings go full rebuild and either commit to youth or sell, sell, sell? -- @DuboisAD

Who are they selling? They're not an ancient team. Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall are their only 35-and-over players. They wouldn't get much for players like Steve Ott, Thomas Vanek, Drew Miller and Jonathan Ericsson. They just signed Frans Nielsen to a six-year contract, so he's not going anywhere. Mike Green's salary cap charge of $6 million makes him hard to trade. They probably could get something for Jimmy Howard, but it's tough to trade a goalie nowadays, especially when the selection of teams in need of a 32-year-old goalie signed for two more seasons after this one are limited. Maybe they expose Howard in the expansion draft and the Vegas Golden Knights take him. But Marc-Andre Fleury also could be available, so it's debatable.

Players such as Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Justin Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin, Riley Sheahan, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko shouldn't be traded; they should just start playing better.

When you're looking to rebuild, the first thing you look for is players you can trade who can bring back significant value either in draft picks or prospects. I don't know that the Red Wings have enough of those players to warrant a fire sale.

Plus, the other thing to note here is that they're moving into a new building next season, and I would imagine the last thing the Red Wings want is to go into rebuild mode when they're trying to sell what they just built.

There's no way that the Red Wings are going to go into a new barn to absolutely stink, and as we all already know, Ken Holland isn't a fan of dismantling the machine and rebuilding for 5-7 years.

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WXYZ’s Galli profiles the NTDP

WXYZ's Brad Galli profiled the National Team Development Program in Plymouth, MI:

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Special Teams The Difference Last Night

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Rarely this season have the Detroit Red Wings' power play and penalty killing units been in synch.

In fact, only three times have the Red Wings scored at least one power-play goal while the penalty killers haven't allowed any.

Not surprisingly, they've won all three games.

The latest came Tuesday night, when Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha scored power-play goals while the penalty killers were perfect in five opportunities during a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Stars wrap-up—tough start, now battle through

The Red Wings were out-shot and out-attempted but not out-worked or out-ground over the course of their 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday evening.

Detroit's 2-for-4 power play and 5-for-5 PK aided Petr Mrazek's 34-save performance, and the Wings were able to battle through a remarkable 3rd period in which Dallas out-shot Detroit 17-3 but coudln't generate a completely "clean look" on Mrazek thanks to Detroit's dedication to defense (and some earned luck).

If you judge your teams by shot differential, Tuesday night's Wings effort might have been particularly disheartening, but the team's actually won 3 of their past 4 games, and on a night that Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha delivered the consequential goals and Xavier Ouellet of all people dropped the gloves, the Wings' youth movement impressed as well.

Our friends from Dallas viewed the loss as particularly frustrating, especially given the fact that the Stars scored the game's first goal all of 16 seconds into the 1st period, as the Dallas News's Mike Heika noted:

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Prospect news: Vahatalo scores; Sambrook bests Saarijarvi; Griffins file weekly release

Of prospect-related note:

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo scored the 1-0 goal and played 10:57 in TPS Turku's 3-1 win over Assat;

In the Swiss NLA league, Joren van Pottelberghe served as the back-up in HC Davos' 5-2 loss to EV Zug;

In the OHL, Jordan Sambrook finished at +1 with 1 shot as his Erie Otters defeated the Mississauga Steelheads 9-2. Vili Saarijarvi [edit: scored a goal and /end edit] finished at -1 with 3 shots for Mississauga.

And the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release:

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Ted Lindsay visits Joe Louis Arena for ‘Ted Lindsay Night’

Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay was at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday night, honored by the team, and Lindsay dropped the puck between Jamie Benn and Henrik Zetterberg:

Before the game, Lindsay spoke with the media, as noted by the Windsor Star's Bob Duff...

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