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Post-vacation Red Wings catchy-uppy post: rink news, WJC camp wrap-ups and lots of ‘list’ items

Updated 2x at 8:36 PM: I've been dreading this for a couple of days, but I suppose it's time to "git 'er done."

Between my catchy-uppy post last Wednesday morning and this afternoon/evening's entry, a whole lot of Red Wings-related stuff took place and/or was discussed online--I had a fantastic vacation and swam in Lake Superior three times, too, going half-a-mile out and 45 or 50 feet deep on my last long swim, and spending lots of time with my awesome relatives--and here's my attempt to summarize everything I've been able to find over the past couple of days:

First and foremost, MLive's David Mueller noted that the Red Wings' $650 million rink-and-entertainment-district project, which is largely a project that was designed in tandem with and will be overseen (and paid for) by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation's Downtown Development Authority, will "go through" a new DEGC chief operating officer:

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Red Wings evening news: on the Wings’ youth camp, Glendening, Alfredsson and catch-up stuff

After being absent for a good chunk of time, I've got a massive catch-up post in the works, but there's more than enough "stuff" from the past day or two to posit an afternoon post and to keep the bulk of the "catching up" to a dedicated, "This shit happened before Glendening attended the Wings' youth camp, Holland updated Alfredsson's situation, Lambert was Lambert (again, the Hockey News's yearbook's picking the Wings as making the playoff cut, too, so expect that line to become something of a theme) and Darren Helm looked like his back's in superb shape" post.

As WDIV's Steve Garagiola noted, the Wings are holding a youth hockey camp at Joe Louis Arena this week...

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Five Red Wings prospects listed among ESPN’s Corey Proman’s Top 100 + Top 10 goalies lists

ESPN's prospect guru Corey Pronman, posited a trio of Insider-only entries listing his top 100 prospects (in two parts, prospects 100-51 and 50-1) and top 10 goaltenders today....

And you may be familiar with a certain Czech netminder (who finished four spots behind Andrei Vasilevskiy, the goalie the Tampa Bay Lightning picked with the pick the Wings surrendered for Kyle Quincey)...

4. Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
2013-14 team: Detroit (NHL)
2013-14 stats: 9 GP | 1.74 GAA | .927 SV%

The Czech Republic native has played very well for AHL Grand Rapids the past two seasons, and has been a player who has continued to trend up and experience success. His athletic ability is high-end, and though he can sometimes try to do too much, he has a pretty good head for the game in terms of anticipation and mental toughness.

Three players from the 51-to-100 list...

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Duff: Red Wings will talk contract turkey with DeKeyser this week

Per the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

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Red Wings release details of prospect tournament

From the Red Wings (and confirmed by the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau):

RED WINGS LOOK TO DEFEND CROWN AT 2014 NHL PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT
… Traverse City’s Centre ICE Arena to Host Eight NHL Teams from Sept. 12-16 …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament for the 16th season at Center ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., running from Friday, Sept. 12 to Tuesday, Sept. 16. The eight-team tournament will include the Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.Tickets for the tournament are still available for $10 per day, which covers four games, exclusively at Centre ICE Arena. For more information on tickets, visit http://www.centreice.org

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In which a hockey blogger talks about a celebrity’s suicide

This isn't about hockey, but I possess the luxury of writing about something other than hockey every once in a while, and I'm going to do just that.

This isn't Red Wings-related, so if you're not interested, scroll on, dear friend.

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It Looks Like One More Year For Daniel Alfredsson

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"My take is we're probably going to try to do something with Alfie," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday. "He had a good year, 19 goals. When he was healthy, he was valuable."

Alfredsson, 41, intended to start skating this week in Sweden, in part to see how his back responds. He's expected to skate with many Red Wings players the first week of September, prior to training camp on Sept. 18.

"Certainly, I don't look at Alfie thinking he's going to play 82 games," Holland said. "When you got (Gustav) Nyquist and (Tomas) Tatar and (Tomas) Jurco and (Luke) Glendening and (Riley) Sheahan, if we can get a certain amount of games out of (Alfredsson), we would feel like he would be a real positive addition.

"But at the end of the day I think he wants to (skate) and we want to see him skate every day for 2-3 weeks and then let's see how he feels."

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Luke Glendening Knows Improvement Needed

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

“It’s really up to the guys in the locker-room at the end of last year. Most guys are back and everyone’s got to be better. That’s the only way this team’s going to advance.”

At Joe Louis Arena Monday working as an instructor at the club’s youth hockey camp, Glendening was equally harsh in the scouting report on his own season, which saw him produce 1-6-7 numbers in 56 games working as a fourth-line checking centre for Detroit.

“I have a long way to go,” Glendening said. “I wasn’t really that happy with my season. I got to play a lot, but my production wasn’t good enough.

I wasn’t good enough on faceoffs (48.5 per cent). There are things that I have to improve upon to stay and be a regular in the lineup.”

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Darren Helm Appears To Be Very Healthy

from James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press,

So how does no-handed water skiing with a woman on your shoulders sound? Good idea?

Well, Helmer didn’t look any worse for the wear while pulling off that stunt with former teammate Jordin Tootoo’s wife recently. Tootoo, who apparently was on the boat dragging Helm and Jennifer Tootoo around...

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Watch the video below...

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“Very Little Reason For Hope In Detroit”

If this team misses the postseason, you have to think big changes are coming. In the end, though, that would be for the best. The way things are going now, there's very little reason for hope in Detroit.

Read more on the Wings from Ryan Lambert at PuckDaddy.

My comment, did you expect anything different?

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