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Griffins offer ‘puck pass’ payment plan for season tickets

The Grand Rapids Griffins are employing a unique installment plan for season-ticket packages:

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Lake Michigan Credit Union have partnered for the 2013-14 season to bring back the LMCU Puck Pass, allowing fans to buy season tickets now and pay later.

The option is available to both new and renewing season-ticket holders. Fans can purchase their full-season, 20-game or 10-game ticket plans and delay payment with a low interest loan over equal monthly installments.

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Wings Prepared To Go To Camp With What They Have

Ansar Khan of Mlive had a chat with Ken Holland today...

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland made a concerted effort to clear some roster spots and shed salary by making a trade this off-season, but had no luck.

It doesn't appear as if anything will materialize before the season.

“Things are pretty quiet,'' Holland said Tuesday. “There's not much going on.

“At this stage, lots of teams will go to camp feeling their kids will fill holes for them.''

That will force the Red Wings to seek other means to trim up to two players before the start of the season.

“If we have to go to training camp with what we have I feel OK,'' Holland said. “There will be more talk in camp. There's moves to be made to get ourselves cap compliant.''

continue for more on the Wings including Nyquist contract talks...

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Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

This one worked out better: Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM this afternoon, and here's his conversation with Ryan Ermanni and Rico Beard. Holland addressed the Wings' "size" issues going into the East and their status as a team that remains in transition in a six-and-a-half-minute interview:

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It’s a little clunky, but here’s Mike Babcock’s interview on 105.1 FM

I tried recording Red Wings coach Mike Babcock's interview on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, and it came out a little clunky (you can hear Tweetdeck updating and a Skype message coming in) as this is the first time I've ever recorded anything on my computer, but I snagged the vast majority of the interview (Babcock started the interview being asked about the Tigers' management, I believe), and Babcock emphasizes the importance of adding Daniel Alfredsson (as well as the recruitment process) and his hopes that Darren Helm will return to health in a six-and-a-half minute interview:

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Red Wings morning report: ‘scouting the Penguins,’ KH on 105.1 FM today and the training camp fund

Upated 4x at 1:26 PM: Last night's crop of Red Wings-related news was very thin, so if you missed it, the Wings are selling preseason tickets this morning, and the Wings will begin selling regular season single-game tickets on August 24th.

Otherwise, MLive's Ansar Khan examines a team that the Wings will play much more often in the Eastern Conference in the Pittsburgh Penguins...

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Pre-Season Tickets On Sale Tomorrow For The Wings

Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings today announced that tickets for all 2013-14 preseason home games will go on sale tomorrow morning (Tue., Aug. 13) at 10:00 a.m.  Detroit’s four preseason home games will feature three weekend tilts against Original Six rivals including the Boston Bruins on Sat., Sept. 21, the Chicago Blackhawks on Sun., Sept. 22 and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Fri., Sept. 27.  A showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins is also slated for Joe Louis Arena on Wed., Sept. 25.

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Toledo named U.S.‘s best minor league sports market

This isn't Red Wings-related, but it's pretty spiffy: SportsBusiness Journal's David Broughton named Toledo, Ohio the best minor-league sports market in the U.S., and the co-owned and city's two marquee teams, the co-ran Toledo Mud Hens baseball team and ECHL's Toledo Walleye, are absolutely delighted by the news, as Mud Hens and Walleye GM Joe Napoli told the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

“It's great because it's something that is unbiased,” Napoli said. “It uses methodology that goes beyond a good story. Some of the sports publications will do stories about the most popular sports markets and it usually revolves around the team's performance. This is from a purely business perspective. Their analysis is based on the size of the market place. We have followed this very closely.”

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Garrioch: Daniel Alfredsson will speak with Ottawa media on Thursday

Via Winging it in Motown as Bruce Garrioch's blocked me on Twitter, and he refuses to un-block me: Red Wings forward and former Ottawa Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson will indeed speak with the Senators' press corps this week:

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Acadie-Bathurst’s Jordan Boyd passes away at 16 years of age

Update: Yes, wrong blog, I know.

Awful news from Yahoo Sports' Sunaya Sapurji:

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan have confirmed the news:

Here's their report:

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Red Wings mid-day news: Swedish Wings taking part in Olympic orientation camp (and other stuff)

Updated 5x at 3:53 PM: The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation's holding an Olympic orientation camp in Stockholm today and Tuesday, and Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson are all taking part in the event (so none of the players can take part in Pavel Datsyuk's mushroom hunt today).

Aftonbladet posted a slate of Swedish-language video interviews which include a few quips from "Carl Henrik," and Aftonbladet's Linus Norberg transcribed some of Zetterberg's comments (and what follows is roughly-translated Swedish):

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