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Morning news: On Smith’s ‘power,’ Howard’s numbers, Mantha and Athanasiou

Among this morning's Red Wings-related news stories:

MLive's Ansar Khan ponders whether Jeff Blashill might finally choose to utilize Brendan Smith on the Red Wings' power play, unlike his predecessor:

"I think Brendan has that ability to do that (power play)," Blashill said. "You have to see where the whole puzzle fits at camp. He's somebody I know that's done that in the past because he's done that for me in the American League (for half the 2012-13 season)."

Blashill has a vision of how Smith can be best utilized.

"I think Brendan's best offensive ability is kind of roaming around below the tops of the circles," Blashill said. "If he's a weak-side guy on the power play, going to the net a lot, he can retrieve pucks because he's quick, he's strong, he's competitive. He's got good offensive instincts once he gets below the tops of circles. I know at Wisconsin he was on his off-side (right side) hitting one-timers. That's something we'll explore going into camp."

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Evening news: On Callahan, Svechnikov and the summer development camp

Among this evening's Red Wings-related news stories and items: The Wings' prospects were busy attending the Cherry Festival this afternoon, after engaging in some wild skating drills (more on that in a minute). However:

Grand Rapids Griffins forward and hopeful future Wing Mitch Callahan is up in Traverse City with the Red Wings' prospects, taking his first steps back from a torn ACL, and he discussed his recovery with DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose as part of a "getting to know" Q and A...

“It’s nice that everybody is training coming into the season, but at the same time I would love to do all of this right now and skating in a full practice or scrimmage,” the 23-year-old Callahan said. “That’s the way it goes this time. I have to accept it and battle through it.”

It’s been a rough two years for Callahan, who underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in February. Ten months earlier, the Red Wings’ sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft, suffered a fractured jaw and lost 10 teeth when he was struck by a puck.

Callahan is in Traverse City where this week he is working out with team trainers and skating on his own at the Wings’ development camp at Centre Ice Arena.

“Just skating on my own but no tight turns or stop and starting as of yet. That’s probably next week,” said Callahan, who expects to be ready for the Red Wings’ main training camp in September. Going to camp like everybody else trying to compete for a spot,” he added. “Just to be healthy and prove that – even though I had a knee injury – that my game hasn’t changed. There’s no setback in my game. … I’ll be 100 percent and ready by the end of August, so that’s right in time for camp.”

And Roose continues...

Evgeny Svechnikov isn't a man of too many words, but he discussed being drafted by the Wings and taking part in the development camp with the Windsor Star's Bob Duff...

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Axel Holmstrom Preparing For The Next Step

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Holmstrom (6-foot-1, 198 pounds) had 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 44 games with Skelleftea, then exploded in the playoffs with 18 points (seven goals) in 15 games.

The way Holmstrom sees it, though, it was mainly being in the right place at the right time.

“I got good confidence from my coach and we had a real good team, good teammates,” said Holmstrom, who can play center or left wing. “We had a lot of good self-confidence in our group. Myself, I started the playoffs pretty good and got confidence from that and just kept going. I had some lucky bounces.

“I shot the puck more, my coaches told me to do that and I would get more goals. It was unfortunate we lost in the finals but both me and the team had a good team.”

Holmstrom will return to Sweden this season and plans on turning pro in North America after his Swedish season, joining Grand Rapids.

Given his inexperience and not having played pro in Sweden, a full season playing there would be a positive decision.

“I want to take the next step and be good the whole season, just take a bigger role with the team,” Holmstrom said. “I want to keep getting better.

“I have to get better in every (way. The NHL is) the best league in the world and I want to do my best and develop the best I can.”

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Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist files for salary arbitration

From MLive's Ansar Khan: The NHLPA released the list of players who've filed for salary arbitration, and Gustav Nyquist is among them:

This should facilitate a contract agreement in short order.

Update: Khan confirms in article form...

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Impressions from the third day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘15

The Red Wings' summer development campers got back to the business of doing team drills and beginning to work on Red Wings' systems play during the third day of the development camp, and they engaged in some incredibly unconventional but effective skating drills as well. Team Howe and Team Lindsay are spending this afternoon watching the Thunderbirds loop, spin and soar through the air, but the players were doing some looping, spinning and soaring of their own during Jiri Fischer's skill drills today, which was right on the line between stunningly beautiful to watch and smirk-inducing, depending on the player.

Here are the teams that participated in today's activities...

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Landon Ferraro With A New One-Year Deal With The Wings

added 4:26pm, Detroit release is below...

added 4:32pm,

 

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Audio from the third day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘15

The Red Wings' prospects got back to the work that is driving home the fundamentals and systems of Red Wings hockey today, working with the Griffins and Walleye's coaches on breakouts and dump-in retrievals and doing some absolutely wild and wacky drills with Jiri Fischer.

I spoke with several players after a split session in which Team Lindsay skated first and Team Howe skated second, and I tried to put the pedal to the interviewing medal to give you a little more bang for your buck.

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Centre Ice Arena releases dates for Red Wings’ prospect tournament and training camp

Today, Centre Ice Arena is selling tickets for training camp an the prospect tournament, so I'm officially allowed to share the dates of both events with you.

The Prospect Tournament is going to take place from Friday, September 11th to Tuesday, September 15th, with practices in the morning and games in the afternoon/evening.

Training Camp will take place between Friday, September 18th and Monday, September 21st, and you should note that the Red & White Game has moved to Monday the 21st instead of Sunday the 20th.

The events taking place at training camp go as follows, and they may be subject to slight changes, but the emphasis is on "slight":

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Morning news: On Larkin and camp coverage

Updated at 7:53 AM: Among this morning's Red Wings-related news items:

MLive's Brendan Savage penned a particularly thorough article discussing the development of Dylan Larkin through the eyes of Larkin himself and Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer, who believes in Larkin's potential:

"Basically since we drafted him he's been portrayed in hockey circles as one of the best prospects outside the NHL," said Jiri Fischer, the Red Wings director of player development. "He's an elite character. He wants to be a hockey player. We're very excited about his future."

Larkin himself understands that he's going to serve an apprenticeship in Grand Rapids, and he tells Savage that his whirlwind 2014-15 season, spent in the NCAA, at the World Junior Championships, the World Championships and the AHL playoffs, should benefit his development in the long run:

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‘Four Things’: Free agent busts, unkind words, #91 and a Larkin video

This evening's Red Wings-related news stories consist of four items:

1. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan posited an annotated photo gallery of 10 of the Wings' best and 10 of the Wings' worst free agent signings;

2. The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons, who believes if you have something unkind to say, just say it (because that is many a sportswriter's job), said this...

The best free agent signing to date: Williams in Washington. The one I don’t understand: Wanting Mike Green, who played third pair defence with the Capitals, makes sense. Paying him $6 million a year, even on a three-year contract, doesn’t compute with the usual common sense Red Wings. Detroit signed both Green and Brad Richards, whose best days were at least four years ago.

3. The Free Press's Steve Schrader, who believes in saying something if it's clever, issues this "Stevie Award"...

The "Those Were the Days" award To Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov, both elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Was there ever a more entertaining time for the Red Wings than their era, with the personalities and the Stanley Cups? And nobody was a bigger part of it than Sergei, so the Wings should stop thinking about it and put his No. 91 in the Joe Louis Arena rafters while they're still playing at the rink he starred at.

To which the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reminds us that Ken Holland offered a tepid response to any discussions of raising #91 to the rafters, saying there had never been any discussions thereof previously:

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