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Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Fox Sports Detroit's "The 313" spoke with Al Sobotka about his favorite moment at Joe Louis Arena...
2. In the "coming attractions" department, there's a movie coming out called Ice Guardians, which will chronicle the evolution of the enforcer, and Joe Kocur will appear in the film:
Niklas Kronwall spoke with NHL.com/sv regarding his knee issues on Friday, and this morning, he addresses his knee problems in a conversation with Aftonbladet's Tomas Ros. Here's a rough translation thereof:
Kronwall: "Incredibly sad to miss"
On Tuesday it was announced. The veteran and captain at the Olympic Games, Niklas Kronwall, will miss the World Cup.
Now he speaks out about the disappointment.
"It will be one of the better tournaments played, and it had been an awesome experience. Incredibly sad to miss it," says Kronwall.
On Tuesday, Niklas Kronwall went on the ice in Segeltorp. It felt OK--for a few minutes. But after only 15 minutes, he decided to get off the ice.
It didn't work. His NHL-worn knees couldn't and didn't work as they should in the World Cup.
"I pulled back earlier in the summer, too, and knew all along that there was a risk that I would miss the World Cup. I've worked in the gym and was on the ice for 40 minutes on Monday, but on Tuesday, I couldn't go," says Niklas Kronwall.
Of very disparate Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. If you are interested in heading out to the Pure Michigan 400 in Brooklyn, MI this weekend, MLive's Taylor DesOrmeau reports that several sports luminaries will be holding Q and A sessions at the track...
Meeting your favorite driver
Numerous NASCAR drivers are making Q&A appearances throughout the weekend including Danica Patrick, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and others. Detroit Red Wings head coach and Pure Michigan 400 grand marshal Jeff Blashill also is conducting Q&As throughout the weekend.
For a full list of events in and around the track for fans, visit http://mispeedway.com.
3. In the "present event" and prospect news category, the Champions Hockey League has started up, and Julius Vahatalo played center on TPS Turku's 4th line as TPS defeated Bili Tygri Liberec 2-1 in a shootout on Friday;
4. In the land of mischief, Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples navigates you through Johan Franzen's latest Instagram caper;
5. In the, "Would'a, could'a, should'a" department, from InfoNews.ca's Charlotte Heston:
Joe Kocur is hosting his annual softball games to benefit his foundation this Saturday.
The former Red Wings forward expects Dylan Larkin and some of his teammates to join Darren McCarty and other alumni.
Gates at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland open at 11 a.m. There are three games: 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
WXYZ's Brad Galli will participate in a game.
19 of the 20 Goals scored by Detroit Red Wings from the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
1991 was the first year of the Red Wings current Playoff Streak. This '91 squad is easily the worst team during the streak, as they finished with only 76 Points and 8 road wins.
They faced off against the St.Louis Blues in Round 1. The Blues finished 2nd in the league with 105 Points and were the heavy favorite going into the series. The Wings surprisingly took a 3-1 series lead, but eventually lost in 7 games.
more includes a list of the goals scored by the Wings...
Great news for the Red Wings; Filip Hronek will play for the OHL's Saginaw Spirit this upcoming season after spending his 2015-16 campaign shuffling from the Czech Extraliga to the Under-20 league and back:
Here's the Spirit's press release:
Pravda.sk's Michal Gavron spoke with Tomas Tatar regarding a set of topics after Tatar was named the best Slovak forward via a poll of Slovak players. Here's a rough translation of Tatar's interview:
Tatar: Datsyuk will be missed. We understand that.
The award for the best forward in a poll of Slovak hockey players for 2016 is considered a great honor. Although Tomas Tatar (25) had a second season in the swing, he moved backwards.
"It's not fun when you're playing in a game in the lineup and then you're suddenly on the fourth line. It was a strange year, it's not for me," says the native of Dubinca. After September's World Cup, where he will play for Team Europe, he will begin his sixth season in the NHL.
What does it mean to you to e named the bet Slovak attacker of the 2015-16 season?
"It's a great honor. I'm glad I joined the other famous players who've won it before me. It's also a motivation for further work. It's a slightly different pace than the one I've won a few years ago as the best 20-year-old player. I want to thank everyone from my teammates to coaches and loved ones. I'm happy that I can hold this in my hands. With them I won't fail."
Tomas Jurco spoke with Hokej.sk's "Jazva" on Friday, addressing his back surgery, and here's a rough translation of the interview:
I underwent surgery, but it wasn't a training injury. It makes things right for Jurco overseas.
The past season in Detroit wasn't entirely to the liking of Tomas Jurco, who finished it but failed, though the World Championship lifted his mood considerably. As part of the championship in St. Petersburg, Jurco registered five points in seven games, and he embarked upon his summer training with maximum motivation. Under the supervision of fitness coach Daniel Kicura, he implemented the plans prepared by the Red Wings and everything seemed to indicate that he was taking the ideal route to travel overseas in healthy condition. But suddenly things went wrong.
"A week ago, I had back surgery, and my doctor then suggested four weeks of total rest. At this pint it's only rest, and while I'll be able to rehab and exercise, that will take a few more weeks," said the 23-year-old Kosice native in an interview with hokej.sk.
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. The Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game takes place at Duck Lake Pines Park tomorrow. The Red Wings' Alumni Association has more info regarding the event...
And the Koccur Foundation revealed its celebrity lineup today:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2016-17 outlook: Niklas Kronwall's role and ice time likely is diminishing due to age and knee issues, Kyle Quincey is gone and no deal was made for a defenseman. That makes DeKeyser as important as ever on a blue line with many question marks.
DeKeyser will be the new workhorse, logging more minutes than anyone and matching up against top lines.
Entering the prime of his career, DeKeyser continues to be a strong puck-mover with good mobility and hockey senses. He makes good decisions.
He's not likely to see regular power-play duty and isn't relied on for offense but can contribute in that area (eight goals last season, 31 points the year before).
Coach Jeff Blashill planned on pairing Mike Green with DeKeyser at the start of last season before DeKeyser's injury scrapped that idea. Perhaps that idea will be revisited, as the defensively inclined DeKeyser would complement the more offensive-minded Green.
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