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Griffins video preview: goalies

Grand Rapids Griffins announcer Bob Kaser previews the 2016-17 Grand Rapids Griffins, starting with a preview of the Griffins' goaltenders:

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Griffins recall Nastasiuk from Toledo ahead of Friday’s home opener

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:

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Red Wings recall Pasquale, demote Street

From the Red Wings:

DETROIT RECALLS PASQUALE, ASSIGNS STREET
… Red Wings Travel Tomorrow to Tampa Bay for Season Opener on Thursday …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Edward Pasquale from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned center Ben Street to the Griffins.

The Red Wings roster now stands at 23 (13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders) as the team prepares to travel tomorrow to begin the 2016-17 regular season against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket) and the Florida Panthers on Saturday (7:00 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket). Detroit will open its home slate on Monday, Oct. 17 versus the Ottawa Senators.

Update:

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Articles from practice: Sproul, AA discuss ‘making the team’

Updated 8x at 3:44 PM: The Red Wings practiced minus Brendan Smith (mid-body) and Henrik Zetterberg (maintenance day) on Tuesday, but the Wings' beat writers reported that both players will be available for the season opener against Tampa Bay on Thursday. Niklas Kronwall isn't too far from returning, either, so there was some place-holding in practice, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan:

#RedWings lines at practice: Tatar-Nielsen-Athanasiou

Abdelkader-Larkin-Sheahan

Nyquist-Helm-Vanek

Ott-Glendening-Miller

...

#RedWings defense pairs in practice: DeKeyser-Marchenko

Ouellet-Green

Ericsson-Sproul

Kronwall

The Wings were still practicing when Teemu Pulkkinen was plucked off the waiver wire by the Minnesota Wild, but Wings coach Jeff Blashill addressed Pulkkinen's departure after practice, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan...

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Pulkkinen picked up by Minnesota Wild

Updated 7x at 2:55 PM: From Sportsnet's Chris Johnston:

Update:

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Practice Tweets: Zetterberg, Smith miss practice

Updated 8x at 1:39 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, preparing for Thursday's season-opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji chronicled practice...

#RedWings Zetterberg and Smith not skating. Both participated yesterday.

As did the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

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Bob Duff speaks with WDFN’s Sheppard

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with WDFN's Matt Sheppard in a 12-minute interview, discussing the Wings' roster decisions, the potential of the team trading for Jacob Trouba, the "new guys" and other topics:

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Red Wings send Mantha to GR, Kronwall to IR

From the Red Wings:

So AA is on the team and the Wings will start with Sproul and Ouellet on the roster.

Update: Here's the Wings' press release:

Mantha to Griffins
Detroit also placed defenseman Niklas Kronwall on injured reserve

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Anthony Mantha to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings placed defenseman Niklas Kronwall on injured reserve.

The Red Wings will travel to Florida tomorrow in preparation for Thursday's season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket) and Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers (7:00 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket). Detroit will open its home slate on Monday, Oct. 17 versus the Ottawa Senators.

Update #2: And from the Griffins...

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‘Three Things’: A Red Wings season outlook, KH’s importance and Twitter stuff

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan previews the Western and Eastern Conferences as part of the Detroit News's NHL season preview, and here's Kulfan's take on the Wings...

Detroit Red Wings

Coach: Jeff Blashill, 2nd season

2015-16: 41-30-11, 93 points (3rd)

Leaders: Goals — Dylan Larkin, 23; Assists — Henrik Zetterberg, 37; Wins — Petr Mrazek, 27.

Losses: C Pavel Datsyuk, C Brad Richards, D Kyle Quincey.

Additions: LW Thomas Vanek, C Frans Nielsen, RW Steve Ott.

Pressure is on — Gustav Nyquist: Nyquist and fellow RW Tomas Tatar both need to get back to their offensive levels of two seasons ago. They weren’t good enough a season ago.

Rising star — C Dylan Larkin: As good as Larkin was last season, there’s likely more there for this exciting young player.

Outlook: Datsyuk was getting old and his production was declining, but he will be missed on and off the ice. The defense looks beatable, too. They’ll miss the playoffs by a whisker.

2. Ken Holland made USA Today's list of the most important people in hockey:

20. Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings general manager: In addition to commanding professional sports’ longest active playoff streak of 25 years, Holland is one of the league’s most respected voices when it comes to rule changes. He initiated and lobbied aggressively for the change to 3-on-3 overtime.

3. And on Twitter:

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It’s a frustrating time to be a Red Wings fan

If you're not sure what position I hold on the continuum between fan and pretend objective reporter, I will tell you this: I struggled mightily to sleep last night and this morning because I'm upset with the Red Wings' roster decisions of late. I'm assuming that the Wings are going to lose Teemu Pulkkinen on waivers today, and I lost sleep over it.

I want the Red Wings to do well, and especially under a salary cap model, the natural order of team-building involves accommodating 1 or 2 forwards and 1 or 2 team-developed defensemen as roster players on a yearly basis. It's how teams develop, it's how teams evolve, and it's how you manage the salary cap.

For some reason, since 2012 or so, Ken Holland has chosen to add one or two veteran forwards and/or one or two veteran defensemen every summer, and as a result--and as we knew would happen when the Wings re-signed Drew Miller and signed Steve Ott this past July--the Wings have lost Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk to waivers, and they've chosen to jettison Calle Jarnkrok and Mattias Janmark in prospect-for-pure-veteran-rental trades.

Would the Wings be a better team with Nestrasil, Frk, Jarnkrok, Janmark and now probably Pulkkinen on the team? That's hard to say--we're not talking about superstars here--and it almost isn't even the point as to why so many Wings fans are frustrated with Ken Holland's roster-making decisions this morning.

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