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Dylan Sadowy, Connor Allen assigned to Grand Rapids

From the Red Wings:

The Detroit Red Wings today assigned left wing Dylan Sadowy to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins and released defenseman Connor Allen from his professional tryout.

The Red Wings (4-1-1) will wrap up preseason play with a home-and-home set against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The teams will meet at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. (97.1 The Ticket) and conclude their exhibition slates on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena (FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket).

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Here’s a Little Caesars Arena construction update

From the Free Press's John Gallagher, via RedWingsFeed:

With the opening of the new Little Caesars Arena now less than a year away, construction workers continued this month to make progress. On Thursday, Olympia Development, the construction arm of the Ilitch family's business network, released several more photos of construction work in progress.

Several hundred construction workers are on the site each week. Olympia Development said that more than $320 million in contracts have been awarded to Detroit-based businesses to construct Little Caesars Arena, representing nearly 60 percent of total contracts, and more than $512 million, or 90 percent of contracts, have been awarded to Michigan businesses.

The Free Press posted a 10-image photo gallery and a 45-second video spotlighting construction on the "via," the glass-roofed open concourse between the arena and its surrounding buildings.

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Articles from practice: Nielsen weighs in on life as a Red Wing; Zetterberg to return Saturday

Updated 7x at 3:50 PM: The Red Wings understandably took an optional practice as they're in the middle of a 4-games-in-5-nights stretch (which wraps up tomorrow against the Leafs in Hamilton and Saturday against Toronto at home), and there were several developments during practice:

Frans Nielsen made his "Wings debut"; Jeff Blashill indicated that Henrik Zetterberg will return to the lineup on Saturday, and Blashill informed the Wings' beat writers that Mike Green is about to return from his "maintenance days."

Ken Kal reminded us that we're a week away from the Red Wings' season opener as well:

Anyway...MLive's Ansar Khan posted a clip of Nielsen's comments to the media....

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Mark Howe, Pat Kelly named Lester Patrick Trophy winners

From the NHL:


Ceremony Set for Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Philadelphia

NEW YORK (Oct. 6, 2016) – Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Howe and ECHL co-founder Pat Kelly have been named recipients of the 2016 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

 "As the Lester Patrick Award observes its 50th anniversary and the National Hockey League prepares to celebrate its Centennial, we are extremely pleased that Mark Howe and Pat Kelly are receiving this recognition for their decades of devotion to hockey in the United States," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "Mark Howe, the youngest hockey player ever to win an Olympic medal prior to his Hall of Fame professional career, joins his legendary father, Gordie, as a Lester Patrick honoree. Pat Kelly attained success at all levels of the sport and pioneered the growth of hockey's popularity in the South. The NHL family sends congratulations and thanks to both for their contributions to our game."

Howe and Kelly will be honored as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Philadelphia. Ticket information is available at http://www.ushockeyhalloffame.com


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Practice Tweets: Nielsen makes his debut at an optional practice; Z to return Saturday

Updated 4x at 12:45 PM: Zetterberg makes his preseason debut Saturday:

As the Red Wings are in the middle of a stretch of 4 games in 5 nights, the team took an optional practice today, but one player made his Red Wings debut at the Joe, as DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji noted:

MLive's Ansar Khan reported in...

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Morning news: A Wings season preview, Larkin among ‘top 25 under 25’ and Twitter stuff

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. ESPN's Joe McDonald wrote a lenghty Wings season preview as part of ESPN's series of Atlantic Division team previews:

Biggest unknowns: Defensively, the Red Wings have questions. The health of Niklas Kronwall's knee remains a concern. He was forced to pull out of the World Cup for Team Sweden because of wear and tear on his knees. The Red Wings limited Kronwall during training camp to get him ready for the start of the season.

Captain Henrik Zetterberg also missed the World Cup because of a knee injury but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. Defenseman Brendan Smith, who has been in and out of the lineup, will be given an opportunity to play every game this season.

Forward Dylan Larkin is looking to build on his successful rookie season. The 20-year-old forward registered 23 goals and 22 assists for 45 points in 80 games on the wing in 2015-16, but this season he will return to his natural position at center. He played for Team North America during the World Cup and that experience should help him with the Red Wings, but how he adjusts to moving back to the middle is worth watching.

Once Zetterberg is healthy, he should be able to produce his 10th season of 50 or more points. He had 13 goals and 37 assists for 50 points in 82 games in 2015-16. Forwards Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist combined for 55 goals two seasons ago and 40 again last season. Those players, along with Riley Sheahan, need to take the next step in their respective careers -- and that includes more ice time and more responsibility.

McDonald continues, and he's predicting that the Wings will sneak into the playoffs...

2. ESPN's Corey Pronman penned a list of the top 25 players under 25 years of age, and the aforementioned Dylan Larkin makes Proman's cut:

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Video- Extended Highlights From Wings/Penguins On Wednesday Night

Pens broadcast team...


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James de Haas preparing for senior season as captain of Clarkson Golden Knights

He's one of the Red Wings' less-heralded prospects, but defenseman James de Haas brings an intriguing combination of 6'3," 216-pound size and offensive abilities to the mix, and de Haas is embarking upon his senior season with the Clarkson Golden Knights as the college team's captain. The Watertown Daily Times' Cap Carey penned a profile of de Haas as a player preparing for his most important athletic campaign:

Senior defenseman James de Haas provided Clarkson fans with two of the most memorable moments of the season a year ago when he scored game-winning overtime goals in both games of an ECAC Hockey home first-round playoff series against Princeton.

Now as the captain of the Golden Knights, those kind of moments are ones that Clarkson coach Casey Jones wants to see even more of from the 6-foot-3, 216-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario.

“I think he’s been a good offensive player for us,” Jones said. “We need him to be a great offensive player for us. We want him to be extremely active every shift, all the time. He’s really evolved into a leader in the locker room. He commands respect because of his full commitment that he puts forth.”

De Haas has been a consistent scorer for Clarkson in his first three years, improving by two points each season, beginning with 13 as a freshman, 15 as a sophomore and 17 last year. He has scored six, six and five goals in his three seasons.

The fact that Jones wants to see more offense from de Haas this season is another sign of his growth as a player. When he first arrived at Clarkson, his scoring was appreciated but he was always hearing about his play defensively.

“The big thing on me (then) was competing harder and being tougher to play against,” de Haas recalled. “I think that’s something I’ve definitely improved upon. I’ve heard a lot less about it, so I think it’s something I’m doing a lot better. It’s something I take more pride in, before it was about points and offense.”


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Red Wings-Penguins preseason wrap-up

Updated with some "overnight report stuff" 2x at 12:19 AM: The format of this recap is a little experimental as it's the preseason and there's no time like the present to try different things while the games still don't count. Let me know if you prefer a highlights-and-stats-first recap.

The Red Wings rebounded from a difficult outing in Chicago on Tuesday as the "A/B team" took on the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night, emerging with a 5-2 victory.

While Tyler Bertuzzi's goal-and-assist performance, the dangles and dazzles from Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, Ryan Sproul and goal-scorer Martin Frk give Wings fans tons of hope for the future, Riley Sheahan's pair of assists belied a puck-stealing, shot-tipping machine, Gustav Nyquist had a goal and two assists, Brendan Smith was sharp all night long...

And Xavier Ouellet was quietly proficient and Jared Coreau had a superb outing in the Wings' crease, stopping a significant number of grade-A Penguins opportunities and getting help from his friendly goalposts as well.

Detroit did a fine job of bending but not breaking when the Penguins rallied to tie the game 2-2, with Frk earning the gamer on a power play and Steve Ott depositing the empty-netter while Detroit defended a 6-on-5 with Marc-Andre Fleury on the bench and the Penguins on the power play.

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‘Down Goes Brown’ weighs in on the Wings’ next captain

The Hockey News's Sean McIndoe examined "five players next in line to be captains" on their respective teams, and he included the Red Wings and Dylan Larkin on his list:

Detroit Red Wings

The current captain: Henrik Zetterberg, who took over from Nicklas Lidstrom four years ago.

Why they may need a new one soon: This is a tricky one. On the one hand, Zetterberg will be 36 by the time the season starts. On the other, he's still signed through 2021 on one of those front-loaded mega-contracts from the previous CBA. That makes it hard to know how much time he has left, although it's worth pointing out that his salary nosedives after next season.

Who's next: Whenever the times comes, this will be a tough one. The Red Wings have had three captains in the last 30 years, dating back to Steve Yzerman getting the nod in 1986. So this isn't just any old captaincy. The spotlight on whoever gets it next will be bright.

So who will it be? Niklas Kronwall wears an "A" today, but he's only a few months younger than Zetterberg, so he seems unlikely. Fellow defenseman Danny DeKeyser would get some consideration, especially as a hometown boy. And Justin Abdelkader would have a shot – he may not be especially popular outside of Detroit, but Wings fans love him. Besides, Abdelkader was on Team USA at the World Cup, so he could give everyone some valuable pointers on what not to do.

But if Zetterberg sticks around for another few years, then Dylan Larkin may be the pick. In two years he should be established as a legitimate NHL star, and he'd be 22 years old by then – one year older than Yzerman was when he got the honors three decades ago.

This is the hardest pick of the bunch, not least because a year or two is still time for Ken Holland to sign a half dozen more veteran free agents. But let's swing for the fences and make Larkin the pick.

McIndoe continues, and I don't see how this is a hard pick. Larkin will be the Wings' next captain. I don't think Zetterberg's planning on retiring just yet, and when he does, the Wings are going to pick #71 as the long-term captain.

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