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Red Wings-Blackhawks preseason morning skate Tweets: Pulkkinen, Abdelkader, Marchenko ‘in’

Updated 14x at 1:47 PM: Zetterberg, Kronwall to skate with 'second group':

The Detroit Red Wings kick off a set of 4 exhibition games to be played over the course of 5 nights tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 PM EDT on CSN Chicago and the NHL Network).

The Wings hit the ice at the Joe at 10:30 for their morning skate, and MLive's Ansar Khan reported the following:

Jimmy Howard in starter's net for #RedWings.


Looks like Pulkkinen, Abdelkader and Marchenko will make their preseason debut for #RedWings tonight.


#RedWings lines at skate:


#RedWings defense pairs at skate:
Extras: Kronwall-Allen

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji weighed in...

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Chris Ilitch states that the District Detroit has another billion dollars in unannounced development

In "business of hockey" news, from the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar:

Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Inc., said “we’ve got about 52 projects right now on the board” for the area around the future Little Caesars Arena being built now north of downtown Detroit. Also, Ilitch again expressed hope that the Detroit Pistons will move downtown.

In a CNBC interview Monday, Ilitch upped the ante of how much the Ilitches may invest in the 50-block area around the Little Caesars Arena, the $627.5 million, 20,000-plus seat venue opening next year. Entities linked to the Ilitches Olympia Development of Michigan own dozens of properties in that 50-block area, including several long-vacant buildings and empty lots.

“We are on track to be at about $2 billion,” in Detroit investment, Ilitch said. “We’ve got about 52 projects right now on the board. We’ve announced about $1.2 billion and got about another billion yet to be announced.”


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Wings wrap up the exhibition season with 4 games in 5 nights

The Red Wings play the Chicago Blackhawks this evening (8:30 PM EDT on CSN Chicago and the NHL Network), kicking off an incredibly busy stretch of four games in five nights. MLive's Brendan Savage previews tonight's Wings-Hawks game and notes that the team's about to undergo quite the grind:

• When the preseason ends Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings will get four days to prepare for their season opener Oct. 13 in Tampa. Some players might need that time to get a little rest since they're got four games in five days beginning tonight against the host Blackhawks. They'll visit Pittsburgh Wednesday and move on to Hamilton, Ontario Friday to face the Maple leafs before ending their exhibition slate against Toronto.

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AP Wings preview: Detroit hopes to replace Datsyuk by committee

The Associated Press's Larry Lage wrote an article previewing the 2016-17 Red Wings, and it's a good read:

Pavel Datsyuk is not skating with the Detroit Red Wings at the start of a season for the first time since 2000.

With newcomers such as Frans Nielsen, the Red Wings hope they finish well enough to earn a 26th consecutive postseason appearance.

"We do not have a Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg in his prime," general manager Ken Holland said Monday. "We're going to have to generate offense by committee, rolling four lines and getting something out of each one."

The Red Wings are paying Nielsen $31.5 million over six years to play a key part in their plans to recover from the loss of Datsyuk, who left the NHL to return to Russia to continue his career near his family. Datsyuk had $7.5 million and one year left on his contract, but the Red Wings got salary-cap relief by technically trading him to Arizona last summer even though the dazzling center won't play for the Coyotes.

Nielsen, a 32-year-old center from Denmark, had 119 goals and 349 points with the New York Islanders since making his debut with them during the 2006-07 season.

"We added the best center we could last summer," Holland said. "He's a good, two-way player, who historically has been able to chip in about 50 points a season."

Lage continues at extended length...

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Wings’ Fantasy Outlook

from Sean Allen at ESPN,

What's new: The Red Wings step into the post-Pavel Datsyuk era with plenty of talent that under-performed last season. In fact, aside from rookie Dylan Larkin's exploits, there aren't any returning Red Wings who fantasy owners felt good about owning last season based on their draft value.

Frans Nielsen provides terrific secondary center support and Thomas Vanek will be a boost to scoring chances on the wing, but are they enough to fill the void left by Datsyuk's return to Russia? Probably not. The team will need continued development from Larkin, big bounce-back seasons from Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg, and inbound support from youngsters like Anthony Mantha or Andreas Anasthasiou.

Trending up: Dylan Larkin, C: Larkin is likely making the full-time switch to center this season, with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill hopefully committing more responsibility to his best young pivot. Larkin produced most of last season on a line with Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader, but perhaps would be better served with the team's top talent on his flanks, including Tatar or Nyquist. He'll need to score better than the 23 goals he had last season, which led the Red Wings. That was the lowest total to lead a team in scoring outside of Toronto.

more on the Wings plus other teams in the Atlantic Division...

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City of Detroit, Wings in negotiations regarding sale of JLA collectibles

From Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea:

The 20,000 seats at Joe Louis Arena have seen a lot of hockey — and now Olympia Entertainment and the city of Detroit are negotiating over how they'll be sold to fans and collectors.

The city-owned venue, opened along the Detroit River in 1979 at a cost of $30.3 million, is about to host its final Detroit Red Wings season before the team moves next September to $637.5 million Little Caesars Arena now under construction at I-75 and Woodward Avenue.

Joe Louis Arena, named for the famous boxer, will be razed as part of the new arena deal, and the land redeveloped for commercial use.

The Red Wings are identifying and cataloguing what will be shipped to the new arena — files and hockey equipment along with championship banners and statues — and what will be sold, donated or scrapped, said Jennifer Arapoff, director of marketing and communications Olympia Entertainment, which handles the business functions of the arena and team. Permanent arena fixtures, such as the seats, are city property.

Seats from demolished sports venues can sell for a few hundred dollars into the thousands. How the sales or auction process will work is still being negotiated by Olympia and the city.

"We're offering to help them sell the seats, and we'd work out the terms that would be mutually beneficial," Arapoff said. "All types of suggestions, including a charitable component, are being considered. We first need to determine the condition, value, etc., of all Joe Louis items."


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Steve Ott Has Everyone Smiling

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Alexey Marchenko’s Progress Gets Noticed

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Alexey Marchenko is smooth, not flashy, the kind of defenseman who's at his best when he's not noticed much.

The Russian national team took note of his quiet effectiveness, selecting him for the World Championship and the World Cup. The international experience can only help the 24-year-old's development.

Marchenko joined the Detroit Red Wings for practice this weekend following Russia's loss to Canada Sept. 24 in a World Cup semifinal.

"I thought it was a great evaluation for us to see him against some of the best players in the world," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "Certainly, when they played Canada every line was a top line in the NHL, so I thought it was a good evaluation for us to see if his skill-set can match up against those guys' skill-sets. We saw some things we want him to continue to work on and we made some clips out of those games that (assistant coach) Doug Houda will go over with him. It was a good start to the season for him."


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Decisions Will Need To Be Made Soon For The Detroit Red Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

This stands to be a telling week on many fronts. Henrik Zetterberg and Nikas Kronwall are supposed to see if they far enough along in their respective recoveries from knee problems to join practice come Tuesday. Newcomers Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek, along with Tomas Tatar, are expected back mid-week after a few days off following the World Cup of Hockey. That trio likely will play Saturday.

Anthony Mantha has looked good in the two exhibition appearances he has made, producing a goal in each game. Jeff Blashill has said he wants Mantha to get into five games, so that means he’ll play in a back-to-back situation this week. Mantha can be sent down without waivers, so the bigger statement he makes that he belongs in the top nine, the better. Andreas Athahanasiou likewise is waiver exempt, but he stood out last season for being able to create chances within a limited role, and he's got a set of legs that can outpace most opponents.

On defense, Xavier Ouellet would seem to have locked up a spot given his past appearances with the Wings, but fellow defense prospects Ryan Sproul and Nick Jensen are both waiver-eligible, too.

The Wings have 28 forwards on the roster, 15 of which are NHL regulars. However, that includes Tomas Jurco, who is injured, and Zetterberg. There’s also Teemu Pulkkinen, who is expected to play this week for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in the off-season.


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Two Roster Moves By The Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned left wing Adam Marsh to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Val-d’Or Foreurs and released right wing Colin Campbell from his professional tryout. Campbell will join the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins for their training camp, which will be held at Joe Louis Arena from Oct. 3-6. The Red Wings’ roster currently stands at 48.

The Red Wings (3-0-1) will continue preseason play with back-to-back road games against the Chicago Blackhawks (Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8:30 p.m.) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:00 p.m.). Detroit will wrap up the exhibition season with a home-and-home set against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario and on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena.

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