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Technically speaking, as the Red Wings begin their exhibition season against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night (7 PM EDT; roster avaialble here, and let's hope somebody streams WPCW's coverage online) and the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, training camp wrappd up with the Red vs. White game.
More realistically speaking, the Wings' will hold their morning and non-game-day player skates at Centre Ice Arena on Monday and Tuesday, and while the eventual release of the players sent back to their Major Junior teams will yield a roster basically comprised of a "Team Datsyuk" and a "Team Zetterberg," I've found that the coaching staff still tries to jam as much teaching into their final days at Centre Ice as possible.
Updated 7x with overnight report stuff and Pens roster at 10:25 PM: I guess it's gonna be media takes first, my takes later--audio aside. It appears that tomorrow night's Wings-Penguins game (7 PM EDT start) will air on WPCW in Pittsburgh, which means bootleg streams for you and me and the following lineup:
As Babcock told the assembled media Howard will get two periods tomorrow and Gustavsson will get two periods vs. Chicago on Tuesday (8:30 PM EDT start on CSN TV+, more bootlleg streams; the Wings also host Chicago on Thursday the 25th--the day I finally travel home--Boston on Saturday the 27th and Toronto on Monday the 29th [with the latter game airing on FSD]).
Babcock called Petr Mrazek the "closer" for both games.
MLive's Ansar Khan took note of both what this lineup means and perhaps what it means going forward--especially given that Major Junior players are taking part in exit interviews today (Zach Nastasiuk, Marc McNulty and Tyler Bertuzzi were among the early players taking that long walk to the coaches' office):
Audio from the third day of Red Wings training camp: Abdelkader, #2-27, Babcock, Holland & Pulkkinen
The White Team defeated the Red Team 3-2 in a shootout during Sunday's training camp "closer" (there are morning skates tomorrow and Tuesday, but training camp is technically over, and we should know the roster cuts to come shortly; I've already seen Marc McNulty, Zach Nastasiuk and Tyler Bertuzzi take "the walk" from the office, with Bertuzzi carrying his gear).
Actually Team Delvecchio defeated Team Howe as coach Babcock squeezed in a full third day's worth of training camp activities, and after all was said and done, the press was given the roster for tomorrow night's game vs. Pittsburgh:
from Bill Shea of Crain's Detroit Business,
The financing plans for the new Detroit Red Wings arena are complex. Crain’s spoke with two key figures of those plans — Glen Long, vice president of administration and CFO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., and Art Papapanos, DEGC vice president of board administration — to get a simplified explanation of the taxes and bonds involved. Also consulted were outside sources, research and our past reporting. Included are exclusive details about the arena itself, provided by Olympia Development of Michigan, the real estate arm of Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch’s business holdings.
How much will the arena cost?
The initial base price is $450 million. Problems, changes and added amenities could increase that final cost. Anything beyond $450 million must be paid by the Ilitches. The ancillary development — bars, restaurants, stores, apartments, townhomes — is at least $200 million, and will be privately financed by the Ilitches and their third-party business partners. The Ilitches are obligated to pay any arena costs beyond the $450 million. Their business empire, which includes the Little Caesars pizza chain, had $3.1 billion in 2013 revenue.
It's been a wee bit frustrating to get answers from Mike Babcock that don't involve, "There are 8 exhibition games to watch and I'm going to find out then" regarding any of the Wings' young players competing for jobs on the roster.
We've already had a "Media Can't Go Through There" issue, and I can certainly tell you that Babcock's press conferences are 8-10 minutes shorter than Jeff Blashill's, and if one asks a non-pertinent question, you get one or two, "Anything else?" warnings before a, "See you, guys" means he's done for the day.
In the, "It's a Saturday night in Traverse City and I've been on my feet for 13 hours, so where the hell do you think I'd go on a Saturday night? Damn straight back to the blanket fort, I mean hotel" vein:
As a complement to this afternoon's MSM and Blog Takes entry, the audio and player analyses...I'm not a fan of making readers wait for anything, so this is your early overnight report. I will probably add some "morning" stories if there's not enough stuff out there for a second entry.
First, Red Wings TV's Dan Mannes did a fine job of summarizing Day 2 of training camp in visual form (and again, please remember, if you're going to the Red vs. White game, that's now really just a 3rd full day of training camp--Team Howe vs. Team Lindsay plus practices prior to and after the scrimmage; and yes this makes sense given that training camp used to be four days long and not three):
I wish that Pointstreak had kept a box score of the Red Wings Celebrity and Alumni game, but you're going to have to count the word of myself and all of the hockey types in attendance that the red team, a.k.a. Mike Babcock's team, won 12-10, and this guy played one of the two 25-minute halves...
I thought he looked like trouble--and I can assure you that on the radio, Ken Kal's game was fantastic...
Mark Howe's spent the last 10 days in Traverse City, and he's going to be taking part in tonight's Celebrity and Alumni game at Centre Ice Arena. Ahead of said game, Howe delivered some "good news" of a sort regarding his father to the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Son Mark Howe spent part of Saturday afternoon searching for someone to fix his iPad, specifically, to get FaceTime up and running, because this is the only way he can communicate with his dad when the two are apart. Mark is in Traverse City in his role as scout for the Detroit Red Wings, while Gordie is in Lubbock, Texas, being taken care of by his daughter, Cathy, and her husband, Bob. Gordie, 86, suffers from dementia, and was in such poor shape that in late August, he had outpatient surgery to help with spinal stenosis (an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal), which had rendered him in debilitating pain.
"He had a very bad summer," Mark said. "Weekly, I would send updates to my brothers and sister and my dad's friends, let them know.
"It was pretty discouraging, pretty disheartening. If the surgery didn't help, and he didn't respond to it, then ... it wasn't good. There wasn't anything good going to come out of it."
This much is to be expected, however...
The encouragement is measured, though, because there was a seizure 10 days ago, and "he's had little mini strokes," Mark said. "There are days he's totally out of it mentally, and then he'd start getting back into it. Things are progressively getting worse for him, but I can live with that, that's part of life."
And St. James continues...
Updated at 6:13 PM: I did things a little backwards today, posting audio and "player takes" first, so pardon my slight tardiness in offering the mainstream media folks' stories from today's training camp sessions (reminder: tomorrow includes "bonus" practices from 9:45-11:15 AM and 1:20-2 PM).
MLive's Mike Mulholland, the Detroit News's David Guralnick and the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindneau have already posted photo galleries, and MLive's Brendan Savage took note of Daniel Cleary's comments...
Having spent the better part of the last two days on my feet, and having spent most of that time (waiting for interviews like today's excluded) watching Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and company (in addition to assistant coaches Jim Hiller, Tony Granato and Kevin Baker, the entire Grand Rapids Griffins' stafff [Jeff Blashill, Dave Noel-Bernier and Pat Ferschweiler], the Toledo Walleye's coach [Derek Lalonde] and Jiri Fischer, Chris Chelios and goalie coaches Jim Bedard and Pat Salajko all take part in drills) reinforce and to some extent reintroduce the fundamentals of Babcockian Red Wings hockey...
To the average person, I think Day 1 (entries, o-zone, spots facing right up) and Day 2's themes (today's were "OZ forecheck, NZ forechecking, line change forecheck, set b.o. [breakout]) would've looked much the same. Lots of dumping the puck into the defensive zone and lugging it up ice, then either tagging up at the far blueline and turning back toward the end from which the drill started or going "full ice"; lots of 5-on-5 and 5-on-4 positional play, lots of line changes while teams were dumping the puck in or clearing the zone.
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