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Video- Part 2 Of The Best Of The Wings At The Joe

awood40 with part 2...

Best Detroit Red Wings Moments @ Joe Louis Arena. Part 2 (91-92/92-93/93-94).

One hour to watch the video.


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The Outlook For Gustav Nyquist

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2017-18 outlook: A team that struggles offensively could use more goals from Nyquist. It would help if he could return to his form from 2013-14 and 2014-15, when he combined for 55 goals.

Perhaps he's destined to be more of a set-up man than finisher, since that's the kind of player he was in college at Maine (three seasons) and in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins (two seasons), when he produced far more assists.

But he still needs to score more than 12 goals. He has not become the "go-to guy" coach Jeff Blashill envisioned when he took over as coach.

Part of the problem is he's not shooting as much (2.06 shots per game the past two seasons, after averaging 2.5 shots the previous two seasons). The team's struggles on the power play also have hurt his production (or maybe it's the other way around). Nyquist had 20 power-play goals in 2013-14 and 2014-15 combined but only nine in the previous two seasons combined.

He's a creative player who's at his best when he's skating up the ice with the puck and making things happen. If he's not going to top 25 goals again he must at least be more consistent in contributing assists. Many of his points last season came after the team was out of playoff contention.


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‘Red and White Authority’ podcast offers an hour with Ryan Martin

DetroitRedWings.com's Art Regner spoke with Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin regarding the World Junior Summer Showcase, and Regner's conversation spans an hour and nine minutes:

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Griffins re-sign Borkowski; Walleye bring back Berschbach, Jenks, add Brassard

Of note from the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toledo Walleye:

The Griffins re-signed forward Mike Borkowski to an AHL deal...

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday signed center Mike Borkowski to a one-year contract.

Borkowski skated in 51 games with the Griffins in 2016-17, his first full professional season, and contributed five points (3-2—5), a plus-one rating and two penalty minutes. The 25-year-old appeared in one postseason contest, helping the Griffins win their second Calder Cup in the last five seasons. Borkowski also played in six games with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, totaling nine points (3-6—9) and a plus-10 rating.

The 6-foot, 185-pound center made his professional debut with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators near the end of the 2015-16 campaign after finishing a four-year career at Colgate University (ECAC). In 12 games with the Senators, Borkowski posted three points (2-1—3) and logged his first pro goal in his debut on March 13.

Prior to turning pro, the Ottawa, Ontario, native competed in 133 career games with the Colgate Raiders from 2012-16 and registered 87 points (30-57—87), while being named to the ECAC All-Tournament Team in 2015 and the ECAC All-Academic Team in 2013 and 2014. As captain his senior season, Borkowski ranked third on the team in points (13-9—22) and second in goals (13).

And the Toledo Walleye brought back Shane Berschbach and A.J. Jenks...

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Ken Holland On A Few Topics Today

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

General manager Ken Holland said Monday he anticipates being slightly over the $75 million cap if everyone is healthy to start the season. That would force the team to trade or waive a player. But Holland said they will wait to see what unfolds in camp and preseason.

The Red Wings' cap figure stands at about $77.5 million, including $2.56 million of dead space from Stephen Weiss, who was bought out in 2015, and Franzen. They could get as much as $3.95 million in cap relief from Franzen, which would take them down to roughly $73.6 million. That doesn't leave a lot to sign Athanasiou, a restricted free agent, and provide a small cushion to recall a player from the Grand Rapids Griffins as a replacement for someone on short-term IR.

Discussions with Athanasiou's agent are ongoing.

"I made a number of offers; we continue to talk," Holland said. "We've had a number of conversations."...

Holland said players who underwent surgery - Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Tomas Tatar (shoulder) and Luke Glendening (ankle) - are expected to be ready for the season opener Oct. 5. He wasn't as certain about Ryan Sproul (ACL) being able to go at the start.

Niklas Kronwall, who has been plagued by a knee issue he said can't be remedied by surgery, is expected to be ready for the start of training camp on Sept. 15.

"If everybody is healthy when we get to opening day, we'll probably have to make a move," Holland said. "I'm anticipating we'll be over by a little bit."


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Do You Expect A Better Year From Justin Abdelkader?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There are reasons to be encouraged Abdelkader will have a better 2017-18. He was chosen to be an alternate captain after Datsyuk departed last summer because Abdelkader is a character guy, self-accountable, someone who owns up to needing to play individually better rather than defaulting to saying the whole team needs to do so. He’s got a great work ethic, and takes a great deal of pride in representing the Wings. And he goes into next season fresh off being married this summer, so maybe that joy will help further boost him as he attempts to bounce back from a disappointing 2016-17.

more on Abdelkader...

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A Look At Anthony Mantha

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Anthony Mantha worked diligently last offseason to add about seven pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-5 frame while not losing anything in terms of speed.

Although Mantha did not make the team out of training camp, an injury forced the team to recall him in November and Mantha never looked back.

Mantha projects to be a 20-goal scorer or better in a full 82-game schedule.

17 - Mantha finished the season with 17 goals, which was 11th among rookies. Toronto's Auston Matthews was first with 40, Winnipeg's Patrik Laine was second with 36 and Carolina's Sebastian Aho was third with 24.

36 - Mantha was also ranked 11th among rookies in points with 36. Toronto's Connor Brown and Nikita Zaitsev also recorded 36 points but did so in 82 games.


How many goals/points do you expect from Mantha this season?

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The Outlook For Henrik Zetterberg

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2017-18 outlook: He was easily the team's best and most consistent player. Can he be just as effective at age 37?

Coach Jeff Blashill planned on playing Zetterberg on the wing, reducing his minutes to keep him fresh the second half of the season and possibly resting him on a few back-to-back situations. Instead, he moved back to center the third game of the season (when Dylan Larkin was moved back to wing), logged slightly more ice time than the previous season and took no games off. He was particularly strong the second half of the season.

Once again, the Red Wings plan to start the season with Larkin at center and Zetterberg on the wing, where he has played extensively during his career, when paired with Datsyuk.

On a team full of players who regressed, Zetterberg was one of the few who stepped up his play. If he can maintain that level, the Red Wings will be delighted. He is still capable of leading the club in scoring and its forwards in minutes and remains a reliable defender.

Key question: Can Zetterberg, at age 37, play as well and as consistently as he did in 2016-17?


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Afternoon news: On Rasmussen’s contract, the WJSS and Lollapalooza Cheli

Of very disparate Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Red Wings signed first round draft pick Michael Rasmussen to an entry-level contract yesterday, and he spoke with DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji and Art Regner about signing his contract, as did Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin:

"it's something that I worked for for a long time and something that me and my family put a lot of work into so it's definitely rewarding to be there and I'm just really happy," Rasmussen said before Team Canada played Team USA. "It's a small step. I still got to prove myself now and the real work starts. It's exciting, for sure."

Less exciting perhaps was the actual signing of the contract at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.

"He actually signed it back in the rink," said Ryan Martin, the Wings' assistant general manager. "I said, 'This isn't going to be a lot of pomp and circumstance, signing it on top of a garbage can in the back of the rink' but nonetheless, we were really excited to get him under contract and have him start his pro career."


"Kenny (Holland, general manager) and I saw him at development camp and it seems as if this year there's been a majority of the guys that were drafted right around him had already signed contracts," Martin said. "Kenny, Kris Draper and I talked about signing Michael either now or waiting until camp. We didn't see any reason to wait."


2. Martin also addressed the quality of play at the World Junior Summer Showcase in a conversation with NHL.com's Adam Kimelman:

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Video- Extended Moments From The Wings At Joe Louis Arena

via awood40's YouTube page,

Best Detroit Red Wings Moments @ Joe Louis Arena: Part 1 (1979-1991).

51 minutes in length.


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