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Red Wings overnight report: On coaching, the Osgood-Draper conundrum and two top prospects

Updated with 2 more stories at 8:36 AM: July is never a “slow” month for the Red Wings, and today we should learn quite a bit about the team’s future as the Wings reveal the identities of the assistant coaches who will flank Mike Babcock’s shoulders. At the present moment, it sounds like Babcock will go with “younger legs,” as noted by both the Free Press’s George Sipple...

[Red Wings GM Ken] Holland wouldn’t discuss any potential candidates but did say they were looking “some people with some different ideas. We’ll see.”

He said Wings coach Mike Babcock talked to many people in the industry, from college and junior coaches to assistant coaches to former NHL head coaches.

“We got down to a small, workable number the last few days,” Holland said Thursday. “Tomorrow we’ll announce our staff.”

And the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan all but confirmed that Babcock’s assistants won’t be household names:

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Red Wings’ summer development camp gets underway with a ‘light’ skate

Okay, before I begin, let’s get the roster straight as trying to read a sheet of paper, say, “Hello” to Ken Holland and watch hockey at the same time are too much for my 8-bit brain. Here are the players participating in the Red Wings’ summer development camp in Traverse City, MI:

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Common sense-minded judge tosses octopus-thrower’s misdemeanor as officer fails to show

Updated 3x with a superb summary from Yahoo Sports, citation number included, at 9:09 PM: Well here’s irony for you: WDIV (via RedWingsFeed) reports that the first gentleman who found himself facing a $500 fine and a misdemeanor charge for disorderly conduct for having the unfortunate luck of throwing an octopus at Joe Louis Arena after City of Detroit added a new law to the books will not face any further punishment for treading upon the NHL’s toes:

The Farmington man who was fined by the NHL for throwing an octopus on the ice during a Detroit Red Wings game was charged with disorderly conduct.

There is a Detroit city ordinance against throwing objects on the Joe Louis Arena ice during games. Charlie Graves pleaded not guilty April 26 to a disorderly conduct charge. However, the city has decided to drop the charge. The arresting officer never showed up to court Thursday for Graves’ hearing, Graves said.

The NHL fined Graves $500 after he admitted to ushers that he threw an octopus on the Joe Louis Arena ice during a March 21 game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Kulfan: Red Wings will reveal assistant coaches’ identities tomorrow

Updated 2x at 10:08 PM: Things you miss out on because you’re sitting in the stands: the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan reports that the Red Wings have decided upon the assistant coaches who will flank Mike Babcock’s shoulders sometime on Friday:

The Red Wings will name coach Mike Babcock’s two assistants Friday. General manager Ken Holland said Babcock went through an extensive interview process with candidates from the junior to pro levels.

Paul MacLean and Brad McCrimmon were Babcock’s assistants in 2010-11. MacLean took the head coaching job with the Ottawa Senators and McCrimmon left to become a head coach in Russia.

“The guys we’ll announce will bring energy and some new ideas,” Holland said. “You want guys with communication skills, some ideas on specialty teams and some new ideas.”

Continued with some tidbits from the Wings’ summer development camp.

Update: The Detroit Free Press’s George Sipple confirms:

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Here’s the Wings’ summer development camp roster, try-outs included

Updated 3x at 6:54 PM: Sproul and Macek are participating, Jurco’s wearing #28 and RWC’s Sarah Lindenau was spot-on about the try-outs: From my greedy little hands to you, here’s the Wings’ prospect development camp roster, try-outs included, for those of you who are interested as the youngsters—who didn’t arrive in Traverse City until this morning—get their feet wet with a pretty spirited practice:

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New NHL-KHL ‘agreement’s worth taking with salt

Per Sport-Express’s Slava Malamud on Twitter:

KHL & NHL have signed a cooperation agreement. Not to be confused with a transfer agreement. Reinforcing the commitment to respect contracts

The KHL’s website posted the details thereof, and it’s a very long list...Which might have something to do with the fact that top prospect Mikhail Grigorenko might choose to leave Russia to play Major Junior hockey.

In any case, here’s the raw translation thereof:

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Four reasons to support Commodore 64

Update 8:53 PM: Deadspin likes the idea, too: New Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore suggested that he’s open to honoring a 1980’s relic of computer technology by wearing #64 with Detroit, and while younger Wings fans may not remember the clunky computer whose “blue screen” did not mean that your computer was about to crash, Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski’s starting a very formal public campaign to ask Commodore to don #64, offering at least four reasons why Commodore should do so:

1. The chance to make a pop culture reference on the back of one’s sweater doesn’t come around very often. It’s been roughly eight years since we saw “Heinze 57” skating around.

2. The Red Wings have never had a No. 64, nor have they had a player wear a number in the 60s.

3. Look at the list of all-time No. 64s. Unless Jamie McGinn(notes) or Nikita Nikitin(notes) have masterful careers, Commodore would be the best player to ever wear No. 64, with due respect to Jason Bonsignore and Sven Butenschon. And how many guys can say they’re the all-time best at a certain sweater number besides Ales Hemsky?

4. Finally, just to push the puck over the goal line: Puck Daddy will donate $64 to Mike Commodore’s favorite charity should he wear No. 64 next season with the Wings. If you’ve like to make a similar pledge, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we’ll pass it along to Commodore.

I hope it happens.

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Red Wings add depth while signing a local product in Chris Conner

Updated 2x at 1:08 PM: Well, he’s neither big nor strong, but the Red Wings have at least added a depth forward who should help the Grand Rapids Griffins in former Pittsburgh Penguin Chris Conner:


…  Former Michigan Tech Star and Westland Native has Skated in 139 Career NHL Games with Pittsburgh and Dallas …

Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has signed free agent forward Chris Conner to a one-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Conner has registered 16G-24A-40P in 139 career NHL games as a member of the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins. The 27-year-old native of Westland , Mich. originally began his professional hockey career in 2006 with the Iowa Stars (AHL) after spending four seasons with the Michigan Tech Huskies (WCHA) during which he tallied 69G-60A-129P in 151 games played. Conner has recorded 72G-102A-174P in 218 appearances at the AHL level with Iowa , Peoria and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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Red Wings morning report: The learning curve begins for prospects, blogger

For both the Red Wings’ prospects, the media corps covering them and some random blogger who’s spending the next week in Traverse City, the Red Wings’ decision to avoid the classic power outages that occur due to the aging infrastructure downtown (which forced the Wings to scramble for the latter half of last summer’s development camp), what has become a familiar trip down to Joe Louis Arena for a seven-day-long, closed-to-the-public prospect camp has been turned on its head. This afternoon, the Red Wings’ first summer development camp to be held in Traverse City kicks off with a slate of afternoon skates before engaging in a brutal six-day stretch of on and off-ice workouts which begin at 8:30 in the morning and don’t finish up till 4:45 in the afternoon (these tend to grind the players down, and then some).

While for the Wings’ prospects, there’s no Tigers game to head to as a, “Welcome to the organization” carrot, the Wings’ management clearly believes that a little “geographical cure” and placing them in a training-camp-like atmosphere, literally and figuratively, will help the prospects be better prepared for the prospect tournament and main camp in September…

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Red Wings evening ramble: on assistant coaches, Osgood and a prospect camp reminder/request

Reporting from beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, where the Wings’ summer prospect camp gets underway at 2:30 PM EDT tomorrow…

As the Red Wings’ goaltending situation waits upon Chris Osgood’s return from Scotland to have an in-person interview with GM Ken Holland, the Wings have gotten down to the nitty gritty of determining which assistant coaches will flank Mike Babcock’s shoulders, and Kalamazoo Gazette’s Graham Couch reveals that Western Michigan University coach Jeff Blashill is one of the finalists:

Blashill, who led the Broncos this past winter to their first NCAA tournament in 15 seasons and the CCHA tournament championship game for the first time in a quarter-century, confirmed Wednesday that he’s interviewed for one of the Red Wings’ vacant assistant coaching positions.

“I am interviewing, but they have not made a decision and I have not made a decision yet,” Blashill said Wednesday afternoon. “I do expect to know at some point by the end of the week. ... I think they are narrowing in to make a decision. And, at that point, I will make a decision.”

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