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We finally hear the bottom line--and it is a fiscal one--regarding Daniel Cleary's decision to wear #71 for the upcoming season, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
Two days after newcomer Daniel Alfredsson agreed to surrender his jersey number to Daniel Cleary, who was re-signed to a one-year contract on Friday, the league apparently nixed the deal.
Seems the NHL has committed a large sum of money to Winter Classic merchandise, including Wings jerseys with Alfredsson’s name and No. 11 on them.
Cleary, who wore No. 11 for eight seasons in Detroit, wasn’t keen on having to pick a new number, unfortunately, he was powerless in the decision. He’ll now be the third player in Wings’ history to wear No. 71.
“They already have like $150,000 (committed) and somebody’s got to eat that, so, the heck with that,” Cleary said. “I’m alright with 71.”
always risky to trust this): Cleary will be third Wing to wear 71, joining the illustrious Wendel Clark (1998-99) and Jiri Slegr (01-12), pair of trade deadline acquisition who were shown the door after the season.
I'm absolutely fried, so I need to keep this brief: the Red and White teams tied 3-3 in their annual Red vs. White game at Center Ice Arena, and immediately thereafter, the Wings made their first cuts (Tyler Bertuzzi, Phillipe Hudon, Zach Nastasiuk, Griffins-bound Kevin Lynch, Jake Paterson and try-out Michal Plutnar) and named their roster for tomorrow's game against Pittsburgh.
After the game the locker rooms were opened, and I kind of followed the media folks and kind of went my own way. As such, I missed the first part of Mike Babcock's scrum, where he apparently called out the Franzen-Weiss-Alfredsson line (I will post a reporter Twitter summary below)...
The "Red" and "White" teams technically tied 3-3 at the Red vs. White game in Traverse City this morning, with Xavier Ouellet registering a goal and an assist, Justin Abdelkader registering a goal and two assists, Henrik Zetterberg registering two assists and Daniel Alfredsson registering a helper, though Mike Babcock was NOT happy with his second line when speaking to the media after the game. There were shootout shooters but none of the goals or non-goals "counted."
If you haven't already seen it, here's the roster for tomorrow's exhibition game between the Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins (which will air on WPCW in Pittsburgh...quasi-legal online streams, anyone?)...
Detroit, MI...The Detroit Red Wings today reduced their training camp roster by six players who were assigned to their respective junior teams. With the moves, Detroit’s training camp roster stands at 59 players.
PLAYERS ASSIGNED ON 9/15/13
The Red Wings' exhibition schedule has almost always involved a heavy dose of Eastern Conference play, so the fact that six of the Wings' eight exhibition games involve the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs tends not to strike Wings fans as a regular season schedule-previewing slate of games.
This year the Wings have finally moved to the Eastern Conference, and the Traverse City Record-Eagle's Chris Dobrolowski spoke with Ken Holland, Justin Abdelkader and Brendan Smith about the soon-to-be-apparent switch:
Updated 3x at 12:20 PM: The Alumni and Celebrity game the Red Wings' coaches, management and scouts took part in on Saturday night will most certainly not go down as the greatest hockey game ever played at Centre Ice Arena, but it sure was a hoot.
The "red" team defeated the "white" team 8-6 on the strength of a hat trick from Kris Draper and a pair of goals from Grand Rapids Griffins trainer Brad "Dogg" Thompson, and the game was played over the course of two 30-minute "halves," with only the last 5 minutes being stoppage time.
While Wings coach Mike Babcock gave me a healthy sneer when I suggested that after today--the Red vs. White game takes place tomorrow at 11, and after that, the Wings will reassign most of their junior-eligible players to their respective rights-holders, and hold "morning skates" prior to road exhibition games in Pittsburgh and Chicago--he might have to pare down his teaching somewhat, insisting that he'll "work on details" (trust me, coach, I didn't think you'd be tossing off fluffernutter) and incorporate more systems drills (duh)...
The Red Wings made a late change to their practice schedules for Monday and Tuesday at Centre Ice Arena, and I need to let you know that there's a lot more hockey involved now. There won't just be hour-long morning skates--now the non-game-day teams will hold full practices as well. These are events that aren't sold out, so if you haven't had the opportunity to see the Wings at Centre Ice during the prospect tournament or the main camp, here's another way to catch a glimpse of 'em in Northern Michigan:
Per the Left Wing Lock:
10:00 am – 11:00 am – White team (game day players) pre-game skate (David’s)
11:30 am – 12:45 pm – Red team practice (non-game day players) practice (David’s / West)
Normally I would just add this to the in-progress "news of the training camp day" post, but I want it to stand alone, and I want it to stand alone for a reason.
Tyler Bertuzzi broke the cardinal and only rule of the summer development camps in fighting Nick Jensen on the first day thereof this past July. Nick Jensen was basically forced to oblige him, and in doing so, Jensen tweaked his shoulder.
Jensen, who was the WCHA's defenseman of the year, and is one of the Wings' brighter prospects on an incredibly deep defensive pipeline because he can carry the hell out of the puck as a superb, superb skater, has been attending training camp, but he's doing so with a combination cooling pack and muscle stimulator on his shoulder. According to the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness, Tyler Bertuzzi's indiscretion was VERY costly--for Jensen:
Defenseman Nick Jensen is expected to return from shoulder surgery sometime around December or January.
So he has in fact had surgery and he's going to miss six or seven months because an 18-year-old who'd just been drafted decided to make a name for himself at a skill development camp.
That ain't right.
Updated 3x at 6:17 PM: Amongst the various Tweets, quotes and stories from the third day of Red Wings training camp (audio already posted)...
The Red Wings worked on "backside pressure" and pressure down low today. There were MANY "teachable moments." Lots and lots of stoppages.
If you missed my post about tomorrow's Red vs. White Game at 11 and the preceding practice for the non-game-playing players...
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