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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
When the Red Wings take the ice Friday for the first time in training camp, it's the first opportunity for players to make an impression in the five-day training camp — which then leads into an eight-game exhibition schedule. In other words, plenty of time for players show they belong in the NHL.
"When the music stops, there's not going to be enough chairs," Babcock said. "You have to make sure you have one of those chairs."
As with every training camp, Babcock wants to establish a tone and work ethic for the rest of the season.
"First thing is, you have to get back your work habits," Babcock said. "Second, you have to have a structure, an understanding of how to play. When you don't have to think anymore, you can go fast.
"Turn the light bulb back on and get everyone going. There's competition for spots."
Mantha met with the media earlier today.
added 10:21am, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today revealed their roster for their 2014-15 training camp, which will be held this week at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich. The camp kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 18 with the 15th annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and will be followed by five days of on-ice practices and scrimmages, starting on Friday, Sept. 19.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
In addition to figuring out that his skillset and high hockey IQ can lead to significant results on the ice in the NHL, Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist learned one important lesson off the ice last season.
Nyquist, a Swede, figured out English is the only language players are allowed to use in the Red Wings dressing room.
"Yeah, and I learned that pretty quickly because sometimes I would ask something in Swedish and they would always answer me back in English and make sure I knew," Nyquist said. "I think it's a good rule. It's just respect for other guys. I think it's a big plus for our leadership. That's how they handle things. You learn pretty fast as a young guy what it means to be a Red Wing."
more plus Kronwall on working with Tony Granato...
via Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Andreas Athanasiou, C – Pure scoring machine. Athanasiou has some serious jets and he can burn you as either the playmaker or the goal-scorer. He put up big numbers for the home team.
Ryan Sproul, D – Another excellent skater, Sproul can really lug the puck up the ice with authority and his big 6-foot-4 frame is intimidating when he’s going as fast he does. Brings a nice offensive dimension, too.
Zach Nastasiuk, C – Real heart-and-soul player. Nastasiuk gives maximum effort and always hustles when there’s an unglamorous job to do. He’s also quite adept at protecting the puck, using his sturdy build to fend off opponents.
Joe Hicketts, D – I’ve gone on about Hicketts before, but I still like him as a prospect, even though he was here on a tryout. Undrafted but undaunted, the undersized blueliner threw a huge open-ice hit against Carolina and snuck in for a beauty goal against Minnesota.
I've watched the Red Wings' prospects play three games over the course of four nights and practice four times over the course of five days.
I've watched Jeff Blashill--who will now assume a supporting role on Mike Babcock's staff when training camp begins on Friday--and a large cast of associate/assistant coaches take 24 players (8 of them free agent try-outs) into a team that participated in what the Red Wings' director of player development says is the best tournament for young players in the world.
The Wings prospects screwed up exactly once, and it cost them the tournament title (to the team that beat them on Saturday night), but I had no idea that they'd earn the "Bronze Medal," as Jared Coreau called the 3rd place game, in the manner that they did. At an incredibly brief morning skate, Blashill admonished the players for needing a wake-up call, and minus one Anthony Mantha (we had a chat, he's fine) the Wings...
Three items of Red Wings-related note hit the wires on Wednesday afternoon (not involving Anthony Mantha's knee, which will be fine).
First, the Red Wings announced that they'd re-signed Danny DeKeyser to a 2-year "bridge" deal, and while "terms were not disclosed," TSN's Aaron Ward reported that DeKeyser gets a $500,000 signing bonus, $2.125 million in base salary this year and $2.25 million next year, yielding a Capgeek-estimated cap hit of $2.1875 million and DeKeyser as a restricted free agent two summers from now.
Capgeek estimates that the Wings now have--with Tomas Jurco on the roster--$3.082 million in cap space remaining.
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff did a fine job of explaining why DeKeyser's deal took until the eve of, "Get on the bus, it's time to go up to Traverse City" to get done:
I would be remiss to not note that the Columbus Blue Jackets, playing without Sonny Milano, captured the Red Wings' Prospect Tournament title today, defeating the Dallas Stars 3-2 in overtime.
The Detroit Red Wings' prospects didn't win the prospect tournament--the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated Dallas 3-2 in OT to capture the title--but the Detroit Red Wings' prospects "bowed out" with pride, rallying from a 2-goal 3rd-period deficit to win the 3rd place game 5-4 in OT.
Tyler Bertuzzi tipped the gamer home, but Andreas Athanasiou was WONDERFUL in scoring 2 goals while battling the flu, Tomas Nosek and Martin Frk (also boogery) scored 2 goals in the final 3:43 of regulation and the Wings overcame some up-and-down goaltending, some mediocre penalty-killing and the loss of Anthony Mantha, who told myself and MLive's Brendan Savage that he was just out for precautionary reasons (he'll be good to go on Friday)...
And now the prospects get two days "off," one tomorrow and a skate on Thursday, and then the main camp begins. It appears that everyone who took part in the tournament will participate in camp, including Hayden Hodgson, so...
The Wings did anything but win in textbook fashion, and there's always the worry that some of 'em will "fall off a cliff" at the main camp, but there was no better way to end the tournament than to rally from 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 deficits and win sans Mantha or Jared Coreau.
In terms of interviews...
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