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Grand Rapids Griffins sign two more NCAA players in Kyle Bonis and Mark Zengerle

The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed their fifth NCAA free agent forwards today, adding Ferris State University graduate Kyle Bonis to a mix that includes Shane Berschbach, Alden Hirschfeld and Tyler Barnes--and the team finally announced the signing of University of Wisconsin graduate Mark Zengerle:

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday signed forwards Kyle Bonis and Mark Zengerle to one-year contracts.

A native of Lindsay, Ontario, Bonis picked up 45 points (25-20—45) in 65 games with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades during the 2013-14 season and ranked among team leaders in scoring (4th), goals (2nd) and assists (8th). The 5-foot-11, 175-pound left wing went scoreless in three AHL appearances with the Charlotte Checkers last season and tallied two points (1-1—2) in six games with the Norfolk Admirals late in 2012-13.

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Ken Holland On His Contract, Babcock, DeKeyser And The Season Outlook

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"I've been here a long time and very proud, very happy to be a Red Wing," Holland told the Free Press. "I work for, I believe, the best owners in the NHL — passionate, committed. It's nice to know that ownership has confidence in me to continue to lead going forward."...

"I talked briefly to Mike yesterday; we exchanged texts. He's out west," Holland said. "When he gets back to town, at training camp, we'll sit down and talk. It's best that he and I talk about situation when we're face to face and both engaged in the conversation. So sometime in September, we'll talk."

More immediately, Holland is working on a contract for restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser. Holland said, "We'll find a solution. We like Dan a lot; he's been a real good, young player for us. The hard part is trying to find what's fair for player and for club. He's only played 76 games, but he's a real important part of our team. We'll get him done."...

"Our goal going into 2014-15 is, hopefully, we can compete with the top teams in the East, with Boston and Tampa Bay, and Montreal, which went to the final four. We've got a tough division. We're trying to compete for a playoff spot, be a contender.


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A New Four-Year Contract For Ken Holland

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings announced today that the team has signed executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland to a new four-year contract that will keep him with the organization through the 2017-18 season.

“Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades,” Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. “Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future.”

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Red Wings overnight report: on Frk, Tootoo, Alfredsson, Babcock, Nosek and Jurco

Updated 2x at 6:21 AM with some charming comments from Mikael Samuelsson and some Darren Helm stuff: Wednesday's slate of Danny DeKeyser contract updates certainly brought to mind the regular-season repeat machine, so I'd like to start with a point of clarification regarding Wednesday morning's "Wings in Waiting" article about Martin Frk instead.

The Wings posted the article minus the usual accompaniment of a "Prospect Report" video, so the video posted on Wednesday evening, which includes comments by Ken Holland, Ryan Martin and Griffins coach Jeff Blashill, sheds far more light upon the team's assessment of Frk's worth in light of his difficult professional debut:

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Red Wings afternoon news: DeKeyser draws a crowd and ‘five things’

Updated at 5:28 PM: While my mom's dermatologist was lopping off another suspicious spot, this gentleman made an appearance at the Red Wings' youth camp...

And while yes, he did repeat much of what he told the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa last week, it was at least intriguing to see the number of MSM'ers and non-MSM'ers show up at the rink on August 13th to speak with DeKeyser via Twitter posts (you have to keep busy in the parking lot...And no, I do not go into doctor's offices, I stay in the parking lot. You know how quickly I catch sinus bugs):

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Red Wings’ preseason tix go on sale Friday

FYI/FTR from the Wings:

Red Wings 2014-15 preseason tickets on sale Friday
Meijer Coke Zero Fan Packs featuring 2 tickets, 2 hot dogs, 2 soft drinks start at just $59

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that tickets for all 2014-15 preseason home games will go on sale Friday, Aug. 15 at 10:00 a.m. Detroit’s four preseason home games will feature three clashes with Original Six rivals at Joe Louis Arena, including games against the Chicago Blackhawks (Thursday, Sept. 25), Boston Bruins (Saturday, Sept. 27) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Monday, Sept. 29). A showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins is also slated for Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Joe Louis Arena.

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Grand Rapids Griffins sign fourth NCAA free agent forward in Tyler Barnes

The Grand Rapids Griffins have stocked their forward lines with an intriguing mix of seasoned pros (Andy Miele and Kevin Porter) and AHL-only-contracted NCAA-graduate forwards in Alden Hirschfeld, Shane Berschbach, and unofficially, Mark Zengerle. Today, the Griffins inked a fourth NCAA free agent forward:

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday signed forward Tyler Barnes to a one-year contract.

Barnes, 24, skated in 152 games with the University of Wisconsin from 2010-14, where he accumulated 101 points (45-56—100) and 107 penalty minutes. A native of Eagan, Minn., Barnes capped off his collegiate career with a Big Ten tournament title with the Badgers in March, when he tallied a goal and an assist in the championship game versus Ohio State University. The 6-foot, 190-pound forward ranked fourth on the team in scoring last season with 28 points (14-14—28) and 26 PIM.

Following the conclusion of his 2013-14 collegiate campaign, Barnes had a stint with the San Antonio Rampage and picked up two goals in seven games.

Here's his statistical background:

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What’s Next?

from Chris Peters at CBSSports,

There's no reason to discard the aging stars at this point like Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall. They are still important players. It's the filling the rest of it out with guys like Cleary, Franzen, Weiss, Kyle Quincey and the like. Those players are starting to block the opportunities for young guys to step in with cheaper contracts and probably not nearly as big a drop off as you'd expect.

It seems that the organization's reluctance to hand bigger jobs to younger players may be the part where this organization starts running in place as opposed to moving forward. Mike Babcock is a big part of that, relying more on veterans he trusts than young guys that still have a lot to prove.

But there have been more instances of late where Babcock put more faith in younger players, particularly DeKeyser, Tatar and Nyquist and let them run with it. In those three specific instances it has paid off.

That's the kind of thing that will have to keep happening as the organization enters this new era, one that will soon include a new arena. One of the proudest franchises in the NHL, the Red Wings have always been a little too eager to cling to the past. For the better of the organization, they'll have to focus more on what's next as opposed to what was.

more and a well written article, good read....

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Red Wings mid-day news: Griffins release preseason sked; ice buckets, Ericsson, Lambert & NHL 15

Very briefly, among today's Red Wings-related stories:

The Grand Rapids Griffins released their "preseason schedule," and it consists of exactly two games:

The Grand Rapids Griffins will tune up for the 2014-15 American Hockey League season by playing a pair of preseason games against the Lake Erie Monsters in Windsor, Ontario, and Fort Wayne, Ind., on the first weekend of October.

The first clash will take place on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:05 p.m. at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, home to the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires. The Midwest Division rivals will square off again on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, where the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets play. It will mark the Griffins' first appearance in Fort Wayne since March 3, 1999, when they earned a 4-2 win over the Komets, their International Hockey League rival from 1996-99. During those three seasons, Grand Rapids posted a 5-3-2 record in the Summit City and an overall mark of 11-7-3 versus the Komets.

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Red Wings announce training camp schedule

From the Red Wings and the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau:

Red Wings announce training camp schedule
Team to practice and scrimmage in Traverse City, Mich., from Sept. 18-23

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today unveiled the schedule for their 2014-15 training camp at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Thursday, Sept. 18 to Tuesday, Sept. 23. The camp kicks off with the 15th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa on Thursday, Sept. 18 and will be followed by on-ice practices and scrimmages starting on Friday, Sept. 19. Centre ICE Arena will also be the host site for the annual Alumni & Celebrity Game on Saturday, Sept. 20 and the Red & White Game on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Camp will wrap up the following week, as the Red Wings travel from Traverse City to face Pittsburgh on Monday, Sept. 22, and Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 23, with the non-lineup players set to practice at Centre ICE.

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