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The overnight report: Hangin’ with Mac, prospect talk, and Tweets and videos of note

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Art Regner conducted a 55-minute interview with Darren McCarty for the latest "Red and White Authority" podcast:

2. ESPN's Corey Pronman issued his team prospect rankings on Monday, and in terms of his team-by-team analyses, the rankings were a little short...

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Video- Ken Holland Was On NHL Tonight Yesterday

Update: Here's the video in conventional form:

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Preview Week At The Little Caesars Arena And The District Detroit

(DETROIT – August 16, 2017) Olympia Entertainment today announced details surrounding Little Caesars Arena Preview Week. Events and activities will take place from Sept. 5-10 to provide fans, partners and community members chances to see the state-of-the-art home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and world-class entertainment acts – culminating with the official Grand Opening of Little Caesars Arena on Sept. 12, as Detroit’s-own Kid Rock plays his first of six shows to open the more than 20,000-seat arena.

“It’s thrilling to open our doors and welcome our fans and neighbors to experience this world-class venue for the first time,” said Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “We can’t wait to share the many engaging, memorable spaces and innovative technologies that will allow Little Caesars Arena to provide one of the greatest fan experiences in all of sports and entertainment.”

As part of Little Caesars Arena’s Preview Week, there are several opportunities to preview the state-of-the-art and innovative centerpiece of The District Detroit:

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The Season Outlook For Niklas Kronwall

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Freee Press,

Looking at money: Signed through 2018-19 with an annual average value of $4.75 million. Actual salary in 2017-18 is $3.5 million, then $1.75 million in the last year of the contract.

Looking ahead: This is a dicey situation. How much more can Kronwall give? His body is paying for all the hard miles he put on his prime, when he played big minutes against top opponents and gained fame for being a punishing open-ice hitter. Now it’s fair to wonder if one big hit – either initiated or absorbed – could end his career. If so, there is salary cap relief via long-term injury reserve.

Kronwall is a proud guy with tons of character, and he will do everything within his means to be able to play. He seemed to figure out as the season went along what was the right balance between practicing and not doing so. He was a good partner for Mike Green down the stretch, because Kronwall is a good safety net for a risk taker like Green. With newcomer Trevor Daley on board – and he is tentatively slated to be paired with Danny DeKeyser, and with Jonathan Ericsson back from the injury that sidelined him the last two months of the season, it should be feasible to reduce Kronwall’s even-strength minutes.


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Legal Talk Regarding The Wings’ Logo

from Frank R. Jakes of The Legal Examiner,

Imagine being a corporate executive awakening on Sunday morning to a Tsunami of media images of White Supremacists, KKK and Neo-Nazis embroiled in violent protests and, right there on the internet, newspapers, magazines and TV is your company’s trademark logo being worn as a symbol by these thugs. The sinking feeling is easily imaginable. But fear not because trademark law can save the day!

If you were following current events, this actually happened in Charlottesville during the so-called “Unite the Right” protests. One group of enterprising Neo-Nazis from Michigan has co-opted the Detroit Red Wings logo (above left) for their insignia (worn, for example on a collar). The group known as the Detroit Right Wings (above right) has copied the logo, but replaced the “spokes” on the wheel with repeating “SS” symbols.

On a conventional trademark infringement level, the Detroit NHL franchise may have problems winning a case.  One must prove a “likelihood of confusion.” Commonly, this is referred to as “passing off:” the act of passing the junior party’s goods/services as emanating from the senior user. Since it would be hard to prove that any consumers were confused into joining the Neo-Nazi group believing it to be sanctioned by the NHL club, success would probably be unattainable....

Practically, the NHL club may have some hurdles to overcome. Neo-Nazis are not necessarily known for having a stable presence. The group does not appear to have a formal, corporate structure. It will be difficult to serve the group with process; instead, it may be necessary to serve each of the members. No doubt, this is a daunting prospect since one would expect the group’s members to react to a summons the same way that roaches react to the light: by scattering and hiding.

Of course, the likelihood that the NHL club could actually recover damages is probably wishful thinking. Nevertheless, the public statement of a lawsuit coupled with a list of John Doe defendants could lead to an injunction that might prove useful as the NHL club seeks to rein in the theft of its identity. Sometimes, for a trademark owner, the most important thing is to make a statement that it will not permit its goodwill to be associated with those espousing such hate and vitriol. Stay tuned.


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Morning news: ‘the first injury,’ cap talk, a vague assessment and a sneak peek at LCA

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. European teams are already taking part in preseason games and short tournaments, and as you might imagine, during what amounts to a month's worth of preseason hockey, players get hurt.

According to UNT.se's Martin Nilsson, Wings prospect Gustav Lindstrom's the first name to hit the IR, with Lindstrom suffering an injury to his AC joint in his shoulder. Lindstrom, who plays for Almtuna of the Swedish second division, will probably miss the Four Nations tournament in Finland at the end of the month as a result of his injury;

2. I know that a good chunk of Wings fans believe that the Red Wings will solve their salary cap issues by placing Niklas Kronwall (knee) or Jonathan Ericsson (hip) on the LTIR, but NHL.com's Dan Rosen believes that the Wings will deal with their likely overage by, well, dealing Riley Sheahan. Per Rosen's weekly mailbag:

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The Outlook For Nick Jensen

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2017-18 outlook: Jensen was one of the team's few success stories in an otherwise forgettable season.

Waived after the preseason, he didn't appear to have much of a future with the organization. Recalled from Grand Rapids in mid-December as a temporary replacement due to injuries, he became a fixture in the lineup.

He earned a two-year contract extension on Feb. 27. He finished the season playing on the top defense pairing with Danny DeKeyser. The club protected him in the expansion draft ahead of young D-men Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul.

Jensen is a tremendous skater who moves the puck well and competes hard. His speed and competitiveness can compensate for mistakes and his lack of size.

Jensen might be paired with Jonathan Ericsson at the start of the season. He should continue to see regular duty on the penalty kill. He isn't likely to see power play time, but his mobility and right-handed shot make him an option if there are injuries.


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When a Penguin’s day with the Cup is a noteworthy endeavor

This isn't a Penguins blog, but this is pretty cool: Pittsburgh defenseman and Ann Arbor native Ian Cole brought the Stanley Cup to the C.S. Mott Chlidren's Hospital in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, and WXYZ's Brad Galli was there to chronicle the trip...

As was MLive's Ryan Zuke:

Cole's itinerary during his day with the Cup is less hectic than last year, he said, but he made sure Mott was his top priority. The back-to-back Cup champion took photos with dozens of patients and their families inside the Game Day Experience Room before bringing the Cup to Zingerman's Delicatessen.

Cole will end the evening at his parents' house for a private party with family and friends. Last year, he had a public visit at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube and also made stops at BTB Burrito and Coach & Four Barber Shop.

"This year is a little more low-key," said Cole, 28. "Last year, we definitely tried to share it as much as possible. This year, we wanted to do the same thing with kids here in the hospital. Not only that but the health care professionals who are working with the kids in the hospital, the ability to get some excitement out of the kids and get some excitement from those who are treating them is something we take a lot of pride in."


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‘Three Things’: On Kasper Kotkansalo, room for improvement and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of 2017 draft pick Kasper Kotkansalo:

Kotkansalo, whoi will play for Boston University this season, was at the Red Wings development camp last month and the skills tests gave him an idea of what he needs to improve if he wants to continue moving up the hockey ladder.

"It was like lateral movement was kind of tough for me," he said. "But I think as we get the test results, we also kind of know what to improve on, whether it's like the 10 yards or the 30 yards, if you got to improve on your start or something like that. The results will tell that.

"I had a meeting with the GM and the coaches ... and we were pretty much on the same page on what are my strengths and what I got to improve on. One thing is skating, like the mobility of the skating, and also getting shots through there so two big things for me."


2. WDIV's David Bartkowiak Jr. penned a list of 5 Red Wings players who must improve this season (I'd add the rest of the roster to his list)...

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The overnight report: On Athanasiou’s contract, Cholowski’s options and multimedia

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, the Red Wings are unlikely to re-sign Andreas Athanasiou until the team sorts out its salary cap situation:

The lone unsigned restricted free agent on the roster is forward Andreas Athanasiou. And it’s likely to stay that way for a little while, as the Red Wings deal with the salary cap issues.

General manager Ken Holland said he’s exchanged offers with Athanasiou’s representatives as talks continue.

The Red Wings will get $3.95 million of salary-cap relief with Johan Franzen gets placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR), but that will only leave approximately $1.4 million for signing Athanasiou (likely not enough money) and recalling a player from Grand Rapids during the season if someone goes on short-term IR.

The Red Wings are likely to waive or trade a player — or maybe someone like Sproul (knee surgery) might not be ready to start the season — to get comfortably under the salary cap ceiling.

2. Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff took note of Dennis Cholowski's decision to sign with the WHL's Prince George Cougars:

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