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Articles from practice: On AA and Mantha’s statuses, Pulkkinen on waivers and lineup notes

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill regarding the team's desire to keep Anthony Mantha or Andreas Athanasiou on the team for the start of the 2016-17 season, even though neither player practiced on one of the lines that appears to be in the mix for Thursday's opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning:

Since it doesn't make sense to have a top prospect sitting rather than playing, Blashill said the situation would be monitored closely by general manager Ken Holland. “If they are playing lots up here, there will be no issues,” Blashill said. “If they are not playing lots up here, then we will make sure they get down there and play.

“Whichever guy stays, whether he is in the lineup in game one or not, he’ll either get an opportunity soon or we’ll get him down and get him playing.”

The Wings are hoping Pulkkinen clears. He had a disappointing camp (it didn't help he was coming off off-season shoulder surgery) but has a blistering right-handed shot.

“We’ve got a number of good players and right now, in Teemu’s case – from our standpoint, we hope he doesn’t get claimed,” Blashill said. “ It will give him a chance to get down and play. He hasn't played much over the last year, so I don’t think his game is where it will be once he gets playing again.

“If he is able to clear and go down to Grand Rapids, I think it’s a great thing for him. He’s excited about getting a chance to get playing.”

St. James continues, and she posted a video of Blashill's remarks:

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Griffins donate $15K to Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary School media room makeover

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan on Monday unveiled their $15,000 media room makeover for Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary School, which was chosen in May from 21 elementary and middle schools throughout Kent County as the winner of their second annual Media Room Makeover Contest.

Located in a 52-year-old building at 1353 Van Auken St. SE in Grand Rapids, Ken-O-Sha Park provides an inclusive environment for 165 students enrolled in preschool through fifth grade. The school also houses the Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program and Physically Impaired Program, which provides special education services to children from other school districts within Kent County.

Through this makeover, Ken-O-Sha Park’s media room received new bookshelves, a reading nook, furniture, carpet, blinds, paint, and window and wall decorations, along with asbestos abatement. Students will also enjoy using new Chromebooks.


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Well, it’s something positive: Athanasiou or Mantha will make the team

Neither player practiced in the Wings' probable opening night lines during today's practice, but there's some small comfort in reading this from the Free Press's Helene St. James:

And in theory, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

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Dylan Larkin sits down with WXYZ’s Brad Galli

Via RedWingsFeed, Dylan Larkin sat down with WXYZ's Brad Galli for a 3-minute interview, discussing the lessons he learned during his rookie campaign and the adjustments he will be making as a sophomore NHL'er:

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Practice Tweets: Wings skate in mid-afternoon practice with probable opening night lineup

The Red Wings returned to practice at Joe Louis Arena on Monday, preparing for Thursday's season-opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning:

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Wings reach out to youth hockey organizations during preseason

From DetroitRedWings.com's Josh Berenter:

This preseason, the Detroit Red Wings offered youth hockey teams throughout Metro Detroit the chance of a lifetime to enjoy a Red Wings game from a premium suite at Joe Louis Arena.

240 suite tickets worth more than $28,000 were donated and distributed between the Red Wings' four preseason games to 14 local youth organizations.

The suite ticket recipients included the Adrian Youth Hockey Association, East Side Youth Sports Foundation, Livonia Squirt Rangers, Port Huron Beavers, Northville Vipers, Novi Mini Mites, Little Caesars Farmington Hills Hockey, Jackson Hockey Association, Lansing Spartans Hockey Club, St. Mary's Hot Shots, Jack Adams Memorial Arena and the Clark Park Polar Bears, as well as representatives from the Red Wings' Little Wings Program.

In addition to watching the game from a suite, each group selected one member to participate in the pre-game high-five tunnel to greet players as they entered the ice, and each group took a post-game photo at center ice.


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Red Wings waive Teemu Pulkkinen

Updated 2x at 12:37 PM: From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

Either Andreas Athanasiou or Anthony Mantha made the team over Pulkkinen.

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson doesn't believe that Teemu Pulkkinen is a slam-dunk to be claimed:

Update: For what it's worth, the Wings waived Ben Street, too:

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Morning news: keys to the playoffs, Bovada points odds and Twitter tidbits

Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. . MLive's Ansar Khan penned a list of keys to the 2016-17 season in slideshow form;

2. Here are Bovada's "over-under" point predictions for the Red Wings' star players:

Detroit Red Wings

Dylan Larkin (DET)     Over/Under                   52.5

Gustav Nyquist (DET)  Over/Under                   47.5

Henrik Zetterberg (DET)         Over/Under                   53.5

3. Martin Frk thanked the Wings' organization on Twitter:

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Prospect news: Elfstrom 2+1 for Malmo Redhawks

Of prospect-related note:

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh's Val-d'Or Foreurs lost 7-1 to Shawinigan;

In the Swedish J20 league, Mattias Elfstrom scored 2 goals and added an assist in the Malmo Redhawks' 4-2 win over HV71;

And Alfons Malmstrom had a solid game in Orebro HK's 3-0 win to Sodertalje SK, per Red Wings Prospects on Twitter:

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At least Martin Frk will be reunited with a friend in Andrej Nestrasil

This has been a frustrating day for Red Wings fans not because Martin Frk is the next coming of a 20-goal-scorer, but most definitely because Martin Frk was a useful player, and the Red Wings' asset management model is now consistently bleeding useful players to other teams via waivers.

When your team loses useful players every September, every November, whenever a burgeoning roster of veterans can no longer accommodate the players who would naturally be "filling spots" on the roster if the Wings hadn't gone out and signed two or three too many veterans during the off-season--even if those veterans might be "more useful" players--it becomes increasingly and increasingly frustrating to watch yet another player be plucked off the waiver wire.

If there is good news for Martin Frk, at least, the Raleigh News & Observer's Chip Alexander reports that Frk is going to a team where he'll be given an opportunity to succed alongside a good friend in former Wings prospect Andrej Nestrasil...

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