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Todd Bertuzzi On Nephew Tyler

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“Not to go outside my realm here, but I think he’s a player the Wings could use,” Todd told the Free Press. “He’s an energy guy, good with the puck, and good defensively.”

Credit some of Tyler’s emergence as an all-around player to another former Wing, Daniel Cleary.

“Bear had Tyler in Grand Rapids this year, they spent a lot of time together and I give Bear a lot of credit for teaching Tyler how to be a pro,” Todd said. “I can see the difference in Tyler, just in his maturity level overall. I’m very close with Dan, and he’s told me how impressed he is with how intelligent a player Tyler is at both ends of the ice. Being an ex-Wing, I know they stress a 200-foot game.

“I think there’s a good possibility that if he has a very good camp and keeps his head small, goes in there and works hard, there’s a good chance he shows them something.”

Tyler, 21, is up against a glut of forwards, but Larkin was 19 last fall when he showed his bosses he belonged in Detroit.

“We’re high on Tyler as a prospect,” assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. “It wouldn’t be a surprise if he opened some eyes. We expect a lot out of him. He warrants a long look and we expect him to have an opportunity to play some games.”


Update: The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a video of Tyler Bertuzzi discussing his off-season and participation in the Wings' summer development camp:

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Video- Want More Pavel Datsyuk Highlights?

awood40 with part 3 of the Pavel Datsyuk highlight reel.  

Watch below 43 minutes of regular season highlights from the 2014-16 seasons.

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Season Outlook For Anthony Mantha

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Looking ahead: The Wings want Mantha, who turns 22 in September, to use exhibition season to show he belongs in Detroit, just as 2014 first-round pick Dylan Larkin did last year. Between the glut of forwards and Mantha being vulnerable because he is waiver-exempt it will require standout performances, but Mantha should swagger into camp after the successful second year of pro hockey he delivered. He excelled among his peers in the AHL, and didn't look nervous at the NHL level. The biggest area Mantha needs to improve is playing in his own zone, and learning just how much faster his decision-making has to be at the NHL level. The maturity he is showing should help pave the way.


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Everyone Needs To Step It Up Says Luke Glendening

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

If the Detroit Red Wings are going to fill the void created by Pavel Datsyuk's defection to Russia and turn around their playoff fortunes, forward Luke Glendening thinks it will have to be a group effort.

Glendening says everyone will have to raise their level of play after the Red Wings barely made the playoffs before getting bounced in the first round for the third straight year....

"It's not going to be one guy's job to carry the load that he carried. That's pretty impossible. But everyone's got to do their job and do their part.

"I think a lot of guys had a down season last year and weren't exactly where they wanted to be. If everyone can take a step, it doesn't have to be a huge one, but a little one, we could be in a good spot."

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The Kid Is Ready

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Riley Sheahan On The Upcoming Season

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Sheahan wants to be a more well-rounded player in his fourth NHL season.

"Just kind of trying to contribute in every way – penalty kill, power play and just being more consistent 5-on-5," he said. "I think that'll be huge. Hopefully get a chance out there on the power play and sort of try to continue off what I did at the end of the year.

"I'm going to be happy to play at whatever position (coach Jeff Blashill) puts me. If that's a wing position or a center position, I'll be happy. I'm sure in all those spots you're going to be playing with some good players."

Consistency is another big goal for Sheahan.

He had two long stretches – 15 games in the first half of the season and 17 in the second – when he didn't score a goal and that's the kind of thing Sheahan wants to avoid.


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The Wings’ Summer

from Sean McIndoe of Sportsnet,

Now that we’re into the month of August, the NHL off-season is largely done.

Sure, there are still six weeks until training camps open. But most of the big moves have already happened, and we’ve settled into the dog days of summer when not much is going on.

Most teams have already done the majority of what they’re going to do. And it’s fair to say that some teams had more straightforward summers than others.

And so it’s time to break out the annual Bizarro-meter, in which we rank each team’s off-season based on just how strange it’s been.

Let's be clear: "bizarre" does not necessarily mean "bad." An unexpected move or two can work out great, while a conservative approach will often fail miserably.

Detroit Red Wings

The off-season so far: They were yet another Atlantic team that made room for Stamkos and didn't land him. They also dumped Datsyuk's contract in a move that, despite initial concerns, turned out not to cost them much of anything. The combination of those two moves left them with plenty of cap space to work with.

But their strangest move was: Using that space on a whole bunch of questionable signings, including Vanek, Neilsen and Steve Ott, plus big extensions for Danny DeKeyser and Darren Helm.

Bizarro-meter ranking: 5.5/10. Ken Holland is tough to figure out. As best I can tell, fans in Detroit don't trust him much anymore, while everyone else still thinks he's one of the league's best. His work so far this off-season has been… interesting.

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Video- How About Some Petr Mrazek Highlights?

Thanks to awood40, here is just over 14 minutes of Petr Mrazek highlights from last season.


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Andreas Athanasiou Plans To Be Ready To Play In September

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“It's such a tough situation with the team we had,” Athanasiou said. “There's reliable players that the coach has and, when you step in halfway through the season and produce, it kind of puts them in a situation where they have to juggle lines.

“Unfortunately, I got the minutes I got, but I'm not complaining. I'm OK with that. Obviously, I wanted it to be more, but it was just my foot in the door there.”...

Athanasiou, like Anthony Mantha, can be sent to the minors without needing to be exposed on waivers. That's what happened to Gustav Nyquist in the fall of 2013, when he was sent down even as he had shown the previous season that he belonged in the NHL.

All Athanasiou can do is make a strong case for staying, like Larkin did last year.

“I'm just going to stick to my plan this summer and work hard,” Athanasiou said. “Come September, I'm going to be ready to play. It's in their hands what they want to do. I’ll try to make their decision as easy as possible.

“I'm fortunate enough to be blessed with speed -- everything else can come hand-in-hand with that. I've got one of the hardest parts of the game down pat, so the other parts can come. It's just going to be fun.”


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Will Gustav Nyquist Have A Better Year?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Looking ahead: Was last season an aberration for Nyquist? The Wings can only hope so. Setting aside his lack of playoff scoring, at the very least he needs to be productive during the regular season and help the team make the playoffs. Perhaps new assistant coach John Torchetti can help Nyquist grow his game, make him a little harder for opponents to play against. As with Tomas Tatar, Nyquist, 26, is one of the players the team wants to see step up and lessen the burden of Henrik Zetterberg now that the captain is in his mid-30s. Nyquist could also be traded as part of the effort to upgrade on defense.


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