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The Season Outlook For Gustav Nyquist

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Looking ahead: Consistency is something Nyquist, 27, needs to address. He got off to a great start last autumn on a line with Thomas Vanek and Darren Helm, but once Vanek got injured, Nyquist (and Helm) quieted. At the halfway point, Nyquist had not scored a goal in 21 games, and had just one goal his last 35 games. Of his 48 points, 30 came during the second half, 19 of them after the Wings had signaled defeat by being sellers at the trade deadline – and once he got to play on a line with Henrik Zetterberg.

If the Wings are to be competitive, it is tantamount that players such as Nyquist embrace being a go-to guy. Next season he will have the sixth-highest salary on the team. He averaged 17:26 in average time on ice in 2016-17, an increase of more than two minutes from the previous season. Nyquist does not play physical, but he’s smart, and he’s a good passer, and he has shown in the past he can score goals. He needs to develop better consistency, and he needs to find a way to be more productive especially given how big a part of the power play he is.

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Do You Want Alexey Marchenko Back With The Wings?

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Morning news: On Will Butcher, Green’s ‘numbers’ and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff, the Red Wings will do their best to land NCAA free agent-to-be Will Butcher when the clock strikes midnight tonight:

The Wings intend to be suitors when defenseman Will Butcher officially becomes an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday.

A fifth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2013, Butcher, has opted to explore the market rather than sign with the team that was the NHL’s worst in 2016-17.

The 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner while playing at Denver, Butcher was also named Denver’s male athlete of the year and an NCAA West First Team All-American.

The 5-10, 186-pound Butcher, who shoots left, was second among NCAA defensemen in scoring with 7-30-37 totals in 43 games and was third overall with a plus-27 rating.

2. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji examined Mike Green's 2016-17 season "By the Numbers"...

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The Outlook For Anthony Mantha

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2017-18 outlook: A rough start to his pro career during his first two AHL seasons raised some concerns, but Mantha put many of them to rest with a strong rookie season.

He capitalized on the opportunity to play on Henrik Zetterberg's line. His size and natural goal-scoring ability are important to the team.

Mantha wasn't satisfied, which is always a good thing, calling it an up and down season. His goal is to be more consistent, not experience a prolonged slump, the kind which led to being scratched two games March 10-12. He needs to move his feet consistently, win battles and compete hard.

He was used sometimes as a net-front presence on the power play because of his size, but his good hands and shot might be better utilized in the slot or on the half-wall. Increasing power-play production (one goal, two assists) is one of the goals this season.

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Caputo discusses two Wings weaknesses

The Oakland Press's Pat Caputo suggests that the "Red Wings have lost their credibility," citing the Hockey News's predictions for the 2017-18 season and its list of people of power and influence in the sport, and Caputo suggests that there are two weaknesses that the Wings may be able to address this upcoming season:

The Red Wings had two overwhelming issues last season. Foremost was goaltending. Petr Mrazek was a major disappointment. His attitude, according to multiple sources inside and outside the organization, soured to the point he lost trust in the dressing room. It was mirrored by Mrazek’s subpar and inconsistent performance on the ice. But he is a talented goalie. I expect Mrazek to perform better after no team wanted to trade for him, which is the primary reason, coupled with his $4 million salary, Las Vegas passed on him during the expansion draft.

Jimmy Howard, who has an abundance of competitive character, had a comeback season, but injuries limited it. I can see that combo performing much better.

The often stunning inability of the Red Wings’ defense to move the puck was the other glaring weakness. Trevor Daley, from the Penguins, is older (he will play this season at 34), but was a solid free agent signing. Nick Jensen has time under his belt. Mike Green isn’t a top pairing defenseman anymore, but is still skilled. Those three move the puck relatively well.

It remains to be seen how Danny DeKeyser responds from a decidedly disappointing season, or if 36-year-old Niklas Kronwall, who played better late last season when his knee issues cleared, perform better.

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NHL Statement On The Detroit Red Wings Logo

NEW YORK (August 12, 2017) -- The National Hockey League today released the following statement regarding use of the Detroit Red Wings logo:

"We are obviously outraged by the irresponsible and improper use of our intellectual property as seen this weekend in Charlottesville, Va. This specific use is directly contrary to the value of inclusiveness that our League prioritizes and champions. We will take immediate and all necessary steps to insure the use is discontinued as promptly as possible, and will vigorously pursue other remedies, as appropriate."

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Bryan Murray passes away

According to Sports Illustrated's Michael Farber, former Ottawa Senators GM and Red Wings GM/coach Bryan Murray has passed away. He was battling colon cancer.

Update: Here's the Wings' statement on Murray's passing:

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It’s an average Saturday morning…in which the Wings have to condemn a degradation of their logo

If you want to know the background surrounding this, Russian MIachine Never Breaks' Peter Hassett and Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski delve into the subject, but the long story is that a group of "right wing" people have co-opted the Red Wings logo for the purposes of disseminating hate, and the Red Wings had to craft a statement denouncing the Nazis who stole their logo this morning:

In college, I had a poster on my wall with the slogan "Hockey Is for Everyone" in the living room, and it included pictures of Julie Chu, Angela Ruggiero and Anson Carter. I was introduced to hockey by a Korean-American and taught to play goal by my cousin and my mom. I hope that the Wings sue the crap out of these jerks.

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‘Google Translated’: Datsyuk on the Wings’ reboot

Any Russian-speakers in the house? I was looking at the international news just before 6 PM when a quote from Pavel Datsyuk popped up on Championat, citing an interview from NHL.com/ru, the NHL's Russian website. The interview, penned by Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov, contains some Datsyukian puns, and it's...it's a bit of a garbled mess through Google Translate.

If anyone's willing to expertly translate, please let me know, because I get the feeling that English-speakers are missing the best parts:

For the first time in a quarter of a century, "Detroit" did not get into the playoffs, and it happened exactly in the season when the team left Pavel Datsyuk. The team is going through a very serious restructuring.

"Once it was supposed to happen - one and the other," Datsyuk believes. "I think the last few years have focused very much on the fact that Detroit has reached the playoffs, and the emotions around knocked down the mood of the players. But you do not just have to get into the Stanley Cup, but fight for the trophy.

"Now started, as it is fashionable to say, a reboot. I think that Detroit will change its priorities. A small step - go to the playoffs, the ultimate goal - the Stanley Cup. It is necessary to go to this. I think the plus is that last season everything happened just like that. From now on, it's time to start a new life. "

The interview continues (very roughly translated)

Update: Henrik Zetterberg gave an interview to Sundsvall's Tidning about his hometown team, Timra IK, but the interview is a subscriber-only one...

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Last ice

Joe Louis Arena has a certain future--it will be demolished and redeveloped--but an uncertain timeline for its disposal, so the rink may very well sit around for a couple of years unoccupied...but the last "ice" at the Joe will be disposed of in short order, per Red Wings announcer Ken Kal, and I wonder whether the Wings will consider bottling it:

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