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Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. I know that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game is the high point of late summer for many of you, so:
2. In the "interesting news" vein, VLT.se's Christopher Gronlund reports that Nicklas Lidstrom's second-oldest son, Adam, has earned a try-out contract with Vasteras IK of the Swedish Allsvenskan (the second-highest league in Sweden).
Adam's dad happens to be on the club's board of directors, but Adam has been raised in Vasteras IK's hockey system, and he's hoping to earn a spot on VIK's third or fourth line.
3. It's entirely possible that Adam and Kevin Lidstrom will join the Red Wings' summer development campers in Traverse City in July, and Julius Vahatalo will be crossing the pond to take part as well. Hockey's Future's Tony Piscotta noted that Vahatalo and his Finnish Liiga team, TPS Turku, made significant progress this past season:
The Red Wings acquired Dylan Sadowy in a trade with the San Jose Sharks today, sending a 3rd round pick in 2017 (not the pick the Wings get for Toronto signing Babcock away) for Sadowy, the Sharks' 3rd round pick in 2014.
Sadowy is a 6'1," 185-pound, left-shooting left winger, and Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin gave the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts forward a thumbs-up while speaking with MLive's Ansar Khan...
Sadowy, 20, is a left wing who spent three-plus seasons with the OHL Saginaw Spirit before being dealt to the Barrie Colts midway through this past season. In 64 games combined with Saginaw and Barrie, Sadowy had 45 goals and 70 points. He added two goals and five points in eight playoff games.
"We like his combination of grit and competitiveness and scoring touch," Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. "He's got to continue to work on his foot speed and his body strength but we really like his upside."
Martin said the Red Wings were eying Sadowy during his draft year.
"We saw him play quite a bit being in Saginaw, not only because of the proximity but we had (goaltending prospect) Jake Paterson there at the time," Martin said. "We followed him closely over the last few years."
Martin said Sadowy projects as a top-nine forward in the NHL.
"He can kill penalties, block shots, go to the hard areas," Martin said. "He scored 42 and 45 goals in the OHL He gets a lot of his goals in the hard areas in front of the net."
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff...
added 3:50pm, Bob McKenzie tweet,
Sadowy has agreed to terms on his entry-level contract with DET:
added 3:58pm, Press release is below...
Red Wings to hold annual equipment and memorabilia sale on Saturday, June 4
Game-used jerseys, equipment & autographed items available for purchase
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will hold their annual equipment and memorabilia sale at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (1845 E. Big Beaver Rd.) on Saturday, June 4, starting at 10:00 a.m. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase game-worn regular season jerseys from the team’s recently-completed 2015-16 campaign. Various game-worn jerseys from previous seasons will also be available at a discounted price.
This one-day-only sale includes Red Wings equipment bags, game-used hockey equipment such as sticks, skates, gloves, helmet visors, socks and various goalie equipment including catcher and blocker sets, leg pads and pants. Select game-used equipment from the 2016 NHL Stadium Series between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche will also be available for purchase.
Yekaterinburg, May 26. TASS. Detroit Red Wings forward and captain of the Russian national team, Pavel Datsyuk, passed his final exams at the Ural Federal Unversity's BN Yeltsin school in Yekaterinburg with an "excellent" Grade. This was reported to Tass by Leonid Rapoport, Regional Minister for Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy.
Datsyuk has been studding "Management in the sphere of physical culture and sport" via correspondence. "Datsyuk passed the state exams at Ural Federal University with 'excellent' grades and now he's preparing to defend his deploma thesis when the date is agreed upon," said Rapoport.
He noted that the theme of the thesis for the ice hockey world champion involves comparison of the management of youth hockey in Canada and Russia. Examines in this thesis work were taking from children's hockey schools in Detroit and Yekaterinburg.
"Pavel is a good analyst, and he compares the experiences of professional and amateur teams. The analysis of his thesis will undoubtedly be used in the preparation of players for the national team," said the regional sports minister.
MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader regarding #8's performance, the Wings' youth movement and possible personnel changes:
"I don't think there needs to a dramatic shakeup," Abdelkader said. "I think change can always be good. I think we still have a lot of good, core parts here. I think looking back at the series with Tampa ... we were really close. If we can get the third goal in a couple of those games, we probably win them.
"I think we're close in a lot of ways but at the same time we're still not there. Does there need to be change? I think there does but that's up to Ken Holland and what he does this summer.
"I think we've got a lot of good young guys that are coming up through the system and that showed this year, that they could be impact players on this team. But anytime you lose in the first round like we have the last few years, there does need to be a shakeup."
WXYZ's Brad Galli conducted a sit-down interview with Henrik Zetterberg, discussing the Wings' playoff exit, Pavel Datsyuk and possible offseason moves:
The Lightning knocked the Red Wings out of the playoffs over a month ago, but Henrik Zetterberg still hasn't gotten over the frustration of another first round exit.
"It's still there. As long as the other teams are playing, you feel the frustration," he told WXYZ on Wednesday.
Zetterberg spoke about the important offseason facing his team, and the notion of playing without Pavel Datsyuk by his side.
"The situation with Pavel Datsyuk, we don't really know if he's coming back or if we have to go after someone else. It's a big offseason facing this club."
The Red Wings captain said he's excited for next season, but knows the story of early playoff exits has grown tired. Detroit hasn't advanced past the first round for three years, and failed to make the Conference Final each of the last seven postseasons.
"I understand the fans' frustrations too, because we want to go deeper. It's a lot of talk about the playoff streak and all that, and obviously we're proud about that, but we want to go deeper than we have the last couple years."
Galli continues, and here's the video of the interview:
Updated 5x at 9 PM: Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist spoke with the Free Press's Carlos Monarrez about the horse with his name...
“Well, obviously, a bummer that he didn’t win at the Preakness,” Nyquist said. “I thought he raced hard, obviously. Great to see him win at the Kentucky. But now it’s looking like he won’t be able to go to the Belmont. It’s a shame, but hopefully, I’ll be able to catch him at a different event.”
On top of Nyquist’s tough Preakness loss, he also has a high white blood cell count that will keep him out of the Belmont.
So the meeting between horse and man — during which they could ask each other: “Why the long face?” — will have to wait.
But through the horse’s meteoric rise in racing world, Nyquist said he enjoyed having a tangential connection to a champion.
“It’s cool, it’s different,” he said. “I watched the race, and it’s different. They’re calling it a horse instead of my name on the ice. So that was different, for sure. But it was an honor to have him called after me. A lot of fun to follow him, for sure.”
And Nyquist addressed his own performance this past season and spring while speaking with the Detroit News's Matt Charboneau:
From the Red Wings:
RED WINGS ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER RED VS. WHITE FANTASY GOLF CLASSIC
… Fans Can Register for Three-Day, Three-Round Golf Tournament Alongside DRW Alumni from June 27-29 in Northern Michigan…
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the details for the first-ever Red vs. White Fantasy Golf Classic, presented by Bud Light, to give fans an opportunity to golf alongside their favorite Red Wings Alumni at three of the most pristine and beautiful golf courses in Northern Michigan from June 27-29.
The exclusive three-day, three-round golf tournament includes green fees, two nights of lodging at Boyne Highlands Resort, transportation, food, beverage, Red Wings golf apparel, accessories and much more for $3,750 per person.
Updated 4x at 4:27 PM: The Red Wings' media corps, including MLive's Brendan Savage, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan and the Free Press's Helene St. James, have checked into the reports that Pavel Datsyuk is negotiating a contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL:
How a contract with a KHL team would work given the NHL's recent "memorandum of understanding" with the KHL regarding respecting valid contracts with each other's respective teams, I'm not certian.
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