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Updated with contents in italics at 8:48 PM: The White Team defeated the Red Team 6-5 at the Red vs. White Game in Traverse City, and the box score tells the game's story:
Jared Coreau was superb in the white team's net, stopping 20 first-half shots (the game took place over the course of 2 25-minute periods, with the last 5 minutes played 3-on-3), and the Red team made a game of things in the second half, but the White Team was able to hold on for a narrow victory.
The best news of the day is that only Tomas Nosek ("day to day" with a knee issue) ended up injured, so the Wings head back to Detroit for tomorrow's game against Pittsburgh almost entirely intact.
Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall skated briskly during the morning session, too (while Alex Globke, Conor Allen, Matthew Caito, Luke Kirwan, Mathew Santos, Filip Hronek, Teemu Pulkkinen and Cal Heeter practiced with Griffins assistant coaches Ben Simon and Bruce Ramsay), so there seemed to be progress made on the injury front.
I'm going to do player evaluations on a line-by-line basis, and I should note that the lines were basically matched up, 1 vs. 1, 2 vs. 2, 3 vs. 3 and 4 vs. 4, so there was a significant "at one's level" competition taking place:
Among this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories:
1. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a write-up of the Red vs. White Game:
Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha nearly pulled off a rally as the Detroit Red Wings put on a high-paced finale to training camp today.
Team White held on to defeat Larkin and Mantha's Team Red, 6-5, at Centre Ice Arena, in a game that featured two 25-minutes halves and the final five minutes at 3-on-3. Mantha and Larkin scored back-to-back goals to pull Red within 5-3 after trailing 5-1. Jimmy Howard allowed two goals on 10 shots in the first half, while Jared Coreau stopped all 20 shots he saw from the Reds. Nine goals came in the second half.
“I thought the intensity level was good, I thought the speed was good,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We made some adjustments in our D-zone, so we’ve got to continue to teach that.
“We can still get better at sprinting out of our end and putting teams on their heels, but I did think our transition was pretty fast.”
St. James continues, adding a World Cup note...
2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan wrote a notebook article encompassing several topics, including the Red vs. White game...
From the Winnipeg Free Press's Danielle Da Silva:
Danny Schur is hoping the legendary hockey goalie who inspired his latest film will also inspire support for Riverview Community Centre. A local filmmaker and Riverview resident, Schur is screening his latest docu-drama Made in Winnipeg: the Terry Sawchuk Origin Story on Oct. 1 at Riverview Community Centre (90 Ashland Ave.) with proceeds going to the centre.
Riverview resident Danny Schur is producing a docu-drama on the famous Winnipegger Terry Sawchuk - an outstanding goalie in the NHL and Manitoba's 'Player of the Century.'
Schur shot portions of the film at Riverview on the outdoor rink in February 2015. According to Schur, the centre was instrumental to developing the setting, esthetic and overall feel of the movie, which combines interviews and re-enactments to illustrate Terry Sawchuk’s beginnings in Winnipeg.
"Terry Sawchuk played on that very ice, sat in the very dressing room that we were shooting in," Schur said. "It was period-correct, it suited the theme of the film, and it made the film look better and psychologically be better by being somewhere Terry was."
"The documentary will eventually be available via the internet," Schur said. "I’m working on a deal with the Detroit Red Wings so that they will acquire the film, and then everyone in whole world can see it.
From the Free Press's Helene St. James...
Should the Wings be interested [in Jacob Trouba]? Absolutely. Trouba is worth finding a way to clear salary cap space. But the bigger hurdle is the enormous trade cost: at least three pieces including a first-round draft pick. Larkin is an untouchable, and I think fellow forward Anthony Mantha should be, too. He has a swagger about him that indicates that he is ready to take a big step forward in his career. If the Jets want a lefty defenseman in return, the Wings would have to cough up Danny DeKeyser as part of the package -- again, a steep price for a defenseman who isn’t a true No. 1 guy.
One thing to remember: The Jets aren’t obligated to trade Trouba any more than the Tampa Bay Lightning had to move Jonathan Drouin when he expressed unhappiness with his situation last season. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was patient and, ultimately, that situation ended up working out for both sides. Maybe the Jets end up moving Trouba -- they won’t lack for suitors -- but there is no rush to do so.
The Wings have been looking for upgrades on defense. Last summer saw talk with the St. Louis Blues about Kevin Shattenkirk, but that ended when the Blues asked for Larkin. This summer, there were talks with Anaheim regarding Cam Fowler, but the Ducks can't really move him while Hampus Lindholm remains unsigned.
Of near and dear Red Wings-related note to me: the Wings thanked the volunteers at Centre ICE Arena for their tremendous efforts in making the prospect tournament and training camp happen, and camp director Ann Reeves recevied some fine send-off gifts from the team as she transitions to a position in Dallas:
The White Team defeated the Red Team 6-5 at the Red vs. White Game in Traverse City, wrapping up the team's training camp activities. After the game, several Wings spoke with the media:
Jared Coreau discussed his likely status as the Grand Rapids Griffins' starter and his understanding that he's to establish himself in that role; Coreau discussed some of the offseason work he's put in to helping refine his craft as a goaltender and his confidence moving forward as well:
from Anser Khan of Mlive,
The preseason will be somewhat of an audition for Darren Helm to see if he is best suited to return to the third-line center spot he has played most of his career with the Detroit Red Wings.
"Darren Helm hasn't played center full-time in four years, so I think it's impossible for him or I to know if it's the best thing for him or the team today," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "So let's watch him in preseason, give him time to get comfortable. He'll get in four games or so and let's see if that's the best option for the team and him.
"I think he's happy wither way, at center or wing, but we want to see if that speed and transporting ability can help us at the center position."
from Josh Berenter of the Wings' website,
DeKeyser, who earned a career-high eight goals last season, along with a team-high 107 blocked shots and a team-high 21:49 time on ice, said he just wants to be the best player he can be and help the Red Wings win games anyway he can.
"I just try to take steps forward every year," DeKeyser said Sunday during Day 3 of training camp at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City. "I'm trying to do that again this year. Just improve on my game, be better than I have been in the past and just be a better player."
The 26-year-old isn't the most vocal player in the locker room, but after playing 234 career games, DeKeyser said he's happy to become a leader to young Red Wings players on and off the ice
"I've been in the league a little over three years, so not a long time, but enough to where I'm comfortable now," he said. "I can see when young guys come in, it can be tough sometimes, so it's always good to try to help other guys out and try to lead by example."
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan wrote an article discussing the competition between Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul for a spot on the Wings' blueline:
“Every training camp I’ve come to I’ve thought I could make it,” Ouellet, 23, said. “I’ve always had that mindset. ... The decisions they had to make the last two years, with contracts and stuff, won’t affect me anymore. Now it’s about my game and how I play.”
Sproul signed a two-year contract Friday, the first year a two-way contact (in case he returns to Grand Rapids) and the second year a one-way NHL contract.
“It’s very important this year, I’ve said it before, they’re looking for guys to step up in this camp, and that’s my goal, to step up and make it hard for them to send me down,” Sproul said.
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