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Khan speaks with Dylan Sadowy about his strengths

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with newly-acquired Red Wings prospect Dylan Sadowy regarding the 6'1," 195-pound winger's strengths:

"I'm a two-way player that can play both ends of the rink," Sadowy said. "I can score goals, but I'll sacrifice my body for the team. I'll block shots and take hits to make a play and I'm a good PK guy that can be counted on in the last couple minutes of the game."

That grit also appealed to the Red Wings, who signed Sadowy to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday. They acquired the 20-year-old left wing's rights from the San Jose Sharks on Thursday for a third-round pick in 2017.

Sadowy (6-1,195) scored 45 and 42 goals, respectively, in his final two juniors years, the last of which was split between the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts. The Red Wings like his grit and knack for scoring from around the net.

"That's an area a lot of players don't want to go and that's where I scored most of my goals, going hard to the net and getting rebounds and greasy goals," Sadowy said.

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Griffins announce 6 ‘guaranteed home dates,’ including opening night

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:

HOME OPENER SET FOR OCT. 14

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins will begin the home portion of their 2016-17 season with Opening Night presented by Huntington Bank on Friday, Oct. 14 at Van Andel Arena, one of six home dates that have been confirmed by the American Hockey League.

In addition to their home opener, the Griffins will host their 20th annual New Year’s Eve game on Saturday, Dec. 31. Girl Scout Night and the first Cross-Ice Jamboree will be on Saturday, Jan. 7. Grand Rapids’ home contest on Saturday, Jan. 21 will accommodate Boy Scout Night and serve as part of the 2017 Great Skate Winterfest, one of the team’s annual fundraisers for the Griffins Youth Foundation.

The second Cross-Ice Jamboree will be held prior to the Saturday, Feb. 4 game while a Polar Plunge benefiting the Special Olympics is set for Saturday, Feb. 25.

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Dylan Sadowy signing officially official

From the Red Wings...

Here's the press release:

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Walleye’s Evan Rankin to hold hockey camp for kids with disabilities

From the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

A compelling encounter with an enthusiastic young fan planted the seed for Walleye forward Evan Rankin to help organize a fantasy hockey camp for players with developmental disabilities.

Rankin, Toledo’s outgoing and generous veteran, met Ryan Sly, an eager and energetic fan, before a game at the Huntington Center in March. Ryan’s mother, Marie Sly, videotaped the interaction.

“It was a special-needs team from Grand Rapids that had come to watch our game,” Rankin said. “There was this one young boy really cheering us on. I played along with him, and his mom sent me a video of it. We got to talking and I proposed this idea to her. She was on board and ran with it.”

Rankin will host the inaugural Professional Hockey Academy Special Hockey Fantasy Camp in Livonia, Mich., on June 4-5.

The camp is sponsored by the American Special Hockey Association, which was created in 2000 to give people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey.

Continued, and Rankin's camp still has open spots...

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Free Press discusses the Wings’ sticky cable TV revenue wicket

You may or may not have much interest in this, so I'll suggest that the Free Press's Joe Guillen offers a story of selective interest this morning:

The city of Detroit may have missed out on millions of dollars from Olympia Entertainment as part of revenue from the Detroit Red Wings cable TV agreements, according to documents obtained by the Free Press.

A 1999 sublease between Olympia and the Detroit Red Wings states that the Red Wings would be responsible for paying the city a 25% share of the team’s annual cable TV revenues, under certain conditions.

During years of contentious discussions before a 2014 settlement, Olympia consistently maintained that it owed the city no TV revenue, since the TV deals were with the Red Wings and not with Olympia. Legal experts say the existence of this sublease might have weakened Olympia’s claims.

Detroit officials may have never known about the sublease as the city and Olympia, for a period that stretched seven years beginning in 2007, debated cable TV revenue payments. The city in early May rejected a Free Press Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the sublease, stating that the city did not have a copy in its files. Olympia was required to file the sublease under its master lease of Joe Louis Arena with the city.

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‘Three Things’: A ‘Centennial Classic’ note, a Memorial Day reminisce and Tweets of note

To keep you busy in case watching the Penguins-Sharks Stanley Cup Final pains this blog's Red Wings-rooting partisans (see: two Stanley Cup Final engagements and four playoff series):

1. Of note from Gary Bettman's state-of-the-game speech, from the Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James issued a Memorial Day remembrance of a different kind...

With today's start of the Stanley Cup Finals between Pittsburgh and San Jose, let's look back 8 years to when the Detroit Red Wings had a game on Memorial Day.

On May 26, 2008, the Wings hosted the Penguins at Joe Louis Arena in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (The Wings also played on Memorial Day in 2013, but that was a second-round game because the lockout pushed the playoffs to a late start).

Two days earlier, the Wings had opened the series with a 4-0 victory. The best way to follow up on a shutout in Game 1?

How about a shutout in Game 2.

St. James continues...

3. Ted Lindsay made an appearance in the Saint Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade;

4. On Twitter...

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Viceland’s Vice World of Sports to examine hockey history in Michigan’s Copper Country

Michigan's Upper Peninsula was actually a hockey hotbed in the late 1800's and early 1900's as the lumber industry flourished and copper mining hit paydirt. Local lumber and mining companies sponsored some of the first professional hockey teams in the world throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and "Viceland's" Vice World of Sports will be airing a special about Calumet, Michigan's Gibson Cup this Wednesday at 11 PM EDT:

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‘Two Things’: Joe Thornton’s recollection of 97 and a quick interview with Sadowy

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. This story is not what you'd expect from Joe Thornton, but NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika relates a surprising tale about the one time Thornton's seen the Stanley Cup awarded on NHL ice...

It was 1997, and he was 17, a top NHL prospect. Agents Mike Barnett and Eddie Mio had an office in Detroit and season tickets in the lower bowl behind the net at Joe Louis Arena. Mio said he thought it would be a good experience for him to see the Red Wings face the Philadelphia Flyers in the Final.

He went to Game 4 with his brother John, a huge Steve Yzerman fan and the reason he started wearing No. 19. They witnessed the Red Wings end their 42-year championship drought, arena rocking, confetti falling. They saw Yzerman -- the guy critics had said couldn't win, the guy the team had almost traded -- lift the Cup for the first time at age 32.

John said they were "bawling" at the sight of it.

"I didn't know his struggles or anything like that at the time," Joe said. "I just thought, 'This guy's the man, and he won it.' That's all I thought, 'Wow, that's Stevie Yzerman, and he's hoisting the Cup. What a special moment.' "

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2. And this comes to us via the Red Wings Redditors on Reddit: Dylan Sadowy gave a short interview to CTV Barrie, and both Sadowy (Sad-o-way) states that he went to the same high school with Andreas Athanasiou, he thanks the Barrie Colts for his time with them, and he looks forward to beginning his pro career.

 

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Questions For Ansar Khan

Question time for Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Q: What's your take on the defense? I feel we could shed some significant salary if we brought up Sproul, Ouellet and (Nick) Jensen followed by dumping Big E (Jonathan Ericsson) and Smith. Why aren't these guys up yet?

A: They weren't up because the club didn't believe they were ready or were better options than what they had.

Despite Ericsson's struggles, they like having a big body on defense, even though he doesn't play physical. I think it would be difficult to move his contract (four years remaining at a $4.25 million cap hit and a modified no-trade clause).

They have a decision to make on Smith before next season's trading deadline. He's entering the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent in 2017. They'll either lock him up to a long-term deal or move him. They've had other UFAs walk (Jiri Hudler, Valtteri Filppula) because they kept them for the playoff push, but I don't think they'll risk losing Smith for nothing.

Q: We all know the Wings need help on defense but we also have to get tougher up front and put up more points. What do you think the chances are the Wings trade for a defenseman like Kevin Shattenkirk (of St. Louis) or pick up a tough, gritty goal-scorer at a reasonable cap hit in a guy like Jamie McGinn?

A: Shattenkirk, by many accounts, will be moved. The question is whether the Red Wings can acquire him without moving Larkin, who is untouchable.

If you're going to deal a valuable asset to get Shattenkirk you're going to want to make sure you have him locked up to a long-term deal. He'll be entering his final season at a $4.25 cap hit and eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2017.

A highly skilled, right-shooting puck-mover, Shattenkirk is the type of player the Red Wings need.

McGinn is a free-agent forward option, maybe a Plan B or Plan C type. I think players like Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer are at the top of their wish list. If the Blues are unable to sign David Backes, he would certainly shoot to the top.

many more questions and answers...

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‘Three Things’: On Coreau’s long-term outlook, Glendening’s ‘numbers’ and Svechnikov’s advice

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings goaltending coach Jeff Salajko regarding the progress made by Jared Coreau given the team's likelihood of trading Jimmy Howard.

While Salajko believes that Coreau needs a little more time in Grand Rapids, he also told St. James that Coreau is likely the team's long-term solution behind Petr Mrazek:

Coreau, 24, has been in the Wings’ system since 2013, when he was signed after his third season at Northern Michigan (he was an undrafted free agent). At a time when big goaltenders dominate story lines, Coreau appeals as he’s around 6-foot-6, 220 pounds. He’s coming off his best season since turning pro, going 29-15-2 with a 2.43 goals-against average and .922 save percentage that earned high marks from Jeff Salajko, who earlier this month was promoted from goaltending coach in Grand Rapids to Detroit.

“He had a really good year for us in Grand Rapids,” Salajko said. “He took the job there for a while, while Tom McColllum had a bad ankle, played something like 21 of 22 games, and he wasn’t used to playing a lot of games in college.”

Coreau has been called up to Detroit in a reserve capacity, but is yet to see action in an NHL game, so he isn’t ready to serve as Mrazek’s backup. Another good season in the minors (Coreau is a restricted free agent this summer, and the team plans to re-sign him) would serve as persuasion he’d be ready for a bigger role in the future.

“In the big scheme of things, he’ll play in Grand Rapids for another year, but now we know he can play a lot of minutes if needed,” Salajko said. “Jimmy Howard played four years in the minors. We’re not rushing Jared, but he is going to be an NHL goalie, there is no doubt in my mind about that.”

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2. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji looks back at Luke Glendening's 2015-16 season campaign "By the Numbers":

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