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Red Wings announce Youth Hockey Camp dates

From the Red Wings:

RED WINGS ANNOUNCE 2016 YOUTH HOCKEY CAMP DATES
… Andreas Athanasiou, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan Join Kirk Maltby and Goaltending Coach Jim Bedard to Lead Camp from Aug. 1-3 …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings Youth Hockey Camp, presented by Perani’s Hockey World, returns to Joe Louis Arena this summer from Aug. 1-3. For $289 for skaters and $239 for goalies, young Red Wings fans will have the opportunity to skate on the same ice as their favorite National Hockey League players and receive instruction from current Red Wings Andreas Athanasiou, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan, four-time Stanley Cup champion Kirk Maltby and Red Wings Goaltending Coach Jim Bedard.

Minor hockey players between the ages of 6 and 14 are able to participate in this one-of-a-kind camp. Players aged 6-10 will take part in exclusive morning sessions, while players in the older age group (11-14) will hit the ice at The Joe during the afternoon.

The three Red Wings players, along with Maltby and Bedard, will serve as special guest coaches during select sessions of the three-day camp. All camp participants will receive at least one hour and 15 minutes of on-ice instruction from these NHL-level players and coaches each day. In addition, Mark Cadotte, who runs Cadotte Hockey Academy and played 10 years professionally, will be on hand to help with instruction for the skaters and goalies.

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Examining Radulov’s ‘fit’ with the Wings

ESPN's Matthew Coller penned an Insider-only article examining Alexander Radulov's "fit" with seven possible destinations, including the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, and *cringes* the Red Wings:

Nothing is official yet, but the Red Wings expect legend Pavel Datsyuk to retire from the NHL and return to Russia. Datsyuk's exit leaves a gaping hole in the Red Wings' top-six forwards.

Detroit has a number of offensively gifted players -- headlined by Dylan Larkin, who was a candidate for the Calder Trophy this season -- but the Red Wings struggled offensively in Jeff Blashill's first season as head coach, finishing the season 24th in the NHL in even-strength goals. Even with the possibility of top prospect Anthony Mantha making the jump from the minors for good next season, Detroit will need a big boost in order to remain competitive in the East.

Coller continues...

And I hate to say this, because I've read about Radulov's continued discipline and attitude issues in the KHL, where he's still very much so a "bad boy" who plays hockey well enough for CSKA Moscow to put up with him...

But if he can keep his head on straight, the 29-going-on-30-year-old forward would fit pretty damn well with the Wings. The 6'1," 205-pound forward is built like a fire hydrant, he goes to the front of the net and stays there, he's got a mean streak and he could very well score 20 goals.

On a team where Justin Abdelkader, Riley Sheahan and the still-learning Anthony Mantha are the net-front guys, Radulov could be a real difference-maker...IF he keeps his head on straight.

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Nyquist the horse will race in the Kentucky Derby with the Stanley Cup on hand

In the, "You can't make this up" department, from the Los Angeles Times' John Cherwa:

Nyquist, the presumptive favorite for the Kentucky Derby, will come muzzle to metal with the most important trophy in his namesake sport Saturday when he goes for a stroll about 6:30 a.m. on Derby Day.

The Stanley Cup will be in his barn Saturday morning amid hopes of inspiring the undefeated 3-year-old colt named for Gustav Nyquist, the talented right wing for the Detroit Red Wings.

Nyquist the horse has had a better year than Nyquist the hockey player. The Red Wings were eliminated from the NHL playoffs by Tampa Bay, 4-1, in the first round. The horse has not lost in seven lifetime starts, including an easy win over the best horse on the East Coast, Mohaymen, in the Florida Derby.

Nyquist is owned by Southern California's Paul Reddam, a rabid Red Wings fans. In fact, Reddam has a business of buying yearlings that he calls “Red Wing.”

“That’s as close as either Nyquist is going to get to it [the Stanley Cup] this year,” Reddam sardonically told The Times.

Continued, and as you probably know by now, Gustav Nyquist the person is going to be in Russia playing for Sweden's World Championship team...

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Luke Glendening Withdraws From World Championship

Update: MLive's Ansar Khan clarifies the situation:

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said after the season that Glendening was getting his foot/ankle checked out. Glendening traveled to Europe with Team USA but was unable to dress for Tuesday's exhibition game against Finland in Helsinki and was scheduled to return home.

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The Windsor Spitfires Will Host The Memorial Cup In 2017

from the Windsor Spitfires,

The Ontario Hockey League today announced, on behalf of the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup Site Selection Committee, that the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club will host the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup.   

The Spitfires were considered following a formal bid presentation on April 18, 2016, to the Site Selection Committee comprised of five leaders in the sports industry including Paul Beeston (Former Toronto Blue Jays President & CEO), Colin Campbell (NHL Executive Vice President & Director of Hockey Operations), Jim Gregory (NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations), Gord Kirke (OHL Legal Counsel), and Scott Moore (President, Sportsnet & NHL Properties).   

“The city of Windsor and Essex County is home to some of the most passionate fans in the entire Canadian Hockey League,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “It is only fitting that an event of this magnitude be hosted in a world class facility like the WFCU Centre in a community that embodies dedication and over 40 years of rich history in junior hockey. We are extremely proud to award the Spitfires the opportunity to host the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup and look forward to showcasing our league and the CHL’s best major junior players and teams in Windsor next May.”    

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A video compilation of Andreas Athanasiou’s goals

AWood40 posted a particularly exciting video this morning, sharing Andreas Athanasiou's 9 regular-season and 1 playoff goals:

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Who Steps Up?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The shift in reliance from older to younger players must be accelerated next season when Henrik Zetterberg turns 36, Niklas Kronwall will be 35 and Pavel Datsyuk, in all likelihood, will be playing in Russia.

"We're going to continue to try to move some young people onto our team and some of the young people we're going to try to move up in responsibility with more ice time," general manager Ken Holland said.

"Do we have any young players who can take the team over? I'm not sure. ... They've got to grow into it."

Holland acknowledged the need to lighten the veterans' load.

Zetterberg, who averaged 19:39 in ice time, for the second year in a row faded significantly in the second half and didn't produce in the playoffs. Kronwall, who struggled through his worst season, had his ice time trimmed to 22:01 (from 23:50), but it was still the highest on the team.

"Some of our key players are a little older, they're not quite the players they were 4-5 years ago," Holland said. "They're still really good players. If we can support them better, they still got lots to give. But if we don't support them better and we're expecting the older guys to carry the franchise around, they're not going to do that."

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Sipple: Abdelkader played with dislocated finger down stretch, strives for offensive consistency

The Free Press's George Sipple spoke with Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader during locker room clean-out day, and Abdelkader clarified his reason for not fighting Brian Boyle...

“I was tied up with (Ryan) Suter in front of the net,” Abdelkader said. “I was kind of grabbing his jersey, and all of a sudden my finger dislocated. I took my glove off and my finger was kind of pointing sideways. I had to go back in the room, and it didn’t really pop back into place right away. Kind of had to put some numbing into it, and then I went out and played.”

The finger was sore the rest of the season.

“We were freezing it before games, just because it was so sore,” Abdelkader said. “Rest of the season and playoffs, I had to keep those fingers taped. So I had to stitch my gloves together and put some extra protection in the gloves to protect that finger. Yeah, it wasn’t great. Guys at this time of year are going to be battling injuries and different things.”

Abdelkader also told Sipple that he suffered a "tweaked" knee in the Wings' final regular-season loss in Boston, and he discussed some of his production goals going forward:

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Evening news: A horse with Nyquist’s name, the brothers Svechnikov and ‘net-front’ Helm

Of mostly Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Per the Associated Press, the horse with Gustav Nyquist's name will have its day in the sun this upcoming weekend:

A year after American Pharoah thrilled the sports world by winning horse racing’s first Triple Crown in 37 years, here comes Nyquist.

The colt named for Detroit Red Wings player Gustav Nyquist is looking like a worthy successor to a sport eager to retain the new fans it gained during American Pharoah’s sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Nyquist was last year’s 2-year-old champion, capping his season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Now he is expected to be the favorite for the 142nd Kentucky Derby next Saturday. The colt brings a 7-0 career record into Churchill Downs.

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Jeff Blashill Must Get The Most Out Of His Players

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Coaches must do better at maximizing players' abilities by putting them in the best positions to succeed. Too many players regressed. Statistically, few were more productive than in 2014-15. Blashill took some responsibility for that.

"One thing that we want to do is help our guys get better," Blashill said. "That doesn't always mean production-wise. Sometimes it has to do with minutes; there's only so many to go around, and that can affect a lot of things including production. But part of what we want do is help our guys get better and making sure that we get better as a team through the course of the year."

Blashill might have relied too heavily on veterans Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson and Brad Richards. Zetterberg and Kronwall, in particular, need their ice time reduced.

Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar combined for 18 fewer goals. They also averaged 1:29 and 1:52 less ice time, respectively.

Andreas Athanasiou provided a spark with his speed and maximized his ice time when promoted permanently on Feb. 5 but averaged only 9:01 because Blashill felt he wasn't ready for more minutes.

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