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Prospect news: Elfstrom 2+1 for Malmo Redhawks

Of prospect-related note:

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh's Val-d'Or Foreurs lost 7-1 to Shawinigan;

In the Swedish J20 league, Mattias Elfstrom scored 2 goals and added an assist in the Malmo Redhawks' 4-2 win over HV71;

And Alfons Malmstrom had a solid game in Orebro HK's 3-0 win to Sodertalje SK, per Red Wings Prospects on Twitter:

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At least Martin Frk will be reunited with a friend in Andrej Nestrasil

This has been a frustrating day for Red Wings fans not because Martin Frk is the next coming of a 20-goal-scorer, but most definitely because Martin Frk was a useful player, and the Red Wings' asset management model is now consistently bleeding useful players to other teams via waivers.

When your team loses useful players every September, every November, whenever a burgeoning roster of veterans can no longer accommodate the players who would naturally be "filling spots" on the roster if the Wings hadn't gone out and signed two or three too many veterans during the off-season--even if those veterans might be "more useful" players--it becomes increasingly and increasingly frustrating to watch yet another player be plucked off the waiver wire.

If there is good news for Martin Frk, at least, the Raleigh News & Observer's Chip Alexander reports that Frk is going to a team where he'll be given an opportunity to succed alongside a good friend in former Wings prospect Andrej Nestrasil...

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One Detroit Related Thought From Eilliotte Friedman

via Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet (Detroit mentioned in Trouba talk too),

Nice moment at the BioSteel camp in Toronto with Detroit prospect Givani Smith. He was leaving on the final day when a young girl walked up and asked for an autograph. As he signed, the girl’s mother shoook her head and smiled. “She’s only doing this because her brother is on the ice and can’t get any. She’s trying to make him jealous.” Smith handed one of his sticks to the mother. “Give him this, then,” he said. Smooth move.

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Red wings send Callahan, Jensen, Tangradi and Lashoff to Grand Rapids

From the Red Wings:

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Carolina claims Martin Frk

Updated 2x at 1 PM: The Red Wings waived Brian Lashoff, Eric Tangradi, Martin Frk, Mitch Callahan and Nick Jensen on Saturday. The Wings lost Martin Frk to Carolina, per TSN's Bob McKenzie:

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‘Three Things’: On roster decision-making, Frans Nielsen and Birthday Z

Updated 2x at 11:22 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Jeff Blashill and Anthony Mantha after last night's game. Blashill had this to say about the Wings' roster decisions:

"I think we'll sit down tomorrow and we'll make decisions on our roster," he said. "We probably won't really finalize that until Monday. I think Mantha and Double A and Ouellet and Sproul and those guys – to some degree AA had some establishment here last year – but the other guys haven't been established.

"So they've laid out how they play through the preseason and we'll make decisions."

Savage continues...

2. ESPN's Victoria Matiash penned a set of fantasy hockey notes for each and every one of the NHL's 30 teams:

Detroit Red Wings: Frans Nielsen is pumped about the prospect of playing alongside veteran forward Henrik Zetterberg. If this 30-plus forward pairing can keep up with the kids, there's a solid chance we see the long-time Islander break the 60-point barrier for the first time in his career.

3. Henrik Zetterberg turns 36 today:

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Video- Game Highlights From Detroit’s 4-3 Win Over Toronto In The Last Preseason Game

Just under eight minutes in length.


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Playoff Chances For The Detroit Red Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There are reasons, however, to think the Wings can cross the 2016-17 finish line to what would be a 26th consecutive trip to the playoffs for factors both external and internal.

Talking to players as Thursday’s opener at Tampa Bay approaches, there is a distinct sense that this season offers an opportunity to prove last season’s disaster was an aberration, not the new norm. Many players underachieved, special teams struggled, and by the end, there were lessons learned.

“The guys didn’t take as big a step as we should have last year,” Darren Helm said. “Everybody this year knows how important that is. We got some pretty good acquisitions and they are definitely exciting guys.

“I think we have a playoff team. We just have to do the things that we need to do. Hopefully we can just all buy into what we need to do. Winning games and making the playoffs is very important for us.”

Last season, the Wings finished in the bottom third of the NHL in goals-per-game at 2.55, and in the middle of the pack in goals-allowed per game at 2.67, powerplay at 18.8% and penalty killing at 81.6%. Do just a little better in each area, and at least a handful more victories should materialize.

“The way I look at it is marginal gains,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We need to be be marginally better in a bunch of different areas. I don't think it’s this big, huge step forward. I talk all the time about taking a thousand steps forward through the course of a year. We need marginal gains in a lot of areas — we need guys to be a little better individually. We need our special teams units to be a little better.


added 9:20am, I see George posted this earlier, sorry for the double post.

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TMR morning line: Culture club

From the Free Press's Helene St. James' Red Wings preview:

“I think what people underestimate with the Detroit Red Wings is the culture in the locker room,” [Red Wings coach Jeff] Blashill said. “And I know culture is an easy word to throw around. But I know for a fact, having gone through coaching searches this year and having talked to lots of coaches throughout the league, that our locker room is at an elite level in terms of everyday work ethic, everyday attention to detail, and selflessness.

“And I think that’s allowed this team to continue to earn opportunities to compete for the Stanley Cup by making the playoffs. And that is what will allow us to do it again this year.”

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs preseason wrap-up and overnight report: AA, Mantha have yet to sway Blashill

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Saturday night, wrapping up their preseason slate with a narrow win as the Wings' "A Team" got all of a single game to attempt to gel ahead of this week's season-opener against Tampa Bay.

Our friends from Toronto were relatively satisfied with their game, but TorontoMapleLeafs.com's Adam Proteau duly notes that the Wings' resiliency carried the day...

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