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Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
Updated 4x at 12:04 PM:
After Glendening got some pre-flight instruction, he and his pilot, Capt. Jeff Kuss, taxied away from Ypsilanti's Willow Run Airport in the F/A-18 Hornet.
After gaining speed, the plane took off and then immediately went vertical.
"Unbelievable. It was like the Dragster (Top Thrill Dragster) at Cedar Point times 10," Glendening said. "It was awesome."
Glendening admitted that he had a few nerves beforehand after talking to teammate Danny DeKeyser. DeKeyser flew with the Blue Angels last year.
"He gave me a little information and I was a little nervous but it was a blast," Glendening said.
And our second item comes from USA Today's Kevin Allen and USA Today's hockey writers, who penned reasons why "Your Favorite Team Won't Win the Stanley Cup":
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The club's top pick in 2009 (second round, 32nd overall) was slow to develop during his first three AHL seasons and didn't appear to have a future in the organization after being waived. But he had a strong season with the Griffins and seized the opportunity when called up in the final week.
Now Ferraro appears to have a future in the NHL, though not as the top-six scoring forward he was in the minors, in all likelihood. He has the speed, forechecking ability and versatility (can play center or wing) to be a fourth-line grinder.
Ferraro should be able to make the roster out of training camp, especially since Pavel Datsyuk isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season and Johan Franzen's status remains questionable. He might be competing with Joakim Andersson for a spot in the lineup. Being one of only two right-handed shooting forwards on the roster (Pulkkinen is the other) doesn't hurt Ferraro's cause.
Updated 3x, very substantially, at 10:54 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Michigan Hockey's YouTube page posted a post-flight interview with Luke Glendening, who played "backseater" on a Blue Angels flight today:
From NHL.com's Dan Rosen's "Over the Boards" blog's mailbag:
Do you think that Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist have the ability/opportunity to hit the 40-goal, 70-80-point plateau? -- @purdstheword22
It's realistic to think that one of them could do it this season, but they're going to have to shoot the puck more than they did last season. I'd want to see them both to reach 250 shots on goal, if not more. Is that realistic for them both to shoot that much? Why not? Dallas Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin each had more than 250 shots on goal last season. The same with San Jose Sharks forwards Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski, each of whom had more than 260 shots. Montreal Canadiens forwards Max Pacioretty had 302 shots and Brendan Gallagher had 254 while Tomas Plekanec had 248. Zach Parise and Jason Pominville each had more than 250 shots last season for the Minnesota Wild.
Afternoon news: Luke’s off!; fantasy forecasting Green, Kronwall and the Atlantic Division standings
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Luke Glendening is off to have an adventure with the Blue Angels:
2. Back here on the ground, Yahoo Sports' Darryl Dobbs has penned a list of the best fantasy hockey defensemen for the 15-16 season, and he's deemed Mike Green to be a "boom or bust" defenseman, and Niklas Kronwall one to not be overrated:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. This was inevitable, and at least it's funny:
2. The Wings posted a video of Justin Abdelkader and Jakub Kindl at the MSU Pro Camp...
DETROIT – The Red Wings today released the 2015-16 training camp schedule, which will commence on Thursday, Sept. 17 with the 16th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa prior to four days of on-ice practices from Friday, Sept. 18 to Monday, Sept. 21, held at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.
The Red Wings will first participate in the Training Camp Golf Classic, presented by Eitel Dahm Motor Group, on Thursday, Sept. 17, which takes place at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Involved Citizens Enterprises (I.C.E.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing affordable skating programs in Northern Michigan.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. DetroitRedWings.com's Craig Peterson looks back on Tomas Tatar's "Red Wings Highs," also known as his 30-goal, 56-point 2014-15 season, and as you might expect, Tatar provides his own narration regarding his levels of confidence and performance:
Appearing in all 82 games this season, Tatar impressed by not just matching his totals from a season ago but drastically improving upon them with career highs in goals (28), assists (29), points (56), power-play goals (9) and game-winning goals (7).
“That’s what most people are telling me that the second season is hard to repeat but I feel like in Detroit it’s not as much because you wait for your chance for so long,” Tatar said. “They make sure you’re ready to be in the NHL, so the first year is not any different. The more years you play, you feel more experienced and you can play better.”
The Ilava, Slovakia, native posted three separate five-game point streaks and four multi-goal games en route to a team-high in goals.
Skating as a top-six forward, Tatar spent much of the season alongside players like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist. Playing with some of the top forwards in the NHL, Tatar came into his own and was a constant source of offense.
“I feel way more confident,” Tatar said. “(I have) established myself more here, you know, first year I had to try and find my role and I feel like now I know what I’m supposed to do to help the team. It’s just different for me.”
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan has a spare writing style, and it's to the point--but in this instance, in which Kulfan asks Jakub Kindl about his difficult 2014-15 season under a coach that benched him on a regular basis, the spareness speaks volumes:
Kindl never earned the trust of former coach Mike Babcock, and last season felt like a bottoming out, as he played in 35 games and just one during the playoffs. Always a subject of trade rumors, Kindl now finds himself back in Detroit.
"It's a fresh start, not just for me but for everybody," Kindl said after an informal workout Tuesday at Michigan State's Munn Arena. "Everybody is at the starting line all the same, and at the end of the day it's a competition."
Kindl, a 2005 first-round pick, had 13 points (five goals) in 35 games and was plus-2, averaging 16 minutes.
He injured his elbow Dec. 28, missed 12 games, then was a healthy scratch for 33 of the final 41 games.
"It was tough," Kindl said. "But I was trying to be a good teammate and support the guys at the rink. Some things you can't control, so I just went to the rink and stay positive and it feels like a fresh start."
Kulfan continues, duly noting that Jeff Blashill plans on giving Kindl a "fair shot" at a roster spot...
Via RedWingsFeed, DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji reports that Luke Glendening is going to take a ride in an F/A-18 Hornet on Wednesday as the Blue Angels prepare for the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport this weekend, and Danny DeKeyser, who flew with the Blue Angels last year, has some tips for Glendening:
DeKeyser, who was skating with some other players at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday, said he spoke with Glendening about it the other day.
"We were just talking about it and he's like, 'I think I'm either going to be puking or blacking out,'" DeKeyser said. "I mean, not 100 percent but that's what they told him. There's a pretty good chance that either one of those will happen. So I just gave him a few pointers. They tell you how to breathe and stuff, you gotta tighten up your legs and your abs and stuff so the blood stays in your upper extremities."
The reason for that is because the G-forces can create the effect of up to seven times your body weight.
"It's a lot of force on your body so some of the maneuvers, if you go straight up or whatever, you're just kind of sitting back and you can't move, that kind of thing," DeKeyser said. "So it's just a lot of force that you feel."
Continued with advice for aerobatic airsickness...
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