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Ken Daniels discusses his new book on Fox 2

Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels was on Fox 2 Detroit this morning to discuss his new book, If These Walls Could Talk, with Ryan Ermanni:

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Walleye coach Dan Watson weighs in on 2017-18 season expectations

Toledo's WTOL 11 filed a video report regarding Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson's expectations ahead of the Walleye's home opener on Saturday:

Update: Also, from the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

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Morning news: On Zetterberg, Babcock and Wings-Leafs tailings

Of Red Wings-related note:

1. Henrik Zetterberg spoke with the Hockey News's Ken Campbell regarding his playing future:

Henrik Zetterberg raised eyebrows when he suggested he might not play all four years left on his contract, but the Red Wings captain is off to a hot start and said he doesn’t plan on calling it a career any time soon.

In what can only be described as enormously good news for the Detroit Red Wings and their fans, captain Henrik Zetterberg has no plans to leave the organization in a terrible situation the way Pavel Datsyuk did. In fact, if Zetterberg is to be taken at his word – and there’s no reason to do anything but that given his character – it will be health and not contract status that will be the determining factor in how long he plays.

“It’s pretty simple,” Zetterberg told THN.com. “When my body says, ‘Stop,' it’s over. I love doing what I’m doing, but I need my body to be able to do that. I will know when it’s over and hopefully there are many years left.” He was then specifically asked if he would retire in two years when his salary goes down to just $1 million, but his cap hit remains at $6.1 million.

“No,” Zetterberg said flatly. “As I said, when my body says stop, I will stop.”

Campbell continues, speaking with Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill about Zetterberg...

2. Holland also praised Leafs coach Mike Babcock in a conversation with the CBC's Tim Wharnsby:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Maple Leafs wrap-up

The Red Wings' 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs was both much closer than it appeared and exactly as close as the final score indicated, and that's particularly frustrating for the 4-and-3 Red Wings and their fans.

The Wings have lost two straight games, and they've lost two straight games because of mistakes characteristic of last year's misery, as well as plain old inattentiveness to detail, and there have just been some weird happenings, from a pair of goals on both Jimmy Howard and then Petr Mrazek's blocker and glove sides (respectively) to that strange goalie interference challenge that coach Blashill made that seemed to at least temporarily sap the wind out of the Wings' sails.

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Christopher Ilitch sits down with Sportnset’s Simpson to discuss Little Caesars Arena

I've had a weird summer and weirder fall, so I got to see the finished Little Caesars Arena and still-in-progress District Detroit for the first time before yesterday night's Queens of the Stone Age concert at the Fox, and it looks beautiful...but unfinished as the Cass Corridor is still very literally under development.

Before tonight's Wings-Leafs game, Sportnset's Christine Simpson spoke with Red Wings owner Christopher Ilitch about the beautiful rink, the District in development and his parents' legacy:

Keep it going, Chris. So far, so gorgeous, and as Gary Bettman suggested, once the "full thing" gets finished, it's going to be spectacular.

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs quick take: not again!

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to avoid what has seemed like an inevitable result against the Toronto Maple Leafs:

Make it 9-2-and-1, and moslty because the Red Wings didn't get any goaltending (or very little) en route to a 6-3 loss to the Leafs. Detroit rallied from a 2-0 and 4-1 deficits to make it 4-3 halfway through the second period, but Morgan Rielly's power play goal--and the bizarrely-timed Blashill challenge that followed--seemed to pop the Wings' balloon and suck the momentum out of them, and from the start of the 3rd period on (despite the Wings' 15-8 shot advantage in the 3rd period, and despite Nick Jensen's 3-assist performance), it looked like the Leafs' game.

Detroit out-shot Toronto 33-26 and out-attempted Toronto a massive 56-38, but Detroit went 24-and-36 in the faceoff circle, their starts, line changes and over-willingness to chase the Leafs around the ice just made the Wings over-reliant on a Jimmy Howard who was horrible and a Petr Mrazek who had some great moments and had some crappy ones.

Now the Wings are 4-and-3, the Wings will battle the Caps on Friday and Canucks on Sunday, and then head on the road for a week, and it'd be really nice to see the Wings string 3 periods together.

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It’s Griffins press release time

Here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:

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Evening news: On the Hip, Larkin and the Wings measuring up, multimedia, containing Toronto and AA

Updated 2x at 6:45 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this early evening:

1. FYI:

2. The Red Wings joined the chorus of Tragically Hip fans who are mourning the death of Gord Downie, as noted by TSN's Kristen Shilton...

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Ken Holland talks about the Wings’ start, Athanasiou on The Fan 590

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with The Fan 590's HockeyCentral at Noon crew on Wednesday, addressing the Red Wings' resurgent start as a team effort, his decision to eschew the "rebuilding" process, and the Andreas Athanasiou situation (nothing has changed), all over the course of an 11-and-a-half-minute interview:

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HSJ: Babs on Z

Updated with Cotsonika at 12:50 PM: The Free Press's Helene St. James asked Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to weigh in on Henrik Zetterberg this morning:

“He is an elite competitor to say the least,” Babcock said after the morning skate at Air Canada Centre. “He is an elite player and his brain is so good and his puck protection skills are so good, his stick is so good. But above and beyond all those things are his competitiveness. That’s why he keeps playing.”

Babcock has shown Leafs superstar Auston Matthews clips of how good Zetterberg is at protecting the puck, but it isn’t just Zetterberg who shows up in the Leafs video room. Babcock had a slew of Hockey Hall of Fame and future Hockey Hall of Fame players available during his Detroit days, including Nicklas Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Dominik Hasek, Chris Chelios, and Pavel Datsyuk. 

“You learn a lot from those guys,” Babcock said. “They do things and then suddenly you want to take what they do and teach everybody what it is. Next thing you know they are off to the races.”

St. James posted a video of Babcock's remarks:

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