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Krupa sits down with Jeff Blashill

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa engaged in a sit-down interview with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill recently, and Blashill spoke optimistically about the Wings' outlook for the upcoming season:

Blashill said he thinks Trevor Daley, a free agent who played for the reigning two-time Stanley Cup champion Penguins, will provide a significant boost to a needy defensive corps.

He said he has no concerns about the coming performances of goalie Petr Mrazek, whom the Wings left unprotected in the NHL Expansion Draft, or Tomas Tatar, who entered salary arbitration Thursday — the first time since 1995 the Red Wings have gone through arbitration with a player.

Blashill’s confidence the Red Wings return to the playoffs is “100 percent, absolutely.”

“I do think (general manager) Ken (Holland) did a good job of making our team better with what we did in the offseason here,” Blashill told The News in an exclusive interview earlier this week. “They’re not big splashes. I don’t think big splashes necessarily always make the difference. I think there is a great chance to make our team a little bit better. Now, let’s go to work once we get to camp.”

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‘Two Things’: Griffins continue ‘Between the Benches’ series; new digits for 3 Wings

Of Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins-related note this evening:

1. The Griffins posted a 12-minute video in which they recap games 3, 4 and 5 of the Calder Cup Final against Syracuse...

2. And the Red Wings revealed the numbers that Trevor Daley, Luke Witkowski and Ryan Sproul will be wearing:

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Waiting On The Tatar Decision

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

An arbitration hearing between the Detroit Red Wings and agents for Tomas Tatar lasted about four hours.

The arbitrator now has 48 hours to announce decision.

At 26, Tatar is a year from unrestricted free agency, which is why arbitration is locked into a one-year contract. The Wings offered $4.1 million in their arbitration proof. Tatar’s side asked for $5.3 million. An arbitrator is likely to land in the middle, around $4.8 million. That would come close to the $4.75 million average annual value of Gustav Nyquist. Nyquist and Tatar both have averaged .60 points per game over the past three seasons.

The hearing in Toronto lasted from about 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


I could be wrong on this, but I do believe Tatar and the Wings could also agree on a contract before the arbitration ruling comes down.

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Red Wings, Tomas Tatar head to arbitration

The Red Wings and Tomas Tatar's agent, Rich Winter, were unable to come to a contract agreement before today's scheduled arbitration hearing in Toronto, so the sides are heading into the 9 AM-scheduled hearing this morning.

In the hearing, a neutral arbitrator jointly appointed by the NHL and NHLPA will hear the cases made by the Red Wings and Winter (citing "comparable players" as examples as to what salary Tatar should be awarded), with a 1-year contract to be awarded within 48 hours of the arbitration hearing.

The salary awarded will be between the Red Wings' offer of $4.1 million and the Tatar "ask" of $5.3 million (per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman), and it's going to be a one-year deal as that takes Tatar up to unrestricted free agency.

A pre-arbitration deal could still be announced by the hockey media over the next half hour or so, but that's unlikely.

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‘Two Things’: On Jared Coreau’s Day With the Calder Cup and Mitch Eliot, development camp try-out

Updated at 11:49 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Jared Coreau had his Day With the Calder Cup in Perth, Ontario recently, and he spoke with Lake 88's Maureen Pegg about the experience:

Youngsters and oldsters lined up at Canadian Tire for autographs and photos with the Detroit Red Wings goalie prospect. Donations collected at the event go the store’s JumpStart program.

Coreau and his team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, won the American Hockey League Championship when they defeated the Syracuse Crunch in game six of the best of seven series in early June.

Coreau told Lake 88 bringing the Calder Cup to his hometown was special, "Having all the kids come to Canadian Tire and support that everyone showed here – I think it was really special because when I was a kid I met Mike Fisher here in Perth at a ball hockey camp and it’s something I will always remember, so I hope I was able to have the same impression."

2. And MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of Wings development camp try-out Mitch Eliot:

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Evening news: On Petruzzelli, Givani Smith and Rasmussen; Chelios’ ‘return’ and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski posted a profile of Red Wings prospect Keith Petruzzelli, noting that Petruzzelli played for the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks this past season:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a profile of Givani Smith:

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The World Junior ‘Summer Showcase’ is coming to Plymouth next week

As the Plymouth Observer's Tim Smith notes, the World Junior Summer Showcase is coming to Plymouth at the end of next week, and Team USA, Hockey Canada, the Finnish and Swedish national teams are all sending their best World Junior prospects to the event:

From July 29 through Aug. 5, a number of first- and second-round National Hockey League draft picks from recent years will comprise rosters fans will get to watch at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.

“It’s not ‘summer hockey,’” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey headquarters in Colorado Springs, Col. “It’s real competitive, real good hockey played at this time of year.”

Action will begin Saturday, July 29 and continue through Saturday, Aug. 5 — culminating with the much-anticipated matchup between Team USA and Canada at 7 p.m.

Also participating in the showcase, used to gauge what rosters might look like in December for the Under 20 World Junior Championship in Buffalo (N.Y.) will be Finland and Sweden.

“It is a bunch of guys trying to make their national teams,” said Scott Monaghan, senior director of operations for the Plymouth-based National Team Development Program. “You’ll have a lot of guys playing at full throttle. It’s competition within the teams, for guys trying to win jobs. And it’s competition among the teams, because you always want to win when you’re wearing your national team jersey.”

Smith continues, and Keith Petruzzelli (Team USA), Givani Smith, Dennis Cholowski (Team Canada) and Filip Larsson (Sweden) [edit: also Gustav Lindstrom for Sweden and Kasper Kotkansalo for Finland, thanks @RWHockeyJohn on Twitter /end edit] will all be taking part in the "Summer Showcase."

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Trevor Daley’s day with the Cup

Well this is...awkward. Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley had his "Day With the Stanley Cup" after winning it with the Pittsburgh Penguins this past June, and the Toronto Sun's Jack Boland tagged along as Daley toured suburban Toronto...

The Daley show — with a special guest appearance — was in town Wednesday before a packed house. That’s Trevor Daley, two-time back-to-back Stanley Cup-winning defenceman of the Pittsburgh Penguins and local hometown boy from Regent Park. He brought the Cup to the Parkview Manor banquet hall in Don Mills for a meet-and-greet with about 1,000 in attendance.

On the busy day, the Cup travelled with him and his family to a ritzy downtown condo, a hockey camp for young kids, and at dinner time to the big party.

One special, and private moment, occurred during the day when Daley brought the Cup to rest by the gravestone of his mother, Trudy.

“It’s been an amazing day especially when you get to celebrate this moment with family and friends,” said Daley. “I got to take it to see my mom’s grave and give a little tribute to her. It’s crazy, that’s who gave me all this was her.

“It was only right to go and see her first,” said Daley, whose mom was his biggest supporter growing up.

While NHL.com's Dave McCarthy tagged along as Daley brought the Cup to Stouffville:

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‘Roughly Translated’: An interview with Filip Hronek

Red Wings prospect Filip Hronek gave an interview to iSport.cz's Pavel Rysavy, and here's a very rough translation thereof:

Chelios learned Hronek's name. The Czech defenseman heard a lot of praise from Detroit

He wanted to talk a lot about him and praise him. Legendary defenseman Chris Chelios joked that he couldn't say his last name. Filip Hronek made a good impression on Detroit during the year. "It was really valuable to listen to remarks from people like Chris Chelios, Shawn Horcoff and Jiri Fischer," says the 19-year-old offensive defenseman from Hradec Kralove.

Actually, it happened right now, in July. Everything started a year ago in Detroit for Filip Hronek. And it ended a few days ago, a camp that made a start for a great season. In juniors he posted more than a point per game, and then moved to the farm team, where the Grand Rapids Griffins won the AHL title. The last stop? He arrived at the development camp, where he heard, 'You got better, you look better.'

Are you in a good mood now? "I don't have a bad feeling out of camp. It was good, a little different than a year ago. We have a new development coach in Shawn Horcoff, so it was different and interesting, he had prepared some news for us compared to last year, when we had, for example, special skill trainers."

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‘Roughly Translated’: An interview with Petr Mrazek

Petr Mrazek gave an interview to iDnes.cz's Robert Sara, and here's a very, very rough translation thereof, and it's a pretty weird article in that it suggests that one report and one Wings beat writer were "at fault" for perpetuating a rumor that Mrazek is cocky--which just isn't the case.

"He is bloated," they say about Mrazek. He reacts: Self-realization is needed.

What's next? In the last two seasons, Petr Mrazek played in at least 50 NHL games. He has a contract in Detroit.

It's been four weeks since MLive.com, an overseas website, hit Petr Mrazek hard. Detroit reporter Ansar Khan wrote, "Mrazek has always been full of confidence, which the team's leadership was grateful for. Sometimes, however, he became overconfident, and that hurt him. Besides, it's not easy to coach him now." The goalkeeper was silent and did not respond.

Up till now. In an interview with MF Dnes and iDNES.cz, he returns to the critical words: "I don't do that, because those who know me--the boys in the locker room, the coaches--know who I am."

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