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Wings assign Cleary, Ouellet to Grand Rapids

From the Red Wings:

The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Daniel Cleary and defenseman Xavier Ouellet to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the team removed defensemen Jakub Kindl and Alexey Marchenko from injured reserve.

Cleary, 35, has skated in 938 career NHL games for the Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes and Red Wings since the 1997-98 campaign, logging 387 points (165-222-387) and 492 penalty minutes. Since joining the Red Wings in 2005-06, Cleary has registered 275 points (124-151-275) in 609 games, hitting the 20-goal mark on three occasions. The Carbonear, Newfoundland, native has also played 111 playoff games for Detroit, notching 49 points (23-26-49) and 66 penalty minutes. Cleary was a member of the Red Wings’ 2008 championship team, becoming the first native of Newfoundland to win the Stanley Cup. He appeared in 97 AHL games from 1998-00, recording 101 points (31-70-101). The former first-round pick (13th overall) of the Blackhawks was also a two-time OHL First-Team All-Star, racking up 323 points (127-196-323) in 220 games with the Belleville Bulls from 1994-98.

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Afternoon news: Ken Holland on ‘Leafs Lunch’; Wings players discuss the ‘new era’ with Khan

Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on TSN 1050's "Leafs Lunch" this afternoon, speaking about the home opener, Mike Babcock's return and his take on Jeff Blashill taking over (as well as Dylan Larkin's addition) in a short 8-minute interview...

In Northville...

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‘Roughly Translated’: Zetterberg, Wings’ Swedes look forward to the new season

SVT.se posted an interview that Henrik Zetterberg conducted with Marie Lehmann...

And there's a Swedish article from Lehmann which accompanies the report. What follows is roughly translated:

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Post-practice Tweets and articles: As Cleary clears waivers, Wings prepare for Toronto

Updated 6x at 4:46 PM: The Red Wings skated at Joe Louis Arena this morning, icing the same lineup that the Wings utilized during Wednesday's practice, and after they skated, the Wings spoke with the media regarding their imminent Friday match-up with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and some of what they discussed wasn't in English, per DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

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Ouellet demoted to Grand Rapids; Marchenko to serve as 7th defenseman

Updated at 2:16 PM: From MLive's Ansar Khan...

The Free Press's Helene St. James...

And DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

Also of note from the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

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Mike Green Twitterview transcript

The Red Wings conducted a "Twitterview" in which Mike Green answered fan questions, and here's the transcript of said "Twitterview":

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Daniel Cleary clears waivers

Updated 3x at 2:06 PM: Per the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle...

Update: FYI:

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Practice Tweets: Wings stick with Wednesday’s lines; Cleary awaits fate

The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday morning, preparing for tomorrow night's season-opener against Toronto (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/Fox 2/ Sportsnet 1/97.1 FM), and if you missed it, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose posited good news regarding Pavel Datsyuk:

Pavel Datsyuk skated this morning prior to the #RedWings practice at JLA. Looked pretty good.

The rest of the team hit the ice at 11 AM, as noted by the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

@DetroitRedWings practice. Joe Louis Arena.



lines and pairings the same, as blashill said they would be for opener versus turrana... 1/3


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Morning news: A Twitter takeover, Datsyuk on ice and an Abdelkader interview

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:


This is excellent news from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...

Pavel Datsyuk skated this morning prior to the #RedWings practice at JLA. Looked pretty good.

And Justin Abdelkader spoke with WDFN's Matt Sheppard this morning, discussing the Wings' youth movement, Henrik Zetterberg's importance and his belief that the Wings can go on a long run:

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The Detroit Red Wings Feel They Can Compete With The Top Teams In The East

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg sat next to each other near center ice at Joe Louis Arena while stretching before practice this week and surveyed the 2015-16 Detroit Red Wings.

"A hell of a lot of good players out here," Franzen said. "We're both excited. It's a really deep team with a lot of talent, a lot of good all-around players that can all play both ways."...

"I think the parity in the league is such that so many teams are so close it's hard to separate yourself and I think character matters big time and I think we've got some of the best in the league, not only in terms of leadership but throughout the group," Blashill said. "In the end that's going to help determine the success we have.

"Matchups won't be as critical because I have lots of confidence in the different lines we can put out there. So I think between character and depth those are the two things that excite me the most."

They are confident they can compete with the top teams in the Eastern Conference – Tampa Bay, the New York Rangers, Montreal and Pittsburgh.

"We have the speed for it, the talent for it," Franzen said. "We definitely have smart enough players to do it. It's not about having the best players on paper; it's about playing smart on both ends and making it hard on the other teams."


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