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Grand Rapids Griffins’ ‘Between the Benches’ video chronicles Calder Cup win

The Grand Rapids Griffins wrapped up their "Between the Benches" series on Wednesday with a 17-minute behind-the-scenes clip from Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final:

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Catch-up post: Preparing for training camp

Updated 3x at 12:11 AM: Of Red Wings-related note over the past two days, on a source-by-source basis:

A. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

1. We're starting with an out-of-town newspaper because the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jason Mackey claims that the Red Wings are "receiving calls on" and are "looking to move" Riley Sheahan, which has yielded a spate of Sheahan-to-Pittsburgh rumors. I'll believe it when I see it, and not until then;

B. MLive:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Ken Holland regarding the scarcity of spots on the Wings' roster heading into training camp;

2. Khan also noted that the Wings' training camp roster is unbalanced this year:

The Detroit Red Wings unveiled a new wrinkle in how they're dividing up training camp teams this year.

They will still practice and scrimmage with three groups. But this year, all the regular players will be on one squad -- Team Delvecchio. The Red Wings will have 74 players on the ice Friday at the start of training camp in Traverse City.

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Red Wings to offer free training camp admission to servicepeople, first responders on Friday

From the Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Detroit Red Wings Training Camp and Centre Ice Arena will offer complimentary entrance to active military, veterans, police, fire and EMS personnel during the practice/scrimmage session on the camp’s opening day, Sept. 15.

The event, scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m., will be held at Centre Ice Arena.

Qualified personnel should come to the main entrance of Centre Ice Arena the morning of Sept. 15 and show a military ID or service badge to be admitted as a guest on a first-come, first-served basis while tickets last. Doors open at 8:30 am. No advance complimentary tickets will be issued.

For qualified personnel who have already purchased a ticket for that day's event, they may show their ticket for Sept. 15 to admissions staff when they arrive and they will be provided a free ticket to either the Sept. 16 or 17 morning practice/scrimmage session while supplies last.

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The Wings Will Need “Elite Goaltending”

from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

Blashill also emphasized the Wings goaltending situation is not as cut and dried as some have anticipated, with veteran Jimmy Howard as Detroit's number one goalie and Mrazek as his backup.

"I think there's a battle at every position every day. As I said, this is a day by day business," Blashill said. "This is what I know for sure if you look around the league, I don't know too many teams that have gotten away with playing just one goalie.

"Both goalies on most teams have had an impact on people's seasons and I anticipate both goalies will have an impact on our season. We need elite goaltending.

"We can't have OK goaltending, we need elite goaltending. I think both guys can give us elite goaltending. Jimmy (Howard) certainly did when he was healthy last year, he certainly gave me elite goaltending in the world championships. We're going to need elite goaltending."

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Video- Jeff Blashill Today

Helene St. James talked with Jeff Blashill today on a few topics.

Breaking from a years-long tradition of divvying up NHL veterans among all three teams, Blashill essentially created one squad comprised largely of those that will make up the 2017-18 Red Wings, another squad heavy on those that will comprise the Grand Rapids Griffins and possible call-ups, and a third of mostly prospects.

The decision was spurred by a desire to come out of the gate finely tuned.

“You’re limited on practice times until the first game of the year,” Blashill said Thursday morning outside Centre Ice Arena, where the Red Wings will begin training camp. “The first game of the year of the year is critical. I’ve been through a number of training camps now and I wanted to have the group that I see today as our group, give or take a a few players. It gives us a chance to work on specifically specialty teams.

read on and watch the video with Blashill below or at the Freep...

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Henrik Zetterberg On His Future

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

After taking a physical on the day before the Detroit Red Wings start training camp at Centre Ice Arena, the almost 37-year-old captain addressed an interview he did in August in his native Sweden, in which he essentially said he’d play at most two of the four years left on his contract.

“First of all, it was the not the full story that came out,” Zetterberg said. “I’ve got four more years. I hope I can play four more years. That is my goal. But also I know that I have gone through a few things with my body, especially my back, and even though the last few years has been good, you never know.

“I will take it year by year. I am happy the way I played especially last year and hopefully I can follow it up this year. But that I am only going to play two more years, I don’t think that is the correct answer.”

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Jeff Blashill Meets With The Media

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Blashill said Sproul (knee) will skate in camp but probably not full-out.

Blashill said everyone else ready to go, including Tatar (shoulder) and Glendening (ankle).

Blashill had nothing new to report on Athanasiou, who's still deciding between NHL and KHL and not in camp.

added 10:20am, via Khan...

Zetterberg said contrary to off-season report from Sweden he hopes to play out his contract (4 years) but health will determine.

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Projecting The Wings In 2020

Craig Custance of The Athletic with a projected Wings lineup for the 2020-21 season.

We dive in to examine what the roster might look like at the start of training camp in 2020, with a couple caveats. One, the Red Wings are transitioning to a younger roster while letting money come off the books and in doing so hoping that enough young talent will be collected and money freed up to lure a big-name free agent down the road. And maybe that’s possible – there are some good ones with expiring contracts in John Tavares, Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Landing any one of them would be a game-changer for the Red Wings but in projecting this lineup, we’re not including any of them, mostly because players of that caliber tend to stay on their current teams.

Here's the defense- Danny DeKeyser, Filip Hronek, Vili Saarijarvi, Joe Hicketts, Dennis Cholowski and Gustav Lindstrom.

The rest of rhe roster (paid subscription) with a blurb on all the players.

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Ryan Sproul May Be “The Odd Man Out” On The Wings’ Defense

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There’s time to sort things out, and given the nature of training camp and the exhibition games, injuries are bound to happen.

But as the Red Wings prepare to open training camp Friday, there appear to be one too many defensemen.

General manager Ken Holland said this summer the plan is to carry seven — which could leave a young defenseman like Ryan Sproul in danger of not making the roster.

With Trevor Daley, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Mike Green, Nick Jensen, Niklas Kronwall and Xavier Ouellet seemingly secure of spots, Sproul could be the odd man out.

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The Detroit Red Wings Training Camp Roster

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today released their 2017-18 training camp roster, comprised of 74 players who will hit the ice on Friday, Sept. 15 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., for four days of camp before returning to Detroit to begin preseason play on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

This season, the Red Wings will bring 41 forwards, 25 defensemen and eight goaltenders to Traverse City to participate in daily on-ice practices or situational scrimmages. Following the team's annual Red & White Game on Monday, Sept. 18, players will break camp in preparation for the preseason opener on Tuesday, Sept. 19 against the Boston Bruins, the first of three-straight preseason road games prior to the first-ever preseason home game at the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena on Saturday, Sept. 23 against the Bruins.

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