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‘Roughly Translated’: Tomas Tatar discusses his shoulder injury, hopes for a better season

Tomas Tatar spoke with Sport.sk's Tomas Prokop recently, addressing his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury, his role with the Red Wings and his take on the state of Slovak hockey over the course of an extended conversation. What follows is a very rough translation of the interview, with a little help from Tom Marchione. What follows is very roughly translated from the original Slovak:

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Duff: Larkin staying grounded as he navigates public persona

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with Dylan Larkin at the Detroit Grand Prix last weekend, and Larkin reflected upon his responsibilities as a representative of the Red Wings at all of 19 years old:

“I know I’m a 19 year old but I’m not like most 19 year olds,” Larkin said. “I can’t do things like most 19 years old. I have to be aware of my surroundings all of the time. I represent the Detroit Red Wings so I have to behave myself.”

Larkin was able to get away with some of his Team USA teammates for a European vacation following the conclusion of the world championship last month in Russia.

“I was fortunate to be able to travel a little bit after the world championships,” Larkin said. “I went to France for five days. I was in the south of France hanging with a few (Team USA) teammates. I really go to relax. I did get some time off but it’s hard to keep myself away from the game.”

When he wants to get away and just disappear from the limelight, Larkin is fortunate enough to be able to call upon a tight group of friends who seem him as their buddy Dylan, who just happens to play for the Red Wings.

“I think there’s a time and a place for everything,” Larkin said. “It has been a long season but I think to find my friends and for them to still hang around with me and let myself get away from hockey is huge. You need that. You need to have people like that around you.”

Duff continues, and it's wonderful to hear that Larkin is so grounded.

Update: Today's Slapshot's Dave Hogg spoke with Larkin as well:

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‘WalletHub’ study: Detroit is the best hockey city in the U.S.

According to a study conducted by WalletHub, Detroit ranks as the #1 hockey city in the U.S. Richie Bernardo explains the study's methodology:

To find the best cities for hockey fans, WalletHub’s analysts compared 72 of the most populated U.S. cities across two divisions, including NHL (Div. I Men’s) and College Hockey (Div. I Men’s). For our sample, we chose cities with at least one college or professional hockey team.

We first compiled 17 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was given a value between 0 and 100, wherein 100 represents the most favorable conditions for hockey fans and 0 the least. In order to determine the weight for each division, we surveyed teams in each division’s Facebook account, summed the number of “Likes” and calculated the proportion that each league represented in total. Thus, the weight attributed to each division was based on its popularity.

We then calculated the overall score for each city using the weighted average across all metrics and ranked the cities accordingly.

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SKA St. Petersburg’s VP states that the team will honor the NHL’s ‘memorandum of understanding’

Via Sport-Express and Sovetsky Sport, SKA St. Petersburg's vice-president, Roman Rotenberg, told Russia's TASS news agency that the team isn't going to comment on its negotiations with Pavel Datsyuk until July--and Rotenberg duly notes that the NHL and KHL have a "memorandum of understanding" stating that both leagues will respect valid contracts from the other league.

With a year remaining on his NHL contract, Datsyuk is still "NHL property" as much as he is Red Wings property, and the Wings and NHL would have to sign off on Datsyuk playing in Russia to allow him to do so.

Here's a rough translation of Rotenberg's comments:

"There are subtle legal formalities, which, of course, our team will honor, as between the KHL and NHL there is an agreement on the mutual respect of contracts of teams and players"--said Rotenberg. "We respect the agreement between the leagues, so today and until July we won't comment regarding the transfer situation related to NHL teams."

"As for the talk about the possible overseas departures of Shipachov and Dadonov, I would like to emphasize that these players are under contract with SKA St. Petersburg, and we will inform our laywers, which are in communication with their NHL counterparts, of any cases of misconduct in this matter."

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The overnight report: On RFA’s, Radulov, Miller and Helm, Stamkos and Kal at the bat

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. As Paul noted on Tuesday afternoon, MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed that the Red Wings have issued contract offers to Darren Helm and Drew Miller. Khan also noted the following regarding the Wings' restricted free agents...

Holland also is working on signing the team's restricted free agents, a group that includes Petr Mrazek, Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan, Alexey Marchenko and Teemu Pulkkinen. That process usually takes much of the off-season.

"By the end of the week I will have talked to all of our restricted players," Holland said. "In most cases made offers or got an idea of what they're thinking and they know what I'm thinking."

All five are eligible for arbitration, so it's possible one or two might file.

And this about the Radulov sweepstakes:

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Contract Offers Made To Drew Miller And Darren Helm By Ken Holland

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings are trying to re-sign two of their impending unrestricted free agents, having made offers to forwards Darren Helm and Drew Miller.

A deal with Miller could be completed soon but the Red Wings likely will be waiting a few weeks before Helm decides.

Miller, 32, was limited to 28 games due a broken jaw on Dec. 3 and a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 10. The club likes what he brings to the fourth line, the penalty killing unit and the dressing room.

He is coming off a three-year deal with a $1.35 million cap hit. Because he spent more than 100 days on injured reserve, the Red Wings can sign him to a contract that includes games played bonuses.

"We're working away, hopefully find a solution," general manager Ken Holland said. "He's a good penalty killer, he's a good leader in the room. He doesn't wear a letter but he's well-respected by the younger players. Hopefully we find a solution to keep him here for another year."


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Wings Are Close To Filling Assistant Coaching Vacancy

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings expect to fill their remaining assistant coaching vacancy soon.

"We're close," general manager Ken Holland said on Tuesday. "Hopefully by the end of this week or early next week at the latest."

Todd Richards, whom the Red Wings interviewed and was considered a leading candidate for the job, was hired Tuesday by the Tampa Bay Lightning to work on Jon Cooper's staff.

The Red Wings also interviewed John Torchetti and Dave Cameron, and perhaps others. They are seeking an assistant who will work with the forwards and on a power play that struggled most of the regular season and in the playoffs.


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‘Three Things’: An assistant coach ‘off the board,’ a Larkin feature and talkin’ bout Tyson Barrie

Updated 3x at 1:51 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Todd Richards as an assistant coach, and that narrows the field that the Red Wings are talking to. Dave Cameron, John Torchetti and Marc Crawford Mike Yeo may be the facorites for the job--I think that the Wings will go with Torchetti--but the Lightning let Steve Thomas go in order to hire Richards, and Thomas would be a fine addition to the power play.

In any case, the beat writers have reported that the Wings will name an assistant coach sometime this week.

2. Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples penned a fine feature article about Dylan Larkin:

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On charitable events and a District Detroit milestone

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. WDIV's Nick Monacelli reports that a 5K run will formally kick off Joe Louis Arena's final season as the Red Wings' home. The event will raise funds for the Red Wings Foundation:

The farewell season at "The Joe" will begin in September, the last season the Detroit Red Wings will play there before moving into Little Caesar’s Arena.

Jim Biewer, a Marking Director for the team, said they’ve been planning for months.

“We’re pulling out all the stops, we’re going all out,” Biewer said. “We want to make sure people remember Joe Louis Arena for what it was (and) the historic memories that they have here.”

Biewer added that almost every game and event will have something memorable for those attending.

“You’re going to see alumni, you will see giveaways and keepsakes to take home with you, so you’ll always have a piece of The Joe with you," Biewer said.

Kicking off the farewell season is the HockeyTown 5K [on September 10th]. a brand new run and walk that will begin outside the arena on the stairs of the Gordie Howe entrance.

The Wings just posted a Tweet linking to their "Hockeytown 5 K" registration page:

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Kulfan: Wings still waiting on Datsyuk

From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, via RedWingsFeed:

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland expects to meet with Pavel Datsyuk early next week, and hopes to have a decision on the center’s future shortly after that.

“I know Pavel is coming back to Detroit in the middle of June, he has a camp that week, and we’re going to meet before that,” Holland said.

Datsyuk either will return to the Red Wings or head home to Russia — to be close to his daughter to finish his playing career in the Kontinental League.

If he leaves the Red Wings, Datsyuk does so with one year and a $7.5 million salary cap hit.

Datsyuk, who’ll be 38 in July, is hosting a hockey camp June 17-21 at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

Kulfan continues, stating that the Wings' assistant coaching search is down to the short strokes, and updating Darren Helm and Drew Miller's situations (talks have begun)...

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