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I just got my butt behind my computer, so I'm a little behind, but I'm spending the entire day at the rink to take in the Wings' practice, scrimmage (Team Lindsay and Team Delvecchio tied 2-2) and the celebrity and alumni game this evening. I'll probably keep my coverage very low after that as the Red vs. White game tomorrow (I added the roster FTR) will be preceded by a practice at 10, and I'm not getting out of the rink till 10:30-ish...Add in drive time, covering other people's stuff, etc., and it is going to be a very long day and a very short night.
Anyway, the media corps received a mixed bag in terms of interviews today. Niklas Kronwall was mostly asked about Danny DeKeyser, Jakub Kindl and the steps that the "top four" have to make this season...
As Paul noted, this morning, it was stated that Daniel Alfredsson will keep #11 in no small part because he's already in Winter Classic and merchandise catalogs. I received a different answer regarding Alfredsson possibly switching to #24 and Daniel Cleary dropping #71 for his familiar #11 again:
So Cleary will remain #71 for the preaseason, and Alfredsson will remain #11 for the preaseason...
Update: NEVER MIND...
Trying to get this out as soon as posisble: I tweeted this, but the Red Wings' Red vs. White game takes place on Sunday at 11 AM at Centre Ice Arena, and here's how the rosters break down:
The Red Wings' "Red and White" game on Sunday (at 11 AM) tends to stand alone as the centerpiece of training camp, but tonight's Celebrity and Alumni Game at Centre Ice Arena (at 7 PM) may steal the show.
Wings GM Ken Holland, new Fox Sports Detroit analyst Chris Osgood, Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill and goalie coach Jim Bedard will be tending the nets; Wings coach Mike Babcock, assistant coach Bill Peters, the balance of the Grand Rapids Griffins' coaches (Jim Paek and Spiros Anastas), the Griffins and Red Wings' equipment managers, the vast majority of the pro and amateur scouts (including Hakan Andersson and Mark Howe), Kirs Draper, Kirk Maltby, Chris Chelios, Jiri Fischer, Dallas Drake and even Ken Daniels, Mickey Redmond and Ken Kal are all slated to play this evening.
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Wings GM Ken Holland about strapping on the pads after a long lay-off...
Things get complicated in the neutral zone, and that's what Friday's practices (despite its Bertuzzi-Nyquist-Tatar tales and quips and quotes) were about, though I do need to note this comment that Wings coach Mike Babcock made to the Free Press's Helene St. James, because it's essential:
Mike Babcock said he reassembled his lines just based on “who has a chance to play in the NHL, and try to put them in good spots.” He reiterated that he may still put Cleary with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, which would bump Justin Abdelkader.
Babcock happened to toss Daniel Cleary on the Andersson-Nyquist line, and as Trevor Parkes apparently got dinged, that worked out pretty nicely.
“We have eight exhibition games to figure all this out,” Babcock said. “These are walk-throughs for me. I make that very clear every year. They have four or five opportunities in exhibition to grab their chunk of the ice time. We give everyone an opportunity on the power play, we give everyone an opportunity on the penalty kill. So when you leave here, you know you were given an opportunity - the ball is in your court.”
There's some truth to that and there's some oversimplification there as well.
I am not an avid fisherperson, but I come from a family of very avid fishermen and fisherwomen, including those who tie their own flies, can tell you what kind of waders to wear, who can tell you why Ernest Hemmingway was lying when he wrote about the "Big Two-Hearted River" (it was the West Branch of the Fox River and the Sucker River instead), and who go ga-ga over carbon fiber fishing rods and Cabela's catalogs the way I get googley-eyed when I enter Perani's.
As such, Pavel Datsyuk's fish tales from Thursday were one thing...But on Friday, he had competition, and that yielded enough fish that I believe there's a restraining order out against the Inuk and the Russian who stole Grandpa Donny from the trout stream:
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff offers a slightly different angle on the team's decision to re-sign Daniel Cleary, suggesting that Justin Abdelkader and Cleary may be the only players the team has who can fill a "gritty" offensive role:
Some fans of the team point to Cleary’s wonky knees and his underwhelming 9-6-15 numbers of a season ago and see the 34-year-old holding back the development of some of Detroit’s younger forwards.
Instead, the naysayers should focus on Cleary’s playoff performance last spring – four goals and six assists during the 14 most important games of the season – and recognize the value he brings to a team that while deep in forward talent, is shy in forward grit.
The tickets are sold out at present, but if you can find a way to snag a ducat for the Red Wings' alumni and charity game at Centre Ice Arena tomorrow night (the game starts at 7), I'd sure as heck suggest that you attempt to snag one. The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau posted the roster and the game's circustances (to benefit Centre Ice Arena), and this may be the only time you ever see the Wings' front office and coaches tangle on an ice rink:
Sad news from the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
For four decades, Wheatley’s Glen Skov held forth as the holder of a unique honour. He’d been the last NHL player from Essex County to win the Stanley Cup.
Skov, who died Tuesday in Palm Harbour, Fla. at the age of 82, won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings – in 1951-52, 1953-54 and 1954-55. Following his third win, another locally-born player wouldn’t earn a Stanley Cup inscription until Windsor-born Ken Daneyko won with the 1994-95 New Jersey Devils.
Skov was one-third of a dominating Detroit checking line, skating alongside Marty Pavelich and Tony Leswick. They were to the Wings of the 1950s what the Grind Line was to Detroit’s playoff success in the 1990s.
“Guys like Skov and Pavelich and Leswick were great checkers,” recalled former Wings forward Bill Dineen.
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