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Red Wings overnight report: On Darren Helm, the Wings’ TV sked and the Stanley Cup in Michigan

As the Free Press’s Helene St. James has wound through an astonishing set of ten sets of expectation-stating articles about the Red Wings’ key performers for the upcoming season, we’ve gone back and forth between lock-step agreement and disparate discourse regarding realistic expectations of and roles for certain players to take.

I don’t think any of us are going to disagree with her assessment of Darren Helm, who posted 12 goals and 32 points while maintaining his status as the team’s best defensive forward not named Datsyuk or Zetterberg:

Offense is a secondary part of Helm’s role, however. His main job is to provide speed and energy, be physical and to kill penalties. Helm does a much better job in the latter area than the Wings’ overall penalty kill (82.3% in 2010-11) indicates, as he’s often able to get control of the puck and then carry it all the way up the ice, eating valuable seconds off the clock. He doesn’t convert those breakaways into goals very often (though his two shorthanded goals last season did lead the team), but he’s working on that.

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The Cup’s coming to Ann Arbor on August 26th

This isn’t Red Wings-related per se, but as every hockey fan whose team has won the Stanley Cup fully believes that its rightful “home” is in the city where their favorite team plays, Red Wings fans will have the opportunity to see the Cup in what we tend to believe is its natural territory on August 26th via Boston Bruins defenseman Stephen Kampfer, according to MGoblue.com:

Former University of Michigan ice hockey player and current member of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins Steve Kampfer (2007-10) will be sharing his day with the Stanley Cup with the U-M community on Thursday, Aug. 25. Kampfer will put the Stanley Cup on display from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the U-M locker room at Yost Ice Arena.

“I’m excited to bring the Cup back to the place that has made me the player I am today,” said Kampfer. “Coming back to the place I wanted to play at since I was the age of four is a dream come true. I couldn’t be more excited to share it with the great fans of Michigan as well. Without them, we wouldn’t have the best rink to play college hockey in. I want fans to be able to see the Stanley Cup and enjoy the day with my family and friends.”

Kampfer will be signing complimentary autographs. Pictures with Kampfer and the Stanley Cup will cost $10, with all proceeds being split between C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the University of Michigan ice hockey program.

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Grand Rapids Griffins release 2011-2012 season schedule, too

It’s “announcement day” or something similar. The Red Wings more or less revealed their 2011-2012 national TV schedule today, and their primary affiliate, the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, have posted their 11-12 regular season schedule today, too. Here’s the team’s press release (it’s very thorough):

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Red Wings national TV sked released (and actually listed)

From lovely Saint Joe’s in Ann Arbor (despite the fact that we’re across the road from Eastern Michigan University’s football stadium)...

The Wings tossed off the NHL’s press release regarding its national TV schedule, and we at least know that the Wings are going to make a bit of broadcast history (as for the regular TV sked, it has yet to be revealed—expect it to pop up in the next day or three):

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Red Wings mid-day tidbits: Howe’s a legend? No foolin’

Of very brief Red Wings-related news this afternoon (sorry for the throw-it-at-the-wall tendencies in this post as I’m literally headed out the door):

• According to The Score’s Rick Moldovayni and via RedWingsFeed, Gordie Howe and Mario Lemieux have been announced as the last NHL “Legends” to appear in EA Sports’ NHL 12 game;

• In prospect-related news, part 1: RedWingsCentral’s Sarah Lindenau has posted the Carolina Hurricanes’ roster for the Red Wings’ 2011 prospect tournament on her Left Wing Lock blog, joining the Rangers, Stars and Wings’ confirmed rosters;

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Red Wings overnight report: disagreement about Smith, disparate news and an out-of-the-office notice

Updated at 6:26 AM: As the Free Press’s Helene St. James continues penning what is now an epic ten-player slate of pre-season assessments regarding Red Wings players (we talked about the first, um, nine [wow] on Wednesday), we’ve had our share of disagreements as to certain players’ roles and futures with the team, but today…We come to a prospect whose role with the team in both the immediate and relatively distant (by Wings fans’ standards) future invokes debate as a matter of course.

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Red Wings single-game tix go on sale September 1st (and some other news)

Updated 3x w/ even more stuff at 3:51 PM: As an FYI, from Red Wings senior director of communications John Hahn...

Single game tickets on sale Sept. 1

Wings and fans look for more great excitement at The Joe

DETROIT—An electric Joe Louis Arena crowd saw the Detroit Red Wings force a Game 7 vs. San Jose in the final home game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  It was described by fans as the “loudest and most energetic game ever” and fans can lock in the chance to continue that excitement on Sept. 1st when single-game tickets to every Wings home game in 2011-12 go on sale.

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Red Wings overnight report: An enthusiastic Brunnstrom and Abdelkader’s consistency

Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill turned the Babcockian, “Good for him and good for us” theory regarding Fabian Brunnstrom on its head on Tuesday night, suggesting to the Free Press’s Helene St. James that the Wings in fact believe that Brunnstrom faces serious pressure to impress the Wings as opposed to both Detroit’s brass and 29 other potential employers’ decision-makers…

“He called us, and we told him to come on in,” assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “He’s had a disappointing two seasons in the NHL and knows this is his last chance.”

And Brunnstrom at least sounds incredibly enthusiastic about what’s become a high-stakes opportunity while speaking to Heslingborgs Dagblad’s Linus Ahlin, suggesting that he’s going to try to fulfill a childhood dream in sticking with the Wings:

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Red Wings are Brunnstrom’s ‘last chance’ in the NHL? That’s a different way of putting it…

Updated ex with a Ken Kal interview from Calgary at 8:37 PM: Well scratch that suggestion: I had assumed that the Red Wings were approaching their try-out to Fabian Brunnstrom without many expectations other than giving the 26-year-old a chance to prove himself again, but Wings assistant GM Jim Nill offered a very different take on Brunnstrom’s situation while speaking about the try-out deal to the Free Press’s Helene St. James:

The Detroit Red Wings have told forward Fabian Brunnstrom—whom they pursued three years ago, only to see him sign with the Dallas Stars—that he’s welcome to come to training camp and try out for the team.

“He called us, and we told him to come on in,” assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “He’s had a disappointing two seasons in the NHL and knows this is his last chance.”

Brunnstrom, 26, spent last season with Toronto’s farm team. He has 19 goals, 40 points and is minus-11 in 99 NHL games. He’ll have to impress mightily to make the Wings, who are well-stocked up front.

And in a very different vein, Todd Bertuzzi told St. James that he’s less than delighted with Dan Cleary’s successful campaign to be immortalized in bobblehead form:

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Red Wings afternoon quickies: Walleye affiliation renewed; Cleary to bobble

Of very brief Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

• According to DetroitRedWings.com’s Rick Bouwness, the Wings will continue sending prospects to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye…

The Detroit Red Wings today announced that the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) will remain the club’s official AA-level affiliate for the 2011-12 hockey season. The Walleye have served in this capacity since the team’s inaugural 2009-10 campaign.

“We’re very excited to have the Walleye back as part of our organization for the upcoming season,” says Red Wings Assistant General Manager Jim Nill. “Toledo’s been a great partner for us over the years and they’ve proven to be a strong ECHL franchise since reentering the league. We look forward to watching our prospects continue to develop in a city with a strong minor league hockey tradition.”

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