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Evening news: On Frk, ‘Days With the Calder Cup’ and the Eastside Elite Hockey League ASG

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. As Paul reported, the Red Wings officially re-signed Martin Frk to a 1-year, 2-way contract, and MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed the financial figures thereof...

While the Free Press's Helene St. James discussed Frk's "fit" with the Wings:

Frk has good size at 6-foot, 200 pounds. He has a big, right-handed shot, but beyond that there is not much dimension to him. The Wings exposed him on waivers last autumn, and the Carolina Hurricanes grabbed him only to put him back on waivers after two appearances. The Wings reclaimed him, and Frk responded with a big season in the minors.

Can he translate that to Detroit come this autumn? Frk’s coach in Grand Rapids thinks Frk needs the right opportunity in the NHL – i.e., he needs to be used on power plays. Wings coach Jeff Blashill may well give Frk a look on power plays during exhibition season – but given how well the Wings ended last season on the power play, it’s doubtful Frk takes anyone’s job unless there is an injury.

2. If you are near Perth, Ontario, you may want to get downtown in a hurry as it's Jared Coreau's Day With the Calder Cup...

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Detroit Signs Martin Frk To A One-Year Contract

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed right wing Martin Frk to a one-year contract.

Frk, 23, spent most of the 2016-17 campaign with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, scoring 27 goals for a second-straight season and posting a professional career-high 50 points (27-23-50) in 65 games. Frk began the season with the Carolina Hurricanes after the club claimed him on waivers from Detroit on Oct. 9. He played his first two NHL games with Carolina, registering one shot on goal in 8:20 average time on ice, before the Red Wings reclaimed him on Nov. 1. The 6-foot, 200-pound forward led the Griffins in goals, power-play goals (12) and shots on goal (232) and finished fourth overall in team scoring. Frk also produced 15 points (5-10-15) in 16 games during the Griffins’ 2017 Calder Cup championship run and picked up six points (2-4-6) during the Calder Cup Finals, including the game-winning goal in Grand Rapids’ series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Syracuse Crunch.

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Morning news: On the ‘Hockeytown 5K,’ Keith Petruzzelli and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Red Wings announced the details of the "Hockeytown 5K" this morning...

The Detroit Red Wings today announced the details for the second annual Hockeytown 5K Run/Walk, presented by Meijer and Powerade. Building on last year's sold-out event, this season's race will take place on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., and will finish outside Little Caesars Arena.

Registration for the Hockeytown 5K is now open. Registration starts at $50 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. Participants can also donate additional funds to the Detroit Red Wings Foundation when registering to receive Red Wings branded items.

The press release continues...

2. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of Wings prospect Keith Petruzzelli:

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$1.2M Separates Detroit’s Offer And Tatar’s Ask

What do you think?

Update: Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James on the situation:

The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar are more than a million apart in their respective arbitration briefs.

The sides today received copies of one another’s briefs, two days before a scheduled arbitration hearing in Toronto. The Wings are offering $4.1 million. Tatar’s side is asking for $5.3 million. It’s not uncommon for there to be a chasm, as each side is attempting to sway a favorable judgement.

An arbitrator is likely to land somewhere in the middle. Tatar is coming off a 25-goal season, and three straight 20-goal seasons. Only 30 NHL players have scored more goals in the past three seasons than Tatar’s 75 goals.

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Sides can continue to negotiate while awaiting a hearing. If it does end up being settled via arbitration, the Wings can reopen talks with Tatar, or trade him for picks/prospects.

Update #2: Here's the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan on Friedman's report...

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Evening news: On Tatar, Athanasiou’s ‘numbers,’ a ‘deep dive’ and a little Google garble

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. It's July 17th, and if Tomas Tatar and the Red Wings don't agree to a contract extension by 10 AM on Thursday, July 20th, they'll head to salary arbitration in Toronto. Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff examines the situation:

On the surface, the Wings can make a strong case that their offer to Tatar is in the ballpark of what he should expect. Recently, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, whose production numbers are similar to what Tatar has posted, agreed to terms on a seven-year deal with $5 million per season. While Tatar has outscored Johnson 75-69 over the past three season, Johnson has out-produced Tatar 20-3 in the playoff goal column over the same span.

The flaw in this approach from the Red Wings point of view are the number of bad long-term contracts general manager Ken Holland has already agreed to with players on the team who aren’t nearly as productive offensively as Tatar. In recent seasons, he signed Justin Abdelkader to a seven-year, $30 million deal, and Darren Helm to a five-year pact worth $3.85 million a season. Helm has never scored 20 goals in a campaign, while Abdelkader did it once, netting 23 tallies in 2014-15.

Duff continues...

2. DetroitRedWings.com's Arthur J. Regner penned a "By the Numbers" analysis of Andreas Athanasiou's 2016-17 season:

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Morning news: On Adam Larkin, Lane Zablocki and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of Adam Larkin, who attended the Red Wings' summer development camp as a free agent invite. Larkin happens to be the cousin of Wings forward Dylan Larkin, and Adam possesses a similarly high hockey IQ:

"I'm hoping, of course," said Larkin, 22. "The great thing about these camps is it's an education opportunity so whether it is with Grand Rapids or with Detroit or elsewhere in the league, you're learning here and that's what's awesome about being here, you have such great resources to teach you whatever it takes to get to the next level.

"I would say I'm a headsy player. I'm one that plays well within the system and is able to see the ice well and understand the flow of the game. I think I communicate well and I think areas of improvement, I've always wanted to be a little bit more offensive than I have been, at least in recent years.

"I need to improve my skating, but everybody probably will tell you they need to work on their skating."

Savage continues...

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a profile of Lane Zablocki, who happens to be the player the Wings picked with the "Mike Babcock" compensatory draft pick:

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The New Scoreboard At Little Caesars Arena

  •       5,100 square foot centerhung scoreboard will be largest system in the NHL by viewable area
  •       Full display system in and around new arena includes 13,500+ square feet and 16.5+ million LEDs
  •       Display system is just one of countless fan-focused innovations at Little Caesars Arena


DETROIT and BROOKINGS, S.D. – July 17, 2017 – Fans attending concerts, shows or sporting events at the new Little Caesars Arena will enjoy state-of-the art video displays designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics, the world leader in audiovisual systems and implementation. The centerhung system at Little Caesars Arena, the future home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and countless entertainment and community events, will be more than 5,100 square feet.

As the largest seamless centerhung system in the world, the new scoreboard will allow video programming to completely wrap around the system and create a 360-degree experience. A total of 45 LED displays featuring more than 13,500 square feet and more than 16.5 million LEDs will be installed in and around the new arena before it opens for events in September.

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A Look At The Detroit Red Wings

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Detroit Red Wings:

The Detroit Red Wings have not gone into a full rebuild while building a new rink.

Their goal is to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in their first season at Little Caesars Arena while laying the foundation for future Cup contention, after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1989-90 in their final season at Joe Louis Arena....

Here is what the Red Wings look like today:...

On the cusp

Tyler Bertuzzi, F: Expect Bertuzzi to bring grit and skill to the fourth line after winning the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as most valuable player of the Calder Cup Playoffs last season. The 22-year-old, selected in the second round (No. 58) of the 2013 NHL Draft, had 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 19 games during Grand Rapids' run to the American Hockey League championship. He had three shots on goal in seven games with the Red Wings in November. … Evgeny Svechnikov, F: The 20-year-old likely will start the season in the AHL but could get some NHL time this season. The 19th pick of the 2015 draft, Svechnikov had 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists) in 74 games for Grand Rapids last season, his first as a professional. He also played his first two NHL games in April. … Filip Hronek, D: The 19-year-old, a second-round pick (No. 53) in the 2016 draft, is headed to Grand Rapids for his first full pro season. He had 61 points (14 goals, 47 assists) in 59 games for Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League last season and looked good in 10 regular-season and two playoff games for Grand Rapids. Skilled and competitive, he needs to fill out (6-foot, 163 pounds) and gain experience.

What they still need

Superstars. The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998 and 2002 with defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, forwards Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman, and more. They won the Cup again in 2008 and came within a win of repeating in 2009 largely because they still had Lidstrom and had unearthed forwards Pavel Datsyuk (No. 171, 1998) and Henrik Zetterberg (No. 210, 1999) late in the draft. Now Zetterberg is the only one left, and he turns 37 on Oct. 9. The 25-season playoff streak was incredible but came at a cost: no top-10 picks for a quarter-century. Can Athanasiou, Larkin or Mantha reach that level? Or prospects like center Michael Rasmussen, the No. 9 pick of the 2017 draft, the Red Wings' first top-10 pick since forward Martin Lapointe in 1991? They need difference-makers to contend for the Cup again.

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‘Three Things’: On Vili Saarijarvi, Reilly Webb and a conversation with Jeff Salajko

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article in which she discusses Vili Saarijarvi's progress made since being drafted 2 years ago:

I think I have improved a lot, on the ice and off the ice, too, strength-wise,” Saarijarvi said. “I’ve gotten a lot stronger and put some weight on. I am not going to get so much taller, so it is about getting stronger. I know I am a good skater, that I can play the game.”

Saarijarvi stands about 5 feet 10. He said he was around 160 pounds when he was drafted, and is now around 175 pounds.

That Saarijarvi shoots right was part of the appeal in drafting him, as right-shot defensemen are rarer than left-shooting ones. Saarijarvi is mobile, makes good decisions with the puck, and has a knack for getting his shot through from the blueline. He’ll have a chance with the Griffins to show he can run a power play in the AHL, as he did in the OHL.

“It is going to be a lot harder to do at the next level but I want to take the challenge and work on it as much as possible,” Saarijarvi said. “I can do a lot of skill stuff.”

St. James continues, and she posted a video of Saarijarvi speaking during the Wings' summer development camp:

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Evening news: Development camp-related videos and articles

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. In a strange turn of events for me, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa and MLive's Ansar Khan confirm my report about Tomas Tatar's comments to Sport.sk's Prokop Tomas;

2. The Red Wings posted two videos in which the summer development camp's goalies were spotlighted, and then the viewer is taken to the Wings prospects' annual cooking class at Northwestern Michigan College with team nutritionist Lisa McDowell:

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