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from Anser Khan of Mlive,
The preseason will be somewhat of an audition for Darren Helm to see if he is best suited to return to the third-line center spot he has played most of his career with the Detroit Red Wings.
"Darren Helm hasn't played center full-time in four years, so I think it's impossible for him or I to know if it's the best thing for him or the team today," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "So let's watch him in preseason, give him time to get comfortable. He'll get in four games or so and let's see if that's the best option for the team and him.
"I think he's happy wither way, at center or wing, but we want to see if that speed and transporting ability can help us at the center position."
from Josh Berenter of the Wings' website,
DeKeyser, who earned a career-high eight goals last season, along with a team-high 107 blocked shots and a team-high 21:49 time on ice, said he just wants to be the best player he can be and help the Red Wings win games anyway he can.
"I just try to take steps forward every year," DeKeyser said Sunday during Day 3 of training camp at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City. "I'm trying to do that again this year. Just improve on my game, be better than I have been in the past and just be a better player."
The 26-year-old isn't the most vocal player in the locker room, but after playing 234 career games, DeKeyser said he's happy to become a leader to young Red Wings players on and off the ice
"I've been in the league a little over three years, so not a long time, but enough to where I'm comfortable now," he said. "I can see when young guys come in, it can be tough sometimes, so it's always good to try to help other guys out and try to lead by example."
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan wrote an article discussing the competition between Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul for a spot on the Wings' blueline:
“Every training camp I’ve come to I’ve thought I could make it,” Ouellet, 23, said. “I’ve always had that mindset. ... The decisions they had to make the last two years, with contracts and stuff, won’t affect me anymore. Now it’s about my game and how I play.”
Sproul signed a two-year contract Friday, the first year a two-way contact (in case he returns to Grand Rapids) and the second year a one-way NHL contract.
“It’s very important this year, I’ve said it before, they’re looking for guys to step up in this camp, and that’s my goal, to step up and make it hard for them to send me down,” Sproul said.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill intends to use training camp and the preseason to establish an identity for this team – he wants a fast group with an active defense.
"We've talked about our identity being relentless and being fast, being competitive and being detailed," Blashill said. "Speed's a big factor. It's not everything, it's mentality, not just how fast the guy is skating but how fast you're playing. So we're trying to play as fast as we can in transition. I think that's our best chance to have success based on the team we have.
"When L.A. won two Cups (in 2011 and 2013) you can talk about them being big and strong, but I think you got to play to your best asset. Pittsburgh was fast this year, but that's kind of their team makeup."
With a roster that includes some of the league's fastest skaters in Darren Helm, Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou, Blashill believes this team is capable of picking up the pace.
"I think we got a team that if we're going north, we're going to be better and we got a D-corps that can get up in the play and skate," Blashill said. "We got a group of forwards that has some high-end speed and can make plays at high speed. So to me it's just playing to our strengths."
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The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Brendan Quealy spoke with Wings prospect Jared Coreau regarding his tattoos:
Jared Coreau got his skin inked for the first time when he was 18 years old. He got his most recent tattoo a little more than a week ago. The soon-to-be 25-year-old goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings has plenty of tattoos on his 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame — and he’s not afraid to show them off.
His most recent one, which is on his left forearm, is the nearest and dearest to his heart. Not only does it feature roses, the word “believe” and several other intricate designs, it also features a detailed image of his father’s eye.
“When I see my dad’s eye, I always think about him,” Coreau said. “He always taught me to work hard. It feels like someone is always watching over me. We’re very, very close. We have a very, very good father-son relationship.”
The Hindu god Ganesh is also in Coreau’s newest work of art. Ganesh is known as the “remover of obstacles,” and Coreau said that part of his tattoo serves as a reminder to stay centered.
“I went through a bit of a personal issue last season, and I just had to find myself and find my home base again,” Coreau said. “It’s just good to believe in something and be happy and be content with what you have.”
Continued, and put bluntly, Coreau's tattoos are pretty cool.
“Whenever he talked about wanting to go home, especially when things got really confusing for him I’d often ask him where is home and he’d look at me and say Saskatoon,” explained Cathy Howe, Gordie’s daughter.
And now Mr. Hockey will be home forever.
Gordie and his wife Colleen’s ashes were interred in the Howe statue outside of SaskTel Centre in a private family ceremony on Sunday.
Howe was born in Floral, Sask., but grew up and spent 16 years in Saskatoon before starting his record-breaking hockey career.
“It’s mind blowing. I always knew my dad was loved but when he passed I was stunned by the outpouring of love. It’s absolutely incredible,” said Murray Howe, Gordie Howe’s son.
Continued, and from the Saskatoon Blades' ceremony honoring Mr. Hockey:
Red Wings TV "mic'ed up" Kirk Maltby during the Red Wings' Celebrity and Alumni Game on Saturday night:
The Toronto Star's Mark Zwolinski spoke with Tomas Tatar, hero of Team Europe's 3-2 OT win over Sweden, regarding the team's identity:
“We’ve never been together as a group before, we’ve never seen all these faces in the same locker room before,” Tatar said. “But when we started playing, there was an energy there, and that’s what helped.”
Let's add TSN's Karen Shilton's report to the mix:
“Tomas stepping up with his spirit today…he created that whole OT goal,” [Team Europe coach Ralph] Krueger said. “When you see that fight on the wall and against those boys that were a lot bigger than him, that’s where it was all initiated and it ends up in the net. We just continually find ways to do that and that’s the beauty of this team.”
"One of the best tournaments in the world, best players from the NHL in one spot and we have a chance to play in the final, which is great," Tatar said. "The story continues."
After Team Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made a left pad save on Tatar's initial shot the rebound caromed into the net off Tatar's left skate. It was Tatar's second goal of the game after he had no points in three preliminary-round games.
"I was hoping I'm going to get an opportunity to sway one game and I'm lucky it happened today," Tatar said.
Updated 4x at 7:22 PM: Of MSM-related note from the third day of the Red Wings' training camp in Traverse City:
MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article regarding what Steve Ott hopes to provide the Red Wings:
On the ice, [coach Jeff] Blashill believes Ott's edginess will rub off on linemates Luke Glendening and Drew Miller.
"We're not going to be fun to play against," Ott said. "Millsie is an extremely smart player, always in the right position. Glendening, pure workhorse. I didn't really notice when I played against him how strong he really is. ... Strong in the faceoff dot, strong on the puck in winning one-on-one battles.
"I really think we have a complete line to be able to shut other lines down. We're going to bring a strong work ethic that hopefully pushes other guys to perform at a high level as well."
Said Glendening: "I think our role is going to change a little bit. If we can be that gritty, sandpaper, physical line for our team, bring some energy every night I think that'll be a huge asset."
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