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Great news for the Red Wings; Filip Hronek will play for the OHL's Saginaw Spirit this upcoming season after spending his 2015-16 campaign shuffling from the Czech Extraliga to the Under-20 league and back:
Here's the Spirit's press release:
Pravda.sk's Michal Gavron spoke with Tomas Tatar regarding a set of topics after Tatar was named the best Slovak forward via a poll of Slovak players. Here's a rough translation of Tatar's interview:
Tatar: Datsyuk will be missed. We understand that.
The award for the best forward in a poll of Slovak hockey players for 2016 is considered a great honor. Although Tomas Tatar (25) had a second season in the swing, he moved backwards.
"It's not fun when you're playing in a game in the lineup and then you're suddenly on the fourth line. It was a strange year, it's not for me," says the native of Dubinca. After September's World Cup, where he will play for Team Europe, he will begin his sixth season in the NHL.
What does it mean to you to e named the bet Slovak attacker of the 2015-16 season?
"It's a great honor. I'm glad I joined the other famous players who've won it before me. It's also a motivation for further work. It's a slightly different pace than the one I've won a few years ago as the best 20-year-old player. I want to thank everyone from my teammates to coaches and loved ones. I'm happy that I can hold this in my hands. With them I won't fail."
Tomas Jurco spoke with Hokej.sk's "Jazva" on Friday, addressing his back surgery, and here's a rough translation of the interview:
I underwent surgery, but it wasn't a training injury. It makes things right for Jurco overseas.
The past season in Detroit wasn't entirely to the liking of Tomas Jurco, who finished it but failed, though the World Championship lifted his mood considerably. As part of the championship in St. Petersburg, Jurco registered five points in seven games, and he embarked upon his summer training with maximum motivation. Under the supervision of fitness coach Daniel Kicura, he implemented the plans prepared by the Red Wings and everything seemed to indicate that he was taking the ideal route to travel overseas in healthy condition. But suddenly things went wrong.
"A week ago, I had back surgery, and my doctor then suggested four weeks of total rest. At this pint it's only rest, and while I'll be able to rehab and exercise, that will take a few more weeks," said the 23-year-old Kosice native in an interview with hokej.sk.
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. The Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game takes place at Duck Lake Pines Park tomorrow. The Red Wings' Alumni Association has more info regarding the event...
And the Koccur Foundation revealed its celebrity lineup today:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2016-17 outlook: Niklas Kronwall's role and ice time likely is diminishing due to age and knee issues, Kyle Quincey is gone and no deal was made for a defenseman. That makes DeKeyser as important as ever on a blue line with many question marks.
DeKeyser will be the new workhorse, logging more minutes than anyone and matching up against top lines.
Entering the prime of his career, DeKeyser continues to be a strong puck-mover with good mobility and hockey senses. He makes good decisions.
He's not likely to see regular power-play duty and isn't relied on for offense but can contribute in that area (eight goals last season, 31 points the year before).
Coach Jeff Blashill planned on pairing Mike Green with DeKeyser at the start of last season before DeKeyser's injury scrapped that idea. Perhaps that idea will be revisited, as the defensively inclined DeKeyser would complement the more offensive-minded Green.
Complications Disturbing Kronwall's Way Back
Niklas Kronwall had, as you know, say no to the World Cup of Hockey. His injured knee isn't holding up for the game against the world's best players.
"It is what it is. It was sad to have to make the decision not to play, but injuries are part of the sport. Right now I don't know how it will be for the start of the season with Detroit, but I hope and believe that I'll be ready then," says Kronwall to NHL.com/sv.
"I head over to Detroit as early as next week. Right now we're just waiting for my partner's visa to get ready. Then we'll travel and stay in Detroit until next summer. I'll have everything examined there, and we'll see what we come up with."
It was in January that Niklas Kronwall had an arthroscopy, a so-called "keyhole" surgery in his knee. He missed five weeks of the season. But the knee needed to be further-strengthened, and Kronwall's worked with it over this summer.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson has revealed Petr Mrazek's World Cup of Hockey mask:
"It was sad to have to make the decision not to play [at World Cup], but injuries are part of the sport," the 35-year-old told NHL.com/sv. "Right now I do not know how it will affect the start of the season with Detroit, but I hope and believe that I'll be ready."...
Kronwall said he had a setback during offseason workouts.
"My knee has felt better and better over the summer, but three weeks ago I stretched a muscle in my thigh," he said. "That set me back three weeks of ice practice. Had I been able to practice those weeks, the chance to play would have been much better.
"I was really looking forward to the World Cup. But the first game is in about two weeks, and as of now I'm not in shape to play against the world's best players, regardless of how much I want it."
I promise to not go overboard with Pavel Datsyuk stuff, but Datsyuk scored a heck of a goal and has also registered an assist as SKA St. Petersburg leads Salavat Yulaev 2-0. Here's Datsyuk's goal from Nino Tannahill on Twitter:
From the Red Wings:
Red Wings, Fox Sports Detroit announce 2016-17 broadcast schedule
74 Wings games to be featured on FOX Sports Detroit
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and FOX Sports Detroit today announced the 2016-17 Red Wings local television schedule.
FOX Sports Detroit (FSD) continues its award-winning production and carriage of Red Wings games by airing a total of 74 preseason and regular-season contests with 61 games slated for FSD and 13 on FOX Sports Plus (FSPLUS), including Opening Night (Oct. 17 vs. Ottawa) when the puck drops for the “Farewell Season at The Joe” and the final weekend of regular-season home games at Joe Louis Arena (April 8 vs. Montreal; April 9 vs. New Jersey). Additionally, FOX Sports Detroit will carry all non-exclusive games in the first round of the Stanley Cup® Playoffs, as the Red Wings chase their 26th consecutive playoff appearance and 12th Stanley Cup® championship.
With the popular announce team of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond calling the action, FOX Sports Detroit’s comprehensive coverage also includes pregame and postgame editions of RED WINGS LIVE. In addition to live reports from Joe Louis Arena and road venues, studio portions of RED WINGS LIVE will originate from FOX Sports Detroit’s studios at its Southfield headquarters.
A total of 11 Red Wings games will be nationally exclusive broadcasts on NBC or NBCSN.
Here's the schedule:
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