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Former Red Wing Damien Brunner’s headed to New Jersey

I hate to say it, but the whole dang hockey world called it. When the New Jersey Devils let Ilya Kovalchuk "retire" to avoid a massive NHL-KHL showdown and get that huge contract off the Devils' books, it was assumed that Damien Brunner would be joining the Devils.

And, wouldn't you know it, via RedWingsFeed...

And Paul...

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Former Wolverine Aaron Ward starts ‘Ward’s Warriors’ program to honor military personnel

FYI via RedWingsFeed:

Quoting MGoBlue Athletics:

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Red Wings-Penguins pre-season game-day stuff: Mantha excited, Howard ready to go, Helm still meh

Updated 2x at 3:21 PM: Audio aside, after the game-day skates (which were fascinating to watch), the Red Wings' game-day players flew from Detroit to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins tonight (7 PM, WPCW and semi-legal streams around the world), and I have to admit that I was speaking with Landon Ferraro when the Wings' beat writers spoke with the star of the day:

The Red Wings' first round pick in the 2013 draft is indeed going to play against a pretty solid Penguins lineup this evening, and the incredibly happy camper spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James...

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Audio from the Wings-Penguins pre-game skate: Howard, Babcock, Franzen, Bertuzzi, Helm, Ferraro etc.

I'm sorry for the delay with these, but boy, today was intriguing as can be. For me, attending Red Wings practices is like going to a third or fourth-semester college class on hockey, and watching the drills--even if I don't understand them--is exciting as all hell get out.

I will admit that Mike Babcock slashed me on the ass and told me I'd freeze it off because I wasn't wearing a jacket, but I happen to be fine wearing short-sleeve shirts at the irnk.

Ahead of tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 PM, WPCW), the game day players practiced first, some prospects and the vast majority of the Griffins' AHL'ers practiced simultaneously at "David's Rink," and after a short break, tomorrow's roster--Alfredsson, Weiss, Franzen, Sheahan, Nyquist, Bertuzzi, Jurco, Athanasiou, Callahan, Emmerton, Miler, Eaves, Paetsch, Lashoff, Kronwall, Ericsson, Ouellet, Sproul, Nicastro, Nedomlel, Coreau and Gustavsson (Babcock says goalies will play 2 periods apiece, so I'm guessing that "Gus" will get the start, and 2 of the 8 defensemen will just be used in the game-day skate) practiced second.

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What Will The Wings Do?

The Ansar Khan feature, "Ask Ansar" at Mlive,

Q. Besides (Mikael) Samuelsson, which other forward will be let go?

A. I don't think Samuelsson is going anywhere. He has a no-trade clause and would be difficult to move even if he agreed to waive it due to his salary, age and injury-plagued 2013 season. Teams can't bury veteran players in the minors under the new CBA. In Samuelsson's case, $2.9 million of his $3 million salary would still count against the cap. They would clear a roster spot but would be paying him a lot of money (almost all of which would remain on their cap) for playing in the minors.

Q. The Red Wings need to trim some salary and at least a few bodies before the start of the regular season. We've been debating how they are going to do this since the start of free agency. So what is the smartest way for the Wings to deal with this problem? I don't see any of the waiver eligible players going to the Griffins, So whose days are numbered in Red and White before Oct. 1, 2013?

A. In summary, Helm sure to start on injured reserve and, in my opinion, Nyquist will start in Grand Rapids and either Tootoo or Eaves will be traded or waived.

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Red Wings morning news: on antsy Wings, the 2nd line, Abdelkader, Tatar and ‘jersey rules’

Updated with the Penguins' roster for tonight's exhibition game at 8:33 AM: The Red Wings did speak with the media regarding the result of their Red vs. White game, but the headlines of the day kind of eclipsed the players' "end of camp" quips.

Thankfully, the Traverse City Record-Eagle's Chris Dobrolowski snagged some quips regarding training camp itself, with one of the players slated to skate tonight against Pittsburgh (7 PM, WPCW, and again, the Wings will hold their game-day and non-game day skates at Centre Ice Arena today and tomorrow from 10 AM-12:45 PM)

"It's going to be nice. This week was a time to get ready, to get in shape for the exhibition (games) that are coming up here. It kind of feels like it's starting more for real now," said defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.

Before Detroit capped off its initial four-day run in Traverse City, it squared off for the Red-White game, with the White posting a 4-3 shootout victory in front of a packed Centre Ice Arena on Sunday.

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Red Wings overnight report: on the Red vs. White game

I hate starting an entry ass-end first, but I'm going to do it: You know that point where you're on a business trip, and you call a family member to chat, and they say that you sound like you need a nap, you tell them you've had one, and they very politely try to suggest that you sound like hell?

Twelve days in, I'm starting to go from "fried" to "burnt ends" to, "Hey there, charcoal!"

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Red Wings evening news: on the second line, Tatar, Helm, Abdelkader and the anatomy of a goal

The Red vs. White game marks the official end of the Red Wings' training camp activities at Centre Ice Arena (the team will hold morning and off-day skates tomorrow and Tuesday at Centre Ice, but "team one" is headed off to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins tomorrow night at 7), and the 3-3 tie and/or 4-3 shoout win for the red team really serves as the first simulated game situation with which coach Mike Babcock--who watched the game from a suite with GM Ken Holland and several of the team's executives--uses as a first form of assessing his team.

It's the first quiz of the schoolyear for the PE-degree-holding teacher turned teaching coach, and like any teacher worth his salt, Babcock was not happy with the results of the pupils who hold the highest expectations going in, i.e. his second line.

The cuts, releasing of the names of the players who will practice from 10-11 and then fly to Pittsburgh tomorrow and the interviews with participants (as well as the team's GM) are what draw your and my attention, but after three days' worth of systems-teaching, Babcock was NOT happy with the Johan Franzen-Stephen Weiss-Daniel Alfredsson line, as he told MLive's Ansar Khan...

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Roose explains why Daniel Cleary’s sticking with #71

We finally hear the bottom line--and it is a fiscal one--regarding Daniel Cleary's decision to wear #71 for the upcoming season, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

Two days after newcomer Daniel Alfredsson agreed to surrender his jersey number to Daniel Cleary, who was re-signed to a one-year contract on Friday, the league apparently nixed the deal.

Seems the NHL has committed a large sum of money to Winter Classic merchandise, including Wings jerseys with Alfredsson’s name and No. 11 on them.

Cleary, who wore No. 11 for eight seasons in Detroit, wasn’t keen on having to pick a new number, unfortunately, he was powerless in the decision. He’ll now be the third player in Wings’ history to wear No. 71.

“They already have like $150,000 (committed) and somebody’s got to eat that, so, the heck with that,” Cleary said. “I’m alright with 71.”

always risky to trust this): Cleary will be third Wing to wear 71, joining the illustrious Wendel Clark (1998-99) and Jiri Slegr (01-12), pair of trade deadline acquisition who were shown the door after the season.

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Audio from the Red vs. White game: Babcock, Alfredsson, Zetterbeg, Weiss, Jensen, Frk, Holland

I'm absolutely fried, so I need to keep this brief: the Red and White teams tied 3-3 in their annual Red vs. White game at Center Ice Arena, and immediately thereafter, the Wings made their first cuts (Tyler Bertuzzi, Phillipe Hudon, Zach Nastasiuk, Griffins-bound Kevin Lynch, Jake Paterson and try-out Michal Plutnar) and named their roster for tomorrow's game against Pittsburgh.

After the game the locker rooms were opened, and I kind of followed the media folks and kind of went my own way. As such, I missed the first part of Mike Babcock's scrum, where he apparently called out the Franzen-Weiss-Alfredsson line (I will post a reporter Twitter summary below)...

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