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This year’s prospect tournament theme may be ‘here come the Hawks’

From NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale:

Potential future stars of the Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks will make their debut in the 17th Traverse City prospects tournament here at the Centre Ice Arena from Sept. 11-15.

The five-day Traverse City prospects tournament is hosted by the Detroit Red Wings and precedes their training camp at the same location, beginning Sept. 18. The event, which began in 1998 with four teams and expanded to eight teams in 2006, has become an annual preseason staple for coaches, general managers and scouts to evaluate their prospects against their peers.

"There's a following for the Detroit Red Wings at this tournament, but there are also a lot of Blackhawks fans around the area," Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. "It's a rivalry we miss during the regular season since we don't see them as many times [at Joe Louis Arena] since we're in the Eastern Conference now.

"[The Blackhawks] are a really well-run organization with some top prospects, so to have those players come into our tournament is going to be outstanding. They're one of the blueprint franchises now which other teams are trying to model themselves after. I'm excited to have them in the tournament and I think they'll have a really good following."

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The Unknown Outlook For Johan Franzen

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: Has Franzen played his final game? The big, enigmatic forward with a history of concussions is determined to play again and is working hard on and off the ice in hopes of being cleared for training camp.

He resumed skating lightly late last season and turned up the intensity during informal pre-camp practices. But he continues to experience regular setbacks, casting doubt on his ability to make a full recovery.

If Franzen isn't cleared to play, he'll go on long-term injured reserve, providing cap relief for the club, possibly for the duration of his contract. He's not likely to retire and sacrifice the money remaining on his pact.

If Franzen is cleared to play at some point this season, he'll give the club another top-six forward option. It's impossible to predict how effective he would be, but he's always been a player capable of dominating in stretches -- one who also has no impact for long periods.

Key question: Will doctors clear Franzen to play at the start of the season, or at some point during the season?

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Early overnight report: On Brad Richards, Minister Mickey, Larkin and training camp questions

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

Brad Richards made his Red Wings debut at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday, and he spoke with DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji about joining the team...

"They've had lots of success in the past, bringing in veteran guys and integrating them into a role that fits," Richards said after his first informal skate with his new team.

Richards, 35, is looking forward to lending his veteran expertise to some of the younger Wings this season.

"I know that they have lots of great players here, young players that will create a lot of enthusiasm and push and that's something that's always healthy," Richards said. "To be honest, I'm in a different frame of mind after winning a Cup than I was after being bought out (by the New York Rangers). I wasn't looking for as much. I had a little more confidence in myself, I guess. When teams were talking to me, I knew I could come in and help. That's what I plan to do here."

And he praised the Red Wings as an elite organization, as noted by NHL.com's Paul Harris...

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On Matthew Wuest’s connection to the Red Wings’ prospect tournament

I'm sitting here writing to you from a hotel room in Traverse City, MI where the Red Wings' prospect tournament will be held from tomorrow until Tuesday, and as Metro Halifax's Zane Woodford notes, this particular tournament will honor the memory of someone who made it tick from afar in Matthew Wuest:

When young players from eight NHL teams hit the ice in Traverse, Michigan Friday morning for a NHL Prospect Tournament, they’ll be paying tribute to former Metro Halifax reporter and widely respected sports journalist Matthew Wuest.

And that probably would have made him uncomfortable.

“I think he’d be floored and embarrassed that there’s such a fuss made about him,” said his friend and tournament statistician, Sarah Lindenau, over the phone from Travserse Thursday.

After Wuest died in March following a two-year battler with cancer, Lindenau suggested the trophy for the NHL Prospect Tournament be renamed the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup.

“We wouldn’t have a trophy without Matt,” she said.

Lindenau means that literally. Ann Reeves took over as director of the tournament five years ago, and needed to enlist Wuest’s help right away.

“One of the questions that was posed to me right away was, ‘Can you get us the history, the stats of who won, how long they’ve been in the tournament?’ And quite frankly, we did not have that information,” she said.

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Kyle Quincey Healthy Again

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

Fully recovered from off-season ankle surgery, Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey is looking forward to building on last season’s productivity.

“It went well, it feels good,” Quincey said, referring to ankle surgery he underwent in May to remove painful bone chips. “It was a successful surgery and I feel better than last year for sure. Pains gone.”

Quincey knew early last season that the chips were going to be a disruption to his health. The excruciating pain eventually limited his mobility, forcing him to miss nine games – four in November, five in February.

Late last season, Quincey often missed practices and morning skates in order to give some extra rest to the afflicted area damaged by the bone fragments.

He had surgery in Detroit after the Red Wings were eliminated by Tampa Bay in a seven-game, first-round playoff series.

“Yeah, there were a few games where I couldn’t really put too much weight on it,” he said. “It’s going to help a lot (with) skating, for sure.”

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More Names Added To HockeyFest Lineup

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that Mike Green, Kyle Quincey, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, and Teemu Pulkkinen have been added to the HockeyFest lineup for Sunday, Sept. 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. HockeyFest features an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players and Red Wings Alumni. A list of past and present members of the Red Wings set to attend this much-anticipated event can be found below alongside their designated appearance times.

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Afternoon news: Richards makes initial comments

Brad Richards joined the Red Wings on the ice for a very busy "optional" practice on Thursday, and afterward, he spoke with the media (as did Kyle Quincey)...

While in Traverse City, "getting-to-know you" practices were underway with a little intimidation in the house at Centre Ice Arena:

In Detroit, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Richards...

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Savage profiles Evgeny Svechnikov

The day before the Red Wings' prospect tournament begins, MLive's Brendan Savage has posited a profile of one of Detroit's go-to guys in Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Evgeny Svechnikov:

The Red Wings play the Blackhawks Saturday in the prospects tournament at Centre I.C.E. Arena and Chicago forward Ryan Hartman spent five games in the NHL last season.

Then, beginning Sept. 18, Svechnikov will be rubbing shoulders with guys like Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and countryman Pavel Datsyuk every day in the main training camp.

"That's my dream coming true," said Svechnikov, who was drafted with the 19th overall pick this year. "I'm so happy to be with the Detroit Red Wings. Now I work for my second dream, playing in the NHL.

"Everybody have chance. I have big chance. I want to be there but I just keep going forward myself and we'll see what I can do. It's a great opportunity for me. I'm looking forward to being with the team in the NHL. It's a great chance right now and I really appreciate this time."

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Informal practice Tweets and morning news: Brad Richards arrives

Updated 2x at 12:08 PM: At Joe Louis Arena...

The gangs all here, with the exception of @Datsyuk13. #GetWellSoonPav #RedWings

Also of Red Wings-related note this morning:

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What To Expect From Luke Glendening This Season

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: Glendening has come a long way in a short time since establishing himself as an NHL player midway through 2013-14. His work ethic, competitiveness and defensive acumen make him an ideal fourth-line player. He was determined to improve offensively last season and did so by chipping in 12 goals. He also was better in the faceoff circle.

Glendening gets under opponents' skin with his physical play and abrasiveness, a much-needed element for a team that seldom fights, making him hard to play against.

Coaches can trust him to match up against a top line, which occasionally frees Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg from that responsibility.

Key question: Is Glendening capable of chipping in 10-12 goals every season?

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