The Malik Report
The Red Wings' prospects engaged in a light-hearted morning skate before tonight's prospect tournament championship game against the Buffalo Sabres (taking place at 7:30 PM at Centre Ice Arena), but the "optional" skate was anything but--18 of the 24 players on the roster took part in a practice ran by Jim Paek, Spiros Anastas, Jim Bedard and Chris Chelios (no Jurco, Athanasiou, Nedomlel, Tvrdon, Jarnkrok or Frk, but I can assure you that those I spotted in the hallway looked healthy and hale)-and tonight's starter, Jared Coreau, got in a solid amount of work.
I'll posit some short observations when I get back to the "home office," but for now, here are a pair of interviews for your listening pleasure:
Grand Rapids Griffins Sign Kevin Lynch
Kevin Lynch was drafted in the second round of the 2009 Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets and went on to play four years at the University of Michigan.
Before heading to Michigan, Kevin played for the USNTDP Under 18 Team and the U.S. National Under 18 Team. With those teams he showed the ability with the puck as a playmaker and goalscorer.
Kevin and the Blue Jackets were not able to work out a deal and Kevin became a free agent. He was not a free agent for long though, as the Grand Rapids Griffins came calling and signed him to a contract.
He will be the second Michigan captain (alternate) on the Griffins and will join his old Michigan teammate, Luke Glendening.
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose engaged in a long conversation with retired Wing Nicklas Lidstrom, and penned a fantastic article in which Lidstrom discusses his participation in the Winter Classic's preceding alumni games...
“I will be part of that game,” Lidstrom said early last month in a phone interview from his home in Sweden. “I’m really looking forward to the Winter Classic and being a part of something like that again, and to play with some of my former teammates when I played back in 90s and early 2000s. It’ll be exciting. I’m looking forward to the big game too when the Wings and the Leafs lace them up. I’m excited for the opportunity to play again.”
His number retirement ceremony on March 6th at the Joe (when the Wings host the Avs)...
FOX Sports Detroit is thrilled to announce the addition of former National Hockey League goaltender Chris Osgood as a game and studio analyst for the 2013-14 season.
The Red Wings prospects' big win over St. Louis last night earned the team the opportunity to compete for its first prospect tournament title when they battle the Buffalo Sabres' prospects this evening (the game takes place at Centre Ice Arena at 7:30 PM), and Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill was blunt about the significance of his team's potential performance while speaking with NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale:
"Any time you get a chance to compete in a tournament, you want to win and I was told we had never won this and passed that on to our guys and they took some pride in that," Detroit's prospect coach Jeff Blashill said. "What you're doing is your comparing yourself against seven other teams' best prospects, both individually and collective, so everyone wants guys not only talented but who are winners. So our guys have done a good job of showing that so far."
Updated 12x at 1:27 PM: From the Red Wings' very early morning skate...
Last night, TSN's Darren Dreger Tweeted news that (possible?) former Red Wing Daniel Cleary had yet to determine his place of employment for the 2013-2014 NHL season, and the Saint John's (Newfoundland) Telegram's Robin Short asked Cleary what was going on--and he received a response:
After a self-imposed Sunday deadline to figure out to which training camp he will be headed to this week, Cleary said in a text message to The Telegram last evening he’s still not certain which way to turn.
The 34-year-old Riverhead, Harbour Grace product is an unrestricted free agent, and has made it abundantly clear his preference is a return to Detroit.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings have 25 NHL players, two over the roster limit. That includes 16 forwards, two more than they intend to carry. They are $637,000 over the salary cap.
Here is a look at some of their options:
Place center Darren Helm on long-term injured reserve.
After missing virtually the entire season due to back pain, Helm has made progress.He has been skating regularly this off-season but still is experiencing some pain. He needs to see how the back reacts to physical play in scrimmages and exhibition games, but he might not be cleared for contact in training camp....
Assign Gustav Nyquist to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Had Nyquist appeared in two more regular season games in 2013, he would not have been waiver exempt this season. But, he is one of two players the club can assign to the AHL without having to clear waivers....
Assign Danny DeKeyser to Grand Rapids.
This promising defenseman, who made a huge impact after joining the Red Wings from Western Michigan late last season, also is waiver exempt. The Red Wings would hate to send him down even temporarily, since they're counting on him to play a key role right from the start with his puck-moving skills, penalty killing ability and poise....
The centerpiece of the Red Wings' training camp activities is usually their Red vs. White game, which will take place on Sunday the 15th at 11 AM, but the alumni and celebrity game on Saturday the 14th at 7:30 may take the cake instead. Ken Holland, Mike Babcock, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Chris Chelios, Chris Osgood, Mark Howe, Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, Ken Kal and Jiri Fischer are all going to play, and Traverse City's resident Red Wings alumnus, Dallas Drake, will be taking part as well.
Drake spoke with the Grand Traverse Insider's Greg Gielczyk about his status as a playing alum....
"It's always good for me, personally, to see some of my old teammates," Drake said. "I'll probably see a lot of guys from the NHL that I played against. That's always fun for guys like myself, and I think it'll be a lot of fun for the public as well. To be honest with you, I haven't seen the complete list. It's fun playing with guys who were there before you, and those who came after you,” he added.
The differences between the Red Wings prospects' 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues' prospects and a game between the teams' NHL rosters involved the names on the backs of the jerseys and the venue.
Otherwise, if you've seen a game between Ken Hitchcock's Blues and Mike Babcock's Red Wings, you've seen this one. There were 27 penalties, remarkably, only one fight (Tyler Bertuzzi got the takedown, but it was close otherwise), instances in which the Wings' puck possession system overwhelmed a gigantic, hard-hitting Blues team, instances in which the Blues could not break through the Wings' defensive wall, and instances in which the Blues' forecheck did indeed hammer the Wings into submission, and the team hung on for dear life.
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