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A Few Questions For Jeff Blashill

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

How important is it for you to have a familiarity with a lot of the young players on this team?

I think it helps the transition but by no means does it guarantee success. I feel it does help the transition and there's a respect earned both ways. I think I had the opportunity to earn the respect of a lot of the guys I've coached and vice-versa. They've had the opportunity to earn a lot of my respect. When you start a job without knowing anybody, it's a process to earn that respect. We can hit the ground running with some of that earned respect entering this year.

What do you anticipate from free agent acquisitions Mike Green and Brad Richards?

They both have been elite players in the National Hockey League, so anytime you add guys that are proven elite players at this level I think that's a great positive. I also think that both of them will fit into our sense in that we're all about winning. Individual accomplishment comes second to winning in the Detroit Red Wings organization and both these guys understand that and will help complement that culture that's been created. I think both of them are great fits within our lineup and they have a chance to have big years.

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Prospect tournament ‘15: On Athanasiou, Saarijarvi, free agents, Svechnikov and highlights

I happened to take a dirt nap after writing my impressions of the Red Wings' 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Wings' prospect tournament on Saturday night, so I missed a few things that were posted between last night and this afternoon.

Let's start with the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau, who posted a photo gallery from last night's game, as well as a conversation with Andreas Athanasiou, who seemed to spark the Dylan Larkin-Anthony Mantha pairing's offensive game...

"We played well together and I think the chemistry came quick,” Athanasiou said. “I played with Mantha all year last season and then at the end of the year when Larkin came I was playing with him so there’s  a little bit of chemistry with them. I think we played well together and it was just good to get the win tonight.”

The 6-foot-2, 193 pound forward was drafted for speed and off the charts skating ability. As he’s matured, Athanasiou’s hands and defensive game have improved greatly.

“I’ve always worked on my hands,” he said. “I think that is what makes me more of a player than just my speed is my ability to carry the puck, but I have learned the last two years in junior is how to play a 200 foot game. With my speed, I can always put myself between the player and the net and that’s something I have really worked on.”

Lindenau continues, and she also spoke with Vili Saarijarvi about his decision to play for the OHL's Flint Firebirds...

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‘Hockeyfest’ a hit with fans, players

Updated at 8:47 PM: While I was catching up on rest in Traverse City, many Red Wings fans in Southeastern Michigan took in Hockeyfest at Joe Louis Arena, and WDIV's Shawn Ley offered a report from the Joe...

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan penned an article about the event (and Johan Franzen being cleared to resume his career)...

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Talking About Bob Probert At HockeyFest

Updated at 7:31 PM: from Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press,

They were hockey's top enforcers.

When they took the ice for the Detroit Red Wings, legs weakened on the opposing team and fans swooned in the stands.

Bob Probert and Joey Kocur, who became known as the Bruise Brothers, fought some of the best battles ever seen in the game as they ruled the heavyweight division for the Wings from the late '80s through the early '90s.

Red Wings grind line member Darren McCarty played with Probert, who died of a heart attack at age 45 in 2010, and Kocur.

"The best part of my job – I was kind of the third wheel," said McCarty during a packed Red Wings HockeyFest at Joe Louis Arena today. "I'm not a Bruise Brother – I'm Baby Bob, Joey's little brother. I got to play with them. I was a lot braver when they were in the lineup. I never had to fight the heavyweights. I'd say, 'If this guy or that guy gets out of line, I've got it. You take care of the heavy lifting – I'll just go out and play and cause some chaos that way.' "

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Update: DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji also penned a story about Probert...

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HockeyFest Stream

It appears the Wings will be streaming from HockeyFest today.

It looks like it will start at 11:00am and you can watch it below...

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Prospect tournament ‘15: Impressions from the Red Wings’ 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks

The Red Wings prospects' 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks was anything but pretty, but it was a strong "off the back skate" win nonetheless.

Playing against a big, heavy and physical team that could match the Wings' skill game, the Wings had a rocky first five minutes, but once the team settled down--thanks to Jake Paterson's superb netminding and 30-save night--the Wings scored a pair of goals all of 32 seconds apart, from Anthony Mantha (a net-front jam) and Tomas Nosek (off the rush) at 4:02 and 4:38 of the 1st period.

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All about Joe Hicketts

From the Traverse City Record-Eagle's Dennis Chase:

There were two primary reasons Hicketts was overlooked by 30 NHL teams on draft day — his size and an upper body injury that had caused him to miss half the 2013-14 season.

"For me, to get back, and even get an invite after coming off that injury, was something I was happy about," Hicketts said. "Obviously, earning a contract was icing on the cake."

Hicketts impressed the Red Wings brass with his savvy, instincts and skill. The development camp led to the Prospects Tournament and then to the main camp.

"He fit right in," Fischer said. "He was very productive. It's a great story. It's worked out for him and it's worked out for us."

After signing a three-year deal with Detroit, Hicketts returned to Victoria, where as captain he finished second among league defensemen in scoring with 12 goals and 52 assists in 62 games. He had three assists in seven games for Canada in the World Junior Championships. Hicketts spent his summer working on his shot and speed.

Fischer said to be a "really good puck mover and producer," the defenseman needs to develop his shot from the blueline to become more multi-dimensional. He said adding speed and strength, given Hicketts' size, are vital, too.

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Chris Chelios to sign copies of ‘Made in America’ at Centre ICE Arena Monday

From the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau:

On September 14, 2015 Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios will sign his book Made in America. The book signing will be held from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, MI. Books will be available onsite at a cost of $25.95 while supplies last. No other memorabilia will be signed at this event.

Chelios served as captain of two Original Six teams and won the Norris Trophy three times in his career. He played in 1,651 NHL games with Montreal, Chicago and Detroit for a total of 26 professional seasons of hockey. The 53 year-old won three Stanley Cups and appeared in 11 all-star games. He also represented his country 11 times at international competitions like the Olympics and the World Championship of hockey.

In his book, co-authored by Kevin Allen and forward written by Wayne Gretzkey, Chelios gives fan a guided tour of his improbable career; from his childhood in South California; to his early years playing in Moose Jaw and Madison, WI. From the 1992 Stanley Cup final to the 2006 Winter Olympics team, Chelios shares his achievements on the ice while providing new information on his life off it to readers, making this autobiography a must-have.

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Prospect tournament ‘15: Audio from the Red Wings’ 3-2 win over Chicago

The Red Wings' prospects built a 2-0 lead against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and held on to defeat Chicago 3-2; Jake Paterson stopped 30 shots, Anthony Mantha scored 2 goals and Dylan Larkin had 2 assists in the affair, giving Detroit strong if slightly rope-a-dope-y victory.

The Wings' prospects were rewarded with a practice-free Sunday as a result, and the Traverse City Record-Eagle described the game as follows...

The Detroit Red Wings improved to 2-0 in the NHL Prospects Tournament with a 3-2 win Saturday over the Chicago Blackhawks at Centre ICE Arena.

Anthony Mantha and Tomas Nosek staked the Wings to a 2-0 first-period lead. Andreas Athanasiou and Dylan Larkin set up Mantha's goal, while Evgeny Svechnikov assisted Nosek's second goal of the tournament.

Mantha added the game-winner with 1:54 left to give Detroit a 3-1 lead, prior to Chicago scoring with 11 ticks remaining with an extra attacker on the ice.

Jake Paterson made 30 saves for the Wings, who play Dallas at 7 p.m. Monday.

After the game, I was able to speak with Anthony Mantha in what was a "scrum" interview with MLive's Brendan Savage, Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave and FSD's Andrea Nelson as well as myself...

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Khan: Datsyuk to be reevaluated after training camp

In addition to confirming that Johan Franzen has been cleared to play hockey again, MLive's Ansar Khan revealed the following:

Holland said Pavel Datsyuk will be at training camp but not on the ice. He's recovering from surgery on June 26 to repair ruptured tendons in his ankle.

After training camp Datsyuk will got to Charlotte, N.C., to get re-evaluated by Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the surgery.

"We'll get further direction at that time," Holland said.

Datsyuk said earlier this summer that he anticipated a recover time of 4-5 months, meaning the earliest he would return is late October.

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