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Updated at 2:09 PM: At Joe Louis Arena, per MLive's Ansar Khan...
Todd Bertuzzi has joined his former Wings teammates for the final informal practice at JLA before camp.
Bertuzzi has not been invited to camp on a tryout by the Wings, Ken Holland said.
And up here in Traverse City...
The Red Wings held a very brief "morning skate" ahead of tonight's 6:30 PM game against Caroilna, and Anthony Mantha was absent but was both deemed "fine" and had a chat with NHL.com's Mike Morreale as he was exiting practice. I have no idea whether his absence was related to his birthday (and as MLive's Brendan Savage reported, Brandon Robinson is OK).
Anyway, the Wings goalies got in a ton of work with goalie coach Jeff Salajko, but the players skated under Jeff Blashill's guidance for about 16 minutes--and got an admonishment about a "wake-up call" at the end of practice.
I'm sitting up in the stands as the Wings' prospects practice, while MLive's Brendan Savage is closer to the locker room, and he has good news regarding Brandon Robinson:
added 10:20am, more from Savage...
Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul is fluent in...let's say that he's a little prone to indulging in the old hockey cliche, so NHL.com's Mike Morreale offers a perspective on the defenseman that's a little more insightful as the commentary comes from Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill:
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman, selected in the second round (No. 55) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has been one of Detroit's most impressive players on the back end in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament this week.
"He's big, mobile, can handle the puck and has a rocket for the shot," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "He capped off a very good junior career [in 2012-13] by winning defenseman of the year in the Canadian Hockey League and then had a nice rookie year in Grand Rapids."
Blashill tells Morreale that Sproul's defnitely near-NHL-ready, but he's definitely still shaking off some Major Junior Hockey habits:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning, and mostly related to the Wings prospects' 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild last night:
We're still waiting for an update on Brandon Robinson's status, but MLive's Brendan Savage took note of the coach and players' reactions to the injury...
"The one thing is right away word filtered that he was going to be OK from what we understand," said coach Jeff Blashill. "Once we heard that, it kind of relaxed everybody a little bit. Obviously, it's a scary few moments there and the guys were extremely concerned. But once word got back that he was doing OK, I think it allowed us to go out and play."
The Red Wings are crossing their fingers regarding Brandon Robinson, and Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal posted a video of Robinson going down in the Wings prospects' game against the Minnesota Wild (she also posted a video Wild defenseman of Guillaume Gelinas getting concussed; I was watching Gelinas come out of the trainer's room when I turned my head and saw Robinson go down)...
The Hockey News's Ken Campbell is a very nice man. So is Ryan Kennedy. I know, because I met them this evening. But I happen to disagree with Mr. Campbell's suggestion that it might--emphasis on might--be time to worry given that the Red Wings will not simply back up a Brinks truck to Mike Babcock's house:
Babcock will almost certainly become the game’s highest paid coach, whether it’s with Detroit or someone else, but Red Wings GM Ken Holland doesn’t seem to be eager to be the one to set a precedent.
“That’s not the way I negotiate,” Holland said. “I use the word fair, but fair is different for lots of people. Otherwise you’d have coaches making $20 million. This is a business and I’m in charge of making business decisions and we all have responsibilities. That’s how the business runs. In the industry, when you’re charged with the responsibility of managing an operation, you try to make sure everyone is treated fair in the industry, fair in the organization.”
Campbell spoke with Holland regarding the reasons that the two haven't talked contract turkey...
The Red Wings overcame the loss of Brandon Robinson (who's reportedly okay) and defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-1 (Tyler Bertuzzi had 2 goals, 1 into an empty net; Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist, as did Andreas Athanasiou, and Jared Coreau stopped 27 of 28 shots) dvancing to tomorrow's 3rd place game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Wings will practice at 10 and the game is at
6 PM. 6:30, sorry...
Red Wings free agent try-out and Kitchener Rangers forward Brandon Robinson was hit into the boards and stretchered off the ice here at Centre Ice Arena during the Red Wings-Wild game. He's been taken to hospital for observation.
Update: Between the Wings and hearing Ken Holland speak with the Hockey News's Ken Cambpell and NHL.com's Mike Morreale, it sounds like Robinson was alert and had movement in all his extremities, and he even was able to speak with his parents before he went to the hospital. It sounds like he basically toe-picked while trying to hit an opponent and went in head-first, but all reports seem to indicate that he's going to be okay.
Update #3: Via Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal:
As noted earlier this afternoon, the Wings' beat writers all reported that Daniel Alfredsson hasn't skated with the Red Wings in some time now, and isn't expected to attend training camp. Ken Holland told the Free Press's Helene St. James that the team's willing to wait for Alfredsson to take the time he needs to figure out whether he's healthy enough to play, and this evening, Alfredsson's agent made a statement to TSN:
Alfredsson, who finished second on the team in scoring with 49 points last season, is an unrestricted free agent after leaving the Ottawa Senators to sign a one-year contract in Detroit.
''Daniel had a strong summer training and was feeling great while skating here but suffered a setback on his fifth day of high intensity on ice sessions," Alfredsson's agent J.P. Barry told TSN. "It's the same back issue he has been dealing with for a few years. He needs some time to let things settle and then determine whether his back is up to the rigors of another full season. He will be patient for now before making any decisions.''
"I think I owe him the class and dignity to allow him to get to a point where we sit down and make a decision about his future," Holland added. "Whether we sign him to a contract or not will be based on feedback from his body. Before we even get there, we have to see if Alfie's body is going to allow him to play.
Here's what Capgeek has to say about the deadlines for signing unrestricted free agents:
If youwant to follow along with the Red Wings prospects' game against Minnesota this evening (7 PM start), Pointstreak will have the box score, the pre-game notes are already up, and myself, SlapShotgoal, the Wings and MLive's Brendan Savage have been attempting to live-Tweet it.
A very kind gent posted the lineup on Twitter, and it looks like I was right about Ty Stanton and Mitch Wheaton being "in" on defense and Marc McNulty sitting out:
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