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Red Wings morning report: Wings-Pens-Hawks, defensive present and future, Howard and coverage gnus

The Red Wings' 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins wasn't exactly a thing of beauty, but for a game in which the Red Wings were really just getting their feet under them, the team played very solidly. As noted in the quick take, Adam Almquist scored two goals and Pavel Datsyuk scored a beauty, and as NHL.com's highlights are still a mess in terms of embedding, we'll rely on the Wings' Twitter account for video this morning:

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Red Wings-Penguins pre-season quick take: the Wings played Alm right

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Monday night, and the game was expertly live-Tweeted by one Ken Kal--though we'll be in the dark  thanks to a TV-and-radio-less game against Chicago on Tuesday (at 8 PM; Chicago scrimmaged on Monday night).

How did the Wings "look?" Via RedWingsFeed, the NHL did post non-embeddable highlights, and the Pens' beat writers will cover it, but here's what I thought:

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Red Wings evening news: on the Wings-Pens game, Mantha, Helm, Lashoff and Franzen

Ken Kal's calling play-by-Twitter, the Wings are keeping track of the game, there's a box score and game summary up, a bootleg stream which died and a clunky new one (please beware pop-ups/spyware), too, and in theory, we're "underway"...

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I hate that snuff

Every time I've gone into an NHL locker room--especially during a prospect tournament or summer development camp--I have been greeted by the unpleasant sight of little cans of chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, dip, whatever you want to call it, and it's incredibly frustrating to see usually young fellows (and usually European ones) who have worked so very, very hard to get into fantastic shape either taking a pinch or stealing a pinch from someone else's tin of Kodiak or especially Swedish stuff.

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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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