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Red Wings, Toledo Walleye renew affiliation agreement

From the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

The Toledo Walleye and the Detroit Red Wings agreed to extend their affiliation agreement on Monday.

The Red Wings have been Toledo’s NHL parent club since the Walleye’s first season in 2009-10. The organizations signed a two-year extension that lasts through the 2017-18 season.

Toledo will once again develop the Red Wings prospects while serving as Detroit’s AA affiliate in the ECHL. The Walleye will exchange players with the Red Wings’ American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids.

The relationship has been mutually beneficial, according to Neil Neukam, the Walleye's executive vice president, and general manager.

“The Wings have been great to work with,” Neukam said. “The Walleye and Wings go hand in hand. It’s been a great pipeline for the Wings to have their top two affiliated teams [nearby]. Anytime that they are in a pinch, they can pluck a guy and bring him up.”

Monroe continues, and the Walleye made things official this morning:

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The Season Outlook For Jonathan Ericsson

Ansar Khan of Mlive with his outlook for Jonathan Ericsson,

2016-17 outlook: Ericsson's performance declined for the second year in a row, after he appeared to be trending in the right direction the previous few seasons.

He continues to commit too many turnovers, particularly when pressured. He's not a punishing player, or particularly physical, despite leading D-men in hits, but someone his size could be harder to play against. He needs to play with more intensity. He could box out better. He could move his feet more and not get caught flat-footed as much.

After playing on the top pairing with Niklas Kronwall for much of the past few seasons, Ericsson's role might diminish, unless he shows marked improvement. He could be on the third pairing, not playing against top lines as much. He'll likely continue playing regularly on the penalty kill.

Ericsson has been bothered by hip issues the past few seasons.

Key question: Will Ericsson significantly improve his puck management?


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The overnight report: ‘93 playoff goals, fantasy camp at the Joe, Marchenko’s hazing and fundraising

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. For me, this qualifies as "too soon." AWood40 posted a clip of the Red Wings' goals during their 1993 first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but all it takes is the word Borschevsky for me to break out in a cold sweat remembering how the Leafs stole Game 7 at the Joe. The Wings sure as hell scored enough goals in the series to out-duel the Leafs, but Detroit's defense was spotty throughout:

People forget how good Bryan Murray's teams were, and this series yielded Murray's ouster as coach and GM and the hiring of Scotty Bowman. As AWood40 notes, eventually some eight members of this Leaf team would end up playing for Detroit, too.

2. There were no blue-and-white linings to the Red Wings' fantasy camp, as DetroitRedWings.com's Joshua Berenter noted:

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Evening news: A Walleye signing, coach Homer, spearing Datsyuk and pessimism/optimism

Of very, very disparate Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Toledo Walleye have signed Brighton, MI's Jacob MacDonald, who was an ECHL All-Rookie last season:

2. Also in the prospect department, Alexander Kadeikin didn't play in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 3-2 loss to Dynamo Moscow;

3. In the alumni department, part 1: According to Pitea-Tidningen, Tomas Holmstrom is coaching an Under-16 team representing Norrbotten in the TV Pucken league, and his team won its first tournament;

4. In the alumni department, part 2: According to Sovetsky Sport, Pavel Datsyuk was fined for spearing Sergei Moyzakin during his second KHL game. You can see the spear in the 4th video on this Russian KHL page;

5. In the, "Hey, cool gear" category, via Pro's Choice:

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Khan on the outlook for Luke Glendening

MLive's Ansar Khan offers a 2016-17 season outlook for Luke Glendening:

2016-17 outlook: Glendening has become a fixture as the fourth-line center, a player coaches trust because of his defensive awareness and knack for doing the "little" things.

He can be matched up against top centers. He is a good skater who brings an element of grit by playing physical and agitating opponents. He's one of the team's top penalty killers and shot-blockers. He has made significant improvement in the faceoff circle since breaking into the league midway through the 2013-14 season.

He is respected for his work ethic on and off the ice and has become a mentor for younger players like Dylan Larkin and Riley Sheahan.

He can provide some offense by going to the net and seems to score many of his goals on backhand shots.

Key question: With Henrik Zetterberg likely playing more on the wing, will Glendening and his line be used more often against top centers?

Khan continues, and I'm hoping that Glendening isn't used as a match-up guy. He's at his best when he's a fourth-line grinder:

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Ted Lindsay continues to go above and beyond the call of duty for fans

From Today's Slapshot's Monica McAlister, regarding a "one-of-a-kind" performance from Ted Lindsay during the rain delay at the Joe Kocur Foundation's charity softball games this past Saturday:

Part of Lindsay’s legacy as a hockey icon is his devotion to going above and beyond for the sport and its fans. He lobbied for the NHLPA to be formed and even lost his spot on the Red Wings roster over it in the 1950’s. He was the first to take the Stanley Cup for a victory lap around the rink, skating right up to the boards so that fans could see the cup up close.

Ted Lindsay is one of a kind. He has proven this over and over.

This past weekend was no different. As he sat signing autographs for the fans that lined up to meet him, the rain moved in. It started off light and Mr. Lindsay brushed it off as no big deal. Then the rain steadily came down harder. Event staff came to close down the signing but Mr. Lindsay brushed them aside.

If the fans were willing to stand in the rain, then he was willing to sign.

As the weather front continued to move through the area, the rain came down harder, the wind started to blow, yet the man known as Terrible Ted wouldn’t be driven inside. Instead, he sat on a bench inside of a dugout doing his best to keep the fans’ memorabilia dry.


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Red Wings’ website on the Joe Kocur Foundaton’s charity softball event

From DetroitRedWings.com's Joshua Berenter, via RedWingsFeed:

Rain also didn’t stop a record number of people from attending the event in support of the Joe Kocur Foundation for Children, which gives back to the local community through a collaboration with children's charities throughout Southeastern Michigan.

The softball event is the foundation’s signature event and is championed through the efforts of an all-volunteer committee and through the kind donations of local sponsors and donors.

And while the fans were beneficiaries of coveted autographs and photos with their favorite NHL stars, the biggest beneficiaries were the charities that received the proceeds from Saturday’s event, which eclipsed an estimated $100,000, adding to the $200,000-plus already raised this year by the Joe Kocur Foundation for Children.

The benefitting charities included Wings of Mercy East Michigan, F.A.R. Therapeutic Arts and Recreation, The Huron Valley Special Olympics, Play Like Jackson Foundation, Team Kendal Kidz, Lakeland High School Public Service Scholarship and this year’s special honoree, Jackets 4 Jackson.

“When we started our foundation eight years ago we wanted to find a way to give back to the community,” Kocur said to West Oakland news outlet, Spinal Column. “We had friends, we have businesses, we had everything that we felt we needed to give back to the community. We are raising money for families that are going through some hard times.”


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Wallner: Paetsch, Nelson address the Griffins’ changing of the veteran guard

Grand Rapids Press reporter Peter J. Wallner spoke with Griffins defenseman Nathan Paetsch and coach Todd Nelson regarding a changing of the veteran guard in Grand Rapids, especially with former captain Jeff Hoggan moving on:

"Change is tough but it is a constant in this league," [Paetsch] added. "We all know that Hoggie was a great, great captain and we'll miss his presence, for sure, and it will be strange for me because he's been a teammate for so long."

The Griffins also did not bring back longtime goalie Tom McCollum and lost leading scorer Andy Miele (signed with Philadelphia Flyers), but the organization restocked veterans in the offseason that will crowd the roster again when camp opens next month.

There are six on the roster, and that could expand to eight and does not include the uncertain status of Daniel Cleary.

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Morning news: Prospect rankings, single-game tix on sale and golf tourney Tweets

Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. ESPN's Corey Pronman ranked every team by its prospect pipeline in an Insider-only entry:

18. Detroit Red Wings
Previous rank: 7

The Wings' farm team has quite a few guys who are on the bubble of being NHL players; Detroit will have to make decisions on them soon, otherwise they risk losing them on waivers. The top part of their system is pretty good, with several players who have a chance to be quality NHL players, even if there's no "star" prospect in this system. The big slide in the rankings is two-fold: Dylan Larkin graduated, and players like Evgeni Svechnikov and Axel Holmstrom didn't have quite the seasons I expected from them in 2015-16.

2. The Red Wings' single-game tickets are on sale presently, but if you're looking for the home opener or last couple of games at the Joe, they're already sold out frown

3. Both the Grand Rapids Griffins and Ilitch Charities are holding their charity golf tournaments today:

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‘Retirement’ Talk

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers a few questions from the fans...

Q: Do you expect (Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall) to lace them up for the Wings in 2017-2018? I think they are much closer to retirement and have fewer reasons to stick around than most people probably think.

A: I think they'll play at least two more seasons, but I wouldn't be shocked if they hung up the skates after this year. It depends on their health.

Kronwall, 35, was plagued by knee issues last season, which they said can't be remedied with surgery. He withdrew from the World Cup but hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.

Zetterberg, who turns 36 on Oct. 9, has a history of back trouble, but managed to play all 82 games in 2015-16.

After this season, Kronwall will have two years remaining at a cap hit of $4.75 million, but his salary decreases to $3.5 million and $1.75 million. Zetterberg will have four years to go at a cap hit of $6.083 million but an actual salary of $7 million for 2017-18, $3.5 million in 2018-19 and $1 million in each of the final two seasons.

I don't think either will officially retire before their contracts expire and leave the team facing a cap recapture penalty....


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