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The Red Wings' prospects took to the ice for a game-day skate ahead of tonight's prospect tournament opener against Carolina, and coach Todd Nelson put the youngsters through game-day drills over the course of a spirited and quick 45-minute practice.
from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,
When Jurco was playing, he wasn't scoring and he admitted that weighed on him.
"I think it was one of the biggest factors for me," Jurco said. "It was hard for me to not be scoring as much as I was used to before and not playing as much, so of course when you do that for a few months it’s hard to keep your confidence high. Of course it was one of the factors, but it’s a new season and I’m ready for it."
Jurco is also ready to be reunited with his AHL coach, Jeff Blashill, who took the Wings head coaching job when Mike Babcock departed for Toronto.
"I played a couple seasons under Blash," Jurco said. "He’s a great coach, a great guy. I’m really excited for the season. It’s hard to say now what he’s going to be like but we all played under him, half the room played under Blash and we had some good achievements. We all know Blash and we’re all excited to play under him."
Jurco said he has spoken to Blashill about the upcoming season and his role, but he declined to give specifics of their conversation.
"I think Blash wants me to work hard, but I think Blash knows what kind of player I was before," Jurco said. "He had a chance to see it, so he knows I can be a different player, too. I’m not saying he’s going to put me on the power play and expect me to score 30 goals but I think he wants me to work hard and work my way up to maybe first three lines so I can provide offense. It’s going to be up to me. Just the good thing is Blash knows I can do it."
Owners of the Red Wings want to double the size of a street near the massive new arena being built in Cass Corridor and hinted they also hope to redevelop three empty buildings near the arena.
But the fate of three other buildings seem much more unclear.
The Wings’ owners would like to widen Temple Street between Cass and Woodward avenues. That stretch of Temple is one block north of the 650,000-square feet new sports/entertainment venue under construction. It’s slated to open in 2017.
The plans were revealed Thursday evening to the Detroit Historic Designation Advisory Board by representatives for Olympia Development of Michigan, which is the development arm for the Wings owners. The advisory board helps shape local historic districts in the city. It’s currently working on a historic district proposal named after nearby Cass Park. That proposed historic district includes the stretch of Temple where Olympia Development has big plans.
Red Wings color commentator Mickey Redmond took up an invitation to marry a couple of Red Wings fans this past summer, and WDIV explains how and why "Minister Mickey" came to play out what was once nothing more than a joke from WDIV sportscaster Bernie Smilovitz:
Mickey appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 yesterday to explain the situation as well:
Potential future stars of the Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks will make their debut in the 17th Traverse City prospects tournament here at the Centre Ice Arena from Sept. 11-15.
The five-day Traverse City prospects tournament is hosted by the Detroit Red Wings and precedes their training camp at the same location, beginning Sept. 18. The event, which began in 1998 with four teams and expanded to eight teams in 2006, has become an annual preseason staple for coaches, general managers and scouts to evaluate their prospects against their peers.
"There's a following for the Detroit Red Wings at this tournament, but there are also a lot of Blackhawks fans around the area," Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. "It's a rivalry we miss during the regular season since we don't see them as many times [at Joe Louis Arena] since we're in the Eastern Conference now.
"[The Blackhawks] are a really well-run organization with some top prospects, so to have those players come into our tournament is going to be outstanding. They're one of the blueprint franchises now which other teams are trying to model themselves after. I'm excited to have them in the tournament and I think they'll have a really good following."
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2015-16 outlook: Has Franzen played his final game? The big, enigmatic forward with a history of concussions is determined to play again and is working hard on and off the ice in hopes of being cleared for training camp.
He resumed skating lightly late last season and turned up the intensity during informal pre-camp practices. But he continues to experience regular setbacks, casting doubt on his ability to make a full recovery.
If Franzen isn't cleared to play, he'll go on long-term injured reserve, providing cap relief for the club, possibly for the duration of his contract. He's not likely to retire and sacrifice the money remaining on his pact.
If Franzen is cleared to play at some point this season, he'll give the club another top-six forward option. It's impossible to predict how effective he would be, but he's always been a player capable of dominating in stretches -- one who also has no impact for long periods.
Key question: Will doctors clear Franzen to play at the start of the season, or at some point during the season?
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
Brad Richards made his Red Wings debut at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday, and he spoke with DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji about joining the team...
"They've had lots of success in the past, bringing in veteran guys and integrating them into a role that fits," Richards said after his first informal skate with his new team.
Richards, 35, is looking forward to lending his veteran expertise to some of the younger Wings this season.
"I know that they have lots of great players here, young players that will create a lot of enthusiasm and push and that's something that's always healthy," Richards said. "To be honest, I'm in a different frame of mind after winning a Cup than I was after being bought out (by the New York Rangers). I wasn't looking for as much. I had a little more confidence in myself, I guess. When teams were talking to me, I knew I could come in and help. That's what I plan to do here."
And he praised the Red Wings as an elite organization, as noted by NHL.com's Paul Harris...
I'm sitting here writing to you from a hotel room in Traverse City, MI where the Red Wings' prospect tournament will be held from tomorrow until Tuesday, and as Metro Halifax's Zane Woodford notes, this particular tournament will honor the memory of someone who made it tick from afar in Matthew Wuest:
When young players from eight NHL teams hit the ice in Traverse, Michigan Friday morning for a NHL Prospect Tournament, they’ll be paying tribute to former Metro Halifax reporter and widely respected sports journalist Matthew Wuest.
And that probably would have made him uncomfortable.
“I think he’d be floored and embarrassed that there’s such a fuss made about him,” said his friend and tournament statistician, Sarah Lindenau, over the phone from Travserse Thursday.
After Wuest died in March following a two-year battler with cancer, Lindenau suggested the trophy for the NHL Prospect Tournament be renamed the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup.
“We wouldn’t have a trophy without Matt,” she said.
Lindenau means that literally. Ann Reeves took over as director of the tournament five years ago, and needed to enlist Wuest’s help right away.
“One of the questions that was posed to me right away was, ‘Can you get us the history, the stats of who won, how long they’ve been in the tournament?’ And quite frankly, we did not have that information,” she said.
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
Fully recovered from off-season ankle surgery, Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey is looking forward to building on last season’s productivity.
“It went well, it feels good,” Quincey said, referring to ankle surgery he underwent in May to remove painful bone chips. “It was a successful surgery and I feel better than last year for sure. Pains gone.”
Quincey knew early last season that the chips were going to be a disruption to his health. The excruciating pain eventually limited his mobility, forcing him to miss nine games – four in November, five in February.
Late last season, Quincey often missed practices and morning skates in order to give some extra rest to the afflicted area damaged by the bone fragments.
He had surgery in Detroit after the Red Wings were eliminated by Tampa Bay in a seven-game, first-round playoff series.
“Yeah, there were a few games where I couldn’t really put too much weight on it,” he said. “It’s going to help a lot (with) skating, for sure.”
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that Mike Green, Kyle Quincey, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, and Teemu Pulkkinen have been added to the HockeyFest lineup for Sunday, Sept. 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. HockeyFest features an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players and Red Wings Alumni. A list of past and present members of the Red Wings set to attend this much-anticipated event can be found below alongside their designated appearance times.
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