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A trio of charitable hockey reminders and meager Red Wings pickings

This past week has been quite busy from a Red Wings news perspective, so while I certainly understand that some of you feel like this is a quiet time of year, it sure doesn't feel that way to me.

We remain in the herky-jerky summertime news cycle, however, and the early posting of what I can only describe as a...Unique...Interview with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk regarding Daniel Alfredsson's departure has yielded a slate of hockey game reminders instead of an overnight report.

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Senators owner Eugene Melnyk gives his side of the Daniel Alfredsson story

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk spoke with the Ottawa Citizen's James Gordon regarding Daniel Alfredsson's departure for Detroit, and the Barbados-based pharmaceutical businessman/business mogul essentially suggests that Alfredsson was too greedy both personally and personnel-wise in his negotiations with a team that literally could not afford to meet the current Red Wings player's demands:

In an exclusive interview with the Citizen, Melnyk said the team wouldn’t have been able to afford a player the calibre of Bobby Ryan — the Anaheim Ducks’ star forward the team dealt for hours after learning Alfredsson would sign elsewhere — and meet the numbers put forward by Alfredsson’s camp.

“You can’t have it both ways and say, ‘Well I want this for me, but I want you to do this with me and the team.’ It’s ‘which one do you want?’” Melnyk says he eventually told general manager Bryan Murray: “We won’t be able to spend that kind of money, so don’t promise that we’re going to bring anybody else in other than filling a hole that was there.”

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A RedWingsFeed-sponsored slate of Red Wings evening gnus about Lidstrom and Samuelsson

This entry's essentially brought to you by RedWingsFeed as I wasn't on Twitter when DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose offered a trio of "teasers" for an upcoming conversation with Nicklas Lidstrom...

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Sipple: Ken Kal’s sticking to his day job, is excited about Red Wings’ season

The Detroit Free Press's George Sipple reports that Red Wings radio broadcaster Ken Kal attempted to get some, "Just in case" play-by-play practice in should he ever have to relieve one of the Detroit Tigers' broadcasters, and Kal decided that...Well, he needs some more practice...

“It was alright,” Kal said of his mock run. “I need a little polish. Baseball is a different than broadcasting hockey. You gotta learn to let it breathe a little bit. In hockey, you’re always describing action. The tempo is going all the time.”

And Kal touched upon what he's looking forward to in terms of the Wings' upcoming season:

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Red Wings afternoon news: on Ian White and points of ‘exciting’ emphasis

I spend a significant amount of time reading foreign-language news websites in the summer, and finding ST.nu's Kenneth Fahlberg's interview with Henrik Zetterberg was the start of a two-parter of sorts:

At the other end of the "importance to the Red Wings going forward" spectrum: Sportbox points us toward a report from Arena55.ru which states that Avangard Omsk was negotiating with former Wing Ian White, but opted to sign KHL'er Ivan Baranka instead because Baranka was willing to sign for $1 million, which was much more palatable to the slightly cash-strapped Omsk team.

The salary cap's drop from $70.2 to $64.3 million seems to have sent quite the bushelful of NHL'ers who experienced difficult 2013 seasons to Europe, and it's not surprising that White's seeking gainful employment wherever he can find it at this point.

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Left Wing Lock reveals details of Red Wings prospect tournament/training camp tix fax sale

The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau reports that Centre Ice Arena will be holding its by-fax sale of prospect tournament and training camp tickets, uh...today?

The fax ticket sale for the remaining tickets to the 2013 Red Wings training camp tickets has been announced to begin at noon on August 9th, 2013. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis. Tickets to the 2013 NHL prospects tournament can also be ordered during the fax sale or purchased on game day. The fax number for the sale is 1-800-915-4057 and the order form is available here.

For information on the schedules for the 2013 Red Wings training camp and NHL prospects tournament click here.

This just popped up a short time ago...Sorry it's a wee bit late! :X

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Red Wings overnight report: on roster ‘questions,’ an interview with Zetterberg and outdoor overload

This morning's crop of Red Wings news begins with a slate of, well, questions about personnel issues which will only be answered with time.

In a slate of "News and Views," the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan wonders why neither ex-Wing Damien Brunner or in-limbo-status free agent Daniel Cleary haven't found gainful employment...

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Red Wings mid-day quickies: a baffling ‘either-or,’ curious preseason scheduling and prospect gnus

Very briefly, or nearly so:

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Red Wings overnight report: World Junior prospect news, on Alfredsson, alumni and Kronwall

Normally I spend a pretty decent amount of time choosing the order of stories I place in my digest posts--in fact, I think that crafting some sort of narrative flow is essential to what I do--so I want to state for the record that this entry's going to be particularly "clunky" because I'm getting up at what the ass crack of dawn by my standards, and as such, I've got to a) rush this one and b) write this before all pertinent stories hit the wires.

Anyway, two of the Red Wings' prospects are already playing hockey games of consequence: Anthony Mantha and Jake Paterson are taking part in Team Canada's World Junior Selection camp, and for the first time, the Canadians headed to Lake Placid, NY to play in competitive games against the American, Swedish and Finnish WJC selection camp teams.

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Red Wings mid-day news: On Andersson, number retirements, Tweets of note and Wings jobs

Updated 2x with another Andersson interview at 3:09 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news...

Joakim Andersson spoke with GT.se's Mattis Wikstrom--albeit very, very briefly--about re-signing with the Wings...

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