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It’s Tatar vs. Oshie…vs. Hertl…in TSN’s Play of the Year semifinal

Via the Red Wings' Twitter account, TSN's trying to break a 3-way tie in its Play of the Year bracket. Gustav Nyquist's goal against Tampa Bay has advanced to one of the semifinals, but TSN chose to split the other semifinal into a 3-way race between T.J. Oshie, Tomas Hertl and Tatar (and you can vote here):

Today's semifinal match-up features St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie taking on Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar and Thomas Hertl of the San Jose Sharks.

Oshie - as he proved at the Sochi Olympics this year - is comfortable going it alone.

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Red Wings overnight report: on Ouellet, and foreign-language news about Janmark, Mrazek and Jurco

I'm not necessarily thrilled with the start of, "Look through 40+ foreign-language news websites for news" season starting, but it's that time of year.

The local news sources' stories are starting to blend together--DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose profiled Xavier Ouellet yesterday, Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji profiled Mattias Backman on Wednesday afternoon, and this morning, the Free Press's Helene St. James discusses Ouellet, and St. James' article is where we'll start...

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Red Wings afternoon news: on Mattias Backman, ‘fan loyalty,’ chit-chat and alumni(ish) news

This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related news falls into the "scattershot" category, but the first story's particularly pertinent. Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill told WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski that he believes the Red Wings have a significant number of potential top-four defensemen in Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet, Alexey Marchenko, Nick Jensen, Adam Almquist and Mattias Backman (though Blashill did not name the players he felt were top-four material, perhaps out of professional courtesy).

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose profiled Ouellet overnight, RedWingsCentral discussed the aforementioned players and Adam Almquist earlier this month, and this afternoon, Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji profiles Backman:

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A pair of Grand Rapids Griffins press releases

The Grand Rapids Griffins posted two press releases today. The first highlights the Griffins Youth Foundation's annual golf classic, and the second offers official registration forms for the Griffins' youth hockey camp, which takes place from July 28th until August 1st.

Here's the golf classic presser:

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Red Wings morning mishmash: an intriguing sports conference and Savage on back-up goaltending

I'm not sure how many of you plan on attending the draft in Philadelphia in late June (Friday June 27th and Saturday June 28th at the Wells Fargo Center), but the Sports Agent Blog posted an intriguing press release regarding on hell of a pre-draft sports conference, and Red Wings GM Ken Holland has contributed and probably will contribute to said conference. Here's the press release from D'Bria Bradshaw...

The Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW) NHL Draft Hockey Career Conference makes its way to the City of Brotherly Love for the 2014 NHL Draft as Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home of the Philadelphia Flyers, becomes the center of the hockey universe June 26-28, 2014. The conference will take place at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.

The SMWW Career Conference is an opportunity to gain insight into a variety of careers from top executives in hockey. The 2 day event offers unique panel discussions that will include panels on sports business, athlete representation, scouting, league management, and sports business strategies. Previous panel members have included: Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings GM & EVP, Pat Brisson, NHLPA Agent CAA, Bill Robertson Minnesota Wild Vice President, Gordie Roberts, HOF & Pro Scout, etc.

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Red Wings overnight report: on the draft combine, free agents and prospects

I know that some of you needed to have a good bout of sports-related arguing (I've learned that some sports fans, for better or worse, have more fun debating their opinions as to what a team ought to do than they have watching the team perform; there's absolutely nothing wrong with having a good sports-related argument, but my brain doesn't thrive upon it), and TSN's Scott Cullen's Red Wings off-season game plan allowed you to vent...

But I'm a little more intrigued by the draft combine and the 119 players in attendance (including Claude Lemieux's son) at present. I make it a rule to not get too attached to the concept of the Red Wings drafting any particular prospect given that there's a 1-in-30 chance that the Wings will actually draft them, but the Wings are in a particularly unique position this spring.

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Red Wings Annual Equipment Sale Is This Saturday

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will hold a special equipment and memorabilia sale at Hockeytown  Authentics in Troy (1845 E. Big Beaver Rd.) on Saturday, May 31, from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase game-worn jerseys from the team’s recently-completed 2013-14 campaign. The jerseys were also worn during Nick Lidstrom Retirement Night and come with a commemorative “No. 5” Nick Lidstrom patch. In addition, various game-worn jerseys from previous seasons will be available at a discounted price. This one-day-only sale includes game-used hockey equipment such as sticks, skates, gloves and helmet visors. Autographed items, including pucks, photos, skates and sticks, will also be available for fans to add to their collections. Quantities are limited for all of these one-of-a-kind items.

Red Wings season ticket holders will have one hour of exclusive access to the equipment and memorabilia sale on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  The sale will then open to the general public from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will be run on a first-come, first-served basis. Those fans who cannot attend Saturday’s sale can still make a purchase by calling Hockeytown Authentics at 248-680-0965. Phone orders will be taken starting at 1:00 p.m.

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Florida Panthers Have Interest In Tom Renney

from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,

The Panthers are talking to 5-to-7 coaching candidates, including former Rangers coach Tom Renney, according to a source close to the team.

Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon is back from Belarus where he watched and scouted the IIHF World Championship won by Russia last week. The coaching search will intensify in the coming weeks with a coach expected in place before the NHL Entry Draft on June 27 in Philadelphia where the Panthers have the No. 1 pick.

Renney certainly has the experience that Tallon has made clear is a priority, especially after his last three coaches, including Horachek, Kevin Dineen and Pete DeBoer, were all first-timers. Renney, 59, has coached parts of nine seasons in the NHL with stops in Vancouver, New York and Edmonton where he compiled a 590-260-255-9 record with 68 overtime losses.


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The Wings Have Some Off-Season Work To Do

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings were bounced from the playoffs in the first round by the Boston Bruins, but they have also made the postseason every year since 1990.

Off-Season Game Plan looks at a Wings team that has been rejuvenated with youth, but has a small window of time to capitalize on the talent of team leaders Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

The Wings have a bit of an interesting mix, with aging vets combined with young players who were thrust into bigger roles when those older players got hurt last year.

While the Wings can be, at times, too patient with their prospects, those that were called upon last year -- including Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco, among others -- were ready to play and contribute and that does provide reason for optimism going forward.

"I think there's this perception that July 1 free agents, there's this hockey store, there's this fantasy hockey league that I'm running, playing in, and that we can go get superstars," GM Ken Holland told Detroit's CBS Affiliate. "Those days are over. That was a bit of the league prior to 2005. Those days are over. This is a league now where you've got to draft, you've got to develop, we've got to make people better." 


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Red Wings morning report: on the draft combine, Mantha’s Val-d’Or farewell and a Blashill interview

Beware, an auto-play highlight clip lurks within!

I'm running on fumes after covering a full month's worth of post-playoff-elimination hockey, but I was looking around yesterday afternoon wondering, "Okay, what comes next for the Red Wings?" when I found an article in which the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran discussed the Toronto Maple Leafs' strategy for the NHL's draft combine.

Now that the Memorial Cup and World Championship have concluded, the Red Wings and every other team's front office is spending this week in Toronto, watching fitness testing (cue the barf bucket footage, soon!) and interviewing at least a ten of over 100 potential draftees at what's become an annual pre-draft event. NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale sets the stage for the combine...

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