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Red Wings re-sign Mitch Callahan

Good signing:

Here's the press release:

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Cotsonika dishes on Brad Richards’ retirement

Updated 3x at 3:30 PM: From NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika:

Here's a bit more from the Charlottetown Guardian:

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Jeff Lerg leaves Walleye for European opportunity

From the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

Jeff Lerg, who holds nearly every goaltending record in Toledo Walleye franchise history, has signed to play next season with a team in Denmark.

Lerg, 30, from Livonia, Mich., had played a prominent role the last two seasons with the Walleye. He signed today with a team based in Rungsted, a suburb of Copenhagen.

Lerg, who was named runner-up for ECHL goaltender of the year last season, posted a 28-11-3 record. He set single-season franchise records with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

Update: Here's more from the Toledo Walleye:

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Morning news: on Dylan Sadowy, jobs at the Joe, interactive events and a Dan Watson interview

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage penned a profile of Wings prospect Dylan Sadowy:

He registered a hat trick in the first development camp scrimmage while also scoring during a shootout. In the second and final scrimmage, he had a goal and assist.

"It's just going to the net hard," said Sadowy, who will almost certainly start this season with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins. "That's my game, just going to the blue paint, taking the crap from the defenders and just getting those greasy goals.

"I'm hoping to put up a couple numbers in Grand Rapids first and then hopefully get the call. Just keep playing my game, keep going to the net hard and hopefully they'll see something and give me a shot.

"Obviously I have personal goals and team goals as well. Personally I want to make that big jump to the big league next year. If I get the opportunity, just run with it. If not, just keep working hard, going at it every practice and see how next year goes."

Savage continues...

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Caples: The Eastside Elite Hockey League All-Star Game is sold out

If you aren't already aware of this Saturday's Eastide Elite Hockey League All-Star Game in Mount Clemens, Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples spoke with Steven Oleksy regarding the event:

“It’s a little bit bittersweet,” said the Eastside Elite Hockey League founder, professional hockey player and Chesterfield native. “Obviously it’s great to have the guys and have everybody involved and so much going on, but in the other sense, I want to play well, too. It’s always hard for me to shut off the business side when I’m out there and just play. I’ve got a great staff, I’ve got a lot of people helping me with everything, so that will be good, and hopefully it will allow me to relax and have some fun and play some good hockey.”

The Eastside Elite league has been up and running for nine seasons now, but 2016 will mark the first time the prestigious summer league holds an all-star game. The inaugural Eastside Elite All-Star Game, with a puck drop scheduled for 5:30 p.m., will feature the top vote-getters from the 10 Eastside clubs, along with some special invitees. Former Orchard Lake St. Mary’s captain and Eastside alum Cooper Anstett, now a musician pursuing a career in Nashville, will be in town for a special concert after the game, as well. Proceeds from ticket sales ($10 per person, children under the age of 5 get in free) will benefit the Mount Clemens Hockey Club. MiHockey is sorry to let people know, however, that ticket sales have been put on hold due to capacity concerns for the Mount Clemens Ice Arena. Four hundred tickets have already been sold.

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‘Three Things’: On Howard, Vanek and a Ted Lindsay signing on Thursday

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James examines Jimmy Howard's pluses and minuses...

Looking back: Head coach Jeff Blashill started the season alternating between Howard and Petr Mrazek until Howard began to struggle in December. Howard’s woes dragged on as he saw sporadic backup duty, although his starts did also come during the second game of back-to-backs. When Mrazek went into a free-fall, Howard was able to play well enough that he took over as starter by season’s end. Howard started the first two games of the playoffs, then was pulled as part of the response to going down 2-0 in the series against Tampa Bay.

Looking ahead: Attempts to trade Howard, 32, were unsuccessful, as the few teams needing goaltending help found solutions elsewhere. If Howard is traded, the Wings would also need another veteran goalie, as there isn’t a goaltending prospect in the organization capable of jumping in. The Wings would need to acquire someone very trustworthy, because there is still uncertainty regarding whether Mrazek can handle a full NHL season. In sum, for the time being, it makes sense to hang onto Howard — he bailed them out this season when Mrazek stumbled, and the playoff losses had more to do with uninspired play from teammates than goaltending. Spending in the $10 million range on goaltending is costly, but doable. It’s always possible a team will suffer an injury once the season begins and a trade scenario materializes. If not, Howard can be exposed in the expansion draft next summer.

2. ESPN's Tal Pinchevsky penned a list of players who are already "playing for their next contract," and Thomas Vanek is among them...

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Brad Richards Ends His NHL Career After 15 Seasons

via a release from the NHLPA,

Brad Richards is announcing his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following a decorated career that spanned 15 seasons.

Richards played a total of 1,126 career NHL games with five different teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. The talented and highly skilled forward notched 298 goals and 634 assists for 932 points over the course of his career. He also eclipsed the 100-point plateau in career playoff scoring, registering 105 points in 146 postseason games.

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A pair of Russian-language interviews with Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk gave a set of interviews to SKA St. Petersburg's website and Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov on his 38th birthday, and here are rough translations thereof:

1. Here's the SKA interview:

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Morning news: On power rankings, surveys and foreign-language interviews

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to SI's Allan Muir, the Red Wings appear to be a playoff "outlier" per a mid-summer set of power rankings:

17.Detroit Red Wings
last week: 14
record
: 41-30-11
GM Ken Holland has been busy this summer, replacing Pavel Datsyuk with Frans Neilsen and taking a flyer on Thomas Vanek, but he has yet to address the pressing need for more speed and mobility on the blue line. There's still time but, for now, the Wings look like outliers.

2. I'm not sure how to deal with this one. Per MLive's Brendan Savage, a Hockey News survey of 200 or so people ranked the Wings' front office 21st out of 30 in the NHL in terms of "fan base faith" in the organization, but I don't know whether 200 people is a representative sample.

If you ask 200 Wings fans to volunteer right now, you could find some very disparate opinions of the front office, and you'd be surprised how positive some of those opinions are (really);

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Report: Windsor and London, ON will bid for 2019 World Junior Championship

From the CBC News via Yahoo Sports:

Two southwestern Ontario cities are teaming up in a joint bid to host the world junior hockey championships in 2019.

London and Windsor are working together on a joint application for the popular tournament, according to a report presented at London's community and protective services committee Tuesday.

Committee members endorsed a plan that would see the $600,000 bid cost shared between the city and Tourism London.

Coun. MohamedSalih supported the plan.

"I'm not much of a hockey fan myself, but I think it's a great opportunity and I think many Londoners would appreciate this," he said during Tuesday's meeting.

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