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This is generally not something I'd post as an individual entry, but the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball games in Highland Township, MI are "high holy days" of the summer for many Wings fans, and we're exactly a month away from the event:
All I hear from fans who attend the event are the following:
1. Sunburn is rampant because it's an all-day affair, so bundle up and don't spare the sunscreen;
2. And there's no event in which you can get closer to or interact more with an A-list of Red Wings alums, for all of $10-15, so consider spending Saturday, August 22nd attending some friendly softball tilts.
From the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:
Luke Glendening, who played for Jeff Blashill with the Grand Rapids Griffins, thinks the Detroit Red Wings will get the same kind of coach this fall.
"I think he'll be true to himself," the third-year center said of Blashill, who officially succeeded Mike Babcock as coach on June 9. "He's a guy who cares about his players and that shines through in the way he talks to you and what he expects from you. And I don't think that's going to change at all when he gets to Detroit."
Glendening, who was at the Meijer LPGA Classic celebrity pro-am at Egypt Valley Country Club on Tuesday – along with Blashill –signed an AHL contract and played a year and a half with the Griffins before he joined the Red Wings for good in the middle of the 2013-14 season.
This year, after the Red Wings season ended, the East Grand Rapids resident was on hand for the Griffins' playoff run with Blashill.
"I think there will be a new excitement," he said of the feeling amongst the Red Wings. "Anytime you bring in a new coach there is excitement. And I think his excitement will carry over to us and I think it's going to be a good situation."
Wallner and Glendening continue...
This report from TorontoMapleLeafs.com's Chris Lund has nothing to do with the Red Wings, but as someone who battles through disabling levels of anxiety and depression to work this job as many days as I can, this is very important to me, and I'm proud of the Wings' former coach for doing what he's doing:
Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock will be in Saskatoon on July 24 for One Voice — an event in support of The Neural Health Project.
Babcock is a founder of The Neural Health Project with Dr. Dee Dee Maltman — medical director for the Centre of Integrative Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Following the deaths of a pair of family friends of Babcock — both of which stemmed from mental health issues — he connected with Dr. Maltman in an effort to help find a solution. From there, The Neural Health Project was born.
The project focuses on a comprehensive approach to treating mental health issues. By approaching the treatment of mental illness in a holistic fashion that addresses the mind, body and spirit, the project aims to leave a meaningful impact on how patients are handled.
NHL.com's Dan Rosen fielded two Red Wings-related questions in his "Over the Boards" blog's mailbag, and this one is familiar...
Do you think Dylan Larkin can "buck the trend" and perform his way into a winged wheel this upcoming season? @purdstheword22
History would suggest that Larkin will spend this season in Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League continuing his development. The Detroit Red Wings are notorious for their patience with prospects, even top prospects such as Larkin. However, there is something to be said for impressing the new coach, which Larkin did in Grand Rapids during the Calder Cup Playoffs last season, when he had three goals and five points in six games after turning pro. Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said Larkin didn't look like a good young player in his short stint in Grand Rapids; he simply looked like a good player regardless of age.
There is an opportunity for Larkin if he has a good camp because Pavel Datsyuk's right ankle surgery is expected to force him to miss the start of the season. Larkin would have to be considered in the same situation as Anthony Mantha, Teemu Pulkkinen, Landon Ferraro and maybe even Tomas Jurco. Nothing is guaranteed, but they're all candidates to make the opening night roster.
So, yes, Larkin can "buck the trend." I can't say for sure if he will, but it looks like he'll get his chance.
Rosen continues, and he answers a question about Mike Green as well:
Among this morning's items of disparate Red Wings-related note:
If there is a down side to the Wngs' decision to sign Teemu Pulkkinen to a 1-year, $735,000 contract--save the fact that it pushes another player into restricted or unrestricted status during next summer's Summer of Ken Holland's Contract Rubicon Sweepstakes (will Tomas Jurco join them?????)--it's that officially pushes the Wings over the salary cap, as the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness noted:
Detroit has 24 players signed, 15 of which are forwards, at just over $72 million. The salary cap this season is $71.4 million.
Teams can be 10-percent over the salary cap until the day before the season begins, which will give the Wings enough time to decide if Pavel Datsyuk (ankle surgery) and Johan Franzen (concussion) will be able to start the season or head to injured reserve.
Detroit could also free up cap space via a trade or by sending a player to Grand Rapids.
“We’ve got to get to camp, let it play itself out and pick a team,” Holland said earlier this offseason. “With the additions we made on July 1, we’re a little deeper than last year. We’re hoping for a competitive training camp.”
Rather conveniently, the Red Wings chose to release Craig Peterson's article regarding Pulkkinen's "Red Wings First" (goal, in this case) this morning...
via Bill Roose tweets,
The #RedWings have added Archie Henderson to pro scout staff. The 58-year-old and Ken Holland were teammates at AHL Binghamton (1982-83).
Archie Henderson collected 3,611 PIM in just 878 career games in five different leagues, including the NHL with the Capitals and Whalers.
Henderson actually took on Bob Probert in 1986, you can watch the fight below...
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with right wing Teemu Pulkkinen on a one-year contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed
The whole concept of "three things" involves tying disparate stories together, in no small part because "three things" tend to pop up in the summertime, and this entry stretches the premise of "three things" about as far as it can gett.
First, while the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby duly notes that the Toronto Maple Leafs have hired former Wings head coach Mike Babcock, assistant coaches Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer, strength and conditioning coach Peter Renzetti, and, on Monday, Finnish scout Ari Vouri as the Leafs' Director of European Scouting, a certain Jimmy Devellano's take on Vouri's importance (and he was important) is...reassuring:
Art Regner and USA Today's kevin Allen spoe about the Red Wings and the NHL for 32 minutes this morning on 1130 AM WDFN--on July 20th--and here's the audio(which was apparently just a small part of a three-hour segment):
CBS Sports' Chris Peters pondered what facets of the Red Wings' play might change under Jeff Blashill, and given that the Wings' style of play will remain relatively constant as the Grand Rapids Griffins played an incredibly similar-to-Detroit puck possession system under Blashill, Peters posits the suggestion that we will see fewer veteran players in secondary and tertiary roles going forward, and a greater emphasis (finally) on the youth movement:
It's one thing when it's 2007-08 and the team has the most stacked roster in the league and jobs are hard to come by. It's quite another when the 2014 version of Dan Cleary is getting a preferred spot on the roster while younger players are banging on the door deserving of an opportunity. In a salary cap sport, and especially on a team that is as close to the cap as the Red Wings are with so many big-money players, you just cannot waste prime years of a top prospect like that. If there was a reason to be critical of Babcock's time in Detroit, especially in recent years, this might have been it.
Having coached most of them over the years in the AHL, Blashill is going to be extremely familiar with the younger players on the Detroit roster and they might get more of an opportunity to play more meaningful roles than they did in recent years at the NHL level.
The one thing that some of the younger players have going for them under Blashill is that many of them (Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Landon Ferraro, Luke Glendenning, Petr Mrazek, etc.) won a championship with him at the AHL. He knows he can win with them because he has already done it (even if at a lower level) and that may carry a built-in trust that they may not have had under Babcock.
In the end, players like Datsyuk or Zetterberg aren't going to be losing ice time, and there aren't going to be sweeping changes made to the roster or the style of play, but the guys at the top may not have to carry such a heavy load as they have in recent years.
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