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MSM takes on the first day of Red Wings training camp

Updated 3x at 6:38 PM: The Red Wings media corps invaded Traverse City in earnest on Friday, and the topic of the day involved Daniel Cleary's decision to remain with the Grand Rapids Griffins as both player and player mentor. Cleary spoke of his role in discussions with MLive's Ansar Khan...

"It was a great experience to go down there, work with young players," Cleary said Friday, following the first day of Red Wings training camp at Centre I.C.E. "At 38 (on Dec. 18), I know it's the end of the line, but certainly I loved seeing the maturity and the growth of some young players. My goal is to be a good leader for these young guys, help them become great Red Wings.

"I love the Red and White and I've already seen huge strides in a lot of these young players that are going to come up here and be good Red Wings for a long time."

Cleary has had a tremendously positive impact on Tyler Bertuzzi, in particular.

"Me and Bert (Todd, Tyler's uncle) are great friends," Cleary said. "I just made sure I paid real special attention to him. He's a great young kid and I really just saw him come out of his shell. He's going to be a great player, he's exactly what the Wings need. He works hard, he's fit, he eats well, he sleeps well, he does everything that he needs to do as a young pro.

"I'm just encouraging him to keep going. I made sure he read a lot of books (on the mental toughness side of hockey), trying to get his knowledge up and his confidence. It is gratifying."

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

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St. James: Larkin to join the Wings at training camp

Updated at 5:11 PM: Good news from the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Update: Here's more from St. James:

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Mid-afternoon mishmash: On Cleary’s ‘veteran’ status in Grand Rapids, notes and a Blashill interview

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. As Paul reported, Steve Yzerman will be one of six NHL'ers honored in a series of stamps issued by Canada Post;

2. MLive's Peter J. Wallner noted the implications of Daniel Cleary's re-signing for the Grand Rapids Griffins:

Cleary joins a Griffins team that's deep with veterans. There is the potential to be eight on the roster when the season begins at home Friday, Oct. 14. There is also Louis-Marc Aubry, Mitch Callahan, Matt Ford, Brian Lashoff, Nathan Paetsch, Ben Street and Eric Tangradi.

AHL teams may dress no more than six veterans each game.

3. MLive's Brendan Savage took note of Bovada's over-under for the Red Wings' regular season points earned this upcoming season;

4. The Free Press posted a 12-image training camp gallery;


5. And CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield noted that Jeff Blashill is challenging his younger players:

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Audio from the first day of the Red Wings’ training camp ‘16: Cleary, Bertuzzi, Glendening, Blashill

The Red Wings' training camp got underway today with practices and "special teams scrimmages" which both emphasized breakouts and speed through the neutral zone. The Red Wings' roster was relatively healthy save Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall, the latter of whom skated on his own, and after the practices concluded, the Wings held media availabilities for the following players:

The recently-Griffins-signed Daniel Cleary was actually quite insightful during his five-and-a-half minute interview, discussing his status as a mentor for the Griffins' players and Tyler Bertuzzi, Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha in particular, and he went into some detail as to how he helped Bertuzzi work on one-timers and read a book about mental toughness:

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Season Preview Of The Detroit Red Wings At Puck Daddy

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

Coach Hot Seat Rating (1-10, 10 being scorching hot)

Two. Blashill basically just got there and even if the Red Wings see their playoff streak end, he’s got a long run ahead of him. Well, depending on what happens to his general manager, who is clearly in his ‘Peter Chiarelli contract overcompensation’ phase.


The playoff streak ends.

It’s going to be very close, as this Red Wings team is talented and should see a resurgence from some offensive players who slumped. But someone in that division (and conference) will be on the outside looking in, and unfortunately, for the first time in 26 seasons, it’ll be the Red Wings.

But it’s not like people weren’t predicting this for last season too, and look what happened …


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Daniel Cleary Gets A One-Year Deal With The Grand Rapids Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday signed veteran forward Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract.

During his first season with the Griffins in 2015-16 and first in the American Hockey League since 1999-00, Cleary played in 35 games for Grand Rapids and contributed 15 points (3-12—15). The 37-year-old skated in all nine of the team’s Calder Cup Playoff games and tallied six penalty minutes.

Over the course of his 19-year professional career, Cleary has played in 938 NHL games and 1,121 pro contests, including stints in the AHL, IHL and Swedish Elite League. 

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A Two-Year Contract For Ryan Sproul


This post will be updated with the press release when available.

added 9:12am,



added 11:03am, Detroit press release is below...

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Morning news: On training camp, Nyquist’s production and Gordie Howe’s grandson

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji offers several "morning lines" from Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill:

In addition to preparing the players, training camp will give Blashill more time to get to know his new assistant coaches, Doug Houda and John Torchetti.

"We went up to Traverse and watched a couple of games in the prospects tournament," Blashill said. "We've really been here on a fairly regular basis since mid-August. We've been able to watch these World Cup games, which is great, too, because we can gather the next day - what did you see? What did you see? Go through some clips and any changes we might make systematically we might go through. But I think it takes time to develop that chemistry, so I think the more time we spend together the better. I've really liked our chemistry so far but I really look forward to training camp to build that."

Although the whole team won't be together in training camp and there will be a lot of players that will be playing in Grand Rapids this season, there are some important things Blashill wants to create.

"Two things, mentality of work ethic, competition, and detail and identity, how we're going to play," Blashill said. "So mentality and identity are the two biggest things we're trying to establish over the weekend."

2. MLive's Ansar Khan posted an 18-image slideshow summarizing the storylines heading into training camp;

3. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness wrote an article about Gustav Nyquist's desire to rebound from an up-and-down 2015-16 campaign...

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Red Wings at the World Cup: Abdelkader scores for U.S., Mrazek’s Czechs prevail

In their final games of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Petr Mrazek and Justin Abdelkader had strong outings for their respective teams.

Justin Abdelkader scored the 2-2 goal for Team USA, one-timing a pass from Dustin Byfuglien past Mrazek...

Abdelkader finished with 3 shots, 2 hits and a +1 in 12:19 played

And Mrazek stopped 36 of 39 shots in the Czechs' 4-3 win over Team USA.

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Catchy uppy post: Pre-training camp stories

Catching up with the last day-and-a-half's worth of Red Wings-related news, on a source-by-source basis:

A. DetroitRedWings.com: The Detroit Red Wings released their training camp roster on Wednesday;

The Wings also posted a recap of the prospect tournament championship game, a profile of Mathew Santos and a recap of the team's community tour through Michigan yesterday;

B. NHL.com: NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale included Tyler Bertuzzi in his 11 best players at the prospect tournament;

C. MLive: According to the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner, the Grand Rapids Griffins will hold training camp in Detroit to help the Wings deal with the player shortage they face due to World Cup competition;

MLive's Ansar Khan penned articles about Ryan Sproul, the Wings' training camp roster, Jeff Blashill's take on said roster, pre-training camp updates from Blashill and Tomas Jurco and Blashill's take on Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist's respective needs to step up;

Eric Woodyard followed Darren Helm and Drew Miller's visit to Flint, Michael Kransz followed Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan's visit to Muskegon, and Mike Mulholland noted that the Joe's stairs are getting a "Farewell to the Joe" wrap;

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