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Updated 6x at 3:28 PM: The Red Wings open their 2013-2014 season campaign against the Buffalo Sabres tonight (8 PM EDT, NBCSN/TSN2/97.1 FM), and the morning skate's underway at the Joe:
Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha's had a helluva month (as RedWingsCentral noted), and he's been rewarded for coming back from the Red Wings' prospect tournament with oodles of confidence:
Per the QMJHL:
The first star is awarded to the Val-d’Or Foreurs forward Anthony Mantha with a total of 14 points in 5 games in the month of September, scoring 8 goals including 2 on the penalty kill. He has played two games with 3 goals or more since the beginning of the season. Mantha had 36 shots on goal in September, an average of more than 7 shots per game. His best game was against the Quebec Remparts on September 28, in an 11-2 road win, scoring 4 goals and adding an assist for a total of 5 points
On what's forecasted to be an unseasonably warm 78-degree day in Downtown Detroit, the Red Wings will open their season against the Buffalo Sabres tonight (NBCSN only in the U.S./TSN2/97.1 FM), and aside from telling you that it is highly unlikely that those of us watching at home will be able to watch the "fun part" of the pre-game ceremonies in player introductions...
It's hard to say what will happen this evening. The Wings kick off the 2013-2014 season having posted a 3-and-5 preseason record in which the team lost 4 of its final 5 games and lost the services of Jonas Gustavsson (groin, on the short-term IR), Patrick Eaves (sprained ankle and sprained MCL, on the LTIR), Jordin Tootoo (bruised shoulder, on the short-term IR) and never regained the services of Darren Helm (back and groin issues, on the LTIR).
The Red Wings begin their 2013-2014 regular season campaign when they host the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow night (8 PM EDT, NBCSN only), and the season must be near if Mike Valenti and Terry Foster are asking fans whether the Pistons or Red Wings are "more intriguing."
Building upon the overnight report and today's pair of practice posts, we haven't witnessed avalanches of season previews as much as we've witnessed a slow cavalcade of preview-type stories, and while most of you won't see Fox Sports Detroit's network season preview until 6 PM EDT on Friday, when it precedes the Wings-Canes pre-game show, FSD helps tide us over with a 20-minute season preview presented by Art Regner, Dana Wakiji and Chris Osgood:
This move seems to make little sense given that the Red Wings supposedly have to keep 23 men up to maximize their LTIR space:
The Wings now have 22 men on their roster.
Per the Wings' PR department:
Updated 4x at 3:22 PM: I had a feeling that all the Tweets from the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association luncheon which Ken Holland, Kris Draper and Ryan Martin attended would max out the first practice post, and they did, so here's Part II.
MLive's Ansar Khan posted today's practice lines...
Updated 4x at 2:11 PM: I believe we can call this "sticker shock"...
Some hockey fans vying for a seat at the Alumni Showdown Game between retired Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs as part of this year’s Winter Classic may be out of luck. Over the New Year’s Eve weekend, there will be two alumni games during Winter Fest in the lead up to the classic, featuring today’s Leafs and Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
According to the vice president of marketing for the host Red Wings, most of the alumni tickets are already spoken for.
“We really haven’t gone public with the alumni tickets yet. We’re not sure if we will, based upon the demand that we have so far from our season ticket holders and all the Toronto season ticket holders,” Rob Mattina told CBC News.
Mattina said 85,000 seats to the alumni games have already been sold and many more remain on hold.
“We’re still going through our database and connecting with our season ticket holders and Toronto has done the same thing,” he said. “We’re going to wait a couple more weeks and at that point we’ll see where we are, and then we’ll see if we need to have a public sale.”
After being demoted due to salary cap-related reasons, Red Wings forward...Okay, Grand Rapids Griffins forward Gustav Nyquist put on a brave face while speaking with Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom, and he sounded similar notes when asked about his demotion by the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:
“I really didn’t want to think about it too much,” Nyquist said of going back to the Griffins. “I took camp as an opportunity to take a spot on the roster and, obviously, I knew this was a possibility. But in camp, you’re just focused on playing as well as possible.”
Nyquist realized he was in a difficult position despite playing well in the Red Wings’ eight preseason games.
“I was happy with my camp,” he said. “It’s a just a hard team to take a spot on. A lot of guys and a lot of forwards.”
Wallner says that this is the fifth time that Nyquist has been demoted, and he notes that Nyquist's performed particularly well when stuck in the AHL. Wallner also spoke with Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill about dealing with a particularly disappointed player:
The Grand Rapids Griffins will receive their Calder Cup Championship rings in short order, and the fact that the team chose to retain veteran players Nathan Paetsch, Brennan Evans, Triston Grant and Jeff Hoggan--despite slim-to-nil chances of the latter three playing for the team's NHL affiliate--speaks both to the team's ability to convince veterans to "buy in" and the character of the players they've re-signed.
The latter suggestion's the most accurate assessment of Hoggan's situation, and the Griffins' captain spoke with the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner about his decision to turn down NHL offers for the sake of remaining with the team he led to the AHL's summit:
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