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The Feel At Little Caesars Arena

from Tim Newcomb of Sports Illustrated,

A wall of red-clad Detroit Red Wings fans, filling an oversized lower bowl with a steep rake designed to put the fan on top of the ice aims to deliver a noise-inducing experience in Detroit’s new Little Caesars Arena, set to open in September of 2017.

But it isn't just a trend-bending bowl design that gives this downtown arena a new vantage for hockey fans in Detroit. The sunken bowl meshes with the community, using open architecture to connect with the Via plaza outside full of restaurants and businesses, and it also has special gondola seating that rises over the ice to provide a unique perspective on Red Wings hockey.

The design starts with putting fans as close to the ice as possible. “We brought in our general manager, Ken Holland, to find which was the most intimidating place we play,” Tom Wilson, CEO of team and arena owner Olympia Entertainment, tells SI.com. “Without question it is Montreal. There is no light. No open concourses. Just a sea of red jerseys screaming at you in French. We went there to see it and, my gosh, they are on top of you.”


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Morning news: On a developmental evolution, Turgeon and Holmstrom and Blashill on Helm

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage noted Jiri Fischer's take on the evolution of the Red Wings' development camp, as Fischer himself took part in his first development camp in 1998:

"It's really evolved," Fischer said. "We worked, worked, worked. I was never cramping up as much playing hockey as I was in that camp. Ever. We were on the ice in the morning, we were off-ice in the morning, we were on the ice in the afternoon, we had off-ice in the afternoon. So the Red Wings organization at the time, looking at it as a player, they really made us work. That was the theme back then."

These days, the players today are usually limited to one on-ice sessions – usually about 45 minutes – as well as an off-ice session where they lift weights, stretch and get instruction on things such as the importance of proper nutrition.

Sometimes there are two sessions either on or off the ice.

The camp is about educating the players on the things it takes to be a professional hockey player rather than evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. That will come during training camp in September.

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Holland sold on solid Sadowy

You've read quite a bit of the "status quo is fine" from Ken Holland of late, so let's try changing the direction of the conversation. The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Brett A. Somers spoke with Holland regarding prospect Dylan Sadowy, who the Wings acquired from the San Jose Sharks this past May:

San Jose general manager Doug Wilson contacted Detroit GM Ken Holland, and it didn't take long for a deal to come together after the Wings saw a polished 20-year-old left winger it probably wouldn't find in the draft a year from now.

"They had an excess of forwards, and our scouts liked him," Holland said. "He had 42 goals and 45 goals his last two years in the OHL, so we traded a third round pick to acquire him. Our scouts think he's a prospect."

Detroit simply determined it would not be willing to trade a first or second round pick for Sadowy, offered a third and San Jose took the deal.

"Our feeling was if we draft a player in the third round now, a forward, and he scores 42 or 45 goals after you draft him, we'd be very happy with that draft pick," Holland said. "Sadowy has already done that."

Sadowy explained he hadn't re-upped with San Jose simply because it "wasn't the right fit."

The Wings and Sadowy came to terms on a three-year entry level contract in a matter of days before the June 1 deadline. 

"I got a call from my agent that I got traded. I was excited for a new start," Sadowy said. "They saw something in me that they liked, so I'm happy and I'll show them what I got.(My first reaction was). Original Six team. It's an honor to play for the logo. I played my whole junior career in Saginaw, so it's not too far down the road. I went to games all the time."

Somers continues, and Sadowy scored a hat trick in Friday night's development camp scrimmage...

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Evening news: Development camp videos and non-MSM takes

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The 9&10 News posted a video in which Tyler Bertuzzi and Evgeny Svechnikov discuss taking part in the summer development camp in Traverse City:


2. The Red Wings posted a video of the team's cooking class competition...

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‘Expertly translated’: Tomas Nosek speaks with NHL.cz about his rookie pro season

Tomas Nosek conducted an interview with NHL.cz's Vaclav Jachim recently, and I had a devil of a time trying to translate it, so TMR reader Martin Pohanic was kind enough to give the interview a proper Czech-to-English translation. What follows is Martin's work, and the emphasis is NHL.cz's:

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Wings Will Try To Get Better

from Gregg Krupa of The Detroit News,

Jeff Blashill said he likes the personnel moves the Red Wings made over the past few weeks, and he appreciates the need to add to the roster, still.

But Blashill said he wonders if it will be possible.

Asked if he hopes for additions, he said, “I don’t know about hope.

“We’d like to try to continue to get better if we can. I know Ken (Holland) would like to and I would like to, but can you?

“Just making a move doesn’t make you better, and there are very few out there that can make you better. And so I think you have to be careful to make sure when you make a move it actually helps you, just like on July 1st (the start of free agency) you better be careful that who you sign actually helps you.

“That’s all part of the evaluation process, and we’ll see where everything stands in October.”

As for the moves the Red Wings made, he began by praising the signing of Darren Helm...


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Impressions from the fourth day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

The instructional portion of the Red Wings' summer development camp came to a close today with an incredibly hard "skating test" added on top of a set of practices and skill development drills for the Wings' campers. Tomorrow, they'll take part in an 11 AM scrimmage, and that will conclude the camp's activities for the summer.

The free agent invites who aren't NCAA-eligible or playing in Europe will return for the fall prospect tournament, and while that's where jobs and contracts can truly be won or lost, the impressions players will have left upon the coaches and management will serve as the groundwork for greater opportunities in September.

Today's skill development drills involved the forwards under Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson and Griffins assistant Ben Simon, and the drills were complex and nuanced, as were Todd Nelson and Jiri Fischer's drills for the defensemen; a more formal practice was held during the second half of the on-ice availability while players were siphoned off to engage in some skating drills and then a skating test under the guidance of Fischer and the Wings' skating coach.

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Holland on positional depth

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Ken Holland regarding his impressions of the Wings' summer development camp:

“Our goal is to have depth,” Holland told the Free Press while he watched over the team’s prospects this past week in Traverse City. “The young players have to make the team because they earned the job, because they take the job and make us better. They can't just make it because they are young and we think they will be good one day.”

Dylan Larkin made the Wings at 19 last autumn because he earned it. Andreas Athanasiou jumped Joakim Andersson in the lineup this past season because Athanasiou earned it with his superior skating and skill set.

After Pavel Datsyuk announced he's returning to Russia, the Wings added Frans Nielsen to be the second-line center. Thomas Vanek was added because he's a right-handed shot who is a two-time 40-goal scorer and who consistently scores in the 20-goal range. Steve Ott was added for grit and defensive skills.

“We added some vets for different reasons,” Holland said. “We want there to be competition, and the waiver wire also factors into decisions we make. If a player can be sent to the minors without waivers, he really has to take a job.

“From a development standpoint, we think it's better for a 21-22 year old to play 20 minutes a night in the AHL in all situations versus being in the NHL and playing eight or nine minutes. Athanasiou did that season, played nine minutes a night, but it was because the coaches thought in those minutes he could impact the game.”

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‘Google Translated’ + English available: Datsyuk holds a press conference in St. Petersburg

I normally don't go this route, but Pavel Datsyuk held a press conference at the start of his children's hockey school in St. Petersburg, addressing his signing with SKA St. Petersburg as well as several other topics, and Sovetsky Sport's Tatiana Korokin, Sport-Express's Sergey Yaremenko, Championat's Anna Ovchinnikova and SKA St. Petersburg's webpage provided transcripts of the interview, and if you take the Google translations together, they offer a solid-enough summary of what Datsyuk had to say...

And SKA's English-language website has a fine translation of the interview available, too.

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More prospect camp scrimmage write-ups and videos

Of prospect-related note this afternoon:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji penned a recap of last night's scrimmage, which really starred Dylan Sadowy...

On Friday night during the Wings' first scrimmage of development camp, Sadowy had half of Team Lindsay's six goals in the 6-3 victory over Team Howe.

"They brought me in to do that," Sadowy said. "The first game you want to show that I can go to the net and get a couple goals so we'll see how things go here down the road."

Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson has said this camp is for education, not evaluation, but he was impressed with Sadowy's performance.

"He had a good night," Nelson said. "Besides the goals too, I liked the way that he played. He plays hard, he's quicker than I thought he'd be. He's got good speed and he had good finish around the net."

Sadowy also blocked a shot near the end of the first half to preserve the 2-1 lead.

"That's my game," Sadowy said. "I do what it takes to win. So if it takes to block a couple shots here and there, I don't mind doing it. Even in a scrimmage. Every shift counts."

Wakiji continues, discussing Matthew Santos' injury...

The Free Press's Brandon Folsom also penned a write-up of the scrimmage...

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