The Malik Report
The Red Wings prospects' big win over St. Louis last night earned the team the opportunity to compete for its first prospect tournament title when they battle the Buffalo Sabres' prospects this evening (the game takes place at Centre Ice Arena at 7:30 PM), and Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill was blunt about the significance of his team's potential performance while speaking with NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale:
"Any time you get a chance to compete in a tournament, you want to win and I was told we had never won this and passed that on to our guys and they took some pride in that," Detroit's prospect coach Jeff Blashill said. "What you're doing is your comparing yourself against seven other teams' best prospects, both individually and collective, so everyone wants guys not only talented but who are winners. So our guys have done a good job of showing that so far."
Updated 12x at 1:27 PM: From the Red Wings' very early morning skate...
Last night, TSN's Darren Dreger Tweeted news that (possible?) former Red Wing Daniel Cleary had yet to determine his place of employment for the 2013-2014 NHL season, and the Saint John's (Newfoundland) Telegram's Robin Short asked Cleary what was going on--and he received a response:
After a self-imposed Sunday deadline to figure out to which training camp he will be headed to this week, Cleary said in a text message to The Telegram last evening he’s still not certain which way to turn.
The 34-year-old Riverhead, Harbour Grace product is an unrestricted free agent, and has made it abundantly clear his preference is a return to Detroit.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings have 25 NHL players, two over the roster limit. That includes 16 forwards, two more than they intend to carry. They are $637,000 over the salary cap.
Here is a look at some of their options:
Place center Darren Helm on long-term injured reserve.
After missing virtually the entire season due to back pain, Helm has made progress.He has been skating regularly this off-season but still is experiencing some pain. He needs to see how the back reacts to physical play in scrimmages and exhibition games, but he might not be cleared for contact in training camp....
Assign Gustav Nyquist to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Had Nyquist appeared in two more regular season games in 2013, he would not have been waiver exempt this season. But, he is one of two players the club can assign to the AHL without having to clear waivers....
Assign Danny DeKeyser to Grand Rapids.
This promising defenseman, who made a huge impact after joining the Red Wings from Western Michigan late last season, also is waiver exempt. The Red Wings would hate to send him down even temporarily, since they're counting on him to play a key role right from the start with his puck-moving skills, penalty killing ability and poise....
The centerpiece of the Red Wings' training camp activities is usually their Red vs. White game, which will take place on Sunday the 15th at 11 AM, but the alumni and celebrity game on Saturday the 14th at 7:30 may take the cake instead. Ken Holland, Mike Babcock, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Chris Chelios, Chris Osgood, Mark Howe, Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, Ken Kal and Jiri Fischer are all going to play, and Traverse City's resident Red Wings alumnus, Dallas Drake, will be taking part as well.
Drake spoke with the Grand Traverse Insider's Greg Gielczyk about his status as a playing alum....
"It's always good for me, personally, to see some of my old teammates," Drake said. "I'll probably see a lot of guys from the NHL that I played against. That's always fun for guys like myself, and I think it'll be a lot of fun for the public as well. To be honest with you, I haven't seen the complete list. It's fun playing with guys who were there before you, and those who came after you,” he added.
The differences between the Red Wings prospects' 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues' prospects and a game between the teams' NHL rosters involved the names on the backs of the jerseys and the venue.
Otherwise, if you've seen a game between Ken Hitchcock's Blues and Mike Babcock's Red Wings, you've seen this one. There were 27 penalties, remarkably, only one fight (Tyler Bertuzzi got the takedown, but it was close otherwise), instances in which the Wings' puck possession system overwhelmed a gigantic, hard-hitting Blues team, instances in which the Blues could not break through the Wings' defensive wall, and instances in which the Blues' forecheck did indeed hammer the Wings into submission, and the team hung on for dear life.
Via RedWingsFeed, so much for "Daniel Cleary's Decision Day Is Sunday":
The Red Wings' 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues was wild, woolly and raucous, setting up a prospect tournament championship series between the Wings and Bufallo Sabres on Monday night at 7:30 PM.
Zach Nastasiuk registered a goal and an assist, Xavier Ouellet had a goal and an assist, Tomas Jurco and Anthony Mantha (empty-netter) scored goals, Teemu Pulkkinen and Ryan Sproul had assists and Jake Paterson stopped 21 shots as the Wings kept their tempers in check (mostly) and simply out-worked, out-hustled and out-ground a big and very scrappy Blues team.
The Red Wings posted several Twitter highlights from the game...
Per the Red Wings' camps:
Howe Division Standings ------------------------------------- Lindsay Division Standings
|1. Detroit||1. Buffalo|
|2. Dallas||2. TBD|
|3. St. Louis||3. TBD|
|4. Minnesota||4. TBD|
With the "to be determined" at the end of today's Red Wings-Blues game at 7 PM. Detroit clinched a spot in the final as Dallas defeated Minnesota 3-2 in a shootout, and OT or shootout wins are 2 points instead of 3.
Because Buffalo won the Lindsay division, they're in the final, too--and will play against Detroit on Monday night at 7:30 PM--they receive the award of keeping the other main locker room here at Centre Ice Arena, and tomorrow's practice schedule, for the moment, is as follows:
Oh joy. Sportsnet's Chris Johnston spoke with Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray and presumptive captain-to-be Jason Spezza at the Leafs' prospect tournament in London, Ontario, and you'll of course be shocked to find out that their topic of discussion involved a certain Red Wings forward named Daniel Alfredsson:
“We have to fill that void,” general manager Bryan Murray told sportsnet.ca on Sunday.“Our business is one of change,” he added. “There’s not a team in this league, whether they win the Stanley Cup or otherwise, that doesn’t have to make a change or two. Sometimes you want to do it; a lot of times you’re forced to do it. In this case, we were somewhat forced to do it.”
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