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Sympathy for the Kindl

DetroitRedWings.com's Craig Peterson was tasked with penning an article featuring Jakub Kindl's "Red Wings highs," and by the time you get through the list of the times that Kindl came off the bench and produced, you start feeling downright sympathetic for the plight of Mike Babcock's least favorite defenseman, 2014-15 season version:

Appearing in just 35 games, the Red Wings’ defenseman achieved new goal-scoring highs and provided a major boost in production from the blue line. In his fifth season, Kindl came into the lineup and had an immediate impact on games.

A healthy scratch for the majority of the season, Kindl spent much of the season retooling his game and honing his skills in practice. When called upon though, the veteran defenseman came into the game with a splash producing some of his best performances after being sidelined for an extended period of time.

(In practice and in Grand Rapids)

On Feb. 21, in a game against the Dallas Stars, Kindl was thrust into the lineup after Kyle Quincey was scratched with an ankle injury. The game was Kindl’s first glimpse of action in nearly two months, as he had been out of the lineup for the previous 20 games.

Showing no signs of rust, the 6-foot-3, 199-pound defenseman scored back-to-back goals just 1:15 apart in the third period, propelling the Wings back into the game and tying it at 4-4. Kindl’s contribution would be critical, as the team needed every bit of offense to overpower the Stars, 7-6 in overtime.

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DetroitHockey.net: Griffins changing their primary logo?

DetroitHockey.net's Clark Rasmussen spotted an intriguing Tweet this afternoon...

And as such, Clark believes that this is a sign that the Griffins will be celebrating their 20th anniversary by changing their primary logo:

Twitter user @FlamezGaming Tweeted what appears to be a screen capture of the game's team select menu, which was later retweeted by SportsLogos.Net. The menu, in which teams are identified by their primary logo, featured the Griffins' "Griffzilla" logo rather than their traditional emblem.

The Griffins organization did not respond to a request for comment about the possible change.

The Griffzilla logo, so named because it features a stylized Griffin climbing over the Grand Rapids skyline reminiscent of Godzilla, has been used on the team's red alternate jerseys since the 2012-13 season. The jersey on which is appears is a clone of the Washington Capitals' home jersey.

Clark continues, discussing the reasons why the Griffins might change their primary logo...

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Afternoon news: Summer World Junior TV stuff; on the NTDP’s new home and ‘the best Z’

Of brief Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. USA Hockey is broadcasting its World Junior evaluation camp games on FastHockey.com, and TSN is going to air all of Team Canada's summer evaluation camp games (Joe Hicketts will represent Canada, and Evgeny Svechnikov will represent Russia) on TSN TV next week:

2. Closer to home, Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples penned a superb article about the renamed USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth as the U.S. National Team Development Program prepares to embark upon its first season there:

3. I don't need to tell you this, but the Hockey News's Jared Clinton reviewed the best players whose last names begin with Z, and he suggests that Henrik Zetterberg's the best "Z" ever:

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USA Hockey announces 2015-16 schedule for NTDP, Under-17 teams

From USA Hockey:

2015-16 National Team Development Program Schedule Announced
Ticket Packages Now Available for Games at USA Hockey Arena

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, which enters its 19th season on ice in 2015-16, today announced the schedule for its U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams. Tickets for all home games, to be played at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, are available now through the box office.

The Under-17 Team kicks off the 2015-16 campaign with preseason contests on Sept. 12-13 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, against the United States Hockey League's Bloomington Thunder and Madison Capitols. It will begin USHL regular-season play on the road against the Chicago Steel on Sept. 26, and will make its USA Hockey Arena debut on Oct. 16 against Madison.

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Red Wings pay tribute to Leo Reise, Jr.

From the Red Wings:

RED WINGS MOURN THE PASSING OF LEO REISE, JR.

The Detroit Red Wings are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Leo Reise, Jr. Reise passed away on Sunday at the age of 93 in Hamilton, Ontario. Reise played 340 games for the Red Wings as a defenseman from 1946-52 and recorded 82 points (21-61-82) and 251 penalty minutes. The Stoney Creek, Ontario, native was a four-time NHL All-Star with the Red Wings and was a key component of the team’s Stanley Cup championships in 1950 and 1952. Reise totaled 494 NHL games over a nine-season NHL career with the Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks and New York Rangers before retiring in 1953-54. The organization would like to offer its deepest sympathies to the Reise family during this difficult time.

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Savage: Slava Fetisov makes an election promise to keep KHL’ers from leaving for the NHL

The KHL's offseason is like election season in the U.S.--many promises are made and bluster issued by both candidates for seats on the Russian Hockey Federation's board of directors, and everything from starting a KHL team in China to playing by NHL rules and sealing off KHLers' routes to the NHL have been bantered about over the past two weeks, with Slava Fetisov--who was recently reelected to the KHL board after several years off--leading the charge on the latter two issues.

At this time of year, it's really bluster as opposed to fact, and Fetisov was all but obligated to talk about cutting off the Russian window to the NHL after Phil Esposito suggested to the Russian press that such a course of action would be a "return to communism," so this Tweet from Sport-Express's Slava Malamud, provided by MLive's Brendan Savage (via RedWingsFeed), is really par for the course:

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Mid-day news: It’s a Twitterpalooza

Of Twitter-related Red Wings note today:

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‘Three Things’: On Dylan Larkin, Stadium Series concepts and Zetterberg in Orangeville, ON

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned a Q and A with Dylan Larkin, and it's preceded by these statements from Larkin regarding his decision to turn pro with the Grand Rapids after his World Championship experience, as well as his goals for this fall:

“It was a major step up from college to the World Championship with the skill and speed and then coming back to the AHL was another step, jumping into the playoffs,” Larkin said. “It was a physical series and it was on a smaller rink and things happened a lot more fast. It was a long year but it was a good year.”

The Wings will take no fewer than 15 NHL-experienced forwards to camp in a few months. Many believe Larkin is ready for the challenge of making the jump to the NHL. But he’ll have to take someone’s spot, which won’t be easy.

“I want to make the jump (to the NHL),” Larkin said. “ I signed for a chance to play in the NHL and my time in Grand Rapids, I’m more than comfortable spending time there. The coaches they brought in and the players we have we’re going to have a good team again. I’m just going to training camp and having as much fun as possible and playing some games and having fun.”

As for the difficult challenges that await him in September, Larkin said he only focuses on what he can control.

“I just kind of worry about myself,” he said. “I know my game. I’m pretty confident with my game. I’m more worried about how I play.”

Roose continues with a lengthy Q and A...

2. In artistic news...

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‘Spotlighting’ Tyler Bertuzzi

The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a short video discussing Tyler Bertuzzi's past season and summertime activities as Bertuzzi prepares for the 2015-16 season:

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‘Three Things’: Happy 90th to Ted Lindsay; fantasy forecasts; Richards’ day with the Cup

Among today's Red Wings-related news stories:

First and foremost, via the Red Wings:

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