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DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned a Q and A with Anthony Mantha that's preceded by the following:
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill likes what he sees in Mantha, who has the tools to be a top-six forward in the NHL. He just needs to continue to work hard and overcome some of his inconsistencies.
“The biggest message that Anthony and I have talked about it just the idea that this is a journey,” said Blashill, who coached Manthan in Grand Rapids last season. “He’s run both sides of the gamut where a year ago the expectations were extremely high. There’s a lot of deserved media hype about him, hype within our own organization about him, and then he went through some things, he got injured twice at critical moments of the year. There where different times he had some struggles and it probably wasn’t as easy as he thought it was gonna be coming in. But this is not the end, it’s just part of the journey. Let’s keep coming. Let’s keep working. Let’s keep finding ways to improve and get better.”
Eventually, Mantha produced 15 goals and 33 points in 62 regular-season games with the Griffins. He also chipped in with two goals and two assists in 16 playoff games.
Mantha will return to Traverse City for the annual prospects tourney and Detroit’s main training camp with hopes of making the club’s 23-man roster. It won’t be easy, but this will be the time for the big winger to prove himself in front of the coaching staff.
“Inner drive and perseverance are the two biggest factors for individual success, in my opinion, and he’s going to have to persevere,” Blashill said. “He’s shown that at different times. He’s gonna have to go to work this summer with that inner drive.”
Roose continues with the aforementioned Q and A...
Tomas Jurco's been in the news lately--the Slovak news--and here's his second interview of the day, a discussion with Kosice Dnes (Kosice Today). I'm going to provide a very rough translation of the interview as this one was particularly difficult to work out and is really rough, and one of our KK readers will provide a more precise one tomorrow morning:
WDIV posted a video of aerial footage showing the Red Wings' follow-on rink's construction. It's a little jittery at times, but it's intriguing nonetheless:
From the CBC Prince Edward Island:
The small eastern P.E.I. village of Murray Harbour is preparing for a slew of visitors on Tuesday as NHL hockey player Brad Richards will parade the Stanley Cup downtown.
Richards won the cup this year with the Chicago Blackhawks. The win is the second of his career, having won with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.
Carol White helped organize the first celebration 11 years ago, as well as Tuesday's event.
"It's really comparable, because last time it was the first time, but I mean, we were so excited, and it was such a big, big day for us," said White.
"But,you know, as it gets nearer and nearer, it's building and the excitement in this little village is really, it's just awesome. It's phenomenal that we're having this Stanley Cup in this little tiny village twice."
White says they expect close to 7,000 people to attend.
Continued, and I'm not going to cover Richards' day with the Cup as he won it as a Blackhawk, but this entry's letting you know that tomorrow is the big day.
from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,
This year, he wants to avoid a return to the AHL. If he doesn't make the Red Wings, he will have to clear waivers before he would return to the Griffins.
"There's always been talk that some teams would be interested if I was on waivers, but it all depends on the timing on everything," he said. "I just want to go in and try and make Detroit.
"As much as I love Grand Rapids, I don't want to play in the AHL next year. So I'm trying to do everything possible to play with them (Red Wings) or have a good enough camp for someone else to take me."
I apologize for the "wall of entries" of late, but the Wings news cycle's come in fits and spurts over the past three hours, yielding a whole bunch of single entries as opposed to news digests. This includes CBS Sports' Adam Gretz's "NHL report card" offseason grades for Atlantic Division teams:
Detroit Red Wings: B The biggest change in Detroit this offseason is the one behind the bench where Jeff Blashill takes over the spot that Mike Babcock occupied for a decade. The Red Wings' style of play probably won't change much, but it's going to be interesting to see if the younger player on the rosters are able to get a longer leash than they did under Babcock. Blashill has coached -- and won -- with many of them in the AHL. Gustav Nyquist's contract should prove to be a steal for the Red Wings over the next couple of years, while Mike Green gives the team the puck-moving, right handed shot it has badly needed on its defense. Brad Richards should also add some nice depth down the middle, provided they don't count on him to do too much.
Gretz does believe that the Red Wings' signing of Mike Green was the best individual move made by an Atlantic Division team this summer...
Tomas Jurco discussed his new contract with Pravda.sk's Michal Maslan, and here's a rough translation of their conversation:
Jurco: The new coach knows when I'm most useful to the team:
Tomas Jurco turned down Detroit's first qualifying offer, but he will continue playing for the team. Slovak hockey player Tomas Jurco agreed to a 2-year, 1-way contract worth $1.7 million with the management of the overseas team.
"I'm satisfied. Although it took a bit longer than we thought, and there was an unnecessarily large amount of coverage, I'm satisfied. I look forward to another two years in Detroit," says the 22-year-old winger. He's played in 99 regular-season games and has registered 11 goals and 22 assists.
If you find yourself in Orangeville, Ontario on August 4th, the Orangeville Banner's Chris Halliday reports that Henrik Zetterberg will be making an appearance to promote his Swedish Snowballs:
Orangeville’s efforts to sell more desserts than any other community in Canada have snowballed into a visit from National Hockey League (NHL) sniper Henrik Zetterberg.
Beginning in April, Pita Pit franchises added The Royal Swedish Snowball to their menus, a chocolate, vanilla-centred dessert endorsed and owned by Zetterberg.
The Pita Pit locations in Canada selling the most desserts in April and May were promised to win a visit from the Detroit Red Wings captain.
Local Pita Pit franchise owners Brad and Melanie Horton are proud to report that Orangeville’s locations sold the most snowballs in Canada. Miramichi, New Brunswick was singled out for its efforts as well.
As a result, Zetterberg is scheduled to visit the town’s Pita Pit location on Broadway on Tuesday (Aug. 4) from noon to 2 p.m.
From MLive's Aaron McMann:
Support for the Flint Firebirds seems to be coming in every which way these days, and now Detroit Red Wings broadcaster Mickey Redmond is lending his endorsement.
The color commentator for Red Wings games on Fox Sports Detroit recently filmed a 30-second radio spot for the Firebirds that has began airing on more half a dozen stations in Flint and the mid-Michigan region.
"Hey folks, Mickey Redmond here," the 67-year-old starts. "Congratulations on your new Ontario Hockey League franchise, the Flint Firebirds."
Redmond, who played six seasons for the Red Wings and 10 in the National Hockey League, uses the opportunity to promote season tickets for the team, declaring it "the foundation for Flint's OHL success."
NBC Sports has released its TV lineup for the 2015-16 season...
And the Red Wings will be featured in the following games:
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