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Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. If you aren't aware of it already, the Joe Kocur Foundation is holding its annual set of charity softball games in Highland, MI today, and tickets are $15 at the door (and worth it). The games start at 11 and will go until late into the evening:
2. And if you're in the mood to head down to Joe Louis Arena to purchase $9 single-game seats on an in-person basis...
The Plymouth Whalers and Detroit Red Wings posited press releases on Friday afternoon. One is charitably-related and one is not-so-chariably-related, so I'll post the Whalers' presser first:
PLYMOUTH WHALERS, SAGINAW PLAY FOR PCEP ON SEPTEMBER 6
All proceeds of preseason game go to Plymouth-Canton Education Park
PLYMOUTH – Over the years, the Plymouth Whalers have forged a unique partnership with the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.
The younger Whalers attend high school at the 305 acre campus site in western Wayne County which houses three high schools - Plymouth, Salem and Canton - at the same campus. Plymouth Whalers Educational Consultant John Seidleman is a retired PCEP professional who has done an outstanding job as a liaison between the Whalers and the PCEP.
In addition, the Whalers joined forces with 88.1FM WSDP The Park (located on the PCEP campus) several seasons ago for live broadcasts of Plymouth games. The Whalers continue on 88.1FM this year, starting with the broadcast of the team’s Alumni game on Aug. 16.
The synergy between the PCEP and the Whalers reaches to a new level on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 pm at Compuware Arena when Plymouth hosts Saginaw.
from Bob Duff of The Windsor Star,
Detroit’s first-round draft pick in 2010, the 6-2, 212-pound Sheahan will be among a group of centres that include veterans Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm and Joakim Andersson, fellow second-year NHLer Luke Glendening and Stephen Weiss, a veteran free-agent addition last season who missed all but 26 games due to sports hernia surgery. Minor leaguer Landon Ferraro, who saw action with Detroit in four games last season, was also signed to a new contract.
“There’s definitely going to be some intensity in camp,” Sheahan said. “Obviously every guy is working hard and they want to solidify their spot.
“Right now you just got to focus on what you can do to make yourself better, go into camp with a good work ethic and go from there.
“I think if I go into camp with the same mindset and try to take that spot I had last year . . . there’s obviously going to be other guys trying to do the same thing. It’s going to be a little bit of a challenge, but it’s going to be healthy.”
Updated 2x at 8 AM, curse you, insomnia: I'm currently in the midst of my famous late-summer sinus infection, but there are some things you need to know:
1. Red Wings single-game tickets go on sale today at 10 AM (online, at box offices, etc.) and the $9 seats go on sale on Saturday, in-person-only, at the Joe;
2. The Joe Kocur Foundation's annual set of charity softball games take place on Saturday in Highland, MI, with the gates opening at 10 AM for 4 softball games that take place at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM (the latter pair of games are the Wings alumni games) and tickets are $11.54 online until noon today, and then you have to pay $15 at the door.
The Milford Times' Joe Thiesen reports that the event's super-fan-friendly...
Via the Score's Thomas Drance, Pavel Datsyuk deked, dangled and scored past Paul Bissonette...On Twitter (and hey Sauce Hockey, free advertising!):
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock appeared on News Talk 980's John Gormley show yesterday as he was in Saskatoon to promote a golf tournament raising funds for prostate cancer, and Babcock did address the fact that he would consider coaching a Canadian team like Toronto at some point--though Babcock stated that he loves where he's working, that he has a fantastic GM and that he and the Mrs. are very happy in Metro Detroit--but the balance of his 20-minute conversation had much more to do with his personal philosophies than it had anything to do with the Detroit Red Wings:
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Nyquist has natural talent with the puck that virtually guarantees he’ll be, at the very least, a regular 20-goal scorer. He could stand to improve in his own end. What Nyquist must adjust to now is that he’ll be a focal point of defenses, much more so than he was last season. He’ll be a regular on one of the top-two lines from the start this season, and will be counted on to contribute at even strength and on the power play.
Nyquist fizzled the last three weeks of 2013-14, but he should come to training camp confident in his overall performance, including having been a part of Sweden’s silver-medal performance at the Sochi Olympics.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The former Michigan captain quickly became one of coach Mike Babcock's favorite players because of his grit, determination and work ethic. Glendening seized an opportunity, due to a rash of injuries, to secure the fourth-line center spot. He maintained it over Joakim Andersson late in the season when the team got healthier. He brings a different dimension than most of the other forwards with his physical play and abrasiveness. He needs to be hard to play against to be effective. Babcock occasionally matched him up against the opponent's top center. With the team's depth at center (Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, Riley Sheahan, Darren Helm, Joakim Andersson), Glendening could end up playing the wing, where he played much of collegiate and AHL career, on the fourth line with Helm. He's not counted on for offense but it helps when your fourth line and contribute some points, so Glendening must produce more than he did last season. He also needs to improve in the faceoff circle, if he stays at center.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
A day after reaching a settlement in a battle that had been ongoing for a decade, Todd Bertuzzi reached out to the Detroit Free Press to deliver his reaction to the event.
"I have never spoken about this case," Bertuzzi said Wednesday. "I won't speak of it now. To all my fans, to all the teams and teammates I have played with and to all my friends, thank you. Thank you."
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday announced the addition of Dave Noel-Bernier to their hockey operations staff as an assistant coach. Noel-Bernier, who joins head coach Jeff Blashill and new assistant Pat Ferschweiler behind the bench, replaces Spiros Anastas, who departed the Griffins after two seasons to become the head coach at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.
A native of Montmagny, Quebec, Noel-Bernier has served as the director of hockey for the Eagles Ice Center and the Grand Rapids Blades youth program since 2013. He was also an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Christian High School varsity team last season, when he was named Total Package Hockey’s Michigan High School Division III Assistant Coach of the Year after helping lead the Eagles to a 19-7-1 record. The 38-year-old will maintain each of those roles while working for the Griffins, continuing to develop the GRCHS and Blades players at the Eagles Ice Center.
I had this date marked on my calendar, so: NHL.com's "30 in 30" series discusses the Detroit Red Wings today, and the NHL dropped a hint as to what was coming via a YouTube video in which EJ Hradek and Dan Rosen posited a 2014-15 season overview:
I disagree with Hradek and Rosen on one point: the Red Wings haven't exactly been a "destination" for free agents for some time now.
"In article form," Rosen penned three of the five articles that constitute the "30 in 30" examination, and we might as well kick things off with his interview with Mike Babcock regarding the State of the Wings.
Babcock suggests that the Wings received key contributions from Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening and Tomas Tatar, and that "the kids" are essential to the team's success going forward:
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