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A Resolution Coming Soon Regarding Andreas Athanasiou

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

What we are also learning is that while the Red Wings are not actively shopping Athanasiou, teams are calling about him, with the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Los Angeles Kings displaying the most interest in him. The Canadiens, who are currently being outscored by Alex Ovechkin and are tied with Mika Zibanejad, James Neal and Brandon Saad, desperately need a player who can provide them with offense. (Could a deal involving Alex Galchenyuk make sense at this point? Yes. Yes, it could.) Athanasiou fits the Kings’ new philosophy tilting toward more speed and offense and the Senators could use a player of Athanasiou’s skill and speed to supplement their left wing corps.

Athanasiou’s agent Darren Ferris would not comment on the speculation, but said the situation will be resolved one way or another within a week, meaning if Athanasiou is neither signed nor traded, he will likely sign either in Russia or Switzerland. Any contract with a European team would include an out-clause to return to the NHL, provided he signs a deal prior to Dec. 1. If he is not signed to an NHL deal by that date, he will be ineligible to play in the league this season.


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An Optional Practice For The Detroit Red Wings


added 2:43pm, Wakiji...,

Blashill said DeKeyser is day to day, will see how he is after tomorrow's morning skate.

Kronwall practiced hard, said he feels good, hopes to be ready for tomorrow.

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Retired NHL Player On Andreas Athanasiou

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Octopus Thrower Facing A LCA Ban

from Dan Taekema of CBC,

Detroit Red Wings' superfan Nick Horvath smuggled an octopus into Little Caesars Arena with the hope of claiming his place in history. Instead, he's facing a lifetime ban.

Horvath and his buddies wrapped an octopus snugly around his stomach and concealed their secret cargo under a Gordie Howe all-star jersey ahead of the Wings' home opener last week in the team's new home. Every detail was carefully planned but everything went wrong when the eight-legged animal went airborne.

The octopus arched through the air and slid across the ice, eliciting a roar from the sellout crowd. The tossing of cephalopods has long been a popular pastime for Wings' fans but it's one officials frown upon.  Horvath hardly had time to celebrate before security guards grabbed the back of his jersey and whisked him away.

"The crowd was going nuts," said Horvath. "As they were escorting me out people were booing them, 'Let him go!' People were high-fiving me, giving me spanks on the butt, slaps on the butt ... everyone loved it."


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Detrtoit’s Compete Level Not There In Loss To The Dallas Stars

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

This seemed too much like last season went for the Red Wings, not playing a consistently effective 60 minutes of hockey.

That was certainly the case Tuesday, as a poor start was too much to overcome in a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

The Red Wings (2-1) saw their modest season-opening two-game win streak end rather abruptly.

“We didn’t have nearly enough offensive zone time,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Our competitive level can’t be fine, it has to be outstanding. We didn’t have enough guys skating well enough, (so) we didn’t have enough pressure.

“When we pressured them we were able to create turnovers but we didn’t do enough of it.”


Watch the extended game highlights below...

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Detroit/Dallas Short Recap

Wings lose to the Stars 4-2.

It has been a 16+ hour day for me so I will catch up in the morning.

Feel free to discuss the game.

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Coach Blashill On Justin Abdelkader

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“He came back from the World Cup last year and then the start wasn’t what he wanted, or what I wanted,” coach Jeff Blashill said Tuesday in advance of the evening game against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. “And then he ended up getting minutes taken away from him.

“I just know for us to be a good team, he has got to be an important player on our team, and he is going to get those kinds of minutes. He is killing penalties, he is on the power play, and he is going to be a significant impact on our top three lines, wherever that might fall.”


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Jeff Blashill On Ken Hitchcock And The Dallas Stars

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Although the Stars are in the Western Conference, there are plenty of ties that bind them to the Wings in addition to Daley.

First is general manager Jim Nill, who spent 19 years with the Red Wings, the last 15 of those as the assistant general manager.

Gemel Smith, a young center on the Stars, is the brother of Wings prospect Givani Smith, who is currently playing for the OHL's Guelph Storm.

Ken Hitchcock, the Stars' head coach, has faced the Wings many times as an opponent and has advised Wings coach Jeff Blashill.

"I got a chance to talk to Hitch a number of times last year, after he was let go in St. Louis," Blashill said. "He's a brilliant hockey mind, I don't think there's any doubt about that. He'll go down as one of the better coaches of all-time. It was really fortunate for me to have that time, I really appreciated it. He was a really good resource for me.

"They're going to not give you anything easy over time. They're going to reload like crazy. They're going to be a hard forechecking team. they're already heavy, so they already spend tons of time in the O-zone, that's what they'll be for sure. That's been whatever team he's coached has been."

more topics...

added 4:04pm, Mark Stepneski at the Stars website...

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Detroit’s Skate In Dallas

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

morning skate:
Abdelkader-Nielsen-Helm (Booth works in)

Kronwall Is skating today.

added 12:50pm, Wakiji...

Mrazek first off the ice.

added 1:39pm,



Below, the expected lineup fot the Stars...

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Mike Green Stabilizes The Wings Defense

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Offense from the back end, a growing problem for the Red Wings in recent seasons, emerged as a full-blown crisis last year.

It makes Mike Green’s better performance essential.

His leadership might prove just as important.

Of the 31 goal and 88 assists from defensemen, last season, Green had 14 and 22.

It is the most goals Green tallied since 2009-10, when the native of Calgary finished second in voting for the Norris Trophy for a consecutive season.

As the lineup evolves from the Wings’ accomplished past, preserving the attitude, work ethic and style of play is a priority for Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall, who have been around the dressing room for more than a decade.

Green’s example, experience and wisdom are increasingly significant.


At Mlive, Brendan Savage wants to know if the Wings are a playoff team after 2 games,

Click if you want.

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