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Frans Nielsen answered five questions asked by NHL.com's Dan Rosen--mostly involving the World Cup of Hockey--and the final question involved Nielsen's new team:
Whenever this is done you're going to leave here and go to Detroit, a brand new city and brand new team for you, where you're going to be replacing a legend in Pavel Datsyuk. Is there any trepidation, any nerves about that? Have you even had time to think about what's to come still?
"I had all summer. I haven't now because I'm doing this, but I'm really excited to go to Detroit. With the history, it's really a hockey market. Being a part of that, an Original Six team. Hopefully no one thinks I'm going to go in and do exactly what Pavel did. I don't think anyone can do that. But I'm really excited about the opportunity. It's a young team but a lot of skill and you're going to get to play with some good players there. Henrik Zetterberg is the one player I have always looked up to, so I'm really excited about getting the chance to play with him. Everywhere I meet people that played in Detroit they have nothing bad to say about it. They say it's first class, everything. Where the players live, they say it's the best. I'm really excited about it."
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Nick Jensen hopes to show over the next couple of weeks that he is NHL-ready, if not for the Detroit Red Wings then for another organization.
Jensen is competing with Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul for an open spot on defense. Ouellet has the edge in NHL experience, Sproul brings different elements (size, offense, big right shot). So Jensen, a smooth-skating, puck-moving right shooter, is facing a tough challenge during the preseason.
All three must clear waivers to be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
"These upcoming exhibition games are going to be huge for me," Jensen, 26, said. "It's going to be huge to give my best case possible not only for Detroit, but every team in the league that I can play in the NHL. I've got to make it hard on the Detroit staff here. I want to be on Detroit, but if they don't want me, I want to be picked up by another team."
Here's what I know about the Red Wings' preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins, presented to you in Twitter form:
2. The Penguins have released their roster for tonight's game:
Updated 4x at 12:03 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. From DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:
Crain's Detroit Business's Chris Ehrman reports that the Michigan Warriors Hockey Program is looking for corporate donors to help the program expand its operations:
A nonprofit sports program for veterans with disabilities is planning to expand its operation throughout the state of Michigan, so it's reaching out to local companies for donations.
The Michigan Warriors Hockey Program is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides veterans with disabilities the opportunity to play hockey while helping them to improve their mental health by maintaining a physically healthy and active lifestyle.
President and CEO Josh Krajewski said the program is the only one of its kind in Michigan and one of a few across the country.
"We are an all-volunteer organization; every single dollar goes to fund the program and operation costs," Krajewski said. "The cost of hockey is expensive and we don't charge a dime for our veterans."
Equipment costs can range anywhere from $500 for used gear to $1,355 for new equipment; for a team of 25 players it can range from $12,500 to $33,875 to get equipment for each player, according to a news release.
The average sustainment cost, which includes fixing broken equipment, time on the ice and player insurance, runs $765 for a single player and for a team of 25 is $19,125. One of the biggest costs for the organization is to compete in tournaments, which can range from $185 per player for an in-state tournament to the annual USA Hockey's Disabled Hockey Festival, which costs $1,870 per player. Sending the team to the festival next year in San Jose, Calif., can cost upward of $46,000.
Updated with contents in italics at 8:48 PM: The White Team defeated the Red Team 6-5 at the Red vs. White Game in Traverse City, and the box score tells the game's story:
Jared Coreau was superb in the white team's net, stopping 20 first-half shots (the game took place over the course of 2 25-minute periods, with the last 5 minutes played 3-on-3), and the Red team made a game of things in the second half, but the White Team was able to hold on for a narrow victory.
The best news of the day is that only Tomas Nosek ("day to day" with a knee issue) ended up injured, so the Wings head back to Detroit for tomorrow's game against Pittsburgh almost entirely intact.
Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall skated briskly during the morning session, too (while Alex Globke, Conor Allen, Matthew Caito, Luke Kirwan, Mathew Santos, Filip Hronek, Teemu Pulkkinen and Cal Heeter practiced with Griffins assistant coaches Ben Simon and Bruce Ramsay), so there seemed to be progress made on the injury front.
I'm going to do player evaluations on a line-by-line basis, and I should note that the lines were basically matched up, 1 vs. 1, 2 vs. 2, 3 vs. 3 and 4 vs. 4, so there was a significant "at one's level" competition taking place:
Among this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories:
1. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a write-up of the Red vs. White Game:
Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha nearly pulled off a rally as the Detroit Red Wings put on a high-paced finale to training camp today.
Team White held on to defeat Larkin and Mantha's Team Red, 6-5, at Centre Ice Arena, in a game that featured two 25-minutes halves and the final five minutes at 3-on-3. Mantha and Larkin scored back-to-back goals to pull Red within 5-3 after trailing 5-1. Jimmy Howard allowed two goals on 10 shots in the first half, while Jared Coreau stopped all 20 shots he saw from the Reds. Nine goals came in the second half.
“I thought the intensity level was good, I thought the speed was good,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We made some adjustments in our D-zone, so we’ve got to continue to teach that.
“We can still get better at sprinting out of our end and putting teams on their heels, but I did think our transition was pretty fast.”
St. James continues, adding a World Cup note...
2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan wrote a notebook article encompassing several topics, including the Red vs. White game...
From the Winnipeg Free Press's Danielle Da Silva:
Danny Schur is hoping the legendary hockey goalie who inspired his latest film will also inspire support for Riverview Community Centre. A local filmmaker and Riverview resident, Schur is screening his latest docu-drama Made in Winnipeg: the Terry Sawchuk Origin Story on Oct. 1 at Riverview Community Centre (90 Ashland Ave.) with proceeds going to the centre.
Riverview resident Danny Schur is producing a docu-drama on the famous Winnipegger Terry Sawchuk - an outstanding goalie in the NHL and Manitoba's 'Player of the Century.'
Schur shot portions of the film at Riverview on the outdoor rink in February 2015. According to Schur, the centre was instrumental to developing the setting, esthetic and overall feel of the movie, which combines interviews and re-enactments to illustrate Terry Sawchuk’s beginnings in Winnipeg.
"Terry Sawchuk played on that very ice, sat in the very dressing room that we were shooting in," Schur said. "It was period-correct, it suited the theme of the film, and it made the film look better and psychologically be better by being somewhere Terry was."
"The documentary will eventually be available via the internet," Schur said. "I’m working on a deal with the Detroit Red Wings so that they will acquire the film, and then everyone in whole world can see it.
From the Free Press's Helene St. James...
Should the Wings be interested [in Jacob Trouba]? Absolutely. Trouba is worth finding a way to clear salary cap space. But the bigger hurdle is the enormous trade cost: at least three pieces including a first-round draft pick. Larkin is an untouchable, and I think fellow forward Anthony Mantha should be, too. He has a swagger about him that indicates that he is ready to take a big step forward in his career. If the Jets want a lefty defenseman in return, the Wings would have to cough up Danny DeKeyser as part of the package -- again, a steep price for a defenseman who isn’t a true No. 1 guy.
One thing to remember: The Jets aren’t obligated to trade Trouba any more than the Tampa Bay Lightning had to move Jonathan Drouin when he expressed unhappiness with his situation last season. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was patient and, ultimately, that situation ended up working out for both sides. Maybe the Jets end up moving Trouba -- they won’t lack for suitors -- but there is no rush to do so.
The Wings have been looking for upgrades on defense. Last summer saw talk with the St. Louis Blues about Kevin Shattenkirk, but that ended when the Blues asked for Larkin. This summer, there were talks with Anaheim regarding Cam Fowler, but the Ducks can't really move him while Hampus Lindholm remains unsigned.
Of near and dear Red Wings-related note to me: the Wings thanked the volunteers at Centre ICE Arena for their tremendous efforts in making the prospect tournament and training camp happen, and camp director Ann Reeves recevied some fine send-off gifts from the team as she transitions to a position in Dallas:
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