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Teemu Pulkkinen spoke with MTV Sport in Finland, and here's a very rough translation of his interview:
Teemu Pulkkinen wants to take a spot on the prestigious Detroit Red Wings team. However, it's not enough for the 23-year-old forward.
Teemu Pulkkinen played 31 NHL games last season and scored 8 points. On the farm league the AHL the Vantaa-based player's fireworks display was impressive, with the right-shooting shot hitting the opponent's net 34 times. Now he faces a new season and new goals.
"The first objective is to get to play regularly in the NHL. But that's not enough for me. I'm going there to succeed and to score goals, it's my job. The game's to steal a spot, and then score goals," Pulkkinen says to MTV Sport.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the theme nights and promotional schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Fans will have an opportunity to collect Red Wings themed T-shirts, winter hats and much more throughout the upcoming season.
Highlighting the exciting list of theme nights and giveaways are a pair of Hockey Hall of Fame Nights to honor Sergei Fedorov (Nov. 10 vs. Washington) and Nicklas Lidstrom (Feb. 23 vs. Columbus) for their induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame this season. All fans in attendance at each game will receive a collectible print of the Red Wings Hall of Famers.
New this season, the Red Wings will issue themed T-shirts for two of the team’s Community Nights. The first 5,000 fans in attendance for Breast Cancer Awareness Night (Oct. 16 vs. Carolina) and Military Appreciation Night (Nov. 13 vs. San Jose) will receive the custom T-shirts. For more information on the Red Wings charitable programs and initiatives, visit www.DetroitRedWings.com/
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2015-16 outlook: Quincey is coming off a solid season, despite being plagued by painful bone chips in his ankle since training camp. He's played well since midway through the 2013-14 season, when he was paired with Danny DeKeyser. New coach Jeff Blashill plans to pair together DeKeyser and newcomer Mike Green. Quincey might be paired with Brendan Smith, a combination that hasn't fared well in the past.
Quincey isn't overly physical but he's a heavy body who can be abrasive and be tough to play against. He needs to continue playing a simple game by making safe plays. He's cut down on giveaways and played better positionally the past year and a half. He's at his best when he's not noticed much.
This could be Quincey's final season in Detroit. His contract is up and there are younger, cheaper alternatives in the system in prospects Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet, Nick Jensen and Ryan Sproul, all of whom are out of minor-league options in 2016-17.
The Red Wings usually don't trade impending unrestricted free agents whom they feel can help them down the stretch and in the playoffs (past examples include Jiri Hudler, Mikael Samuelsson and Valtteri Filppula). But with a deep blue line and several prospects looking NHL-ready, perhaps they'll look to move Quincey mid-season.
This morning's Red Wings-related story comes from the Free Press's Helene St. James, who follows MLive's Ansar Khan's lead in examining Jimmy Howard's possibility and/or probability of winning the battle to start in the Wings' crease:
LOOKING AHEAD: There are worse situations for a team than having two goaltenders spending their summers determined to be No. 1, as is the case with Howard and Mrazek. Fortunately for the Wings, there’s no financial pressure to trade Howard, because the combined salary-cap hit for Howard and Mrazek is only $6 million. It would be risky to move Howard, too, because Mrazek has only 40 NHL games to his credit — that’s not much to base a judgment on.
Howard, 31, undoubtedly will come to camp ready to show the second half of last season was an aberration. That makes the exhibition season especially important for him — time to show his mental toughness. Mrazek will be pushing for the starter’s role, and it’s up to Howard to fend off that challenge and reclaim the starter’s role.
This isn't necessarily Red Wings-related (save the presence of one Dylan Larkin), but the NHLPA has released the names of the players taking part in its "Rookie Showcase," and if you're interested in knowing who exactly will be adorning Upper Deck's cards (once they make their NHL debut, anyway), here's the list:
MEDIA ADVISORY: 2015 NHLPA ROOKIE SHOWCASE
TORONTO, ON (August 19, 2015) – Forty of the top NHL® prospects and rookies will gather in Toronto at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (site of the former Maple Leaf Gardens) on Tuesday, September 1st for the 2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase. Now in its seventh year, this unique event provides Upper Deck – the official trading card partner of the NHLPA and the NHL – with a unique opportunity to photograph and film many of the game’s top young prospects and rookies in their official NHL team uniforms. The content collected will be used for upcoming Upper Deck trading card and memorabilia products and digital video posts.
ESPN's Uni Watch's Paul Lukas penned a set of the "20 best-dressed sports cities" in the U.S., and Detroit received a middling ranking:
8. Detroit (6.63 [out of 10]
The Motor City may have its problems, but sports aesthetics isn't one of them (well, except for the Lions, who really need to ditch all the black trim, go back to a conventional number font and get rid of Ford Field's roof). If a crazy quilt of rotating designs is your thing, then Motown isn't the place for you -- the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings currently have zero alternate uniforms among them. But it will do you just fine if you're in the market for a solid-looking sports town.
UNI WATCH SCORE: Tigers: 9 [out of 10], Lions: 3, Pistons: 6.5, Red Wings: 9, Intangibles: Minus points for Ford Field's dome (-2). Bonus point for the fist of Joe Louis, arguably the world's coolest sports sculpture (1). UNI: 6.63
ESPN's Corey Pronman and NHL.com have issued Red Wings "Top Prospects" lists of late, and the trend continues this evening (via RedWingsFeed) as Hockey's Future's Ryan Womeldorf has posited his Top 20 Wings prospect list. Neither you nor I are very familiar with this player...
20. (NR) Robbie Russo, D, 6.5 D
Signed as free agent, August 2015
A late addition to the Top 20, Russo brings offensive punch to the back end. He was a standout for Notre Dame, flashing good offensive potential before finally exploding for 41 points in 40 games during his senior season with the Fighting Irish. This progress, coupled with the reality of a crowded New York Islanders depth chart, led to the decision to pursue free agency. Russo certainly offers some upside, as well as another right-handed presence who fits the cluster at just 22 years old.
Despite some academic issues that kept him off the ice for part of the 2013-14 season, Russo is considered a hard worker and shows leadership qualities. Though he doesn’t shy away from the physical game, he’s more of an offensive defenseman in nature and will make his name that way. He’ll fight for time with Grand Rapids of the AHL for the 2015-16 campaign and will need to work on fine-tuning his defensive game if he hopes to progress further.
And this player keeps sliding down the rankings...
Alexey Marchenko gave an interview to NHL.ru recently, and KK member George Maslennikov was kind enough to translate it into English:
NHL.com/ru : What kind of effect will Babcock's departure have on the Red Wings?
Marchenko: Hard to say. We'll see what happens. Balshill is also a good coach. They are very similar, they preach the same system, and during the season they were constantly in touch, every day. They seem to understand the game the same way. We'll see what Blashill can do. Babcock is of course one of the best coaches in the world, so we'll see what Blashill can bring to the team.
NHL: You said Babcock and Blashill are very similar, but what are the differences between them?
Marchenko: Not sure. I guess maybe because Blashill is younger he is closer with the players. I mean, he is only 40+ years old. Babcock is not old, but Blashill is younger.
Update: There's also a superb interview that Jiri Fischer gave Hokej.cz that requires more nuanced translation that I can give it...Shoot me an email at georgemalik @ kuklaskorner dot com if you're willing to lend a hand.
Boy, this is a pickle. I kept on reading Russian websites like Sports.ru referring to an interview with Alexey Marchenko on NHL.com, but I couldn't find it as part of the "30 in 30" series.
It turns out that Marchenko conducted an interview with NHL.ru, but this puppy is so very colloquial that I'm afraid that I'm going to screw up the translation in a major way. If there are any Russian-speakers out there who are willing to clarify the sticky wickets, I'd be greatful for your assistance, and in the interim, here's the Google translation of the interview:
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