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Detroit’s Development Camp Will Be Held At The Belfor Training Center

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the schedule for their 2018 Development Camp, which will be held at the BELFOR Training Center inside Little Caesars Arena from June 26-30. The camp begins on Tuesday, June 26 and features on-ice skill development and off-ice workouts each day, including a scrimmage on Saturday, June 30.

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Morning Line- Ted Lindsay

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"Alex has earned the right to his fun, he's just won the Stanley Cup and I think he realizes the meaning of that championship. He's as good as anyone in the NHL today. Alex is an honest hockey player who gives you the same effort every night. There are different ways to judge talent: Do you produce every night, or only when you think you should?"

-Ted Lindsay, HHOF member on Alex Ovechkin.  Dave Stubbs on NHL.com has more from Lindsay.

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Quinn Hughes Is The Name Of The Day Today

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In my first mock draft in advance of the June 22-23 event in Dallas, I have the Detroit Red Wings selecting Hughes, 18, with their first pick, at sixth overall. Rasmus Dahlin will go first overall to Buffalo and Andrei Svechnikov and Filip Zadina are projected to be the next two to go, and it’s also expected that Brady Tkachuk will be gone by sixth. Hughes might be gone, too, but if he’s available, he’d be my choice ahead of other terrific possibilities such as defenseman Evan Bouchard and Noah Dobson, and forwards Oliver Wahlstrom and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. 

I selected Hughes because he’s a dynamic skater, a great puck transporter, a gifted player who held his own as the youngest player in NCAA Division I hockey in 2017-18. He was third in scoring at Michigan with 29 points (five goals, 24 assists) in 37 games, along with a plus-14 rating. 

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from Ryan Zuke of Mlive,

Hughes, whose 28 points led all Big Ten freshman defenseman last season, is a projected top 10 pick in this year's entry draft in Dallas, and many NHL pundits have the Red Wings selecting Hughes at sixth overall.

Rotoworld, The Athletic, and NHL.com's Adam Kimelman all project Hughes going to the Wings in their mock drafts, while TSN's Craig Button and The Sporting News have the smooth-skating defenseman with a high hockey IQ being taken by the Arizona Coyotes at No. 5.

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KK- Improving

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My eyes are bothering me again but improving.

Staring at a monitor 12-14 hours a day certainly doesn't help so I plan to take it very easy the next few days but will post on occasion.

My instincts tell me it could be a slow weekend and that would certainly help with my recovery.

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Back Later Today

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I have a few appointments today and hopefully will be back online around 1pm ET today.

Sorry for the lack of posts this morning but this takes priority.

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On The Kovalchuk Talk

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The odds Ilya Kovalchuk wants to play on the Detroit Red Wings power play in 2018-19 are slim.

But not quite as poor as the chances the Wings will win the Stanley Cup, anytime soon.

The twin improbabilities limit any interest Kovalchuk has in signing with them, despite the run the Red Wings are taking at him.

Kovalchuk seeks a second NHL comeback in his prodigal career to experience what Alex Ovechkin experienced over the past week. He seeks the height of team performance, a Stanley Cup, to add to an Olympic gold medal, two golds in World Championships, one in a World Junior Championship and two Gagarin Cups, the championship trophy of the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Red Wings interest in Kovalchuk is about the opportunity for players Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Evgeny Svechnikov to play with the once supremely-talented 35-year-old, and removing some of the dead weight of the franchise from Henrik Zetterberg’s surgically-repaired back for the first season since Pavel Dastyuk decamped to the KHL.

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Los Angeles Kings Acquire Peter Budaj From The Tampa Bay Lightning

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Andy Andreoff, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

The 35-year-old Budaj (born September 18, 1982) is a 6-1, 196-pound native of Banska Bystrika, Slovakia who played in eight games last season with the Lightning, posting a 3-3-1 record, .876 save percentage and a 3.77 goals-against average.

Budaj was with the Kings for two seasons from 2015-2017, appearing in 54 games with a 28-20-3 record, a .916 save percentage, 2.15 goals-against average and seven shutouts.

Drafted in the second-round (63rd overall) by Colorado during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Budaj has appeared in 365 games over 12 seasons in the NHL with the Kings, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Colorado, posting a 158-131-40 record, .904 save percentage, 2.69 goals-against average and 18 shutouts.

Andreoff has appeared in 159 games over four seasons with the Kings, posting 24 points (13-11=24) and 214 penalty minutes.

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Afternoon Line- Ian Mendes

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Last spring, the Senators fought against the perception they were a boring team as they made a deep run into the Stanley Cup playoffs. This spring, after missing the playoffs altogether, they’ve suddenly become a can’t-miss soap opera, with plot lines and story twists worthy of the back pages of tabloids.

The organization would probably love nothing more than to revert to its milquetoast persona, which included heavy debates over the entertainment value of Guy Boucher’s system.

Instead, Senators fans are resigned to their fate these days – caught in a never-ending cycle of bad news that only seems to get more bizarre with each passing day.

-Ian Mendes of TSN on the Ottawa Senators.  More from Mendes on the Senators.

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The Detroit Red Wings Have Made An Offer To Mike Green

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from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

Green is the second-best defenseman in the free agent Class of 2018. At least if you’re looking for offense. Whether you like his overall game or not, that’s just the reality.

“He had a good season. Teams are always looking for right-shot defensemen. And he’s not 40 years old,” said one NHL source. “If teams are looking to improve themselves on defense this summer through free agency, there’s not much out there.”

And right now, Green is facing a decision. The Red Wings have made him both a one- and a two-year offer to stay in Detroit. 

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Thoughts On Dying

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from Nick Boynton at The Players' Tribune,

I’ve thought about death a lot over the past few years.

About dying. And what it might be like if I wasn’t around.

I’ve struggled a ton since I retired from hockey in 2011, and I’ve faced a bunch of different personal demons. But recently I’ve been unable to shake thoughts of….

Steve Montador.

Wade Belak.

Derek Boogaard.

Rick Rypien.

I knew those guys. They were real people to me.

They played the same game I did, and when it was all said and done … they were really just suffering, man.

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