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Training camp ‘15: Audio from Tatar, Franzen, Richards, Blashill and Zetterberg

The first day of the Red Wings' training camp was a bit of a downer. On the first darn drill, Jerome Verrier and Darren Helm collided with each other at full speed, and Verrier suffered a broken leg, while Helm is currently under concussion protocol...

But the Wings withstood the hit, they dealt with some bad ice conditions by swapping rinks during the scrimmage--with Team Howe defeating Team Lindsay 4-3--and all things considered, the players were in good spirits and the coach seemed to deliver his messages regarding break-outs and attacking through the neutral zone.

I had to miss part of the scrimmage and Team Howe's practice to take part in the "scrums" that one takes part in during training camp, and the audio I came out with is...Something that got better as it went along.

I was standing a little far from Tomas Tatar when he spoke with the media, so you have to turn the volume up as Tatar is a quiet talker--and the background noise doesn't help...

And Johan Franzen's a little louder, but again, this was taken from about four feet away...

But this big fat Czech blogger was able to weasel in much closer to engage in Brad Richards' scrum and ask him about the sylistic changes that coach Jeff Blashill might present for him...

Coach Blashill himself gave a fine first-day presser, discussing the learning curve he and his players are undergoing, and after delivering the bad news about Verrier and Helm, he was very forthright and downright friendly over the course of a nearly seven-minute scrum...

And finally, Henrik Zetterberg expressed a whole lot of excitement about having a new voice and a coach whose drills and meetings are all new and require extra attention, suggesting that the new voice was perhaps overdue to some extent:

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