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‘Quick player takes’ from the first day of Red Wings training camp

Trying to pace oneself at a training camp is a complicated task, especially when you know that on Saturday, you're going to the rink at 8:30 AM and probably leaving the rink around 10 PM...Then going to the rink the next day at 8:30 AM and leaving at 3 PM. With that in mind, I'm going to go through the rosters of the three teams that took part in day 1 of training camp...
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If you missed it: Red Wings will ‘break ground’ on follow-on rink September 25th

If there was one thing that I felt got "under-covered" while I was recovering from the prospect tournament, it's the fact that the Red Wings are going to actually break ground on their new arena on Thursday, September 25th, and this video from WDIV took note of said event: Continue reading "If you missed it: Red Wings will ‘break ground’ on follow-on rink...
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Red Wings evening news: impressions and MSM stories from the first day of training camp

For me, training camp is where things get interactive again, and a little strangely so. I watched sixty-something Red Wings players, prospects and try-outs engage in about fifteen different iterations of dump-and-retrieve drills, end-to-end skating drills, etc. that all focused on today's points of emphasis: "entries, o-zone, spots facing right up," or so the schedule...
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Likely To Be Traded

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, So, which players are most likely to be dealt this season? Put it this way: If you're thinking of buying a new jersey, you might want to hold off before having it personalized with the name and number of any of these guys. ​BOBBY RYAN, LW, OTTAWA SENATORS: The Sens have lost two top players — Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza...
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Realistically speaking, Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha will begin the ‘season’ in the AHL

Very understandably, there's been a ton of talk about Anthony Mantha's broken right leg--what sounds like a fracture just below his right knee, in fact, based upon Mantha and Ken Holland's comments over the past couple of days--and while I can tell those of you who want to see Mantha start the season in Detroit that the Red Wings can't send him down to Grand Rapids...
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Holy crap, congrats Jim Paek! Korean Ice Hockey team to play at 2018 Winter Olympics

While I was headed down to the rink this morning, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff reports that there's great news for Jim Paek and the Korean Ice Hockey team: Korea, coached by former Grand Rapids Griffins asst. coach Jim Paek, granted entry to PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics hockey by IIHF. — Bob Duff (@asktheduffer) September 19, 2014 From IIHF.com's Adam...
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NHL GMs On RFA Ryan Johansen

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, Speaking with the group of current and former GMs, a couple of themes emerged: • They were unanimously on board with the Blue Jackets offers to Johansen and all agreed they were more than fair. For the record, the Blue Jackets have offered deals of $6 million for two years, $32 million for six years and $46 million for eight years...
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Audio from the first day of Red Wings training camp: Tatar, Helm, Babcock, Kronwall, Zetterberg, etc

The Red Wings' players engaged in a set of drills mostly involving puck retrieval and transition play at the first day of training camp, working with an emphatic Mike Babcock and new assistant coaches Tony Granato and Jim Hiller on all sorts of "soft dump and retrieval" drills with a heavy emphasis on proper positioning and folding players into drills using outlet passes...
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Afternoon Line - Ilya Bryzgalov

Bryzgalov: "I just came here to help the team get through the camp. I have no control" whether he gets a gig at the end #mnwild — Michael Russo (@Russostrib) September 19, 2014
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Friday Afternoon Hockey Talk

Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat today... Who will win the Connor McDavid sweepstakes and finish at the bottom this year? Katie Strang  I don't think it will be Buffalo. That team made significant strides. Don't see it being Calgary or Buffalo, either. Both teams have talented youngsters and solidified their goaltending. I'm really not sold on Ottawa...
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Claude Giroux Injured On First Day Of Camp And Will Miss Around Two Weeks

UPDATE: Claude Giroux will be out approximately two weeks with a lower-body injury, per #Flyers GM Ron Hextall → http://t.co/zn43UXz1CR — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 19, 2014
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Ryan Whitney On a PTO With St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - The Blues have invited defenseman Ryan Whitney to training camp as a professional tryout. Whitney was invited to Blues training camp last season. He played in seven games in 2013-14 with the Florida Panthers. The Boston native has appeared in 481 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Panthers, registering 50 goals and 209...
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All Henrik Samuelsson

from John Cullen of Shnarped, This week, John chats with Henrik Samuelsson, one of the stars for the Edmonton Oil Kings during their run to the Memorial Cup last season, and one of the prospects considered to have a very good chance to make the Arizona Coyotes this fall. Henrik is both a native of Arizona(he was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in Scottsdale) and the son of former...
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My Kingdom For a Centreman

Edmonton Oiler’s head coach addressed the media Thursday afternoon expressing his concern that at this point, the team only has two NHL centremen. Finally, a coach that sees it and says it like it is. It’s not that the team doesn’t have a few options down the centre, but most are young and inexperienced and likely to gain more from another year of seasoning in the AHL with...
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Get Ready For

- We want to get off to a fast start. - Our goal is to improve defensively. - Get into the playoffs and we have a chance to win the Cup. - I feel great, tried a new off-season training program and/or changed my eating habits. - I worked on my skating. - We did a lot of fishing or golfing. - The players here in camp are the ones I am concerned about.  The others, they...
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The New York Islanders Have Had Enough Of The Losing

from Stephen Lorenzo of the New York Daily News, The Islanders entered training camp in 2013 with some optimism after reaching the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. But after a season in the basement of the Metropolitan Division in 2013-14, the Islanders arrived at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday to open training camp with a bit more fire and a sense of urgency. ...
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Just Like That, Korean Hockey Teams Are In The Olympics

from Adam Steiss of IIHF.com, The Korean men’s and women’s national teams will be competing on home ice at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeonChang, following a decision by the IIHF Congress to grant the country automatic entry into the ice hockey events. “After careful deliberation and discussions with the IOC and the Korea Ice Hockey Association (KIHA), we have...
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Enough Of The Shootout

from Scott Stinson of the National Post, NHL training camps opened on Thursday, so there was the requisite talk about working hard, making the best of opportunities and, of course, “compete level,” since a law was passed two years ago that prevented anyone associated with the league from saying “competitiveness.” There was little talk of luck. No one really wants...
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Red Wings Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-morning round-up

The Red Wings' training camp begins this morning at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, with three teams skating from 9:30 AM till 1:45 in the afternoon (the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau has the players' numbers available, too, as well as the roster for Saturday night's Celebrity and Alumni game). As Paul's been helming the blog, I need to catch you and myself...
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Video/Audio- Bob Cole Ready For Another Year

Bob Cole joined Prime Time Sports yesterday to discuss calling Saturday night hockey games on Rogers/Sportsnet.  
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The Cap Situation In Boston

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, Krug finished a spectacular rookie season with 14 goals and 40 points, and shocked the kind of charge into the B’s power play that would make a defibrillator jealous. He also finished fourth in the Calder Trophy voting, and then watched two of the award finalists (Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat) get locked up with three year, $10 million contracts...
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Wild sign Kuemper, suspend Harding

From the Minneapoils Star-Tribune's Michael Russo: Thanks to Josh Harding’s broken foot, Darcy Kuemper got his one-way contract. On the eve of players taking the ice for the first time, the Wild conceded in its standoff with its young goalie by signing Kuemper to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. “I’m super excited to continue this journey with the Wild and can’t...
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Centre Ice Arena releases Red Wings training camp schedule with some tweaks

The Red Wings released their training camp schedule and roster on Wednesday, and Centre Ice Arena has posted a companion schedule for those of you who weren't aware of the last-minute tweaks in terms of practices before and after the Red vs. White game on Sunday, as well as some of the practice drills' topics: Continue reading "Centre Ice Arena releases Red Wings training...
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Evening Line - Jon Cooper

"He's an investment for us.  isn't just, 'Well, he was a high draft pick, let's throw  him into the lineup and he's going to come in here and be our MVP.' That's not how he should be looked at by everybody. He's a 19-year old junior hockey player that's trying to work his way into the National Hockey League. We want him to not only perform...
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More Fans Needed At Avalanche Games

from Adrian Dater of The Denver Post, Unlike recent years, the Avalanche is a "cap team" again, one with a payroll coming close to the NHL's $69 million cap ceiling for the 2014-15 season. Under the ownership of the Kroenke family, led by Stan and son Josh, the Avs' cap-averaged payroll entering Wednesday was $67,279,762 — up about $15 million from the highest...
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