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Octopi Hockeytown – #22 – 11/18/14

This week on Octopi Hockeytown, hosts Zach Fanko and Brian Bobal breakdown this past weekend’s Original Six match-ups against Chicago and Montreal. They then delve into this week’s three-game road trip highlighted by a Saturday night tilt in Toronto.

Later on, Zach and Brian have a compelling discussion about a possible expansion of the NHL and about which cities would be the best fit for hockey.

To close out this week’s show Zach and Brian unveil their top-five power rankings Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – #21 – 11/12/14

On the latest episode of Octopi Hockeytown, new hosts Zach Fanko and Brian Bobal breakdown last week’s games for the Red Wings and preview this weekend’s upcoming games against Chicago and Montreal.

Later in the show, Zach and Brian take a look at the rest of the NHL and give their top five power rankings for the week. Read More…

Luke Glendening Understands, Willing to Fight for Playing Time

Luke Glendening, 25, understands that he needs to be “an all-around better player” to make it into the lineup going into the 2014 regular season.

Glendening played at the University of Michigan and graduated in the spring of 2012. He was a free agent pickup that the Red Wings gave a shot to going into the 2012-2013 season. Read More…

Live from Training Camp: Octopi Hockeytown with Ken Kal

On this week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman is joined by the Detroit Red Wings radio play-by-play announcer, Ken Kal live from Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. during the 2014 Detroit Red Wings Training Camp.

Goodman and Kal combine their efforts to bring Octopi listeners updates on the Red Wings Training Camp taking place this weekend.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #19 – 9/7/14

Austin Goodman is behind the microphone, this time he will be previewing the 2014-2015 season. As training camp nears, Austin is answering questions for his listeners.

Who is going to impress in preseason? Who is going to win a spot with an influx of forwards?

Goodman will break down the expectations and answer all questions regarding preseason and give an Alfredsson and DeKeyser update on the 19th edition of Octopi Hockeytown.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #18 – 9/6/14

Austin Goodman is back in East Lansing to host the 18th episode of Octopi Hockeytown. This episode of Octopi, Goodman will discuss the current defensive units that the Red Wings have aligned for the 2014-2015 season. Through the first 15 minutes, Goodman gets fiery and explains to listeners that the defense will be okay come October.

After a heated discussion on the defense, Goodman will once again update the listeners of Octopi on Daniel Alfredsson and whether or not he will remain a NHL player for his 19th consecutive season.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #17 – 8/27/14

On this week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman discusses the potential impact of newly signed assistant coach, Tony Granato. In the first segment, Goodman shells out his thoughts on the positive impact that he thinks Granato is going to bring to the Detroit Red Wings special teams.

Towards the show’s end, Goodman gives another update on the offseason. When will the Red Wings re-sign Danny DeKeyser and Daniel Alfredsson? Can they make both work with only $5 million in cap space remaining?

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Tatar Signs Three-Year Extension

Following a breakout season, Tomas Tatar, 23, signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Tatar, a native of Ilava, Slovakia, was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted at No. 60 overall, Tatar spent his first three years playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League. Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – #13 – 7/23/14

On this week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman, explains the Red Wings depth chart, more specifically, the team’s influx of forwards and how each player will come into play during the 2014-2015 campaign.

After the first segment, at about 15 minutes into the show, Austin takes a quick turn in direction and takes the show back to the nightmare of free agency. The Red Wings have still not acquired a right-handed defenseman, yet they still have made other moves that could keep fans happy for now.

Throughout the last 12 minutes of this 13th edition of Octopi Hockeytown, Austin will talk about the Red Wings transactions from the past week including a final segment on ex-Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato, the Red Wings newly signed assistant coach.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #11 – 7/9/14

A week of free agency has passed and Austin Goodman, host of Octopi Hockeytown, has a lot to say about the rejection that the Red Wings organization faced on the first day of free agency.

Through the first 10 minutes of the show, Austin talks about the first week of free agency, why the Wings were shunned and where their potentials ended up.

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Alfredsson Looks to Return for 19th Season

The Detroit Red Wings are working hard in the front office to solidify a roster that would guarantee a playoff appearance in the 2014-2015 season.

Throughout most of this offseason, general manager Ken Holland has been waiting to hear from Daniel Alfredsson on whether or not he wants to return for a 19th season in the NHL. On Monday, Holland told the Free Press that Alfredsson called him and said, “He wants to play again.”

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Coaching Extensions and Departures

The Red Wings franchise goes much deeper than just the players that put on the Winged Wheel night in and night out. Beyond the hunt for free agents, the formulation of contracts and devising a plan to meet the salary cap, general manager Ken Holland alongside head coach Mike Babcock work to create both a great dynamic in the Wings locker room as well as their AHL affiliates.

Beyond Babcock and Holland is a long list of coaches and developers that help create young prospects into NHL superstars. The Red Wings have lived by a motto of playing three years in the AHL before playing in the NHL.

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Justin Abdelkader Named Captain of Team USA , and Performs Well

Not only did Justin Abdelkader receive the tremendous opportunity to represent the stars and stripes of Team USA in the 2014 IIHF World Championships, but he was also chosen as the captain of the team.

Abdelkader, along with alternate captains Craig Smith (Univ. of Wisconsin/Nashville Predators), Colin McDonald (Providence College/New York Islanders), and Tim Stapleton (Univ. of Minnesota Duluth/AK Bars Kazan of the KHL), will have the responsibility of leading a very young Team USA throughout the tournament. Read More…

Ten Red Wings Headed to Sochi Games

In February, Sochi, Russia, will be hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The ice hockey competition has once again placed marvelous teams together with a compilation of the best NHL players representing their homeland.

The Detroit Red Wings have ten players going to the games, six of which are playing for Sweden, two for Slovakia, one for Russia and one for the United States.

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