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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 – #15 – 8/8/14

This week on the episode No. 15 of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman discusses the importance of signing the current restricted free agents.

The Red Wings currently have two restricted free agents that have yet to be re-signed, Landon Ferraro and Danny DeKeyser. The only unrestricted free agent left to re-sign is Daniel Alfredsson. In the first segment, Goodman discusses the importance of each restricted and unrestricted Red Wing free agent.

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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…

Wings Rejected in Free Agency, Still Optimism for next Season

The Detroit Red Wings were rejected at the start of free agency on July 1, 2014. The team went after four different players that ended up elsewhere for a variety of different reasons.

At the beginning of free agency, general manager Ken Holland understood that he needed to acquire a middle-tier winger along with a top-tier right-handed defender, but the Wings came out empty handed.

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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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Octopi Hockeytown: Weekly Recap

This past week, Detroit encountered a five-game stretch, all against Eastern Conference foes who are either battling for a playoff spot or firmly secured as a playoff team. With road games at Columbus and Toronto, and attempting to protect home ice against Eastern heavyweights Montreal, Tampa Bay and Boston, the Red Wings had their hands full.

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Octopi Hockeytown: Weekly Recap

This past week, the Detroit Red Wings and their fans had plenty to be excited about.

The Wings had games against Toronto and Chicago, two Original Six teams, as well as a game against Eastern Conference powerhouse, Pittsburgh. They ended with a home-and-home against the Minnesota Wild.

Detroit opened this week with a game at the United Center against longtime rival, Chicago Blackhawks. The first period experienced a scoreless tie, with both goaltenders standing firm in net.

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Penalty Kill Struggles, Goal Scoring Frenzy in Capital

Alexander Ovechkin is one of the league’s most deadly shooters that the NHL has to offer, notching his 39th goal of the season in overtime on Sunday against the Red Wings.

The game was back and forth on Sunday. The first goal of the day was recorded just under five minutes into the game from Jason Chimera past Jimmy Howard, which was quickly followed by a power play goal from Washington’s Joel Ward. The first period ended with three power play goals, two for the Capitals and one for the Wings. Gustav Nyquist got the goal for the Wings, which went on to be his first of three goals and four points in 19:03 of ice time.

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Playoff Style Match-up against Hawks Results in Shootout

A long-anticipated rivalry game since the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals was played at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday when the Blackhawks came into Detroit to take on the Red Wings.

From the starting gate the two teams were quick, gritty and ready to put the puck in the net. The Blackhawks hit the scoreboard first with a goal from Marian Hossa, that was quickly followed by a second goal two and a half minutes later from Andrew Shaw to put the Hawks up 2-0 with 9:30 to play in the first period.

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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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From the Pact: Can the Wings Keep Their Playoff Streak Alive?

The Detroit Red Wings have not played up to their full potential this year.

The team is currently sitting in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with 52 points after 48 games played. With the long list of injuries still in the forefront of everyone’s brain, the Wings are in a predicament that could cost them their 22-season streak of consecutive playoff appearances.

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Lucky Goals Come Late, Wings Get Second Shootout Win

Niklas Kronwall perhaps got the luckiest goal of his NHL career on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Red Wings were on a power play with just under 30 seconds to go in the third period, when the defenseman slapped a shot that deflected up and into the netting behind goaltender, Jonathan Quick.

The referees did not see the puck launch off a stick and up into the netting until the puck traveled from the netting down towards the goal, where it went off of the back of Quick and into the Kings’ net with 27 seconds left to go in regulation.

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Hiller Stays Strong, Rough Patch Continues for Wings

Petr Mrazek usually spends his time playing on the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL Calder Cup defending champions. On Sunday, however, Mrazek got the call to start between the posts for the Detroit Red Wings in Anaheim.

Although Mrazek came out to play on Sunday, only allowing one goal in less than 59 minutes played, the young goalie was not given productivity from the team in front of him, and one goal against was still too much for the Red Wings.

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Riley Sheahan Gets First NHL Goal, Tatar Honors Recently Lost Father

When Tomas Tatar scored in the third period on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings, there was a different vibe at the Staples Center than any other goal that was scored in the game.

Tatar’s father died this week of a liver ailment, but through strength, determination and a predisposed conditioning of winning permanently stamped into the forward’s brain, the 23-year old from Slovakia played and produced in honor of his fallen father.

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Pavelski, Sharks Beat Wings in the Shark Tank

Joe Pavelski has 12 goals in his past 15 games played, and that did not stop against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday in the Shark Tank.

Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks took it to the Detroit Red Wings from the start of the game in Thursday’s contest. The Shark forward put the first goal of the game behind Red Wings goaltender, Jimmy Howard, just about five minutes into the game.

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Howard Resolves Issues, Zetterberg and Team Light Lamp

Carrying over from his performance in the Winter Classic, Jimmy Howard once again stood on his head, stopping the game’s first 12 shots.

Although a seemingly low number, the Dallas Stars were challenging Howard with strategic play and a boost of energy that the Wings were not able to keep up with. That was until Henrik Zetterberg had a say in the matter.

“It’s important because it got us off on the right foot here on this road trip,” Howard said. Read More…

Wings Frustrated with More Struggles and Injuries

The Detroit Red Wings faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday evening. Tomas Tatar continued his hot streak with another goal that came early in the first period. And while the Red Wings were playing with poise throughout the first and second periods, the third was another story. The Flyers netted three goals past Jimmy Howard and then a fourth to seal the game on an empty net, and they won the game 6-3. Read More…

Tatar and Wings Slip past Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings four game losing stint has come to a close. With a showcase of talents from newbies and veterans alike, the Wings took a win on Wednesday, 2-1, over the Canucks in Vancouver.

Tomas Tatar had a late second period snipe from the top of the circles, through the legs of Roberto Luongo, to seal the deal. Read More…

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