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Brad May earned a tryout with the Red Wings earlier this week and will make his debut in the Winged Wheel on Friday night against Toronto at Joe Louis Arena. If all goes well, he could sign a two-way deal and have a role similar to what Aaron Downey had in the past. Coach Mike Babcock told the Toronto Sun that he had pushed for May four years ago. Bruce MacLeod of The Macomb Daily reports that May will not play in Sweden and will not be offered a contract, if the Wings even wanted to do so, until after the trip to Sweden.
The Red Wings trimmed some of its roster on Thursday, sending seven players to Grand Rapids. These players include forwards Jamie Tardif, Tomas Tatar, Francis Lemieux and John Vigilante and defensemen Travis Ehrhardt, Sergei Kolosov and Sebastien Piche. While Dan Cloutier was cut and was not sent to Grand Rapids, the Detroit Free Press writes that he felt good to be back skating with an NHL squad during training camp and preseason.
With 39 players remaining, there is still a question concerning the final DRW roster: Who will replace Darren Helm, who is out with a shoulder injury? According to The Detroit News, Helm skated for the third time since his injury on Wednesday and is still experiencing pain when he starts fast or takes hard strides. Shooting is too painful so he is expected to begin the season on the short-term injured list.
In Other News
- Dan Cleary will be back in the lineup for tonight’s game, but Henrik Zetterberg will remain out with a sore groin. Michael at The Production Line posted nine things you will want to watch for in Detroit’s sixth preseason contest.
- The Sporting News selected some of its best athletes and teammates from the 2000s and the Wings were honored in four categories: NHL team of the decade (Red Wings), NHL player of the decade (Nicklas Lidstrom), NHL coach of the decade (Mike Babcock), and NHL executive of the decade (Ken Holland). Lidstrom was also named to the All-Decade first team.
- As you may guess, the Swedes on the Wings’ team are a bit excited about playing in Sweden to kick off their regular season. Lidstrom told The Windsor Star that he has 40 tickets to the games and continues to look for more.
- Speaking of the Wings’ games in Sweden, The Detroit News has a fun interactive feature on their website about the Swedes and their hometowns.
- Kevin Allen at the USA Today has eight reasons why he believes the Wings will contend for the President’s Trophy.
- FSDetroit will kick off its Wings Premiere Week next Thursday. Over the following 10 days, FSDetroit will have over 40 hours of airtime devoted to the Red and White. For a complete schedule, please visit FoxSports.com.
- The season previews continue to filter in as the Sports Network posted their Red Wings’ preview.
- Babcock expects to rely on depth this year as he will have to reduce his top forward’s playing time and increase other guys’ time on the ice because of the condensed schedule this season.
- Last night, Dan Cleary and former Wing Ted Lindsay participated in a celebrity wheelchair basketball game at the Palace to benefit the RIM’s SportsAbility program.
- The Grand Rapids Press has an article on Ken Holland and the role the Griffins play in Detroit’s system.
- Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle has more in her player profile series with her take on Andreas Lilja and Lidstrom.
- The Plymouth Observer compares the Red Wings and Plymouth Whalers (OHL) franchises. If Tomas Tatar does not make it onto the Griffins’ roster, he will play in Plymouth this season.
- In other NHL news, Wayne Gretzky has resigned as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes after four years behind the bench.