Afternoon news: On the Wings alums’ golf tournament, training camp tix on sale Tuesday, Dylan Larkin, the Eastside Elite Hockey League and a bad day in history

Of disparate Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Red Wings Alumni Association announced the date and time of their annual golf outing via a Tweet today…

2. And along the “see-you-in-September” line, Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City reminded us that training camp/prospect tournament tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 24th:

New This Year – Alumni/Celebrity Game Features DRW Alumni vs Guns N Hoses, Red & White Game at Noon on Sunday

Get tickets for NHL Prospect Tournament and DRW Training Camp starting TOMORROW (July 24) at 10 am. Online sales only; no in-person sales. Click link for tickets and event details.

New This Year – Public May Purchase Tickets to DRW Golf Classic VIP Reception

Golf and Dine with the Red Wings during the DRW Golf Classic. Don’t golf? Attend the VIP Reception that evening. Click link for complete details, golf registration and VIP Reception Tickets.

3. In foreign-language news,’s Uffe Bodin reports that Wings prospect Mattias Elfstrom has been signed by IK Oskarshamn of the Swedish Allsvenskan;

4. Closer to home, the Hockey News’s Jared Clinton weighed in on the Dylan Larkin contract talks:


If we were to rate these on a scale of least-to-most likely to go the duration of the summer, with one being the least, Larkin would be about a two at worst. It’s been made clear by Larkin that he could see his time without a deal for the 2018-19 campaign coming to an end shortly, although that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen this week. It could still take several before the entire thing is ironed out.

There’s no reason for these negotiations to become all that contentious, however. It’s clear Larkin and the Red Wings are a fit — some consider him a shoo-in as Detroit’s next captain — and the 21-year-old has proven he’s ready to carry the offensive load. His sophomore season notwithstanding, Larkin has been excellent for the Red Wings and led the team with 63 points last season, though his 16 goals were the fewest of his young career. If his shooting percentage normalizes a bit, however, Larkin looks like a promising 20-goal, 60-point player for the foreseeable future. As for terms on a new deal, you can probably safely bet on Larkin landing something in the $6 million-range annually, and Detroit might be best served to buy up a free agent year with a six-year term.

5. The Athletic’s Jordin Horrobin spoke with Steven Oleksy regarding the Eastside Elite Hockey League, whose All-Star Game is taking place this Thursday in Mt. Clemens:

Oleksy, 32, is still working to get back to the NHL. He’s entering the second half of a two-year deal with Anaheim, though he spent all of last season with the AHL affiliate in San Diego. Being the player-commissioner of the EEHL feels like a full-time job, but he says it doesn’t hinder his training regimen. Instead, it means using less of his offseason to enjoy Michigan summers and sharpen his short game.

“I don’t get to go out on boats all the time like some guys do,” he says. “Or go golfing whenever I want.”

For Oleksy, it’s a worthwhile trade to give local players the opportunity to play through the summer in relaxed versions of game-like situations. From the middle of June to the first week of August, players skate twice-weekly in 5-on-5 games with no checking.

“For a summer league, it’s very organized,” Larkin told The Athletic’s Craig Custance. “It’s not goon hockey.”

Thursday’s all-star game is a 3-on-3 format, with four teams captained by Larionov, Sergei Samsonov, Todd Bertuzzi and Chris Chelios (or David Legwand if Chelios cannot be present). Proceeds from the $10 tickets are going to a quartet of charitable causes: ALS awareness, autism awareness, StopConcussions and the Special Olympics. Fire capacity at the arena is about 500 people and both previous all-star games sold out.

6. And Paul Kukla retweeted this note about a rough day in Detroit sports history:

The Wings tore apart the heart of their team because Jack Adams wanted to banish Ted Lindsay to the Siberia of the NHL for starting a players’ association.



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