The Red Wings did open training camp on Friday, and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan took note thereof:
Zetterberg’s announcement hung over the first day of camp, but there was plenty of work to do nonetheless.
What impressed Wings coach Jeff Blashill was the intensity of the drills and scrimmages.
“The competitive level was extremely high,” Blashill said. “In each group there were guys who really competed. It was a good start.”
The Michael Rasmussen, Joe Veleno and Filip Zadina line received a good lesson overall Friday, scrimmaging after a rigorous 60-minute workout.
“It’s a hard scrimmage for those guys. They had practiced and there was a ton of battle stuff,” Blashill said. “But it’s a good lesson. You have to keep grinding, and they grounded it out and continued to do stuff. “
Two players, Martin Frk and Veleno, left the ice early and didn’t finish the practice session. Blashill had no immediate update, though he didn’t think either was serious.
“It wasn’t anything major but you never know,” Blashill said. “It’s the time of year where you have nagging stuff and you don’t want the nagging stuff to then turn into a long-term thing.”