Audio from Friday’s media availability at the first day of Red Wings training camp ’19: Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin, Oliwer Kaski, Jeff Blashill, Valtteri Filppula

Several members of the Detroit Red Wings’ roster spoke with the media today at Centre ICE Arena after the first day of training camp:

Tyler Bertuzzi gave a short interview, but made it very clear that the Red Wings feel that they have a chip on their shoulder and something to prove in terms of the people who believe that Detroit will end up as a bottom-five NHL team again:

Dylan Larkin spoke to the media for 8 minutes, discussing everything from his status as an alternate captain to the team’s belief that it can finish much higher in the standings than the experts have predicted due to a combination of youth movement and veteran presence–as well as his own need to help propel the team forward as an established star player:

Oliwer Kaski introduced himself and discussed his hopes of making the team out of training camp. Kaski understands that he has an uphill climb, but he believes he’s ready for the NHL:

Coach Jeff Blashill spoke to the media for 10 minutes, addressing the Steve Yzerman regime change, the team’s decision to go with four alternate captains, his impressions of players like Moritz Seider and Joe Veleno, his take on the team’s potential to “not beat itself” this year and more:

Finally, Valtteri Filppula spoke with the media, discussing his familiarity with Steve Yzerman, what he brings to the table as a “veteran player” and what he knows about Adam Erne:

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