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DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk is not skating with the Detroit Red Wings at the start of a season for the first time since 2000. Tomas Hyka Jersey .With newcomers such as Frans Nielsen, the Red Wings hope they finish well enough to earn a 26th consecutive postseason appearance.We do not have a Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg in his prime, general manager Ken Holland said Monday. Were going to have to generate offense by committee, rolling four lines and getting something out of each one.The Red Wings are paying Nielsen $31.5 million over six years to play a key part in their plans to recover from the loss of Datsyuk, who left the NHL to return to Russia to continue his career near his family. Datsyuk had $7.5 million and one year left on his contract, but the Red Wings got salary-cap relief by technically trading him to Arizona last summer even though the dazzling center wont play for the Coyotes.Nielsen, a 32-year-old center from Denmark, had 119 goals and 349 points with the New York Islanders since making his debut with them during the 2006-07 season.We added the best center we could last summer, Holland said. Hes a good, two-way player, who historically has been able to chip in about 50 points a season.Nielsen prides himself on being able to help on defense as much as offense, saying he has patterned his game after Zetterberg.I always looked up to a guy like Zetterberg, Nielsen said while playing for Team Europe in the World Cup of Hockey. But I never had a guy like that on my team.Here are some other things to watch for from the Red Wings, who begin the regular season Oct. 13 at Tampa Bay:COMEBACK CHANCEThe Red Wings signed winger Thomas Vanek to a one-year, $2.6 million deal in free agency shortly after the Minnesota Wild bought out the last year of his three-year, $19.5 million deal. Vanek had a career-low 18 goals last season, his second in Minnesota, after scoring 40-plus goals twice and 30-plus goals in two other seasons.It sounds like the 32-year-old Vanek is very fired up to prove he can still score.Im going to get a chance to go to the front of the net more than I did the past two years, Vanek said.YOUTH MOVEMENTDetroit got a much-needed and relatively unexpected boost last season when rookie Dylan Larkin had 23 goals and 22 assists. The franchise needs the 20-year-old to avoid a sophomore slump.Last year, he came in with very little expectations and he had 45 points and everybody said he had a great year, coach Jeff Blashill said. Now the expectations go through the roof and all of a sudden he might have a real similar year and people are disappointed.The Red Wings also must get production from 24-and-younger players such as Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, Riley Sheahan, Alexey Marchenko and Tomas Jurco.INJURY WATCHZetterberg and a fellow Swede, defenseman Niklas Kronwall, chose not to play for their country in the World Cup of Hockey because theyre recovering from knee injuries. Both were skating early in the preseason, hoping to slowly but surely get healthy enough to play.Wed love to have them both ready for Game 1, but it is an 82-game marathon, Holland said. Henrik hurt his knee warming up for the World Cup. For Niklas, he has degenerative problem that hes trying to manage.Jurco is recovering from back surgery and likely will stay out of the lineup until November.BETWEEN THE PIPESPetr Mrazek goes into the season as the No. 1 goaltender after beating out Jimmy Howard for the job.He was one of the leagues top goaltenders until February last year when the wheels came off, Holland said. Were hoping that experience is beneficial for him.COACHING CHANGESBlashill, entering his second season, has a revamped staff. John Torchetti, former interim coach of the Wild, and Doug Houda were hired as assistant coaches. Goaltender coach Jeff Salajko was added to replace Jim Bedard, who had worked for the franchise for 18 seasons.---Follow Larry Lage at www.twitter.com/larrylage and follow his work at www.bigstory.ap.org/content/larry-lage Adidas David Perron Jersey . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. Jon Merrill Jersey . Ronaldo produced a spectacular individual performance on Tuesday, scoring all three goals and guiding Portugal into the next years World Cup in Brazil with a 3-2 victory in Sweden. The Real Madrid forward has scored 66 goals in 2013, but the last three may be the boost he needs to upstage Messi after FIFA unexpectedly extended the voting period for the Ballon dOr to Nov. http:///...-andre-fleury-jersey . - Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic has broken a shutout record that was only three months old in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. After putting the Curse of the Billy Goat out to pasture, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is looking to make peace with another one of the historical ghosts that have haunted the team over the years.Having ended the Cubs 108-year World Series championship drought, Ricketts now wants to contact Steve Bartman.It was just so important for this organization to put this lovable loser crap to bed, Ricketts told USA Today Sports on Wednesday. ...?We had to get past that and put that in the history of the Cubs, and not the future. We changed that dialogue, and now, its all a thing in the past.Bartman was vilified by some in Chicago for attempting to catch a ball above outfielder Moises Alou along the wall in left field during Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series between the Cubs and Marlins. Bartman made contact but didnt catch it, and neither did Alou, who would have made the second out iin the eighth inning but instead jumped up and down in frustration. David Perron Jersey. The Cubs fell apart and lost that game and also Game 7.At the right time, Ricketts said?of his plan to contact Bartman. Im sure well figure something out that provides closure for everybody. Hopefully, we can make it work.I never focused on ghosts or curses or Bartman or any of that stuff. ... We wanted to eventually get to that point where we can pick out rings ... and here we are.Frank Murtha, a lawyer who has served as Bartmans spokesman, told USA Today that Bartman still lives and works in the Chicago area. Bartman has not conducted any interviews since the 2003 incident.[Bartman] was just overjoyed that the Cubs won, as all the Cubs fans are, Murtha said after the Cubs clinched the title. ' ' ' 
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