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Sam Gagner On His Friend Joey Moss

from Sam Gagner at The Players' Triune,

Joey Moss was the greatest person I have ever met.

And while I’m not sure if what I’m about to write will do his legacy justice, I feel as though I have to try.

After all, trying was exactly what Joey was about. Ask anyone who has been around that dressing room in Edmonton, or heard him sing the Canadian or U.S. national anthems, or seen him dance to “La Bamba.” He was as passionate as they come. I have countless stories and so many fond memories of our time together and honestly, I could go on forever. But I will do my best to paint a picture of the man Joey was, and also of the impact he had on those around him.

When I first got to Edmonton, you could see it right away — the special bond that Joey had with the players and the other trainers, and how much they enjoyed his company. We had a young group and decided early on that we were going to include Joey in just about everything we did away from the rink. Andrew Cogliano, Tom Gilbert and myself were roommates and had an extra bedroom, so whenever we could we would invite Joey over for dinner, and then he would sleep over at our place. We would go bowling, watch wrestling (more on that later), listen to his James Bond Soundtrack CD driving around Edmonton, and have so much fun.


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The Detroit Red Wings Extend Their Partnership With BetMGM

DETROIT (October 28, 2020) – The Detroit Red Wings announced today they have renewed and expanded their strategic partnership with BetMGM, a market-leading sports betting and gaming platform joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and GVC Holdings (LSE: GVC).

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with BetMGM,” said Peter Kent, Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “We’ll continue to work together to provide innovative and engaging experiences for the fans of Hockeytown.”

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Video-Tyler Bertuzzi Today

After his one-year contract.


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Let Mr. Kulfan Know How You Feel?

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A Bit Of A Complicated Deal For Tyler Bertuzzi

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

His postseason pedigree in the OHL and AHL, including winning the AHL playoff MVP in 2017, speaks for itself. And a one-year deal certainly doesn’t do anything to change his upward trajectory. It’s also worth mentioning that Bertuzzi is the one who opted for arbitration this offseason, and certainly, the NHL’s financial strife right now doesn’t make negotiating long-term contracts easy.

But in the big picture, this contract was always going to have ramifications for the ongoing remake of the Red Wings under general manager Steve Yzerman, and the implications of this deal’s length, in particular, are layered.

The short-term bottom line is that Bertuzzi, a clear top-six (and usually top-line) forward for Detroit, is under contract for a reasonable cap and salary number for 2020-21. Next offseason, he will again be a restricted free agent, and Detroit will retain his rights. However, he will at that point be only one year away from unrestricted free agency.

That’s what makes the deal a bit complicated in the long term. The Red Wings have kept all their contracts short since Yzerman arrived last spring. That’s mostly been a positive, as he’s signed veteran free agents to one- and two-year deals that won’t block any top prospects long term. Such an approach has preserved flexibility as Detroit’s next young wave matures, while adding veteran support and minimal locks on the cap sheet for when the team is ready to turn the corner.

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Jonatan Berggren Is Racking Up The Points In Sweden

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Jonatan Berggren has been overshadowed by the two players the Detroit Red Wings selected ahead of him in the 2018 draft, set back by major injuries in each of the past two seasons.

Now he is healthy and showing why he is one of the organization’s more promising prospects.

Berggren is off to a hot start for Skelleftea in the Swedish Hockey League, the country’s highest division. He is third in scoring with 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 10 games.

“He’s off to a great start and it’s a good sign for us,” Shawn Horcoff, Red Wings director of player development, said. "He’s a guy who’s faced a lot of adversity with injuries the last couple years. These aren’t injuries that are easy to come back from. They’re bigger injuries, longer layoffs.


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The NHL Network On Marc Staal

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Tyler Bertuzzi Awarded $3.5M

Sorry for the delay, was at Beaumont/Deaarborn for two hours looking after a friend.


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Stream- Talking Wings On The Word On Woodward

via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

The Word on Woodward is live as we welcome Scotty Bowman on the 25th Anniversary of the Russian 5's debut against Calgary. Vladislav Namestnikov and Larry Murphy also join the show.

Stream scheduled to start at noon, watch below.

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Video- Was It Really 25 Years Ago?

Watch the debut below.


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