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Troy Stecher Sees And Improving Detroit Team

from Brett McWethy of DetroitRedWings.com,

A myriad of factors were appealing and led Troy Stecher to signing a two-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings. Perhaps above all, he sees something special being built, and wants to be a part of the young core that brings winning hockey back to Detroit.

Stecher is a 26-year-old defenseman that has four years of solid experience in the NHL, including playing in all 69 games and making his postseason debut for the Vancouver Canucks last season.

There's no doubt the Red Wings are strengthening their blue line by adding a skater of Stecher's caliber. But they're also gaining a player whose age and experience aligns nicely with many of the young pieces already making their mark in Hockeytown. As he told Daniella Bruce and Art Regner on The Word on Woodward on Nov. 5, Stecher is hoping to assimilate quickly to a group that is growing up together on the ice.

"It was a mutual interest between both groups (during free agency). Obviously with the organization, and myself as a player," Stecher said on The Word on Woodward's Downtown Hockeytown segment, presented by Labatt Blue Light. "I like the age group of their core, with (Dylan) Larkin and (Anthony) Mantha and (Tyler) Bertuzzi. They're all kind of the same age as I am. Not overly old. I'm not young, but I have four years of experience in the league now. So, hopefully I can mesh well with the group."


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Video- ‘The Toaster’ With A Five Point Night

awood40 has been posting Detroit highlights from games on this night and tonight the Wings are in Toronto 30 years ago.

Yzerman, aka The Toaster. huh?, had a natural hat trick and two assists and Sergei Fedorov captured the attention of the Toronto fans too.  If only Harry Neale knew how to pronounce Sergei.

The highlights are entertaining, watch below.

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Coffee With A Legend, The Day I Met Scotty Bowman

Years ago I lived in Phoenix, AZ, and, during my time there I was employed at the Alltell Ice Den. At the time it was the official practice and training facilities of the Coyotes. It had a double rink where most every NHL team that came to town would run their practices. Needless to say, I saw quite a few teams come through. The best times however, were when the Wings came to town.

Hockeytown West was the name back then. On a typical West Coast trip the Wings would often be based in Phoenix for couple of weeks. Great weather, great golf courses, and a pretty nice place to practice. There was a restaurant called Stanley’s in the building with a high end smaller diner where I worked. With the team there, they would often come in and have a bite to eat, or, on a good day the broadcast crew would hang out for a few hours. Mickey, Ken, Mark Howe, and Paul Woods were there one morning during a practice and I was chatting with them. Small talk, hockey talk. It was awesome to really just hang out with the guys .

One morning I had mentioned how I would like to meet Scotty Bowman to Mick and Ken. They didn’t think it was possible, but, they did have quite a few players drop by. Drapes, D-Mac, Ozzie, Cheli  to name a few. I had brought a book to get some autographs for my son, and they were all gracious and signed for him.

Later on that morning Ken Daniels poked his head around the corner and said,”Katie, we have a little surprise for you.” Well, the surprise was Scotty Bowman. I was thrilled, but, not at a loss for words. I introduced myself, shook his hand, and admired the Cup ring he was wearing. He asked for a coffee, so I obliged and told him the coffee was on me, and poured myself a cup as well. We chatted a bit, I asked what he thought about our chances that season, and he said, “First, we have to make the Playoffs.” Then, I reached under the counter and asked if he would sign the book I had brought for my son. It was called “Scotty Bowman: A Life In Hockey “ by Douglas Hunter. He took one look at the book and said, “This book is an unauthorized biography’, and preceded to tell me the author had the pants sued off him in Toronto by another player. I told him I had no idea it wasn’t authorized, and, it was fine if he didn’t want to sign it. As I looked up Scotty was grinning and looked at me saying, “Give it here.” He signed the book, and thanked me for the coffee and went on his way.  

That, was a pretty good day. So, that’s my little story about meeting, and having coffee, with Scotty Bowman.

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Stream- Ken Kal And Craig Custance On The Word On Woodward Today

Scheduled to start at 12pm ET, you can watch it below.

At this point, no information available for the scheduled time for the pair to appear.

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Jeff Blashill Sees Bobby Ryan As An Impact Player For The Wings

from TSN,

"Bobby Ryan, I really like the spot he’s at in his life," Blashill told The Athletic. "Just talking to him on the phone, I thought it was a really great conversation. I think he’s really motivated to have a great year. I think he’s in a real good spot personally. He brings, obviously, a right shot to our lineup that we don’t have many of. A right-shot power-play guy that, with (Sam) Gagner and him, it allows you to have a couple right shots potentially on each unit, and that brings a greater depth of types of plays that we can run.

"And he’s been a high-end offensive talent, and we don’t have a lot of guys that were drafted as high as he is, that have that real high-end talent. So, I think he’s got a chance to have a real good year, but we’ll see. … This is a hard league, and it doesn’t get easier as you get older, and you’ve gotta put yourself in the best position to succeed. Meaning, you’ve gotta be in unbelievable shape, and as you get older you’ve gotta keep, probably, breaking barriers of how much you’re doing. I think he’s doing that. He’s working with a skating coach that he’s mentioned to you guys. He’s, I think, training as hard as ever, and he’s coming to camp in great shape, and if he does that, I think he’s got a chance to have a good impact for us."


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Detroit’s ReverseRetro Jersey

What do you think?

Video and pictures below.

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While We Are In Slow Mode

Long-time member Rumbear recently left a comment and I say let's see if we can get this rolling and expand on it too.

About 3 months ago I put a post up asking how everyone was doing and received some responses so let's do that again and feel free to leave it in the comments.

Here is the comment Rumbear left last week and both Kate and The Big Kahuna can post whenever they wish, nothing has changed with their status here at KK/A2Y.

Also, feel free to contact me with any ideas you may have.

Ever consider interviewing or giving ten questions to a contributor here at the Korner?

A charming, handsome, erudite, man of the world.... such as......
RW is out there somewhere. While his Chef gig may be waning with the Rona, I am confident he has another entrepreneurial endeavor up his sleeve.

Kate!  The lovely and gracious one! Whats up in her world? Grandkids driving yet??

How about an update on the CMC? The Big Kahuna of A2Y is rumored to be stationed in Tennessee and speaking with a southern drawl.... How many stripes on a uniform cuff before you can raise your hand to salute? Surely all ya all want to know?

Just a couple of thoughts from the suggestion box at the Hasek..... Waiter!

LGRW !!!!!

I feel hockey news will pick up soon after Thanksgiving, at least I am hoping it will.

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Projecting The Lines

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here is a look at the Red Wings' projected season-opening roster, with potential line combinations and defense pairings.

First line
LW: Tyler Bertuzzi, C: Dylan Larkin, RW: Anthony Mantha

Blashill hasn’t played the team’s top three forwards together often, wanting to spread the wealth over the top two lines, but the Red Wings might have more depth now to keep the trio together for longer stretches. They have finished with a flurry in each of the past two seasons. In the final 10 games of 2019-20, the three combined for 11 goals and 22 assists.

Second line
LW: Robby Fabbri, C: Vladislav Namestnikov, RW: Bobby Ryan

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Reverse Retro Red Wings Sweater Peek

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Is Givani Smith The Answer For That Physical Player The Wings Need?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

(Givani) Smith, 22, was drafted in the second round in 2016, billed as a high-energy, physical forward with a respectable scoring touch. He made his NHL debut last season, appearing in 21 games (two goals, one assist) over three stints before being returned to the Griffins in February. Smith (6-feet-2, around 205 pounds) has fought multiple times at the American Hockey League level, twice during NHL preseason games, and once — Nov. 12, 2019, at Anaheim — in a regular-season game.

The key for Smith will be demonstrating he can be physical — such as delivering big hits — without taking penalties for the Wings. He must show he belongs in the bottom-six mix amid competition that includes Adam Erne and Evgeni Svechnikov. The Wings certainly could stand to be more physical, beyond just having a capable fighter whose absence would not be as devastating as losing a scorer such as Mantha, and that’s where Smith has to establish his value in the lineup.


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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com


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