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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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Should Hockey Scouts Be Considered For The Hockey Hall Of Fame?

from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

Over the years, there have been Hall of Famers elected from many walks of hockey life – pro, amateur, male and female.

But one category where they’re still looking for their first inductee is from the world of scouting.

And that’s a curious turn of events because most NHL teams employ a dozen or more full-time scouts and many more in a part-time or regional capacity. Let’s conservatively estimate that upwards of 500 people beat the bushes for player talent on behalf of NHL teams in any given year – understandable given prospects coming through the developmental pipeline are the lifeblood of any NHL organization....

But within the context of a sensational late-round pick that pans out, how do you determine organizationally who gets the credit for making the choice?

According to Holland, even that can be tricky because scouting is, above all, a collaborative exercise.

Holland cited the Red Wings as an example of how the process unfolds. Jim Nill was Holland’s assistant GM and he oversaw the draft until leaving to join the Dallas Stars as their GM in 2013 while Hakan Andersson is the team’s long-time European scout, responsible for selecting, among others, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, in the late rounds.

“So Hakan Andersson has a list of names and he’s sitting over Jim Nill’s left shoulder, and he’s saying, ‘I like this Pavel Datsyuk kid. I like him a lot.’ So, Jimmy Nill looks over his list and he doesn’t have anybody else and Hakan is pushing, pushing, pushing and so the Red Wings draft Pavel Datsyuk. And Pavel Datsyuk goes on to be one of the best players in Red Wing history.

“Now is that Jim Nill? Or is that Hakan Andersson? Well, it’s actually both.

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Detroit Prospects Are Playing Well In Europe

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings should be fun to watch next fall, at least from the standpoint of enjoying what appears to be a strong youth movement.

While the NHL is trying to figure out how to play as the pandemic rages across North America, select Wings prospects are enjoying success in Europe. Forward Lucas Raymond, the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, is on a four-game point streak with his Swedish Hockey League club, Frölunda.

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All Jeff Blashill

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Q. You touched on the new guys. On paper, it does seem the roster is much more competitive and stronger than last year given all the new additions (goalie Thomas Greiss, forwards Bobby Ryan and Vladislav Namestikov, defensemen Marc Staal, Jon Merrill, Troy Stecher).

A. (General manager) Steve (Yzerman) and his management staff did a real good job of helping us to be a better hockey team this coming season, but also planning for the future. We’re pleased with the guys that we signed, and I hope it makes us more competitive as a hockey team and more competitive within our group.

There’s still continued growth from a number of players and that’ll be a focus, and that’s not just young people, but everybody. We’ve had an opportunity over eight months to get better as individuals, some through trying circumstances where maybe you don’t have the same access for the perfect weight setup or ice setup, but I also think this time will show who has that great inner drive that the best athletes have, and I’m hoping a number of our guys have taken advantage of this time to make themselves better players.

We need to be a more competitive team, night in and night out. We certainly weren’t that last year and we need to be more more of that this year.

Q. Given all the new additions, is there an area you think you guys have gotten particularly better?

A. Given the the season we had, we needed to be stronger in all areas and I’m hoping we are. At each position, hopefully, we’re a little deeper and better. But we’ll see, time will tell. Again, you never know for sure what your group is going to look like until you get them going. Health always plays a factor.

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