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Thanks For The Reminder

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,...

This year he ranks 15th on the list of scariest contracts in the National Hockey League.

The other Oilers connections here are sixth ranked Milan Lucic, who was a Peter Chiarelli signing in Edmonton on that infamous day of July 1, 2016, when a handful of scary contracts were handed out, with underachievers Lucic, Louie Eriksson, Andrew Ladd, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and David Backes all inking major deals.

Nielsen was signed in Detroit by current Oilers GM Ken Holland, who we can hope learned his lesson, though there’s a rumour that Holland just offered goalie Jacob Markstrom a seven year, $35 million deal....

Here’s 30 more deals, which have now run their course, that didn’t go well.

Ken Holland is in the middle of two of them, paying far too much for Justin Abdelkader and Stephen Weiss.

more on bad contracts handed out around the league...

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Video- Red Wings Draft Review

via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating hosts a conversation surrounding the Detroit Red Wings 2020 Draft Class with Ken Daniels, Trevor Thompson, Art Regner, and Ken Kal. Steve Yzerman (6:46) also joins the show to discuss the Red Wings draft.


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Will They Become Good To Great NHL Players?

I have never understood this type of comparison except for the 'we drafted this player in this round and maybe it will happen again' theory.

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

They are the long shots of the drafts, the players who, if they become regulars in the NHL, are referred to as "later-round gems."

Notable players drafted in rounds 4-7 by the Detroit Red Wings include Sergei Fedorov, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Gustav Nyquist, Darren Helm and Petr Mrazek. In the 2020 NHL draft, general manager Steve Yzerman and his scouting staff mined the later rounds for two forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender in hopes of adding a player or two to the rebuild. Two have impeccable hockey pedigrees, and all appear determined to overcome the odds of making the NHL from their draft slots.

F Sam Stange, 4th round (No. 97 overall)
This was quite a round for the Wings. Fedorov, three-time Stanley Cup champion, was taken at 74th overall in 1989, when NHL teams were wary of drafting Russians because of the Cold War. There’s also John Ogrodnick (drafted No. 66 in 1979), who played 558 games with the Wings, and Nyquist (No. 121, 2008), who recorded 295 points in 481 games in a Wings uniform.

Stange (6 foot, 200 pounds) is in good hands, committed to play at Wisconsin, where he’ll be coached by former NHL’er and ex-Wings assistant coach Tony Granato. Stange projects as a power forward. “I’m a bigger, stronger forward who relies on my shot and my speed,” he said. “I also think I’m pretty responsible defensively, so I’d say I’m a two-way forward. One of the things I’m looking to work on is using my size and strength a little bit more, just being more physical.”

more players

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Hope In Detroit AKA Steve Yzerman

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Steve Yzerman has generated more optimism the past three weeks than the Detroit Red Wings have had since … well, since he took over as general manager April 19, 2019.

He has passion, patience and a plan, and though the Red Wings are still early in their rebuilding process, you can see the path forward based on the NHL Draft, free agency and trades....

The Red Wings need difference-makers, and the most likely way to add them is through drafting and developing.

They selected forward Lucas Raymond with the No. 4 pick of the 2020 NHL Draft on Oct. 6. He represents the highest pick they have had in three decades, since forward Keith Primeau at No. 3 in 1990. Perhaps he and defenseman Moritz Seider, the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and Detroit's first pick under Yzerman, can become cornerstones.

But since former GM Ken Holland recognized their 25-season playoff streak was about to end in 2016-17, the Red Wings have been stockpiling picks to give themselves more lottery tickets. After selecting 10 players in Rounds 2-7 last year, including three in the second round, they selected 11 players in Rounds 2-7 on Oct. 7, including three in the second round and two in the third. They have three picks in the second round and two in the third next year. Can some of them blossom into stars one day?

In the meantime, the Red Wings have to improve all parts of their roster and become more competitive, for their fans and the development of the players they already have.


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Videos- More Press Conferences From The Wings

Kyle Aucoin, Jan Bednar and supposed to be Troy Stecher press conference.

Aucoin first....


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Winners Or Losers After The Draft And UFA Period

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There are still teams looking to add and improve — and more than a few unrestricted free agents looking for jobs in this economically challenged time in the NHL.

But there are plenty of conclusions to be drawn already from this wild offseason.


Detroit Red Wings: Look, the Red Wings aren’t going to make the playoffs, win the Stanley Cup, but they will be more competitive. After last season’s debacle, that’ll be a step forward. In trading for defenseman Marc Staal, and signing goalie Thomas Greiss, forwards Bobby Ryan and Vladislav Namestnikov, and defensemen Troy Stecher and Jon Merrill (Grand Blanc/Michigan), GM Steve Yzerman made no long-term, big-money commitments but added leadership and improved the roster.

more winners and losers...

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Live Stream- Kris Draper, Ken Kal and Ted Kulfan

They join the Word on Woodward which is live now.

Remember to use the scrollbar, watch below.

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Stories About Scotty Bowman From Tonight’s Roast

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Here are highlights from the evening.

Enforcer Stu Crimson, who played for the Wings from 1994-97, shared a story from shortly after he was traded to Detroit. He was spending long hours at Joe Louis Arena trying to impress Bowman. “I’ve got my head buried, I’m on a stationary bike and I’ve really got a solid lather going. All of a sudden I look up, and standing inches from the front of the bike is Scotty Bowman. I look up, he’s got shaving cream on, flip flops on, just came from the sauna. So he’d scrape his face and he’d talk to me. ‘Stuie, we’ve got to get our forecheck up and to the left.’ [Grimson mimicked Bowman shaving]. ’No question about it, the forecheck has to go up and to the left.’ This was a perfectly natural conversation to have with your head coach with one exception. The man is standing in front of me, stark naked.”


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The 2020 Celebrity Roast Of Scotty Bowman Is Tonight

via The Children's Foundation,

The Jamie Daniels Foundation Celebrity Roast of Scotty Bowman is sure to be an evening full of laughs and entertainment, but more importantly - it is an opportunity to raise awareness and funds to provide solutions for those suffering from Substance Use Disorder.


Through October 14th - with a $100 minimum donation to the Jamie Daniels Foundation, you will receive a free gift from our friends Major League Socks - Steve Yzerman socks! Set your alarms and join us for the 2020 Celebrity Roast of Scotty Bowman presented by Delta Dental of Michigan at 8 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit.

more information on the auction items...

Looks like there is a YouTube stream too, watch below beginning at 8pm ET.

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Video- Top Plays From Dylan Larkin During The 2019-20 NHL Season

nder 3 minutes to watch.

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