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Schedule Released For The Grand Rapids Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday announced their schedule for the 2020-21 American Hockey League season. It will mark the franchise’s 25th campaign overall, 20th as members of the AHL and 19th as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Working At A Reduced Rate

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Hockey is back, but some National Hockey League coaches’ salaries have not returned to pre-pandemic levels with the start of the season.

According to data compiled by TSN, seven NHL coaching staffs are working on reduced salary this season...

League employees are also operating on reduced pay. Sources said league employees were notified at a town hall meeting in early January to continue to expect a 25 per cent reduction for the duration of the 2020-21 season for employees earning more than $75,000....

Here is the list of NHL franchises whose hockey operations staff – including coaches – are currently operating at reduced pay, according to team and league sources:

Detroit Red Wings: A 20 per cent reduction for all staff over $75,000, effective Jan. 9 until July 1, 2021.

more teams...

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Two Wings Added To The COVID List, Sam Gagner And John Merrill

NEW YORK (Jan. 21, 2021) – The National Hockey League today released the list of Players who are unavailable to play or practice on Jan. 21, 2021, in accordance with the League’s COVID Protocols.

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Videos- Post Practice Talk

Anthony Mantha first and Jeff Blashill is below.


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Four Groups Practiced Today

via Ansar Khan tweet,

practiced in four small groups today using both rinks. The early groups are done. The later groups feature:
Zadina, Larkin, Helm
Ryan, Rasmussen, Mantha, Smith
DeKeyser, Djoos

added 1:18pm,


added 1:21pm, St. James,

To minimize being on the road, Red Wings are scheduled to fly to Chicago Friday morning, day of game, as opposed to going in the night before as is usual.

added 1:22pm, Khan,

Blashill said a couple of players were unavailable for practice today. Declined to say who

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Stream- Today On The Word On Woodward

via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

Today's episode features a recap of Tuesday's Red Wings win over Columbus, looking forward to facing Chicago on Friday and Christian Djoos’ first week in Detroit. Plus, MLive.com's Ansar Khan and NBC hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk join us for interviews.

Stream scheduled to start at 12pm, watch below.

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A New Start For Bobby Ryan

from Will Burchfield of 97.1 The Ticket,

Detroit was a comforting situation for Ryan. So much had changed in his life over the past year. Here was a chance to retain his role as a leader. And here was a chance to play. Here was a chance to chase those dreams in the back of his mind of racking up goals and lighting up crowds and "getting back to the Bobby Ryan I was." Ryan calls these dreams 'selfish.' Another word might be 'human.'

"For me personally, this was a prove-it year," Ryan said Monday after his two-goal game. "And an opportunity to take the step that I should have taken years ago but hadn’t been able to because of the outside stuff. So (this start) means a lot."

For now, that's all it is. A start. Ryan has put seven pucks on goal and four have gone in. That won't continue. But the jump in his step is back, and he never lost his nose for the net. They were right about Bobby Ryan. He's the kind of player you want in your locker room. Perhaps they were wrong about him, too. He's still the kind of player you want high in your lineup.


added 11:03am, Watch Jeff Blashill on Ryan and a little on Larkin plus other topics below.

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Fox Sports Detroit Addresses The Subscriber Issues

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Off-Season Moves Paying Off For The Detroit Red Wings

from Josh Berenter of DetroitRedWings.com,

Eleven Stanley Cup championships. Original Six. The Winged Wheel. Hockeytown.

That's the cache that comes with being a member of the Detroit Red Wings, and this season, the Wings welcomed seven new members to the exclusive fraternity as the clubs looks to jumpstart their rebuild.

The Red Wings began their offseason by signing Swedish forward Mathias Brome on April 29 and traded for 13-year New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal on September 26 before attacking the free-agent market in October.

On the first day of free agency on October 9, Detroit signed veteran forward Bobby Ryan and Michigan native defenseman Jon Merrill to one-year deals. The next day, the Red Wings added 11-year NHL goalie Thomas Greiss and 26-year-old defenseman Troy Stecher, and on October 11, Detroit capped off its new haul by signing center and Red Wings bloodline Vladislav Namestnikov.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said he was pleased with the offseason work of executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman.

"I think all of them have the opportunity to make our team a better hockey team, without a shadow of a doubt," Blashill said during training camp. "They all have good hockey in them. I think they're a good group in their own different ways that can give us good, good minutes, which is what you need lots of times in the NHL."

The Wings badly needed defensive depth after finishing last season near the bottom of the NHL in goals-against average. And with the help of Merrill, Staal and Stecher, along with the return of Danny DeKeyser from a back injury, Blashill said the back end has been stabilized.


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After Four Games

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The important thing to remember is it’s only been four games.

Four games to begin this weird, unique, short season of an NHL schedule, and all the Red Wings did was split them.

But Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime victory over Columbus was another reminder that this does feel different from last season’s misery.

The Red Wings appear to be much more competitive.

“We are feeling good,” said forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who scored Tuesday’s winner, essentially banking in Dylan Larkin’s pass off a 2-on-1 rush. “We have a really good team this year and if we can play like that and keep doing the right things we’ll get rewarded with these one-goal wins.”

At least in the first 240 minutes and 15 seconds of hockey this season, general manager Steve Yzerman’s free-agent and trade acquisitions have been impactful on and off the ice.

They’ve added an air of professionalism, and stability, that was much needed.


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