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They join the Word on Woodward which is live now.

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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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Post-Draft Ranking For Lucas Raymond

Scott Wheeler of The Athletci lists his To[ 50 prospect, post-draft.

5. Lucas Raymond, RW, 18 (Detroit Red Wings — 4th overall, 2020) Previous ranking: N/A

Raymond’s a problem solver. He’s the kind of player whose puck-dominant skill set can get him into trouble and tough spots. But he’s also uniquely equipped with escaping out of that trouble, whether that’s with a short three-foot pass through feet and sticks when he has pushed into traffic or a deceitful shoulder fake or foot adjustment to pull away. You almost want Raymond getting into trouble because it normally means he’s drawn two or three players to him and everyone else is open. And there’s a risk that comes with his game in that way, and in projecting players like him to the next level when everyone’s bigger and faster. But as Raymond’s opportunity at the pro level has grown to match his skill level, it has become increasingly clear that his poise and comfort when he’s under pressure should translate in the NHL, especially when he’s surrounded by better players. Then you added in a constant willingness to apply pressure and work to get the puck back when he doesn’t have it and an improved shot that he appears more willing to use, and suddenly you’ve got a unique and exciting player.

It has been a ton of fun to watch him look to pull the trigger a little more since returning to the ice for the 2020-21 season in August, because his ability to adjust his feet and his stick all elsewhere on the ice also help him deceive goalies with his shot when he wants to. And forget the shot, but how about how easy he makes catching this cross-ice pass on his backhand look?

more ($$$) prospects...

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Marc Staal On Playing For The Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Marc Staal was a bit floored when initially told the New York Rangers, the only team Staal had played for, were trading him.

The news shook him, as you’d expect. But after being told it was to the Red Wings, who happened to have the NHL's worst record last season, and after talking to Red Wings officials, Staal was suddenly...excited.

“I didn’t really have much of a heads-up, kind of just called and told I was on the way to Detroit,” Staal said Tuesday during a Zoom call with the media, his first comments since the trade. “Obviously it’s surprising and shocking when it happens. This is the only place I’ve been in my whole career and has been home for a long time.

“After the shock wore off and I started thinking about it more, talked to the coaching staff and (general manager) Steve (Yzerman), that shock turned more into excitement. You don’t know when the season will get going, but I’m excited about to getting to Detroit and get an opportunity for a fresh start and to play somewhere different.

“It’s going to be great.”


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Live Stream- Red Wings Version Of The Word On Woodward

via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

Red Wings defenseman Marc Staal joins us at the top of the show to discuss his acquisition from the Rangers. We are also joined by John Ogrodnick, Drew Miller, Ken Daniels and NHL.com's Nick Cotsonika.

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Yzerman’s Plan Is In Effect

from John Niyo of the Detroit News,

The full picture is still a long way off, but after a frenetic first week of the NHL offseason, you can start to see the early stages of a plan and the framework of a philosophy as Yzerman retools the roster and replenishes the farm system.

With a draft haul that ended up netting a dozen players, the Red Wings weren’t afraid to take some chances. But they also went into the two-day marathon with a clear directive, emphasizing skill and smarts even as they took a few flyers on prospects with higher ceilings and lower floors. When you’re in the basement, that’s not a bad idea at all.

Meanwhile, in free agency, Yzerman found some immediate help without mortgaging anyone’s future, least of all his own just 18 months into this reclamation project.

In signing a handful of veteran players to one and two-year deals over the weekend — forwards Bobby Ryan and Vladislav Namestnikov, defensemen Jon Merrill and Troy Stecher and goaltender Thomas Greiss — the Red Wings’ GM didn’t make any big splashes. But he didn’t give up any financial flexibility, either, while still managing to upgrade his roster with more skill up front, more size and skating on the blue line, and more stability in net.

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Recap Of Steve Yzerman’s Media Conference

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Steve Yzerman used free agency to bolster the Detroit Red Wings at every position — not with marquee signings but with smart ones.

He signed five players over three days and still has roughly $18 million in salary cap space. No one was signed for more than two years, which fits with how Yzerman is shaping the rebuild while waiting for more young players to make an impact.

“It gives you the flexibility to do a lot of different things,” he said Monday evening. “You get into the longer-term contracts, generally you’re locked into them. When you sign players we all hope that they perform well and justify the signing of the contract. We’re just trying to move cautiously. In the climate we’re in, with the uncertainty with our salary cap in years to come, we just felt like this a good way.”


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

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Live Stream- Steve Yzerman Press Conference

Yzerman scheduled to talk about all the Wings moves in the past week.

Press conference is expected to start at 5:45pm ET.

Watch below.

added 6:17pm, 

Archived version is below

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