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Video- Talk After Today’s Practice In Vancouver

First up is Anthony Mantha and below is Alex Biega.  I will post any additional videos if they become available.

added 9:14pm, 10 minutes of Jeff Blashill below.

 

 

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Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

Biega had quite a few former teammates and Canucks staffers waiting to greet him after their own practice.

“It was awesome,” Biega said. “I was tight with all those guys on that team. It’s like bittersweet, it’s part of the business, and part of the day to day in the NHL. You play in the best league in the world and I try to hopefully get a good opportunity here, playing on the third pairing and try to prove I’m a consistent defenseman in the NHL.

“It’s tough saying bye to those guys, they’re all lifelong friends, definitely keep in touch throughout the years. It definitely means a lot. I spent my whole career with this organization, seven years or so. It’s bittersweet no matter how you look at it.”

During practice, Biega was paired with Vancouver native Dennis Cholowski and could make his Detroit debut against his former team.

“Last two weeks have been pretty crazy but it’s good to get another opportunity with these guys, and it’s good to be back in Vancouver as well,” Biega said. “It’s going to be a weird one tomorrow night, obviously. First game in new organization going against guys I played with for five years, but it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/14/19 at 07:36 PM ET

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Are you a dedicated Wings fan?

Leave a comment and I will pick one of you and reward you a copy of Nicklas Lidstrom: The Pursuit of Perfection.

You need to leave a comment by 10am ET tomorrow.

Good luck and I have another copy which I will give out in the near future.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/14/19 at 07:51 PM ET

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Paul kukla is the coolest, funniest and has the best hockey blog/forum in the world!!!

Ah forget it, I’ll buy my own copy! Never was good at kissing ass kiss
I was not joking about the best forum

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 10/14/19 at 08:35 PM ET

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I hope Biega remembers what color jersey he’s wearing tomorrow

Posted by akwingsfan on 10/14/19 at 08:38 PM ET

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Great gesture, Emperor.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 10/14/19 at 09:01 PM ET

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We need a big in tomorrow night. Get back on track. Go wings go!!!!

Posted by Shannon on 10/14/19 at 09:10 PM ET

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Thanks Paul. It would be great reading the “Perfect Human’s” book. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 10/14/19 at 09:21 PM ET

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From the Wakiji article that the Boss posted:

“I think we’re good skaters, and he talks a lot, too, I noticed that in practice,” Biega said. “So I think for the most part, going back for pucks, especially against a team like Vancouver, they’re fast, like to stall pucks on the forecheck. Just going back quickly and being an option for each other and breaking the puck out together, that can definitely help us, our skating for sure.”

The Canucks,”....like to stall pucks on the forecheck.”  Got it.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 10/14/19 at 10:47 PM ET

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Good luck folks. And congrats to the winner. Thank you for providing all this content for us wing nuts.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 10/14/19 at 11:09 PM ET

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In light of the Biega aqquisition.

Oh, to be the fly on the wall, eavesdropping on the Captain’s conversations with other GM’s..

Posted by rickytarr on 10/15/19 at 06:28 AM ET

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Paul, I’m such a dedicated wings fan that I even kind of like Jonathan Ericsson.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 10/15/19 at 06:29 AM ET

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KK is always mandatory reading before, during and after a game. Love the articles and the camaraderie.

Posted by Temo from La Capital, Míchígán on 10/15/19 at 06:50 AM ET

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As a noted imperfect human, perhaps with a little read I could learn a thing or two.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 10/15/19 at 06:55 AM ET

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I would read the Nick Lidstrom book (but I bet he’s really boring).  Wings fan since ‘82.  Was spat upon by Darren Veitch at a Michigan Amateur Golf event at the Belvedere Club (not really, he just kinda sorta spat in my direction).  Played poker with Brenden Smith and Luke Glendenning at Red Wings Foundatation events (wife played at a table with DMac) in recent years.  Attended Game 5 of 2008 SCF (3OT heartbreak).

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 10/15/19 at 07:01 AM ET

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This life-long Wings fan would love a copy of Nick’s new book.

Good luck everybody!

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 10/15/19 at 07:59 AM ET

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Considering that I live 600 miles away, being able to get all my Wings news in pretty much one place is great! Thanks for all you do, Paul!

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 10/15/19 at 08:04 AM ET

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Just this morning I was thinking about how I need a new book. Coincidence? I think not!

So do we think Biega stays in this line up? Seems like he’s good enough on this wings team.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/15/19 at 08:09 AM ET

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Is this a contest to see how long we can go without “reading” a book?  wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/15/19 at 08:34 AM ET

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16 people commented so your odds to win are pretty good.

I will announce the winner later today in the is post and remember, you will have another shot at winning the last book later this week.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/15/19 at 09:01 AM ET

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I used the Official Random Number Generator to choose the winner.

I entered numbers 3 through 18 (the first two comments and last comment were made by me) and the generator picked #14, which belongs to The Meal.

Congrats to TM and feel free to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with you address.

One more contest coming up this week.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/15/19 at 09:18 AM ET

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Fan since 66…don’t see much of the wings on TV, lived in Northern Manitoba, now Saskatchewan. Love following Griffens also. Going to the game in Calgary and Edmonton this week. Go WINGS

Posted by Stump23 on 10/15/19 at 09:45 AM ET

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Sump23, this contest ended at 10am ET as noted in the first comment.

I will be doing another one in a different post sometime this week so stay tuned.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/15/19 at 09:47 AM ET

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Congrats TM!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/15/19 at 11:07 AM ET

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Congratulations Meal! The book report is due two weeks after receipt

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 10/15/19 at 11:10 AM ET

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Congratulations Meal! The book report is due two weeks after receipt

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 10/15/19 at 12:10 PM ET

And in APA style, too.

Congrats to The Meal.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 10/15/19 at 03:19 PM ET

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