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from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
MLive: Who was the best player you ever played against?
Woods: There were lots back then. (Wayne) Gretzky, for sure. Guy Lafleur, Bryan Trottier, Marcel Dionne. The list goes on and on. Three defensemen in Montreal, (Larry) Robinson, (Serge) Savard and (Guy) Lapointe. There were so many great players and back then it was sort of good because the checkers, the third and fourth line, would play against the other team's top line so I got a chance to play with these guys game in and game out and got a chance to play against them. You started to understand what they did. That was a good challenge and it was fun to do.
MLive: Who was the best player you ever played with in Detroit?
Woods: I'd have to say the best player was Reed Larson, the defenseman, was the best player. We had a lot of good who had good potential become better players after. Mike Foligno was a good player and didn't do much for us but went somewhere else and became a good player. A lot of our guys struggled – going back to the coaching – didn't play that well but went elsewhere and became better hockey players.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
Regarding the Stadium Series, the Free Press's Helene St. James confirms that Steve Yzerman and Darren McCarty will take part in the Stadium Series Alumni game, and that Mickey Redmond will coach the alums, all per Wings assistant GM Kris Draper, and she has news regarding Sergei Fedorov as well:
Kris Draper, the organizer of the Wings alumni team - who'll also play - told the Free Press on Tuesday evening that Yzerman "is in." It's quite a coup, given Yzerman is general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and that weekend leads into the NHL trade deadline.
As the Free Press was the first to report Monday, Mickey Redmond will coach the team.
Draper said Darren McCarty and goaltender Ty Conklin also have been added to the list of Wings alumni. McCarty's commitment means fans will get to see the 40-something incarnation of the Grind Line, as Draper and Kirk Malty also are on the roster. So are Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom. Draper said he is still in talks with Sergei Fedorov, who is general manager of the Kontinental Hockey Team's CSKA Moscow team. "Depending on his KHL's team schedule," Draper said, "he really wants to play."
From the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Danny DeKeyser had a flight booked straight to the Bahamas. He was among many Detroit Red Wings who maximized their All-Star break by opting to stay in New York following their last game, Monday’s 4-2 victory at the New York Islanders, and then taking off directly from there this morning.
Whereas some teams play as late as Wednesday night, the Wings have the good fortune to get a whole week off.
“We have a little bit of a longer break, so it’s nice,” DeKeyser said after scoring for the sixth time this season Monday. “I’ll be in the Bahamas for a few days, laying on a beach, soaking up some vitamin D.”
Speaking to reporters after the game, Brad Richards joked he was waylaid in getting a head start because “I’d be in the shower already if you guys weren’t here.
“The older you get, you enjoy that time off, because you have to put more work in as you get older and this team does a lot of work off the ice. It’s a good time to recharge. Rest is so huge coming down the back stretch.”
St. James continues, and she confirms that the Wings' games in Tampa Bay and Miami will constitute the Moms' Trip.
Update: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan also spoke with the Wings about their physical and mental vacation:
Prospect news: Athanasiou feeling like himself again after knee sprain; Griffins file weekly release
Of prospect-related note:
In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom played 14:08 and won 50% of his faceoffs in Skelleftea AIK's 4-1 win over Rogle;
In the FInnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo didn't play in TPS Turku's 4-3 win over Assat;
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Andreas Athanasiou regarding his return from a sprained knee:
The Red Wings have produced a 6-minute video profiling Dylan Larkin as part of the, "There's More to the Story" series, and the video's superb:
The Red Wings have also produced videos detailing the stories of Pavel Datsyuk...
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. From Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts":
9. Not a lot new on the Drouin watch. Originally, there was a lot of talk about Robby Fabbri (I’m guilty of this one), but I don’t think that’s the case anymore. St. Louis continues to have interest, although Fabbri’s inclusion seems unlikely. They like him and he’s fit in nicely. Also heard Detroit snooped around, but it’s hard to see a trade match.
Yzerman isn't going to trade Drouin within the division, but Ken Holland's theme song might be, "Kick Every Tire" (sung to the tune of "Climb Every Mountain" from the Sound of Music).
2. If you are a Twitter person, the NHL's Breakaway Challenge finalists are being voted upon, and #NHLBreakawayLarkin = a vote for Dylan Larkin to take part in the event:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Tomas Tatar's going to kick off a series of GoPro-themed programming called "NHL After Dark" on the NHL Network starting on Wednesday, February 3rd. Here's the pertinent part of the press release...
Each episode of NHL After Dark™ will feature NHL stars on the ice in training sessions with hockey luminaries Mike Murphy and Mike Johnson. The debut episode, which will launch on Wednesday, Feb. 3, will feature the dazzling stickhandling skills of Detroit Red Wings forward Tomáš Tatar as he's put through the paces.
And here's the trailer for the series:
The Red Wings' 4-2 win over the New York Islanders was less than an elegant affair, but Detroit made a little magic here and there:
The Islanders were frustrated with their effort, and they felt that their long break due to Saturday's canceled game played against the team's momentum for the first two periods, as they told Newsday's Arthur Staple...
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