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Gretzky shares Gordie Howe stories

Wayne Gretzky was in Hollywood yesterday to appear on Conan O'Brien's "Conan" and speak with NPR's Morning Edition regarding his new book, 99: Stories of the Game. During both appearances, Gretzky shared his memories of Gordie Howe:

On getting to meet his hero, Gordie Howe: I was fortunate enough — when I was 10 years old — I got asked to be a part of this charity event in my hometown that Gordie was going to be part of. And I remember three things: One, I was getting to meet Gordie. Two, I was going to get the day off school. And three, I was officially going to get my first suit.

My mom and dad bought me a blue suit and pair of new shoes that were killing my feet— like every other 10-year-old — and I got a chance to talk to him. I got some great pictures with him.

I remember when I left there my dad asking me, "How was it?" And I distinctly remember saying to my dad ... "Wow, he's nicer, bigger and better than even I had imagined him."

On Howe being not quite as nice on the ice: If you talked to anybody they would say, "The one guy I fear when I play against him is Gordie Howe." And, yet, away from the ice the perception was, "Well he's so nice we don't care what he does on the ice." And that's was sort of how fans sort of looked at Gordie.

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Crain’s Detroit Business’ Shea: Announcement of Pistons move downtown may come shortly

From Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea:

Official word that the Detroit Pistons will move to downtown Detroit for the 2017-18 season could come within days, if final details can be worked out, sources close to the discussions said.

Talks have continued this week between the Pistons' ownership and Olympia Entertainment on moving the basketball team as it prepares to open its upcoming home season on Friday.

There is no formal timetable for an announcement at this point. No final agreement has been reached, and the talks could still fall through, sources say. Potential additional deals involving the entertainment and broadcast rights portions of their respective businesses are expected to take longer.


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Video- Highlights From Wings/Hurricanes Game Last Night

10 1/2 minutes of extended highlights from Detroit's 4-2 win over Carolina last night.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Hurricanes wrap-up

The Detroit Red Wings were able to overcome a spotty effort to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Tuesday, earning their 5th straight win thanks to a pair of goals from Dylan Larkin, a fine 29-save performance from Petr Mrazek and a lot of effort against a surprising Hurricanes team in between.

As AWood40 posted, Dylan Larkin's pair of goals were things of beauty...

And the way the Wings responded after Mike Green got hit "in the numbers" by Victor Stalberg wasn't bad, either:

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Red Wings-Hurricanes quick take: a little sporty, but we’ll take it

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to push their winning streak to 5 games against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday evening, while the Hurricanes attempted to wrap up a 6-game road trip on a winning note. The Red Wings faced familiar faces in Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk as well.

The Red Wings may have had to work a little harder than they wanted given that the Hurricanes never gave up, and had a particularly good third period, but Detroit built up 3-0 and 4-2 leads and did a fine job of out-working and out-detailing the Hurricanes to a 4-2 margin of victory, earning a fifth win in a row.

According to Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, the Wings have earned 10 of their first possible 14 points, and they'll need to play a little better on Thursday in St. Louis, but this was an excellent effort against a rope-a-dope of an effort by a surprising Hurricanes team.

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Larkin scores his first 2 goals of the season

Dylan Larkin scored his first two goals of the 2016-17 season this evening, first tucking a breakaway between Cam Ward's legs...

And then firing a flickering wrister off a Canes defenseman and through Ward:

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Prospect news: European results and the Griffins’ weekly press release

Of prospect-related note:

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo remained absent as TPS Turku defeated HPK 4-1;

In the KHL, Christoffer Ehn played 15:50 in the Frolunda Indians' 3-1 win over Malmo IF;

And here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:

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Evening news: A Game-Day preview video; on Larkin’s bobblehead, Sproul and scraps

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video with Ken Kal:

2. Here's WXYZ's Brad Galli talking about Dylan Larkin bobblehead night:

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Frk return to the Joe as a member of the Canes

MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article about Martin Frk's return to the Motor City as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes:

"It was kind of sad to leave the Red Wings and also Grand Rapids," Frk said. "(But) it was great for me. I'm very happy I can be here and get a chance to play for Carolina."

The Hurricanes are in the process of determining whether Frk belongs on their team. He must be on the NHL roster for at least 30 days after being claimed on waivers. But he can be waived after that.

"We got to make sure we get him enough minutes and we get him in some games so we know what we have at the end of the day," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "We haven't played enough hockey to get everybody involved. We're carrying 14 forwards, at some tonight we'd like to get down to 13 and have everyone where they need to be. So, we got to make a decision on Marty, where he fits in. But we like him a lot."

Frk was in his first year as a pro in 2013-14 during Peters' final season as an assistant coach with Detroit.

"Struggled in the beginning to figure out the pro game. Spent some time in Toledo (ECHL)," Peters said. "Give him all the credit in the world. He got himself in better shape. He became a better skater. He's always had the ability to score goals. But now the NHL has changed. It's a much quicker league. He's done a good job trying to get himself up to speed with the skating and now we'll see if we can get him in good enough positions to use his ability to score."

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On the Chychrun freakout in Detroit

There are groups of Red Wings and Detroit sports fans who are absolutely furious right now, and I'm not sure whether their anger is reflexive, misplaced or just plain illogical.

These groups of fans are freaking out about the fact that the player the Phoenix Coyotes picked with the 1st round pick Detroit traded to Arizona in the Pavel Datsyuk trade, one Jakob Chychrun, has posted 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 points in 4 games while displaying a significant amount of talent and maturity.

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