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Kirk Maltby on Mr. I

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness spoke with Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Scotty Bowman regarding Mr. Ilitch's ownership:

“Obviously, we had a good core of great players, starting with Stevie, Nick (Lidstrom) and Sergei (Fedorov) and trickling down through the trades, but as a player when you have ownership that will do everything within the rules to win … he wanted to win but I don’t think it was just for him and the players. I think he did it for the city,” Kirk Maltby said. “Everyone was excited beyond belief after that first Cup, but you really got a sense that as happy as he was for himself and all of us, and everyone involved with the Detroit Red Wings, I think, the way things went with the parade and how many people, I think he was so happy the city of Detroit was able to have a championship and he was just passionate about it from all levels.

“When you’re playing for an owner that will make a trade to give your GM the reins to do anything to bring in the best player, coach, it tells you you’re taken care of and you’re going to have a chance to win championships,” Maltby continued. “At the end of the day, that’s what happened. We were able to win.”

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Custance on Mike Ilitch’s legacy

ESPN's Craig Custance spoke with Red Wings director of pro scouting Mark Howe about the legacy of Mike Ilitch:

"Everyone deserted downtown except for Mike Ilitch," said Hall of Famer Mark Howe, son of Detroit icon Gordie Howe. "I know what he did for the hockey club. The hockey club turned pretty successful after about eight years or so. He stuck it out in the city all those years and more. Honestly, for me, the last three years, I'm really starting to see the lifeblood of the city."

Howe, as part of that iconic hockey family, has a better perspective than most of what Ilitch meant to the sport and Detroit.

With his dad, Gordie, he'd drive downtown from their split-level home on Sunset Boulevard in Lathrup Village, taking the same route every time -- 12 mile road to Southfield Road, to the Lodge, to I-94 to Grand River to their destination -- Olympia Stadium. The Old Red Barn.

He looked out the window of that car and watched a deteriorating city speed by.

"In the '60s and '70s, there was nothing," Howe said. "Everybody moved out. But Mr. Ilitch kept the Red Wings down there."

In 1992, Howe joined the Red Wings as a player. His route was a little different -- so was the arena -- but the scene on the drive in wasn't.

"Everything looked identical to what it did 20 years ago, if not worse," Howe said. "I never saw any future to this city."

Ilitch did.

Custance continues, speaking with Neil Smith, Jim Rutherford and Ken Holland and Scotty Bowman about the Ilitches' transformative power upon the Red Wings' franchise.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-WIld wrap-up—the high-stick was bad, the game was bad…

There are two stories in the Red Wings' 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild: there's the story surrounding Gustav Nyquist's high stick on Jared Spurgeon and the story of the Wings' collapse in the 3rd period.

The first story is simple: Nyquist has been offered an in-person hearing by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for this play:

Nyquist told MLive's Brendan Savage that he didn't mean to do what he did:

Nyquist has been offered an in-person hearing with NHL Player Safety and could be could be facing disciplinary action. The in-person hearing allows the league to suspend him for five games, if it so chooses. The date and time of the hearing were to be determined as of Sunday night.

"That's not up to me," Nyquist said after a 6-3 loss to the Wild at Xcel Engery Center. "That's out of my hands. I don't know what to say. It's out of my hands.

"It was completely accidental. Obviously I didn't mean to do that. My stick gets caught. I'm trying to get body position. I'm happy he was out there again. I had no intention of doing that. My stick gets caught. It looks bad but I'm happy he's OK.

"I'm just trying to get over to the other side of him and my stick gets caught. You know, obviously I've got to have better control of my stick but completely accidental."

As far as the game is concerned, the Wings didn't get the goaltending they needed from Jared Coreau, but the Wings "played from behind" all game long, and it's incredibly frustrating that the game was 3-2 at one point in the 3rd period only to spiral away from the Wings the way it did.

According to the Wild, this afternoon's game was a different kind of "ugly," as they told the Pioneer Press's Dave Mizutani:

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Gustav Nyquist Offered An In-Person Hearing


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Red Wings-Wild quick take: embarrassing

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to swipe two points from the dominant Minnesota Wild on Sunday, with the Wings aiming for their first win in 3 games.

The Red Wings were tenacious, but they simply had a flat first period and got bad goaltending in the third period en route to a 6-3 loss to the Wild. Coreau struggled when the Wings needed him to be strong, the Wings were on their "back foot" all game long and this game will be known for Gustav Nyquist's hack to Jared Spurgeon's face.

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NBC profiles Henrik Zetterberg

Via a Twitter video, here's NBC's profile of Henrik Zetterberg:

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Nyquist high-sticks Spurgeon

Gustav Nyquist might get suspended for this:

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Draper, Maltby speak with Khan about Mike Ilitch

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby regarding their memories of Mr. Ilitch:

"He cared about his players," Maltby said. "I remember times when someone would get hurt and looking in the medical room and Mr. Ilitch is in there, or one of the trainers would be on the phone with Mr. Ilitch. He didn't look at his players as just athletes and commodities, he looked at them as people, he cared for them."

Draper realized that when he was hospitalized for four days in 1996 with numerous facial injuries following the infamous hit by Claude Lemieux. Mike and Marian Ilitch were among his visitors.

"Whether it was a superstar or a grinder, it didn't matter," Draper said. "When you were a Red Wing, you were family. When they walked into the hospital room, checking to see if I'm OK, that was very special."

Khan continues...

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Vanek out for Wings-Wild

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji confirms:

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Before The 3:00pm Puck Drop In Minnesota


added 1:25pm,


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