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Yzerman Or Sakic?

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

In Monday's Denver Post, we have a story that polled 10 of the most experienced hockey writers in North America to name the top 10 centers in NHL history.

Joe Sakic came in eighth, just behind Bryan Trottier and just ahead of Stan Mikita. Steve Yzerman, the former Detroit Red Wings Hall of Famer, came in sixth.

Do we have a Red Wings-Avs rematch rivalry moment here? Who was better — Yzerman or Sakic? Were the poll responders wrong?

I'm going to say ... mmm ... can we debate this a little? They were such similar players with similar numbers, on the back of their sweaters and on the ice.

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Coach Chelios

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

“I’m still not quite sure what I want to do, as far as management or coaching,” Chelios said. “But right now I’m leaning in that (coaching) direction. To learn from Blash and be around (assistant coach) Jimmy Paek, it’s a great way to get experience.

“It’s all new to me even though I played so many years. Coaching is just a whole different ballgame.”

Chelios currently works specifically on the Griffins penalty kill, which was tied for 20th in the AHL last season at 81.8 percent, and sharing his knowledge with the team.

Brendan Smith, considered the Red Wings top defensive prospects, said Chelios’ help has been invaluable.

“He’s been my mentor,” said Smith, who has worked with Chelios in Grand Rapids and brief stints in Detroit. “He’s a student of the game and arguably one of the best defensemen ever. So when he talks, I listen.

“It’s the little things – good pivots, good positioning, good stick work - and he knows all that stuff so well.”

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Nyquist “A Man Amongst Boys”

via Corey Pronman of the NHL Draft Blog at ESPN (paid subscription), 

Gustav Nyquist, RW, Detroit Red Wings

"Playing above and beyond", "Doesn't belong in this league" and "A man amongst boys," are just some of the things I've heard when asking scouts about Nyquist's play so far. Currently tied for second in the AHL scoring race, Detroit's fourth-round pick in 2008 has displayed the very high level of skill scouts have grown accustomed to seeing from Nyquist going back to his time at the University of Maine. With his combination of puck skills, vision and overall offensive hockey sense to go along with an ability to consistently create chances thus far at the pro level, Nyquist will likely push for quality NHL ice time right away when the league re-opens.

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The Future Of The Wings

from Adam Schnepp of Hockey's Future,

A paradigm shift occurred for the Detroit Red Wings after the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Gone were the days where Detroit would readily hand out early-round draft picks in exchange for veteran NHL talent. Instead, Detroit decided that they would need to hold on to their draft choices in order to build a prospect pool with skill and size that would help them compete in the new-look NHL.

The seeds planted during that lockout have started to bear fruit for the Red Wings. Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist are ready to make their mark on the NHL, while others such as Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson are looking to earn another call-up to the big club.

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Hot Goalie In Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins extended their winning streak to three games and climbed above the 0.500 mark for the first time this season on Wednesday, claiming a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals in their 12th annual matinee game at Van Andel Arena.

Rookie netminder Petr Mrazek made 24 saves to backstop the Griffins (5-4-1-1) to their first home win and improve his personal record to 3-0, marking the third-best debut ever for a Grand Rapids goalie. Only Ty Conklin (2011-12) and Mathieu Chouinard (2000-01) enjoyed better starts (5-0) in a Griffins uniform than Mrazek, who currently ranks third in the AHL in both goals against average (1.30) and save percentage (0.954).

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Report- Broken Cheekbone For Helm

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings forward Darren Helm could be looking at more surgery after getting injured during Friday's player-run practice in Troy.

A source familiar with the situation said Helm suffered a fractured cheekbone. He is to see a specialist today to determine whether the break will heal on its own, or if an operation is required. Helm was injured when he was hit by a puck deflected by defenseman Ian White.

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Feeling Bad For Detroit

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

The place to feel sorry for is downtown Detroit. 

It could use some good financial times.

This was to be a different Winter Classic, bigger and maybe better than the previous outdoor games in Buffalo, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

The Red Wings had planned a two-week Winter Classic festival for downtown Motor City leading up to the main event on New Year's Day. There was to be nine games played over five days at Comerica Park, the home of the World Series finalist Detroit Tigers, located 70 kilometres from Michigan Stadium....

With only two Detroit Lions games at nearby Ford Field in late December, downtown Detroit establishments like the Hockeytown Cafe, Fishbones, Detroiter, Jacoby's, Old Shillelagh, Sweetwater Tavern, Foran's, Town Pump Tavern and Pappy's won't be able to cash in without the Winter Classic festival.

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The Tatar Backup Plan

from RIANOVOSTI,

Lev Prague bought the KHL rights to Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar as an investment in the future rather than with short-term plans in mind, Lev general manager Normunds Sejejs told R-Sport on Thursday.

With nine games for the Red Wings since signing in 2009, Tatar has previously hinted he will look to Europe if he fails to break into the Detroit roster.

Lev traded its first-round draft picks for the next two seasons to SKA St. Petersburg last week in return for Tatar’s rights and goaltender Jakub Stepanek.

KHL rules on lockout signings prevent a team having more than three NHLers on the roster and Lev has reached the limit, meaning Tatar cannot move yet.

“We can’t use him right now. Maybe we buy the rights for the future,” Sejejs said.

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Eventually We May See Them Play

from Chris Johnston of the CP at TSN,

The experiment is off to a rousing start.

When the Detroit Red Wings signed free-agent forward Damien Brunner over the summer, they did so with the idea of playing him alongside Henrik Zetterberg. The NHL lockout put a hold on those plans -- at least until Zetterberg contacted his new teammate a couple weeks back and inquired about joining him in Switzerland with EV Zug.

They've been inseparable ever since.

"Detroit said they were going to put (Brunner) on a line with Zetterberg, so I got to do it first," Zug coach Doug Shedden said Wednesday in an interview. "I texted (Red Wings GM) Kenny Holland and said: `It works."'

Has it ever.

Zetterberg is playing like a man possessed with seven goals and 11 points in just five league games -- four of them victories for Zug to go along with a shootout loss -- while Brunner sits on top of the Swiss scoring table. The third member of the line, former Edmonton Oilers forward Linus Omark, is also among the league leaders in points.

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