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Drapes and Ozzie take an ‘exhausting’ trip to join the Red Wings’ front office at the draft

On an evening of rumors, rumors and more rumors which will give way to a Friday and Saturday equally salted with a dump truck’s worth of, “You know, 99% of these don’t pan out, especially given that every major player agent and every general manager is using the electronic media to test the waters while a hundred of ‘em are in the same building” draft trade/free agent speculation pumped out on Twitter (dear hockey gods, if Twitter goes out again, what will people do?)...

The Free Press’s Helene St. James delivers a welcome dose of relative sanity in the form of a road trip story regarding Red Wings execs Kris Draper (special assistant to GM Ken Holland) and Chris Osgood (goaltending coach/goalie mentor/amateur goalie scout):

Remember that Seinfeld episode where Kramer decides to take a car to the limit of its fuel tank?

Kris Draper and Chris Osgood lived that today. The two, both front office men for the Detroit Red Wings after retiring last summer, set out to drive to Pittsburgh, site of this weekend’s NHL entry draft. Everything went smoothly - until they hit Pennsylvania.

That’s when they realized they were low on fuel. Really, really low.

And who was at fault? Whose car were they in and who was driving? “All Ozzy,” Draper told the Free Press.

Fortunately, their adventure ended well enough, as they slid into a gas station. Barely.

“Had to run 20 miles on fumes,” Draper relayed. “Classic.”

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I live in Pittsburgh. I make that drive to Cleveland (and sometimes Toledo) to see family often. PA is not great with having gas stations where you need them. Ohio is good about that but if you think you will just wait till you cross that border to fill up you might be in for a surprise. Glad they made it. And glad that there are some Red Wings in this city right now. I

Posted by jp on 06/21/12 at 08:12 PM ET

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