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Striving For Consistency And Knowing Petr Klima

05/07/2023 at 7:24am EDT

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Over the years, different members of the Detroit Red Wings leadership staff have found unique ways to express how vital the need for consistency is to create a winning environment.

Mike Babcock liked to talk about players who were every dayers. Kenny Holland went on about how the NHL is a men’s league. Jeff Blashill would discuss the relentlessness of the game at this level.

In the case of current Detroit head coach Derek Lalonde, his preference is to lean on the need for playing the right way every day. Follow the process, be consistent in their approach and good things should soon be on their way to the Red Wings.

He believes that the team is on the cusp of ascending to that plateau.

“I think we were fairly consistent with our team game,” Lalonde said of the 2022-23 NHL season. “Not all the time, not exact, not where we want to be, but I certainly think something to build on.”

If the Red Wings keep building that consistency into their team play, then the playoffs will come sooner rather than later to Detroit.


from Keith Gave at the Detroit Free Press,

Despite his rather checkered career, Petr was always approachable, never shying away from the most difficult questions. And there were many, especially after his frequent off-ice shenanigans that typically involved a few too many beers (and in my experience with him, a few too many was a concept he never embraced).

The most notorious of those times, fans of a certain age will remember, involved a premature end-of-season party involving several players, the night before what would be their final playoff game of the season in Edmonton.

A routine bed check at the 11 p.m. curfew revealed some players were missing. Colin Campbell, assistant to coach Jacques Demers, and Neal Smith, assistant to general manager Jim Devellano, approached a hotel worker and asked where visiting NHL teams enjoyed gathering for a drink.

The response: Goose Loonies, a popular nightclub in Edmonton.

After a quick cab ride, Campbell and Smith stepped into the club and found nearly half their team. It was well after midnight. This wasn’t a case of being a few minutes late for bed check; this was a group of guys gathering to have one more for the road — quite literally — before their season ended.

They were behind in their seven-game set with the Oilers, one of the greatest teams ever assembled, three games to one. They knew Wayne Gretzky and his teammates had no intention of returning to Detroit for a Game 6. This series was over, and everybody knew it. So some of the players decided to toast another pretty damned good season, reaching the Stanley Cup semifinals for the second straight year, regardless of silly team rules like curfews for grown men.

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