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Morning Line- Steve Yzerman

"Geez, half the time, you're texting the guy sitting right at the table next to you," Yzerman said. "You can do that from anywhere. Whether we're doing it remotely or live, I think it has no bearing. You're going to do what you're going to do regardless. Believe it or not, it's not like we just wander around the room, kind of looking for somebody, and open up the raincoat and sell them a watch or something like that. There is a bit of a plan to it all, believe it or not."

"I personally like doing the draft remotely, albeit the second day was kind of a death march for everyone," Yzerman said. "We’re all on the floor, we’re kind of packed at our table, there’s not a lot of room, there’s a lot of distractions. I like doing it remotely and got used to it."

-Steve Yzerman, Executive VP and GM for the Detroit Red Wings.  Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press has more.

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Video- Gordie Howe Would Have Turned 94 Today

Gordie Howe is missed.

 

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Brett Hull Stories

from Jeremy Rutherford and Jayson Jenks of The Athletic,

Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings defenseman: We’re on the power play and I’m on top with Hullie on my left, his one-timer side. On the other side we had Fredrik Olausson. We are passing it around and I give it to Olausson who finds Hullie right through the seam, a perfect pass, and he one-times it for a goal. When we gathered on the ice to celebrate Hullie goes, “Freddie, it only took you 30 games to figure that one out!” And then you see his grin!

Chase: Keenan told (a former Blues equipment manager) that he should run the team: “You coach them. They don’t listen to me.” So the boys scored about three or four goals, and Keenan was back behind the bench. Hullie said, “What the *#$%@& are you doing back here? The skate sharpener can run this team!”

many more (paid)

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Do The New York Rangers Need A Goalie?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So the Rangers could high-step out of the Garden on Sunday night after finding yet another way to win in a season chock full of rather confounding victories. This time it was Ryan Lindgren — well of course it was — with the last second buzzer-beater with .07 remaining on the clock to lift the Blueshirts to a chaotic 5-4 triumph over the Sabres.

But even in elevating the record to a fancy 11-4-3, the Rangers have a serious issue that probably needs to be addressed in one form or another before too long.

Because though the Blueshirts persevered in this one while getting goals from Chris Kreider (yep, another one), Kaapo Kakko (yep, another one), Jacob Trouba, K’Andre Miller and Lindgren, this also represented yet another game in which Alex Georgiev provided subpar netminding until he was replaced by Igor Shesterkin after allowing four goals on 18 shots through two periods.

“Coach’s decision,” Gerard Gallant, who is the coach, said when asked why he made the switch in nets.

That call was obvious. Georgiev was fighting the puck and the moment just as he has been pretty much from the start not only of this season, but last year. Much less obvious were the reasons behind Gallant’s decision to give No. 40 the start in the midst of a stretch in which this represented the club’s only game in five days.

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Early Morning Line- Steve Yzerman

"I learned a lot from Kenny, even before I retired, talking about the league, players, signings… I always talked about things with him, and the four years after I retired, we talked about contracts, how he managed situations, how he handled things. The logic behind the decisions that he had to make. It was a tremendous education.

"Kenny was very, very selfless. To this day I talk to him about things. He hasn’t changed a bit. He is very, very humble."

-Steve Yzerman, GM of the Detroit Red Wings on Ken Holland.  Mark Spector of Sportsnet has more on Holland.

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Going Down The Dark Road In Pittsburgh

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I can’t help but think of another team as the Penguins fade. It’s the team that helped shaped this one in its formative years. The one that showed them what high-stakes hockey was all about.

I’m talking about the Detroit Red Wings and how, after losing to the Penguins in the 2009 Stanley Cup final, they began to erode, imperceptibly at first. They still had a couple of 100-point seasons in them. Still a few trips to the conference finals. You always knew they would make the playoffs. They did that for 25 straight years.

By 2016, though, the Red Wings had become garden-variety, first-round flameouts. That is where their season ended three straight years (sound familiar?). They still seemed dangerous — at least to where you could conjure images of one last title run if you tried hard enough.

But by that time, Detroit’s Big 3 — their Crosby-Malkin-Letang — was down to one: an aging Henrik Zetterberg. Nicklas Lidstrom had retired in 2012. Pavel Datsyuk was headed back to Russia to finish his career.

Instead of competing for championships, the Wings were competing for playoff spots.

I always wished the Penguins and Red Wings would play a finals rubber match and be linked in history forever.

Instead, more than a decade later, they are linked in another way: These Penguins have become the late-stage Red Wings.

The Penguins won’t fade easily. Once-great teams rarely do. They will rage against the dying of the light. No Mike Sullivan team would go down without a fight (except the one in the bubble two years ago).

But let’s be honest here. It’s getting awfully dark.

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Afternoon Line- Sam Gagner

“As players, we feel we’re very fortunate that we’ve been able to do what we love to do. There’s a lot of situations out there where people have had to sacrifice what they love to do and we’re still able to do it, obviously under different circumstances. Guys have had to really adhere to protocols and things like that, and it’s made it stressful at times.

“But at the end of the day, we’re playing hockey and we’ve enjoyed that part of it.”

-Sam Gagner of the Detroit Red Wings.  Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News has more from Gagner.

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Video- Top Saves By Dominik Hasek

If you are too young to have seen Hasek play, watch it.  If you saw Hasek play, watch it.

 

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Talking With Frank Mahovlich

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Imagine being a kid from Northern Ontario, who played hockey, lived hockey and idolized Rocket Richard, and you get called up as a teenager for your first NHL game. And there you are, at Maple Leaf Gardens, all set to face the iconic Montreal Canadiens.

This isn’t a children’s book.

This was Frank Mahovlich’s life.

“Howie Meeker was the coach and, before the game, he looked at me and said ‘You’ll be checking Rocket Richard tonight, ‘A ” the great Mahovlich, now 83 years old, said in a rare and lengthy interview.

“I’m 19 at the time. I think Rocket was 38. I’d read so many books on him. The first time I’m on the ice, Meeker tells me, ‘Don’t let him get away, he’s too dangerous.’

“I’m right beside Rocket at the red line. And everything I knew about him was, if he got the puck at the red line, we were finished. I panicked, of course. I was bigger than him. I wrapped both my arms around him and held on. He got a little frustrated. At one point, we were so close together his nose was touching mine.

“A ‘Let go, kid,’ Richard said.

“And I’m thinking, ‘Rocket Richard just spoke to me. He spoke to me.’

“A ‘Yes Mr Richard,’ I said, and I let him go.”

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Mike Green Plans To Retire

from Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic,

It’s over and out for Mike “Game Over” Green, the high-scoring defenseman who set records and electrified crowds in Washington during the Capitals’ “Rock the Red” rise.

Green told The Athletic, in an exclusive interview via phone from his home in suburban Calgary this week, that he intends to retire after a 15-year career that also made stops in Detroit and, briefly, Edmonton.

At 34 years old, Green is healthy and still has some hockey left in him. But he gained a new perspective on life during the NHL’s COVID-19 stoppage.

“Being an athlete isn’t the only part of who I am,” Green said. “I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle. I’ve been very fortunate to turn my passion into my profession, but at this point in my life, I’m considering other things that I feel called to do.”

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