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Detroit Red Wings’ G Jimmy Howard calls out 97.1 The Ticket

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On Tuesday, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins and you can bet those on the Mike Valenti Show on 97.1 The Ticket have their panties in a bunch.

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You see, Valenti and his lapdogs have consistently been pushing for the Red Wings to tank (lose on purpose) so the team has a better chance at getting the No. 1 overall pick. It’s a concept that may work in video games but when HUMAN BEINGS are involved, they are going to try to win every game they play.

Following Tuesday’s win over the Penguins, Red Wings’ goaltender Jimmy Howard was asked by 97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger about what he thinks when he hears the Wings should tank.

Howard took the opportunity to call out 97.1.

Nation, what do you think would be best for the Red Wings? Winning as many games as possible or tanking?

Here are some comments by Red Wings’ head coach Jeff Blashill.

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The Captain talks about the future Red Wings captain

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Hockeytown collectively rejoiced on Friday when long-time captain Steve Yzerman returned to the team as general manager after serving for nine years with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Throughout his career, Yzerman was known as the consummate leader and is widely regarded as one of the greatest if not the greatest captain in NHL history. Now that he’s general manager of the team, he’ll almost certainly be involved in deciding who will be the next Red Wing to wear the “C” that he donned for so many years.

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The most obvious leading candidate is forward Dylan Larkin, who many believe is a shoe-in to be Detroit’s next captain after the retirement of Henrik Zetterberg before this most recent season began.

But what does Yzerman think?

“I can’t say that’s my decision. I tend towards let the coach make that decision,” Yzerman said. “But I certainly would like to talk to (Blashill). Whoever that is, whenever that is, you make sure it’s the right player and he’s at the right stage of his career. More so than wearing the C on your jersey is really how you conduct yourself, how you play, your attitude is what determines the leader of the team.”

Meanwhile, during locker clean-out day earlier in the month, former GM Ken Holland also discussed the issue.

“If you look at our assistant captains, the other three are older players,” Holland said. “Ultimately, the next captain of the Detroit Red Wings is going to be somebody young.”

“As we work our way to the summer and training camp, certainly (Larkin) is a legitimate candidate,” Holland said. “He plays hard. He’s a tremendous, tremendous player and he’s going to be a face of this franchise, and we need more faces of this franchise. Certainly, he would be a leading candidate to be the next captain.”

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VIDEO: Red Wings and Blue Jackets 2009 1st round playoff series

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The Columbus Blue Jackets shocked the world last week when they swept the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. Coincidently, it was also their first ever playoff series win. But who remembers their first ever playoff appearance?

Of course, it came against the Detroit Red Wings, who were beginning their Stanley Cup defense from the previous season’s title winning season. The Blue Jackets were led by surprising rookie goaltender Steve Mason, who would win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.

However, the young Blue Jackets proved to be no match for the veteran Red Wings, who swept the Jackets in four games.

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Who else could join Yzerman in Detroit?

Fans of the Detroit Red Wings were elated with the news that broke earlier this morning that a press conference had been scheduled at Little Caesars Arena, during which the team is expected to announce the return of Steve Yzerman as the team’s general manager.

But it doesn’t look like Stevie is the only one who is coming back to Detroit!

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According to multiple reports, former Detroit Red Wings forward Pat Verbeek is allegedly going to be coming back to Detroit along with Yzerman.

It has also been speculated that Al Murray, who just completed his ninth season with Tampa Bay as director of amateur scouting, could potentially accompany Yzerman to Detroit. Murray was responsible for drafting Nikita Kucherov (128 points this season), Brayden Point (92 points), and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Murray also worked with the Los Angeles Kings and drafted stars such as Jonathan Quick (2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner) and Anže Kopitar.

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T.J. Lang loving Steve Yzerman return

Sports fans in Detroit are thrilled at the news that broke this morning – Steve Yzerman is returning home to take over as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Former Detroit Lions player T.J. Lang, who also attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, is a Red Wings fan and you can bet he was happy to hear the news as well!

Of course, Lang also made the news recently when he said he’d be happy to fill in as an emergency goaltender for the Red Wings!

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SNEAK PEEK: Saturday’s Detroit Free Press front page is all about Steve Yzerman coming home

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On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially returned home to the Detroit Red Wings.

Here is a sneak peek at the front page for Saturday’s Detroit Free Press.

Well done by the Free Press!

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