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Fox Sports Detroit’s Trevor Thompson unfazed by Gritty!

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Talk about a close encounter of the Gritty kind!

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During Saturday’s matinee matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center, Fox Sports Detroit’s Trevor Thompson was giving an in-game report while standing next to perhaps the most talked about sports mascot in recent memory, the terrifying Philadelphia Flyers mascot named “Gritty”. Though Gritty’s appearance might be the stuff nightmares are made of, Trevor handled it like a pro!

Would you have been able to keep a straight face standing next to Gritty?

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Red Wings not fazed by trade talks as deadline approaches

The NHL Trade deadline is fast approaching, and for the third consecutive season, the Detroit Red Wings are poised to be sellers as they are well outside of a playoff spot. The deadline is February 25 at 3:00 PM.

Trade rumors can sometimes weigh on players minds, especially those who have surfaced in said rumors. One such player is Gustav Nyquist, who is an unrestricted free-agent at the end of this season.

“I’d be lying if I said you didn’t hear anything,” Nyquist said after practicing Monday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. “You see and hear the rumors, whatever they are. I’m not too much on social media, but you hear about them.”

General manager Ken Holland is making and receiving phone calls regarding potential trades and is going to do so until the deadline. Some additional names that could potentially be moved include Jimmy Howard, forwards Thomas Vanek and Martin Frk, and defensemen Niklas Kronwall, Nick Jensen and Luke Witkowski.

“We have a couple of more weeks left,” said Nyquist. “I try not to think about any of it. But I like said, I’d be lying if I said you don’t hear anything about it.

“But in saying that, I personally just try to focus on hockey. That’s all I can control — and time will tell, with whatever happens.”

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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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REPORT: Sergei Fedorov could return to Detroit Red Wings

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

But could one of his old pals be joining him in the Motor City?

According to 97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger, he heard today that Yzerman might bring former Red Wings’ great Sergei Fedorov into the organization.

Nation, would you like to see Fedorov back in the Red Wings’ organization? Do you think he would consider coming back before his No. 91 is retired?

BREAKING: Steve Yzerman officially introduced as Detroit Red Wings’ GM

97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere are celebrating the official news that Steve Yzerman is now the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

Take a listen as he joins 97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti to talk about the timing of the hiring and some additional insight.

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Ken Holland the architect of Steve Yzerman’s return

Well, who would have thought that?

According to a report from Sportsnet, it was none other than Ken Holland who was the leading force behind Steve Yzerman’s return to the Red Wings to take over his position, and has been working on it for months.

Of course, it was Ken Holland who declined this move the first time around in 2010. Red Wings ownership allegedly wanted to tap Yzerman as the successor to Holland, who didn’t want to move “upstairs” just quite yet. Yzerman then went to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and for the past nine years, has built them into a powerhouse and yearly contender for the Stanley Cup.

Holland, who has been the team’s GM since 1997, was asked earlier this month on 97.1 The Ticket about remaining with the Red Wings.

“That’s a great question,” Holland said. “I don’t have an answer for you. But I am a proud, proud Red Wing and I love being a Red Wing and I love living in Michigan. We’ve put roots down. I love the fans, I love the people that work for the Red Wings, I love the young players.

“Certainly would be very difficult for me to leave.”

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Tampa Bay Lightning swept in Round 1

Wow!

In perhaps the most shocking playoff result in recent memory, the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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