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TRADE RUMOR: Maple Leafs interested in Red Wings forward

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Former Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock may not be coaching in Hockeytown anymore, but that isn’t stopping him from wanting one of his former players on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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According to TSN, the Leafs are reportedly interested in trading for forward Luke Glendening, who was a Babcock favorite during his time in Detroit. Glendening was also on Toronto’s radar last season, though no deal materialized.

Glendening has two years remaining on his contract at $1.8 million per year, and the Leafs already have tight cap space with the recent re-signing of forward Auston Matthews. They’ll also be trying to re-sign Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen, Andreas Johnsson, and Par Lindholm this summer. The question would be whether or not Detroit would be able to retain any of Glendening’s salary in order to facilitate a deal.

In 58 games this year, Glendening has scored eight goals to go with 10 assists.

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The Filip Zadina experience is coming soon!

Detroit Red Wings general manager announced the news that many fans have been waiting for – first round draft pick Filip Zadina will be getting a look next month with the big club.

“We’re going to give Zadina a little bit of an opportunity in March. I want him or the young players to see what the NHL is all about, so as they head into the offseason [they know what they need to work on]. I think a young player can really improve in the gym between June and August,” Holland said.

It has been a bit of an adjustment for Zadina since coming to North America. He’s put up 11 goals and 22 points in 38 games with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit’s minor-league affiliate. He also had a less than stellar World Junior Championships, failing to score in five games (one assist) as the Czech Republic was unable to reach the medal round.

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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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