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Pierre McGuire implies Steve Yzerman return to Detroit will happen

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NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire is known for a lot of things, but hockey knowledge is definitely at the forefront!

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During an interview on TSN1200 with John Rodenburg and Shawn Simpson, McGuire was asked about the hypothetical situation of the Red Wings being able to draft center Jack Hughes, who is projected to be the top overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft. Check out how he responded:

Transcript beginning at 16:50:

Simpson: Would that (if Detroit got Hughes) end up being the face of a new rebuild, and almost a Steve Yzerman 2.0 for Detroit?

McGuire: Probably – it would probably make things a lot easier for once Stevie goes into Detroit, there’s no question.

Fingers crossed!

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DSN’s exclusive interview with Kirk Maltby

The Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup winning teams of 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008 were known for embodying the working class spirit of the Motor City. Perhaps no other lime combination that donned the Winged Wheel exemplified the blue collar attitude of Detroit than the group known as “The Grind Line”.

Originally modeled after the infamous “Crash Line” of the New Jersey Devils, legendary head coach Scotty Bowman put together center Kris Draper with wingers Kirk Maltby and Joey Kocur/Darren McCarty. Known for “grinding” and wearing down opponents, they were instrumental in bringing four Stanley Cup championships to Detroit.

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Maltby began his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers after playing with the Owen Sound Platers of the OHL, with whom he enjoyed a 50 goal season (1991-92). He spent three years with the Oilers before being traded to the Red Wings in 1997 for defenseman Dan McGillis, where he’d spend the next 14 years of his career. He even landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated during the 1997 Stanley Cup run!

Q: When you first came to the Red Wings in 1996, what would you have said if someone told you you’d end your career 14 years later as a four-time Stanley Cup winner?

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A: I mean, coming here I didn’t have any expectation other than trying to fit in, knowing we had a team to have a chance to win but my first year we lost to Colorado in the conference final, and then the following year I was in and out of the lineup and didn’t know where I’d fit in. Then, they threw me, Joey (Kocur) and Drapes on a line after Christmas, and everything snowballed from there. Obviously the team had a great season and were able to win the Cup there, back to back. But if you told me any of that would happen, I’d have taken it but I’d say you’re crazy!

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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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