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