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"Because I'm retired" and "I have a job."

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"Because I'm retired" and "I have a job."

From the twitterverse when Yzerman was asked about WHY he wouldn't play in the Alumni game.

Babcock said Mursak and Commodore out tonight

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Babcock said Mursak and Commodore out tonight

Ansar Khan on Twitter. Not sure why Babs is messing with a winning lineup here...

"Am I playing some of my best hockey? I hope not," Datsyuk said. "I think I'm playing somewhere in...

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"Am I playing some of my best hockey? I hope not," Datsyuk said. "I think I'm playing somewhere in the middle. I hope to have more energy in my game. I have another level as I get older and get more experience. I can be better and I will."

Tim Wharnsby at CBC - Give the whole thing a read. Wharnsby, like many before him seems to struggle with explaining why Datsyuk is so good while staying complimentary, but the other players in the league are at no loss for words when it comes to talking about his skill and humility.

"RooseBill #RedWings F Fabian Brunnstrom is a new daddy, Wife Sandy gave birth to Alexander Noah (7...

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"RooseBill #RedWings F Fabian Brunnstrom is a new daddy, Wife Sandy gave birth to Alexander Noah (7 pounds, 3 ounces) last night @DetroitRedWings #NHL " Congrats Fabian and Sandy.

"The commissioner (Gary Bettman) promised me I was next. We even had a meeting over lunch this past...

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"The commissioner (Gary Bettman) promised me I was next. We even had a meeting over lunch this past season, and he had all his people here, and he goes, 'Yeah, I promised Mike he'd be the next one to go in the Eastern Conference.' So I expect to be in next year. Jimmy D (Devellano) is on the phone every other week reminding them."

Mike Illitch on the possibility of the Red Wings moving to the Eastern Conference.

"Ken Kal will be joined by special guests Chris Osgood and Kris Draper tonight on...

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"Ken Kal will be joined by special guests Chris Osgood and Kris Draper tonight on the play-by-play. Each of the former players will add their unique commentary for one period, with Osgood in the first, and Draper in the second."

Official Detroit Red Wings on Facebook

He’s been the cornerstone of the best NHL franchise over the last two decades. He’s won the Norris...

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He’s been the cornerstone of the best NHL franchise over the last two decades. He’s won the Norris Trophy six times. To win six of anything you clearly have to be good. Or just painfully maddeningly consistently great. And for a defenseman this doesn’t mean putting up lots of goals or doing triple dekes. This means applying pressure, moving the puck, and anchoring the power play. Lidstrom, however, does none of these things. He’s never been known for being physical. He doesn’t even have a cool Swedish accent, he speak perfect Midwest English. It’s possible for defenseman to be exciting, if they have a big slapshot like Ray Bourque, throw their bodies around like Scott Stevens, or happen to be seven feet tall like Zdeno Chara. Nick Lidstrom is a leader and plays the game right and all that stuff white people tell their kids to do but don’t actually like watching. Awesome.

The Smoking Jacket on how Nick Lidstrom is the 5th most boring athlete of all time

"You guys inspired me every day. Every day I went to the gym, I thought of you guys. Every game...

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"You guys inspired me every day. Every day I went to the gym, I thought of you guys. Every game day, I wanted to play so well because I knew you guys would be watching. I wanted to work so hard ... so you guys would be proud of me."

Kris Draper to his family at his retirement press conference.

"All those clubs need an opportunity to be heard," [Gary] Bettman said. "That's a process we'll go...

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"All those clubs need an opportunity to be heard," [Gary] Bettman said. "That's a process we'll go through the first half of next season, looking at the issues that clubs want to raise, looking at various possibilities, and trying to figure out what will make the most sense moving forward." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman referring to the Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Nashville Predators in addressing possible league realignment in 2012. In the immortal words of Lloyd Christmas... So you're telling me there's a chance!1 YEAH!!!

The Detroit News

Red Wings forward Danny Cleary passed his baseline test Tuesday, clearing him from a concussion he...

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Red Wings forward Danny Cleary passed his baseline test Tuesday, clearing him from a concussion he suffered in the last game of the season. Todd Bertuzzi, however, continues to feel the effects of a concussion he suffered, also in Game 7 against San Jose.

Detroit Free Press
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