In Red Wings Land
No GM is more secure than Steve Yzerman, returning to the scene of his greatest triumphs. Even before his announcement, there was a belief the Red Wings liked Podkolzin’s game. The organization has a great history with Russian players, and Yzerman had success with drafting them in Tampa Bay. They won’t be afraid, if he’s the No. 1 guy on their list.
Hey, if Yzerman is good with Vasili Podkolzin then I’m good with Vasili Podkolzin. We might as well jump on the hype train now. I understand there’s a two year waiting period for him because of his overseas contract obligations, but that’s fine. The Red Wings realistically aren’t going to be that good for another couple years. Bring Podkolzin aboard the ship when the team is ready to set sail on the next phase of the rebuild.
Around the League
Justin Williams on Canes' 0-2 hole "You spend all this time leading up w/ everyone writing articles about how great we are. You come out and sometimes you gotta eat a poop sandwich. It doesn’t taste good. You have to chew on it for a couple days & hopefully get the taste out"— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) May 12, 2019
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