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In Red Wings Land

Checks date of tweet: Oct 17.
Check date of buyout announcement: Oct 6.

A little strange that it took this long, considering the tweets thanking Jonathan Ericsson and Trevor Daley were posted the day after it was announced the team wasn’t bringing them back.

Maybe there is a good reason, just seems strange.

Yzerman providing optimism as Red Wings rebuild roster

Steve Yzerman has generated more optimism the past three weeks than the Detroit Red Wings have had since … well, since he took over as general manager April 19, 2019.

He has passion, patience and a plan, and though the Red Wings are still early in their rebuilding process, you can see the path forward based on the NHL Draft, free agency and trades.

Around the NHL

NHL 21 from EA Sports, featuring Be A Pro experience, available worldwide

Be A Pro gets much bigger in NHL® 21, allowing players to live the life of an NHL® superstar both on and off the ice. Just like in the NHL®, players will need to react and rise to the occasion through real-time game events, and impress coaches, GMs, teammates, and the public with hundreds of conversations that can lead to thousands of different outcomes. Through each new season, a narrative will emerge for the Pro to follow - or to rewrite - all revolving around key moments: NHL Draft™, NHL Awards™, Stanley Cup® Playoffs, and more, presented in exciting broadcast style updates throughout their career.

All the other NHL stories I could find were about Joe Thornton or Cody Ceci, and I wasn’t feeling that.

Every year, these sports games make it sound like it’s going to be a huge step forward, and it’s pretty much the same.

I did buy it, as I’ve done every year since 1993. I was going to skip this year, but with Fer Sure coming back in the near future, Jay and I need something to talk about, right?