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In Red Wings Land

Detroit Red Wings’ Kris Draper, Claude Lemieux and the heated rivalry

His son rekindled the memory after a teammate showed him a clip of the hit on YouTube.

Kris Draper’s career with the Detroit Red Wings was highlighted by four Stanley Cups and a post-retirement scouting job helping the Wings stock the rebuild. This edition of “Red Wings Revisited,” a series designed to distract while the sports world is on pause because of COVID-19, looks back to May 29, 1996, and the hit that ignited the rivalry with the Colorado Avalanche.

Steve Yzerman explains why Mathias Brome can make Red Wings - mlive.com

The Detroit Red Wings have not had much success recently with undrafted European free agents.

Steve Yzerman hopes Mattias Brome ends that trend.

The Red Wings signed Brome, a 6-foot, 183-pound left wing from Sweden, to a one-year entry-level contract in April.

“I like his hockey sense, I like his competitiveness,” Yzerman said. “He’s not a Henrik Zetterberg- or Pavel Datsyuk-type of finesse player, he’s a worker with some skills and can contribute and make plays and finish a little bit. We’ll see if that translates in the NHL.

Bonus Re-Up

Also, re-up from a couple days ago:

Also, I know money is tight for a lot of people (including me). If you have a little extra, the Jamie Daniels Foundation is an excellent place to send it.

Also, if you send me proof that you donated at least $20 to the Jamie Daniels Foundation between now and a week from now (midnight ET June 7th), I will randomly select one of you to send a Ken Daniels / Mickey Redmond talking bobblehead (unsigned). Send that to peteflynn@gmail.com or @pflynnhockey on Twitter.

If you haven’t seen the bobblehead, here is what it looks like:

Around the NHL

Yzerman, Trottier, Sakic debated for 'NHL's Who Wore It Best?'

The discussion centers on the three names listed above. Obviously many Detroit fans are going to be biased for Yzerman, but I think this is a case in which all three had great careers. Only speaking for myself, but I do like how the people in the article make a case for each of the three players. It could be my tendency towards not liking to rank things, but I view this more as “Here’s three great players who all wore the same number.”

Each Tuesday on NHL.com, selected writers will make his or her case for which player in the history of League wore a certain number best. Each Friday, in a companion piece, the debate will center on current players.

Today, the discussion is focused on the best player to wear No. 19.