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TROY, Mich. -- As a coach, Todd Bertuzzi is more Charlie Chaplin than Mike Babcock.
During the lockout, NHL players couldn't have contact with team officials, including coaches. So those players who didn't opt to play in Europe or elsewhere were on their own.
That's when veterans like Bertuzzi had to step up, as he has recently during informal practices at the Troy Sports Center.
When you're at Joe Louis Arena watching Babcock run practice, you can hear him from the opposite side of the rink.
Bertuzzi? Not so much.
"Bert is great," Mikael Samuelsson said. "We joked around. He showed a drill yesterday when he didn't say a word, but it worked out great anyway."
Ian White described "coach" Bertuzzi as the strong, silent type.''
Darren Helm didn't seem to mind Bertuzzi as coach.
"I like Bert as a coach. He's quiet," Helm said. "He ran a few drills without even saying a word. I'm sure it's going to be a little bit different with (Babcock) taking the ship again.
"But, obviously, we're all really excited and looking forward to getting that opportunity to get back out there."
Bertuzzi, who helped coach his son's team during the lockout, says he's not interested in taking Babcock's job.
"Not with these kind of guys, no," Bertuzzi said. "With kids, yes. They don't talk back."
Of course, when the coach doesn't say anything, how much talking "back" can there be?
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Just days before the Jan. 11th deadline, the NHL and NHLPA finally agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement, ending a lockout that will cut the season nearly in half.
The players can now get back into team facilities and will do it fast, as the season is set to begin Jan. 19th. After months of arguing over money, the players will now have less than two weeks to prepare for...
TROY, Mich. -- Just because there are going to be NHL games played again doesn't mean the fans will come to see them.
The Red Wings who have been skating at the Troy Sports Center during the long lockout are aware of this, but hope the fans will eventually forgive the sport and return.
"Everyone is allowed their opinion," Todd Bertuzzi said after the conclusion of...
via Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo on 2/10/12,
In March 1998, late in his second season with the Detroit Red Wings, Holmstrom gave up No. 15 to newly acquired veteran Dmitri Mironov. He switched to No. 96 to honor the year he arrived in the NHL, but coach Scotty Bowman suggested something else.
The details have gotten hazy, and they depend on who you talk to. But the conversation...
As a change of pace from their usual routine, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters took a day Monday to help fill the void left by the cancellation of the 2013 NHL Winter Classic by playing an outdoor basketball game on the ice at Millenium Park at Portage, Michigan.
Using special ice shoes and hockey helmets, and using Detroit Red Wings alumnus Kevin Miller as their "secret...
What will you remember most about Detroit Red Wings’ forward Tomas Holmstrom, a man who’s reportedly decided that he’s ready to hang up the skates?
For some, it will be how he seemed to perpetually wear a smile at all times, no matter what was going on during games. Others will always laugh and recall his very unique accent, perhaps the best personification of “swinglish...
from Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News,
“There’s a lot of excitement in the air. I wish we had a chance to play a couple of preseason games, but everyone is in the same boat,” said Howard.
He spent the year in Detroit, training with his Red Wing teammates four to five times a week.
“We’d have 10-15 players every day,” said Howard.
He is currently...
The Detroit Red Wings will play at least their first two games of the shortened 2013 schedule away from home, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reported.
According to Pleiness, the Wings will open the year with a game at St. Louis on Jan. 19, then travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets two nights later.
Detroit’s original, 82-game schedule included a Jan. 20 road game...
Hockey is back and Max and Andrew literally cannot wait to tell you about it.
They are joined by Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy Blog. He touches base on everything from the KHL-NHL feud to what superhero and super villain he’d like to see faceoff in the shootout.
Later, the guys tackle which Red Wings player they are most excited to see perform this year and talk...
Red Wings fans rejoice! HOCKEYTOWN is open for business!
After a 113 day labor dispute that locked out hockey for Red Wing and NHL fans alike the sport returns to the motor city. This news also comes in light of plans revealed a month ago on the possible new home for the Detroit Red Wings which could certainly attract a new and even broader fan base.
But first lets take a look at...
No. He didn't say that. Not even to Helene via text or message over the PS3. But this will be cool for the three days Babcock actually keeps the line together...
Babcock said he'll use his two-best players, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, on the same line at the start of the season, which is expected to begin with games at St. Louis Jan. 19 and Columbus Jan...
This discussion of our 3rd and 4th lines will be a bit tricky. Reason is there are guys that play in the top 6 that I don’t think should be there and there’s one guy, we’ll call him G. Nyquist, who I think should be getting more minutes. But, I’m not the coach.
We have a lot of guys to discuss, so we’d better get to it.
Full bottom 6 preview after the jump:
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Ever since Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement on May 31, it was fairly obvious would who replace him as Detroit Red...
The mid-January forecast in St. Louis? Bitterness with a touch of jealousy, sprinkled with torrential downpours of paranoia and insecurity, mixed.
The Detroit Red Wings are expected to open the season at St. Louis on Jan. 19 and then play at Columbus on Jan. 21.
That's Khan(!) and it's interesting.
Obviously with Gary's schedule calling for all Western Conference...