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Dater’s Daily: Bobby Ryan signs PTO with Wings, Coyotes bring back cool uniforms



Bobby Ryan

Happy Tuesday to all. Let’s do that hockey links, starting with one on former lottery pick Bobby Ryan.

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  • Ryan has signed with the Red Wings on a professional tryout contract. He played 33 games for the Wings last season, but the contract ended and he hadn’t been signed by anyone else yet, so it’s back to Detroit to try and convince Steve Yzerman he’s still got something in the tank. (Detroit Hockey Now
  • The Sharks scout who came from Twitter (San Jose Hockey Now)
  • Nolan Patrick now has a two-year deal with the Vegas Golden Knights as he tries to write a different chapter in his NHL storybook. (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • Looking for autographs at end of Avs training camp practices? Players will usually sign as they drive out of the parking lot out back.
  • Arizona’s ultra-cool Kachina sweaters will return full time as the team’s official uniform. The team wore them at home last year. Now, you get to see the ‘Yotes in those beautiful Kachina jerseys all the time. Props to management for bringing back the look for every night, home and away.
  • Travis Zajac has called it a career. The forward who spent virtually all of his career with the New Jersey Devils before being traded to the New York Islanders last spring, signed a one-day contract and retired a Devil. Nice move by the folks in Newark to take care of Zajac.
  • Why did Jonathan Drouin drop out of sight last year? The Montreal Canadiens forward explains the anxiety issues which kept him away from the rink.

  • The Penguins are an interesting club at the moment with Sid Crosby and Geno Malkin both starting the season out of the line-up. The Stanley Cup champs from 2016 and 2017 are seeing their Sid and Geno Cup-contender window gradually closing and are making what they think are the necessary moves to keep it open. Of course, former Vancouver Canucks General Manager Brian Burke is in charge of hockey op’s there. Pittsburgh Hockey Now posted this Penguins potpourri Monday night.
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Love the old Yotes jerseys but I hope it doesn’t give Anaheim any ideas.


I can’t believe nobody was interested in Bobby Ryan. I always thought it was a shame that he had to suffer in the shadow of Crosby. There were definitely some huge moments in his career…like when Koivu stole his stick and Ryan then picked up Koivu’s (which was curved in the wrong direction for Ryan) and scored a goal with it.

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Props to Drouin for opening up about his mental health issues. It sounds like he has found the help he needs to deal with these issues both for the remainder of his career and the rest of his life. Hopefully his story can help other people get the help they need before it’s too late for them. Wishing him all the best going forward.

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