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Redrafting Tim Stutzle or Lucas Raymond, former Detroit Red Wings center Mark Kirton interview

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Ted Kulfan takes a look at the Nashville series, Columbus weekend games, new NHL draft lottery, close of trading and former Red Wings center Mark Kirton is the special guest on this week’s OctoPulse.

Kirton, who centered a control line with Paul Woods and Brad “Motor City” Smith in the early 1980s, was diagnosed with ALS in 2018 and is now an advocate for ALS awareness and the search for a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease.

He says he “may be in the third stage of life, but is guaranteed to be working a lot of overtime” and that “there is still a lot of life left”.

Kulfan and assistant sports editor Mark Falkner also talk about the Red Wings, which will only attract three players under the age of 23 on Thursday against Nashville: Filip Hronek, Filip Zadina and Michael Rasmussen.

Dennis Cholowski is 23 but did not play in the 7-1 loss to the Predators. If you add the points from Hronek, who leads the team in the standings, Zadina and Rasmussen, the total is only 34 points, making it one of the worst teams in the NHL.

In comparison, the Devils are number 1 with 115 points from players under the age of 23. The Senators have 89 points and the Canucks / Hurricanes / BlackHawks have 87.

Here are the highlights from Episode 48 of OctoPulse:

: 40: Jeff Blashill on “too many no-shows” in the 7-1 defeat in Nashville

3:20: Blashill on Thomas Greiss allowed four goals in seven shots

9:10: Detroit only dresses three players who are 23 years old or younger

13:30: Mark Kirton interview

33:10: Sam Gagner on Tim Peel fired on on-ice comments

Tim Stutzle

37:10: Revised by Tim Stutzle or Lucas Raymond

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