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Former Detroit Red Wings general manager Jim Devellano once tried to persuade Mike Bossy to sign with the Detroit Red Wings

When Jim Devellano was the Detroit Red Wings’  general manager, he collected big name players like they were trading cards. Reggie Leach. Brad Park. Darryl Sittler. Borje Salming. That was just a few. His list was long.

“Mike Ilitch and I understood we were in the entertainment business,” Devellano said. “I was big on that. I signed all kinds of guys at the end. Anything to be able to make a big announcement, to shake things up. Some were OK and some were not. You had to sell tickets.”

Jim Devellano, still with the Red Wings organization as a senior vice president, was just trying to keep fans and media interested until he could build through the draft.

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