Western Conference Predictions

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Before the season begins, i thought I'd take a stab at predicting where each team will fall in the 2011-12 season. So, without further ado:

 

Vancouver Canucks – They might have a slow start coming out of the gate, as two of their top six players in Kesler and Raymond are out to start the season, but this is still a darn good hockey team. The Canucks will be icing basically the same roster as they did last season, minus Christian Ehrhoff, and I do not see any reason why they won&#...

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Brunnstrom Signs, Cuts *UPDATED*

The Detroit Red Wings announced today that eight players have been reassigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins: forwards Joakim Andersson, Landon Ferraro, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Brent Raedeke; defensemen Travis Ehrhardt and Brian Lashoff; and goaltender Jordan Pearce.

In addition, assistant general manager Jim Nill said forward Chris Conner, defensemen Garnet Exelby and Doug Janik and goalie Joey MacDonald will go on waivers Monday. 

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Detroit's Cupboard Well Stocked for Future

If anyone is wondering how the Detroit Red Wings continue to have success, making the playoffs year after year and still being a contender, one of the most important things to think about is their prospects. It is the reason that they are the consistent team that they are. Some teams like to load up on free agents, make monster trades and rush their prospects in, but Detroit has the best system in the game and possibly sports.

Of course, because of their success, Detroit has the option of leaving players in junior or the minors for a longer time than most. When the time comes, there are always a couple holes to fill and they are never shoved into a huge role that would overwhelm the...

Brunnstrom Seals Deal, Captain Ideas

Fabian Brunnstrom earned himself a contract yesterday. Did he physically sign one yet? The answer is no, but he continues to impress the Red Wings' brass the closer he gets to a deal.

Clearly Brunnstrom deserves a spot on this Detroit team. With the preseason he is having he should technically earn himself a one-way deal and stick with the Wings. What I like about him is that he is a team guy, and will take a two-way deal and play in Grand Rapids to get better, but in all honesty, he should be in the big leagues.

The only knock on him is his poor defensive play; nothing that a season with the big club couldn't fix! The best thing abou...

Mursak Injury Opens Door

 

 

The Detroit Red Wings lost one of their rookie hopefuls yesterday in Jan Mursak, who broke his ankle in Detroit's 4-3 shootout win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.

Mursak was using speed to his advantage when he fell awkwardly into the boards and left the game. He will be out at least two months.

This injury is a bummer for the Red Wings. Mursak was having a great preseason and was showing his speed and feistiness, a trait...

Sad Scene in London

As the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings were in the middle of a shootout during their exhibition match in London, Ontario on Thursday, something happened. Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, a Canadian of African descent, had an object thrown at him from the stands before he scored his shootout goal. The object was a banana. The act was despicable, disgusting and horrendous.

Wings Preseason Lines Show Depth

The Detroit Red Wings announced their first two preseason game lineups today, and the depth of the Red Wings is apparent because both lineups -- which are totally different -- are capable of competing in the regular season:

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Jiri Hudler-Pavel Datsyuk-Danny Cleary
Fabian Brunn...

Twenty and Counting

The 2011-12 season is just around the corner, and the Detroit Red Wings are looking for a 21st straight playoff appearance and their 12th Stanley Cup. They look younger then they have in years. Yes, they still have some oldies, but they are still producing numbers. Gone are Kris Draper, Brian Rafalski, Chris Osgood and Mike Modano, and in comes some young blood that will help now and in the future.

The newcomers include Ian White, Mike Commodore and Ty Conklin, and possibly Chris Conner, Fabian Brunnstrom and Ryan Johnson. White will fit in perfectly as a right handed shot from the blueline and will effectively replace Rafalski. Commodore is a replacement part for Ruslan Salei, who ...

Do The Montreal Canadiens Need Quebecers On The Team?

 

Any casual sports fan would think that Montreal's hockey team is named the Canadiens because they are Canada’s team, or that they have fans all across Canada.  To be honest, only the last statement is true.

Les Habitants have always spelled Canadiens with an ‘E’ , so maybe that should give some the idea that the team itself doesn’t represent all of Canada. For now, the team represents all of Quebec, whether it be English or French, Catholic or Jewish.  I say for now, because even the most die hard fan of the Habs cannot wait for the return of the Quebec Nordiques. 

So understanding that the Montreal Canadiens are as ...

Brunnstrom Low Risk, High Reward

When news that Fabian Brunnstrom had signed a tryout contract with Detroit broke, I immediately thought the Wings were out of their minds. But after a while, I realized that of all the teams in the NHL, Detroit is usually the one players go to to revitalize their careers. Detroit is a town of second chances, as evidenced by tryout players like Dan Cleary, Mikael Samuelsson and second-time Wings Jason Williams, Todd Bertuzzi, Darren McCarty and Dominik Hasek, just to name a few.

So why is this Brunnstrom tryout such a great idea? Well, first of all, he was the guy they wanted in Detroit instead ...

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