Lidstrom Returns, Roster for Next Season

Nicklas Lidstrom will return for his 20th season in Detroit So he has motivation still. Nicklas Lidstrom announced today that he will be returning to Detroit for a 20th NHL season. The six time (maybe seven) Norris Trophy winner signed a one year, $6.2 million deal to stay in Detroit one more year. It is the exact same contract he has last season. He was quoted as saying the biggest issue was whether or not he would find the motivation to keep playing. Apparently he has. Lidstrom has been a key cog in Detroit's line-up since 1991. Every season he has played with the Winged Wheel on his chest, Detroit has made the playoffs. He has been nominated for the Norris for the 11th ti...
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Jagr Contacts Wings; Drapes, Ozzie Likely Done

Jaromir Jagr is interesting in playing for Detroit this season. It was announced today that the agent of Jaromir Jagr (Peter Svoboda) contacted the Detroit Red Wings and four other teams; the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, Washington and Montreal. While some are shooting down the rumours of Jagr going anywhere in the NHL because he bought a a 70% stake in the KHL club Kladno, it certainly is intriguing to imagine him wearing 68 in red. If he was to come to Detroit, he would have to take only one million for one year. The Wings are still smarting from the Mike Modano experiment, so if Jagr wants over 2 million, you can forget about it. The upside is obviously greater with Jagr, who...

Coaching Situation Gets Interesting

The mustache is gone. Via Twitter today, Bob MacKenzie reported that Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean is the last details of signing a deal that will see him become the Ottawa Senators head coach. The are expected to formally announce MacLean as their new head coach at a news conference on Tuesday. MacLean has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach to Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings. MacLean's playing career spanned 11 years with stops in Detroit, Winnipeg, and St. Louis. He will become the Senators' ninth head coach since the team re-joined the NHL in 1993. MacLean is filling the void left by former Senators head coach Cory Clouston. He w...

A Detroit Defenceman Retires...Named Brian?

RETIREMENT REPORT It has been reported through various sources (TSN, Sportsnet,FSN Detroit, etc.) that Red Wings defenceman Brian Rafalski is announcing his retirement. This came to a shock to me because he is only 37 years old and still looks like he has a couple years left in him. I think the plan was to have Rafalski for a couple more seasons to help bridge the gap from when Nick Lidstrom ultimately retires as well. Rafalski played 11 seasons in the NHL with Detroit and New Jersey, winning the Stanley Cup three times. He scored 79 goals and had 436 assists for 515 points in 833 games. Rafalski started his career with New Jersey. After struggling to make the team, he finall...

Mixed Emotions, Where Do Wings Go From Here?

It's only been done 3 times in NHL history. Detroit had the chance to make it four but the San Jose Sharks prevailed 3-2 in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference Finals against Vancouver. The game itself started terribly for Detroit. They were brutal in pretty much every department. San Jose took an early 2-0 lead, one on a horrendous giveaway by Henrik Zetterberg. He would eventually redeem himself with a goal in the second to make it 2-1. Detroit dominated the second outshooting San Jose 16-7. Patrick Marleau finally got a point when he shoveled a loose puck behind Jimmy Howard for a 3-1 lead in the third, but Pavel Datsyuk scored a sick backhander to make it a one goal game. The ...

One Last Game

Valterri Filppula scores the GWG in Game 6 It was the loudest the Joe has been in a long time. And it wasn't just because of a goal or a fight, either. It was constant, ear drum busting, high frequency sound waves that probably had an influence on Game 6 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Detroit defeated San Jose 3-1 to tie up the series at three games a piece. This after being down 3-0 is impressive in itself, but the Wings finally showed up to this series. After making a push in Game 5 and scoring three goals in the third period to win, the Red Wings did it again last night by scoring three more in the third. Detroit peppered Antti Niemi with shot after shot and finally br...

Wings Need to Move East

There isn't a whole lot to say about the way the second round is going for the Detroit Red Wings this year (see last year), so we'll save that for when their run is finished. But an issue that keeps popping up is the Red Wings moving to the Eastern Conference. While there are a bunch of reasons that Red Wings fans welcome this change, there are a few main points that hammer home the debate. 1. Western Timezone The Wings play a lot of games in Edmonton, Anaheim, Vancouver, San Jose, Phoenix, Calgary and Colorado. The problem with that is they are all three hours behind the time in Detroit! All those games start at around 10:30 pm in Detroit, which is a problem for a lot of Detroit fa...

Formulas for Not Being Brutal

Jonathan Ericsson watches another minus appear on his stats sheet Final Score of Game 2: San Jose 2, Detroit 1. Pretty tight game, wasn't it? If you said yes, what game were you watching? The Sharks put down the Red Wings for a second straight game with another great performance on home ice. And Detroit ruined another great game by goalie Jimmy Howard. At the beginning of the playoffs I would have said the weakest link was goaltending (like every year), with a team so potent offensively I would have called you crazy if the Wings got great goaltending and would still lose. Recapping game two is very simple: 1. Justin Abdelkader takes high sticking penalty, Ian White rocket p...

Datsyuk for Dummies: Why is he Unreal?

Pavel Datsyuk was incredible against the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone because he's played like that all year. Now that the Wings get some national exposure in Canada (CBC) and the US (NBC), people are noticing Datsyuk for what he is; a god on skates. For such a small guy, he has really gotten strong on the puck the last few years and throws his weight around. He won the Lady Byng trophy four times in a row, but this year tried something else and fought Corey Perry in his very first game. He lead the league in takaways and was at the top for blocked shots on the Wings this year. Add that to his dazzling highlight reels and you have...

Desert is Sweep for Wings

The Detroit Red Wings were the subject of much debate regarding their chances in the opening round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Consider that debate mute after the sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes. Much to the surprise of almost everybody, they looked little like the team that spent the majority of the last couple months fighting the boredom that comes with having a playoff spot essentially locked up by the all star break. The intensity and compete level that had been missing prior to game 82 was present in full force. If there is such a thing as the "playoff gear", consider it fully engaged. Even though they were playing without Henrik Zetterberg, and had the services of Johan...
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