Wings Get a Bogey?

After finishing up my last article on Mike Modano, I stumbled upon another rumour and it certainly was intriguing. Atlanta apparently is willing to deal just about anyone, including Zach Bogosian. The rumour popped up today as Bob Duff tweeted that the Wings may have interest in acquiring the 3rd overall pick in the 2008 draft. Bogosian was draft after Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty by the Thrashers. The interesting fact of the matter is that the asking price from Atlanta was Jiri Hudler, Jonathan Ericsson/Jakub Kindl and a 1st Round Pick. I have no trouble dealing any of these assets. Bogosian himself was a first round pick, and as a Wings fan you have to be used to givin...
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Modano's Return Huge for Red Wings

Mike Modano will make his return to the Detroit Red Wings line-up tonight after missing 41 games with severed wrist tendons. Valterri Filppula will also play for the first time in eight games from a sprained left MCL. Modano's return means a lot to the Red Wings. While the NHL trade deadline is Monday, Detroit's was today. Adding Modano and Filppula back into the mix means the Wings once again have three strong scoring lines, and will have to rotate depth players like Justin Abdelkader and Kris Draper into the line-up. It's a good problem for a team to have. Modano will wear a wrist guard that was made by the same guy who crafted Detroit Piston's Rip Hamilton's face mask (Jeremy Mu...

Red Wings Deadline History

The Detroit Red Wings approach another NHL trade deadline with no intent on forcing a deal to make a splash. Minor as a potential deal is, it's still fun to see Detroit get into the fun too. Detroit fans haven't really had anything big happen at the trade deadline for a few years now, with the last notable trade being trading a couple draft picks to Los Angeles for Brad Stuart in 2008 before their Cup title. Last year they made two trades, sending Kris Newbury to the New York Rangers for Jordan Owens and getting Riley Armstrong from Calgary for Andy Delmore. The main reason was to shake up the Wings farm team, the Grand Rapids Griffins. We might see something similar this season as well. ...

Brewin' the Bruins

The Detroit Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 at Joe Louis Arena Sunday afternoon in a matinée game. Todd Bertuzzi scored twice while Kris Draper and Pavel Datsyuk also tallied for Detroit while Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand replied for Boston. It was finally a full effort for Detroit as they swept the Bruins in the season series 2-0 (they beat the Bruins 6-1 a few days prior). From the opening face-off though, the Wings started slow and gave up Seguin;'s goal after some hard work by Blake Wheeler. Bertuzzi responded after a gift by Marchand, putting a backhander over Tim Thomas to tie the game. Marchand redeemed himself on the powerplay to make the score 2-1 after the first p...

Textbook Lack of Effort

This might come off as a rant and if it does, that means I'm getting all my frustrations out right now. The Detroit Red Wings lost last night. I also had my first live blog last night of the game. One was fun, the other wasn't. This game was an embarrassment to Red Wings fans. When you look at the score and see the Nashville Predators won 4-1, it's like, "Well I guess Detroit just had an off night." Not even close, it looked like an AHL team out there for Babcock's sake. When you look deeper at this game, it was clear what the problem was. The fans know it. The announcers know it. The media knows it. The coach knows it. And the players know it. This was textbook lack of effort. ...

Detroit Looks to Avenge Embarassing Defeat

The Detroit Red Wings get another shot at the Nashville Predators tonight, and they will clearly be trying to avenge the 3-0 loss to the Predators a few nights ago. Detroit was shutout in two straight games before hanging on to beat the Rangers 3-2 in Detroit. The Preds lead the season series 2-1. Nashville followed up their shutout win by getting shutout themselves. They lost 4-0 to a weak Edmonton Oilers team, and the game today could righten the ship against their Central Division Rivals. Tomas Holmstrom will be back in the line-up tonight (according to 97.1 The Ticket), and his net presence will be greatly needed, seeing the Wings have only two goals on 30 opportunites on the ...

Red Wings Week In Review and a Look Ahead

Last week was a bit a of a bumpy road for the Detroit Red Wings. They came out of the week with a 1-2-0 record. While that might not look too bad since they only lost two games in a row, if you check the box score for the two losses, it's clear that it was a bad week. Wednesday night was a wild one. The story of the night for the Red Wings was Johan Franzen's 5 goal night. It's still something that can easily make any Wings fan look back on and smile about and something that still has hockey fans in awe when mentioned. It was an entertaining game for sure, but giving up 5 goals in a victory? Not good. As for Friday and Saturday. What can you say? Being shutout on back to back nights ...

Wings Shouldn't Claim Emery

In response to my article about the Ducks signing Ray Emery, I realized he would have to clear waivers before heading to Syracuse for conditioning. Which leads me to believe the Detroit Red Wings are taking a hard look at him to see if he could fit in with the team. Am I open to Emery wearing the Winged Wheel? Sure. Better than Joey MacDonald. But the odds of him coming to Detroit are slim to none. Emery's attitude issues might scare teams away, but the fact is Emery was brilliant in 2007 with Ottawa, so he probably still has in him somewhere. Detroit wouldn't get him for a few reasons: 1. They couldn't smarten up Sean Avery, so why Emery? 2. Grand Rapids has like 6 goalies 3. O...

High Five

Wow. What can you say? The Mule did it again. Johan Franzen scored a whopping five goals against the Ottawa Senators and the Detroit Red Wings slugged out a 7-5 victory. Ottawa lost it's 8th straight game. Franzen's five goal night is the first in Detroit since Sergei Fedorov turned the trick agsinst the Capitals in 1996. The only other 5 goal scorer was then Minnesota WIld Marian Gaborik against the Rangers. Ironically Fedorov and Gaborik both turned out to play for the team they lit up, but hopefully not the Mule. There really isn't anything to say. Throw a rookie goalie in the net in Robin Lehner and the Wings picked him apart. Although Jimmy Howard looked shaky to me, he still ...

Red Wings Head Into the All Star Break with a Win

Photo Credit: AP Photo With a week off looming in front of them, the Red Wings, like every other team in their final game before the All Star break, were looking for a win. A week off after a win is obviously much easier than having a bad taste of a loss to think about. Detroit faced a Devils team that has been looking like an entirely different team lately. Since January 9, the Devils have beaten the Lightning twice, the Flyers, the Penguins, the Islanders, and the Panthers. Their only loss since that date came in overtime to the Panthers. Just looking at the standings one would not have expected last night's game to be much of a test. The Red Wings had 64 points coming into t...
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