NHL Lockout: Day 93 — With Season Hanging By A Thread, What’s Next?

As the tragedy that is the 2012 NHL Lockout approaches 100 days next week, the league and the players are no closer to a deal that might be able to save the 2012-13 season. Despite efforts led by the Players Association last week to meet again with Federal Mediators involved, talks went nowhere and the NHL followed that up by cancelling another round of games, this time through December 30th. No talks are planned. So where exactly do we stand? Why are the sides so close to a deal but can’t seem to get one finished? What’s next?

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Roller Coaster Week Ends With No Deal; NHL Season In Peril

An emotional week of ups and downs through the NHL labor negotiations ended Thursday evening with no sign that a deal will be reached anytime soon between the NHL and the NHLPA. Widespread optimism on Tuesday night after new faces joined the talks were met with sour negotiations on Wednesday, and ended Thursday evening after a livid Gary Bettman announced the rejection of the players latest proposal.

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Talking with…Martin Frk

The Red Wings have had tremendous success over the last three decades drafting players who for one reason or another slipped down the board on draft day, or players who went unscouted by other teams. Names like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson come to mind as late picks who made their mark and … Read more

Red Wings, Ericsson Agree to 3 Year Deal

On the eve of free agency, the Red Wings have come to terms with Jonathan Ericsson, meaning they will return five of their top 7 defensemen from last season. Ruslan Salei will not be offered a contract, and Brian Rafalski has opted out of the last year of his 5 year, $30M contract for retirement. Ericsson was taken by the Wings at 291st overall, the last pick in the 2002 draft. Ericsson’s will be under contract with the Wings for three seasons, at a cap hit of $3.25M.

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Player Profile: Connor Murphy

With the draft only two days away, we are nearing the end of my Player Profiles, designed to get you ready for Friday night’s festivities. I’ve scoured the globe examining the best talent that could be available when Ken Holland steps up to the podium to announce the Red Wings first selection of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, at 24th overall. The list of players I have profiled includes:

Joel Armia, the Finnish Ace.

Rickard Rakell, the skilled Swede playing his junior hockey in nearby Plymouth, MI.

Tomas Jurco, of the Memorial Cup winning Saint John Seadogs.

Vladislav Namestnikov, the talented Russian with all those Red Wings connections.

All of the above are supremely talented forwards, and the Red Wings would be thrilled to have any of them. However, if I had to wager a guess on what position the Red Wings will address with their first pick, it would have to be defense.

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