Just a couple weeks ago it seemed like the Wings were finally going to be healthy. Boy what a difference a few games make…
When the Wings tied the game at four halfway through the third period, an ominous statistic unearthed itself. They had never come all the way back to win from a four goal deficit in the history of Joe Louis Arena. The Wings were denied their chance to make history when James Neal scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Penguins the victory.
On Saturday, I took a look at some of the potential free agents-to-be this coming summer. In a relatively thin UFA market, one of the players I discussed just signed a contract extension this morning. Craig Anderson, who I predicted would get a deal in the 4 year, $4M per season range. He re-upped with the Senators for (you guessed it) for years and $3.1875 a year. A little less than what I had predicted, but you can guarantee if he had hit the open market that number would be higher.
Join Cody and myself for the latest edition of Putting on the Foil as we talk about all things penalty-related. Join us after the jump for the audio and the topic list!
Well, so much for that whole “what players do we make healthy scratches” issue. Tonight, the Red Wings played one man under the limit of 18 skaters, because Jiri Hudler (flu), Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), and Johan Franzen (undisclosed) were all unavailable. They could have gone with 7 defensemen to offset the loss up front, but Ruslan Salei is still in California with his family after the birth of he and his wife’s third child.
When the Detroit Red Wings take the ice tonight against the Nashville Predators, they will be looking to snap a 3 game losing streak against their division rival. They will have to do so without some key contributors.
As I’ve said before, July 1st is one of my favorite days of the year. It marks the start of NHL free agency, and the annual mayhem that comes with it. In the past, July 1st way a day that would see multiple marquee players swap jerseys and allegiances to join the highest bidder. However with the salary cap that is now in place, teams have taken to signing their stars to long contracts before they ever get to test the waters of free agency. Despite this, there are still a good number of impact players set to make waves this summer, so with that said, here are my top 5, in no particular order, players who could be on the move this summer.
Today’s version will cover only unrestricted free agents, so tune in tomorrow for five RFA’s who could be changing addresses.
Joey MacDonald, after being called up yesterday afternoon, made the start in place of the ailing Chris Osgood. He was spectacular in turning aside 37 shots in the victory.
Two of the top four seeds in the NHL took the ice tonight in Detroit, Michigan. When the dust settled, the team from the West was victorious in a hard fought, tightly contested battle. It really was an incredible game from start to finish, so join me to break down all the excitement after the jump.
Remember a few days ago when Red Wings Nation was panicking about dropping four straight decisions? Haha, me neither.
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There was something a little sweeter about this one. When Pavel Datsyuk showed off a little bit of his classic dangle dangle, and then went snipe snipe for good measure, and the crowd roared in approval of the Red Wings first victory in March…there was something a little magical about it. Join me after the jump and I’ll explain a little of the magic to you…
The Red Wings have reassigned Doug Janik to the Grand Rapids Griffins just one day after recalling him, and before he ever took the ice as a Wing.
The Detroit Red Wings have recalled Doug Janik from the Grand Rapids Griffins. This move was necessary due to Brad Stuart’s ankle injury. He will play tomorrow vs. Edmonton.
The other day, I talked about how Ken Holland had some decisions to make regarding some of his prospects and their upcoming waiver eligibility. I determined that of the two defensemen who will be losing their waiver exempt status, Logan Pyett and Sergei Kolosov, that Pyett was the more likely of the two to be on the Wings opening day roster for 2011-2012. Now, let’s look at the forwards who are in the same boat.
The Wings deserved a better fate in this one. I’m not one to blame the refs for a loss, especially since I am one myself, but they determined the outcome of the game tonight.