Game of the Day: USA defeats Canada in 1st matchup in 2010 Vancouver Olympics

We’re continuing our Game of the Day series by throwing it back to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics! The United States surprised host country Canada with a 5-3 win to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski scored twice, along with Livonia, Mich. native Ryan Kesler, Jamie Langenbrunner, and … Read more

Ex-Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s best free-agent signings – No. 2

We’re continuing our countdown of former Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland‘s top free agent signings during his two decades in the Motor City. For those of you who may have missed it, here are the first three on the list: No. 5 – Luc Robitaille No. 4 – Marian Hossa No. 3 – … Read more

Top 5 Dan Cleary moments

For the last 10 years, Dan Cleary has called Hockeytown home, and in that time, he developed from a checking forward into a goal scorer, enjoying three seasons of 20+ goals. Though his time with Detroit is almost certainly finished, we can’t forget his contributions to Detroit’s success. Here are his top 5 moments as … Read more

Brian Rafalski elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Rafalski left the United States after playing four years at the University of Wisconsin to play in the European leagues because he was too small to play in the NHL and ultimately went undrafted.  Sixteen years later he is now being inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1999, after playing in Europe for … 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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Player Profile: Jonas Brodin

The 2011 NHL Draft is almost here, and I for one couldn’t be more excited. The Draft is, in my opinion, the official kick-off party for an off-season that is always a lot of fun. After the draft comes the start of free agency as all of the 30 NHL teams jockey to land the biggest fish, to plug the necessary holes and to make themselves better than they were last year.

Next up in my player profiles to get you ready for Friday’s draft is a Swedish defenseman by the name of Jonas Brodin. Reader Helm4Life asked me to do a profile of this player for them (sweet screen-name by the way), so here it is.

If any other readers want me to profile a certain player before the draft for them, I most certainly will. For example, gfa5eat wanted to see what I had to say about Tomas Jurco, who recently captured the Memorial Cup with the Saint John Seadogs. Jurco is one of four Seadogs expected to go in Round One of the draft.

Also, I will be doing a profile on each and every player the Wings select in the draft.

Any time you have a topic you wish to discuss, you can leave me a comment here on any of the articles at The Off Wing View, or by commenting on the thumbnail link on the Detroit Sports Nation Facebook page, or by following me on Twitter and shooting me a message there. You can also follow Detroit Sports Nation on Twitter for news, commentary and other features.

Now, on to the missing Jonas brother!

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Red Wings Off-season Preview: Forwards

Quickly, name what’s wrong with the Red Wings forwards!

They are too old right?

Not physical enough?

Too slow?

Whether or not you believe that or not, that is the general belief about the Red Wings forwards and style of play in general.

My goal is to change those stereotypes by identifying some free agents the Wings should target this summer.

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Red Wings Off-season Preview: Defense

This is the second installment of a three part series where I will look at the three segments of the Wings roster, and what moves they might make in the off-season to shape their lineup. On Saturday, I walked you through the potential candidates to become Jimmy Howard’s understudy. Today, the defense is under the microscope.

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April’s (Abbreviated) 3 Stars!

The Wings only put had to play 5 regular season games in April, so the three stars of the month will come down to those who did the most in that span. The Wings as a team put together a 3-2 record this month, by winning their first two, dropping the next two and then closing out with a victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. Let’s take a look at who starred in April!

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Big Red Machine gathering steam

The Wings stormed out to a two goal lead and never looked back, winning their second straight and dispatching the visiting Minnesota Wild. Though it lacked the same passion and intensity of yesterday’s game against a Nashville squad that is quickly climbing the ranks among the Red Wings top rivals, it was a similar gritty effort that got the job done for the Wings. The win clinched the Central division for the Wings, as the Chicago Blackhawks can now only tie them in points, but would lose out on the tie-breaker.

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Battle of the Two Seeds Goes in Detroit’s Favor

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.

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Roster Decisions On the Horizon for Ken Holland – Defense

This season, the Wings were forced into an uncomfortable situation with two of their young prospects. Mattias Ritola and Jakub Kindl were both out of minor league options, meaning that in order to be returned to the AHL, they had to clear waivers.

Neither was necessarily kicking the door down to be brought up to the big leagues, but they were given a shot to win a job in training camp in September since it was their last chance to make it.

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