Dylan Larkin scores twice as Red Wings earn 1st win of the season

The Detroit Red Wings were determined for a better outcome against the Carolina Hurricanes than their sluggish 3-0 loss on Thursday night. And thanks to some key playmaking, they enjoyed their first victory of the season. Robby Fabbri scored the game-winning goal late in the 3rd period, Dylan Larkin tallied twice (including an empty netter … Read more

Team Red wins Red Wings intrasquad scrimmage at LCA (VIDEO)

We’re a mere nine days away from the Detroit Red Wings officially kicking off their 95th season of NHL play. We got a good look at the first real action for the team in nearly ten months with the Team Red/White intrasquad scrimmage that took place at Little Caesars Arena earlier today. Team Red Would … Read more

Jeff Blashill discusses job appreciation and previews upcoming Detroit Red Wings season

The Detroit Red Wings are preparing for the beginning of training camp for the upcoming 2020-21 NHL season, which is slated to begin January 13. And fans will see that this year’s edition of the team will look noticeably different than the squad who earned the unfortunate distinction of being the worst Red Wings team … Read more

Several Red Wings included in NBC Sports’ list of best free agent signings

Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman has been busy in free agency, bringing aboard the likes of forwards Bobby Ryan and Vladislav Namestnikov, defenseman Troy Stecher and Jon Merrill, and goaltender Thomas Greiss. Talk about wheeling and dealing! NBC Sports put together their list of the top free agent signings, and the Red Wings were … Read more

Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman earns high praise around the NHL for his free-agent moves

Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman has been busy since the start of free agency, bringing aboard several new faces including the likes of forwards Bobby Ryan and Vladislav Namestnikov, as well as defenseman Troy Stecher and Jon Merrill, and goaltender Thomas Greiss. Embed from Getty Images The Athletic‘s Craig Custance spoke to several executives … Read more

Flashback: Future teammates Robby Fabbri, Vladislav Namestnikov fight one another (VIDEO)

The Detroit Red Wings have remained busy in free agency, with Russian-born forward Vladislav Namestnikov the latest name to be brought to the Motor City by GM Steve Yzerman. During the 2019-20 regular season, Yzerman also made one of the most underrated deals in the NHL, trading for former St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri … Read more

Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman has the chance to buy out another bloated contract

The Detroit Red Wings have remained busy in free agency, with Russian-born forward Vladislav Namestnikov the latest name to be brought to the Motor City by GM Steve Yzerman. Prior to free agency, the team made the decision to part ways with veteran forward Justin Abdelkader, who was placed on waivers for the purposes of … Read more

Vladislav Namestnikov describes his excitement over joining Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings added to their free-agency haul, inking forward Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year contract. Embed from Getty Images Originally drafted by Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011, Namestnikov already has a prior connection to his new team. His uncle on his mother’s side of the family just so happens … Read more

New Red Wings forward Vladislav Namestnikov posts special message to Instagram

Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman continued to add to his roster, adding Russian forward Vladislav Namestnikov to the mix on a two-year contract. Embed from Getty Images Yzerman is already familiar with Namestnikov from their days with the Tampa Bay Lightning. After the signing was announced, Namestnikov took to social media to post a … Read more

Detroit Red Wings to sign free agent C Vladislav Namestnikov

According to the Detroit Red Wings, they have agreed to terms with free-agent center Vladislav Namestnikov on a two-year contract, worth a reported $2 million AAV. Embed from Getty Images Namestnikov, 27, was originally drafted in the first round (27th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lighting and spent parts … Read more

Defensive struggles, missed opportunities haunt Red Wings, lose to Lightning 6-2

RED WINGS at LIGHTNING 25 SOG 34 1/1 POWER PLAY 1/4 26 HITS 14 32 FACE-OFF WINS 24 6 GIVEAWAYS 9 3 BLOCKED SHOTS 14 1st Period The Detroit Red Wings would get an early chance to strike first. Shortly after the initial puck drop, Ben Bishop carelessly gave away the puck. Anthony Mantha jumped on the … Read more

Player Profile: Vladislav Namestnikov

In preparation for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, I have been profiling players who may be available when the Red Wings make their first selection at 24th overall. I’ve hit most of the nationalities that make up the Red Wings roster so far, including a Canadian, a Swede, and a Finn. The other day, I profiled Tomas Jurco, and while there are no current Red Wings from Slovakia, his hometown is just a four hour drive from that of prospect Tomas Tatar.

While there is currently only one Russian on the Red Wings, and none necessarily coming up the pipeline, the past and present of the Wings franchise has been shaped by enormous contributions from players who hail from the former Soviet Union. From Pavel Datsyuk now, to the famous Russian 5 of the mid-ninties, they all have a connection to this next player.

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