With the NHL lockout over, NHL players that were playing overseas are flooding back to North America in anticipation of NHL training camp starting in a few days. That includes a few Detroit Red Wings players.
Henrik Zetterberg, Valterri Filppula, Pavel Datsyuk, Drew Miller, Jan Mursak, Damien Brunner, Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton were some of the Detroit players that played in Europe while the lockout was in progress, and almost all of them have returned to Detroit.
Datsyuk is staying in the KHL until he and his agent know when training camp is starting, and the status of Damien Brunner is unknown. He is currently playing for Zug in the Swiss league, but will likely end up in training camp in Detroit.
In what is going to be the longest offseason in Detroit Red Wings recent history since 2006, there are still things happening that will affect the team going forward. More on Patrick Eaves' condition, the World Championship, Jakub Kindl and Dan Cleary's knee,
It's the time of year where General Managers that are not in the playoffs assess their team's talent and see what needs to be done. Writers can do that too! The Checking Line - Red Wings Edition team of Kyle Busch, Rachel Bellono, Eric Huffman, A.K Bennett, Robert D'Aurelio and Justin Doddie gave every player on the Red Wings a grade and what they thought of their seasons
( 4 ) NASHVILLE PREDATORS vs. ( 5 ) DETROIT RED WINGS
The pundits are out and predicting doomsday for the Detroit Red Wings and a much better fortune for the up and coming Nashville Predators. Detroit has knocked off the Preds in the only two meetings in the playoffs between the two clubs, both in six games in 2004 and 2008. The Central Division foes split the season series at three games a piece. That sets the tone for what can most likely be the most exciting series of the first round.
There should be plenty of saves and a ton of skill when the Wings and Preds...
Everyone that reads my stuff knows of my need to vent about Jonathan Ericsson. Just look down all of the columns I've ever written and you'll find some. I'm not going to reiterate why I dislike him (basically he's 27 making $3.25 million a year to score one goal and play on the third pair as a fringe defenceman/make amazingly bad decisions with the puck from time to time/always). Instead, I want to offer my solution of what I would do with him.
Ericsson is out with a broken wrist for a few weeks, and with any luck I won't have to sit through the Capitals game at the Joe and hold my breath every time he touches the puck; he'll probably still be out.
Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall will not be suspended for his hit on Flyers forward Jakub Voracek last night.
Kronwall nailed Voracek with a shoulder check that left the Flyers forward dazed on the ice. Voracek recieved stitches in his mouth and did not return.
"Kronwall will not target the head as the principle point of contact, as Voracek had his head down and was leaning forward. Kronwall did not leave his feet and was not penalized. There are many hits to the head that are deemed illegal, just by the nature of the way the recipient dips, ducks, turns or moves just prior ro contact."
Did you do a double take? I called them the Griffins because it's pretty accurate.
The Philadelphia Flyers took down the Grand Detroit Red Griffins (aka Red Wings) 3-2 tonight on the night of Mark Howe's jersey retirement. Detroit played like a bunch of novices for almost the whole game. Henrik Zetterberg scored on Detroit's first shot on goal, but Philly got goals from Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux.
Zetterberg's goal was a thing of beauty; a backhand - short side, upstairs over a kneeling Ilya Bryzgalov. Voracek scored on a bank in off Brendan Smith's skate on a partial wraparound.
Voracek was later rocked by a huge Kronwall hit and was...
The Detroit Red Wings started slow and ended strong in a 5-2 victory over the last place Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.
Johan Franzen got his first point in five games on a first period goal, which was quickly followed by a tally by Rick Nash, who by the way still plays for the Jackets.
The Red Wings played a sloppy second period and the score remained 1-1. Although they were missing Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Kyle Quincey (Ericsson doesn't count), the players that replaced them were very good in this game, most notably Brendan Smith. More on that in a bit.
The Blue Jackets scored a shorthanded breakaway goal due to the fact that Jiri Hudler sucked tonight a...