August 25 2016 04:38PM
Times were good back in 2009: the Detroit Red Wings were defending Stanley Cup champions; Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg had established their status as The Eurotwins; Detroit had a legitimate top-6 defense corps headed by team captain Nick Lidstrom; and Niklas Kronwall was at the top of his game.
At 28 years old, Kronwall played an 80 game season and broke the 50-point barrier. He had 94 hits, 106 blocks, and was named an NHL All-Star for the first time. Soaking up the leadership from vets like Chris Chelios and Brian Rafalski, Kronwall was touted as the man who would take the reigns from Lidstrom one day on the blueline.
Unfortunately, the skates were too big to fill. In Kronner’s defense, though, it was Lidstrom. He was irreplaceable.
And Kronwall didn’t do too bad in the years following Lidstrom’s retirement. In the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, he put up 29 points in 48 games and in 2013-14, he recorded 49 points in 79 games. He was named an All-Star both years and ranked top-15 in Norris voting. He was by no means the best defenseman in the league, but he was the best defenseman on the Red Wings.
This is no longer the case as Kronwall has entered a decline that I don’t think he’ll be coming out of.
August 24 2016 02:17PM
Did the Red Wings recently hold some crazy party that we're not supposed to know about?
Ansar Khan reported three separate injuries to players today... the most notable of which would be the back injury (and subsequent) surgery to forward Tomas Jurco, caused from working out.
#RedWings Tomas Jurco had "minor" back surgery last week, hurting himself working out. Out 4-6 weeks. Might not be ready for start of season— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) August 24, 2016
August 24 2016 11:49AM
(Editor's note: this article was co-authored by Nick Seguin)
As the Red Wings time in Joe Louis Arena begins to wind down, info has begun to leak out in regard to Little Caesars Arena. It is a part of a bigger plan in downtown Detroit and will be a cornerstone in the city for years to come. Over at the Detroit Free Press, they were given an opportunity to look at the arena and if the models are any indication, the place will be jaw-dropping.
August 24 2016 10:54AM
Niklas Kronwall is no longer going to be available for the World Cup, and so Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm will take his place.
Kronwall was originally named to the roster when the team's had to name their original 16 man roster. Kronwall is out because of his knee injury, which limited him to 64 games this season.
August 23 2016 05:39PM
The Winged Wheel Podcast is back to their old hilarious selves! Which is probably not a good thing. The Jimmy Vesey saga has mercifully ended, Ken Holland takes a metaphorical dump on Gustav Nyquist & this episode has an overtime to remember. Grab a water, your phone, open up some apps and enjoy!