WN Roundtable: What's been your most pleasant surprise of the season so far?

Adam Laskaris
October 21 2016 01:41PM

Through four games this season, our Wings have gone 2-2. There's been some negatives, some things to work on, and some major issues highlighted. We've had complaints about usage, roster selection and silly in-game management, but we've also soon some good enough hockey played to sit the Wings at .500 through the early portion of the schedule.

So we asked our staff: What's been your most pleasant surprise of the season so far?

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Givani Smith signs 3-year ELC

Adam Laskaris
October 17 2016 04:14PM

Just to mix things up today, the Wings decided to announce a new entry-level signing, their first one of the new season to distract from their 0-2 start.

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Wings do silly move again, put Teemu Pulkinnen on waivers

Adam Laskaris
October 10 2016 10:48AM

Breathe in. Breathe out. React, if you haven't already.

Okay, that was pretty silly. Just a day after losing Martin Frk to the Carolina Hurricanes, it now looks like the Wings will probably lose Pulkkinen to a new suitor, simply because of a forward log jam in Detroit.

It's easy to feel bad for Detroit or Pulkkinen, but even a half-second of rational thought makes you realize that it's really the fault of, well, Detroit.

There's a few things to break down here:

  • It's clear that Pulkkinen, who's 24 years old, is probably better option than any of Darren Helm, Luke Glendenning, Steve Ott, and Drew Miller as NHL players. 
  • Pulkkinen isn't a bonafide star in his own right, either. Still, he's a useful bottom-six option, good enough for Finland's World Championship roster,  and also better than at least four other players on his team who will receive significant playing time.
  • The Wings signed Darren Helm, Drew Miller, and Steve Ott in favour of Teemu Pulkkinen

There's no one to blame but themselves for this, but it'll be interesting to see exactly how the Red Wings front office tries to shift the blame away from getting rid of Pulkkinen.

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WN Roundtable: What's your bold prediction for 2016-17?

Adam Laskaris
October 07 2016 02:49PM

Today, our staff answers the question: What's your boldest prediction for 2016-17?

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Red Wings Roster Preview: Alexey Marchenko

Adam Laskaris
September 30 2016 05:04PM

Fresh off a two-year extension with the Red Wings, the upcoming season of Alexey (or Alexei, depending on who you ask) Marchenko is bound to be one worth keeping an eye on. Having an eventful offseason representing Russia at both the World Cup of Hockey and the World Championships (winning a bronze at the former), Marchenko aims to be an impact player in his second full season in the Winged Wheel. Of course, the extent of his impact will largely be due to not how well he plays, but by external situations largely out of his control.

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