February 27 2017 06:36AM
There's often a "middle ground" when something doesn't work out in a professional relationship. It's hardly a universal principle that there's only blame to shared one way, and not the other.
Take the case of Tomas Jurco, now a Chicago Blackhawk, as the Hawks are going shopping to fortify the supply shelf for a run at a fourth Stanley Cup title since 2010, while the Red Wings gear up for a remarkably unusual confluence of events, and that means selling assets for futures for, truly the first time since the spring of 1990. Even in 1991, when the Red Wings made a first-round exit to St. Louis after a hard-fought seven-game series, they went out and acquired a veteran defenceman like Doug Crossman, and a scoring winger like Kevin Miller (whom they'd later flip for Dino Ciccarelli), GM Bryan Murray had genuine interest in the "now" and not the future.
Times have changed, and while the Red Wings have certainly earned all applause for a quarter-century playoff run, and the four Stanley Cup wins, and the other two Final appearances in 1995 and 2009 to boot, it became quite clear quite early what this team would need to do this time of year for the first time since Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was in that office, or even a high-level Red Wings employee.
January 26 2017 08:39AM
Well, you could feel it, and you could see it, too. Joe Louis Arena as it creaks into it's "15th round" was invaded by Maple Leafs fans, who were loud, passionate, and for a rare time in the last couple decades, able to be quite celebratory at a Maple Leafs/Red Wings home game.
Now, of course the Leafs have won their fair share of games there, and of course, the memory of the Nik Borschevsky OT winner on May 1st, 1993 does equal work in firing up Maple Leafs fans talking about where they were, and mildly riles Red Wings fans, who were one part jealous the Leafs were advancing past a (then, and now again) geographic and division rival, and because it seemed a second straight wasted chance for the Red Wings to push deeper into the playoffs as a Cup contender. I mean, would this talented group EVER get it done? It's been since 1955!!!!
January 11 2017 12:13PM
Everyone knew the 11 game stretch that's almost complete that featured 10 on the road, including the Centennial Classic on New Year's Day in Toronto would be a telling one for the Red Wings, and it has been. But maybe not for the reasons originally thought. After last night's OT loss in Chicago (and it's hard to be too critical of stealing a point out of Chicago after falling behind 2-0 so early), the Red Wings finished the halfway point of the regular season with 40 points in 41 games.
December 16 2016 09:11AM
The Christmas season is certainly a time for giving, and it shouldn't take long for the Detroit Red Wings' Christmas season schedule to "give" the Red Wings and their supporters more perspective on just where this team is going -- and going refers to two journeys, one is the short-term 2016-17 season which ends in months, and the other is the long-term vision of the franchise which seems to have taken an inconvenient backseat at times over the past few seasons.
You've heard it from me before, the illusions provided from being a playoff team for 25 straight seasons have made it very difficult and taxing to determine what are real accomplishments, and what are rewards for just kinda "being there" in terms of mediocrity.
November 18 2016 12:24PM
It's been the proverbial tale of two seasons for the Detroit Red Wings so far this season -- two notable segments of relative success (6-2-0) and failure (2-6-1), the latter being the most recent stretch, leading to tonight's game in Washington, a team that's lost only 10 games in regulation at home in their past 51.
But hockey is often about streaks and runs and hot/cold segments, and the Red Wings, like their Atlantic Division mates, the Toronto Maple Leafs, have been symbolic of that so far.
But with just one regulation win in their past seven games (and in that win, catching a woeful Vancouver team at the end of a six-game-in-nine-nights-all-Eastern-time-zone swing), there's cause for concern when it comes to the bigger picture. Sure, we all knew a 6-2-0 start had some mirage-like qualities to it, but some of the bright spots from mid-to-late October have continued.