Red Wings Piling Up Points -- Real Or Fake Progress?

Greg Brady
October 28 2016 09:42AM

With last night's win in St. Louis, the Detroit Red Wings are starting to get not their just own fanbase, but countless NHL observers to stand up and take notice.  There are some impressive factors that have led the Wings to snag 12 points in 8 games so far.  How good a start is this based on recent history?  Well, let's say then can finish the first 10-game segment of this season with 15 points -- want to know the last time they did that?

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Red Wings' October Moves Were Already Made In July

Greg Brady
October 12 2016 03:02PM

Far more than the usual questions and raised eyebrows and shrugged shoulders at the Red Wings moves surrounding the NHL's waiver wire this week.  The Red WIngs surrendered two players to opposing organizations, Martin Frk to Carolina, and 70-game NHL vet Teemu Pulkkinen to Minnesota.

In an ideal circumstance, you aren't sending promising young players whose peak potential you are still unsure of to the waiver wire -- you're sending veterans who no longer have a place in your organization, or "projects" that you were willing to examine, give a test-drive to, and you deem there isn't a fit.  

But for an organization with a real lack of contributing forwards in their "prime", and for a team that finished 23rd in goals scored in the NHL last season, "giving up" on a 23-year old 2nd-round pick in Frk, and a 24-year old 4th-rounder with promise in Pulkkinen made such little sense.

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World Cup Benefits The Red Wings In Two Ways

Greg Brady
September 30 2016 09:40AM

Well, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey has finally concluded.  It actually didn't take that long -- 13 days between when pool play started on September 17th and last night's September 29th conclusion.  The perception is it took so long because one team faced little drama in romping to six straight wins and the trophy, and because of how late it started, which was a strategic mistake by the NHL and its players.

Either way, star players from the majority of NHL teams (and a few star coaches from Canada, to boot) will return to NHL training camps with just over 1 1/2 weeks to prep for the first games of the season.

In Detroit, the last season of home games at Joe Louis Arena starts considerably later than usual given the season's mid-October beginning and their campaign beginning in Florida, specifically the scene of the crime in last year's first round, the Amalie Arena in Tampa where the Wings lost all three games and scored only four goals in 180 minutes of play.

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Zetterberg Out Of World Cup With "Knee Injury"

Greg Brady
September 01 2016 08:19AM

I wouldn't expect a ton more detailed information on this story, but it is official - there won't be any games played by Red Wings' captain Henrik Zetterberg at this month's World Cup of Hockey.  

The Team Sweden press release is describing Zetterberg as "injured" and made the speedy decision to replace his roster spot with Calgary's Mikael Backlund.  Backlund is 27 years old and has represented Sweden multiple times at the World Juniors and at World Championships, but wasn't chosen for Sweden for the Sochi Olympics team that won silver in 2014.

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Red Wings Have Too Many Forwards - Does A Trade Await?

Greg Brady
July 15 2016 10:54AM


While the Red Wings' signing late this week of 27-year old Luke Glendening to a four-year contract extension is probably worthy of its own analysis, the larger picture of a very "crowded house" of Red Wings forwards for the 2016-17 season is also certainly topical and of considerable interest to many Red Wings fans.  

Let's look at the Glendening signing on the surface as an individual case.  The general trend among signing 4th-line players is certainly to keep them quite inexpensive (especially for cap-teams, and the Red Wings still certainly are that -- even in the final season of Joe Louis Arena, before the revenue streams expand considerably, if not exponentially, in their new abode in 2017-18), but also to keep the deals short.

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