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.
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.
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.
July 01 2016 09:17AM
Look, we all have done it, we all do it, and we all will continue to do it. We look around our individual workplaces and judge how others are perceived in comparison to us. Now, that's not necessarily rooting against others (unless they're utterly incompetent and evil incarnate), but you certainly can play the big picture "assessment" game.
No one would blame several Detroit Red Wings forwards, most of whom are under the age of 25, for doing just that with the re-inking of Darren Helm at $3.85 million per year over a 5 year term. Until Helm is nearly 36 years old. Until a year after the Jonathan Ericsson contract ends. After four years in (gulp) Little Caesars Arena, and until Ken Holland is 66 years old.
June 27 2016 10:13AM
Ken Holland's entering his 20th season as Detroit Red Wings General Manager, and though he's come under more criticism the past few years because of the Red Wings' lack of playoff success (just one playoff round victory in the past five years and a 5-15 W/L playoff record in their past 20 games), this past weekend made me remember why he's probably been in the office as long as he has, he isn't afraid to swiftly take an eraser to his own mistakes.