January 27 2016 10:09AM
The Detroit Red Wings have been a decidedly successful franchise under Ken Holland’s watch. Since being appointed as the team’s General Manager before the ‘97-’98 season, their overall resume from start to finish has been unparalleled any which way you slice it. They’ve hoisted the Stanley Cup as the last team left standing in the playoffs on three occasions while adding an additional four Presidents’ Trophies as the league’s best regular season team on top of that. As such, it's not surprising that no franchise has won more regular season games or playoff games than they have in that time.
While a certain confluence of various contributions is necessary in enabling that kind of sustained success, Holland’s individual role in assembling all of those teams shouldn’t be understated. Yet for all of those skills he possesses as a team-builder, one particularly glaring weakness has started to become a recurring theme for his regime in recent years: his propensity for making poor in-season trades.
With the season for trading on the horizon, ultimately culminating in February 29th’s deadline day festivities, the Red Wings should, at least, consider preemptively disabling his phone service for the duration of the month. After all, it’s hard to get taken in a trade if there’s no one on the other end of the call in the first place.
January 26 2016 09:08PM
Another week has gone by for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, who continue to fight for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Unfortunately, it didn't go quite as planned for the Red Wings affiliate, who won their first game but dropped the following two. Here's how it all went down:
January 25 2016 08:26PM
It's been a bit of a rocky road to the All-Star Break for the Detroit Red Wings, but if there's any positive to take out of it, it was the fact that it ended on a high note. Despite this game being their third in four nights, the Wings were able to squeeze out a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders ahead of a week-long vacation.
January 25 2016 08:16AM
Monday night’s game vs. the New York Islanders will be the Red Wings’ final game before the All Star break, where they’ll get a much needed break. Tonight’s contest will be a battle between a tired team and a rested team. Unfortunately that tired team is the Red Wings, who will be playing their third game in four nights. Because of the blizzard that hit New York, the Islanders had their last game postponed and they come in having only played one game in the last week.
January 24 2016 12:04PM
Photo Credit: Flickr / Grand Rapids Griffins
The Detroit Red Wings have made a pair of call-ups this afternoon, bringing up forward Eric Tangradi and defenceman Nick Jensen from the Grand Rapids Griffins. As well, Joakim Andersson has officially been assigned to the Griffins after clearing waivers.