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Let’s talk about… trades

As Salt-N-Pepa said, “Let’s talk about….Trades.” Okay, they may have been talking about something else, but we need to talk about trades right now. Honestly, at this point, I think it’s safe to say that Wings fans aren’t envisioning Bobby Ryan, Sam Gagner, Marc Staal, and Jonothan Bernier hoisting the 2020-21 Stanley Cup. And you know…

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Player Spotlight – Darren Helm

It’s crazy to think that Darren Helm made his Red Wings debut in a time when Miley Cyrus was still Hannah Montana, Drew Carey had just replaced Bob Barker on The Price is Right and the first iPhone had yet to be produced. Luckily for Wings fans, the 34-year old Manitoba native returned from a…

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Friday Folklore – The 🇷🇺 Five

In light of the events surrounding Alexander Navalny and Russia announcing it’s new “team” name for the next two Olympics, it felt fitting to revisit Detroit’s Russian Five. In the summer of 1989, at the behest of Red Wings owner Mike Illitch, Jim Devallano started drafting Soviet born players. While the return on their investment…

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Friday Folklore – The Production Line

The Wings have a history of great line monikers. The Grind Line, The HUM Line, The Russian Five, even the modern-day MLB Line are all classics. While it may not be the sexiest, The Production Line was the original and also reflected a double entendre. During the 40s, Detroit was the production capital of the…

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Player Spotlight – Givani Smith

Sometimes a team just needs a spark, especially during an 8-game losing streak. And in true Hockeytown fashion, Givani Smith delivered a good ol’ Gordie Howe hat-trick when the Wings needed it most. Smith was an absolute menace against the Panthers, recording a goal, assist, and a scrap in their 4-1 victory. While he was…

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Friday Folklore – 7-in-7

During the mid-90s to early 2000s, you’d be hard-pressed to find a fiercer rivalry than that of the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche. These two teams detested each other, and the fact that they clashed in the playoffs five times in six years only added to the hatred. That’s why in this week’s episode…

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Friday Folklore – Scotty Bowman Comes to Hockeytown

‘Cause Scotty doesn’t know Scotty doesn’t know Scotty doesn’t know Scotty doesn’t know   Clearly, Matt Damon wasn’t singing about Scotty Bowman, because Scotty knows everything, especially when it comes to winning Stanley Cups. Let’s imagine there was a hiring fair for hockey coaches. Legendary coaches like Glen Sather, Al Arbour, Joel Quenneville, and Jack Adams…

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Player Spotlight – Filip Zadina

Whether we maintain the hockey-status-quo with Zads, give an ode to Tone Loc with Funky Cold Zadina, or keep his Halifax nickname Funky Goal Zadina, the Red Wings Czech young gun needs an official nickname. All the Wings greats have had iconic nicknames, and regardless of which one we settle on, Zadina’s going to be special for years to come and will hopefully…

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Friday Folklore – Sergei Fedorov’s Defection

When you look back at Sergei Fedorov’s arrival to North America, it reads more like the plotline of an 80s spy movie than that of a hockey player joining the NHL. Hotel lobby meetings, secret letters and private jets, but what makes this story especially compelling is that it was all being done by a…

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And then there were 22…

Nothing says hockey is back more than the Wings releasing their official 22-man roster. Fans may still be skeptical given last season’s 17–49–5 record, but being slotted in a top-heavy division will force the Red Wings to come out of the gate strong. If they’re able to capitalize on their back-to-back games against the ‘Canes…

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No Fans Means New Mental Challenges

Back in August, 24 teams entered the Edmonton and Toronto bubbles and gave fans 65 days of non-stop hockey. While it was amazing to have hockey back, it was definitely a little eerie watching games without the roar of the crowd. At the time, this was assumed to be a temporary measure, as health experts…

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Friday Folklore – Stevie Y’s Greatest Goal

Folklore: traditional customs, tales, sayings, dances, or art forms preserved among a people There are only a handful of clubs that have a history like the Detroit Red Wings. That’s why it felt fitting to introduce a new segment – Friday Folklore. Every Friday we will celebrate some of the greatest moments of the Wings’…