Red Wings should give Larkin, Mantha and Bertuzzi line a long leash

Trusting young hockey players can be tough for head coaches in the NHL. Unless you’re lucky enough to snag one of the small handfuls of generational talents that come along every few years, skaters in their early 20s have a lot of work to do before developing into trustworthy veterans. Figuring out how to bridge…


Should the Red Wings Retire Henrik Zetterberg’s Number?

According to Thesaurus.com, there are 33 different ways to say “yes.” Upon seeing the question in this column’s headline, odds are good that you exclaimed one of those 33 words or phrases. If you check the link on Twitter, at least one or two people have probably stopped by to grant their own “yes,” without…


Weaker 2019 NHL Draft Class Proves Ken Holland Has A Point

Ken Holland isn’t a popular man around these parts, and to some degree, I understand why. In general, fans in the anti-Holland camp seem frustrated by the veteran general manager’s perceived reluctance to shift with the times. In a day and age when drafting and development—not spending sprees during free agency—leads to success, the Detroit…


Red Wings Don’t Always Whiff on Internal Player Assessment

Looking over the Detroit Red Wings’ cap situation is a nausea-inducing exercise that seems to generate a few easy takeaways. One glance at the contracts of Justin Abdelkader or Danny DeKeyser, and you know that Ken Holland gets it wrong sometimes. It’s going to take years for the organization to get out from under these misguided…


Ken Holland must resist the temptation to re-sign Mike Green

Trials and tribulations — and how they are handled — are what defines the careers of general managers. Fans from some corners of the Detroit Red Wings universe believe that Ken Holland is unfit to be the team’s general manager because of how he has handled some problems in the past. We now know that…


How Short of a Leash Will Jeff Blashill Be On?

Detroit Red Wings fans hoping for wholesale changes following another playoff-less season received some more bad news this week. The team announced that Jeff Blashill would indeed be returning as head coach in 2018-19. It’ll be his fourth season behind the bench in Hockeytown, and some supporters will continue to be disappointed by ownership’s willingness to stand…


Red Wings on the brink of a goaltending crisis

When the Detroit Red Wings traded Petr Mrazek earlier this season, it wasn’t the end of an era as much as it was the end of an idea. The idea, of course, being that the former fifth-round pick would take over as the team’s No. 1 goalie as Jimmy Howard rode off into the sunset….


Has Anthony Mantha Reached His Ceiling?

The 2017-18 season was never going to be a particularly fun one for the Detroit Red Wings. With cornerstones of a bygone era rapidly fading and younger players stepping into the spotlight, making the playoffs was a long shot in Hockeytown. They play the games for a reason; maybe this club had a special 15-…


Rasmus Dahlin couldn’t save Red Wings by himself

The Detroit Red Wings won’t be making the playoffs this season, which leaves fans with nothing to cheer for until the draft lottery takes place in May. A little bit of luck is all that stands between the organization and Rasmus Dahlin, the presumed No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft, and he’s being viewed as the possible…