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RED WINGS ROSTER PREVIEW: NIKLAS KRONWALL

Embed from Getty Images Niklas Kronwall was, at one point, a defenseman all other teams were envious of. In 2008-09, he played on average 22:54 per game, put up 51 points, and recorded a CF% of 58.2%. Last season, Kronwall still played an average of 22 minutes per game, but only put up half of…

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RED WINGS ROSTER PREVIEW: JUSTIN ABDELKADER

Embed from Getty Images Justin Abdelkader’s big contract extension last season is a sign that the Detroit Red Wings have a lot of faith in him. The contract, worth $29.75 million over seven years ($4.25 AAV), is a clear sign that the team likes what Adbelkader brings to the table and they want him to…

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Red Wings to Honour Gordie Howe During 2016-17 Season

Image courtesy of detroitredwings.com.  The Detroit Red Wings announced today that the team will wear a commemorative patch on the left side of the chest above the team logo for the duration of the 2016-17 season. The patch, a simple number nine, is to honour Red Wing legend Gordie Howe, a.k.a. Mr. Hockey, who passed away at…

RED WINGS ROSTER PREVIEW: FRANS NIELSEN

Embed from Getty Images The Red Wings ‘big splash’ this offseason came in the signing of 32-year-old unrestricted free agent Frans Nielsen. Once the Stamkos sweepstakes came to a close with much more of a whimper than a bang, Ken Holland and co. set out to find a suitable replacement for departing superstar Pavel Datsyuk….

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The Decline of Niklas Kronwall

Embed from Getty Images Times were good back in 2009: the Detroit Red Wings were defending Stanley Cup champions; Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg had established their status as The Eurotwins; Detroit had a legitimate top-6 defense corps headed by team captain Nick Lidstrom; and Niklas Kronwall was at the top of his game. At…

Dylan Larkin May Play Centre This Year

Embed from Getty Images It appears as though Dylan Larkin will be moved back to his natural position this season. In an interview with Dan Rosen at NHL.com, Ken Holland spoke about where he sees Dylan Larkin and Henrik Zetterberg lining up this season: “The plan is to give Larkin a chance down the middle,…

Grand Rapids Griffins Release 2016-17 Schedule

Embed from Getty Images We have a start date for our favourite Red Wings prospects! On Monday afternoon, the Grand Rapids Griffins released their 2016-17 schedule. UPDATE: The 2016-17 schedule has been released! Opening Night is Oct. 14 at @VanAndelArena. https://t.co/ntoP04ayLw pic.twitter.com/SKkKERauey — GrandRapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) August 22, 2016

Who Will Get Datsyuk’s ‘A’?

Embed from Getty Images I’m here to provide you with your weekly reminder that Pavel Datsyuk has left the Detroit Red Wings organization. At first, it hurt. But, as they say, time heals all wounds. And as we got into the thick of the offseason, the pill became a little easier to swallow. First, we…

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Looking Back at the 2001-2002 Detroit Red Wings Season

Embed from Getty Images Nine. That’s how many current hall of fame players were on the 2002 Stanley Cup winning team. Add to that a legendary head coach, a rookie Pavel Datstyuk, and the Grind Line and you’ve got a recipe for success. One of the best rosters ever assembled on a hockey team, it…

THE WINGS NATION TOP 20 PROSPECTS: #7 ROBBIE RUSSO

Embed from Getty Images Robbie Russo is the third highest-rated defenceman on our prospects list. He was drafted 95th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2011 NHL Entry Level Draft and opted to go the college route where he played exceptional defence for the University of Notre Dame during his four year tenure there….

THE WINGS NATION TOP 20 PROSPECTS: #13 DYLAN SADOWY

1Embed from Getty Images Dylan Sadowy (pronounced Sad-oh-way) came to the Red Wings on May 26th, 2016 via trade from the San Jose Sharks. Selected in the 3rd round (81st overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Sadowy and the Sharks failed to come to an agreement on an entry level contract. In order not…