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Wings Nation Monday Mailbag: Teeter-Tatar

It’s a new week, and there’s a new player that the Red Wings might screw up on. It sounds cynical, but it’s an absolute fact: Tomas Tatar and the Red Wings are in the dead heat of a contract negotiation and we’re still pretty unsure what the deal will come out to be like. While…

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Xavier Ouellet signs 2-year, $2.5 million contract with Red Wings

The biggest splash of free agency? It just might be! Reported first today for some reason by a Quebec-based reporter, RFA Xavier Ouellet re-upped his contract with the Red Wings at $1.25 million for the next two seasons. Xavier Ouellet signs 2 year deal with #RedWings. AAV of 1.25 Million. — Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) July…

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No NHLers at the Olympics

The NHL announced this afternoon that they will not be participating in the upcoming Olympics in PyeongChang. Surprised? We probably shouldn’t be.

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A New World is Coming

Much like with any home, there comes a time when you have to throw some paint on the walls, replace broken fixtures, pull up the carpet, Febreze the place and do whatever you can to upgrade your living space. Why am I talking about renovations on a sports website? Well… Because, today, I’m here to tell…

Winged Wheel Podcast – Cancel the Parade

Ken Holland has made 3 major moves, and all of them are good! Contrasted with a bad week for the Red Wings, the podcast covered everything in Detroit and throughout the rest of the league. Tune in and enjoy Evan’s devastation!     Patreon WWP Apparel iTunes Soundcloud RSS Feed Stitcher YouTube Facebook Follow us…

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Winged Wheel Podcast – Plan the Parade

The season is well underway, and the Detroit Red Wings are doing perilously well. The podcast is back to full strength as well, so tune in and figure out just how good this team is.     Patreon WWP Apparel iTunes Soundcloud RSS Feed Stitcher YouTube Facebook Follow us on Twitter: @BradKrysko, @RyanHanaWWP, @HockeytownEvan

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Winged Wheel Podcast – Frk Yeah!

Hockey is back, and the Winged Wheel Podcast is here to give you your Frk’in fill. Everything from the Red Wings hot start, the Golden Knights in Vegas, hat-tricks and raised fists – these hockey fanatics have you covered. Tune in, and be Frk’in ready!     Patreon WWP Apparel iTunes Soundcloud RSS Feed Stitcher…

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4 Players Who Need to Step Up in the 2017/18 Season

The 25 year playoff streak for the Detroit Red Wings finally came to an end last season and there is plenty of blame to go around many different levels of the organization. There has already been a lot of discussion on the mistakes of management with a poor cap situation and too many long term…

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What Is the Red Wings Greatest Need?

You can ask people what the biggest need for improvement on the Red Wings is and you will get different answers from every source. If you asked Ken Holland and the management group they will likely tell you that the thing the Wings are lacking most is size and toughness (as evidenced by the towering…

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WGD: GAME 9: SUNDAY FUNDAY

For the second time this week, the Red Wings are the part of the only game on the NHL schedule. The first time, they played well against a really good Tampa Bay team but it wasn’t enough to walk away with the victory. At the start of the week I talked about how difficult of…

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WGD: GAME 8: RED WINGS vs. CAPITALS

What’s up Wings Nation! I’m in a massive time crunch, so I will not be able to dive too deep into tonight’s game, but here’s a quick look at how these two squads stack up as well as a peek at their lineups and starting goalies: Record 4-3-0 (4th in ATL) 3-3-1 (6th in MET)…

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Wings Post-Game: You Need Saves To Win

The Red Wings were in Toronto tonight, taking on a young Maple Leafs team that led the NHL in scoring coming into the game. The Rundown Detroit got off to a strong start, making the Maple Leafs look like a team that played in Washington last night, outshooting them 4-0 in the first five minutes…

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Atlantic Preview: Rivalries set to flare in top-heavy division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series breaking down what each NHL team did over the off-season and projecting where they stand in the context of their division in 2017-18. I’m doing standings predictions from bottom to top. Also, give your predictions and rationales in the comments so we circle back and see…

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2018 NHL Entry Draft Preliminary Rankings: 6-31

If you missed my 1-5 rankings, I highly suggest you go ahead and read that first before moving on to the conclusion of my preliminary rankings. The following will be rankings 6-15 with a quick description of the player, and the remaining 16-31 will be listed afterwards.

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Why won’t teams offer sheet Andreas Athanasiou?

It was reported on Tuesday morning – however credible the rumour – that Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou is dangerously close to heading overseas for a year in the KHL. From all angles, it’s a smart move for the skater. Athanasiou finished the 2016-17 season with a whopping 18 goals in 64 regular season…

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Wings Post Game: All Hail Howie

The Red Wings won their first game of the season against the Wild on Thursday by a 4-2 score.  Tonight they faced off against the Ottawa Senators, a team that was an overtime goal away from going to the Stanley Cup Finals last year.  The Senators are coming off of a 5-4 shootout loss to…

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Can the Red Wings Build a Contending Team in the Near Future?

The Red Wings have a grim outlook for the next few seasons.  You’ve heard this before, but they have too many bad contracts to suddenly become a contender.  There are some bright spots, however.  They have a good, young core of forwards in Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin, and Andreas Athanasiou.  They have promising top-4 defenseman…

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The Red Wings Goaltending Situation and Potential Trade Scenarios

Jimmy Howard has been with the Detroit Red Wings since the 2005-06 season just after my 9th birthday. The second round pick has been the starting goaltender for the Wings for roughly half of my life.  He has had his ups and downs, but has usually proven a top 15 goalie.  Injuries have limited Howard…

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ESPN’s Top 100 Athletes List Confirms NHL’s Bad Reputation

On Tuesday, ESPN released its second annual Top 100 Athletes list to the public. As expected, strong personal brands such as Lebron James, Christiano Ronaldo, and Usain Bolt made the top ten. The list was heavily filled with players from the NBA (13 athletes) and professional soccer leagues around the world (38 athletes). What I was…

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The Nation Notebook: Roster Cuts, St. Louis Injuries, and PTOs.

‎The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article.  The regular season is just a few days away. Some 2017 draftees, including Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, are on track to make their NHL rosters. Jaromir Jagr…

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NHL Draft Scout Series: QMJHL

Shifting the series back to Canada, we sit down with Scott Wheeler of FutureConsiderations and The Toronto Star to discuss prospects from the CHL’s most Eastern league: the QMJHL. The Q always seems to have an interesting crop of prospects given the league’s penchant for skill and notoriety for lack of defense. Last year they provided the third…

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NHL Draft Scout Series: Finland

We continue along with the NHL Draft Scout Series with a look at a country that has turned in some sensational drafts in recent years, and doesn’t look to be slowing down much: Finland. Marco Bombino of McKeen’s and @FINjrhockey joins us to discuss an extremely strong Finnish contingent for the 2017 NHL Draft.

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NHL Draft Scout Series: Sweden

Chugging along steadily with the NHL Draft Scout Series, we cross the pond to Sweden, factory of great defenceman and a seemingly ageless people (yes, I’m looking at you Henrik Lundqvist). To talk about the 2017 crop of Swedish prospects for the NHL Draft, we are joined by FutureConsiderations scout Chapin Landvogt after the jump.

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Wings Nation Free Agency Targets: The Top 5 UFA Right Wingers

Similar to most other writers here at Wings Nation I believe the best course of action for Detroit this offseason is to restrict any free agent signings to 1 (MAYBE 2) year deals. If the Wings target anyone at all it should be players they believe they can flip for a pick or two at…

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Recap: The Red Wings Third Round

71 — Kasper Kotkansalo With the 71st pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft the Detroit #RedWings select D Kasper Kotkansalo. #DRWDraft — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 24, 2017 Kasper Kotkansalo was picked at number 71 with the first of four Red Wings third round picks. A Finn from Helsinki, Kotkansalo most recently played…

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Wings Nation First Round Targets: Jake Oettinger

  After the startling news that Detroit was planning on leaving Petr Mrazek unprotected I was planning to use this article to advocate that the Wings select the top ranked North American goaltender with their first round pick since surely Mrazek would be taken by Vegas. Apparently I was mistaken. Regardless, Jake Oettinger is a…

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Postgame: Defeated Golden Knights!

Last night, the Red Wings had their first meeting against the undefeated Vegas Golden Knights. The game saw some good chances go back and forth but as a new team, Vegas couldn’t capitalize on some of theirs. The Red Wings were led by Zetterberg who played a key role in some of the best scoring…

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Little Caesars Arena Update

With only 50 days until The Red Wings play their first game, The Little Caesars Arena is close to completion. The logo has been added to the roof, the largest Jumbotron has been raised and the Arena now has an address. It’s official: 2645 Woodward Avenue 🏠 A post shared by Little Caesars Arena (@littlecaesarsarena)…

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The Last Game EVER at the Joe!

The Red Wings played their last game at Joe Louis Arena on the April 9, 2017. However, that wasn’t the last game played at The Joe. This week, the Red Wings held their Fantasy Camp that allowed fans to spend 3 days on and off the ice with Wings alumni. Some notable alumni that participated…

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The Good Stuff From The First Round – Western Conference

We looked yesterday at all of the good stuff from the first round in the Eastern Conference. Today, let’s go through everything that went down in the wild West. Edmonton? Winning something other than a draft lottery? The Hawks? Can barely even score one goal? Jake Allen is Dominik Hasek now? Playoff hockey, my friends. It’s the…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #6 – Timothy Liljegren

The mighty have fallen. Timothy Liljegren entered the 2016-17 season as the undisputed best 2017 NHL Entry Draft eligible defender with the chance at pushing for first overall for all skaters. Now some establishments have dropped him as far as within the 20s. What happened? Obviously from where we rank Liljegren you can already tell…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #10 – Miro Heiskanen

Yes, that is no typo. We ranked Heiskanen 10th overall — although not every individual did not rank Heiskanen specifically at 10th overall. While Heiskanen has risen up the rankings, with the infamous U18 bump, we value him slightly less, relatively speaking. We do view Heiskanen, though, as one of the best defenders available this draft.

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #16 – Juuso Välimäki

Over the past few years, Finland produced one first round NHL draft defenders: Rasmus Ristolainen, Julius Honka, Olli Juolevi. This year may produce two with Miro Heiskanen and Juuso Välimäki. Valimaki brings it all as a very complete two-way defender. The young Finn has been compared to Olli Juolevi due to his overall game, but Valimaki…

Post Trade Deadline: Potential Call Ups

Embed from Getty Images The trade deadline is quickly approaching and with dominoes falling it is only a matter of time before the rebuild officially kicks off in Detroit. It is known that Thomas Vanek is one of the top rentals out on the market. According to CapFriendly, he has just over $592,000 remaining on his…

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In Lost Red Wings Season, Zetterberg Shines Bright

After 137 Detroit Red Wings playoff games appeared in, 36 and a half year-old Henrik Zetterberg will find his mid-April normal routine rather unsettled in a few weeks. Of all current Red Wings players, Zetterberg may have had the longest time-investment in “The Streak” given he’s been present and accounted for the past 13 of…

Red Wings Selling But The Summer Extensions Continue To Haunt

Embed from Getty Images There’s often a “middle ground” when something doesn’t work out in a professional relationship.  It’s hardly a universal principle that there’s only blame to shared one way, and not the other. Take the case of Tomas Jurco, now a Chicago Blackhawk, as the Hawks are going shopping to fortify the supply…

Maple Leafs An Unfair Benchmark for Red Wings To Shoot For

Embed from Getty Images Well, you could feel it, and you could see it, too.  Joe Louis Arena as it creaks into it’s “15th round” was invaded by Maple Leafs fans, who were loud, passionate, and for a rare time in the last couple decades, able to be quite celebratory at a Maple Leafs/Red Wings…

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What Kind Of Return Could The Red Wings Get For Andreas Athanasiou?

Ryan Johansen and Andreas Athanasiou… they’re very similar in a couple important ways; they have both – at different times – chosen to stay away from their teams when coming off of an entry-level deal. This was largely due to the purgatory that is being a restricted free agent without arbitration rights. In addition, like…

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My First Experience At Little Caesars Arena

The Detroit Red Wings have been part of the fabric of the City of Detroit for decades, but primarily since Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch took a chance and purchased the team roughly thirty-five years ago. When they did that, slowly but surely, the Red Wings started to become similar to the teams that the older…

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Player Reactions and a Brief Glimpse on the Face-Off Change

The NHL has decided that it wants to start cracking down on a rule that has been on the books for quite some time. Cheating during a faceoff has been common place for years in the NHL and they have made it clear that they are no longer on board with the rule(s) not being…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #9 – Cale Makar

There likely isn’t a more dynamic offensive defenceman in this year’s draft than Cale Makar of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. In the 53 years of the AJHL’s history, only 83 players have ever heard their name called at the NHL draft. Only three of them walked the stage in the first round,…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #13 – Owen Tippett

This draft might not possess a better pure goal scorer than Owen Tippett. His combination of speed, power and a deadly shot that many consider the best in his class make him a threat to score on any shift in a number of different ways. If you’re a fan of throwback hockey, you’ll love Tippett’s game. I…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #15 – Eeli Tolvanen

Players who can score at the drop of a hat are rare, and you can count Finnish sniper Eeli Tolvanen among them. You just don’t get a nickname like “The Finnish Tarasenko” without that kind of dynamism. Tolvanen caught everyone’s attention last season with an electric performance as a 17-year-old at the U18 tournament in Grand Forks,…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #7 – Casey Mittelstadt

The USHL has quickly become one of the best junior hockey leagues in the world, producing more and more drafted prospects with each passing year, to the point where it has now surpassed the QMJHL in terms of player graduation. This year is no different, as a number of USHL players have been ranked in…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #8 – Nick Suzuki

Coming in at #8 on our consensus ranking is Owen Sound Attack centre Nick Suzuki. Suzuki was one of the OHL’s most prolific players this season, finishing fifth in scoring and first among first-time draft-eligible players. Despite scoring at a rate consistent with a top-five pick, Suzuki has been ranked in the late first round…

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Feature: Deciding between Major Junior and NCAA development

On May 4th, 230 of western North America’s young hockey prodigies were selected at this year’s WHL Bantam Draft. Unlike the OHL and QMJHL (which joins the WHL under the CHL umbrella), WHL teams select players that have just completed their 15-year-old season as opposed to after their 16-year-old season. It’s weird to think that…

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Three Under the Radar Trade Targets

  As the trade deadline approaches, it’s only logical to talk about the most popular names on the rumour mill. While it’s fun to discuss the possibility of Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, or Kevin Shattenkirk getting dealt, there are other names that are just as likely, maybe even more likely, to be actually be traded…

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Fatherhood is a blessing

I was 27 years old. I was in my second semester of the Radio & Television Arts Program at NAIT. It was a Friday evening and my good friend Jeff and I had gone to the Oilers preseason game, and then out on the town for some fun. We met up with our regular crew…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #2 – Nico Hischier

From an under-the-radar darkhorse to a 50/50 shot at going first overall, Nico Hischier has had a meteoric rise this season. The word perhaps most commonly used to describe him: electric. Lightning quick, and oozing skill and finesse, Hischier has top line point producer written all over him. The dichotomy between Hischier and Nolan Patrick…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #3 – Cody Glass

Winnipeg native Cody Glass can do it all. He’s a smart, playmaking centre, he can score goals, he’s an excellent skater, and he plays a physical puck possession game. He’s one of the more complete players in this draft class, which is all the more impressive consideration that he was hardly on the radar at…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #4 – Gabriel Vilardi

For most of this season, Gabriel Vilardi has been viewed as a probable top five selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. His position in the rankings faltered a little bit of late, though much of this had to do with excessive hype around Miro Heiskanen and Cale Makar than anything Vilardi has done or…

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Athletes didn’t drag politics into sport – it was already there

The Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves in an untenable position this week. The 2017 Stanley Cup champions had a choice to make. They could tour the White House and meet the President of the United States, as previous winners have done, thereby enraging his many vocal detractors. Alternatively, they could skip the event, provoking the same…

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Four Reasons Why An Athanasiou Offer Sheet Makes Perfect Sense

As of Friday August 18th, Andreas Athanasiou, yes, your favourite Red Wing, is still without a contract. A brutal series of bad decisions has led the Wings to this crossroad and now the team is left vulnerable with this highly skilled young forward. Andreas Athanasiou is the perfect candidate for a successful offer sheet.

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Post Deadline Positives: How to Move Forward

(Charles Leclaire-USA Today Sports) We saw a little bit of something we hadn’t seen in a long time from the organization at this trade deadline: honesty. First of all, the team seemed to be honest with the fans. When Ken Holland went on TSN and said things like, “it became pretty obvious we were going…

THE MYTH OF THE ‘BAD DRAFT’

Embed from Getty Images “Yeah, but this year is a weak draft.” We’ve all heard this a hundred times already. Whether it’s a TSN Insider, hockey Twitter, some bogus blog or that dummy you work with who has a Leafs tattoo, everyone seems certain this draft is unusually terrible. Granted, there isn’t an Auston Matthews…

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Gold Medal Comes Down to Heavyweight Rivals US and Canada

Embed from Getty Images It’s the last day of World Juniors, which means that after tonight, we’ll all have to wait a whole year for the Canadian populace to stake their entire nation’s hopes and dreams on the shoulders of a teenaged goaltender. 

World Juniors: A Prime Prospect Primer

Embed from Getty Images It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The hectic holiday frenzy is dying down, you’ve survived another round of extended family visits, and 2017 dawns like a blank canvas full of unlocked potential. More importantly, though, we’re done with the group stage of World Juniors and are heading into quarterfinals!…

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Flashback Friday: Wings Top Maroons in Marathon Game

Trying to be inconspicuous, a patron at the Montreal Forum carefully pulls out his pocket watch. As his eyes spot the time, he gasps, and thinks to himself, my wife must be worried sick. “How much longer do you think this will last?” he asks his companion. “I don’t know, but I’ve got to be at…

Looking Back on Fedorov’s Boxing Day Heroics

Embed from Getty Images Boxing Day can signify a number of different things. If you’re Canadian, it’s a day to rest up from overindulging over the holidays or, if you’re brave, to make your way to shopping centres to cash in on brick and mortar sales. If you’re American, it’s just another day, and you’re probably Googling Boxing Day right now….

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Friday Fights presented by Hockey Fights

Hello out there, I’m on the air, it’s Hockey Fights today. This is a weekly feature where we will take a look back at the best tilts of the week that was, a fond look back at the fights that were, and a strong finger wag at the worst fight of the week. The season…

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The Roundup 10/20

Panic in Edmonton; examining the Leafs and Flames strong starts; Sedin’s still providing value in Vancouver; should Sam Bennett be a winger; early 2018 draft rankings and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by the DailyFaceOff.

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The Roundup

Exploring the Leafs and Oilers future cap troubles; Brock Boeser needs to play in Van; Ken Holland handled Athanasiou right; Flames break a very long curse; Canadian team power rankings and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by the DailyFaceOff.

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Postgame: No Star Power in Dallas

Well, it had to happen at some point. After a couple of wins to start the year, the Wings are now no longer undefeated. It was pretty ugly, the Wings didn’t look that great, and now they’ve faced their first adversity of the season. Where do they go from here? Up? Down? Sideways? Draft Lottery?…

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Wings Postgame: Canucks, Eh?

What a weekend it’s been! Not only did the Red Wings agree to a one-year deal with speedy winger Andreas Athanasiou on Friday, they made two smart trades on Saturday, sending Riley Sheahan to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Scott Wilson and Ryan Sproul to the New York Rangers for Matt Puempel. With the news of…

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WINGS WEEKLY 10/21/2017: GOOD CORSI

Welcome to the second edition of Wings Weekly, my weekly review of the Detroit Red Wings 2017-18 season. This week was by far the harder of the first two weeks of the season. With games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Washington Capitals, the Wings 4-1-0 start would be challenged…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #1 – Nolan Patrick

We’ve reached the end of the glorious Nation Network prospect profiles for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft with the first ranked prospect, Nolan Patrick. Coming off an injury plagued off season and regular season, there are a lot of questions and debate about whether Patrick truly is the best prospect in this draft. But there is…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: # 12 – Kailer Yamamoto

Coming in as the 13th best prospect of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft is diminutive Kailer Yamamoto. He’s tore up the WHL for two years but because of his small stature falls down the draft boards. That doesn’t take away from the talent he possesses. Yamamoto is one of the most skilled and dynamic players…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #23 – Erik Brannstrom

One of the biggest risers in the last few months is Swedish defenceman Erik Brannstrom, who checks in as the 23rd ranked prospect in the Nation Network consolidated rankings. The left handed defender had an extremely impressive U18 tournament that vaulted him about the rest of the defenders in the same range. He can skate,…

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The Winged Wheel Podcast Mock Expansion Draft

After the furor and insanity surrounding Petr Mrazek being unprotected somewhat settled, Brad Krysko and I walked through how we thought the Vegas Golden Knights might fare in the NHL Expansion Draft (see the full list at CapFriendly). Disclaimer: We did this with a few assumptions as to what side-deals would have been made (ie….

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Rob Vollman’s Hockey Abstract 2017 sticks with what works

There are few things in life more anxiety-riddling than joining a conversation mid-stream and feeling utterly, completely lost. The rise of the first wave of hockey analytics writers occurred as I was going through high school and university, and by the time I turned my attention away from other pursuits and onto figuring out what…

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Andreas Athanasiou to KHL talk reaches fever pitch

As the Detroit Red Wings get ready for training camp, they may be without one of their best young players. Andreas Athanasiou is doing more than considering Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) offers, he is likely to play over in Russia this upcoming season. Andreas Athanasiou in ongoing discussions with KHL teams. Unless something shifts in…

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Postgame: Glendening Shorty Wins it Late in Arizona

After a tough loss in Dallas, the Red Wings faced off against a hungry Coyotes team, who were looking for their first win of the season. Despite numerous penalties, and Clayton Keller giving the Wings a tough time with a couple of leads, the Red Wings would come out on top with a 4-2 win,…

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Wings Re-Acquire Tom McCollum From Flames for Conditional 7th

Tom McCollum is returning to the Red Wings, as the team acquired him from the Calgary Flames for a conditional 2018 7th round pick. #RedWings reacquire goalie Tom McCollum from Calgary for conditional draft pick. Depth for @griffinshockey — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 1, 2017 McCollum was drafted in the first round by the Red…

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Because It’s The Cap: Ottawa Senators Offseason Preview

The Ottawa Senators managed to come within one goal of a Stanley Cup Finals berth this year. But are they really that good? And if they aren’t, what steps do you take now? Let’s take a look at the Senators roster and salary cap situation to try and get a better understanding of where this…

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Because It’s The Cap: Boston Bruins Offseason Preview

The Boston Bruins were a team that not a lot of people expected anything out of heading into the season. But on the heels of a balanced attack that saw them come 13th in the league in goals for and 9th in the league in goals against, not to mention a dominant 54.7% Corsi, they…

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DANGLE THIS WEEK: THE FINGER

This is a picture right before Dave Hanson lived out most of your dreams and punched me square in the face. It was awesome, though. I even thanked him.

DANGLE THIS WEEK: TEARS FOR FRANKIE

@Steve_Dangle pic.twitter.com/1AAICIbqoM — Cass Anders (@_MAF29) November 10, 2016 When I’m not crying about Frank Corrado, I write here once per week. OILERSNATION Connor McDavid hasn’t scored for a while now but his three-assist performance against the Penguins was a great statement despite the loss.

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Dangle Says Words

Hi everybody! It’s annoying Leafs person. WAIT! Wait… This isn’t a Leafs blog. The Nation Network overlord people thought it would be fun for me to try a weekly nation-wide post. I told them that I don’t get nearly enough hate on the Sportsnet Facebook page so that sounds like a great idea. Here’s a few…

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Stay Together For The Kids – The FML Line

Your Detroit Red Wings have started this season a very surprising 4-1-0 and Jeff Blashill is already up to his old tricks. Not just his serious thinking faces but how often he loves to mix up the lines and mostly to no avail. Blashill messed up when he decided to place Justin Abdelkader in Martin…

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DeKeyser Suffers Lower-Body Injury Against Stars, is Day-to-Day

Oh, danny boy. Tuesday night against the Stars, defenceman Danny DeKeyser left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury and did not return. Thursday morning it was reported that he is labelled as day-to-day and might be in doubt to play Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes. So what does this mean for…

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Griffins Send Saarijarvi, Nastasiuk and McCarron Down to ECHL

The hypetrain will have to slow down a bit on the Red Wing’s 73rd-overall pick in 2015, Vili Saarijarvi, with the Grand Rapids Griffins sending him down to the organization’s ECHL affiliate, the Toledo Walleye. With Saarijarvi, Zach Nastasiuk and Patrick McCarron were also sent down Wednesday afternoon. Saarijarvi is no stranger to the Walleye,…

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Griffins notes: Svechnikov struggles, Puempel to play this week

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Griffins currently have a problem the Detroit Red Wings know all too well: a lack of offensive production. After a 4-2 loss on Saturday against the Hershey Bears, the Griffins have scored four goals in the past three games, all of which are losses. With Saturday’s loss, Grand…

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Comparing Red Wings’ 2017-18 hot start to 2016-17

We’re only six games into the regular season, and the Detroit Red Wings’ season is starting out awfully similar to last season when they started 4-2-0 after six games before losing nine of their next 13 games to begin a freefall to the bottom of the standings. This season, the Red Wings are 4-2-0 after…

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Little Caesars Arena offers complete fan experience

DETROIT — “Wow!” That was the first word that came to Cory Case’s brain when describing Little Caesars Arena. The Farmington native was one of nearly 20,000 people who experienced the first regular season game at LCA on Thursday, in what ended up being a 4-2 win for the Detroit Red Wings over the Minnesota…

Red Wings trade Tomas Jurco to Blackhawks for 3rd round draft pick

Update: #RedWings acquire third-round draft pick in 2017 @NHL Entry Draft from the @NHLBlackhawks in exchange for right wing Tomas Jurco. pic.twitter.com/SJ77VN5w3p — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 24, 2017 This afternoon, the Red Wings acquired a 2017 3rd round draft choice from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for F Tomas Jurco.

Nyquist suspended for six games

Six game suspension for Nyquist. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 15, 2017 According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Gustav Nyquist will sit for six games for his spear to Minnesota Wild’s Jared Spurgeon