Found October 25, 2012 on
via Craig Custance of ESPN (must be an ESPN Insider to read on),
There's no doubt seasoning in the American Hockey League is crucial to the growth of most young hockey players. When citing the virtues of the league, scouts and team executives often say the same thing: They've seen players hurt because they were rushed to the NHL but never because they spent too much time in the AHL.
You can't help but wonder if Brendan Smith is pushing the limits of that theory....
This was the year we'd find out if the former Wisconsin star was ready to make that next step as an important NHL contributor. Then the lockout hit. And with the way talks are dragging, it could be another year in the AHL for the Toronto native.
Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill doesn't believe there's such a thing as too much AHL development.
"I don't think you can ever be that way," he said during a phone conversation earlier this week. "The American League i...
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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
When the NHL season begins – if it begins at all in 2012-13 – Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock might be inclined to put rookie Damien Brunner on a line with Henrik Zetterberg.
Zetterberg has formed good chemistry with the 26-year-old Brunner while playing for EV Zug of Switzerland's Series A League.
Zetterberg has 10 points (six...
With the NHL lockout dragging on, we’ll take a daily look back at some games from the Detroit Red Wings’ storied history… For Red Wings’ fans, the end of the 2008 season was one to remember. Detroit captured the Stanley … Continue reading →
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
With news arriving Friday that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had announced the cancellation of all regular-season games through the end of November, members of the locked-out Detroit Red Wings made no effort to hide their distaste for the leader of their league.
“To me, it seems like everything Gary Bettman does is in spite,” Detroit...
The 2008-09 Detroit Red Wings were in the midst of one of their longest win streaks of the season when they ventured into Chicago on Oct. 25, 2008. Continue reading →