Found May 30, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Ken Holland
TEAMS: Detroit Red Wings
While you, I and the media ponder what the Red Wings' management, pro and amateur scouts, coaches and player leadership will decide to do in terms of the team's roster going forward based upon its salary cap situation, a pair of possible cap-compliance buy-outs, trades, injuries and how the team will accommodate the signings of its prospects and promotions of prospects from Grand Rapids... The management's decisions to stand pat over the past 11-or-so months has shown that the team tends to believe in the concept that prospect development plus a free agent signing or two = the way to go while "rebuilding on the fly," and Ken Holland basically confirmed that strategy while speaking to the Free Press's Jeff Seidel, who suggests that the Wings' playoff run has made him a "believer" in the Wings' organizational philosophy: Continue reading "Don’t expect Red Wings GM Ken Holland to set the world on fire with a dozen moves this off-seas...

Red Wings stinging after season-ending setback

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says its stings to have the season end by losing a 3-1 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks beat Detroit 2-1 in overtime Wednesday night to advance to the Western Conference finals. Holland says he has mixed emotions about the lockout-shortened year. He's disappointed Detroit couldn't win one more game...

Henrik Zetterberg responds to Pierre McGuire’s interview request with classic blow off

You’d think that judging by Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg’s reaction to NBC analyst Pierre McGuire’s request for an on-ice interview that this special moment between the two took place after Detroit got bounced by Chicago in overtime of Game 7 of their playoff series. But no, this took place at the end of regulation, as the teams left the ice to prepare for sudden death...

Wings prove there's life after Lidstrom

The Red Wings learned something very important this season: there is life after Nick Lidstrom. That life is not as calm, nor as perfect as it was before, but in the salary cap era, it's still pretty good. There's a reason that general manager Ken Holland's long-running joke was that when Lidstrom retired, so would he. But Holland didn't retire and neither did the...

Red Wings squander two-game lead

Many of us thought that theyd never make it this far. In all honesty, most of us believed they wouldnt even make the playoffs, but here they were - one shot, one goal away from making the Western Conference final. It wasnt meant to be. Detroits season came to an abrupt end Wednesday night in Chicago, as the Wings dropped a 21 overtime decision to the Blackhawks in their winner...

Filppula leaves game with lower-body injury

Chicago -- The Red Wings' quest to advance to the Western Conference Finals got a lot more difficult early in the first period of Game 7. Valtteri Filppula, coming off the ice for a line change at 3:43, was knocked to the ice by Chicago's Andrew Shaw. Filppula appeared to go off the ice gingerly and headed straight to the dressing room. CSN's Pat Boyle reported that...

Red Wings overnight report: Griffins drop Game 3 of Western Conference Final; Wings-Hawks tailings

The Detroit Red Wings' AHL affiliate has out-lasted its parent club, but it had a rough outing on Wednesday night, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL's Western Conference Final. The Griffins now trail their series 2 games to 1 with back-to-back games scheduled for Friday and Saturday in OKC. The Griffins' website provides a superb recap:...

NBC thought it a good idea to send Pierre McGuire to interview Zetterberg heading into OT, Henrik disagreed

Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Heading to overtime and friggin' Pierre McGuire tries to grab Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg for an interview. Are you friggin' insane? He couldn't care less... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

A Brief Redwing77 Season Review for the Detroit Red Wings

Well, our season is over.  We lost in 7 games to Chicago in the second round of the playoffs. To be brutally honest (and probably not the most ardent of Red Wings fan), I'm elated they went that far.  Let's face it:  Did ANYONE think the Wings would take the Hawks (who won the Presidents' Trophy this year) to the brink of elimination?  This gets me in trouble...

Valtteri Filppula Injured After Slewfoot by Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw

The Detroit Red Wings lost Valtteri Filppula — a clutch Game 7 performer throughout his career — early on Wednesday night against the Blackhawks after he was injured sometime during a first-period shift. Whether or not he tweaked something prior to a confrontation with Chicago’s Andrew Shaw, a slewfoot from the Blackhawks’ forward certainly did not help matters. Here’s...

Brendan Smith compliments the Hawks’ competition level…And his own…I think…

I agree with Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji's suggestion that Wings fans need not deem Brendan Smith to be the next Jonathan "*******" Ericsson (who, as it turns out, has developed into a pretty solid defenseman, even if it was three or four years later than people like you and me had hoped), but Kyle Quincey's mentee has been on the ice for...Well, the Detroit...

May 30, Blackhawks vs. Red Wings: One Last Time

Describing and predicting the Blackhawks rivalry match against the hated Red Wings.,

Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Toews (giff)

s/t to Jack who posted this gif in the comments of another post. So, do you think that the refs are not calling the obstruction in this series? This is pre-lockout officiating in the NHL. The calls the officials have let go have been pretty obvious. Zetterberg has been in Toews hockey pants all series long.

Blame the benches

If we are to believe Don Cherry, Valtteri Filppula's injury had less to do with Andrew Shaw slew-footing Filppula and more with the inevitability of collisions and injuries when benches are on the same side of the ice:
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