Found March 04, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
San Jose, as you may know, has beaten Detroit two straight years in the playoffs.  Yet, with pessimism ruling the day out west? They’re reaffirming what we already knew…like everyone else, the Sharks are just trying to get close to what the Wings have become. SJ Mercury News “Pavel Datsyuk doesn’t lead this league in scoring,” Wilson said of the Detroit Red Wings star, dismissing point totals as a barometer of individual performance. “When Steve Yzerman went from 140 points to 90 points is when they started winning. “Joe’s not old. Patty’s not old. I mean, on Detroit, they’d be kids. It’s all relative. It’s a state of mind. “Joe now is at the age when Steve Yzerman won his first Stanley Cup. And it’s possible he’s in better shape and training better—look at how he played in the playoffs before he hurt his shoulder. I’m not sure I see a decline as much as I see an evolution.”

Yzerman to run Canada's Olympic team

Steve Yzerman will lead Canada's hockey team at a second straight Winter Olympics. Hockey Canada on Monday appointed the NHL great executive director of the men's hockey team. Yzerman assembled the squad that won the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and now he'll try to do the same at the Sochi Games in 2014. He'll be assisted by a group that includes Detroit...

Red Wings C Datsyuk set to return March 13

Detroit Red Wings all-star center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to return to the ice when the team hits the road for the second stop of a four-game away swing on March 13.Datsyuk has been sidelined since Feb. 19 with a lingering knee issue. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to correct the problem and is expected back when the Red Wings visit the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center...

Yzerman to run Canada's 2014 Olympic hockey team

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was tabbed on Monday to lead Canada's hockey team at a second straight Winter Olympics. Hockey Canada appointed Yzerman to be executive director of the defending Olympic gold medalists. Yzerman assembled the squad that won it all at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and he will go for the repeat at the Sochi...

Yzerman Returns As Executive Director Of Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada named Monday a National Men’s Team management group that will serve through the 2013-14 season and sees Steve Yzerman return as executive director and Kevin Lowe as general manager at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship after leading Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In all, the management group includes four individuals...

Injury-plagued Wings focus on getting healthy

For the Red Wings, the playoffs are a rite of spring, but now that the injury bug has infested the roster the team may soon be nicknamed Grand Rapids East. OK, its a bit of a stretch and an overreaction, yet with Todd Bertuzzi now day-to-day with a sore groin, Nick Lidstrom recovering slowly from a deep bone bruise to his ankle, Jonathan Ericsson nursing a broken wrist and Pavel...

Hockey Canada seeks commitment

It didn’t come as a surprise when Hockey Canada announced today that Steve Yzerman would head up the management team for the next few years leading up to Sochi 2014 for Team Canada.   But the one thing that did make people's ears perk up a bit was the stipulation, if you can call it that, which stated that the players would have to make to the team. The World Championships...

Red Wings-Wild quick take: Datsyuk/Lidstrom-less Wings learn how to walk

The Detroit Red Wings’ 6-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild was both a case of a smart, veteran Wings team pouncing upon an opponent that got into town very, very late and a Red Wings team that started the game sans Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle), Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and Jonathan Ericsson’s (wrist) services, and played the 3rd period without Todd Bertuzzi (Wings coach Mike Babcock...

Blues' Armstrong named to Team Canada management

CALGARY, Alta. St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong has been named to Team Canadas Management Group through the 2013-14 season. Armstrong will work alongside returning Executive Director Steve Yzerman as well as a group that will include Ken Holland (Detroit), Kevin Lowe (Edmonton), Bob Nicholson (Hockey Canada) and Brad Pascall (Hockey Canada...

GDT - Game #65:  Red Wings host Wild (7:30)

The Red Wings (42-19-3) skate tonight against the Wild (28-26-10) trying to avoid going winless in three straight home games for the first time in almost four months. DET will once again be playing without their leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and captain Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle).  MIN won’t have any sympathy for the Wings, as they lost their #1 net-minder, Niklas Backstrom...

Peter Chiarelli Will Help Lead Team Canada in 2012 World Championships

Peter Chiarelli will have two championships to pursue this spring. In addition to guiding the Bruins' quest to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, the Bruins general manager will also help lead Canada's entry at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships. On Monday, Hockey Canada announced its leadership team through 2014. Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman, who led Canada to the...

Blackhawks Earn Two Big Points In Detroit

The Red Wings might have been without a few of their better players, including Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom. And they may have been forced to pull Jimmy Howard because of a lower-body injury after the first period. And the … Continue reading →

Gameday Movie Poster & Open Post: Jim Swagger

Josh Howard doubted the Wings last game.  And thus he presented us with the insulting poster titled, "No Effort." The Wings responded by winning easily, 5-2 and giving Josh the middle finger.  So tonight, he decided to up the effort on his part, resulting in a great poster respecting the Wings' "swagger." Hit the jump for the poster and NPD quote of the...

GDT - Game #66:  Red Wings host ‘Hawks (4:00)

Original Six matinee as DET (43-19-3) host CHI (35-24-7) in a Central Division matchup. The Wings will play once again without Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, and maybe without Todd Bertuzzi as well.  However, Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula have been picking up the pace of late.  Zetterberg has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in his past 13 games.  Filppula has strung...
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