Found October 18, 2011 on NHL Hot Stove:
 Johan Franzen is a key part of the Detroit Red Wings team, although he has tended to be more of a playoff performer than regular season. But if Franzen stays healthy all season, what does that do for the Red Wings? NHLHS Correspondent Christina Roberts gives you some idea of what Franzen may bring to the table this season.   Johan Franzen is known to his Detroit Red Wings teammates and fans as The Mule. It was a name bestowed upon him by Steve Yzerman because the captain saw Franzen’s on-ice strength and how he used it so he wasn’t pushed around easily by opponents. In the book The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Detroit Red Wings: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Detroit Red Wings History by Ted Kulfan, there’s a wonderful quote from Franzen about his nickname: “‘It’s different,’ said Franzen of the tag, which isn’t exactly the most common nickname around. …’I like it. I was a little surprised at first, though. I wasn’t sure what a mule was.‘” Obviously,

Mark Spizzirri: Things I like, things I don't like....

With only two games over the course of 12 days, the Detroit Red Wings face the unique prospect of an early season reprieve prior to Friday night's home contest against divisional foe, the Columbus Bluejackets. While the Red Wings complete their 2nd day of community work throughout Metro Detroit before returning to the ice for practice on Wednesday morning, it's an opportune...

Wings try out day jobs in metro Detroit

Cory Emmerton knows how the Red Wings work. "Since I'm the youngest, I won't have much pull," he said after Monday's practice, just before the team put on their work boots at businesses around metro Detroit. "I'm sure I'll be the one stuck bagging groceries."

Red Wings going stir crazy amid sparse schedule

"We'd like to play games, that's just the way it is. But it is what it is, and we've got to be ready. We're going to have a tiger by the tail ... what's going on there? Did a guy die in his stall?" This was when Babcock noticed defenseman Jonathan Ericsson's seating area was marked off by black tape.

Rob Simpson: Hall of Famer? And Howe!

Flyers legend Bobby Clark, chatting the other day for an upcoming Red Wings book, on growing up a Gordie Howe fan: “Gordie was God to us … I don’t think anyone ever evaluated skill or toughness, it was just Gordie. He was just Gordie.” Why am I starting a story about Mark Howe with a quote about Gordie? Because that’s pretty much the way it’s always...

Wings bond with big guns

DETROIT – The Red Wings spent Tuesday’s off-day firing something other than pucks, trading in their hockey sticks for a plethora of firearms. Ever since Mike Babcock took over as coach in 2005, the Wings’ players and coaching ...

Adrian Dater: Red Wings remain atop NHL Power Rankings

The Islanders, Avalanche, Panthers and Stars, also-rans last season all, made big jumps in Adrian Dater's Power Rankings this week while some perennial powers took dramatic dives.

Surprise of Delights

In order to view this page you need JavaScript and Flash Player 9+ support! DETROIT – Sherri Rhodes and Julie Steinhebel were just two diehard Red Wings’ fans who were flabbergasted by what they saw as they walked into work Mond...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.