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The NHL lockout has came to an end and all there's left to do is to finalize all the details in the agreement. Expect a flurry of player movement before the start of the shortened. Also players will have to get themselves into shape pretty quick.
The Detroit Red Wings aren't going to be the force they were for the better part of the last decade. Age, injuries and retirement have made the Red Wings more reliant on younger, unproven players. That explains why head coach Mike Babcock spoke to recently retired defenseman, Nicklas Lidstrom, to gauge his interest in returning for a shortened 48 game run this season.
"First off, this is all a little blown out of proportion," Babcock said. "But we got to talking and I was asking Nick how his family was, how he was enjoying himself, and he said he was having a great time.
"He said he has been going to some (Swedish) Elite games recently, and it had gotten his blood racing again. But not to the point where he would be interested in putting his equipment on again.
"I just stopped it right there," Babcock said, laughing.
Lidstrom spent his entire 20 year career in Detroit.
With Lidstrom gone and Brad Stuart no longer in the mix and missing out on some of the top free agents the Red Wings could be in for a long season. Even if it is only for 48 games.
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As a change of pace from their usual routine, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters took a day Monday to help fill the void left by the cancellation of the 2013 NHL Winter Classic by playing an outdoor basketball game on the ice at Millenium Park at Portage, Michigan.
Using special ice shoes and hockey helmets, and using Detroit Red Wings alumnus Kevin Miller as their "secret...
What will you remember most about Detroit Red Wings’ forward Tomas Holmstrom, a man who’s reportedly decided that he’s ready to hang up the skates?
For some, it will be how he seemed to perpetually wear a smile at all times, no matter what was going on during games. Others will always laugh and recall his very unique accent, perhaps the best personification of “swinglish...
from Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News,
“There’s a lot of excitement in the air. I wish we had a chance to play a couple of preseason games, but everyone is in the same boat,” said Howard.
He spent the year in Detroit, training with his Red Wing teammates four to five times a week.
“We’d have 10-15 players every day,” said Howard.
He is currently...
The Detroit Red Wings will play at least their first two games of the shortened 2013 schedule away from home, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reported.
According to Pleiness, the Wings will open the year with a game at St. Louis on Jan. 19, then travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets two nights later.
Detroit’s original, 82-game schedule included a Jan. 20 road game...
APNewsNow. Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk is expected to play in the KHL All-Star Game in Russia on Sunday.
Datsyuk is one of a number of players who went to the Kontinental Hockey League during the NHL lockout. Now that players and owners have reached a tentative agreement to end the lockout, the KHL has needed to replace several selections to its All-Star Game. But a spokesman for...
Hockey is back and Max and Andrew literally cannot wait to tell you about it.
They are joined by Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy Blog. He touches base on everything from the KHL-NHL feud to what superhero and super villain he’d like to see faceoff in the shootout.
Later, the guys tackle which Red Wings player they are most excited to see perform this year and talk...
Red Wings fans have known, one way or another, how they and their team would tearfully bid farewell to a certain Swedish net-crashing forward and move on without him for some time now, but while we're over half a year removed from Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement press conference, Wings fans and their team still don't seem to know how the team will perform without #5 on...
Red Wings fans rejoice! HOCKEYTOWN is open for business!
After a 113 day labor dispute that locked out hockey for Red Wing and NHL fans alike the sport returns to the motor city. This news also comes in light of plans revealed a month ago on the possible new home for the Detroit Red Wings which could certainly attract a new and even broader fan base.
But first lets take a look at...
No. He didn't say that. Not even to Helene via text or message over the PS3. But this will be cool for the three days Babcock actually keeps the line together...
Babcock said he'll use his two-best players, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, on the same line at the start of the season, which is expected to begin with games at St. Louis Jan. 19 and Columbus Jan...
This discussion of our 3rd and 4th lines will be a bit tricky. Reason is there are guys that play in the top 6 that I don’t think should be there and there’s one guy, we’ll call him G. Nyquist, who I think should be getting more minutes. But, I’m not the coach.
We have a lot of guys to discuss, so we’d better get to it.
Full bottom 6 preview after the jump:
The mid-January forecast in St. Louis? Bitterness with a touch of jealousy, sprinkled with torrential downpours of paranoia and insecurity, mixed.
The Detroit Red Wings are expected to open the season at St. Louis on Jan. 19 and then play at Columbus on Jan. 21.
That's Khan(!) and it's interesting.
Obviously with Gary's schedule calling for all Western Conference...
Will #79 Ever Be the Same?
He is currently on his way back to Montreal.
He also just finished playing 20 games with Vityaz Chekov of the KHL.
But is Andrei Markov ever going to be the same player folks thought could potentially be the Habs version of Nicklas Lidstrom?
Clearly those days of optimism and praise are long gone.
Multiple knee injuries (or should that...