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Believe it or not, back on Feb. 21 the Detroit Red Wings sat atop the NHL standings, which was business as usual.
Since that time, it has been anything but business as usual for one of the leagues premier franchises.
Injuries during the second half of season, another playoff disappointment, a game-changing retirement and a summer of being jilted by big-name free agents have left many in the Motor City in a sheer panic.
Based on my e-mails, voice-mail messages and everyday talk on the street Ive encountered, there's an overwhelming concern about this hockey team.
What are the Red Wings doing, I mean, do you know what their plan is?
Ive been asked this over and over and over again during this offseason.
Detroit has had to modify its plan several times. Once Ryan Suter fell through, the Wings were working on a deal for Shea Weber, only to be crossed up by the Flyers offer sheet, which threw them for a loop.
Columbus had zero intention of trading Rick Nash to Detroit; Zach Parise never considered the Wings as a landing destination; Detroit had no interest in Alexander Semin; and Shane Doan wants the moon and stars to be lured away from Phoenix -- something the Wings are unwilling to do. As much as the Wings desire Doan, its their defense that needs immediate attention.
This is my educated guess on what the remainder of the offseason will bear for the Wings, who seemingly lack the resources to pull off a trade for top-tier players such as Phoenix's Keith Yandle and Anaheim's Bobby Ryan:
The Wings will sign former Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and then wait for the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
There are some in the Wings organization who believe the cap under the new CBA will be around 10 million less than it is now, forcing teams to buy out contracts in a salary dump. Under this scenario, the Wings could sign a few quality players at a discount rate because several contending teams would be over the cap.
Still others in the organization feel the cap will remain frozen at 70 million for the next few years under the new CBA, which means there will not be a frenzy of activity once a new agreement is reached.
Any way you look at it, this upcoming season will pose a challenge for the Red Wings. Their playoff, 100-point and home-sellout streaks are all in jeopardy.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland and his staff remain committed to assembling the best team possible, which is easier said than done when youre rapidly running out of options.
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A deal between the Red Wings and RFA forward Justin Abdelkader may not be too far away.
According to the Detroit Free Press, GM Ken Holland plans to meet with the 25-year old forward (as well as Tomas Holmstrom) when he makes his way back to Detroit in the coming week. Both sides have shown a mutual interest in getting a deal done while Abdelkader has decided not to file for...
The Red Wings announced via Twitter that the team’s signed 2011 second-round pick Martin Frk to a 3-year, entry-level contract, and DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose spoke to Wings GM Ken Holland about the team’s decision to sign a player who’s been a member of the organization for all of five weeks:
“He came to camp and our guys liked him in Traverse City,” Red Wings...
Paul already posted Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s take on collective bargaining agreement negotiations in a conversation Holland had with the Vernon Morning Star’s Kevin Mitchell , and here’s his take on helping the Wings navigate a difficult transition period (sorry for the sloppy cutting and pasting of text—I’m writing this from my phone):
Continue reading "Ken Holland...
In theory, anyway, I’m supposed to be on vacation, but after a day spent mostly doing what one does after a long trip preceded by a longer couple of weeks—sleeping—I woke up and found that Alex Kovalevich wanted me to check out some rumors he’d found and posted on Red Wings Grinder, his blog.
So I looked immediately to something I have limited access to this week in Twitter...
Well that was fast, per the Red Wings’ Twitter account:
UPDATE: The Red Wings have signed forward Martin Frk to a three-year, entry-level contract. twitter.com/DetroitRedWing…— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 31, 2012
Need another reason to believe in your Detroit Red Wings? Well, here you go, thanks to my local paper, the Columbus Dispatch:
A list, by team, of NHL players who have scored 20 goals in an NHL season, compiled to accompany the story that appeared in today's editions of The Dispatch:
#1 BOS (10): Bergeron, Kelly, Krejci, Peverly, Savard, Seguin, Milan, Marchand, Rolston...
I'm not going to lie and say that I have it all together when it comes to being a Red Wings fan. In fact, my fandom has gone on a roller coaster ride ever since the Wings lost in the 1st round back in April. Free agency (or lack of) hasn't helped. I have been slacking on writing lately partly because my hockey emotions have left me pretty numb. I care about this team just...
I absolutely despise doing this, but as a follow-up to the overnight report’s take on “Hockeyinsiderr’s” belief that the Wings are seriously bidding for Yandle, here’s your okay, folks, it’s official, this guy’s nuts—and the Wings would be nuts, too, to offer this kind of package for one player:
BREAKING NEWS: The #RedWings have offer on the table for #Coyotes Yandle...
from Steve Zipay of Newsday, Now 28, Nash, a distinguished winger with a resume that includes five All-Star appearances, an Olympic gold medal and seven seasons of between 30 and 41 goals, is a Blueshirt, acquired in the hope that he can be the missing piece for a gritty team that advanced to the Eastern Conference finals last season.
“This changes the complexion of our team,”...
After all the Rick Nash hullabaloo has now calmed down, here’s the final part of the greatest European Rangers series. It’s subjective and meant for debate and how much one man’s opinion truly matters is really open for debate. Some players like Ulf Samuelsson and Radek Dvorak don’t make the debate, some people may disagree but that’s the beauty of lists like this. Anyway...
Steve Zipay at Newsday spoke with former Columbus Blue Jacket GM Doug McLean about what type of player the Rangers are getting in Rick Nash..."Where do you find a 6-4, 235-pound guy with hands, who can skate, is entering his prime, with limited miles on him -- although every night he was the No. 1 focus, tightly checked, man-on-man, because teams knew if you shut down Rick Nash...
With Rick Nash in the mix, there appears to be only one more target for the Rangers, and that is Shane Doan. Adding Doan to the club would solidify the Rangers depth at forward, making them true Stanley Cup contenders, and possibly the Cup favorites come October. Since the Phoenix ownership situation is still up in the air, Doan has already begun shopping his services, which included...
Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe feels now that Rick Nash is a Ranger, not to be surprised to see the Blueshirts make a real play for the Sharks' Joe Thornton.Dupont adds that Nash and Thornton were magic together in Davos, Switzerland, during the last lockout, and have paired like hand and glove in the Olympics for Team Canada.Thornton has a no movement clause in his contract...
Now that August is almost upon us, the trade market, such as it is, is starting to heat up. Shane Doan has yet to sign but outside of him, there's not much on the open market.
Especially now that Rick Nash has been shipped off to the New York Rangers, that leaves a few names on the trade market that could change the balence of power in either conference.
Biggest among them...