Found July 14, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
I’ve got to lug myself 233 miles downstate to South Lyon later this morning (with a stop in Grayling to snag onion rings from the Lone Pine restaurant per the mom’s request), so I’m theoretically not allowed to be typing at this hour, but, “Wenn die Katze aus dem Haus ist, tanzen die Mäuse.” These Red Wings prospect stories popped up a little too late to fit into the evening report, but there’s no point in sitting on ‘em until morning, so: The Detroit Free Press’s George Sipple took note of the fact that Trevor Parkes scored a hat trick in Friday’s final scrimmage at the Wings’ summer development camp, and as Sipple notes, the up-and-down power winger had a very bumpy outing during Tuesday’s affair, so he literally and figuratively rebounded in a big way: Continue reading "Red Wings early overnight report: summer development camp tailings and fighting the lockout’s power"

Homer don’t play that: Tomas Holmstrom tells Ted Kulfan he’s a Red Wing for life

Via RedWingsFeed, what, did you think that Tomas Holmstrom’s agent was doing anything more than blowing smoke? Seriously? Yeah, right. Tomas Holmstrom told the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan that he will only wear Red Wings red and white, despite Howard Gourwitz’s claims to Expressen’s Oscar Brostrom: “Not true at all,” Holmstrom said. “It’s playing in Detroit, or nowhere...

Red Wings evening news: on prospects, free agency and Joey Kocur’s charity softball game

I made the trip from Traverse City back to South Lyon safely and soundly, and while the scenery in South Lyon isn’t nearly as lovely as it is in the Cherry Capital, it feels good to be home and to know that I won’t be getting up at 6 AM tomorrow. aside from a Saturday’s worth of varying reactions to what was apparently the NHL’s real first CBA proposal to the NHLPA yesterday—and...

Red Wings morning news: on the waiting game, prospect camp and the Wild’s Ilitch?

You and I already know that the Red Wings are playing the free agency waiting game as the marketplace has slowed to a crawl, and just as importantly, the Wings’ management has chosen to wait for free agents’ asking prices to drop and/or teams’ asking prices for defensemen to slide back down from the stratosphere before adding a defenseman and possibly a goal-scoring forward...

Red Wings evening news: on prospects, free agency, list making and alumni news

I’ve had a week of actual hockey in July as a fine antidote to the lack of free agent insanity that seems to be giving the hockey world a case of believe-the-hype-itis, but I’m more than a little fried myself after wrapping up coverage of the Wings’ summer development camp, so you’ll have to excuse me for being a little punchy this evening. I’m not disputing the fact...

You can’t land the big fish every time, or something like that

Via RedWingsFeed, Ken Holland mentioned this yesterday during the Doan talk and it was mentioned again during the overnight report, but I suppose it’s owed first billing. Holland was asked whether the Red Wings are no longer at the top of free agents’ lists given that Ryan Suter and Zach Parise signed elsewhere, and he “defended Hockeytown” as follows while speaking to MLive’s...

Red Wings development camp, day 5, morning session: off-script and winding down

As the Red Wings’ summer development campers slowly but surely find themselves headed toward the end of their time here in Traverse City, the coaches planned on winding things down ever-so-subtly today, but they didn’t account for a giant wrench being thrown into the proceedings: Brendan Smith told me that the bus that was supposed to take the prospects from their resort hotel...

Red Wings development camp, day 5, afternoon session: wrapping up the last two-a-days day

On what is day five of the Red Wings’ development camp, technically day six for the prospects thanks to a brief scrimmage on Saturday, and the fourth day over the past five that the players woke up at 6:50 and didn’t leave the rink until after 5 PM, engaging in grueling two-a-day sessions of on-ice skill development and drills alternated with off-ice training… Either the morning...

Tomas Holmstrom: ‘It’s Playing in Detroit, or Nowhere Else’

Holmstrom's future is one of the lingering questions that the Red Wings have yet to answer this offseason. Continue reading →

New assistant meets Red Wings' needs

The Detroit Red Wings were seeking someone with NHL head-coaching experience to fill their assistant coaching vacancy, someone who believes in an up-tempo, puck-possession style of game, and someone who communicates well with veteran players. That is why they hired Tom Renney on July 5, someone who meets all those qualifications. Renney has a record of 260-255-9-68 (W-L-T-OTL)...

Evening audio from day 5 of Red Wings’ summer development camp

I spoke to several Red Wings prospects at the conclusion of this afternoon’s on-ice session at the Red Wings’ summer development camp, and while I’ll be writing up my observations from said sessions shortly, here are the interviews a little bit early: Continue reading "Evening audio from day 5 of Red Wings’ summer development camp"

All-Time Top 10 European Players

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, Which got me to thinking, which of the two is better, and where would Jagr and Selanne rank on the all-time list of European players? For what it’s worth, here’s my top 10. Let the debate begin: 1. Dominik Hasek If the six Vezina Trophies don’t clinch it, the two Hart Trophies put him over the top. There are some who would argue that...

Red Wings development camp, day 6: the ever-anticlimactic end

I’ve hadn’t seen a shootout with 74 shooters until this morning, when the Red Wings’ prospects concluded their summer development camp with a 6-3 victory for Team Lidstrom over Team Zetterberg…and a 74-man shootout which took 20 minutes—and left fans confused as all hell get out—because we didn’t know that money was on the line. The last day of the camp is always...
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