Found July 14, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
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 as Citizen Weber suggests, yes, Gary Bettman does indeed think fans like you and I are stupid enough to believe the imminent line of BS he and the league will issue about finding themselves mired in a $3-plus-billion revenue-generating sinkhole—and a little queen’s waving from one Tomas Holmstrom... Continue reading "Red Wings evening news: on prospects, free agency and Joey Kocur’s charity softball game"

Red Wings afternoon news: Homer and TC volunteers on parade, Delvecchio’s short skate and Pulkkatalk

The Red Wings’ website has posted a clip of Tomas Holmstrom taking part in the “Cherry Royale Parade” commemorating the conclusion of Traverse City’s Cherry Festival, and I would be remiss if I didn’t note that Ann Reeves, Pete Correia and all the fantastic volunteers from Centre Ice Arena walked in the parade behind the Holmstrom family. Holmstrom earned his feting...

Red Wings overnight report: reverse-engineering Petr Mrazek

Drafting and developing athletic goaltenders requires a bit of reverse engineering. Goalies who naturally play an instinctive game and employ acrobatic saves when fundamentals fail them tend to make stops on shots that leave more conventionally-trained goaltenders flummoxed…But as these goaltenders move up the professional ranks, the ones who decline to rein in their tendencies...

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 →

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...

Red Wings early overnight report: summer development camp tailings and fighting the lockout’s power

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...

Detroit Red Wings Links: Could Gustav Nyquist Be a Key Piece in a Rick Nash Trade?

If the Columbus Blue Jackets pull the trigger on a long-rumored Rick Nash trade, GM Scott Howson has said he wants "NHL forwards" back Continue reading →

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...

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...

Mic’d up fight during Chicago Blackhawks prospects camp

The Chicago Blackhawks were in the mood to entertain fans of the interwebs during their prospects development camp.  They hooked up 2012 fifth round draft pick Garret Ross and had him troll other players looking for a fight.  Free agent Chris Martin decided he was game and the sounds of their fistacuffs can be heard here. I love the clarification before the gloves were dropped...
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