Found June 14, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
As the Free Press’s Helene St. James has noted, well, on her Twitter account, Red Wings executive Kris Draper, who is now a “special assistant to the GM” (Ken Holland), has joined Twitter at @kdraper33, and despite this afternoon’s Suter/Parise scuttlebutt, which MLive’s Ansar Khan discusses in a reaction-to-story column, St. James reports that Draper’s status as a “Grind Line” legend has allowed him to join the fray without reading endless, “When are we gonna get Suter/Parise/Semin/etc.” tweets sent in his direction: Draper, going by the handle @kdraper33, had been on for about three months, he told the Free Press, before sending his first tweets on Thursday. He was inspired by going to Wrigley Field in Chicago, site of the 2009 Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Blackhawks. Back then, Draper played for the Wings; now he’s part of their front-office. “Brought back good memories of the winter classic and sent a tweet,” Draper texted while at the Tigers-Cubs game. Draper adde

Irina Konstantinov talks about her husband, as a Red Wings defenseman and the man he is today

As MLive’s Ansar Khan noted this morning, tonight marks the fifteenth anniversary of the limo crash which left Red Wings masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov paralyzed below the waist and partially paralyzed on the left side of his body, and, of course, Vladimir Konstantinov cognitively impaired all of seven days after the Red Wings celebrated their 1997 Stanley Cup championship. While...

Five players that the Detroit Red Wings should target in Free Agency

As news of Nicklas Lidstrom retiring and Brad Stuart being shipped off to rival San Jose, the changing of the guard has begun in Hockeytown. According to sources, GM Kenny Holland has reached out to the team’s Restricted Free Agents (Abdelkader, Helm, Quincey) about new contracts. There have also been mutterings about offers being exchanged [...]

Red Wings overnight report: is the CBA finally working in the Wings’ favor? And Suter stuff

From having to buy out Ray Whitney to inevitably waiving goodbye to Jiri Hudler thanks to the crazy economics presented to this summer’s free agent class by a $70.3 million “upper limit,” the CBA and the salary cap have conspired to take away the Red Wings’ personnel advantages over its opponents. The cap and its goal of enforcing parity make sustaining a Wings-like level...

Ken Holland talks about the Red Wings’ future plans on NHL Live

Unless you’ve been waiting with baited breath to hear NHL Live’s EJ Hradek talk about Scotty Bowman’s curtain call ten years ago tonight, or perhaps hear Hradek suggest that Zach Parise should test the free agent waters, those of you who were on Twitter this afternoon probably know that Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke to NHL Live this afternoon, and here’s the video of his...

Mega Red Wings fan Kristen Bell pictures

There’s little doubt that, when it comes to adorability, Mega Detroit Red Wings fan Kristen Bell gives just about every actress in Hollywood a run for their money. Besides being one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood, with roles in movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, Ms. Bell rose to fame and garnered critical praise as the title role on...

Red Wigns mid-day news: on Ken Holland, Ryan Suter speculation, Jay Garrison and ‘Tweeps’

As we’ve descended into the land of spurious rumors, Red Wings GM Ken Holland hasn’t exactly been puffing out his chest and making grand promises about free agent signings to be, having only really offered some understated remarks about the team’s future on NHL Live recently. As looks forward to the Winter Classic while looking back at the dueling Brian Burke-Holland...

Out the door Red Wings and NHL quickies

I’m about to embark upon a “three hour tour” of Metro Detroit’s freeways thanks to the fact that the trip between South Lyon and my mother’s doctor’s office in Sterling Heights is 95-mile round trip, so I’m heading out of the office for a couple of hours. Paul will cover anything that’s particularly important, but before I go, here are some mid-day “quickie” stories...

Bad rap for Stockton in Detroit

For most NBA fans, John Stockton is a fairly uncontroversial figure. An easy Hall of Famer, Stockton and Karl Malone ran the pick-and-roll approximately 17 trillion times over the years, and no one found a way to stop it. Stockton wasn't flashy, wore short-shorts long after they were out of style and played point guard better than all but two or three people in NBA history...

The accident which nearly claimed Vladimir Konstantinov’s life was a hockey tragedy, too

As the 15th anniversary of the Red Wings’ 1997 Stanley Cup win gives way to the Free Press positing a Mitch Albom story recalling the tenth anniversary of the Cup the Wings won in 2002, MLive’s Ansar Khan reminds us that, fifteen years ago today, a tragic event occurred that the franchise has never really recovered from. On a muggy June night, Igor Larionov, Slava Fetisov...

Red Wings overnight report: welcome to the intersection of lies, rumors, innuendo & thought balloons

We’ve reached the middle of June, and are exactly one week from the first round of the Entry Draf…I mean 2012 draft, and two weeks and a day from the start of free agency, and I would like to posit a suggestion this morning: we’ve reached the intersection where, as the Montreal Gazette’s Jack Todd would put it, “Lies, rumors & vicious innuendo” are regularly colliding...

Detroit Red Wings Links: Detroit Gets Winter Classic Preview in Red Wings Preseason

The Detroit Red Wings will play several interesting series in their warm-up for the regular season. Continue reading →

Off-Season Questions

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet, Here are some questions for hockey fans to ponder this summer: Does the loss of Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Brad Stuart over a two-year period mean the Detroit Red Wings will take a drastic dip in the standings? Losing Lidstrom will hurt; no question about it. Even though he is 42 and his offensive production tailed off considerably, he is...

Don’t Agonize Over Rumors Regarding Detroit Red Wings’ Targets Ryan Suter and Zach Parise

When the Los Angeles Kings raised the Stanley Cup on Monday night ending hockey’s playoffs, that ushered in the beginning of the NHL’s unofficial third season: disinformation. During winter’s trade deadline, plenty of wheels spin, but it’s nothing like the … Continue reading →

Kenny’s Critical Days Of Summer: A Fan’s Perspective

There is no question in my mind that the next thirty days are going to define Ken Holland’s tenure as GM of the Greatest Franchise in Sports.  There’s never been a greater need, with more (post-Gary’s Cap) money to spend…blah, blah, blah.  Bring us Suter and bring us Parise and I’m starting to think Semin, Schultz and Garrison.  I want all five, or at least four...

Red Wings’ Target Zach Parise: ‘No Way’ I’ll Sign With New York Rangers

Take the following as a good news/bad new situations, Detroit Red Wings fans ... Continue reading →
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