Found June 06, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
How the AHL is not the NHL, chapter 1: the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Oklahoma City Barons in dramatic fashion last night and advanced to the AHL's Calder Cup Final (which begins with games on Friday and Saturday in Syracuse, NY; Games 3, 4 and 5 take place in Grand Rapids next Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, respectively, and no, there are no plans for FSD to pick up any games as of yet), but the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that the Griffins' players were...Let's say encouraged to curb their post-game festivities...Because there is no Red Bird III available for use by the Red Wings' AHL affiliate: Continue reading "Red Wings mid-day news: Griffins on the bus, end-of-season prospect rankings, tales of playoffs past"

Damien Brunner unsure if he’ll return to the Red Wings next season

Unlike many other second year NHL players, Red Wings forward Damien Brunner is in an unusual situation as he’ll be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Brunner, 27 was signed prior to the lockout shortened season this past year and proceeded to score 26 points in 44 regular season games and nine points in 14 playoff match ups for the Red Wings. However in an interview with The...

Red Wings overnight report: another Ken Holland interview, talkin’ trades, Griffins and the 97 Wings

Now we have something of a timeline as to when Red Wings fans might want to be a fly on the wall at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings' coaches and front office will be very busy over the next couple of weeks, and GM Ken Holland told the CBC's Rob Pizzo and David Amber that the team will hold its pro-and-amateur-scouts-and-coaches' powwow for three days sometime next week, preparing...

Pavel Datsyuk plays goalie with friends in pickup hockey game

Detroit Red Wings superstar Pavel Datsyuk is known for dangling goaltenders, but not for playing between the pipes.  During a pickup hockey game with some of his friends (probably his teammates), Datsyuk strapped on the pads and gave playing goalie a whirl.  No word on how it went, but unless Datsyuk has played goalie before, I’m guessing he got lit up. [@Datsyuk13]  

Tomas Jurco’s Game-Winning Goal Sends Grand Rapids Griffins to Calder Cup Finals: Video

Tomas Jurco, one of the bright young prospects in the Detroit Red Wings’ organization, propelled the Grand Rapids Griffins into the AHL’s Calder Cup Finals on Wednesday night. With the Griffins and Oklahoma City Barons tied at 4-4 in Game 7 of their conference final series, Jurco split a pair of Barons defenders and snapped home the goal that stood as the game-winner. The Griffins...

Franzen is here to stay ... for now

Next season, Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will be in season No. 5 of an 11-year, 43.5 million deal. He will be paid 5 million a season through 2015-16. His 2016-17 salary will be 3.5 million. He will then make 2 million the following season and 1 million in each of the final two seasons of the deal, which ends in 2020. The Red Wings have already handed over 21 million...

Red Wings evening gnus: on Brunner, Gustavsson and Franzen

Very briefly given that I'm assuming most of you are watching the Bruins-Penguins game or still arguing about Franzen: If you want updates regarding tonight's Grand Rapids Griffins-Oklahoma City Barons game, both the Red Wings' Twitter account and the Griffins' Game Day account are providing updates, and if you are an old fogey like me, you can always hit "...

Red Wings overnight report: the exciting stuff is going on behind the scenes…For now

After doing this blogging thing for six-plus years, I can tell you for an observed fact that the two "deadest" periods of the Red Wings news cycle year involve the first week to two weeks after the Wings' season ends and early August. It's particularly understandable this year as the Wings' press corps suddenly found themselves caught up in a 48-games-in-99...

Red Wings mid-day news: On Griffins facing Game 7, Helm, the draft and UFA strategies

After a spirited discussion of Johan Franzen's worth or the lack thereof in the overnight report's comments section, here are a few more tidbits to chew upon as Michigan Hockey and the rest of us start fingernail-chewing (well, maybe you...I just clip mine) in anticipation of Game 7 between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Oklahoma City Barons tonight (7 PM EDT at Van Andel...

Red Wings’ prospects may take a developmental leap thanks to Griffins’ Calder Cup run

When the Grand Rapids Griffins begin their Calder Cup Final series against the Syracuse Crunch tomorrow (7 PM EDT on, the Red Wings' top prospects...Won't necessarily be taking part in the equivalent of NHL playoff hockey, but battling for a championship against a Crunch roster largely comprised of last year's Calder Cup-winning Norfolk Admirals is a huge...

Red Wings afternoon news: villainy, Grand Marshal Kronwall and an epic article from Roose

Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related stories:   While Pavel Datsyuk battles Magnus Paajarvi in TSN's Play of the Year semifinals, the Free Press's bracketed list of Michigan's most-despised opposing teams' athletes has boiled down to Claude Lemieux vs. Patrick Roy. That's such a nexus of arrogance, hubris, temper-tantrum-throwing self-important...

Players We Need to Keep and Let Go

Now that the offseason is here, let’s take a look at whose contract is up and who needs to be bought out. This will be an interesting summer, to say the least. We’ve got a superstar to keep, the cap is going down, a bunch of UFAs, RFAs and some possible buyouts. The UFA market seems poor right now, but a few compliance buyouts would liven things right up. More after the jump...

Red Wings overnight report: on Swedes in GR, Datsyuk, Filppula, cap recapturing and rule changes

I've seen this happen, and it isn't pretty, but it's done without much fanfare: Certainly not what anyone around Hockeytown wants to see.… — The Wheel Deal (@Bill_Roose) June 4, 2013 Al & Dave make a mess. Ice removal day at The Joe. #sadday #redwings (Dan Mannes/DRW) @ Joe Louis Arena

Red Wings prospect Danny DeKeyser declares himself good to go for Saturday

Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill told the Syracuse Post-Standard's Lindsay Kramer that his team appeared to have a case of heavy legs one day after a 10-hour bus ride to Syracuse, NY and two days removed from their Game 7 win over Oklahoma City in the AHL's Western Conference Final... Blashill was not pleased with his team's first practice in the War Memorial...

Red Wi..I mean Griffins evening news: DeKeyser cleared to play; AHL will stream games for free

The Grand Rapids Griffins enjoyed a 10-hour bus ride to Syracuse, New York ahead of Games 1 and 2 of the Calder Cup Final against the Syrauce Crunch, which begins with a pair of back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, and MLive's Ansar Khan reports that the Griffins will have a significant addition at their disposal as Red Wings prospect Danny DeKeyser has been cleared to...
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