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Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is one of the Grand Marshals at the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He bluntly assessed the Cup Final and his lingering bitterness regarding the way the Wings' bowed out to Chicago in the second round:
#redwings Kronwall calls #bruins to win Stanley Cup in six games. "They're stronger and more structured," he said.
— Bob Duff (@asktheduffer) June 16, 2013
Kronwall, who will serve as the grand marshal today at MIS, said he hasn't watched any of the NHL playoff games.
— Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziBlade) June 16, 2013
Kronwall said it's tough to watch another team win the Stanley Cup and think, "that should have been us."
— Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziBlade) June 16, 2013
Niklas Kronwall, who will give starting command at MIS today, said he hasn't watched the Stanley Cup Final. Too hard after losing to Chicago
— George Sipple (@GeorgeSipple) June 16, ...
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Grand Rapids Griffins head coach, Jeff Blashill has been on a whirlwind coaching odyssey over the past three seasons. Two years ago he was the head coach at Western Michigan. Last season, he was an assistant coach with the Red Wings. This year hes one game away from coaching the Griffins to the AHLs Calder Cup.
Through it all, it has become apparent that Blashill is an excellent...
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Will Daniel Cleary be back for an encore with the Red Wings?
Talks to that end will heat up in the coming days, about three weeks ahead of July 5, when Cleary can become an unrestricted free agent. The Wings want Cleary back, and Cleary has said he wants to come back, but given the money that gets thrown around every summer...
Last night's translated article from Sport.ch's Tobias Wust apparently originated from a 10-minute interview that Red Wings free-agent-to-be Damien Brunner gave to Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, and here's a solid translation of their highlighted transcription of the interview (three videos are embeddded in the story, but I'm guessing that you're not going to...
Petr Mrazek had a tough weekend as the Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a pair of games.
Good luck, I am not. I picked up tickets for Games 4 and 5 of the Grand Rapids Griffins’ Calder Cup finals series against the Syracuse Crunch, hoping to see my hometown team celebrate a championship.
Unfortunately, the Griffins lost a ref-aided heartbreaker on Friday night, then turned around...
Earlier Monday night, the verified Twitter account belonging to Pavel Datsyuk tweeted out “Big day tomorrow…” And before many could see it, digest it and pump their fist, it was gone.
Luckily @panicstreak, a friend of the program, proved that Pavel Datsyuk’s hands are not completely flawless.
Unless Datsyuk is having his eyes relazered at Dr. Rahmani’s office...
The Red Wings' AHL team so closely resembled its NHL counterpart on Saturday night that I was waiting for Larry Murphy to emerge from the ether, pop up on the AHL Live broadcast and inform me that the Grand Rapids Griffins' 33 shots over the first two periods of their 5-2 loss to the Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday night resulted in exactly 4 scoring chances.
Tomorrow, the Grand Rapids Griffins will head to Syracuse, New York to begin to prepare for a hopefully Calder Cup-clinching Game 6 of their AHL Final series against the Syracuse Crunch (Game 6 will take place on Tuesday and an if-necessary Game 7 would take place on Thursday, with both games held at the Onecenter War Memorial Arena).
As the Griffins attempt to rebound from losses...
The Syracuse Crunch decided to spend Sunday morning busing back to upstate New York after defeating the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night, but the Griffins were able to take a slightly shorter route as they begin to prepare for Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final:
Just boarded Redbird III. How cool of the @Detroitredwings to send their team jet to fly the #Griffins to Syracuse...
This is a general interest-type story/topic, but I felt that my Wings-centric perspective merited posting it here. Feel free to read or ignore as you wish:
If any consolation could be taken from the Red Wings' second-round loss to the Chicago Blackhawks--and it was somewhat heartening to know that Niklas Kronwall stated that the Wings' collapse still stings when he attended...
The Grand Rapids Griffins' 3-2 loss to the Syracuse Crunch in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Final is not the end of the world. It sets up a Game 5 on Saturday night (7 PM EDT, AHLLive.com/WXSP in Grand Rapids/WOOD Radio), and to some extent, it was predictable given that the Griffins are such a young team that had never been on the cusp of a championship.
They took the Crunch too...
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I've been paying quite a bit of attention to the depth of voting for some of the awards, specifically for Coach of the Year and GM of the Year.
I think Paul MacLean was the right choice for Coach of the Year, although Chicago's Joel Quenneville was a worthy finalist. Ray Shero winning GM of the Year was puzzling -- I think his...
This entry is going to be a little more rambly than usual, so please bear with me:
First and foremost, Pavel Datsyuk is facing off against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen in TSN's Play of the Year semifinal, and he is trailing by a SIGNIFICANT margin. Voting ends at Midnight EDT on Tuesday (i.e. 11:59 PM on Monday night).
There is some good news on Datsyuk's goal...
A lot has happened since the last time I posted something. I know I said that we’d keep you up to speed, then pretty much disappeared. Oops. Won’t happen again. Until it does.
Updates after the jump:
If you haven’t been paying attention, the Griffins have a 3-2 series lead on the Syracuse Crunch. That’s great, but they were up 3-0 and have let the Crunch, an unbelievably...
The Grand Rapids Griffins get a second chance to close out the Syracuse Crunch tonight (7 PM EDT, AHLLive.com/WOOD TV8 in Grand Rapids/WOOD Radio), and they'll do so minus Adam Almquist but including Gustav Nyquist, who the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports was not suspended for whatever happened between Nyquist and Richard Panik last night.
The Crunch expect...