Found May 23, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
The NHL news cycle is like Chuck Norris at this time of year: it doesn’t sleep, it waits. Over the past few days, we’ve learned about a potential deal with an architectural firm that may or may not design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on facility, the fact that the Wings’ brass will weigh the futures of Tomas Holmstrom, Brad Stuart, Jiri Hudler and probably start to press for Nicklas Lidstrom to come up with a play-or-not-play answer while formulating its free agency plans at its organizational meetings next week, all over the past two days. Continue reading "Red Wings overnight report: a ‘slow day’s’ worth of talk about important dates and a chat with Dino"

The Jiri Hudler issue, part 2: why he might choose to explore free agency and leave the Red Wings

The comment section went a little crazy after I posted an article in which the Free Press’s Helene St. James suggested that, despite the Wings’ need for a goal-scorer, they may not retain Jiri Hudler’s services, and MLive’s Ansar Khan provides a corollary to St. James’ argument: Put simply, given the incredibly thin crop of goal-scorers available in this summer’s free...

Should Tomas Holmstrom Return For Another Year?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Within the next couple of weeks, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland plans to meet with Tomas Holmstrom to discuss his future. If Holmstrom says he’s done with professional hockey, well, that’s that. If Holmstrom says he wants to play on, the Wings will have some hard thinking to do. Holmstrom is a special, special player...

Red Wings mid-day news: a Nicklas LIdstrom freakout and talking about a different kind of free agent

I’m not too worried about this, but I am slightly concerned: the Red Wings’ Twitter account is going into overdrive today to promote the last day of voting for Pavel Datsyuk in EA Sports’ NHL 13 cover vote semifinals, and the Wings revealed that Nicklas Lidstrom was at Joe Louis Arena today. Via RedWingsFeed,’s Clark Ramussen reports that another Tweet...

St. James: Jiri Hudler might not fit the Red Wings’ blueprint going forward

Nicklas Lidstrom freak-out talk included—and Lidstrom won’t be making a decision until the middle of the month, so the whole Twitter/Facebook misunderstanding boondoggle was nothing more than that—we do know that the Red Wings’ brass will be meeting, according to MLive’s Ansar Khan and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan, from June 2nd to 4th to formulate their roster plans...

Red Wings overnight report: on rink news, organizational meetings, Tomas Jurco and Slovak partying

The biggest Red Wings news on Monday will run into something of a wall today: the widely-reported coverage of and speculation about SportsBusiness Journal’s Don Muret’s report that the Wings and/or Ilitch Holdings has hired an architectural firm to design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on facility is definitely intriguing, but between the self-imposed gag organizational “no comment”...

Red Wings fans, you’ve got one last day to vote for Pavel Datsyuk in EA Sports’ NHL 13 semifinals

The Red Wings’ Twitter account and Facebook page went into overdrive overnight as EA Sports revealed that the race is neck-and-neck between Pavel Datsyuk and John Tavares as the last day of voting in the players’ showdown in EA Sports’ NHL 13 cover athlete semifinals is taking place, so, fellow Wings fans, it’s time to vote early and vote often to push the only real-life...

Now that’s a leak: have the Red Wings hired an architect to design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on rink?

Now this is as intriguing as all hell get out, as reported by the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press’s John Gallagher and 97.1 FM: SportsBusiness Journal’s Don Muret suggests that the Red Wings’ owners have (via Curbed’s Sarah Cox) tagged architect Chad Krieger Sieniewicz and the architectural firm HKS to design Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on facility, according to SportsBusiness...

On the possibility of a new Red Wings arena

There have been reports on Monday that the Detroit Red Wings have chosen architects for a new 18,000-seat arena for downtown Detroit. According to, the Red Wings have hired HKS, an international firm based out of Dallas, which will work with Chan Krieger NBBJ, a Boston architect that specializes in urban developments.All the Red Wings organization will say is that they...

A Look at the Red Wings’ 2012 Free Agents: Jiri Hudler

This next series of articles will be discussing the good (and the bad) of the Detroit Red Wings’ upcoming Free Agents. Each player’s final analysis will be an opinion on that player’s contribution to the team overall. His play will either warrant a new contract or will hit the Free Agent market on July 1st. [...]

A Look at the Red Wings’ 2012 Free Agents: Tomas Holmstrom

This next series of articles will be discussing the good (and the bad) of the Detroit Red Wings’ upcoming Free Agents. Each player’s final analysis will be an opinion on that player’s contribution to the team overall. His play will either warrant a new contract or will hit the Free Agent market on July 1st. [...]

Report: Red Wings choose architect for new arena

The Detroit Red Wings have been one of the NHL’s older teams for what seems like decades.  As they haven’t gotten any younger, neither has their home, Joe Louis Arena.  Opened in 1979, the JLA is 33 years old and behind the teams as far as the bells and whistles of some of the newer NHL arenas. There have been rumors for a while now that Wings owner Mike Ilitch has been exploring...

Red Wings evening news: dueling ‘will he or won’t he?’ Parise banjos and a charitable notice

On a day when the comments section has gone a little crazy regarding whether the Red Wings should attempt to retain Jiri Hudler’s services, or whether there really is a Zach Parise/Ryan Suter “package deal” in the offing, I’d rather not post this on a night that we don’t have hockey on TV because I hate even thinking about posting an entry that might provoke discussion...

2012 Summer Signing....Jon Leroux

The Geneva Red Wings have resigned Northeastern's Jon Leroux for this summer season. Jon is currently a junior catcher from Auburn, Mass. He simply had an outstanding season this year. He hit /347/.647/.416 in 167 at-bats. He scored 41 runs, drove in 50 and hit 12 home runs. He also hit 12 doubles for the Huskies. His numbers placed him among the Colonial Athletic Conference...

Teams, players mull their 2012-13 plans

Let the great off-season talent sort begin.Although the final round of Stanley Cup playoffs has yet to begin, teams and players are mulling what to do for next season.Here are a few updates: Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom is still deciding whether to play next season. The Red Wings would gladly try to re-sign him if he wants to continue his Hall of Fame-caliber career. Detroit power...

Ilitch hires firm for Wings new arena…a reality or a tease?

Oh, Mr. Mike Ilitch: How your extensive wealth and forward-thinking ideas have teased the legions of Detroit Red Wings fans and residents of the city that adores you. An 82-year-old man who just wants to give Detroit something to be proud of, something to marvel at and something to house a winning hockey team, that [...]
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