Found June 16, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
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 of excellence almost impossible, but thanks to superb drafting of some once-a-decade players in Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, as well as the lingering presence of a once-a-generation player in Nicklas Lidstrom and some astute “bargain” signings and trades from Ken Holland and the Wings’ management, Detroit’s made the Western Conference finals three times, the Stanley Cup Final twice and have won the Cup once over the past six seasons. Maybe even more importantly, the Wings have made the playoffs every year over the cycle of the CBA that’s about to expire, which remains an almost incredible exception to the ...

Red Wings overnight report: Mitch talks to Nicklas Lidstrom, and more free agency talk

This morning, Mitch Albom delivers a column that reads like he actually cares about sports again, and he does so for a reason: Albom spoke to Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom for almost two hours in what he’s calling an “exit interview” before Lidstrom heads back to Sweden, and among the many highlights, this stands out: Question: When Yzerman retired, was there any part...

Red Wings exec Kris Draper joins Twitter, is not immediately innundated with Parise/Suter Tweets

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 ...

Red Wings mid-day news: Jimmy Howard believes the Wings’ ‘program’ sells itself to UFAs

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard’s at the Michigan International Speedway as a co-grand marshal of today’s “Quicken Loans 400,” and he spoke to the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff about uncertain off-season outlook, suggesting that the Wings don’t need to do much more than be the Wings to attract elite players… As far as what the future holds for his own team, Howard was less...

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 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...

Red Wings mid-day news; one more anniverary and twitchy Suter talk

On a very strange Saturday afternoon, the Red Wings’ Twitter account notes that we’ve reached the final of four Stanley Cup anniversaries… HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: On this date in 1998, the ‪#Wings‬ won their ninth Stanley Cup title, sweeping the Washington Capitals in DC. And the Wings posted a highlight clip from said Cup run to commemorate it: Continue reading "Red...

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...

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...
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