Found August 18, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
For better or worse, Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall entered last season as the de-facto #1 defenseman, and while playing 24-27 minutes a night (or more) yielded both a minus-5 plus-minus rating and a tempering of his physical play to simply hold up under a tremendous workload...He proved that he could at least fill part of Nicklas Lidstrom's long shadow. This morning, the Free Press's Helene St. James' player profiles continue with an assessment of Kronwall's literal and figurative value (in this day and age, a $4.75 million cap hit for a defenseman earning $6 million in real-world dollars for the next three seasons seems almost ridiculously cheap by "open market" standards), and at present, there's no doubt that Kronwall is absolutely integral to the team's success as its "MVP on D": Continue reading "Red Wings overnight report: on Kronwall’s central importance and the sked ahead"

Damien Brunner ‘Will Play Next Season in the NHL’, Agent Says

Remember Damien Brunner? You know, 26 goals, OT winner against the Ducks in the playoffs, supposedly headed to the Devils after free agency opened? Well, he’s still yet to sign a new contract, after playing 2013 on a one-year deal. But his agent, Neil Sheehy, reportedly told a Swiss newspaper that Brunner simply is waiting for the right opportunity — as opposed to contemplating...

Damien Brunner willing to wait for 'the right NHL deal'

Agent Neil Sheehy who represents free agent forward Damien Brunner recently told a Swiss newspaper his client is prepared to wait for as long as it takes to find the right NHL deal. Sheehy claimed there are NHL teams interested in the 27-year-old and remains confident his client will play in the NHL this coming season. Sheehy also dismissed speculation Brunner's salary demands...

Red Wings evening stuff: new old news about Zetterberg and Holland and more Alfredsson gnus

I know it got garbled in code (not quite sure why), but I noted this two days ago, so I at least get to smirk and say, "Well, of course he did." The Free Press's Brian Manzullo duly notes that Henrik Zetterberg led the charge when Aftonbladet's Linus Norberg asked members of the Swedish Olympic orientation camp to weigh in on Russia's anti-homosexuality law...

Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard discusses his Olympic ‘goal’

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan duly noted that Jimmy Howard will probably have a little extra motivation to perform well for the Red Wings over the first third of the season--Howard's NHL performance will likely determine whether he heads to Sochi with the U.S. Olympic team--and the Bangor Daily News's Larry Mahoney spoke with Howard about his Olympic hopes on Friday evening...

Red Wings evening quickies regarding one Daniel Alfredsson

The Detroit Free Press has posited a pair of "emptying the notebook"-style articles regarding Red Wings GM Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock's appearances on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM this past Tuesday. On Friday, Brian Manzullo noted that Holland is unconcerned about the Wings' relative lack of size as they move East, and today, Manzullo notes that Babcock was plain...

Red Wings announce details of this year’s ‘BrewHaHa’

From the Red Wings' PR department: HOCKEYTOWN BREWHAHA CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL RETURNS TO JOE LOUIS ARENA CELEBRATING OKTOBERFEST ON SEPT. 28 … New VIP Tickets Offer First-Class Experience for Special Event Featuring 100+ Local and Regional Craft Brews … Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings are proud to present the return of the Hockeytown BrewHaHa craft beer festival...

The Left Wing Lock releases Red Wings’ alumni/celebrity game roster

During this fall's training camp in Traverse City, the Red Wings are holding an alumni/celebrity game to raise funds for Centre Ice Arena (on Thursday, September 14th at 7 PM), and the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau posted the roster and information about the event as well: Continue reading "The Left Wing Lock releases Red Wings’ alumni/celebrity game roster"

Red Wings overnight report:’s ‘30 in 30’ Wings season previews, memorials and other stuff's "30 in 30" slate of team previews shifts its focus to the Red Wings today, offering a quintet of articles discussing the Red Wings' present status as moving to the Eastern Conference, its roster changes, questions that the team faces, the team's "X-Factor" and possible future contributors. EJ Hradek's video discussion of the state-of...

Red Wings overnight report: on a Top 50 list, one that got away and swen nossdeflA sdrawkcab

I'm writing this entry "backwards" because its main thrust involves even more fun fun fun stuff pertaining to Daniel Alfredsson's "divorce" from the Ottawa Senators, and I know that you and I are both a little tired of the proceedings given Thursday's trainwreck, never mind the fact that it dragged on into the weekend. Inspired by Aftonbladet'...

Red Wings mid-day news: Wings on the ice at MSU, Alfredsson skating in Ottawa and ticket gnus

Today marks the first official "back on the ice" day for many NHL'ers. Michigan Hockey's Nick Barnowski is at Munn Ice Arena in Lansing to cover Michigan State University's pro camp, which includes several Red Wings players... Continue reading "Red Wings mid-day news: Wings on the ice at MSU, Alfredsson skating in Ottawa and ticket gnus"

Henrik Zetterberg and Victor Hedman condemn Russia's anti-gay laws

Russia's firm stance against homosexuality has been met with criticism from nearly every corner of the planet. Countless athletes and media members have expressed their concern over Russia's position against the gay community leading into the Olympics set to be held in February of next year. You can add Swedish athletes Henrik Zetterberg and Victor Hedman to the growing...
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