Found April 28, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
The Red Wings face something of a crossroads in terms of their goaltending prospects this summer. The Wings appear to be willing to put their faith in Jimmy Howard and, most likely, Joey MacDonald, whose $550,000 cap hit (per and ability to thrive on a limited workload essentially won him the back-up’s position. MacDonald told the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan that his back is improving on Friday, and while the unrestricted free agent marketplace in terms of back-up goaltending might be the only “deep pool” the Wings could draw from this summer, we all know how willing the Marty Turcos and Ray Emerys of the world were to join the Wings and know they were only going to play 20-30 games behind an established Jimmy Howard last summer. Going forward, despite pundits’ suggestions to the contrary, the Wings’ brass believes that Jimmy Howard can deliver 35-plus regular season wins and dominant play in the playoffs, but Howard’s would-be future back-ups and potential successors ha...

Red Wings mid-day news: more about Joey MacDonald’s back and ironic defensive commentary

Yesterday, the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan offered an update regarding Joey MacDonald’s recovery from a slightly herniated disc in his back, and today, MLive’s Ansar Khan also spoke to MacDonald—who will probably back up Jimmy Howard next season—about the state of an injury which more or less forced the Wings to bring Ty Conklin up and, to some extent, overplay Howard down...

Red Wings afternoon news: Mrazek, Jarnkrok likely to crack Worlds rosters; a Byng ding and more Mule

Make it a dozen Red Wings taking part in the World Championships? The teams participating in the World Championships haven’t quite pared down their rosters to 25 players, but in addition to Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson (Sweden), Pavel Datsyuk (Russia), Valtteri Filppula (Finland), Tomas Tatar (Slovakia), Justin Abdelkader and Jimmy Howard...

Red Wings foward Henrik Zetterberg talks about the World Championship…in Swedish

He won’t be playing for Sweden when the Swedes face off against Team USA on Tuesday, at least according to Aftonbladet’s Mats Wennerholm, but before embarking on a transatlantic flight with Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson, Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg gave the equivalent of a sit-down interview to Aftonbladet’s Per Bjurman. What follows is a “quick...

Red Wings afternoon news: revisiting Franzen’s comments, on Cleary and Stuart and Kindl summation

Despite our comments to the contrary regarding one Johan Franzen’s comments about the wheels falling off the Big Red Machine, I thought that Franzen’s suggestion that the Wings struggled down the stretch in no small part due to, as he told MLive’s Ansar Khan, a lack of self-confidence and plain old forgetting how to enjoy themselves—to the point that the Wings’ swagger...

Red Wings overnight report: Kronwall changes his mind about World Championships

File this line under, “Blog post starters you’re regrettably going to read me saying rather regularly between now and the draft”: This morning’s most notable Red Wings news story comes from Sweden, because Niklas Kronwall has changed his mind about remaining in Detroit to supervise the building of a new home, and instead, he’s going to leave for Stockholm with Henrik Zetterberg...

Wait, what? The Mule has all the answers as to why the Red Wings lost their mojo?

MLive’s Ansar Khan spoke to Red Wings forward Johan Franzen about both his disappointing 2011-2012 season and playoffs and his team’s stumbles from February onward, and, well…While Khan says that the Wings’ free agency shopping list does indeed include all of my hopes in that damn bottom-six winger with size to mash and grind on the fourth line, the top-pair defenseman the...

Red Wings overnight report: regarding Cleary’s knee, prospect news and St. James’ player grades

Every once in a while, there’s nothing wrong with starting a blog entry with a context-setting story, but this one ain’t pretty: On March 3rd, 2000, I woke up in the recovery room at the University of Michigan medical center, having just undergone what was supposed to be a relatively routine septoplasty to repair what I’ll politely describe as “internal Patrick Roy nose...

Is another dispersal draft-via-buy-outs on the way under the new CBA?

Given our little discussion regarding the underwhelming nature of Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s comments regarding his team’s plans in terms of possibly signing free agents, I’ve had this nagging voice in my head wondering whether Holland’s comments had something to do with the CBA which the NHL and NHLPA must negotiate this summer. The CBA which the NHL essentially wrote by...
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