Found July 16, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
Drafting and developing athletic goaltenders requires a bit of reverse engineering. Goalies who naturally play an instinctive game and employ acrobatic saves when fundamentals fail them tend to make stops on shots that leave more conventionally-trained goaltenders flummoxed…But as these goaltenders move up the professional ranks, the ones who decline to rein in their tendencies to flop, flail and turn themselves into pretzels often also tend to fatigue more easily and tend to suffer injuries on a frequent basis. The Red Wings have drafted a remarkably athletic goaltender in Petr Mrazek, and his competitive instincts tend to yield highlight-reel saves, but as he’s turning pro, Detroit goalie coach Jim Bedard faces an uphill task in attempting to tame something of a wild stallion. The Free Press’s George Sipple spoke to Ottawa 67’s goalie coach Tom Dempsey about Mrazek, who idolized Dominik Hasek growing up, and while Mrazek’s competitive nature serves him very well… Continue readin...

Red Wings mid-day news: on Tootoo, free agents, Callahan and Winter Classic ticket stupidity

It’s dangerous to call any news day a “slow” one, but thus far, today’s Red Wings news is…sparse. We’ll start this roundup Tomorrow, we’ll sit down with Red Wings forward @Jtootoo22. To ask Jordin a question, tweet #AskTootoo and some of you will be answered!— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 17, 2012  Continue reading "Red Wings mid-day news: on...

Will Dominik Hasek excel if he returns to the NHL?

Reports are indicating that Dominik Hasek is contemplating a return to the NHL. Hasek, 47, hasn't appeared in the NHL since he called it quits following the 2007-08 season where he minded the net for the Detroit Red Wings. We aren't pulling your leg. Even at the ripe age of 47, Hasek is apparently extremely motivated to play again in the NHL. Hasek admits that he isn'...

Red Wings overnight report: more on the Wings’ RFA’s, Doan and the waiting game

Earlier on Monday evening, MLive’s Ansar Khan reported that Red Wings GM Ken Holland is attempting to ink the Wings’ restricted free agents, Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader, to new contracts. This morning, the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Wings are actually a little further along in the negotiating process with both players than Khan reported… The Wings...

Red Wings afternoon news: Homer and TC volunteers on parade, Delvecchio’s short skate and Pulkkatalk

The Red Wings’ website has posted a clip of Tomas Holmstrom taking part in the “Cherry Royale Parade” commemorating the conclusion of Traverse City’s Cherry Festival, and I would be remiss if I didn’t note that Ann Reeves, Pete Correia and all the fantastic volunteers from Centre Ice Arena walked in the parade behind the Holmstrom family. Holmstrom earned his feting...

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the Red Wings’ summer development camp raised a significant chunk of change for Bryan Rufenach’s summer hockey camp while remembering the fallen Wings prospect last Tuesday in Traverse City, and while the Rufenach family was understandably shaken while making a brief appearance at the activities taking pace at Centre Ice Arena, the Grand Traverse Insider’s Greg Gielczyk spoke...

Red Wings evening news: on prospects, free agency and Joey Kocur’s charity softball game

I made the trip from Traverse City back to South Lyon safely and soundly, and while the scenery in South Lyon isn’t nearly as lovely as it is in the Cherry Capital, it feels good to be home and to know that I won’t be getting up at 6 AM tomorrow. aside from a Saturday’s worth of varying reactions to what was apparently the NHL’s real first CBA proposal to the NHLPA yesterday—and...

Detroit Red Wings Links: Could Gustav Nyquist Be a Key Piece in a Rick Nash Trade?

If the Columbus Blue Jackets pull the trigger on a long-rumored Rick Nash trade, GM Scott Howson has said he wants "NHL forwards" back Continue reading →

Red Wings evening news: Khan provides Doan/Quincey/Holmstrom updates; combacks are all the rage

With CBA uncertainty and talk of 40-something players making comebacks filling the “slow days” of mid-July, MLive’s Ansar Khan provides an update on different can of “strange” in the Red Wings’ slow-but-steady pursuit of one Shane Doan, should the 35-year-old decide to leave the Phoenix Coyotes… “I’ve had conversations with Shane Doan’s representatives,’...
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